||ESL285 (Adv.Reading), ESL280 (Adv.Writing)
ESL285 (Adv. Reading)
[Write 10 Sentences Using New vocabulary]
1: His memory is hazy about the details of the accident.
2: Sometimes, too much anticipating makes themselves be disappointed.
3: A massive amount of date can be processed by a computer.
4: I'm vague about my future plans.
5: Money can't appease feeling lonely.
6: Children's sophistries provoke mothers into getting mad.
7: I'm trying to not manifest bad feelings on my countenance.
8: The earthquake that occurred in Kobe, Japan in January 1995, took a huge toll of lives.
9: Some people who have gotten prosperity lived wretched lives when they were young.
10: I used to go to a mammoth school which had twelve classes in each grade when I was a junior high school student.
[Write 5 Sentences Using New vocabulary]
1: Taking DHA present in fish-oil seems beneficial to brain.
2: My daughter takes it out on me whenever she mislays her important things.
3: I have to keep up with my kid's bilingual.
4: Most of Japanese parents are extremely strict on their children who misbehave.
5: I can't stand anonymous calling.
ESL280 (Adv. Writing)
[Writing journal 4]
Growing Up in America
I have two children who were born in Japan and are growing up in the United States, so they are going to Japanese school on Saturdays besides a public school. When my children and I came here, they were four and six years old. At that time, my younger son had known a little Japanese language and custom. Therefor, he got be accustom to live in the United States, although he had had a difficulty in language. However, in my older daughter's case, she was different from my son. She had known much more Japanese language, custom, being a student, and moreover, keeping company with friends.
In the beginning time in the United States, my daughter would bawl almost every day and would get nettle rash on all of her skin at midnight. Especially, she hated that she had to learn both language, English and Japanese. She used to ask and complain me, "Why must I go to two schools? Let me choose the one of them!" with her tearful face.
In other words, those days were kind of a struggle. Two years passed since that, my daughter got be eight years old and is changing day by day. Now, she seems to be enjoying going to both schools and learning both cultures. She has been conscious that why she has to keep going to learn Japanese language and culture besides American through my conviction, that I have explained her the reason time after time. She is proud of having languages and custom of Japan and America.
By the way, I have ever read a scores of a questionnaire on school letter which was from Japanese school. The score indicated motivations for attending to the school, and it appeared different answers by grades. Students in low grades answered that they are attending to the school to meet Japanese friends, but teenagers answered that it is for keeping language and culture. I was so glad to read it, because the older they are, the more understand why they have to study at Japanese school, even though they are living in the United States.
Lately, my daughter often says that she wants to change her hair color. Of course, it is all right with me. It is her choice. As long as she would realize who she is by herself, she can grow to good direction. I hope she will be able to find her happiness among growing up in America.
[Letter (SBS p.38 #3)] draft #3
How are things with you?
First of all, I must apologize to you for leaving you behind without saying anything. There aren't any days I don't think of you. I miss you, and I feel guilty all the time.
Mom, I'm all right. I have succeeded in escaping from our country; moreover, everything is going well and I'm living in freedom. Please don't worry about or cry for me. On the other hand, please pray that one day we'll live together again in this freedom. I'm going to take initiative to make it possible for you to come here. I won't let any difficulty interfere with our being together. Please wait for me until that day. Be well.
Talk to you, soon.
||ESL280 (Adv. Writing)
[Letter (SBS p.38 #3)] draft #2
How are things with you?
First of all, I must apologize to you for leaving you behind without saying anything. There aren't any days I don't think of you. I miss you, and I feel guilty at you all the time.
Mom, I'm all right. I have succeeded to escape from our country; moreover, everything is going well and I'm living in freedom. Please don't worry or cry about me. And please pray that one day we'll live together again in this freedom. I'm going to take initiative to make it possible for you to come here. I won't let any difficulty interfere with our being together. Please wait for me until that day. Be well.
Talk to you, soon.
||ESL280D (Adv. Multiskills)
My Most Vivid Memory
Until age of sixteen, I had been living with my parents who were running a construction company and beauty salon. My mother was a hard worker contrastive to my father who frequently didn't work; therefore, I had to help my mother with her salon and housework.
