2022/07/16 第185回例会TOPIC

1st Topic:Yes, you can retire before your 40th birthday


1.Do you want to retire your job before the retirement age? Why or why not?

2.Do you prefer saving less in order to retire early, or work until the age of retirement so that you can live luxuriously?

3.Do you want to own a small business or do you want to work part after you retire?

4.What is your ideal working style?  Work less and enjoy your own time, or devote your life to your work?

5.Do you have an interest in any person, book or idea? Is there someone that you admire, respect or follow?


2nd Topic: 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?

2022/06/26 第184回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1: An Olympic champion’s mindset for overcoming fear 

1. Is there anything that makes you feel terrified in your career?

2. Have you ever tried to overcome what terrified you? 
How did you do it and was it worth it?

3. Does women need to give up a carrer by having a baby in your society?
Are there any ideas for solving the issue?

TOPIC2:Why do we dream? 

1. How long do you sleep a day? Do you usually dream?

2. Which theory do you believe in for why we dream, 
to fulfill our wishes,remember,forget,keep our brains working,reherse,heal or solve problems?

3. Have you ever realized your subconcious by dreaming?

2022/06/11 第183回例会TOPIC

<TOPIC 1 : The surprising health benefits of dreaming –  Matt Walker>

https://www.ted.com/talks/matt walker the surprising health benefits of dreaming?language=ja

  1. What is one key benefit of dreaming which is associated with an enhanced ability to solve next-day problems according to Mr. Walker’s talk?
  2. What is the second benefit of dreaming?
  3. Do you usually have dreams?  What was the nicest dream you could remember?What about the worst?
  4. Are dream messages sent from our unconscious, predictions of the future, or the brain’s way of cleaning out information?
  5. Has anyone told you that you walked or talked in your sleep?


<TOPIC 2 : What does it mean to be a refugee?>

https://www.ted.com/talks/benedetta berti and evelien borgman what does it mean to be a refugee mar 2018

  1. Who are those people commonly referred to as refugees?  What is the modern definition of “refugee” drafted in the UN’s 1951 Convention? What is the difference between the term “migrant” and “refugee”?
  2. Are refugees welcome in your country?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of welcoming refugees into a country?
  4. Would you be willing to support (financially or otherwise) charities that help refugees in your country? Why / why not?
  5. What do you think you’d do if you suddenly lost your home, your job, your family and your country became extremely dangerous to live in?

2022/05/29 第182回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 : How  language shapes the way we think

 https://www.ted.com/talks/lera boroditsky how language shapes the way we think/transcript

1. Do you believe that speaking two languages is like having two minds?
Has English/Japanese ever changed your way of thinking?

 2. Have you ever studied any other languages besides English/Japanese?
Why did you start studying them?
Which language do you wish to learn?

 3. What do you think is the reason why some aborigines consider that the time goes from east to west?
Why do you think their language focuses so much on direction?

4. What do you think of the fact that we are losing a number of languages year by year?
What if English or your mother tongue becomes the only language in the world?
英語が世界で唯一(ゆいいつ = the only)の言語になったとしたら、どう思いますか?

5. Thanks to the evolution of technology, we can now make use of traslation software such as Google Translation.  What do you think of these services?  Do you think it is still meaningful to study a language even in this situation?


TOPIC 2 : Why you should do useless things

 https://www.ted.com/talks/simone giertz why you should make useless things/transcript

 1. Do you have any personal  hobbies or customs that might appear useless to others?

 2. Do you wish to get rid of useless things from your daily life?

Or is it acceptable for you to have useless things in your life?

 3. What do you think of the idea that useless things can give you some inspiration to solve real problems?
Have you ever felt that way?

 4. What do you wish to learn in the future?

 5. Do you have any favorite movies or novels that might not be necessarily related to your work but are important for you to keep living?  How do they inspire you?

2022/05/21 第181回例会TOPIC


“The Chinese zodiac, explained”

https://www.ted.com/talks/shaolan the chinese zodiac explained

Q1 What is your Chinese zodiac?

Q2 Do you care about which Chinese zodiac you are?
Do you believe that each Chinese zodiac has characteristic tendencies?

Q3 What do you think about the fact that Chinese people tend to pay attention to their Chinese zodiac?

Q4 Do you talk about Chinese zodiac, astrology or blood type in your daily life?
Do you enjoy talking about such topics?

Q5 If you have any interesting stories or information about the Chinese zodiac, please share them.



Why are some people left-handed? – Daniel M. Abrams


Q1 Are you right-handed or left-handed?

