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!
I think the most popular movie among my students right now is Bohemian Rhapsody, which is about Freddie Mercury and his band, Queen. Many of my students were already fans of Queen, but some people have newly become interested in Queen’s music because of this film.
I haven’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet, but I have been a fan of Queen since I was in junior high school, starting with their album Sheer Heart Attack. Queen was one of the defining groups of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and their artistic influence continues today. I hope more people discover their complex and entertaining music as a result of this film’s popularity.
It’s difficult to choose their best album, but my personal favorite is A Night at the Opera. I recommend it to anyone who hasn’t heard it.
The Camp Fire
Many of you may have heard about the Camp Fire which is burning in northern California. I hope that by the time you read this, the fire will be contained and there will be no more damage or injuries. So far, hundreds of people have been injured or killed, and thousands have been displaced from their homes, with even more still missing. Fires are a perennial problem in California, and it will be difficult to prevent them in the future, because they are a natural part of the ecosystem.
Today I wanted to explain something about how fires are named in California. The names come from the place where the fire is first discovered. The “Camp” Fire was named for Camp Creek Road, which is a road near the point where the wildfire began. It was not given this name because it was started by a campfire. The cause of the fire is currently still unknown.
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.
|１２月のお得情報 1: 『1000円英会話』 9,800円で始めよう クーポン！|
|１２月のお得情報 ２: 『個人レッスン』 入会金半額 5,000円 クーポン！|
|１２月のお得情報 ３: 『チケットTOEIC』 19,800円で始めよう クーポン！|
|お得情報: 『個人レッスン ＋ 1000円会員制グループ』も (詳細へ)|