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TOEFL100点以上を目指す社会人の方のための集中勉強会のご案内です。

一回の受講で、100点までの道のりが明確に見えるようになりますので、安心してその後の勉強を実施することができます。

TOEICアビメ届きました。

TOEICアビメ届きました。

【名前】Andy
【フォーム】4IIC13
【スコア】L495 R495 T990
【LAM】100 100 100 98
【RAM】100 94 100 100 100

Lで1問、Rで1問のミス、198問正解でした。
今回のRは、たぶん3問ミスまで(間違ってたらすみません)495で、Lは5問ミスまで495のようです。
かなり楽に990が取れる回だったようです。前回のRは0問ミスのみ495だったので、厳しい回でした。
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198問が私の現在の実力です。昨年は196,197あたりだったので、勉強による実力アップで+1点、問題が易しくなったで+1点改善。昨年末から今年の始めが私のピークで199,200,199と推移、最近は練習不足で-1点、198, 198と悪くなっています。7月のテストも198と予想しています。
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最近はP5に難問が出てないので助かっています。去年あたりはいつもP5で1問落としていました。
また、鬼みたいに長くて難しいP7は影をひそめました。昨年末から問題が易しくなっています。去年よりも+1点または+2点くらい楽な感じです。
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過去を振り返ると、
figure prominently in ~ingを間違えたのが、悔しい思い出です。実は前日に900点特急で勉強していたのに間違えてしまいました。これで1回990点を逃しました。これに奮起して、P5の問題集をひたすらやったことが懐かしいです。

P7を1日で10セットやったことも思い出です。やった問題集が最悪の韓流本で、終わった後ゴミ箱にこの本を投げ捨てました。

のこり5秒で、解答を書き換え、990点を逃した回もありました。

なぜか私の座る椅子はガタが多く、受験のしおりを折りたたんで、足の下に入れて調整しました。

面の皮が厚くなり、受験環境が悪いと、すぐ文句を言って席を変えてもらいました。たぶん私は富山の会場では有名な受験生と思います。「一人変な親父がいるぞ。」とささやかれているに違いありません。

P7を1パッセージやるたびに、肩を回し、首を回し、深呼吸を一回するので、私の後ろの席の人、大変ご迷惑をおかけしました。

振り返りますと、TOEICはRとの戦いでした。Rで+1点するために、韓流問題集で来る日も来る日も問題演習をつづけました。15回受験しましたが、Rの100点は2回しかありません。最後までRを攻略できませんでした。
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あとは7月の結果を持つのみとなりました。
少し寂しいです。

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[ 2012/07/25 20:46 ] TOEIC | TB(-) | CM(2)

TOEIC受けてきました。

TOEIC受けてきました。

富山県立大学の小教室、CDラジカセによるLでした。音響問題なし。

4IIC17

P1:最近難しくなってきたなとの印象です。Lで間違えるとしたら、P1のような気がします。
P2:特に問題なし。
P3:特に問題なし。先読みなしで十分対応できた。細かい内容を問う木の問題がなくいい問題だった。
P4:特に問題なし。先読みなしで十分対応できた。細かい内容を問う木の問題がなくいい問題だった。

P5:最近P5は難問がありません。
P6:(日本人の名前の)研究者の講演会を開きます。日付から未来のことであることがわかる。この人の本が評判が良かったと過去形になっていたので、迷わせる問題だった。
P7:今回は3分しか余らなかったので、前回(10分余り)と比べると難しかった。最近、P7の練習を全くしていないので、処理速度が落ちているせいもあるかも。毎日P7やっている人には簡単だったかもしれない。
カナダの新聞社に応募した女子学生の話は、過去に何回も読んだような気がする。読み始めた途端に、彼女、写真の経験が少ないからだめ、と思った。

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今回でTOEIC卒業となりました。
最後の3分間は、目を閉じて、余韻を楽しみました。
たくさんのブログ友達に激励されここまでこれたと思います。
有難うございました。
卒業しますが、OBとして時々受験しますので、今後ともよろしくお願いします。

今後はTOEFLに挑戦です。
今のところ学習記録を載せるだけで、あまり役に立たないブログです。
TOEFLは全くの素人なので、もう少し勉強して、他の受験者に役立ちそうな情報を入れてゆきたいです。

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[ 2012/07/22 16:31 ] TOEIC | TB(-) | CM(6)

TOEFL学習記録65

Small company or large company?

