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A couple of weeks ago, I was at Nagoya Station when I realized that I needed to withdraw some money from the bank. I went to the ATM, but when I took my wallet out of my pocket, I couldn’t find my card.

I have two bank accounts, and so I have two cards. I use one for my personal expenses, and one for my publishing company. When I looked in my wallet, I could only see the one for my publishing company.

As you can imagine, I was very worried. I thought that the card might have fallen out of my wallet in the car, so I ran back to the car park to look for it, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.

I eventually gave up looking for it and decided to call the bank to tell them it had been lost. They were very helpful, and they put a stop on it immediately. They also told me that it had not been used in the last few days, so I was very relieved.

The next day, I went to the bank to order a new card. I had to wait an hour and a half, and I also had to write my name and address on about 300 forms. I couldn’t really complain, though, because it was my fault for losing the card. (Well, to be honest, I did complain a bit!) After going through all that, they told me that the card would be sent to me in about a week.

As far as I was concerned, that was that, but I was still curious as to what had happened to my original card. I looked all over my house, but I couldn’t find it, so I just gave up and forgot about it.

A couple of weeks later, I was out on my bicycle, and I suddenly remembered where I had put the card. I didn’t even need to check, because I was 100% sure that I knew where it was. A few weeks earlier, I had gone out for a long ride, and I had decided to put the card in my saddle bag (a very small bag that hangs under the seat of my bicycle) so that I could withdraw money at an ATM if anything happened.

When I got home, I looked in the saddle bag, and sure enough – there it was. It had already been cancelled, so I couldn’t use it anymore, but at least I knew what had happened to it.

To be honest, I quite often do things like that. I find smart places to put things, and then completely forget about them. I don’t think I am the only person in the world with this tendency, so I was wondering if you have any stories about something that was lost and then found again.

Look forward to reading your comments.

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32 Comments

  1. Biwa on Monday April 15th, 2013 at 07:30 PM

    Hi David and everyone,

    I’m glad to hear that nothing too bad happened with your bank card!
    I laughed when I read your story because I had a similar ‘looking for’ experience just today! It wasn’t about my card, but about the user’s manual and warranty certificate for my washing machine.

    When I was doing the laundry this morning, the washing machine suddenly stopped in the middle of the washing process. The machine was showing an error sign ‘H-AO’, but of course, I couldn’t figure out what on earth it meant. So, I looked for the manual which I keep in a file with lots of clear pockets. As you might imagine, I couldn’t find it because the file is almost twenty centimeters thick with those stupid manuals and certificates for almost everything we use! Almost every electrical appliances like the TV, telephone, printer, air-conditioner, microwave…even hair dryers have manuals! Also, everyone’s bicycles, cell phones and iPods and alarm clocks, too! I know the problem is that no one in my family is good at organizing these things. For example, if someone buys a new thing, he has to throw away the manuals and warranties for the old one, but no one does it. So, although I was looking for the manual for the washing machine (and in a real hurry!), all I could find was useless things like manuals for my son’s old bicycle with training wheels.:(

    Anyway, I found it at last, and knew there was something wrong with the draining filter, and it said that I had to call the customer service, but I couldn’t wait until it opened at 9 o’clock. So, I opened the drainer myself, of course the bubbly water came out like a flood, and I screamed with no one else in the house as if I were doing a comedy show alone! Anyway, the washing machine began working again, so I didn’t have to run to the coin laundry with all the bubbly clothes.

    I really wonder how other people organize all those things, and find exactly what you need when you really need it. I just hate paper things. I wish I had a secretary!



