Thanks for all your comments. I was quite surprised that you thought it was a difficult topic, though. I thought it would be quite easy.
I guess the title “A life-changing story” made you think that it had to be something very dramatic, but all I was after was a simple story along the lines of “X happened. If X had never happened, I would not have done / become Y,” or “When X happened, it completely changed my thinking about Y.”
To give you another example, I had a friend in university called Genny. Her mum used to work for a big Japanese bank in London. Genny told her mum that I was interested in working in Japan, and her mum offered to introduce me to the boss of the English school that her bank had a contract with. When I met that man, it turned out that he had a brother who owned a language school in Singapore, and that they were looking for a new teacher. That is how I ended up working in Singapore. When he first told me about it, I didn’t know whether Singapore was a city or a country, and I probably couldn’t even have located it on a map.
It’s interesting how the patterns of our lives are changed by chance meetings and coincidental circumstances. And by the way, I would love to hear everyone’s stories of how they met their partners!
Here is some feedback on your comments.
When I was a junior high school student, my teacher invited me sailing.
Hi Gui. Thanks for your comments. It’s nice to have you with us.
This was a first experience in my life.
“This was my first experience of sailing” or “I had never been sailing before.”
When I finally got my own skis, I was so happy that I even slept beside them!
You mean you put them in your bed?? I hope they were clean!
You work as a waitress for a very low-wage, but you get to ski for free on your free time.
Nice sentence. Does everyone know the structure “you get to ski for free”?
However, skiing with your family is rather like playing in the snow than actually skiing
However, skiing with your family is more like playing in the snow than actually skiing.
One day, I heard that my living place held free Japanese classes for foreigners on weekends
One day, I heard that the place where I was living held…
I don’t think any of you’re interested in how we got closer later,
I had been thinking about it.
“I’ve been thinking about it” or “I’ve been giving it some thought.”
I can’t think of a life without them!
I can’t imagine life without them!
Is this your first comment? If so, nice to have you with us!
Nice sentences. Very natural.
I’ve been always wondering why.
I’ve always wondered about that.
However, my English classes became busier, so I gave up on the idea of taking that course.
Nice way of expressing akirameru.
Those days, she couldn’t walk and had mild dementia.
At that time, she couldn’t walk and had mild dementia.
I longed to live in a foreign country once in my life and I chose Germany because I learned German at my university and I knew that the cost of living was lower there compared to other European countries like the UK or France.
I just came up with another one that had completely changed our life.
I just thought of another thing that has completely changed our lives.
Here in Japan, winter season is a good time for sailing because of the steady wind from north west.
I cannot imagine how cold that must be!
but I find it a very interesting job.
and were awakened to teach Japanese to foreigners there.
and became/got interested in teaching Japanese to foreigners while they were there.
I didn’t want to (or couldn’t afford to)to pay such a huge money
“so much money” or “such a huge amount of money”
It’s this blog. This blog changed my life.
Hi Tomo. It’s great to have you back! We have missed your comments.
I can relax now, so I’m catching up with things I wanted to do but couldn’t find time to.
Very nice. Most people would forget the “to” at the end.
I know what you mean very well.
I know exactly what you mean.
That’s it for today. Have a great weekend, and let me know if you have any questions. I think next year’s topic will just be Christmas, so get ready to tell us your plans!