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20150128: 74 is the new 24... really?

Giorgio Moroder released a song called "74 is the New 24" recently. Well, well, you can be whatever age you wanna be, but it sounds quite embarrasing to hear a 74-year old guy insist that he's as young and vital as 24-year olds. Obviosly, no 24-year old guy would say that 24 is the New 74. So lame.
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20150127: Being logical

Logical is the word that people overly use without considering what it really means. When you praise someone's opinion or the way it is presented as logical, you don't need to say any more. Logical is a magic word that conveys every kind of compliment on one's speech or written statement, but is it really that magical?

OED defines "logical" as characterized by or capable of clear, sound reasoning. Being logical may not be as complicated as it seems. When you state your opinion in a simple, clear, understandable way, you are to be regarded as logical. When someone says "Your argument is logical", it just indicates that he or she understands you're getting at and it's nothing more than that.

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QW 111712 “Constant self-denial”

It’s been the longest break that I ever took from QWing. It’s just so funny, even phenomenal, that it was so easy to quit doing what you’ve been doing so seriously. At first, there was no other choice for me to make but to allocate my free time to proofreading the manuscript for my first book as a co-author to be published next month. Some time later, however, I no longer wanted to write anything either in English or Japanese. There was no energy or passion left to write anything. I haven’t had such a feeling or apathy even when pretty tied up with my graduate school course work or job-related work. QWing was rather a refreshing activity for me to let my words speak. What makes all the difference? Now I’m guessing. I think this proofreading thing makes me hate what I’d write. I think I’ve become sick of whatever I’d write. You know what I mean? It seems to me that proofreading entails constant self-denial. You’re denied not only by you by, but also other proofreaders who are always right in their claims. Although I’m totally aware that I can never be free from errors, mistakes, typos, misconception, preconception, you name it, more than one month of self-scrutinizing kept me away from QWing, I guess. Now? Well, in a week or so, I might be recharged with QWing energy and come back here to write something. Who knows?

(30 minutes / 240 words)

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QW 102712 “It’s been a long time”

A week ago on Twitter, I learned how to use “It’s been a long time” and “since” in one sentence. The “since + present perfect” construction was what I was initially unsure of, and thus wanted to know more about. My thoughts, however, were getting more focused on how “It’s been a long time” can be used as my questions were answered by my friends’ feedback. Here’re the things I can share with you.

a) It’s been a long time since we last talked.
b) It’s been a long time since we’ve talked.
Both sentences basically mean “We talked in the past, but haven’t talked for a while.” The difference is a) refers to a specific action, but b) doesn’t.

For instance, when you’d like to refer to the specific occasion on which you and your friend talked last, use since + simple past. In fact, a) might make readers wonder when the last talk really happened.
e.g.) It’s been a long time since we last talked at our annual gyoza party.


*c) It’s been a long time since we met.
【been a long time + since + simple past】It means that we met some time ago, but haven’t met lately. I had thought it could ALSO mean “We met some time ago, and the friendship has lasted for a long time.”, but this is where my confusion started, I suspect. If you want to emphasize the long-lasting friendship, you might want to say “We’ve known each other for a long time.” It’s much clearer, and probably more precise. Again, c) doesn’t clearly state when the last meeting happened. Thus, it could be like;

c) It’s been a long time since we met at the gyoza convention held last year.


d) It’s been a long time since we’ve know each other.
【been a long time + since + present perfect】My confusion mentioned in the c) section might’ve made me interpret the sentence as that “we” got to know each other some time ago, and kept in touch since then. The sentence implies, according to my Canadian friend, that “we” used to know each other but don't any more. I didn’t see that coming, but I remembered that “It’s been a long time” goes hand in hand with absence of the action. “It’s been a long time” and “for a long time” might look similar, but are totally different in usage. Then, how about the following sentence?

e) It’s been a long time since we knew each other.
【been a long time + since + simple past】The fact that we know each other is already in the past and no longer exists, so it means “We used to know each other, but not any more.” Then I wondered. Can we quit knowing someone once you got to know them? My friend told me that we can become uncertain of someone anytime. Yes, point taken. You can even become uncertain of yourself. Then again, if you want to emphasize your long-lasting friendship, you say “We’ve know each other for a long time.”

(50 minutes / 519 words)

It's been a long time since I updated this blog. Thank you for coming back, readers.
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QW 101912 “Muteness”

I’ve become to like this muteness that I’ve been having for a couple of days. It’s not just that I lost my beautiful, soothing, yet seductive voice after having offered continuous lectures with a damaged and sore throat. The loss of my normal voice surely let me down both physically and mentally for sure. There were also the things that were beyond my control and capacity, but I had to deal with in very professional manners. Those things are energy-consuming on my side, but I kind of like this situation where I’d opt to remain silent, at least on the surface. Yes, on the surface.

Being mute, quiet, or to put it in a nicer way, “sober” helps you look back on what you’ve done to yourself, and what’s really important for you and what’s not. Given this calm submissive yet still positive energy, you’re more likely to see things critically and scrutinize yourself more thoroughly. It entails some risks, mind you, to be overly absorbed in your self-consciousness, soul-searching, or even self-loathing which serves you well while numbing your pains and averting your eyes from the problems you may have and the reality you need to face.

For now, however, I’m pretty much willing to enjoy this muteness that I have now, but who knows? It could be an incubation period in which the new-me will emerge sometime later. As the final note, readers, I’m always such an introverted, quiet, and contemplative person. Simultaneously I know full well that you’re not gonna believe my word. Cheers.

(20 minutes / 257 words)

I'll watch this movie this weekend, and go mute even more.
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