  2. YU on Monday April 15th, 2013 at 08:18 PM

    Hi everyone,

    今週のエントリーの訳です。

    Lost & Found

    A couple of weeks ago, I was at Nagoya Station when I realized that I needed to withdraw some money from the bank. I went to the ATM, but when I took my wallet out of my pocket, I couldn’t find my card.
    2、3週間前、名古屋駅にいる時、銀行でお金を下ろさなければいけない、と気づきました。それでATMへ行き、ポケットから財布を取り出したのですがキャッシュカードが見当たりませんでした。

    I have two bank accounts, and so I have two cards. I use one for my personal expenses, and one for my publishing company. When I looked in my wallet, I could only see the one for my publishing company.
    私は銀行の口座を2つ持っているのでキャッシュカードが2枚あります。1枚は個人支出用、もう1枚は私の出版会社用です。財布の中を見た時、その私の出版会社用のカードしかなかったのです。

    As you can imagine, I was very worried. I thought that the card might have fallen out of my wallet in the car, so I ran back to the car park to look for it, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.
    みなさんのご想像通り、私はとても心配しました。車の中で財布からカードが落ちてしまったのかもしれない、と思い、探しに駐車場まで走って戻りましたが、(車の中の)どこにもありませんでした。

    I eventually gave up looking for it and decided to call the bank to tell them it had been lost. They were very helpful, and they put a stop on it immediately. They also told me that it had not been used in the last few days, so I was very relieved.
    結局探すのを諦めて、銀行にカードを失くしたことを言うために電話することに決めました。彼らはとても親切で、すぐにカードを止めてくれました。また、彼らは私に(カードは)この2、3日使われた形跡がない、ということも教えてくれたので、本当にホッとしました。

    The next day, I went to the bank to order a new card. I had to wait an hour and a half, and I also had to write my name and address on about 300 forms. I couldn’t really complain, though, because it was my fault for losing the card. (Well, to be honest, I did complain a bit!) After going through all that, they told me that the card would be sent to me in about a week.
    翌日、新しいキャッシュカードを作りに銀行へ行きました。一時間半待たされ、300枚くらいの申込書に自分の名前と住所を書かされました。でもカードを失くした自分が悪いのですからあまり文句は言えませんでした。(まあ本当のことを言うとちょっと文句を言いいました!)すべての書類の確認が終わると、彼らは約一週間で新しいカードがお手元に郵送されます、と言いました。

    As far as I was concerned, that was that, but I was still curious as to what had happened to my original card. I looked all over my house, but I couldn’t find it, so I just gave up and forgot about it.
    私はと言うと、それにしても元の(失くした方の)カードはどうなったのだろう、とまだ気になっていました。家中探しましたが見つかりませんでした。だからもう諦めて忘れることにしたのです。

    A couple of weeks later, I was out on my bicycle, and I suddenly remembered where I had put the card. I didn’t even need to check, because I was 100% sure that I knew where it was.
    2、3週間後、自転車で出かけていて突然カードをどこに置いたか思い出しました。それがどこにあるか100%確信があったので確認するまでもありませんでした。

    A few weeks earlier, I had gone out for a long ride, and I had decided to put the card in my saddle bag (a very small bag that hangs under the seat of my bicycle) so that I could withdraw money at an ATM if anything happened.
    2、3週間前、自転車で遠出した時、サドルバッグ(自転車の座るところの下に付けているとても小さなバッグ)にキャッシュカードを入れておくことにしました。そうすれば何かあったらATMでお金を下ろせるので。

    When I got home, I looked in the saddle bag, and sure enough – there it was. It had already been cancelled, so I couldn’t use it anymore, but at least I knew what had happened to it.
    家に戻ってからサドルバッグの中を見てみました。そしたらやっぱり-そこにあったのです。そのカードは無効になっていたのでもう使うことはできませんでしたが、でも少なくともカードがどうなっていたかは分かったのです。

    To be honest, I quite often do things like that. I find smart places to put things, and then completely forget about them. I don’t think I am the only person in the world with this tendency, so I was wondering if you have any stories about something that was lost and then found again.
    正直言うと、私はかなり頻繁にこういったことをやらかしています。いい置き場所を見つけてもその後それがどこだったかすっかり忘れてしまうのです。こういうのって世の中で私だけに限らないと思います。なので皆さんにも失くした(と思った)ものが後から見つかった、というような話があるんじゃないでしょうか?