While some people prefer to work with large companies, others prefer to work for small companies. I recognize some benefits of working for a small company. For example, you have more personal interactions with other employees including the top management, which goes a long way to build your royalty and dedication to the company. In addition, as the number of employees is limited, you do not get lost in the crowd and you do not feel you are just a number, which may increase your motivation. However, when comparing the pros and cons of both big and small corporations, my contention is that I should be employed by a large company.

For starters, big corporations generally offer higher salaries and better fringe benefits such as health insurances, paid holidays, and pension programs. Furthermore, big companies usually have better health and social facilities such as hospitals, schools, and summer vacation houses. For instance, Tata Steel is one of the largest steel companies in the world, and its main manufacturing plant is situated in a city called Jamshedpour, where virtually everything, housing, roads, hospitals, schools, you name it, is owned and administered by Tata Steel.

Second of all, big companies have extensive training programs to hone your skills and improve your professional expertise. To be specific, my company annually sends approximately twenty employees to top MBA programs around the glove. Moreover, last year three of our employees were accepted to the Harvard Business School, which is one the most prestigious MBA programs in the world.

Last but not least, many big companies have plants and offices around the world, so you may have chances working in foreign countries, which may broaden your perspectives. For example, my brother had an opportunity to work in the Chicago office for five years, and not only he but also his family totally enjoyed this eye-opening experience. In fact, he enjoyed the life in Chicago so much that he is thinking about moving to Chicago after the retirement.

While some people prefer to work with large companies, others prefer to work for small corporations. In conclusion, my belief is that big companies offer more than small corporations do. However, if you are young ambitious entrepreneurs and want to follow the path of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Patrick Page, this debate is of no use. Start your own businesses to realize your American dreams. (400 words/Score 6)
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Organization phrasesをできるだけ多く使う。moreover, thus, in additon
テンプレートに頼らず、できるだけ長いエッセーを書く。
3音節以上の長い単語を使う。
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注意:上記の作文は私の長い勉強過程の一時期に書いたもので、使われているテンプレート、書き方などは現在使っているものと大きく違いますのでご注意ください。 勉強会でご紹介したものが現在のテンプレート、書き方です。

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[ 2012/07/21 23:33 ] TOEFL学習記録 | TB(-) | CM(0)

TOEFL学習記録64

A good teacher is a strict teacher.

Some people think that a good teacher is a strict teacher. I admit that being strict is an important attribute of a teacher, because teachers need to discipline students. However, I am convinced that there are more important requirements to be a good teacher.

For starters, a good teacher should not be a policeman. In my high school, I had one particular PE teacher, who was an extremely strict and authoritative person. He behaved like a policeman and all he was concerned about was to make students comply with the rules and standards. He treated us like potential criminals. I wished he had trusted us and encouraged us to be good students.

Second of all, a good teacher should not be a violent person. In my grade school, I had another PE teacher, who happened to be the coach of my volleyball team. He was a very violent person. Nowadays, physical punishment is prohibited at school. However, in those days, slapping students in the face was a routine practice among teachers. My team mates were all good students, studying hard and practicing volleyball hard. One day the team lost a match in a competition. After the game, this coach slapped all of us in the face. How could a teacher hit all those innocent students for just one loss of a volleyball game?

Last but not least, a good teacher should be a caring person. When I was in high school, my English teacher, Mr. Miller, was a supportive and caring person. I participated in an English public speaking competition. Mr. Miller helped me to prepare a speech, listened to my delivery many times, and made valuable suggestions to improve. If it had not been for his assistance, I could not have won the first prize in the competition.