Q2 Is it good to correct left-handed people to become right-handed when they are a small children?

Q3 How can evolution affect the amount of left-handed people in the human population?

Q4 “It is a right-handed world and there are more advantages to being right-handed than left-handed.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Q5 Give examples from a sport’s perspective of how being left-handed can serve as an advantage in competition.

2022/04/24 第180回例会TOPIC

Topic 1:Why sitting is bad for you.
Q1.How long do you sit in a day? Do you have a stiff neck, shoulder or do you have pain in your back?
Q2. Do you have any ideas to prevent you from sitting for a long time?
Q3.Do you habitually do anything to stay healthy?
Q4.What kind of new excercise would you like to try?
Topic 2:How to gain control of your free time
Q1.Do you have any ideas to save time? What kind of tips and tricks do you do in your daily life?
Q2.Do you agree with her opinion, ”I don’t have time=it is not a priority” “Time is a choice, it is elastic”?
Q3. Are you a person who makes a schedule for a day, a week or a year?
Q4.What would you like to do if you have an extra hour in a day?

2022/04/16 第179回例会TOPIC

Topic1:Try something new for 30 days


Q1. Are you satisfied with your life?Why or why not?

Q2. How can you make your life happier?

Q3. Is there anything you have always meant to do or wanted to do?

Q4. What will you do if you try something new for 30 days?

Q5. How would your life change if you tried something new you wanted to do?

Topic2: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain


Q1: Do you think of yourself as an introvert or extrovert?  Why do you think so?  If you have both aspects, in which situations are you introvert and which are you an extrovert? 

Q2: Have you ever regretted not pursuing something that you really wanted?

Q3: Which one would you rather be: the best talker or a person having the best idea if you had to choose one?

Q4: How do you feel when you go into nature, such as mountains, sea or the like? Can you refresh your mind and get back to nature?

Q5: Do you have items that you always have in your bag or suit case when you go somewhere? If you do, please explain where you bring them and why you need them.

2022/03/27 第178回例会TOPIC

March is the end of the fiscal year in Japan. 
1. When is the end of the fiscal year of New Zealand?
2.Are there any special events, foods or fashions for the season?
3. Please share if you have any unforgettable memories related to the end of the fiscal year.
4.Which do you prefer, staying in the same community or finding a new place?
TOPIC2:How to build (and rebuild) trust
1.Do you trust the organization you are a member of?
2.What are the components of trust? Tell us the three things the presenter says or your own thoughts. 
3.When, where  and to whom are you likely to offer distractions?
4.What do you think is the key to building a good team?

2022/02/27 第177回例会TOPIC

Q1 : Please share three characteristics that describe your personality.
(For example, being organized or preferring to be the center of attention)
Q2 : Please share three characteristics that you want your ideal partner to have.
Q3 : Do you think algorithms actually work to find an ideal partner? Or do you think we should not rely on them?
Q4 : Do you think more and more people will use dating apps in the future? Or do you think people will somehow stop using them?
Q1 : Which fact about elephants did you find the most interesting?
Q2 : Have you had any pets? Which animal do you like the best? Why?
Q3 : If you could have the ability to understand one animal language, which animal would you choose? Why?
Q4 : What do you think makes humans different from other animals?

2022/01/30 第176回例会TOPIC

Topic 1 : Language exchange

The five W’s song

https://ed.ted.com/best_of_web/llctte6r/review open#question-4

 Q  Have conversations using “Five W’s”( Who, What, When, Where, Why ) !


Topic 2 : The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages, by Leo Buscalgia




Q1  Daniel said, “To make things more pleasant for others is a reason for being.  To make shade for old people who come to escape the heat of their homes is a reason for being.  To provide a cool place for children to come and play.  To fan with our leaves the picnickers who come to eat on checkered tablecloths. These are all the reasons for being.”  What’s your reason for being?

Q2  You are also one of the leaves.  Daniel said, “Everything dies.  No matter how big or small, how weak or strong.  We first do our job.  We experience the sun and the moon, the wind and the rain.  We learn to dance and to laugh. Then we die.” Are you afraid of leaving the tree?

Q3  Please answer Freddie’s question.  “Why were we here at all if we only have to fall and die?”

Q4  As Freddie fell, he saw the whole tree for the first time.  He said, “How strong and firm it was!”  He was sure that the tree would live for a long time and he knew that he had been part of its life and that made him proud. Why was Freddie proud of himself?

Q5 After reading this story, what do you think about it?