    Look forward to reading your comments.
    皆さんのコメントを読むのを楽しみにしています。



  3. Michael on Tuesday April 16th, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I have a very long commute. About 80% of the way I change from the train to bus. At the bus stop there is a Macdonald’s, I occasionally buy a coffee or something to eat usually while I charge my phone. One day I bought a coffee with a bill, received my change and went outside and caught the bus. On the bus I realized I had given them a 10000 yen bill yet only received change for 1000! I had to go to class so I couldn’t go back 7 or 8 hours. When I went back there was a completely new shift of staff. I explained what had happened and handed them a receipt for a coffee paid for with a 1000 yen note. No questions asked they handed me 9000 yen and said they were sorry!



  4. YU on Tuesday April 16th, 2013 at 09:37 AM

    Hi Michael,

    Wow! The world is not that bad!
    I wonder if the MacDonald’s near my house would have done the same to me. I think you looked(are!) a good man so they didn’t ask you anything.

    Hi David and everyone,

    I’m sure I have a lot of stories like that, but I can’t think of any special ones at the moment.

    Well, I often “lose” my bicycle key(maybe once two weeks!)and get into a panic. Sometimes I realize it just before going out in the morning, and other times it happens when I am out.
    In the former case, it happens particularly when I’m in a hurry, I look over all my house, but 80-90% of the cases I find it in the pocket of my jeans I was wearing the previous day.(Ocassionally the jeans are already washed and hung out to dry at the balcony.)
    In the latter case, I usually look in my bag or pockets at first and then go back to every place I dropped at to look for it, but 60~70% of the cases, I just kept the key left on my bicycle! And the rest of the case, it is found in my bag finally, that means, when I looked for it in my bag at first, I couldn’t see it because I was in a panic.

    Anyway, I really wonder why I don’t learn from mistakes. I laught at David’s story, but I can’t really talk!



  5. YU on Tuesday April 16th, 2013 at 09:57 AM

    correction :

    > I laught at David’s story

    I laughed at…

    By the way, I started reading “Outliers”(Japansese edition) yesterday, but I can’t really find time to read it because my son comes back already around 11AM until GW.



  6. David Barker on Tuesday April 16th, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Hi YU,

    I am constantly losing keys. In the place where I am going to build my house, there is another new house that has a fingerprint sensor instead of a key. The owners just press their finger on the pad to open the door. I’m looking forward to the day when we can do away with keys altogether. Nice use of “I can’t really talk,” by the way. 🙂

    Hi Michael,

    Nice to have you with us. I guess the shop must have checked their cash and realized that they had too much. Glad to hear you got your money back, anyway.



  7. Biwa on Tuesday April 16th, 2013 at 09:13 PM

    Hi YU,

    >I just kept the key left on my bicycle!

    Same here! I often do that when I come back to the parking area in our apartment building. The moment I park my bicycle, I feel like “Ah, I’m home!”, and get too relaxed, I guess!

    Hi Michael,

    That’s a nice story! I really think your sincere attitude made them trust you at once, because if it were a suspicious-looking man, I don’t think they would have done the same!

    Hi David,

    Are you going to have one of those fingerprint sensors? How about those eye sensors(?) you see in movies? They must be really expensive, though.



  8. Fumie on Tuesday April 16th, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Hi David and everyone,

    I’m very forgetful. Several times, I couldn’t even remember where I parked my car and ended up walking all over the parking lot.
    Here is the very silly story of mine. Several years ago, I went to my son’s school to see his class on open day by bicycle. After the class was over, I walked back home with my son. I totally forgot about my bicycle! I first noticed about it when I was going to go shopping the next day. I even thought that my bicycle was stolen when I knew there wasn’t my bicycle in a garage. How stupid I am!

    Hi Michael,

    Nice to have you with us. Glad to hear that you received your money.



  9. Anne on Tuesday April 16th, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Hi David and everyone,

    I have a lot to share with you about what I have done. I ‘lost’ my bank card, I’m losing keys, cell phone…you name it!