Some people think that a good teacher is a strict teacher, but I am convinced that there are more critical attributes than just being strict, as stated above. In particular, I would like to emphasize that a good teacher should be a caring person. If it had not been for the assistance of my caring teachers, I could not have achieved my success. (369 words). e-rator=5
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テンプレートに頼らない。
繰り返さない。
第一パラグラフが短すぎ。E-ratorは短いのが嫌い。
短い文章を避ける。できるだけ、but,while, などで繋いで長くする。
結論では3つの理由を繰り返さず、3つのうちの一つの理由が一番大切だで締めくくる。
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Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
Computers have complicated people's lives.

Some people think that computer have complicated people’s lives. I partially agree with this statement, because if one computer system of a bank inadvertently fails, millions of people may be affected. However, I am convinced that the advantages of computers far outweigh the disadvantages. I will present three reasons to support my contention.

For starters, computers can save people money. To be specific, a computer based mathematical modeling can simulate how a car will deform upon hitting another car or wall. Researchers no longer need need to physically crush cars. According to an automobile magazine, Toyota used to crash about 300 cars per year for various impact tests. Today, because of this advanced computer modeling, they crash only 50 cars to meet the regulatory requirements. This brings significant monetary savings.

Second of all, computers can save people time. I am a nuclear engineer. When I was an undergraduate student, one of the assignments was to calculate how many grams of uranium were required to initiate a spontaneous nuclear chain reaction. It took me two days to solve this problem using my hand calculator. Now I have a computer program to calculate the critical mass of uranium, and it takes a mere ten seconds.

Last but not least, computers can facilitate communication among people. My job requires me to travel extensively. I used to spend a significant amount of money on making phone calls to my family and friends. Now, thanks to Skype, it costs me nothing. In addition, many business meetings with foreign clients can be held through the internet, so that we do not have to travel to other countries.

While some people think that computers have complicated people’s lives, my contention is that computers have made people’s lives easy , because the advantages of computers far exceed their disadvantages, as explained above. In particular, the computer based communication networks have significantly contributed to the success of the global economy. Computers in the future will make our lives even easier and what will transpire is beyond our imagination. (339 words/Score 6)
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長い文章、長い段落を心がける。接続語(in addition, moreover, as a result, therefore, however, first, second, another, last, because, after finally, final, probably, particularly, actually, in order to, following, many times,while, whereas)をたくさん入れる。
テンプレートを使わない。語数が少なくなるので、E-Ratorの採点には不利だが、点数は追い求めない、立派な英語を書けるように。
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注意:上記の作文は私の長い勉強過程の一時期に書いたもので、使われているテンプレート、書き方などは現在使っているものと大きく違いますのでご注意ください。 勉強会でご紹介したものが現在のテンプレート、書き方です。

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[ 2012/07/20 10:03 ] TOEFL学習記録 | TB(-) | CM(0)

6月のTOEICの結果がオンライン発表されました。

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6月のTOEFLの結果がオンライン発表されました。

6回目の990点獲得です。嬉しいです。

今回は何問ミスまでR495点だったのでしょうか。

アビメの到着を待ちたいです。

今月7月の受験が最後のTOEIC受験になります。

有終の美となるよう頑張ります。

うみぶたきっくさん 930点。記録更新。おめでとうございます。実力がついてきました。

DIOさん 935点。自己ベストタイ。おめでとうございます。

お二方とも努力の人です。

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[ 2012/07/17 12:09 ] TOEFL | TB(-) | CM(6)

TOEFL学習記録60

MAP READING

この韓国本は全部で185reading passagesがある。TOEFLで出題されるすべての分野が網羅されている。当然TOEFLにでてくる重要単語、トピックスが全部出てくる。この本をマスターすれば、TOEFLのRで困ることはまずないと思う。本番で、類似の文章に遭遇すると思う。各passageの音声ファイルもあるので、リスニングの練習にもなる。TOEFL Rの超お勧め本。
ただし、TPOソフトをお持ちの方は、TPOを優先してください。

