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2019/06/22 第122回例会TOPIC

Topic 1 How honest are you?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/persian/features/6-minute-english/ep-170727

Q1 How honest are you? Please share an episode about how honest you are.
Q2 Have you ever used an honesty box? Have you ever cheated when using it?
Q3 Do you think honesty boxes ensure a high recovery rate?
Q4 Philip Graves says being dishonest is part of our ‘psychological make up’. Do you agree with this?

Topic 2 Helping others makes us happier but it matters how we do it

Q1 Do you think helping others makes us happier?
Q2 Have you ever joined a volunteer activity or given money to charity? Did you feel happy?
Q3 How do you think we should help others?
Q4 Do you agree with “Spending Money on Others Promotes Happiness”?

2019/06/08 第121回例会TOPIC

Topic 1 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion

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Q1. What is your favorite card game? Why do you like it?

Q2. Do you have an experience related to Liv’s statement : “our egos love to downplay the luck factor when we’re winning”? If not, do you agree?

Q3. Do you usually think in numbers, and are you good at logical thinking? Why do you think so?

Q4. Do you tend to follow your intuition or not? Please try to give a personal example.

 

Topic2 Shopify shares soar after tech company pivots to a profit

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/shopify-earnings-1.5117004

Q1Which do you like better, buying something you want in a shop or on the net? Why?

Q2Do you like shopping? Please share your favorite store. Why do you like that one?

Q3What is your best buy in recent years? Please tell us how wonderful it is.

Q4If you started an Ecommerce Business, what products would you want to sell? Please try to think and explain your business strategy.

2019/05/25 第120回例会TOPIC

1st TOPIC: “Why I train grandmothers to treat depression”

https://www.ted.com/talks/dixon chibanda why i train grandmothers to treat depression

1. In most low- and middle-income countries, the ratio of psychiatrists to the rest of the population is something like one for every one and a half million people. What do you think can happen under such circumstances?

* Contrastingly the ratio of psychiatrists or psychologists in Japan is one for every two thousand five hundred people.

2. Would you like to get evidence-based talk therapy from an elderly woman trained under the friendship bench program if you suffered from depression? Why or why not?

3. The results of the clinical trial showed that grandmothers were more effective at treating depression than doctors. Why do you think grandmothers worked so effectively?

4. Do you have any concerns about the expansion of this friendship bench program?

5. According to WHO, a leading cause of death is suicide when you look at the age group between 15 to 29. What can we do to prevent youth suicide?

For your information, in Japan, suicide is the top cause of death among 15-39 years-old (data from 2018).

2nd TOPIC: “9 Happy Habits That Will Change Your Outlook and Your Life”

https://www.lifehack.org/801737/happy-habits

1. How many of the 9 happy habits do you have? Have you ever felt that getting enough sunlight and hearing nature sounds intervenes in negative thinking?

2. Which of the 9 habits would you like to try? Which habit seems useless in making your mind calm?

3. Other than the above-mentioned 9 habits, what kind of happy habits do you have? How do those habits affect your life?

4. Are there any bad habits you wish to break?

5. Please share your ideas, if any, to make a good habit or kick a bad one.

2019/05/11 第119回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1: 8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for

TEDはこちらから

  1. Do you enjoy your job?
  2. Do you feel the team you belong to works well as a team?
  3. Is there anyone who you respect at your work place? How about your boss? Do you respect him or her?
  4. Does your company have “Premium Friday”? Does it still exist? If your company doesn’t have “Premium Friday” would you like to have it? Do you think the “Premium Friday system” can motivate you to work well?
  5. Did any of your company guidelines or system had changed due to “Work style reforms”?

 

TOPIC2: The “dementia village” that’s redefining elder care

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  1. What kind of image do you have when you think of a nursing home?
  2. If you have to move in to a nursing home in the future, what kind of nursing home would you like to live in? A traditional nursing home, a nursing home like a village, or you will never move in to a nursing home etc…
  3. Do you think creating a “dementia village” in Japan is possible?
  4. Recently, we hear many problems about care for the elderly in Japan. What is the problem? Do you think Japan can deal with this problem?
  5. Do you think our average lifespan will extend further in the future?

