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2021/09/26 第168回例会TOPIC

 

今回は日曜日開催(9/26)です。
トップページに17:00~19:00と記載していた期間がありますが、
正しくは16:00~18:00です。曜日と時間にお気を付けください。


TOPIC 1

Please share your favorite place in Japan or New Zealand.


TOPIC 2 Why do competitors open their stores next to one another?
https://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-do-competitors-open-their-stores-next-to-one-another-jac-de-haan

 

Q1 If you started a retail business, would you prefer to be in a community with no competition or a community with several other retail businesses just like yours? Why?

Q2 Why is competition good for customers? Can you describe a time when you have purchased a product or service only to find that a competitor had a better deal? What did you do?

Q3 What is a Nash Equilibrium?

Q4 How does a Nash Equilibrium affect consumers?

2021/09/11 第167回例会TOPIC

今回は土曜日開催です。開催時間にお気を付けください。
’21/09/11(土) 18:00~20:00 オンライン開催


TOPIC1:Why you think you’re right — even if you’re wrong
https://www.ted.com/talks/julia_galef_why_you_think_you_re_right_even_if_you_re_wrong/up-next

Q1. How do you feel when you notice you might have been wrong about something? Proud or ashamed?
Q2. Can you talk about an episode which may have motivated reasoning in your past?
Q3. Which mindset are you more likely to be; soldier or scout?
Q4. What do you most yearn for?


TOPIC2:What would happen if you didn’t sleep?
https://www.ted.com/talks/claudia_aguirre_what_would_happen_if_you_didn_t_sleep/up-next#t-13039

Q1. How long do you usually sleep a night?
Q2. Have you ever challenged yourself to stay awake? If so, how long could you stay awake and what happened in the end?
Q3. Do you have any problems when you lose sleep?
Q4. Do you think about how long you sleep for to maintain your health and daily performance?

 
 

2021/08/29 第166回例会TOPIC

Topic 1  Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

Q1 Did you watch Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics?
(東京(とうきょう)オリンピックとパラリンピックを観(み)ましたか。)

Q2 In what sports, did your country get medals?
(どのスポーツで、あなたの国(くに)はメダルを取(と)りましたか。)

Q3 I’m glad ○○ won a prize.
(〇〇が入賞(にゅうしょう)してうれしいです。)



Topic 2  How caffeine and alcohol affect your sleep

https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_walker_how_caffeine_and_alcohol_affect_your_sleep?

Q1 How much and when do you have coffee or alcohol in one day?
Q2 Do you believe that caffeine and alcohol affect your sleep?
Q3 Do you have any tips to sleep well?
Q4 How do you try something to keep your life healthier?
Q5 Do you think that taking a nap can make your work more productive?

2021/07/24 第165回例会TOPIC

Topic1. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator?#t-7585

※14分弱の動画ですが、軽く笑って見られる内容なのでぜひ楽しく予習してください!

1.Are you a procrastinator?
2.What does the monkey in your mind care about?
3.When does the panic monster in your mind wake up?
4.How do you prioritize the tasks in your work life or daily life?
5.What is something that you probably should start today?


Topic2. How caffeine and alcohol affect your sleep

https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_walker_how_caffeine_and_alcohol_affect_your_sleep?

1. How much and when do you have coffee or alcohol in one day?
2. Do you believe that caffeine and alcohol affect your sleep?
3. Do you have any tips to sleep well?
4. How do you try something to keep your life healthier?
5. Do you think that taking a nap can make your work more productive?

 
 
 

2021/07/11 第164回例会TOPIC


2021/07/11(日) 17:00~18:00でニュージーランドの日本語サークルとLanguage Exchangeをします。基本はフリートークでトピックはありません。

いつもと違い、日曜日の17:00開始なのでご注意ください。


Q1 How have you been?
お元気(げんき)でしたか。

Q2 Do you like sports?
スポーツは好き(すき)ですか。

Q3 What’s your favorite?
お気(き)に入(い)りは何(なに)ですか。

Q4 Who’s your hero?
あこがれの人(ひと)は誰(だれ)ですか。

Q5 Where’s your favorite place?
お気(き)に入(い)りの場所(ばしょ)はどこですか。

Q6 When’s your birthday?
誕生日(たんじょうび)はいつですか?

