Article Discussion 12: Ambitions



One child observes her mom keenly while she is working as a fashion stylist. The girl is so impressed by how her mom creates different pieces of art, recognized and appreciated by a lot of people. Fascinated by what she sees, she thinks to herself: "One day I will be just like my mother." And there she starts her ambition. Ambition is the strong desire to achieve something.

Each of us has our own various ambitions in life. We want to obtain and reach something or be somebody so badly that we dream about it. We usually start having ambitions the moment we imagine or foresee ourselves to be someone or to have something.These ideas start coming to our mind while we are still young. However, as we step into different milestones in our life and learn, so do our ambitions change.

For any ambition to come true, prudent planning is a necessity. With the power of self-trust, hard work, and perseverance an ambition that once seemed to be just a dream is now possible to attain.

■ambition: a strong desire to achieve something
■keen: wanting to do something or wanting something to happen very much
■fascinate: if someone or something fascinates you, you are attracted to them and think they are extremely interesting
■obtain: to get something that you want, especially through your own effort, skill, or work
■foresee: to think or know that something is going to happen in the future
■milestone: a very important event in the development of something
■prudent: sensible and careful, especially by trying to avoid unnecessary risks
■attain: to succeed in achieving something after trying for a long time







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Article Discussion 11: Vacation


During the holiday, summer season or spring break, people are busy planning tours and trips to different places since it's best time for vacation. A vacation is a period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, relaxation, especially for those who are working or studying. Some people take specific trips or journeys, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. People usually take a vacation for certain festivals or celebrations, as well as other events. This time is usually spent with friends or family.

Going on a trip is one of the most amusing choices on vacation. Taking time away from work and routine allows the body to replenish and repair itself. Not only does it refresh our body but it also reinvigorates and revitalizes our mind. It takes us to a completely different environment and it helps to relax our mind from our daily basis thoughts. When we arrive to an unfamiliar place, it diverts our attention away from the stressful atmosphere that we used to be in. The presence of family and friends keeps it warmth and blissful as we spend the entire vacation.

recreation: an activity that you do for pleasure or amusement
amusing: funny and entertaining
routine: the usual order in which you do things, or the things you regularly do
replenish: to put new supplies into something, or to fill something again
repair: fix something that is damaged, broken, split, or not working properly
reinvigorate: if something invigorates you, it makes you feel healthier, stronger, and have more energy
revitalize: to put new strength or power into something
divert: to deliberately take someone’s attention from something by making them think about or notice other things
atmosphere: the feeling that an event or place gives you
blissful: extremely happy or enjoyable











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Article Lesson 10: Criticism



All of us have definitely gone through a situation in our life where we are struggling with criticism. Criticism is the practice of judging the assets and errors of something or someone in an intelligible or articulate method. The person or people who give judgement are the critics. People criticize others to express the pros and cons about what they possess or do.

We can get two types of criticism, the helpful and the offensive one. An offensive criticism is an opposing one, where the critic points out a judgement in a contradicting manner. Some of the criticism also roots from envy and it becomes harmful when the critic's purpose is to convey a false impression about an individual. On the other hand, criticism can be helpful for us if it was given in a constructive manner. Constructive criticism is one way of offering well-reasoned opinions that can be both positive and negative about someone in a pleasant manner rather than an antagonistic one. Constructive criticism is helpful for us if we know how to use it. It is given to correct our flaws and improve our good points.

However, regardless of the criticism that we receive we must always remember that all of us have our own faults and merits; therefore we must accept that all sorts of criticism will come to us during lifetime. In order to improve and become stronger we need to accept it.

■struggle: to progress doing something with difficulty, having problems that stops progress
■intelligible: something can be easily understood
■articulate: to express or explain your thoughts or feelings clearly in words
■pros and cons: merit and demerit
■offensive: very rude or insulting and likely to upset people
■opposing: completely different from each other
■constructive: useful and helpful, or likely to produce good results
■well-reasoned: based on careful thought, and therefore sensible
■antagonistic: unfriendly; wanting to argue or disagree
■faults and merits: pros and cons





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Article Discussion 09: Confidence


This is probably the most popular and fundamental piece of advice you often hear and receive from people "be confident". What does confidence really mean? Confidence is the state of being sure of yourself, believing what you can do and conveying it to others. In almost every aspect of our lives, confidence has become very important. A confident person may encourage and inspire others. One of the keys where a self-confident person finds success is by gaining confidence of others. A self-confident person easily gets promoted in a job because a confident person can perform better by believing in his abilities in accomplishing tasks and cultivating himself even more.

Despite the importance of being confident, it is indisputable that tremendous amounts of people lack this characteristic. Low self-esteem is the contrasting word to confidence; it is the absence of confidence. People who suffer from this always posses pessimism which hinders them from attaining success and prosperity in life. An obscure assessment of oneself leads to insecurity and lack of self-trust.

Hence, accepting yourself and admitting your weakness is the primary element to having self-confidence. Try to learn strength and use that to value your self-worth and boost your ego.
■convey: to express a thought, feeling, or idea so that it is understood by other people:
■perform: to do an action or piece of work
■cultivate: to work hard to develop a particular skill, attitude, or quality
■indisputable: true, and impossible to doubt
■tremendous: very great in amount or level, or extremely good
■self-esteem: belief and confidence in your own ability and value
■contrast: to compare two people or things in order to show the differences between them
■pessimism: emphasizing or thinking of the bad part of a situation rather than the good part, or the feeling that bad things are more likely to happen than good things
■hinder: to limit the ability of someone to do something
■obscure: not clear and difficult to understand or see, or not known to many people
■insecurity: a feeling of not being fixed or safe, or a feeling of not being confident
■Hence: that is the reason or explanation for
■ego: your idea or opinion of yourself, especially your feeling of your own importance and ability












「I like to go camping, fishing and hiking in the mountain.」と趣味を紹介したら、相手もアウトドア好きの講師だったのもあって、結構会話が盛り上がりました。





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Article Discussion 08: Decision Making

Decision Making

Each of us has our own stories to tell. Life is like a roller coaster at times it goes up and at times down, this means life rotates in different directions both advantageous and disadvantageous. But of course we can always choose how our life will turn out to be by making decisions.

Decision making is creating a conclusion, judgement, or resolution reached after thinking about what is the best thing to do. We all inevitably have to make decisions at times. It is a constant psychological exercise that we inescapably do every single day. When we find it difficult to decide we seek for advice from another individual. There are times when we don't know what to do but still do not feel the need of help, we toss a coin or just choose whichever. But most of the time we trust our instincts and decide all by ourselves. However, regardless of the effort put into decision making, we need to accept that some decisions will not always be right and best choice. Some people often make decisions experiencing strong emotions and therefore such decisions most of the time result to failure.

No one will ever be able to choose the best decision all the time because all of us make mistakes. To avoid choosing wrong, we need to dissect problems into simpler forms and create solutions for them, weighing the risk involved, considering pros and cons, choose advice from people who have experience, and lastly come up with the best decision accordingly.

■at times: 時々、時には
■advantageous: 有利な、都合の良い
■disadvantageous: 不利な、不都合な
■inevitably: 不可避的に、必然的に
■inescapably: 不可避的に、必然的に
■individual: 個人、人間
■regardless of: 〜にかかわらず、〜とは無関係に
■dissect: 〔研究などのために〕解剖する、切断する
■accordingly: それに応じて、適切に、その結果






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