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05日

JAL Recruitment: Final Stage

Hello ISAAC English readers! Summer's just around the corner, but hope you are all doing well.

TOPIC: Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. (勝利の喜びを感じることができるように、挑戦を受け入れなさい。) by George S. Patton

As results of JAL's recruitment have started coming in, it has definitely been exhilarating (元気を与える; 活気付づける) for those airline students who have passed the interviews.
The hard work they invested (注ぎ込む) in ISAAC's airline courses have paid off (役立つ) and they get to see their dreams become reality.
But their joy would not have come without them taking that first step (最初の一歩を取る) to challenge themselves.

TIP: Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality in your own mind. (敗北とは、自分の心の中で認めない限り敗北ではない。) by Bruce Lee

Unfortunately, not all challenges may finish the way people hope.
With good news come the bad, and some students were not able to pass the JAL interviews.
However, that does not mean dreams must end.
There is always something positive to gain (得る) from every experience.
Whether these experiences help with the next set of inteviews or just making you a stronger person, you have not failed unless you consider it so.

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