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Vocabulary Building: Divergent Chapter 1

I am a huge fan of the Divergent series written by an American novelist Ms. Veronica Roth in 2011. Since when I first watched the movie Divergent, I have been fascinated by the story, and the word "Divergent" who cannot be categorized in one label. To the society in this story, "Divergent" means abnormal, a threat to society, or need to be excluded. But to me, "Divergent" is very natural humanity, and it should be appreciated. As I feel like I am Divergent, —and probably most people are— I highly empathize with the Divergents in the story, especially Tris (Beatrice), which is one of the reasons I favor this story. …


Empathy & Sympathy

I'm often confused about which "empathy" or "sympathy" I should use when describing a situation that someone compassionates to others. This RSA Shorts makes it very clear about the difference between "empathy" and "sympathy." The concepts are told by Dr. Brené Brown, who studies courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. So, the bottom line is whether there is an emotional connection or not. empathy: has an emotional connection with the person who's suffering. The heart is being with the sufferer. sympathy: no emotional connection with the person who's suffering. The comment is from a distant place. I'm getting understand this, but want to dig more about these words. Words Starting with …

Sew and Saw

Sew & Saw

Lately, I found my typo in my self-introduction part on the front page, which made me blush! Just a letter turns a word into a completely different word. In my case, that was Sew and Saw. From, the meanings of them are as follows: sew: to work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine. saw: to cut or divide with a saw. Imagine that I listed one of them as my hobby; Other than learning languages, I like traveling, taking pictures, and sawing! Oh my goodness, that's not what I meant! I don't like using a saw, it's definitely not my hobby! I realized this typo …

Life Lessons From Anime

Detective Conan Inspirational Quotes

Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Things Aren't Always What They Seem. ― Phaedrus Including myself, we tend to perceive and judge from what we see, which is natural. But in reality, what we see is not always the truth. In the movie Detective Conan "The Fourteenth Target," Shinichi Kudo (or Conan) also tells Ran a kind of same thing. The Scene Since when Ran has heard the unacceptable fact —her dad shot her mom a decade ago when her mom was taken hostage— she gets depressed and loses her trust in her dad. Shinichi (or Conan) tells Ran that he is not sure if that fact is the truth. I couldn't find the English translation …

Detective Conan Inspirational Quotes

Regardless of The Race, Everyone Has The Same Thing Inside

In file 1011 of Detective Conan, Elena Miyano (Shiho's mother) says a powerful line regarding racism. I'd love to share this one with the hope that our real world will eradicate racism for good. Unfortunately, there is no official translation so far (at least I couldn't find one). So I brought the original Japanese sentence below. I will translate it afterward as an unofficial translation to respect copyright. Before going on, let me say one thing that this post has no intention to discriminate against anything and the same applies to Detective Conan's original texts and my translations. I'm absolutely against racism. The Elena's Phrase: Inside Is the Same To …

Demon Slayer Inspirational Quotes

"A warm meal to cleanse your soul."

"A warm meal to cleanse your soul." This phrase from a Demon Slayer's episode resonated with my heart and changed my thought on meals. The Context of The Scene After severe battles with demons at the Tsuzumi mansion, Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke head to the house of the wisteria family crest to rest and heal their wounds. There, a lady provides their clothes, meals, and a place to sleep, etc. The following scene is the one from that context. You Are What You Eat I've never thought of my soul when I'm eating and I assume that's pretty ordinary. However, come to think of it, this scene makes sense to …

Demon Slayer Inspirational Quotes

What Matters Most: Resolution Makes Our Life Much Simple

Making decisions is sometimes hard, making us be indecisive. But successful people seem to make a quick decision. Why? I guess they have a clear resolution/priority and know what matters most to their goals. Though we don't have to be "successful" and compare to others, we cannot avoid making decisions throughout our life —life is full of choices. I found a hint to overcome indecisiveness or how to make a desirable decision from one scene of Damon Slayer. The following might be helpful for people who want to be decisive. Quick Review of the Scene Tanjiro Couldn't Make a Quick Crucial Decision In episode 2, Tanjiro was wondering for hours …

Fullmetal Alchemist Inspirational Quotes

"All is One, One is All" - We Are All Connected

The other day, I picked one of the impressive quotes from Fullmetal Alchemist: In this article below, I brought up another impressive thing from the same anime: the Circle of Life. The quoted italic phrases below are from Fullmetal Alchemist Ep.28, and the credit goes to © 荒川弘/鋼の錬金術師製作委員会・MBS. Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese manga/anime created by Hiromu Arakawa. This is a story about Edward (Ed) and Alphonse (Al) Elric seeking a way to get their bodies back with their skilled alchemy and a legendary Philosopher's stone. Modeled after the 19C, Europe. More details can be found in Wikipedia: Fullmetal Alchemist or FANDOM "All is One, and One is …