001
Animals were often painted with their heads in profile. 横向き
002
His invasion was considered as the epitome of barbarism and cruelty. 象徴、集大成
005
in the guise of color 色に隠れ蓑にして
006
coffers 金庫
008
ailments 病気
rapidity  = speed
009
chronicled  recorded
silt mud
011
pyroclastic flow 火砕流
Volcanists clocked 測る
012
inhospitable land 人の住めない
013
blubber fat
birds molt 羽が生え変わる
015
peruse read
watched their revenues plummet 暴落する
introspection 内観、反省
016
ziggurats ジグラッド 神殿
cuneiform 楔形文字
outlasted より長く続く
for all to see みんなが見れるように
supporters and detractors
accretion thieory:Supernovaの細かいガスや粒子が集まって太陽系となった。
tidal theory:別の太陽が近くを通り、太陽の一部をはぎ取って、太陽系となった。
exploding supernova theory:双子の太陽の一つが爆発して太陽系を作った。
protoplanetary disk 原始惑星円盤
itinerant star = 迷走
accretion = the process of growth or enlargement by a gradual buildup = 降着{こうちゃく}
018
rid themselves of English rule = make them from the English rule
019
fortuitous  = accidental
020
emancipated = 解放された
022
burgeoning immigrant population 急激に増加する
unscrupulous businessman 悪徳商人
They lived rough and tumble lives. 厳しい、浮き沈みの激しい

062
use the cover of an archaeological expedition のふりをして
vested interest 既得権
120
littoral 海岸の
hydrocolloid 親水コロイド ゼラチン、寒天
tuberculosis 結核
146
impending eruption まじかに迫った
bumper crop 大豊作
dire warning 緊急警報
looming eruption 迫りくる
have lain dormant  
have lain 横たわる

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[ 2012/07/15 20:40 ] TOEFL学習記録 | TB(-) | CM(0)

TOEFL学習記録59

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Test8
One of your friends is nervous about his or her work. What advice would you give your friend?

Hi.
When my friend is nervous about her work, I would tell he to practice hard before the work. For example, my friend was very nervous about an upcoming presentation to the top management. I advised her to practice the presentation at least 10 times before the meeting. In addition, I told her to prepare answers to those anticipated questions from the top management. She followed my advices and successfully completed her presentation.

In summary, practice makes you less nervous.
Thanks for listening, and have a great day.
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Should children receive money or not for doing household chores?

Hi.
I am convinced that children should receive money for doing household chores.
I will present one good reason to substantiate my assertion.

This payment will teach children how to manage money.
When I was young, I received 10 dollars a week and I had to save 10% in my savings account. It was great to go to the bank with my mom and see the new balance on the account. To this day, 10% of every paycheck is saved(, no matter how tight our budget is.)

For this reason, I am convinced that children should receive money for doing household chores.
Thanks for listening. Have a great day.
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How do you feel you could improve the quality of your work?

Hi.
I am convinced that less working hours will improve the quality of my work.

I am employed by a Japanese manufacturing company. Up until 5 years ago, I worked over 100 hours per week. I thought this was normal as most of my colleges did the same. However, this took a toll on my mental and physical health. Now I work much less hours, which significantly improved the quality of my work. Besides, I am mentally and physically healthy.

For this reason, I am convinced that less working hours will improve the quality of my work.
Thanks for listening. Have a great day.
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Which factor is important in improving a workplace?

Hi.
I am convinced that limiting working hours is an important factor in improving a workplace.

I am a departmental manager of a Japanese manufacturing company. Up until 5 years ago, everyone in my department worked over 100 hours per week. I thought this was normal as most of Japanese workers did the same. However, this took a toll on the health of my workers. Now they work much less hours, which significantly improved the work efficiency. Besides, they are mentally and physically healthy.

For this reason, I am convinced that limiting working hours is an important factor in improving a workplace.
Thanks for listening. Have a great day.
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Teenagers should have part-time job.

Hi.
I am convinced that teenagers should have part-time job.
I will present one good reason to substantiate my assertion.

Having a part time job, Teenagers can learn how to manage money.
When I was young, I had a part-time job. I spent 50% of my earning and saved the other 50% in my savings account. To this day, I try to save 50% of every paycheck.

For this reason, I am convinced that teenagers should have part-time job.
Thanks for listening. Have a great day.
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Some parents give their children a weekly allowance. Other parents give their children money whenever they ask for some. Which is better?

