For some people, this is not even worth turning on the laptop in the middle of the night and starting to remember from scratch, but for me, this is something that must be shared with those who sympathize with me, if there is anyone like that.

I was waiting for the train on the platform on my way back home tonight. I was searching my bag to pull out a book I was going to read on the train. I thought I was ready to get on the train when it came.

I decided not to.

A gentleman in a decent suit appeared out of nowhere and he seemed like another passenger. This businessman, to my dismay, had a can of beer in one hand and it was open.

OK, I haven’t described what it was like yet. It was around 7:30 p.m. If you look around, you can see all the business people who are in a hurry getting home. I was at Akihabara station, which is used by no less than 200,000 people – a day! It is very easy to imagine all the seats of the next train being taken and many passengers hanging on a strap, isn’t it?

And so it was!

And now this man showed up with beer.

You know, there is nothing like a smooth train ride. I have been to many foreign countries and taken trains, but I have never experienced a perfectly smooth ride. Sometimes it is bumpy. At other times, the train stops abruptly. That is why straps are ready for those passengers who have no seats.

This man was just standing in a crowd, with a can of beer in one hand and a newspaper in the other.

I tried to get on, but then, got off and waited for the next train.

Now, how should we punish such a man with a possible threat? I know I am exaggerating, but I really hate those who drink beer on the train. I hope there is any one person who can sympathize with me…


Daily TOEFL 16 How many times do you take it?

How many times have you taken the TOEFL test? If you are someone who is just about to step foot in this dark, unfathomably deep forest called TOEFL, how many times do you plan to take it until you finally see the light far ahead of you?





It is up to you and I respect your decision, but just in case you are not sure or you misunderstand the nature of this test itself, let me remind you a bit.

Your score only improves if you have learned something new, or you have acquired a new skill. Obvious, isn’t it?

The thing is that while taking the test,  most test-takers concentrate on the test so much that they tend to develop a sensory illusion that they have studied enough. However, they just spent four and a half hours on the test and no learning happened while they looked at the screen.

There is no reviewing the test because you are not allowed to (Haven’t you signed?) You just get a result. That’s it. Taking a test alone will get you nowhere. Learning something new will bring you a better score. You have four hours you can use at your free will this weekend. Will you spend it on the test again to receive the same score or learn something new and use it the next time you take the test? You cannot expect a miracle to take place at one time by making countless attempts. It is a good example of time wasted.