演習 49 No matter how many books you may read, it is no use if you do not try to think for yourself. No matter how seriously you may think, it is a waste of time if you do not read books. No matter how good you are at driving, you might happen to get involved in an accident caused by someone else. 50 A monkey is still a monkey even if it falls from a tree, but a politician becomes an ordinary person if he or she loses an election. Some people boast that they are such good swimmers that, even if they were thrown into the sea, they would never drown. However, these people should know that swimming in a pool is very different from swimming in the sea with their clothes on. 51 If each country continues to regard its own interests as more important than what other countries need, the opportunity to improve international relations will be lost. People wish they could live forever and never become older. However, if this wish came true, the earth would be overcrowded. 52 I managed to catch the 3:00 express. If I had missed it, I could not have come back today. If each of us had tried harder to improve the situation at that time, we would not have been criticized so severely.
>>100 演習 53 Without your help, I would have been at a loss. Without newspapers, which let us know what is going on in the world every day, we would realize how inconvenient life is. 54 Some students coming to the library act as if they were in a coffee shop. On days when there is no morning paper, you do not know how to pass the time. Usually you feel busy in the morning, but without a paper you feel as if time were passing slowly. 55 My grandfather, who is seventy-five years old, gets up at six every morning to take care of his flowers. Hamamatsu is located to the east of Lake Hamana, which is famous for its beautiful scenery and delicious fish. The climate is mild; not too hot in summer and not too cold in winter. It is nice and comfortable all through the year. 56 I get nervous when I see someone taking their eyes off the road while driving. While walking hurriedly along the street, I could not help thinking that walking was far easier than driving.
>>101 演習 57 At an airport in Paris, there was a man sitting on a suitcase, gazing into the air with his chin on his hand. When I was walking along with three books under my arm, one of them fell suddenly. When I tried to pick it up, another one also fell. 58 He often wrote down on pieces of paper what came to mind. It is a pity that, although people want to protect their own privacy, they want to know what others do in private. 59 It seems that they firmly believed that every adult in the community must teach the children good manners. This belief enabled the children to realize that they were members of the community. 60 They took it for granted that while Japan was a country which attached too much importance to someone's academic backgrounds, that was not the case in European countries.
演習 01 I read in the newspaper that more and more people living in cities are becoming interested in gardening. Our society is aging rapidly, and the number of young workers is steadily decreasing. 02 Very few people realize that happiness is often all around them. A lot of people have personal computers, but very few of them know how to use them effectively. 03 Most people spend most of their time working to live. Some young Americans living in Japan are beginning to say that the U.S. should make more effort to teach Americans the Japanese language. 04 If you are usually healthy, you may make mistakes when you fall ill. You often worry too much or too little about your health. If you have been to old European towns, you must have been impressed by how beautiful the streets were.
>>105 演習 05 If you live in a developing country for a while, you have an opportunity to look at Japan from a different point of view. Once you have gotten into a bad habit, it takes a lot of time and effort to stop it. 06 One out of three Japanese people sees a doctor regularly or complains about their physical condition. It is said that seven out of ten young people in Japan do not believe in religion. These days, however, many students pray at temples or shrines for success in their entrance exams. 07 Tens of thousands of tons of detergent and millons of liters of water are used every day to wash towels that have been used only once. The population of Sendai is more than five hundred thousand, so it is no exaggeration to say that it is the cultural center of Tohoku. However, it is far more quiet than Tokyo. 08 Once the telephone starts ringing, you have to answer it, no matter what you are doing at that moment. Therefore, when I make a call, I try not to bother the person I am calling. In Japan, business cards play an important part, especially in business. People usually exchange their cards when they meet for the first time. The cards are useful to Japanese, who want to know what each other's status is, because they tend to change their attitudes and language, depending on who they are talking to.
09 It is not unusual for me to call friends, even if I have nothing special to talk about. It is convenient to take the subway in order to get around in the center of Tokyo, where the traffic is heavy. 10 Nineteen years ago, I traveled by ship from the U.S. to Australia. About ten years ago, a famous painter bought me a meal at one of the best restaurants in Paris. 11 I like taking pictures of birds. Many years ago, I often went to the seashore when I had free time. The best thing about my stay with an American family was that the parents treated me just like their daughter. 12 Everyone should be free to decide when to get married and whether to have children. It is said that there will soon be no room left to dump trash in Japan. We have no choice but to get more serious about recycling.