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!
Who Names Typhoons?
A student recently pointed out that Typhoon 21 was named “Jebi” in an English-language newspaper. Together, we wondered where this name came from. I knew that hurricanes in the US are given English names of boys and girls by the National Weather Service, but I didn’t think that a US-based organization gives the names for typhoons that happen in Asia.
Some research online showed that typhoon names are given by the World Meteorological Organization Regional Specialized Meteorological Center in Tokyo, Japan. The names come from 14 committee members in the nations and districts in the Pacific region. The names are not commonly used in Japan, because people understand the numbering system better, but typhoon names are used in international communication, especially in English.
The Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake was a big experience for everyone here. I hope that everyone reading this was safe and unharmed in the disaster, but I know that many people were injured or otherwise affected by this earthquake and the resulting blackouts.
I think this is a time for us to reflect on how we prepare for disasters, even while living in a relatively safe place like Hokkaido. Before this experience, I believed that Hokkaido (and particularly Sapporo) was generally safe from disasters. I think many people here felt that way, but now we understand that we all need to be prepared for a major disaster and at least three days without access to food or electricity.
I hope all of the residents of this beautiful island take this opportunity to better prepare for disasters, and to help the victims of this and other unexpected events.
The other day, I was riding on the subway in the evening. It was a bit crowded, and there were not many open seats. Across from me, two high school boys were sitting near the door. They were talking and seemed to be enjoying themselves. I thought that they were a little bit noisy, but they weren’t being rude to anyone. When the train stopped in Odori, a lot of people got on, including two elderly gentlemen. They seemed to be retired, and they were nicely dressed, but wearing comfortable-looking tennis shoes. As soon as they boarded the subway, the two boys got up and offered them their seats. The elderly gentlemen tried to refuse, but the boys insisted, and went to stand in another part of the train. I was impressed because these young people gave up their seats. I wanted to thank them for their good manners.
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