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!
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.
Dangerous Places to Live
I have been thinking about the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, and all of the houses that have been destroyed. While I do feel sorry for anyone who loses their home in a disaster, I also wish the government in America would do more to keep people from living in dangerous places. In much of America, flooding is a more common problem than volcanoes. Over 1,000,000 people in the US live in high-risk areas and have flood insurance which is subsidized by the government. Many more live in these areas and have no insurance, but are still covered by disaster relief programs after they experience flooding. Because they have taxpayer support, many people choose to live in dangerous areas, and as a result, the government spends huge amounts of money every year to allow them to make bad choices.
In contrast, after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the Japanese government designated some areas as being too dangerous to use. I’m sure some people feel sad that they have to leave their ancestral homes, but this policy protects both residents and taxpayers from future risks. I would never build a house near an active volcano, and I don’t think the people in Hawaii should be allowed to rebuild after this eruption has finished.
Yesterday evening, on my way home from work, I saw a young man riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. He was riding very fast, and weaving among the pedestrians in a way that looked quite dangerous. Several people looked shocked by his behavior. I think it is extremely inconsiderate for cyclists to go fast when they are on the sidewalk. Generally speaking, Sapporo is a very safe place to live, but I have known people who were hit by bicycles, and one person who had to check in to the hospital for care after such an accident. I wish people would be more careful.
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