Actually, I hated to work at home because I couldn't study enough and play with my friends. Especially, at the end of year and new year, whenever my mother was extremely busy with putting kimono - which is Japanese traditional clothe - on customers, I was forced to help it with my small hands by mother. Of course, I couldn't go out during the end of year and new year; I was jealous of the same ages customers as me.
If I could remember those days, I felt bitterness; however, the older I got, the more I appreciate my mother since I haven't forgotten how to put on kimono. The bitter experience ripened into the one of my specialties.
||ESL285 (Adv. Reading)
[Write 16 Sentences Using New vocabulary]
1: Some people like to take a contrary position on every proposal.
2: Postponing doing homework is like choking myself.
3: New supervisor who assumed my office seems to be infirm.
4: My older brother used to call mother whenever he wanted her to remit allowance.
5: It is little difficult to print out superscript neatly.
6: When my son was a baby, he would have an epidemic disease on his skin. At such a time, he had to take antibiotics.
7: Most of stuff in my house was transported from Japan bu ship.
8: I will feel guilty and regret if I do inexcusable behavior to people.
9: Interaction is very important and essential between children and mother.
10: The military or some other organization still use Morse code to transmit.
11: Our session couldn't find a decision and the period had come. We are supposed to be reconvened tomorrow.
12: The doctor has been revoked his license on a charge of medical mistake.
13: Copper is a good conductor and flexible, therefor it is suitable material for electric wire.
14: Walkman was revolutionary audiovisual aids as a portable casette player.
15: Some wealth people take a trip to circumnavigate the Pacific or the Atlantic Ocean.
16: The government of Japan has imposed a new sells tax on people.
||Adult School (Adv. ESL)
[Make sentences Using idioms]
[all right (3 different meanings)]
1: I might say, "All right" too easily to someone's asking. Sometimes I think I shouldn't have accepted it after answering.
2: My friend who took the same class as mine at last semester told me that her teacher was all right; however, I can't agree with her.
3: Most of little children would like to make their mothers to say, "Are you all right?". It must be the children's job.
She is always broke. So I'm sick of treating her !
[be in and out]
My next door's mom has three boys, from three to six years old. Therefor, she is extremely busy and is in and out all day of week days.
||ESL280 (Adv. Writing)
[Letter (SBS p.38 #3)] draft #1
How are things with you?
First of all, I must apologize to you for leaving you behind with nothing to tell. There aren't any days I don't remember you. I don't miss you, and I don't feel guilty at you.
Mom, I'm all right. I have succeeded to escape from our country; moreover, my everything is going on to live in freedom. Please don't worry and cry about me. And please pray to live together again, besides in this freedom. I'm going to take initiative to let you come here. If it will be possible, I'm lavish with any effort. Please wait for me until that day. I wish your being well.
Talk to later, soon.
||ESL280 (Adv. Writing)
To Flee from Oppression
At present, it is not too much to say that my family and I have the similar feelings to Lester's who was rigging the surfboard under cover of darkness.
My husband had been ordered to transfer from the head office in Japan to a branch in California, so we moved to the United States two years ago. Although he was supposed to return to the head office five years later, everything changed on September 11, 2001. That attack spurred the Japanese economy to fall down, and the head office called back my husband without warrant for his job. Meanwhile, he was offered by American company which is related to his Japanese company just two months ago.
Since then, we talked over several times which way will be the best for our children and us, returning to Japan without job or staying in the United States to keep job. Therefor, we have decided to stay in the United States. In fact, the decision was really painful and anxious for me because I had dreamed about returning to Japan and my job since ever I came here.
In other words, staying in the United States means escape from our country having a serious problem of economy. I said to my husband, "Our family is like a raft in the mighty ocean", and he asked me, "Are we about to leave our country?" I couldn't respond anything.
Obviously, I am worrying and feeling guilty about my elderly mother living alone in Japan; however, I believe that children's well being is happiness for parents.
I could have gotten encouragement from Lester.
[Write 20 Sentences Using New vocabulary]
1: I inhaled fresh and cool air deeply in my morning garden, and I awaked.
2: In Japan, this is the coolest summer they've had for the last ten years; therefor, they are going to import rice from Thailand.
3: When I was a journalist, I used to collaborate pages with cameramen and editors.
4: Using slang in conversation is informal.