    I grab the key when I go out, do another things in different rooms, and then forget where I put my key. Also, I even made a phone call from my house telephone to look for my cell phone! I’m afraid I do these kinds of things unconsciously.

    Biwa’s ‘manuals and certificates’ story reminds me of one thing.
    A couple of years ago, I had my kitchen and bathroom renovated. After having finished all the process, the staff of the company put all the manuals and certificates in one thick file book and said, “When you need to know or check something, all you have to do is take out this.” It’s very kind of him, and it is very easy to see. That might be a part of his job, but I really appreciate it what he did for me and family. I guess he might have known I was not good at organizing these kinds of things:))

    Hi Michael,

    Nice to have you with us.
    I am sure that you looked honest and nice. Glad to hear that.

    Anne



  10. Biwa on Wednesday April 17th, 2013 at 09:41 AM

    Hi Anne,

    >It’s very kind of him, and it is very easy to see.

    That’s neat! But don’t forget to throw old things away whenever you add new things:) I really wish if my file was updated automatically like my computer!



  11. Biwa on Wednesday April 17th, 2013 at 04:35 PM

    Hi Anne,

    correction:
    I don’t need ‘if’ in my last sentence. “I really wish my file was updated automatically like my computer.”
    I just remembered David corrected my mistake somewhere in the older entries.



  12. YU on Wednesday April 17th, 2013 at 05:16 PM

    Hi David,

    > there is another new house that has a fingerprint sensor instead of a key.

    It sounds like you’ll live in a high-class residential area! A-Z book 御殿?

    > The owners just press their finger on the pad to open the door.

    My only concern is that whether the system still works even when the power supply is cut off. I read in somewhere that those doors also have keys for case of emergency, which means you have to carry your key all the time when you go out!?

    Hi everyone,

    I remembered my “lost-found-lost” story.

    About 20 years ago I went on a graduation trip to London and Paris with my friend. At Jubilee market in London I found a nice antique ring. It was a bit too big for my fingers, but I bought it and left the shop putting it on my middle finger.
    Then, we had dinner at a mexican restaurant and went back to our hotel.

    At our hotel room I suddenly realized that I had lost my ring. I got into a panic, but I tried to remember when I saw the ring last. I was quite sure that I was still putting it on my finger when I entered the mexican restaurant, but I was not really sure about when I left there. So my friend and I decided to go to the restaurant next day again to ask about the ring.

    We went to the restaurant next day and asked the staff if they might have found my ring last night, but she didn’t tell me if they have found it or not soon, but she just kept asking me many questions about the ring. So I explained about my ring with my veeeerrrry poor English. Suddenly she smiled and asked me “You lost this one?” showing my ring!!
    I said “Yes, Yes, Yes, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!”. It wasn’t a very expensive ring, but I was very happy to find it.
    (By the way, is this cultural difference again?
    Micheal’s MacDonald’s staff handed him his money without asking questions, but the restaurant staff in London examined me a lot! I don’t think that I looked suspicious, though…)

    Several days later, we flew to Paris.

    It was so cold in Paris and we didn’t feel like going out at all, but we spent a lot of money for the trip, so we decided to go sightseeing anyway. I put my ring on the middle finger, wore gloves and went out.

    After a while we entered a cafe to warm ourselves. I took off my gloves and then realized that my ring wasn’t there. This time I couldn’t remember when I saw it last or I couldn’t suggest my friend that I wanted to look for it because it was my second failure and the weather was too bad. So I gave up on the ring, realizing that we just weren’t meant to be. (自分とその指輪には縁がなかったのだと諦めることにした)

    Twenty years has passed, but I’m still curious as to what had happened to my ring.



  13. Anne on Wednesday April 17th, 2013 at 05:17 PM

    Hi Biwa,

    >“I really wish my file was updated automatically like my computer.”—Yes, indeed! I think I was quite tidy and well organized when I used to work for a bank and a different company, however when I am not in a “working mood”, I have to admit that I’m pathetic with keeping them tidy.