Hi.
I am convinced that parents should give their children a weekly allowance.
I will present one good reason to substantiate my assertion.

This allowance will teach children how to manage money.
When I was young, I received 10 dollars a week and I had to save 10% in my savings account. It was great to go to the bank with my mom and see the new balance on the account. To this day, I try to save 10% of every paycheck.

For this reason, I am convinced that parents should give their children a weekly allowance.
Thanks for listening. Have a great day.
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TOEFL学習記録58

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Q1Q2ですが、無理して二つ理由を述べる必要はないのではないかという気がしてきました。45秒はあまりにも短く、一つの理由をゆっくり説明したほうが、説得力のあるスピーチになると思う。次回、試してみたい。

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Test7

What are the necessary factors to having a good school?

I am convinced that supportive teachers and a good library are two important factors to a good school.

First, a good school must have caring and supportive teachers. To illustrate, Mr. Hashimoto, my English teacher in high school, was a very caring teacher. Thanks to his assistance, I won the first prize in a speech competition.

Secondly, a good school must have a good library. To be specific, the library of my university was open 24hours a day and 7 days a week. I virtually lived in the library for 6 months to write my master thesis.

In summary, supportive teachers and a good library are two important factors to a good school.
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Parents are the best teachers for children. Agree or disagree?

Hi.
I am convinced that parents are the best teachers for children. I will present two reasons to substantiate my assertion.

First, it was my parents who taught me how to crawl, how to stand, how to walk and how to speak. Therefore, I have to agree that they were my best teachers in my childhood.
Secondly, my parents taught me many practical things. For example, my father taught me how to fix a flat tire, while my mother toughed me how to bake my favorite apple pies.

For these reasons, I am definitely convinced that my parents are the best teachers for me.
Thanks.
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What was the best aspect of the last school you attended?

The best aspect of my last school was operating a nuclear reactor.

I have a BS in the nuclear engineering. My university had a small experimental nuclear reactor. While I hated those theoretical nuclear physics courses, I really enjoyed one course to operate this reactor. As I pulled out the control rods, the reactor reached criticality and started the nuclear chain reaction. It was such an exciting experience to me.

Therefore, the best aspect of my last school was operating the nuclear reactor.
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What do you believe that schools in your country need to do in order to improve?
Hello.
I believe universities in my country need to have libraries open 24 hours a day and 7days a week.

I have an engineering degree from a university in the US. My university had a library open 24 hours a day and 7days a week during the entire semester. This helped me tremendously, because in the last semester I had to write a thesis. I virtually lived in the library for 3 months to complete my thesis.

Therefore, I believe universities in my country need to have libraries open 24 hours a day and 7days a week.
Thank you very much for listening.
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Parents need to spend more time with their children.

I am convinced that parents need to spend more time with their children.
I will present one good reason to substantiate my assertion.

According to a survey, on average, parents spend 49 minutes with their children every day.
This is attributed to parents who have to work long hours to make ends meet.
Children need to feel that they are unconditionally loved by their parents. In 49 minutes per day, though it is difficult to convey such love.

Therefore, I am convinced that parents need to spend more time with their children.
Thank you very much for listening.
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Parents should be involved in deciding where their children go to college.

Hi.
I am convinced that parents should be involved in deciding where their children go to college.
I have one good reason to substantiate my assertion.

Assuming that parents pay all tuition and expenses, they should be involved in the decision-making.
My wife and I asked my daughter to attend a local state university, as we could not afford to send her to a private school. We explained our financial situations to her, and she accepted our proposal.

For this reason, I am convinced that parents should be involved in deciding where their children go to college.
Thank you for listening.
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[ 2012/07/14 22:28 ] TOEFL学習記録 | TB(-) | CM(0)

TOEFL Writing Independent の有効なテンプレート

UCSD Rady School of Managementに留学中の竹崎孝二さんのブログから引用させていただいたWritingです。テンプレートの良い例として大変参考になりますので使わせていただきます。

竹崎孝二さんは大変苦労されてMBA留学を果たされ、大変貴重な情報が読み取れます。これからMBAに挑戦される方は竹崎さんのブログを参考にされたら良いと思います。

問題:
It has been said, “Not everything that is learned is contained in books.” Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?