5: My mother's prediction comes true frequently, especially at gambles.
6: There are inscription of hieroglyphics in pyramids.
7: I preregistered classes at IVC before the classes start/
8: I could see my father's reflection in my memory.
9: I can't dictate well someone's speaking in English.
10: Graphologists judge signatures in justice.
11: Microbiology avails to the field of medicine.
12: Some enthusiasts collect and keep the valuable phonograph recordings.
13: I used to be given prescriptions for asthma from my doctor.
14: I have chronic headache.
15: I applied to IVC for last fall semester but it wasn't admitted. So I had to wait until spring semester and reapply.
16: He doesn't say hello whenever I see him. He must not be able to recall me.
17: I try to not remember my friends and ex-job in Japan. The retrospects make me homesick.
18: Some students are taking class in an audiovisual room.
19: I'd like to teach my children that they must not do immoral behaviors.
20: When my daughter was three years old, she could remember her prenatal memories.
[Journal 2] (done in class)
Arguing with My Mother
When I was sixteen, my parents got divorce, so i started to live with my mother. At that time, my older brother was a first-year student of a university. Because my brother was living apart with us, my mother had to sent him a big money twice a year for his school fees.
Of course I understood that my mother was working hard as much as she can, for growing up us. Much less I couldn't tell her that in fact I also want to go to a university.
My mother thought that graduation from college or university is necessary for males for their future. But I thought her thinking is old-fashioned. In my generation, girls studied with boys in the same classrooms and grew up, we females are estimated equally between males in society. Graduation from college or university should help my future if I want to get it.
Until I find new target about job, I had argued with mother over and over again. I had never asked her for going to a university, but I wanted her to change her discriminatory opinion.
I got grade "+".
It means "A". (^-^)v
TXB p.14 Exercise 6
Write Your Own [using idioms]
1: What's eating you, honey? You look so unhappy. You shouldn't keep something bottled up. Try to tell me your problem. I'm bound to help you.
2: Don't pass up such a great opportunity. You've always given everything a shot and made it, haven't you? Also this time, You'll be bound to do well. Don't be nervous at a big step. You have to have the guts to start something new!
3: A:Why are you so busy? You work too much!
B: Let me get something off my chest. Actually, I made a mistake with my new job, so I must make up for the mistake. Now is the time to bite off more than my chew, and I'll be able to get a success in the future. Do you think that'll be the day?
||ESL280 (Adv. Wrinting)
Comparing My Experiences of Growing Up with My Parents'
My parents were born in 1937, in small villages are in the northern part of Japan. When they ware little children, Japan was at World War II, and the nation was extremely poor. Especially for my mother's family living in the mountains, it is as much as they were able to eat vegetables grown by themselves.
Both of my parents had over 5 brothers and sisters, however, after my mother's older 2 brothers die by accidents, they were supporting family as substitutes for their father who had gone to a southern island for the war, my mother had to work and help her mother. In that time, my mother was a 12-year-old girl.
Naturally, she could not go to school so often. So she was eager to get anything of skills to go on. When she was seventeen, she had ran away from home to the nearest town, then she was working in a beauty shop and living in it for 6 years. After she get a hairdresser's license, she confided to her mother that she wants to go to Tokyo for living actually. "How far you are going to!" my mother's mother cried over the parting. My mother consoled her, "Tokyo is not so far. It is only 10 hours from here by train."
I was born in 1965, in Tokyo. I had father as a carpenter, mother as a hairdresser and a 3 years-older brother. I was not able to study hard although my grades in school were always high, because I had to help mother's shop and housework. When I was sixteen, hoping to enroll into a university, my parents got divorce. I abandoned the university and was going to a high school as I worked. After I graduate high school, I had worked at publishers as a journalist and a graphic designer for 16 years.
2 years ago from now, when I move to the United States because of my husband's job, "How far you are going to!" my mother cried over the parting. I consoled her, "Los Angeles is not so far. It is only 10 hours from here by plain."
Although my mother and I were born in different generations, we could have similar experiences of growing up.
My mother says that her brothers' and sisters' death was the most painful in her life. 4 people of her 7 brothers and sisters have passed away by accidents. I have lost my father and step father, however I am getting along and helping each other with my brother and cousins. I must be fortunate, much more than my mother.