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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。

TOEFL学習記録69

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Test 11

What is the best way for parents to raise healthy children?

Hi.
The best way for parents to raise healthy children is letting children to play sports. Sports will help kids to become strong persons physically and mentally. To be specific, when I was young, I participated in playing baseball and Karate. First of all, these sports helped me build up my healthy body. In addition, I became mentally strong and patient. I learned to hang in there when I or my team is losing.

For this reason, I think the best way for parents to raise healthy kids is letting them participate in sports.

Thanks for listening and have a great day.

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Construct a new building or preserve an old one?
Hi.
Unless the building is a historically important building, I believe we should construct a new building to meet the latest seismic requirements.

On March 11, 2011, a big earthquake hit the northeastern part of Japan. While many old buildings collapsed and killed so many people, new buildings that satisfied the latest seismic requirements did not collapse. Although the subsequent Tsunami devastated everything, the new buildings at least withstood the impact of the earthquake.

For this reason, I prefer to build a new building rather than preserving one.
Thanks for listening and have a great day.
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What is the most necessary factor for living a healthy life?

Losing weight is the most important factor for living a healthy life.

My weight once was over 250 pounds. I had all kinds of health problems. High blood pressure, high cholesterol level, and I was diabetic. My doctor told me “If you do not lose your weigh, you will become blind and I have to amputate your legs.

I went through a vigorous diet and exercise program and lost 50 pounds. Now I have no serious health problems. My blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels are all normal, and I feel great.

For this reason, losing weight is the most important factor for living a healthy life.
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What aspect of your life do you need to change the most?

I definitely need to lose my weight. I weigh currently 250 pounds. I have all kinds of health problems. High blood pressure, high cholesterol level, and I am diabetic. My doctor told me “If you do not lose your weigh, you will become blind and I have to amputate your legs.”

I need to go through a vigorous diet and exercise program and lose at least 50 pounds. Otherwise, sooner or later, I will die from a heart disease or a stroke

So, losing weight is what I need to do.
Thanks for listening to my depressing story.
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Agree or disagree?
There are not enough national parks in my country.

I agree with this statement. We should have more national parks in my country Brazil to protect the Amazon Rainforest. Since 1970, over 232,000 square miles of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed. A large number of native Amazon people lost their homes. Thousands of plant and animal species were lost. In addition, deforestation means less oxygen generation form the forest.

For this reason, we should have more national parks to protect the Amazon rainforest.
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Houses or apartment buildings?

I prefer to live in an apartment, because the purchase price and electric bill are much cheaper.

First, the purchase price of an apartment is much cheaper than buying a house in a big city. I would have to pay two times the money if I purchased a house in the same neighborhood.
Second, the electric bill is much cheaper. My three-bed room apartment is so energy efficient that my electric bill is as low as 100 dollars per month, while my friend living in a three-bed room house pays 200 dollars per month.

For this reason, I prefer to stay in an apartment.
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Test 12

What is most important item among all of those that you use?

My cell phone is the most important item.

First, I need to communicate closely with my family.
My job requires me to travel extensively. Thanks to my cell phone, I can talk to my family and send text messages anytime and anywhere.

Second, my cell phone is extremely useful in emergency situations, The other day I was caught in a traffic jam and had to change my flight reservation. With my cell phone, I was able to change the reservation so easily.

For these reasons, my cell phone is the most important item.

Thanks for listening and have a great day.
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Is it important to learn about your ancestors’ history?

It is not important for me to learn about my ancestors.
I was adopted by my foster parents when I was 3 years old. My foster parents and grandparents took care of me so well that I have never asked who my real parents and grandparents are. Actually, I do not have to learn about my ancestors, because they are my real parents and grandparents.

For this reason, for me it is not interesting to learn about my ancestors.
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What is your favorite possession?

My favorite possession is my Kindle e-book reader.

The Kindle e-book reader can store hundreds of books. It has a long battery life, so I can read books no matter where I go. It is as if I had my personal library with me wherever I go. Many e-books are reasonably priced, often one dollar per book. In addition, this device can read the text to me, so that I can just listen to the story.

For these reason, my favorite possession is my Kindle e-book reader.

Thanks for listening and have a great day.
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What is your next major item you are planning to purchase?
Hi.
I want to purchase a Toyota Prius, a hybrid car.

It has a great gas mileage of 50 miles per gallon. I drive my old Ford pick-up truck to my work which is approximately 50 miles from my house. The gas mileage of this old car is less than 10 miles per gallon. This means, if my brain calculation serves me correct, I can save 8 gallons per day, which is equivalent to 30 dollars a day. I can take my wife to a fancy dinner every weekend. I am sure she will love it.

Thanks for listening and have a great day.
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Young people are uninterested in history these days.

I agree with this statement, because young people do not care about history.
I personally do not care about history, either. History was my least favorite subject in high school. I hated to memorize all those historical events, places, and years. (Particularly, I hated to memorize the names of all the presidents.) I guess it was partly the teacher's fault. All they did was writing all those historical information on the backboard and instructed us to memorize. If they had presented history in more thought-provoking manner, I would have had more interests in history.
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[ 2012/07/29 07:18 ] TOEFL学習記録 | TB(-) | CM(2)
はじめまして
偶然、このブログにたどり着き、拝見させていただきました。
現在、東京在住の社会人で、留学を目指してTOEFLの勉強をしている者です。

Andyさんの膨大な勉強量と、単に点数を追い求めるだけでなく本当の英語力を高めるために継続的に鍛錬されている姿勢・考え方に感銘を受けました。自分も、留学という目先の目標にとらわれずに、自らを向上させるために努力すべきだと、身が引き締まりました。

現在、私はdelta等の洋書を使用して勉強しておりますが、Andyさんのブログで韓国の本にも興味を持ちましたので、手元にある問題集が終わったら、自分も韓国本を見てみようかと思います。
自分は特にReading・Listeningの基礎力を高める必要があると感じており(恥ずかしながら現在75点程度のスコアしかありません)、Andyさんの韓国本のレビュー・勉強内容を大変参考にさせていただいております。TOIECで書かれているようなまとまったレビューをいつか書かれるのを楽しみにしております。

Andyさんが、今後、115点の目標を達成するこことができるよう影ながら陰ながら応援しています。
[ 2012/07/29 18:30 ] [ 編集 ]
KOUSEIさん 有難うございました。
KOUSEIさん 

心温まるコメント有難うございます。このようなコメントを頂くと本当に励みになります。

まだ自分はTOEFLの素人で、勉強を始めたばかりです。Speaking Writingが自分の課題で、試行錯誤しているところです。

英語力をどう維持向上するか悩んでいたので、TOEFLに会えて本当によかったです。TOEICの勉強ではこれ以上の英語力の向上ができないと感じてました。

まだ、学習記録を載せるだけで、他の学習者に役立つブログになっていません。反省点です。もう少し勉強して、点数もそれなりになったら、他の学習者向けの記事を増やしていきたいと思っています。

今後ともよろしくお願いいたします。
[ 2012/07/30 08:40 ] [ 編集 ]
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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:59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。

仕事柄、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。
北陸の田舎に住んでいます。毎週、北陸新幹線にお世話になっています。
コシヒカリを食べて育った純粋な日本人です。アメリカ人、ハーフではありません。
韓国語、中国語は全くできません。

毎月TOEFLを受験しています。
ソラシティ、武蔵小杉、テンプル大学麻布校3階が好きな会場です。

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