 

2019/04/20 第118回例会TOPIC

1st Topic:A bath without water

http://www.ted.com/talks/abathwithoutwater

  1. Have you ever thought that you don’t want to take a bath? If your answer is yes, why and when did you think so?
  2. Would you like to use DryBath?
  3. When/how can we use DryBath in Japan?
  4. According to Ludwicks speech why is DryBath packed in a little sachets?
  5. Did you know that there are more than 2.5 billion people in the world today that do not have proper access to water and sanitation? What do you think about this situation? Is there anything that you can do for them?

2nd Topic:Salman Khan, MIT 2012 Commencement Address

https://youtu.be/Pn24jP0YbTI2分頃からスピーチが始まります。

Transcript) http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N28/commencement.html

  1. What was your graduation day like?  Do you still remember something from that day?  Have a lot of your classmates married each other like MIT students?
  2. When you have an argument or quarrel with someone whom you respect, or you care deeply about, what would you do?  Are you able to control your ego and pride?  Once you have had trouble with very important people. How do you fix the relationship?
  3.  Salman thinks money is not important compared with your health and relationships. Do you agree with this statement?  What is the most important thing in your life?
  4. When you’re stressed out what do you do? Do you have any method or techniques to relieve your stress?  What do you think of Salman’s advice?
  5. How do you deal with people you don’t like or hate?  Do you ignore, dismiss or fight with them?  Or do you try to empathize with them?  What would you do if you need their cooperation?
  6. If you are able to go back to the past, how many years ago do you want to go back? Then, what would you do or change there?

Reference)MIT=マサチューセッツ工科大学) https://collegino.jp/app/media/89

Khan Academy) https://www.khanacademy.org/

 

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2019/04/06 第117回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1: Why working from home is good for business

 

Q1: Is it possible for you to work from home now?

Q2: If you can work from home, which part of your work can be done so?

Q3: What would you do if you could work from home?

Q4: If your current workplace has any good labor system that helps you balance the work and your private life, please share.

Q5: Do you have any requests for your workplace? What kind things do you wish to change at your current workplace?

Q6: After retirement, will you still wish to work? Please explain why.

 

 

TOPIC 2 : How autism freed me to be myself

Q1: Have you ever heard of “developmental disabilities”? Before this meeting, what did you know about them? Were you familiar with them or not? Have you ever met anyone around you who has them? Share your experience.

Q2: Can you explain the words such as “autism”, “ADHD” and “LD”? If not, please do a little bit of research and share your findings in your group.

Q3: What would you do if you had a child with developmental disabilities? What kind of support do you think you can offer?

Q4: To support people with developmental disabilities, what do you think our society can do?

Q5: The topic maker wanted the participants to realize the necessity of looking at the world in somebody else’s shoes. Do you think you are the type of person who can think in other people’s points of view? Please share your effort, if any, to understand other people’s ways of thinking.

Q6: No matter whether related to developmental disabilities or not, do you yourself have any behavioral tendencies? Do you have any thing you are not confident about? For example: forming relationships with other people or understanding others through listening or writing.

2019/03/23 第116回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1:Don’t Regret Regret

Q1. Have you ever learned something from your mistakes? Share your mistakes and what you learned from them.
Q2. When you make mistakes, do you regret for a while or make a fresh start soon?
Q3. The speaker said, people tend to regret about education, money, relationships, health and so on. What do you think about this opinion? And how about yourself? Are you satisfied with those items?
Q4. What is the best way to deal with our feeling of ‘regret’?
Q5. If your friend missed the airplane and couldn’t attend the wedding party, what would you say to him or her who were in regret?
Q6. What do you keep in mind not to regret?

 

TOPIC2: Let’s prepare for our new climate

Q1. What is the most unforgettable natural disasters in Japan or the world for you?
Q2. In your hometown, what kind of natural disasters can happen?
How do you prepare for that?
Q3. Do you think Japanese infrastructures like airports or subways prepare enough for natural disasters?
Q4. What have you ever learned from natural disasters you had experienced?
Q5. When you hear news about natural disasters in other areas, do you think about it as real or not?

2019/03/09 第115回例会TOPIC

Topic1  Tongue Twisters !