  14. Biwa on Thursday April 18th, 2013 at 09:14 AM

    Hi YU,

    I wonder where your ring went, too. Wasn’t it in your gloves? Anyway, I’d like to know how to say “縁がなかったと思って諦めた”, too.

    Hi Anne,

    Exactly. I also think that everyone in my family relies too much on me to tidy up everything. I don’t think I’m that sloppy, I’m just tired of organizing everything in the house, I think! LOL!

    Hi everyone,

    I had another ‘lost-and-found’ story yesterday.
    It’s about my laundry, again!

    Yesterday morning, my son asked me where his pink shirt was.(By the way, I’m glad he’s wearing bright colors again.) Anyway, I told him that I do the laundry every day, so I’m sure it’s either in his closet or in the basket where I put clothes which needs ironing. He said “I don’t see it.” but he didn’t have time, so he went to school in another shirt.

    After I hung up all the clothes in my veranda, I noticed that his shirt was really missing, but I soon forgot about it because I had lots of other things to do.

    Later, when I went out to go to the supermarket, I found his shirt hung on the fence of our apartment entrance. I realized that it was blown away to someone else’s veranda or garden, and s/he kindly hung it there! Isn’t s/he nice! And yes, it’s been quite windy these couple of days. I laughed because I didn’t even notice I was missing my son’s shirt, and also, I was quite relieved that it wasn’t my underwear!



  15. YU on Thursday April 18th, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Hi Biwa,

    > I wonder where your ring went, too. Wasn’t it in your gloves?

    I had already taken off my gloves to buy a metro ticket at the station before we went to the cafe, so it might have fallen off my finger there…

    > I was quite relieved that it wasn’t my underwear!

    Indeed!
    Your story reminded me of my neighbor. He is retired. He is kind, but extremely shy.
    He likes gardening very much. Whenever I go out or come home, he is always doing something in his garden.
    About a year ago or so, his wife and he came to my house in the evening to ask me if the T-shirt was ours or not. It was my husband’s.
    She told me that her husband found it in their garden around noon that day. That means, he waited to ask it to me until she came home! He didn’t say even a single word just standing behind his wife like a small child…

    By the way, your sons school doesn’t have a uniform? It’s nice, isn’t it? Or does it cost you more finally?



  16. Mika on Thursday April 18th, 2013 at 01:55 PM

    Hi David and everyone,

    This Monday morning I felt something wrong and a few hours later I had a bad backache (I have a slipped disk). So, I can’t keep sitting on my chair for more than five minutes but please don’t worry about me, because today I can enjoy reading everyone’s comments. Also I’m sure I can go out tomorrow.

    Hi Biwa,
    >I wonder where your ring went, too. Wasn’t it in your gloves? Anyway, I’d like to know how to say “縁がなかったと思って諦めた”, too.
    If I don’t misread your comment, do you want to know how to say “縁がなかったと思って諦めた” in English? I’m not sure but how about these examples?
    ①I made up my mind that the ring was not in the stars for me.
    ②I made up my mind that the ring was obviously not in the stars for me.
    reference It’s in the stars.
    それは運命的にそういうことになっているんだよ。/そういう巡り合わせなんだよ。



  17. Biwa on Thursday April 18th, 2013 at 06:10 PM

    Hi Mika,

    I’m glad you’re feeling better and thank you for the expression. Sounds romantic! However, I could only find a song named “It was written in the stars” in the on-line dictionary. I wonder where you found it.

    Hi YU,

    >By the way, your sons school doesn’t have a uniform? It’s nice, isn’t it? Or does it cost you more finally?

