55歳からの英語とシェイクスピア

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この月はエクササイズスタジオに10回以上行けてまずまずでしたがLearning時間はあまり伸びませんでした。70時間弱。

聞き取れているのにわからないのは語彙以外の何物でもありませんね。
あと一般常識、知識。
当然ながら日本語でわからないものは何語で聞いてもわかりません。

でも机の上をきれいにしたこともあって学ぶことはただただ楽しいですね。


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by miyukinglish | 2016-06-15 17:52 | 通信講座

FutureLearn:Strategies for Successful Ageing

FutureLearn:Strategies for Successful Ageing
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2月から3月にかけての講座を遅れて受講中です。
9月からまた新開講するようです。
「老いていくこと」に前向きなところがいいです。

Ageingにsuccessfulもunsuccessfulもないとは思いますが。
日本で
「高齢化社会」「超高齢化社会」という言葉が歩き出してからずっとそれが「困ったこと」「やっかいなこと」として語られるのがどうにもいや~な感じでした。
安心して老いていけない世の中で新しい命を生み出すことに躊躇するのは当然だと思います。


ABOUT THE COURSE
How do you feel about ageing? What choices are you making to stay happy, healthy, socially-connected and active as you age?

During this five-week course, distinguished academics and physicians at Trinity College Dublin will present world-leading research in successful ageing, which may challenge many of the assumptions you have about growing old.

Learn strategies and tips for healthy, active ageing

As a community of learners, we will discuss what you’re doing to maintain your health, increase your wellbeing, maintain friendships and navigate life’s challenges.

Together, we will discover the many opportunities for personal growth and community-building by exploring the skills, talents and dreams of older adults.



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by miyukinglish | 2016-06-15 17:40 | MOOC

TED:Laura Carstensen:Older people are happier

この頃若い時よりどんどんhappyになっているような気がするのですが、そうするとそういうことを言っている記事や動画によく出くわすようになりました。なぜか海外のものばかりなんですけど。
Laura Carstensen:Older people are happier





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by miyukinglish | 2016-06-15 17:20 | 動画

A clear desk helps a lot.

断捨離の成果で机の上のものがほとんどなくなり快適です。
スペースが空くとこんなにはかどるとは思いませんでした。やってみるものですね。
まだまだ手つかずのところもあるのですが机の上を早めにやってみたのは大正解でした。
断捨離しながらも考えなくていい作業(ひたすら紙を破いて捨てるとか)の時はリスニングもできていいことづくめ。
机の上が片付いているとやろうと思った時にすぐに始められるのが最高です。
ところで何がはかどるか書くときに言いたいことは" fun learning"なのですが日本語だと「勉強」とか「学習」とか「学問」なんでしょうけど、ただの趣味のlearningにぴったりの訳語はないのでしょうか? そもそもそんな概念ないのかな?



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by miyukinglish | 2016-06-15 10:59 | DECLUTTER

坐骨神経痛からの英語学習

ひょんなことから数日前に坐骨神経痛になってしまいました。
毎日のように行っていたジムやスタジオに行けなくなりあまり遠出もできません。
最近はまっている断捨離は重いものや高いところにあるものは出来ませんが小さなところをチマチマと片づけています。やはりスペースが少しでも出来ると気持ちがいいですね。

で、空いた時間に英語学習が出来てこれも楽しい。
ちなみに「坐骨神経痛」は英語で sciatica というらしく
pain in the back, hip and outer side of the leg, caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve
まさしく、そのままですね。
ちなみに「椎間板」は disk

ラジオ講座もまとめて真面目に聞いたら
doctor に動詞で「改ざんする、偽造する」なんて意味があるなんて知りませんでした。
'He doctored the academic background on his personal history.'

それからこのブログのカテゴリーにも「断捨離」のつもりで「DECLUTTER」を追加しました。
"to remove things that you do not use so that you have more space and can easily find things when you need them"
なんていうのもまんまで面白い。

実は断捨離メモのブログも作っちゃいました。
なんでもすぐに忘れてしまうもので。
この英語ブログがモチベーションキープに思った以上に役立っているということもあります。






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by miyukinglish | 2016-06-10 13:44 | 英語学習メモ

