This week, I would like to try an experiment. These days, a lot of very high-level English speakers comment on this blog, which is great, but I sometimes worry that lower-level learners will be a bit intimidated. (Actually, some of the older commenters have told me that the blog is now too difficult for them to keep up.)
Another problem is that when there are a lot of conversations between regular contributors, it sometimes becomes confusing for other people to read, and it makes it even more difficult for newcomers to join in.
I am not saying that I want to change the way we do the blog completely, but I would like to try an experiment for a month just to see what happens. I am not a blogging expert at all, so the only way I can make it better is through trial and error.
Anyway, my idea is that I will suggest a topic every Monday as usual, but that everyone will post only one comment and keep it as short and simple as possible.
I realise that we may end up with just one or two comments on every entry, but if that happens, we can just go back to the old system from March. As I said, I would just like to give it a try to see what happens.
If everyone is okay with this idea, the topic I would like to talk about this week is tattoos. I think we may have done this one before, but there was a story in the newspapers this week about a school office worker in Osaka who had her wages cut because she had some tattoos on her body. She was also told that she would lose her job if she refused to have them removed.
As you may know, because of fashion icons like David Beckham, tattoos are now really popular in other countries, especially with young people, so many foreigners are very surprised to hear news stories like this one.
My questions this week are:
1) What do you think when you see someone with tattoos?
2) Do you think Japan’s attitude to tattoos is outdated?
3) Do you think it is right that someone should lose their job simply because they have tattoos?
Look forward to hearing your thoughts.
PS Please feel free to comment on the new idea as well.
このブログは英語学習者のためのものです。レベルの高い人もいれば、初心者もいますので、自分のレベルや学習経験を気にする必要はありません。「いつもコメントを書いている人は仲間みたいだから参加しにくい」と思う方もいるかもしれませんが、勇気を出してコメントを書いてみてください。必ず温かく迎えてもらえます。多くのコメントは英語で書かれていますが、もちろん日本語もOKですし、英語と日本語を混ぜて書いても大丈夫です。言いたいことが言えないときは、How do you say 「〜」in English? と聞けば、きっとだれかが教えてくれると思います。私のエントリー、または他のメンバーのコメントの中に分からないところがあったら、「”…”はどういう意味ですか？」と遠慮なく聞いてください。このブログで使われているフレーズや表現をたくさん吸収すると、より自然な英語に近づけることができますよ！
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