    Right, they don’t have uniforms. Actually, they don’t have any school rules(lol!), and it’s one of the things I like about their school. Maybe it’s costing more, but I buy only basic things like jeans, T-shirts and sweatshirts so that’s not a lot. If they want to add something fancier, they buy it with their pocket money. What’s more, deciding what to wear is part of education, I think. Also, if they like, they can have their ears pierced, have their hair permed or colored. I laughed when I saw a poster saying “No high-heels” in the science lab. However, interestingly, there are no so-called bad behaving students(不良). The school trusts the students, and the policy rather encourages the students to think for themselves. I’m not advertising the school, by the way! 🙂 学校の回し者じゃないですよん、笑。



  18. YU on Thursday April 18th, 2013 at 06:29 PM

    Hi everyone,

    I’ve just heard the news that as a general rule, English classes in public high schools in Japan have started being taught all in English since this April.
    Is it really true?
    I also heard that the government was planning to adopt TOEFL test for the university entrance exams in the near future the other day.
    I must really think about my son’s English education seriously!



  19. davidadmin on Thursday April 18th, 2013 at 06:33 PM

    Hi YU,

    It’s another classic 原則として rule. It looks good on paper, but nobody will actually do it. To be honest, I don’t think there are all that many English teachers who would be capable of doing it. 90% of the ones who graduated from my university would not be!

    This might make an interesting topic for another week.



  20. YU on Thursday April 18th, 2013 at 07:30 PM

    Hi David,

    > To be honest, I don’t think there are all that many English teachers who would be capable of doing it.

    Me, neither.
    A high school English teacher and his students were introduced in the news, but actually his English speaking ability was as bad as mine! His students looked confused, too.

    Hi Biwa,

    My highschool had uniforms. There were very few shool regulations, but almost no one broke the rules or dressed sloppy in my school.
    All my classmates(including me) seemed to think it was absurd to things like that because they knew that they gained nothing by doing that.



  21. YU on Thursday April 18th, 2013 at 07:33 PM

    correction :

    > My highschool -> My high school

    > it was absurd to things like that
    it was absurd to do things like that



  22. Anne on Thursday April 18th, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Hi Mika,
    Take good care of yourself!

    By the way, I tried thinking about “縁がなかったと思って諦めた”,too.
    Here’s my version:

    “Oh, I have to give up! I guess the ring wasn’t supposed to be mine after all.”

    Sorry for not being romantic:))

    Hi YU,
    I heard the news,too. As you and David mentioned, I’m wondering how many teachers can afford to teach English in English. It sounds confusing for students and doesn’t effective to improve students’ English.

    Anne



  23. amo on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    hi David,

    Thanks for sharing a fanny story. it gave me a laugh 🙂
    >I find smart places to put things,
    I am not that smart,so I have never come up with a great idea like you do. Of course, I have some “lost and found” stories. I am pretty sure that I mentioned this before though, I lost my pass case and a couple of days later, it came back to me:) It was a birthday gift from my sister so I was really glad to get it back.

    This is not my story but one of my sisters’ story. One day she came home with sad face. She told me that she lost her contact lens. while she was dating, she felt something got her eye, so she went to a restroom to check her eye. When she took out her contact lens, she dropped it. she looked around the washbasin but she couldn’t find it. She was so depressed, because she spent a lot of money that month so she didn’t want to spend extra money on new contact lens. I thought she had no choice because I didn’t think it was found again. But it was!! a few days later, when she opened her wallet, she found it. it was there in her wallet!! It was a miracle, wasn’t it:)

    Hi Mika,

    How’s your feeling? Hope you can go out tomorrow(today??)

    Good night and sweet dreams,
    amo



  24. Anne on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 08:32 AM

    correction:
    >(it)doesn’t effective to improve students’ English.
    —>(it)doesn’t sound to be effective to improve students’ English.

    Hi amo,
    >when she opened her wallet, she found it. it was there in her wallet!! It was a miracle, wasn’t it:)—Yes, indeed! Actually, I have lots of stories to share with you guys as far as contact lens concerned.



  25. Biwa on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 08:34 AM

    Hi everyone,

    I asked my sons if they had any changes to their English lessons. They said no, and if all the Japanese teachers explained grammar things in English, it would be really hard to understand. I think so, too. Maybe starting with phrases like “Read the next paragraph.” or “Translate this sentence.” would be useful and help create an Englishy atmosphere in the classroom. However, I don’t really think giving 100% English lessons is the most prior thing they should do now. It’s more important to let the students feel confident in using English, and feel okay to make mistakes. If they really want to improve students’ listening abilities(I guess this is one of the reasons they’re saying this.), they should hire more well-trained native speakers.

