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What is being logical? 2

I still did not assert how to be logical. Let we consider that issue here.

As I've already described, an English speaker seems to show that one's opinion is better than the counterpart's one in the discussion. The fundamental form of his/her communication is that they he/she has an argument based on an objective evidence and tries to make a counterpart understand the advantage of its thought. On the other hand, most Japanese people seem poor at speaking based on such evidences but they somehow tend to make stories around emotions and ethics. The fact, as a barrier to Japanese people, remains in the global communication to understand one another. The point is not how to express in English, either.

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What is being logical? 1

Although I haven't got a comment on my article for a while, I got one yesterday. Thank you for your attention. Make sure that I made a comment on your blog in return.

Facebook is getting more and more exciting for me now. I feel I can learn English and make foreign acquaintances on Facebook more easily than on mixi. After all the service of mixi is too localised for Japanese people. Also the Japanese online culture is some strange than in other countries. First of all we usually don't show our real names on the net. This specialty might create some interesting contents like 2ch. However, such a nature of Japanese net culture has a certain limit in developing its possibility in the future.

Anyway, comunicaions on Facebook is not only interesting but useful especially for me. I prefer British English to American English. I like BBC better than CNN. If I had a chance to go abroad, I would go to the UK, not the US. Actually, American English is considered as the orthodox English and British English is just an option especially in Japan. The US exports its language as well as the wars and the pop culture but I don't like such a stream in language learning and the cultural fashion. Why people have very little respect for the history?

Let's get down to today's point. I want to be able to talk logically enough to persuade more and more people. To do so, I have to study how to make a quick speech which has sufficiently supporting ideas.

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I took the TOEIC test today

I took the TOEIC test today as I described before. The place for the test was Taisho University, Toshima, Tokyo. I went into a building (perhaps, bldg.10) and went into a classroom on the fifth floor. My seat was at the corner near a door. The classroom looked clear and comfortable. I thought a private college was quite different from national one in a financial way because there were two plasma display panels and a clock on the wall so that students could work on studying. Some examiner were there and they gave us examinee lots of instructions about the test and their policy. They checked sound out of a speaker device: no problem. I experienced this time the atmosphere of TOEIC tests like this again.

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TOEICを受験予定

どうもこんばんは。カズです。今日は東京で久しぶりに雨が降っているのを見ました。

今月末、1月31日(日)に第152回TOEIC公開テストを受験します。TOEICを受けたのは大学に編入する前の年のゴールデンウィークごろが最後だったので、前回受けたときから3年弱経過しています。確かそのときのスコアは 580くらいだった……と記憶しています。

今日はそんなTOEICについて、考えてきたことをまとめてみようかなと思います。

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模範解答を求めすぎる現代日本人への一つの問題提起

英語で高校の教科書を読むことは確かにいい勉強になっています。同時に、私自身も使っていたものとしての日本の高校教科書についても思うところがあります。とりわけ化学の初期段階というものがかなり危ういので、そのことを考えてみたいと思います。長くなりそうな予感。

とりあえずまずは高校化学の雰囲気を思い出しておく必要があるので、楽しい高校化学の原子の電子配置についての解説を見てみましょう。一読後、また戻りましょう。

s, p, dなど電子軌道の種類についての記述が少しあるので、この「楽しい高校化学」は良心的です。しかしながら、これだけではなかなか理解しがたいのではないでしょうか?まず、根本的な問題が高校の化学の教科書に横たわっています。

高校化学の内容は高校化学の知識で理解しえないということです。伝統的な計算問題や知識を問う問題(いわゆるパターン)についての解法とは「どのようにそれらに回答するか (You should describe an answer like this.)」ということではあっても、「なぜそういう回答になるか (Why is the solution possible in chemistry as a branch of natural science?)」ということではないからです。

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