Q7 How do you come to your workplace?
職場(しょくば)までどうやって行(い)きますか。

Q8 What do you usually have for breakfast?
朝食(ちょうしょく)によく何(なに)を食(た)べますか。

Q9 Do you read books?
読書(どくしょ)はしますか。

Q10 What time do you usually get up ( go home )?
たいてい何時(なんじ)に起(お)きますか(家(いえ)に帰(かえ)りますか)。

Q11 What food do you like?
好(す)きな食べ物(たべもの)は何(なん)ですか。

Q12 Do you have any brothers or sisters?
兄弟姉妹(きょうだいしまい)はいますか。

Q13 Do you like animals?
動物(どうぶつ)は好き(すき)ですか。

Q14 What’s your dream?
夢(ゆめ)は何(なん)ですか。

Q15 What do you do in your free time?
自由(じゆう)な時間(じかん)に何(なに)をしていますか。

Q16 Which season do you like?
好き(すき)な季節(きせつ)はどれですか。

Q17 Are you good at cooking?
料理(りょうり)は得意(とくい)ですか。

Q18 What’s your favorite TV program?
好き(すき)なテレビ番組(ばんぐみ)は何(なに)ですか。

Q19 What songs do you like?
好き(すき)な曲(きょく)は何(なに)ですか。

Q20 What did you do today?
今日(きょう)は何(なに)をしましたか。

2021/06/26 第163回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 : How To Make Small Talk

  1. What kind of importance in communication do you think small talk has?
  2. What kind of topic do you think is appropriate for small talk? Why?
  3. What kind of topic do you think is inappropriate for small talk? Why?
  4. What kind of topic do you often talk about with your friends, family members or colleagues?
  5. What kind of feedback do you give when you are listening?
  6.  What kind of questions are good to have a smooth conversation?

TOPIC 2 : Media Effects

  1. What is your favorite TV show? Please describe it in detail.
  2. What do you think are the good points and bad points of television in comparison with YouTube?
  3. Whether you like it or not, the media is sometimes unfair; they sometimes control how you see things by providing certain types of interpretations on the topic. Do you think this is acceptable or not? Why?
  4. Do you believe your country has free press? Do you think you receive information that is presented in a fair way?
  5. Where do you often get information? Is it TV, newspaper, books or the Internet?
  6. What kind of technique do you use to tell facts from fakes on the Internet?
  7.  In addition to the pandemic, what kind of news is currently getting attention in your country?

2021/06/13 第162回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1: Why talking to your friends can help you save money?

1.Have you seen any similar message focusing on what our neighbors are doing? For example, in the train station, shopping mall, or in your workplace.

2.Are you trying to save money? Are there any good ways to save money in your daily life?

3. Do you easily get influenced by other’s thoughts or opinions?

4. Did COVID-19 change your way of using money?  What did you do with the 100,000 yen cash handout from Japanese government?

TOPIC 2: Why school lunch lady is a hero?

1. Did your school have a lunch lady?

2. Do you care about people who do unpopular jobs?

3. Do you have a spirit of volunteering?  Can you work without any expectations?

4. Are you a person who is willing to do for someone, not expecting anything in return?

5. Do you usually appreciate what others do for you?

2021/05/16 第161回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1  The next outbreak?
Q1 What is the disaster you are worried about most? Do you prepare for it?
Q2 Bill Gates horribly predicts the current situation of COVID-19. Please imagine what he thinks now.
Q3 In the middle of his talk, he said “we can build a really good response system. We have the benefits of all the science and technology that we talk about here”. Do you think the latest science and technology have been fully utilized?
Q4 Japan is sometimes considered to be a country that has failed in vaccination. What do you think?
Q5 Do you know about past epidemics?  
 
