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Hello! オンライン英会話Ling.en[リンギン]管理チームのTomokoです。






It's great to meet all of you. I am Claude and I hail from the United States. I've been teaching in Japan for over five years. In addition to teaching eikaiwa, I've also checked essays, theses, resumes, and other texts as part of my work. It is my goal to help you succeed and I'm looking forward to working together with all of you. I'd like to answer some of the common questions we have. 


What kind of lesson you are good at teaching? For example, free conversation, article reading and discussion, speaking based on some themes, pronunciation, grammar etc.

I usually prepare article reading and discussion lessons. Many of them are based on news articles but if a student is interested in a subject I try to prepare something that he or she is interested in. As an example, a student seems to enjoy sports, so I readied an article lesson about Muhammad Ali, a famous boxer. Still another student is fascinated by obscure elements of Japanese subculture, so I prepared an article lesson focusing on the history and influence of Takeshi no Chosenjou.

What level of students you are good at teaching the most?

I think I do best with higher-level students.

Do you prepare any materials for new student’s lesson? Or you just have a free conversation?

I like to prepare some articles, but if the student wants to do a free
conversation I'm able to handle that.

What kind of topics you are familiar with, when you have free conversation lessons?

Recent news, entertainment, and things like that. I'm also very familiar with Japanese culture and have talked about important places, people, dates in history, and so on. 

What is your strong point?

I think my experience with Japan gives me a strong insight into challenges faced by students, and my interest in Japanese culture helps me play an active role in conversations concerning it.

Do you think you can conduct 45 min long lessons focusing on pronunciation or grammar?

I have prepared materials to help with those, so I think so.















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Hello! オンライン英会話Ling.en[リンギン]のTomokoです。











  • コミュニケーション能力がある
  • 外国語が話せる
  • 1日8時間、10日間以上できる
  • 採用面接や3段階の研修を受けられる
  • 20年4月1日時点で18歳以上
  • 競技の知識があるか、観戦経験がある




こちらは8万人の募集を想定しているそうですが、ロンドンオリンピックでは約3倍の約24万人の応募があったそうなので、東京オリンピックでも倍率はかなり高くなるかもしれません。 現時点ではどれくらいの英語力が必要かは明らかにされていませんが、選ぶ言語を英語にするならばより高い英語力を持つ方が有利にはなりそうです。  



一方、都市ボランティアは東京都が募集運営を行っており、外国人旅行者への観光案内が主な活動内容になります。   この中核を担うおもてなし東京という活動には現在2000人あまりがボランティア登録しており、東京オリンピックの時には3000人まで人数を増やす予定のようです。


  • 18歳以上 
  • 一定の語学力(例:英検2級以上) 
  • 1~2ヶ月に1回程度活動が可能であること 








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シンガポール人はシングリッシュを話す?ー Singaporean speaks Singlish?【リーディング・初中級】


Hello! Ling.en管理チームのTomokoです。



シングリッシュとはSingaporean Englishに由来する単語で、シンガポールで話される英語のことです。



Hello. This is Faisal. I will answer to some common questions about Singlish.

As Tomoko rightly pointed out, Singlish is a pidgin.


And Singaporeans speak it with varying accents and intonations.

For example, speakers of Singlish tend to add “lah” at the end of every sentence, as in “Please give me a kiss, lah”


Do many Singaporean speak Singlish?
Singaporean speak Singlish to feel connected with one another. But they avoid it in business meetings, especially when non-Singaporeans are around


Do you speak Singlish?
I can speak Singlish if I want to. But because I speak with suppliers and customers worldwide, I hardly speak it these days.


Some Japanese business people had some difficulties to hear Singaporean’s English. Do you have any advice?

Japanese business people need not be concerned about Singlish when doing business in Singapore. As mentioned, Singaporeans tend to avoid Singlish when doing business with foreigners.

However, if you do ever encounter Singlish, do not hesitate to tell the speaker that you are not familiar with Singlish. And please ask them to speak slowly and clearly.








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アメリカの大学での日本人学生との出会い…そして日本へ - Rene先生の自己紹介【リーディング・初級】

Hello! オンライン英会話Ling.en[リンギン]管理チームのTomokoです。




Hi, My name is Rene, I was born in Chile, grew up in California, Santa Monica and now live in Japan with my family.

At school in Santa Monica College I had my first encounter with Japanese students, they were amazingly well mannered, respectful and in class they were some of the best students. They had a great concentration ability and I was attached by their study habits. They introduced me to Sushi and told me many stories about old Japan, the samurai, kimonos and Caligraphy.

The longing to know this country grew with time, although I had no idea how or when

this was going to be possible. I guess life has its ways to push us towards our dreams,

I had no money but I belonged to a Karate team at school, that team was preparing  a trip to participate in the first Wold karate Cup (JKA). The top five classified members were going to made the National USA team and get a paid airfare trip to Tokyo.

I was going through exam periods at that time, but I spent my time training so hard

that at times I felt asleep in class.

I took first place and won the US Nationals Collegiate Championships in California.

I met my wife in Japan, my son was born here and  graduated from Sophia Unversity, my daughter is graduating from high school this year. 

Today I work as an English teacher and Consultant for a recruiting company. I have many students in Japan and from around the world, I feel that I have the best job in the world.

Go for your dreams!

