2012年08月11日

Olympic Games

Welcome back, ISAAC English readers! Hope everyone is doing well in the heat.

TOPIC: Olympic Games (オリンピック)

As this year's Summer Games are coming to a close, here is a small lesson on the background of the Olympic Games.
The Olympics as we know it, started taking shape (具体化する) from the late 18th Century, and the first modern Olympics is given credit to (認められる) the 1896 Summer Olympics.
However, the Olympics originally began more than 2700 years ago in Ancient Greece.
The actual origin of the Games are not known, but common myth (神話) identifies the figure Heracules as the creator with the first recorded Olympics being 776BC.
The Games continued for close to 1,000 years until the Romans gained power in Greece and eliminated (除去する) the Olympics as well as other pagan (異教徒) practices.
It wasn't until the late 19th Century when a man by the name of Pierre de Coubertin, who founded the International Olympic Committee, instigated (〜を推進する) the revival (復活) of the Olympics,
and we now have what we know as the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

TIP: Exercise

Coubertin believed that physical education (体育) played a key role (重要な役割) in education and the development of a well-rounded (円満な) person.
We may not all be Olypmic athletes, but we can all do some exercise and enjoy the benefits it brings.
Everyone already knows exercise helps control your weight and improves health conditions, but it also boosts energy and helps you sleep better.
You don't have to run a marathon each time you exercise, but even 90 minutes of exercise a week will have you feeling better physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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2012年07月05日

Fourth of July

Hello, ISAAC English readers! Hope everyone is doing well despite the sudden rise in temperature.

TOPIC: Fourth of July (7月4日; アメリカの独立記念日)

July 4th is celebrated as the day America gained independence from Great Britain
through the signing of the Declaration of Independence (アメリカ独立宣言) on July 4, 1776.
It is commonly referred as (と呼ぶ) the "Fourth of July"
but some historians believe this was not the actual date the Declaration of Indepence was signed.
Whether the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th or not,
it is interesting that the only two people to sign the Declaration and serve as president died on the same day: July 4, 1826.

TIP: Fireworks (花火)

Fireworks play a big part (大きな役割を果たす) in Fourth of July celebrations.
In America, there are two main occasions (時) when fireworks are shot: the Fourth of July and January 1st.
Personally, I enjoy fireworks in the summer rather than in the dead of winter (真冬の中より).
Even though Fourth of July fireworks have already finished, firework celebrations will begin later this month in Japan.
If you're looking to enjoy firework celebrations this summer, you can find dates and places at this website:
http://hanabi.walkerplus.com/
Hope you have a good time!

Tate
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2012年06月21日

Take a Rain Check

Hello ISAAC English readers! Hope everyone was okay from the typhoon earlier in the week.

TOPIC: Rain Check (延期; 繰り延べ; またの機会)

A rain check is originally a piece of paper given to people who came to see an event which got canceled due to rain.
The rain check allowed them admission (入場) to future games that were postponed (延期された).
Rain checks are also issued (発行される) by stores when merchandise (商品; 製品) that are on sale have run out of stock (在庫切れ).
Because of this, it is also used as an expression to refuse someone's invitation and promise to meet at a future date.
For example;
Aさん: Do you want to go out for a drink?
Bさん: Sorry, I'll have to take a rain check. I need to work overtime tonight.

TIP: Better safe than sorry (用心するに越したことはない。◆「危険を冒してあとで後悔するより、まず安全策でいった方が良い」という意味。◆ことわざ)

Because of the typhoon on Tuesday, ISAAC had to cancel some lessons and offer rain checks to those students.
This was before warnings were put on full alert (警戒態勢に入る).
With rains and winds being severe compiled with train delays, it was definitely worth having the students stay in and the employees go home early.
Rather than taking unnecessary risks, it's better to be safe than sorry, and at times even to take a rain check.

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