311fromjapan / Next is your turn




「震災から1年、日本がどうなったのかについて発信する」という主旨のもとに始まった #311fromjapan という企画の優秀作を教材化しました。そして”日本人が世界に向けて発信した英文で英語を学びませんか“。この教材で英語を学びつつ、時には311の事を思い出してください。

※補足説明 この記事で紹介している英文は文法的に、また表現として不自然な箇所を修正しています。




(1) I’ve been reading English essays which are posted with the hash tag of #311fromjapan. Many Japanese have been posting English essays to tell others what they think about the Great Tohoku earthquake.

(2) I found two things through reading essays.  One thing is that there are some charismatic Japanese. They are willing to tell other people what they think about the earthquake.  They are good at English enough to tell the situation of Japan to the   world. I’m surprised at how many Japanese are able to express their thoughts in English. Japanese are known as poor English learners, but there are really many good English Japanese writers.

(3) The other thing is that Tohoku is still not revived.  It has been more than one year, but many things are still not recovered.  Many essays say it takes time to revive Tohoku.  What I’m afraid of is the fact that people are forgetting the disaster area. I  found out that it’s easy for people to forget the things which aren’t related to their own lives.  It’s really difficult to maintain people’s interest to help the victims in the disaster area.

(4) We need to continue to remember Tohoku, but at the same time we need to find good ways to grab people’s interest. How can you attract people’s attention? I made English learning materials to maintain people’s interest in Tohoku area. Next is your turn.  Please tell me what kind of inspiring ideas you have.

(5) This time we chose 6 essays.  They will be published as teaching materials for a long time, at least 5 years. Using them, please remember Tohoku, and please visit Tohoku if you have the chance to.



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(1) essay /ˈɛˌseɪ/ noun, a short piece of writing that tells a person’s thoughts or opinions about a subject

post /ˈpoʊst/ noun, a message on an online message board

(2) charismatic /ˌkerəzˈmætɪk/ adjective, having great charm or appeal : filled with charisma

(3) revive /rɪˈvaɪv/ verb, to make (someone or something) strong, healthy, or active again

recover /rɪˈkʌvɚ/ verb, to return to a normal state after a period of difficulty

disaster /dɪˈzæstɚ/ noun, something (such as a flood, tornado, fire, plane crash, etc.) that happens suddenly and causes much suffering or loss to many people

(4) grab /ˈgræb/ verb, to get the attention or interest of (someone or something)

attract attention verb to take someone’s attention from one thing to another

inspire /ɪnˈspajɚ/ verb, to make (someone) want to do something : to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create

(5) teaching material noun, materials used for learning something, or for teaching


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