Rene Vildosola








またTOEIC, TOEFL, IELTSのテスト対策のレッスンも得意としていますので、テスト対策のためのレッスンを行いたい方もぜひRene先生のレッスンをお試しください。



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The Mysterious Pelican of Rhodes ロードス島の不思議なペリカン【リーディング・上級】

Hello! オンライン英会話Ling.en[リンギン]管理チームのTomokoです。






The Mysterious Pelican of Rhodes


When I was a young man, my perception of what was real and possible in the universe was based on the premise that “facts” and “logic” were the cornerstones of what was widely acknowledged as “reality”. I adhered to this misconceived notion unquestionably, not realizing that there is indeed magic in the world, and that we often only have to be in the right place, at the right time to discover it.


My concept of reality was about to change forever on the enchanting island of Rhodes, Greece. Rhodes is replete with mystery, as it was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes, a huge bronze statue erected in 280 BC, which at over 30 meters tall, stood majestically guarding the harbor.


It was within this mythical setting that I found myself with my traveling buddy and good friend Wendell. Wendell and I had been traversing throughout Europe for several months, and had ventured to Rhodes with the intention of viewing the spot where the famous statue had once stood. We were captivated by the beauty and allure of the island, and intrigued by the inexplicable feeling in the air that this was a place where anything could happen.


As we leisurely strolled through the old section of town one sunny afternoon, we suddenly heard a loud and powerful flapping of wings directly overhead. We glanced up, and were astonished by the presence of the largest pelican we had ever seen. To our amazement the pelican gracefully glided to a landing directly in front of us.


We stood silently gaping at the bird, flabbergasted. The pelican then began walking down the sidewalk intently, as if it had an explicit destination in mind. We quickly followed at a safe distance to ensure that we didn't deter it from its goal.


It was a hot summer day, and as was the custom on the island, shops lining the street had their doors open to welcome visitors, and to allow the refreshing sea breeze to enter the premises.


The pelican continued walking, and then paused briefly before suddenly entering a local pharmacy. We eagerly followed it inside, where a handful of customers were browsing casually.


Without hesitation the pelican walked past the mystified patrons to an adjoining back room of the shop, where he began pacing back and forth in front of shelves which stored an array of medicine, as if searching for a particular item. We all stood transfixed, watching the bizarre behavior of this strange creature. After a few moments he seemed to abandon his peculiar quest, and reentered the interior of the shop.


We waited expectantly for what would happen next. To our surprise he then stopped within the center of our small group, and in turn looked at each of us directly in our eyes, as if trying to convey some personal message.


I remember his eyes seemed eerily human, and a strange sensation came over me that he was in actuality not a pelican, but rather an apparition which had temporarily taken form as this curious bird.


Without further ado he then left the shop as abruptly as he had entered, took a few steps toward the street, and flew away. We gazed at each other in wide-eyed disbelief, seeking validation from one another that what we had witnessed really transpired. Though a few token suggestions were offered, no one had a plausible explanation of what the pelican was doing there or why.


As I look back on my life I'm able to recall many extraordinary events which I'll forever cherish, but none as full of joyful spontaneity as the remarkable day we encountered the mysterious pelican of Rhodes.



Welcome From Canada - John先生の自己紹介【リーディング・初級】

Hello, オンライン英会話Ling.en[リンギン]管理チームのTomokoです。





Hello, it's nice to meet you. My name is John and I am from Canada.  I am 36 years old. I am married with 2 children and 1 more on the way in September. I have been teaching ESL English for 15 years. I have taught in Korea and China. I have taught students from all ages from ages 6-55 years old. I teach English pronunications, grammar, business, job interviews, presentation preparation and TOEIC. I am able to edit writing for students along with their resumes. I also include in my classes to teach about how to learn to do the stock market and teach them my method of learn to earn program. If you would like to know more about that program, please feel free to contact me about it. I look forward to meeting all of you to help you acheive your long or short goals in life.  Your success is my success. 









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Hello, オンライン英会話Ling.en[リンギン]管理チームのTomokoです。







f:id:haguretomo:20160516115331j:plainHello everyone,

My name is Elle. I live on the beautiful island of Kyushu.


Our beautiful island was struck by tragedy recently when a series of earthquakes devastated Kumamoto and surrounding areas. It was a very unwelcome and unexpected surprise.


I am in Fukuoka and therefore a fair distance from the epicentre. The damage here was minimal but the fear was fierce. I found myself wondering what to do if there was another large quake. Could I get to my children in time? Where was the nearest evacuation centre? Did I even have a fire extinguisher? I was constantly feeling earthquakes that were almost always only in my mind. Noises at night became louder and going to bed became a scary experience.

I can't even imagine the fear that the people of Kumamoto felt and continue to feel. For them the fear is a reality. People have lost their homes, their loved ones, their everything....

In times of crisis Japan does as amazing job of coming together to support those in need. This time was no different but we must remember that support is still needed. We can only do so much, but we have to do all that we can.

Life is so unpredictable. Every day is a blessing. We need to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us and hug our kids as tight as we can, as much as we can.


For those who would like to donate to the victims of the earthquakes here are some sites that you can check. Please consult the organisations' FAQs carefully before donating.

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan
Civic Force (Japanese language)
Global Giving
Japanese Red Cross donation (Japanese language)
Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Bitcoin Relief Fund
The Nippon Foundation (Japanese language)
Support Peace Winds America
Yahoo Japan donation (Japanese language)