Thanks for all your comments. I noticed, however, that we are starting to get lots of really long comments again. Please try to keep your comments as short as possible so that lower-level English learners will not be scared to join in.
Thanks also for the advice about my neighbourhood council. I am going to a meeting on Sunday evening. That will be a nice chance for me to introduce myself and meet all my neighbours. I will definitely try to find out a bit more about this 入会金 before I pay it!
Actually, I quite like the idea of being a part of the local community. I grew up in a small village in Wales where everyone knew everyone else. It would be nice to have something like that in Japan. Anyway, I’ll let you know how I get on at the meeting.
Here is some feedback on your comments.
many residents of the same family names(4 names ; Sato, Ito, etc..) live in my area.
That sounds like the whole of Japan! Actually, “with the same family names” would be more natural.
… are in charge of the board members by turns
… take turns being in charge of the board
No wonder why Japanese children start bullying friends.
No wonder Japanese children start bullying one another.
50,000 yen for just joining the neighborhood council?!! That’s impossible.
“That’s ridiculous” would be more natural than “That’s impossible.”
I’d never heard that someone has paid an enrollment fee in my life
I’d never heard of someone paying an enrolment fee in my life
I wonder if there is any difference between the phrases “what kinds of things” and “what kind of things.”
It’s the same. Either is okay.
Actually, I don’t feel that I benefit from joining ours at all.
This is a really small mistake, but I’ll point it out because it highlights the correct usage of “join.” As I wrote in the A-Z, “joining” is the act of becoming a member, so you can only do it once, and then you are a member. You could write “I don’t feel that I have benefitted from joining…” or I don’t feel that I benefit from being a member,” but not “I don’t feel that I benefit from joining.” Hope that makes sense.
That’s all for today. Have a great weekend.