札幌 アメリカ人 英会話講師 Allen アレン
I'm Allen, from Los Angeles. I came to Japan in 2009, and now I live in Sapporo. I have many hobbies - reading, fencing, archery, riding my bicycle, hiking, and so on.My favorite hobby, though, is studying. I studied many different subjects at University, and before I came to Japan I was a cram school teacher in America. I love math and history, science and literature, economics and psychology; but my favorite subject is linguistics. I like watching people learn, so I always have fun teaching. I'm looking forward to seeing you in my class sometime!
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Today I would like to write about one of my favorite drinks for summer: whisky. Many people in Sapporo like to drink beer in the summer, and I do too, but there are some good things about whisky that I would like to share with you.
1. Whisky has almost zero sugar and doesn’t lead to weight gain. Summer foods and barbecues are a lot of fun, but adding beer to a meal can raise the total number of calories very quickly. Did you know that a can of regular beer has about the same amount of carbohydrates as a piece of bread? Whisky has no carbohydrates.
2. Whisky is delicious straight, on the rocks, or with soda. I also sometimes like to drink whisky with a little water added. It is easy to drink just a little bit of whisky, but beer cans are often large and people sometimes drink too much.
3. Whisky comes in many different varieties and flavors. It is true that craft beer (so-called 地ビール) is becoming more popular these days, with a wide variety of tastes and types, but most people drink the same light pilsner all the time. Whisky on the other hand, offers a huge variety of styles and tastes to match anyone’s preference.
4. Whisky is cheaper than beer, too! Per glass, most kinds of whisky are cheaper than most kinds of beer.
For these reasons, I have been drinking more whisky and less beer over the past few months. I hope you can try some different drinks and find what’s best for you.
Silver, Monk and Davis
Recently I have been listening to jazz while I work on my translations. It helps me relax and focus because it isn’t too high-energy. I grew up listening to Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington, but recently I have been focusing more on a different kind of jazz.
These three were pioneers in the jazz world, but I feel like their music is often almost closer to dance music – it’s often lively and energetic, sometimes even frantic. It’s party music, early evening music, music for a drive along the coast. Of course they have some slower songs, but for me they usually fall somewhere closer to big band than smooth jazz.
I have been into Horace Silver for quite a while, though I discovered him after becoming an adult. He, along with Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis are much more my style now. Their works mostly came later – around the end of the 1950s and into the 1960s – in the golden age of jazz.
This is night music, soulful music, music to enjoy with a glass of brandy and some chocolate. It puts me in just the right mood for reading and writing, but sometimes I like to just stop and soak it all in.
I have some students who are interested in jazz, and they have influenced me to listen more.
I hope you can find the time to enjoy this uniquely American musical culture.
A Voluntary Tax
I’ve been thinking about ways that the government raises money. Of course, there are many different taxes and fees that people have to pay in their daily lives, and taxes and fees for companies, too.
Many people don’t like paying tax, and some people complain when the government tries to introduce a new tax or a tax increase. I have even heard of people refusing to pay some fees such as NHK fees, because they don’t believe the money is used well.
However, there is at least one way for the government to raise money that doesn’t seem to make people upset. In fact, this way is unique because it is voluntary – some people pay, and others don’t, but everyone is free to choose. The government actually gets people to give money by making it fun and exciting, so people actually volunteer to pay. For some people, it is even like a hobby.
What kind of tax is this? Have you ever paid it?
If you think you know the answer, tell me your idea next time you see me in class.