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。

TOEFL学習記録144

Q1Q2への自分の解答を作文してみた。

Q1Q2の難しさは、質問によっては全く何を言ったらよいのか分からない問題があること。

作り話でよいからひたすら喋りなさいと言われても、そんな才能は持ち合わせていない。

出そうな問題に対して自分の意見をまとめておいて、本番で似たような問題がでることを祈る。

これが一つのQ1Q2への対策と思う。100問位はやってみたい。

普段考えたこともないような話題もあるので、自分の考えをまとめるいい機会でもある。

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1. A person who makes you laugh.

Al is an American and he is an authorized inspector of nuclear facilities. Every three years he comes to my company to perform an audit.

First, his sociable personality makes everyone including me laugh. For example, he shakes hands with me with a big smile saying “What’s up my brother? Great to see you again.”

Second, he inserts some dirty jokes during serous audit sessions. The other day he made a pretty nasty joke in front of us. I cannot disclose what he said, because my mom would wash my mouth with soap. Anyway, his jokes make me laugh very badly.
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2. Some prefer to stay, while others prefer to move to different places.

Admittedly, those who live in small villages have no choices buy to move to cities to find jobs because cities provide us with more employment opportunities. In fact, most of young people in my village have gone to cities, leaving only children and old people in the village.

Personally I prefer to move different locations to widen my perspectives. For example, I studied in the US for my undergraduate degree. These four years abroad significantly broadened viewpoints and positively affected my life thereafter.
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3. What did you learn in your childhood?

I learned two things, respect and tolerance.
First, my mom never told me to study but she always told me respect others around you. Respect for individual persons I think is the most basic ethical value requires us to acknowledge the fundamental equality of all people.
Second, my mom told me not to discriminate anybody simply because they are different from you. Tolerance of differences among individuals is another very critical value that we need to follow.
So, in my childhood, I learned respect and tolerance.
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4. Some people like to have a tight schedule while others prefer to have a lot of free time.

To some extent, I prefer to keep myself occupied. As I am a semi-retired person, I prefer to work two weeks each month, leaving the other two weeks to do my personal hobbies and spend time with my family. If I have no work at all, I get bored and also not to say that I lose my income.
However, I do not wish to virtually work myself to death like typical Japanese workers. I have seen many of my colleagues who worked too hard and never paid attention to their families, and ended up with divorces or serious mental and physical problems.
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5. Among mystery, science fiction, and biography, which do you like the least?

I personally do not like biographies of famous successful persons because they typically praise only favorable aspects of individuals. For example, I read a biography of Thomas Edison who was described as a person of perseverance. In the face of countless failures, he never gave up and finally invented a light bulb. To me, yes, he was a great inventor, but we should not forget that there are many people out there who are as diligent as Edison, but unfortunately never succeed in their attempts. (While every cloud has a silver lining, every cloud may develop into a heavy thunderstorm.) Am I too pessimistic?

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6. Do you like to travel with your family members?

I hate to travel with my family members, especially when travelling abroad. As my English is relatively better than the rest of my family members, I am always a sort of travel conductor. The worst part of this is that I have to listen to their complaints and take some actions. The other day, we were in a famous hotel in Singapore. First, my wife did not like the room, so that I had to contact the front desk to change our rooms. Second, my daughter did not like the steak she ordered, so that I had to explain a waiter to redo the dish. I usually get totally exhausted after two or three days of this babysitting.
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7. What kind of activity do you enjoy doing most at school?

I have a degree in nuclear engineering. The most enjoyable activity at the university was operating a research nuclear reactor. I particularly enjoyed this course because unlike other courses where we only learn theories from books, I was able to be see the nuclear physics theories working in action in front of my eyes. My favorite moment was to see the blue glowing of the reactor core when the reactor reached a high power level. The blue color was so vivid and mysterious that even today I clearly remember it.

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8. Artists and musicians are born and not taught.

Admittedly, some artists are born with talents and trained on their own very hard without teachers to become famous artists. However, these are rather exceptions. Take Midori, a famous violinist, for example. Yes. She was born with exceptional talents, but she trained very hard under the instruction of her mother first and later her teachers in music school. Without their instructions, she could not have become a successful violinist.
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9. What suggestions would you give to a friend who wants to improve his or her score in class?

I have several suggestions to improve his academic performance. First, he should join a study group, so that when he encounters a problem, others can help him. In addition, he should take advantage of office hours to ask questions to his instructors. Finally, I recommend him to study 30 minutes before and after each class, which I believe will help his understanding of the subject greatly, thus improving his academic performance.
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10. Some people like to purchase books from a book store while others like to borrow books from the library.