断捨離関連のTED動画

この前の記事の動画もその中で紹介されていたものですが、私が今回いわゆる「モノを減らす」という意味の断捨離を始めるきっかけになったブロガーさんのブログのカテゴリーに「TEDの動画」があって参考になります。
英語を聞きながらモノを減らしたりもできるので、断捨離と英語学習も相性がいいかもしれません。
もっともミニマリストさんたちは「ワンタスク」がよろしいとおっしゃっているようですが。
このブロガーさんはご自分のやり方を押し付けるのではなく、それぞれのやり方があっていいという姿勢がいいなと思います。







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by miyukinglish | 2016-06-09 12:12 | 動画

TEDx:Jane Fonda

その昔Jane Fondaのファンでした。
年齢を重ねてますますかっこいいですね。

「人生の第3幕は可能性に満ちている」

私もトシをとってからがこんなに楽しいなんて思ってもみませんでした、若い時には。




0:11
There have been many revolutions over the last century, but perhaps none as significant as the longevity revolution. We are living on average today 34 years longer than our great-grandparents did. Think about that. That's an entire second adult lifetime that's been added to our lifespan. And yet, for the most part, our culture has not come to terms with what this means. We're still living with the old paradigm of age as an arch. That's the metaphor, the old metaphor. You're born, you peak at midlife and decline into decrepitude. (Laughter) Age as pathology.
0:52
But many people today -- philosophers, artists, doctors, scientists -- are taking a new look at what I call the third act, the last three decades of life. They realize that this is actually a developmental stage of life with its own significance -- as different from midlife as adolescence is from childhood. And they are asking -- we should all be asking -- how do we use this time? How do we live it successfully? What is the appropriate new metaphor for aging?
1:28
I've spent the last year researching and writing about this subject. And I have come to find that a more appropriate metaphor for aging is a staircase -- the upward ascension of the human spirit, bringing us into wisdom, wholeness and authenticity. Age not at all as pathology; age as potential. And guess what? This potential is not for the lucky few. It turns out, most people over 50 feel better, are less stressed, are less hostile, less anxious. We tend to see commonalities more than differences. Some of the studies even say we're happier.
2:11
This is not what I expected, trust me. I come from a long line of depressives. As I was approaching my late 40s, when I would wake up in the morning my first six thoughts would all be negative. And I got scared. I thought, oh my gosh. I'm going to become a crotchety old lady. But now that I am actually smack-dab in the middle of my own third act, I realize I've never been happier. I have such a powerful feeling of well-being. And I've discovered that when you're inside oldness, as opposed to looking at it from the outside, fear subsides. You realize, you're still yourself -- maybe even more so. Picasso once said, "It takes a long time to become young."
2:56
(Laughter)
2:58
I don't want to romanticize aging. Obviously, there's no guarantee that it can be a time of fruition and growth. Some of it is a matter of luck. Some of it, obviously, is genetic. One third of it, in fact, is genetic. And there isn't much we can do about that. But that means that two-thirds of how well we do in the third act, we can do something about. We're going to discuss what we can do to make these added years really successful and use them to make a difference.
3:30
Now let me say something about the staircase, which may seem like an odd metaphor for seniors given the fact that many seniors are challenged by stairs. (Laughter) Myself included. As you may know, the entire world operates on a universal law: entropy, the second law of thermodynamics. Entropy means that everything in the world, everything, is in a state of decline and decay, the arch. There's only one exception to this universal law, and that is the human spirit, which can continue to evolve upwards -- the staircase -- bringing us into wholeness, authenticity and wisdom.
4:15
And here's an example of what I mean. This upward ascension can happen even in the face of extreme physical challenges. About three years ago, I read an article in the New York Times. It was about a man named Neil Selinger -- 57 years old, a retired lawyer -- who had joined the writers group at Sarah Lawrence where he found his writer's voice. Two years later, he was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It's a terrible disease. It's fatal. It wastes the body, but the mind remains intact. In this article, Mr. Selinger wrote the following to describe what was happening to him. And I quote, "As my muscles weakened, my writing became stronger. As I slowly lost my speech, I gained my voice. As I diminished, I grew. As I lost so much, I finally started to find myself." Neil Selinger, to me, is the embodiment of mounting the staircase in his third act.
5:26
Now we're all born with spirit, all of us, but sometimes it gets tamped down beneath the challenges of life, violence, abuse, neglect. Perhaps our parents suffered from depression. Perhaps they weren't able to love us beyond how we performed in the world. Perhaps we still suffer from a psychic pain, a wound. Perhaps we feel that many of our relationships have not had closure. And so we can feel unfinished. Perhaps the task of the third act is to finish up the task of finishing ourselves.
6:04
For me, it began as I was approaching my third act, my 60th birthday. How was I supposed to live it? What was I supposed to accomplish in this final act? And I realized that, in order to know where I was going, I had to know where I'd been. And so I went back and I studied my first two acts, trying to see who I was then, who I really was -- not who my parents or other people told me I was, or treated me like I was. But who was I? Who were my parents -- not as parents, but as people? Who were my grandparents? How did they treat my parents? These kinds of things.
6:47
I discovered a couple of years later that this process that I had gone through is called by psychologists "doing a life review." And they say it can give new significance and clarity and meaning to a person's life. You may discover, as I did, that a lot of things that you used to think were your fault, a lot of things you used to think about yourself, really had nothing to do with you. It wasn't your fault; you're just fine. And you're able to go back and forgive them and forgive yourself. You're able to free yourself from your past. You can work to change your relationship to your past.
7:33
Now while I was writing about this, I came upon a book called "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. Viktor Frankl was a German psychiatrist who'd spent five years in a Nazi concentration camp. And he wrote that, while he was in the camp, he could tell, should they ever be released, which of the people would be okay and which would not. And he wrote this: "Everything you have in life can be taken from you except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. This is what determines the quality of the life we've lived -- not whether we've been rich or poor, famous or unknown, healthy or suffering. What determines our quality of life is how we relate to these realities, what kind of meaning we assign them, what kind of attitude we cling to about them, what state of mind we allow them to trigger."
8:38
Perhaps the central purpose of the third act is to go back and to try, if appropriate, to change our relationship to the past. It turns out that cognitive research shows when we are able to do this, it manifests neurologically -- neural pathways are created in the brain. You see, if you have, over time, reacted negatively to past events and people, neural pathways are laid down by chemical and electrical signals that are sent through the brain. And over time, these neural pathways become hardwired, they become the norm -- even if it's bad for us because it causes us stress and anxiety.
9:21
If however, we can go back and alter our relationship, re-vision our relationship to past people and events, neural pathways can change. And if we can maintain the more positive feelings about the past, that becomes the new norm. It's like resetting a thermostat. It's not having experiences that make us wise, it's reflecting on the experiences that we've had that makes us wise -- and that helps us become whole, brings wisdom and authenticity. It helps us become what we might have been.
10:03
Women start off whole, don't we? I mean, as girls, we start off feisty -- "Yeah, who says?" We have agency. We are the subjects of our own lives. But very often, many, if not most of us, when we hit puberty, we start worrying about fitting in and being popular. And we become the subjects and objects of other people's lives. But now, in our third acts, it may be possible for us to circle back to where we started and know it for the first time. And if we can do that, it will not just be for ourselves. Older women are the largest demographic in the world. If we can go back and redefine ourselves and become whole, this will create a cultural shift in the world, and it will give an example to younger generations so that they can reconceive their own lifespan.
11:00
Thank you very much.
11:02
(Applause)