本文:
Some people think knowledge gained from experience is more important than knowledge gained from books. Others think knowledge gained from books is more important than knowledge gained from experience. If asked, both groups will provide logical reasons to support their stance. I personally think knowledge gained from experience is more important than knowledge gained from books.

導入部:
Some people think that A
Others think that B.
If asked, both groups will provide logical reasons to substantiate their assertions.
I am personally convinced that A is more important than B.
導入部はこのテンプレートを使えば、どんなトピックでも同じようにかけるのが良い。

First, gaining knowledge from books is easier than gaining knowledge from experience. For example, I was on the tennis team when I was a high school student. The team had only one tennis court even though the team consisted of more than sixty students. In addition, I could not practice tennis when it was rain because the tennis court was outside. Therefore, I could not train or practice tennis enough. By contrast, I decided to buy several books about tennis skills. This was easy way to learn about tennis because I could buy books in a minute and read the books even when it was rain. As a result, I could learn skills of forehand, backhand, and serve and volley from the books. As this example illustrates, gaining knowledge from books is easier than gaining knowledge from experience.

Body1:
First, TS(topic sentence) 1.
For example, In addition, Therefore, because, As a result,
6つの文章でTS1を説明。
最後に、As this example illustrates, TS 1.
最後にTopic sentence 1を繰り返しているのが良いと思う。

On the other hand, knowledge from experience is more practical than knowledge from books. For instance, when I was a junior at the University of Tokyo, a well-known university in Japan, I studied English to study abroad. At first, I read English newspaper and Wall Street Journal to build my vocabulary in a local library. In addition, I read books about grammar or how to write essays. However, I could not improve my English at all. Then I went to a university in New York for two years to study English and finance. In classes, I had to use English to discuss case studies and write reports about international finance. After I came back to Japan, I realized my English skills were dramatically improved. As the experience above shows, knowledge from experience is more practical than knowledge from books.

Body 2:
On the other hand、TS 2.
For instance, At first, In addition, Then,
6つの文章でTS2をサポート。
最後に、As the experience above shows, でTS 2を繰り返す。

Moreover, knowledge from experience makes people learn deeper than knowledge from books. Two years ago, I worked for Ishikawa Prefecture, a rural area in Japan. Before I went there, I knew the problem of disparity between Tokyo and rural areas in Japan by reading books. However, when I went to Ishikawa Prefecture, I was surprised with the real, serious situation. Ishikawa Prefecture was suffering with serious problems such as aged people, old public institutions, and high rate of suicide. I could not imagine such serious problems until I went to Ishikawa Prefecture. As this experience demonstrates, knowledge from experience makes people learn deeper than knowledge from books.

Body3:
Moreover, TS3
4つの文章でTS3をサポート。
最後にAs this experience demonstrates, TS3.

While some people think knowledge gained from experience is more important than knowledge gained from books, others think knowledge gained from books is more important than knowledge gained from experience. First, gaining knowledge from books is easier than gaining knowledge from experience. On the other hand, knowledge from experience is more practical than knowledge from books. Moreover, knowledge from experience makes people learn deeper than knowledge from books. For the above reasons, I strongly believe knowledge gained from experience is more important than knowledge gained from books.

結論:
While some people think that A, others think B.
First, TS1. On the other hand, TS2. Moreover, TS3.
For the above reasons, I am firmly convinced that A is more important than B.

大変ロジカルで良いテンプレートと思う。
導入がどんなトッピクでも同じようにかけるので、語彙数を稼ぐのによい。
Bodyで、短い文章を5つくらい使って、詳細にTSをサポートしている。高尚な文章でなくても、短い文章で、in addition, as a result, thereforeなどを使ってうまくつなげている。BODYの最後にTSを繰り返す(As this exmaple illustrates, demonstrates, shows)のがとても良い。
結論は、TS1,2,3をcut&pasteするだけなので短時間で完成。
ワード数は525ワードなので、十分すぎるワード数。
ワード数を稼ぎながら、短時間で書ける大変優れたテンプレートだと思う。是非参考にしたい。

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注意:上記の作文は私の長い勉強過程の一時期に書いたもので、使われているテンプレート、書き方などは現在使っているものと大きく違いますのでご注意ください。 勉強会でご紹介したものが現在のテンプレート、書き方です。



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Test 5

Which food would you recommend to a visitor to your country?

