September,2013 contents =========
・This month’s review
・This month’s word list
Welcome to the September monthly review mail. Well, actually it’s more like a mid-October monthly review mail. Sorry about that, to be honest, it’s been hard and busy since my dad died, and I haven’t been able to get much work done.
But the good news is that the 2014 Eigo Techo is now available, here’s the Rakuten URL if you’re interested to know more: http://item.rakuten.co.jp/eigo/c/0000000157/
This year it comes with a neat little red sheet to cover the Japanese translations so that you can check that you know the meanings of the words! Nice!
September’s topic is “Bare Necessities 足るを知る”. Whenever I hear the words “bare necessities” it reminds me of the song from The Jungle Book movie. Do you know that song? Here’s a link to the lyrics: http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/thejunglebook/thebarenecessities.htm
And here’s a link to the song on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ogQ0uge06o
It’s a cute, fun little song, but the lyrics are also very important! It is important to know that we have what we need. According to the song, “the bare necessities of life will come to you.” And there’s no point feeling stressed, looking for things we think we need because usually when we find them, we realize we don’t need or want them anyway!
What are the “bare necessities” in life? Do you think our “needs” and “wants” are changing – for example 20 years ago computers in schools were probably a “want” in Australia, but now they seem like a “need” – if your child is at a school without good computers, they are being disadvantaged compared to other children. How about in Japan? Write a comment for me on Facebook if you have any thoughts on this topic.
And as always a quick review of the monthly words.
What five words were new for you?
What one word really excited you? (I mean what word were you glad to learn?)
Create a sentence using your favorite word from the month.
And if you don’t have the Eigo Techo nearby, here’s the monthly word list:
September 1 necessities 生活必需品
September 2 frivolous 軽率な
September 3 unlimited 無制限の
September 4 jealous うらやましい
September 5 common ありふれた
September 6 ultimate 最高の
September 7 beautiful 美しい
September 8 pleasing 楽しい
September 9 simplicity 簡素
September 10 growth 成長
September 11 obstacle 障害
September 12 fear 不安
September 13 reality 現実
September 14 prosperity thinking 豊かさをもたらす思考
September 15 resources 財産
September 16 get by なんとかうまくやる
September 17 rely 頼る
September 18 discover 発見する
September 19 create 創作する
September 20 guide 導く
September 21 deceive だます
September 22 draw up （リストを）作成する
September 23 frugal 質素な
September 24 straightforward 素直な
September 25 unbalanced 不安定な
September 26 peaceful 平和な
September 27 amazing 驚くべき
September 28 dissatisfied 不満な
September 29 reasonable 妥当な
September 30 impact 影響を与える
Since it’s already mid-October, I’ll see you again in a couple of weeks!