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by miyukinglish | 2016-06-08 00:11 | 動画

辞書も洋書も断捨離しました

古い大きな辞書に加えて家にある大小様々な辞書を数えてみたら30冊以上ありました。そのほとんどを今回断捨離しました。
若い頃買ってなかなか捨てられなかったペーパーバックも。もう紙の色も変わっていますしなにより字が小さくて読めません。
捨てるために運ぶのもかなりな重さでどうしたものかと思っていたら自宅まで古本を回収してくれる業者があることに思い至りました。値がつかないものも持って行って処分してくれるとのことでお願いしました。
結果500冊以上を1時間ほどで査定してくれました。半分は値が付きませんでしたが持って行ってくれるだけでもありがたい。それにしても本ありすぎ。と改めて実感しています。まだまだほんの一部です。
英語教材も少しずつ処分していきます。次々に新しい教材がでますし、最近はほとんどインターネットで学べますしね。
もちろんシェイクスピア関連の本はまだ1冊も捨てられません。

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by miyukinglish | 2016-06-04 14:22 | DECLUTTER

BBC Radio4 :ロアルド・ダールの手紙

Book of the Week

Love from Boy-Roald Dahl's
Letters to His Mother Episode 1


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by miyukinglish | 2016-06-04 09:01 | Audio
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2014年後半から50歳を過ぎて英語とシェイクスピアと遊ぶ自分用のメモブログ


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