I definitely recommend TOFU or bean curd to my friends from abroad.
I will present two reasons to substantiate my assertion.

First, TOFU is a healthy food. As Tofu is made from soybeans, it is a low calorie and high protein diet, containing no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Secondly, there are many kinds of TOFU dishes. In summer, chilled TOFU is very popular among Japanese people. (A glass of beer with chilled TOFU is the best combination.) In winter, TOFU in hot water is my favorite.

For these reasons, I highly recommend TOFU.
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Which do you prefer, playing sports for enjoyment or competition?

I prefer to play sports for enjoyment (rather than for competition).
I will present two reasons to corroborate my contention.

First, I do not like too much emphasis on winning
I used to play volleyball in high school. Our coach was a very severe person and he always pushed us to win. When we lost a game, he scolded us and slapped our faces. I never liked his attitude.

Secondly, I need time to relax. As I have enough competition in my work place, I do not need another competition when I play sports. I play sports to relieve stresses.

For these reasons, I prefer to play sports for enjoyment (rather than for competition).
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What is a food that many visitors to your country enjoy having?

If you are a beef connoisseur, I strongly recommend a Kobe beef stake.

The meat is so tender that it will melt on your tongue.
Each cow drinks Japanese beer and receives a massage treatment everyday while listening to a relaxing music. These special cares contribute to the tenderness unmatched by any other beef in the globe.
Although the price is a little intimidating, it is well worth every penny spent.
For this reason, I strongly recommend Kobe beef stake.
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Which ethnic food do you enjoy eating?

I enjoy eating Japanese TOFU or bean curd.
I will present two reasons to substantiate my assertion.

First, TOFU is a healthy food. As Tofu is made from soybeans, it is a low calorie and high protein diet, containing no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Secondly, there are many kinds of TOFU dishes. In summer, chilled TOFU is very popular among Japanese people. (A glass of beer with chilled TOFU is the best combination.) In winter, TOFU in hot water is my favorite.

For these reasons, I enjoy eating Japanese TOFU.
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What is more important for an athlete, physical ability or effort?

I am convinced that genetics, or physical ability is more important for an athlete.

For example, long distance running is (by far) dominated by Kenyans and they hold many world records. A heavy muscular Scandinavian person, although training would make him a pretty good runner, would never beat a slender kenyan athlete. (Likewise, a slender Kenyan person is unlikely to become an Olympic heavy lifting champion.) Training would definitely improve the performance, but genetics play more dominant role over training.

For this reason, in my opinion, physical ability is more important for an athlete.
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Which do you prefer, team sports or individual sports?

I am convinced that I prefer to play team sports rather than individual sports.
I will present two reasons to substantiate my assertion.

First, you can learn social skills. To be in a team, you need to know how to keep a healthy relationship with other teammates. Team sports will surely help you acquire social skills that are going to help you throughout your life.

Secondly, team sports are more fun. Twice a week, I participate in the company’s volleyball club. We basically crack jokes and have fun. (After one-hour practice, I am completely recuperated.)

For these reasons, I prefer to play team sports rather than individual sports.


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Andy

Author:Andy
TOEIC 990点
英検1級合格二次試験100点(優秀賞)
TOEFL iBT 119点

名前:Andy
年齢:63歳
学歴:University of Missouri at Rolla 工学部原子力工学科卒業
職業:技術系の通訳を30年以上やっています。

欧米人と仕事をすることが多く、Andyというニックネームを使っています。
日本人です。アメリカ人、ハーフではありません。
北陸の田舎に住んでいます。コロナ対策で、ネットで勉強会を開催しています。

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