英会話 – TED Lessons

A Dangerous Lunch (TED Lesson-26)

Hearing Jarrett Krosoczka’s TED Talk about the lunch ladies reminded me of one of my grade school friends. Growing up I had a lot of allergies and therefore couldn’t eat the hot lunch served at my elementary school. I always had to bring my own lunch. I remember the other students would line up in…

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How do you measure your success? (TED Lesson-25)

All the big decisions in my life came from my heart. A message brought to you with love, light and blessings from Marci Kobayashi at marcikobayashi.com

All the big decisions in my life came from my heart – that quiet, knowing space inside where decisions are effortless. I don’t like to admit it but in my daily life I am often motivated by money and what other people think. I chose today’s TED Talk by David Brooks because I am trying…

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My mind is free to wander (TED Lesson-24)

Routine and organization help me relax so my mind is free to wander. A message brought to you with love, light and blessings from Marci at marcikobayashi.com

I chose today’s TED Talk by Kitra Cahana because I ran away one time when I was in preschool. According to my mother, it was only for a few hours. Though I was little, I still remember the feelings of anger, liberation and sadness. I used to imagine traveling and using survival skills to live.…

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I can’t imagine my life without books (TED Lesson-23)

Marci Kobayashi - I can't imagine my life without books

I can’t imagine my life without books. I chose today’s TED Talk by Brian Dettmer because I love his unique way of re-positioning physical books. Most of the books I read today are in digital format. I don’t need to hold the physical book to feel the same excitement and wonder. I love the feeling…

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Three dimensional healing (TED Lesson-22)

I know that simply covering up a problem rarely makes it go away. I usually need to examine and work from within to ease the discomfort, whether it is physical, mental, emotional or even spiritual. Joe Landolina’s TED Talk about the gel he developed to instantly stop bleeding reminded me of this. His gel is…

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Girls vs Boys (TED Lesson-21)

Girls vs Boys - Marci Kobayshi's TED Lesson-21

Living in a foreign country and speaking a language other than my mother tongue has made me especially interested in communication and interaction. Philip Zimbardo’s TED Talk on the demise of guys caught my attention. He talks about several issues of potential concern regarding guys and communication. Growing up in the U.S. there is this…

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Yahtzee anyone? (TED Lesson-20)

A few months ago we talked about toys for boys and girls – Where are your toys? (TED Lesson-13). Today’s TED Talk by Hillel Cooperman is all about LEGOS and how adults love to play with them as much as kids do, maybe more! I played with LEGOS as a child and loved them, too.…

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How do you present yourself to the world? (TED Lesson-19)

I had a love-hate relationship with social media for years. Sometime last year I changed my mind and decided to post with purpose. I mean, I try to post images, thoughts, and ideas from my authentic heart. I haven’t perfected this yet and still sometimes react to other people’s posts and later wonder “Why did…

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Who should be responsible for their future? (TED Lesson-18)

"Butterfly Behind Bars"

I don’t know anyone who has spent time in prison but my father worked in a prison and he sometimes shared about his work. For our own protection, he never allowed us to visit him at work until right before he quit. Though he rarely shared about individual inmates, I worry about the men and…

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Alanna’s Key (TED Lesson-17)

I feel fortunate I grew up in a family that talks openly about life and death. There is a sense of familiarity. For me, death is another state of being. I’m not afraid of death though sometimes I have been afraid or uncomfortable with life. And, if I were completely honest, there were even times…

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