オンライン英会話のマイ・スカイ・イングリッシュ

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English is a Crazy Language (Humor)

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March 13, 2011

My Thoughts about the Japan Quake and Tsunami

 

 

When I first heard the news about the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last Friday, I was at a loss for words.  I immediately rushed home and switched the channel to BBC News.  This is the video footage that I saw:

 

 

 

 

It was a very horrifying scene with ships, homes, cars and people being washed away by the powerful waves of the tsunami.  Seeing so much horror and destruction just breaks my heart. The massive destruction that happened recently in Japan looked like a scene taken direct from the silverscreen!  It seems almost impossible for something terrible to happen in reality.  Japan's architecture and engineering were both designed to survive such a huge disaster.  But when nature unleashes its fury, it is really unstoppable and very unpredictable.

 

 

However, I found out recently that there was a certain movie released in Japan in the year 2006 entitled "The Sinking of Japan."  It is a movie based on a novel entitled "Japan Sinks" written by a famous Japanese author named Sakyo Komatsu.  The plot is almost similar to what happened in Japan two days ago. Watching this movie clip gave me the creeps.  Its movie tagline that says: "Do you believe that one day Japan will sink and disappear?" made me shudder.  It even made my hair stand on its end!  Could this be an early prediction?  Is this a way for Mother Earth to warn us of the inevitable end of the world?  Could it be true that the world will end in two years, like what happened in the movie "2012"?  I HOPE NOT.  I personally believe that it is just a test of faith from the One Almighty Being up there.

 

You know, we Filipinos are known to be very optimistic people.  We also get scared about many things like tragedies, death and other unexplainable phenomena.  Sure, we cry when somebody in the family dies.  Just like everybody else, we get depressed when we have many problems.  But I guess it is because of our fun-loving approach to life that we are able to surpass any tragedy or problem.  I want to share with you a song that my friends and I are currently listening to.  


 

 

 

I do not want to make light out of the recent situation at all.  My thoughts and prayers are truly with the people of Japan.  Nevertheless,  I just want everybody to be reminded that we should live like there is no tomorrow.  We should make the most out of what we have today.  As the song says, "You wink, it goes by."  So cherish what you have now, while it is still there.  :)

 


 

Increase your vocabulary:

massiveheavy, or bulky; of great significance 

destruction - the act of destroying; the results of a destructive event 

silver screen - film industry; movie; cinema screen 

unleash - to release 

fury - a feeling of intense anger; the property of being wild or turbulent 

shudder - shiver: shake, as from cold 

inevitable - an event that cannot be avoided 

fun-loving - a quality of enjoying the pleasures of life 

surpass - to move past; to exceed 

cherish - care for 

 


Useful idiomatic expressions: 

at a loss for words - having nothing to say 

gave me the creeps - frightened/scared me

make my hair stand on its end - frightened/scared me

to make light out of -  to disregard an event; to treat it lightly, as if it has no significance

 

Live like there is no tomorrow - make the most out of what you have at present; enjoy your life at present

Make the most out of - produce something of maximum or best quality

You wink, it goes by - Pay attention to what you have now because one day they will be gone.

 


Don't be a passive learner!  Do not just read.  Try using these new words and phrases in your daily conversations. Keep safe!  Happy learning!

 

 

 

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