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TOEFL学習記録145

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21. If you were studying in another country, would you prefer to live with a local family, or live alone, or with your friends?

It depends on how long I stay in a foreign country. If my stay is relatively a short time, like one month or so, I would prefer to stay with a local family. This is because I can learn the new language and culture from my host family. For example, when I participated in a 4 week summer Spanish program in Spain, I stayed in a host family, which was a great learning experience of the Spanish culture. In contrast, If I stay in a country for a long time, I would definitely live alone, because my privacy takes precedence over any other benefits of living with a local family or friends.

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22. If you were to become a volunteer at the school or in the community, what kind of volunteer would you do and why?

I would definitely take a volunteer position to lending a hand to those victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami for two reasons. First, my heart goes to those who were killed by this unprecedented natural disaster and those who have been left with no houses, no money, no relatives and friends and above all little hope to live the rest of their lives. Second, as I plan to retire soon, 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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23. Do you agree or disagree with the statement: artists and musicians are important to our society.

I definitely agree with this argument that artists and musicians are important to our society for two reasons. First of all, music has been a very important part of my life. Music always helps me to relieve stresses and makes me happy. Whenever I am exhausted with my work, I listen to a piece of music which never fails to make me feel better. Second, music has inspired humans throughout the history. Take famous classical musicians like Mozart or Chopin, for example. They have been loved by many people over many centuries.
I think our society would survive without artists and musicians, but it would not thrive.
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24. Among the following three types of work, which would you like to enjoy doing the most? Helping children with communications problems, doing community work, growing plants in the garden,

I would enjoy growing plants in the garden most for two reasons. First of all, growing plants have been my family’s tradition over centuries. I have watched my grandmother and my parents working outside growing all kinds of plants. Although I live in a flat, I have some small pots of flowers and fruits in my balcony. Second, I can grow some organic vegetables and fruits on my own, so that I do not have to buy vegetables contaminated with pesticides. For these reasons, I would love to grow plants.
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25. Some people think students should study in the classroom while others believe that they should visit the museum or the zoo. Which do you prefer and why?

This depends on which subjects I study. For example, if I study mathematics or foreign languages, the best place to study would be in a classroom with a qualified teacher, a whiteboard, and a pointer. However, if I study subjects such as botany or zoology, I would prefer to visit a museum or a zoo, because I can actually see and touch plants and animals, which is more interesting than reading many pages of a textbook. In a nutshell, it relies on which subjects I study.
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26. Which do you think is more meaningful? A gift you made yourself or a gift which you bought from a shop.

A great gift does not have to come from a store or it does not have a big price tag. In fact, your hand-made gift would not only save a lot of money and but also have a better chance to impress the receiver of your gift because you have spent time and effort to make the gift. Last mother’s day, I gave a pot of red tulip that I had grown myself. It cost me virtually nothing, but my mom was very appreciative of the flower and told me that that was a priceless gift. For these reasons, I definitely think that a gift you made yourself is more meaningful.
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27. Which challenge in the list do you think is the most difficult for university students?
Being far away from families
Finding time to relax
Making new friends

As far as I am concerned, being away from my family was the most difficult challenge as a foreign student studying in America. I never felt more homesick than in my first week in America. To begin with, when I arrived at a local airport, I realized that my baggage did not arrive. My dorm room was not available, so I had to stay in an old miserable motel for few days. To make the matter worse, I did not get along with my first roommate from Chicago. My first week in America was a nightmare and being away from home was my biggest challenge.

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28. Do you agree or disagree that assignments handed in after the deadline should receive a lower score?

It depends on the reasons for missing the deadline. If he or she had an unpredictable event beyond his or her control, I think exceptions shall be granted. For example, if a student gets flue, he should provide a medical document to the instructor to prove that he had flue. Based on this evidence, the instructor may opt not to deduct any points. Conversely, if he missed the deadline due to his procrastination, then there is no excuse and a certain points should be deducted.
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29. Is it a good idea to keep a pet such as a dog or a cat? What can you benefit from such an experience?

Keeping pets has both advantages and disadvantages. Admittedly, many people enjoy having pets. For example, a couple who do not have children may adopt pets and treat them as their own babies. Some people who live alone may keep pets as their companions. However, the down side of keeping pets is that they eventually pass away and give the owners a great sorrow. I used to have a white cat named Tama. When Tama died, I cried for many days. I thought I would never have another pet.

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30. Students start to plan their career before entering college, or should they do so until they have entered college and studied for a period of time?

It depends on individual students. Some students have very clear career goals way before entering colleges. These students are typically highly motivated and tend to excel in their academic performance. On the other hand, I think most students do not think about their future careers until they decide their college majors and take specialized courses. As for me, a professor in my college really inspired me to pursue an engineering profession.
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31. What suggestions would you give to a foreign friend who is coming to your country to study?

I would give two pieces of advice to my friend who is to study in my country. First, learn to speak some Japanese. Being able to speak the Japanese language would be a great asset. Many Japanese corporations have plants and offices around the world and they are desperately looking for those who can speak Japanese. Second, be aware of some cultural differences, for example, try to keep a low profile and get along with others. One old saying has it that the nail that sticks up gets hammered down.
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32. Do you prefer to be friends with the people who share the same opinion as you do or the people who hold the same opinion?

I do not mind at all having friends who have different opinions than mine. Actually I have many friends who always disagree with my opinions, but we have maintained great and long-term friendships. I feel it is intellectually stimulating to exchange our ideas and opinions on a subject. For example, my best friend has totally different political views from mine. When it is voting time, we always have different opinions as to which party we should be supporting. But these arguments are always purely logical and constructive from which both of us can learn and benefit.
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33. What personal quality do you admire most_ creativity, courage or intelligence? Explain why? Please include details and examples in your response.


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