Tongue twisters are a great way to practice and improve pronunciation and fluency.  They can also help to improve accents by using alliteration, which is the repetition of one sound.  They’re not just for kids, but are also used by actors, politicians, and public speakers who want to sound clear when speaking.  Below, you will find some of the most popular English tongue twisters. Say them as quickly as you can. If you can master them, you will be a much more confident speaker !

 Let’s practice the tongue twisters in your group.

① She sells sea shells by the sea shore. (彼女は海岸で貝がらを売っている。)

② How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?(ウッドチャックが木を投げられるとしたら、何本の木を投げるだろう)

③ I can think of six thin things, but I can think of six thick things too.(私は6つ薄いものが思いつくけれど、厚いものも6つ思いつく。)

④ Betty Botter bought some butter.  But she said this butter’s bitter(ベティボターさんはバターを買いました。でも彼女はこのバターは苦いと言いました。)

⑤ He threw three free throws.(彼は3つのフリースローを投げた。)

⑥ Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.(ピーター・パイパーは9リッターほどの唐辛子の漬物を拾った。)

⑦ A big black bug bit a big black bear.(大きな黒いカブトムシが大きな黒い熊を咬みました。)

⑧ Vincent vowed vengeance very vehemently.(ヴィンセントはとても激しく復讐を誓った。)

⑨ You know New York, you need New York, you know you need unique New York.(君はニューヨークを知っている、君にはニューヨークが必要だ、君は自分が唯一のニューヨークを必要としていることを知っている。)

⑩ Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?(君は缶詰業者が缶を缶詰にするのと同じように、缶を缶詰にできるのかい?)

 

Topic2  English Quotations

There are a lot of English quotations.  Do you believe in these?

― Love

Woodrow Wyatt once said, A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.

― Money

Tennessee Williams once said, You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.

仕事 ― Work

Maxim Gorki once said, When work is a pleasure, life is a joy!  When work is a duty, life is slavery.

― Time

Benjamin Franklin once said, Remember, that time is money.

⑤ 教育 ― Education

Albert Einstein once said, Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.

友情 ― Friendship

Oscar Wilde once said, Between men and women there is no friendship possible.  There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

結婚 ― Marriage

Austen once said, Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

― Laughter

Dostoevsky once said, One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man’s laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.

成功Success

Ben Sweetland once said, Success is a journey, not a destination.

過ち ― Error

Cicero once said, Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.

人生 ― Life

Mark Twain once said, Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.

逆境Adversity

Byron once said, Adversity is the first path to truth.

2019/02/23 第114回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 A simple way to break a bad habit

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Q1 Do you have a bad habit?  Please explain the process of trigger, behavior and reward.

Q2 Have you ever tried to break your bad habit?

Q3 What do you think is happening in your body and mind when you do the bad behavior?  Do you think you can break the bad habit by thinking about what’s happening in your body and mind? 

Q4 Do you have another way to break a bad habit? 

 

 

TOPIC 2 How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings

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Q1 This week, how many hours do you have meetings in total?  How many hours do you think is wasteful?

Q2 How do you manage your schedule?  Are you sharing your schedule with colleagues on the calendar in your PCs?  

Q3 Are you suffering from MAS : Mindless Accept Syndrome?

Q4 Have you ever had similar experiences with terrible meeting videos?

Q5 Have you ever done No MAS the speaker introduced in his speech?

 

 

2019/02/09 第113回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1

Siamak Hariri How do you build a sacred space?

リンク先はこちら


Q1. Please share 3 of your favorite buildings or objects in the world.  (not famous things are also OK)  Why do you like them?

Q2. Which country’s buildings do you like most? Since when have you liked them?

Q3. Please share a time when you felt something sacred.

Q4. In Japan, where is the best sacred space? Please discuss and select in your group and then make your group opinion.
(At the end of TOPIC, please give the presentation in front of the class.)

 

TOPIC2

Is it aliens?  Scientists detect more mysterious radio signals from a distant galaxy

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/it-aliens-scientists-detect-more-mysterious-radio-signals-distant-galaxy-ncna912586

Q1. Do you believe in aliens? (you mustn’t say “I don’t know”)  And why do you think so?

Q2. Please introduce the best alien movies. Why do you like them?

Q3. If you met an alien (an intelligent one), what do you want to talk about with him (or her).  And why do you think so?

Q4. If we can go on space travel in the future, what is your preferred travel plan?