    Hi YU,

    >All my classmates(including me) seemed to think it was absurd to things like that because they knew that they gained nothing by doing that.

    I wish I had been mature like you and your friends! I did really stupid and childish things like bleaching hair, making skirts shorter, thinning my school bag with steam…just to resist or show our teachers that we’re not going to surrender to their crazy rules. Ha-ha! Sure I was young, and where did all that energy go?



  26. YU on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Hi Biwa,

    > I asked my sons if they had any changes to their English lessons. They said no

    If I remember correctly, both your sons go to private high school, don’t they?
    As I wrote, I heard that it’s been changed only in ‘public’ high schools.

    > If they really want to improve students’ listening abilities(I guess this is one of the reasons they’re saying this.), they should hire more well-trained native speakers.

    I agree.
    If you ask me, Japanese schools should offer at least two kinds of English classes ; one is to improve their English communication skills by native English teachers, and the other is mainly to teach English grammar by Japanese English teachers. But the grammar needs to be selected more carefully and simplified. It shouldn’t be as unpractical or unnatural as it is now.

    > just to resist or show our teachers that we’re not going to surrender to their crazy rules.

    To be honest, most of my classmates were ガリ勉タイプ. I never saw them taking a defiant attitude toward our teachers. As a result, I had quite boring high school days!

    Hi Biwa, Mika and Anne,

    Thank you for thinking about how to say “縁がなかったと思って諦める” together. It’s getting like a translation competition, isn’t it? 🙂



  27. Mika on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Hi Biwa, Anne and Biwa,

    Thank you for worrying about me. Unfortunately I still have a dull pain but I have to go out today.

    Hi Biwa and Anne,
    I thought about “縁がなかったと思って諦めた” again, so “important” might be better than “in the stars”.
    I made up my mind that the ring was obviously not “important “ for me.

    Hi Biwa,
    I found “It’s in the stars “ through the internet “スペースアルク英辞郎” and we can buy the CD.



  28. Biwa on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Hi YU,

    >As I wrote, I heard that it’s been changed only in ‘public’ high schools.

    Yes, I know. I just asked if something had changed in my sons’ school, too. By the way, I met one of my friends whose children go to public high schools, but they also said no. I know my information is from a very limited area, but as David said, I guess it’s just another idealistic rule. For most teachers, I think it would be a great burden when they already have lots of other things to do like clubs, meetings and paperwork. I rather worry that it might cause more ill-preparedness for classes.

    >To be honest, most of my classmates were ガリ勉タイプ

    That’s what I should have been! I really regret I should have studied more.



  29. Biwa on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Hi Mika,

    >I found “It’s in the stars “ through the internet “スペースアルク英辞郎” and we can buy the CD.

    Thank you. I sometimes use the free 英辞郎 on the top page of alc.



  30. Biwa on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Hi YU,

    correction:
    >I met one of my friends whose children go to public high schools, but they also said no.
    ⇒but she also said no.



  31. YU on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 01:41 PM

    Hi David,

    > I thought about “縁がなかったと思って諦めた” again

    This is Mika’s sentence.
    It reminded me of your sentence on bitsofenglish “I’m having second thoughts about it.”(on Dec.5th,2012).
    I’ve been wondering how to use the expression since long, but can you change Mika’s sentence to like

    I had second thoughts about how to say ‘縁がなかったと諦めた’. ??

    Hi Biwa,

    > Yes, I know. I just asked if something had changed in my sons’ school, too.

    なるほど。



  32. Mika on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 03:31 PM

    Hi YU,

    Thank you for your helping.

    Hi Biwa,

    How about this about “縁がなかったと思って諦める”
    The ring wasn’t meant to be mine.



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