 
TOPIC 2  Everyone has his taste
First, please read the following sentences. (This is not a psychology test.)
 
The Girl And The Sailor

A ship sank in a Storm. Five survivors scrambled aboard two lifeboats: a sailor, a girl, and an old man in one boat; the girl’s fiancé and his best friend in the second. That evening the storm continued, and the two boats separated. The one with the sailor, the girl, and the old man washed ashore on an island and was wrecked. The next day the weather cleared, and still the girl could not locate her fiancé. In the distance she saw another island. Hoping to find her fiancé, she begged the sailor to repair the boat and row her to the other island. The sailor agreed, on the condition that she slept with him that night. Distraught, she went to the old man for advice. “I can’t tell you what’s right or wrong for you,” he said. “Look into your heart and follow it.” Confused but desperate, she agreed to the sailor’s condition. The next morning the sailor fixed the boat and rowed her to the other island. Jumping out of the boat, she ran up the beach into the arms of her fiancé. Then she decided to tell him about the previous night. In a rage, he pushed her aside and said, “Get away from me! I don’t want to see you again!” Weeping, she started to walk slowly down the beach. Her fiancé’s best friend saw her and went to her, put an arm around her, and said, “I can tell that you two have had a fight. I’ll try to patch it up, but in the meantime I’ll take care of you.”

Q1. Rank in order the following characters from 1 (the person you liked most or valued most) to
5 (the person you disliked or valued least)
A. Girl
B. Sailor
C. Fiancé
D. Best Friend
E. Old Man
Why do you rank so?  Please share your thoughts in a group.
 
Q2. Develop and agree upon one group ranking (not by decision but by majority and in about 10min). After that, how did you feel when you discussed it in a group?
 
Q3. When there is the opposition of feelings and opinions in talks or meetings, as a member, what should you do?
 
Q4. Which do you prefer, the person with similar opinions or dissimilar opinions? (your friends, coworkers, partner or lover)
 
 
 
 

2021/04/24 第160回例会TOPIC

Topic 1 : The global food waste scandal

https://www.ted.com/talks/tristram_stuart_the_global_food_waste_scandal

1. Share your experiences when you saw foods wasted?
2. Would you like to buy or eat foods that are wrong shape or size?
3. Do you know any policy or way to reduce wasting foods?
4. Please share your experiences that you felt any differences in eating habits like the example of Xinzhang province.
5. How can you act to stop wasting food now?


Topic 2 : The first Asian-born man to win the Masters.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/11/sports/golf/masters-2021-winner-matsuyama-japan.html

1. What’s your first impression when you heard the news?
2. How do you know about Mr. Matsuyama Hideki and the Masters?
3. What do you think is the role of sports in society especially in the COVID era?
4. Do you agree to hold the professional sports games or Olympic games now?
5. Are you a fan of any sport or player?  

2021/04/11 第159回例会TOPIC


TOPIC 1 : Prohibition: Banning alcohol was a bad idea… – Rod Phillips
https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-happened-when-the-united-states-tried-to-ban-alcohol-rod-phillips#watch

Q1  How much do you drink?
Q2  What are the health and social impacts of alcohol?
Q3  Why did some countries introduce Prohibition? Why was banning alcohol a bad idea?
Q4  Why did so many women support anti-alcohol policies in the U.S.?
Q5  What was the longer-term effect of Prohibition alcohol production and consumption in the United States? 


TOPIC 2 : The vulture and the little girl
https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/vulture-little-girl/

Q1 Do you know about Sudan?
Q2 Imagine how Kevin Carter felt when he took the photo.
Q3 What do you think of Kevin Carter’s action?  Should he have helped the girl first?
Q4 What do you think of his suicide note?
Q5 What do you think of journalism? What role should a journalist play?