一流人じゃなくても夢は叶えられる!

英語を学び、映画を見まくったことで夢は叶えられた!

101 START OF LIFE IN LOS ANGELES 1992-95           

高岡孝光です。2021年が始りました。今年もよろしくお願いいたします!!皆様におかれましても素晴らしい年になるように心からお祈り申し上げます!!まずは健康に気をつえて頑張っていきましょう!!

 

私は過去にロサンゼルスで3年4ケ月も生活してきましたが英検1級を所有しているわけでもありませんしTOEICで超高得点をマークしたこともありません。

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Gino Crescoliによるpixabayからの画像

でも何とか3年以上、外国で仕事をすることが出来ました。だからと言って今、英語を学んでいる若い方々に「英検1級やTOEICの高得点を目指す必要はない。」などと言おうとも思っていません。その逆で、兎に角、若い方々には出来る限り上を目指して自分自身と闘える限り戦って頂きたいと思っています。それゆえこのブログも英語を学ぶ方々のお役に立てるような読み物にしていけたらと思い、すでに日本語のブログとしてアップしている100編の記事を自分なりに英文にして順次上げていくことにしました。各回ビジネスシーンで使用する機会が比較的多いと思われる単語や表現をピックアップして紹介していきます。

ネイティブの方がお読みになるとニュアンス的におかしな部分があるかと思います。その際には、一番下にありますコメント欄からご指摘いただければありがたく存じます。

 

それではつたない英語ではありますが英語版の「ロサンゼルス駐在生活体験記」を以下にスタートさせて頂きます!

 

【 今日のピックアップワード 】

●hesitate   ヘジテイト ためらう、躊躇する 

例文 ☛☛☛  I do not hesitate to have a dream.

(私は夢を持つことに躊躇しない。) 

 

●be assigned to ~,  ~するように任命される

例文 ☛☛☛  I was assigned to work for the division.

(私はその部署の為に働くように命じられた。)                  ※日本語でもビジネスシーンで「その件は彼にアサインされたよ」のように使われることがあります。

 

それでは001の英語版を以下にスタートさせます!

Chapter 1:  Start of life in Los Angeles

0 Preface

  1. Now, it's time to move overseas!
  2. I have come to Los Angeles!
  3. Mr. Jay of Korean
  4. New residence, Park La Brea
  5. I did it! I love Beverly Connection!
  6. Information on Japan, Japanese people & Japanese materials!
  7. Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles

 

Preface

Nice to meet you, I'm a pure and simple diligent man who will reach 60th birthday in a few years and I have decided to write a blog because there is something I want to convey to the younger generation.

In Japan, I frequently go to bookstores and often see books with the titles that encourage self-developments such as "First-class people ..." and "First-class conditions." Since I have lived to this age without any outstanding abilities, I hesitate to approach such books.

There are many people in the world who belong to the world called "first class". They may be such as singers, baseball players, doctors, businessmen, chefs, and politicians. It's true that he or she has a really great talent and has made many achievements.  I think that I feel jealousy for people with genius talent. I think that there are many people who are said to be topnotch, who have made efforts to reach that level. Thinking normally, they are qualified to talk about dreams, but are the  people, who do not belong to “The First Class” or "the top-notch people", qualified to talk about their dreams?  Unless they are first-class people, shouldn't they tell their children and students about dreams ?  How do you think ?

I am by no means a first-class person.  However, I was able to fulfill the dream I had when I was young, so I would like to ask young people today to boldly challenge the dreams.  

Now (Spring 2020), I have a precious time, so I will look back on my life and write down my experiences.

I fell in love with English as a language when I was a  junior high school student, and I fell in love with movies when I was a high school student.  In particular, I became captivated by large-scale American movies.  I have had such vague "feelings (dreams)" that I wanted to go to the United States someday, especially Los Angeles, where Hollywood is located in it.

As I grew up in a poor single-mother family, it was an unfulfilled dream to go abroad even if it was a short period of time.   

 

After graduation of high school, I was fortunate to be able to go to university.  I had to cover my living expenses with a scholarship and money from a part-time job and somehow I could manage to graduate in 4 years.  When I was in the first year of university, I dropped a compulsory subject that I had to take for graduation.  Even when I was in the fourth year of university, I hadn’t been able to earn credits for that subject.  The mental stress at that time was quite serious, and due to malnutrition, I bleeded from the fundus of my left eye and I had surgery with a laser beam irradiation, which was still rare at that time.

After graduation, the "stress of the graduation crisis" became traumatic, and I have been having the same nightmare for 10 years after graduating from university. 

Compared to my classmates who graduated smoothly, I strongly realized that I was a second-class or third-class person and I envied the smart people. Although I have taken many various tests until now in my life  I have never passed a test in one go.

 

After graduating from university, I got a job at one

Entertainment company at the age of 27 after many twists and turns.

Even after joining the company, I kept on studying English and did my best to do the work given by the company.  For the three years since I joined the company, I've been absorbed in my work for the period. I gradually became able to read English contracts that I didn't understand at all at first.

 

When I was a high school student, I had a vague dream in my heart. I would like to go to Los Angeles someday as a normal adult businessman.  It's been passed 12 years since I had a vague wish in my high school days.

 

In December 1991, three years after working for the company, they have issued an official written appointment. The words "Order to work in Los Angeles" were written in it.  It was a transfer order to a branch office in Los Angeles. 

As a matter of fact, I thought I wouldn't even become a candidate, however, it has become a reality. At last, my dream came true and I was officially assigned to work at the Los Angeles branch.  I managed to open the door to my dreams.

 

I moved to Los Angeles from Tokyo around the end of March, 1992 and would have stayed there until July, 1995. 

From the next article, I will write various memories which have happened for the three years and four months.

TO BE CONTINUED! 

※This blog is rewritten in English for myself and young people who are learning English.  Please let me apologize in advance that you will find many unnatural expressions in my blog. Could you please send me some advices in the comments section (button) as a volunteer if there is something you really care about?  I can only introduce your name as an advisor.