I prefer to borrow books from the library and make copies. This has two advantages. First, I can save many dollars by using a copy textbook. For example, I can make a copy for 10 dollars, while I have to pay at least 50 dollars for a new book. Second, as I write many highlights and markings on each page, making a copy is the best solution. If I leave many markings on a purchased book, the resale value at the university book store will be significantly reduced.
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11. It is beneficial for students to have computers at school.

For those students who cannot afford buying their own portable computers, having computers at school have several advantages. First, students can write reports at school instead of going home to use their parents’ computers. This can save a lot of time. Second, they can send or receive e-mails and read mails from instructors. Finally, they can easily perform literature search for their classes or papers.
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12. Would you keep on expressing your honest opinions, even if you know that they will not be approved by others?

I would definitely express my opinions for several reasons. First of all, everyone has the constitutional right to express his or her opinions. Secondly, groundbreaking technologies and innovations are often created from unique and sometimes unconventional ideas. In order to make innovations, one needs to think outside the box. Finally, even if your ideas are not accepted in the end, the process of presenting your opinions and having discussions with others is a great training for me to improve my professionalism.
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13. One of your friends wants to drop out of college. Do you think it is a good idea?

It depends on what professions he wishes to assume. First, if he wants to become a company employee, having a degree is definitely a great help. His likelihood of hitting a high salary position will greatly improve if he has a degree. So, I suggest him not to drop out. Second, if he wants to be an artist, having a degree has nothing to do with his future success as an artist. In this case, I may suggest him to go ahead and search for his new goal.
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14. In order to be successful, a person should study in the university.

It depends on what professions he or she wishes to assume. First, if he wants to become a company employee, having a degree is definitely a great help. His likelihood of hitting a high salary position will greatly improve if he has a degree. So, I suggest him to study in the university. Second, if he wants to be an artist, having a degree has nothing to do with his future success as an artist. In this case, I may suggest him to attend a music school as opposed to a university.
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15. One of your friends received a large amount of money and has asked you for advice on how to handle this money. What advice would you give?

It depends on his status. If he is a student, he should definitely save the money for his future education. If he is married and has two kids, again he should save for the education of his children. If he is retired and financially secured, I may advise him to consult a financial adviser to determine the best ways to invest the money. Finally, if he is already a rich man, I would advise him to donate the money to those who suffered the earthquake in Japan.
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16. People should dress according to the latest fashion.

As a man, I do not care too much about the latest fashion. Basically, I purchase all my clothing at a K-Mart or Wal-Mart. (A pair of jeans and a T-shirt are my routine style during warm seasons and a down jacket is added in the winter.) Although I have no interests in the fashion, I do pay attention to the latest technologies. For example, the other day I bought a rather expensive winter coat at an Eddie Bower. This coat is lined with high-tech insulating fibers that absorb sweat to generate extra heat. I tend to be lured to this kind of high-tech stuff.
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17. Are living standards of people today better than the past?

The living standards in my country have improved significantly in three areas. First, advances in medical technologies made it possible to cure diseases that were not curable in the past, resulting in an increased life expectancy. Second, advances in engineering enabled faster and reliable public transportation systems. Finally, higher incomes allowed people to purchase more goods and travel to foreign countries more easily
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18. Internet plays an important role in your life.

Indeed, internet made my life much easier in two areas. First, internet allows me to communicate with my family cheaply and easily. I used to spend a lot of money making long distance calls to my family as I traveled extensively. Now thanks to the Skype software, I can communicate with my family virtually free of charge. Second, with the help of internet, I can search for any information with greater ease. For example, I can look up the meaning of English words on the internet very quickly and easily.
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19. Talk about an organization you want to join and why.

I want to join an organization to support those who devastated by the earthquake and Tsunami. First, although I cannot donate a huge sum of money to the victims of the earthquake, I can donate my time and services to help those people. Second, as I plan to retire this year, I want to spend my remaining life to help those who are suffering. As God gave me a chance to live in this world, I feel obligated to help those suffering in the worst condition and suffering alone.
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20. Describe a change in your country.

The earthquake and Tsunami on March 11 2011 changed my country in two ways. First, it killed over 15000 people and left many more people without houses, businesses, money, loved ones, parents, and most of all hope. Second, it virtually terminated the Japanese nuclear program. Thus far only two reactors have resumed operation. The remaining twenty or so reactors have been shut down indefinitely.
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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。
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韓国語、中国語は全くできません。

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