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Americans can start driving cars when they are 16 years old.


Many high schools have a “Drivers’ Education” class.


Students can study and practice driving at school.


Many high school students drive their own cars to school.


There are big parking lots at high schools for students.


Most high school students do a part time job to save money.


They often use the money to buy a used car and pay for gasoline.   


I got my driver’s license when I was 17.


Thinking about it now, I think I was too young to drive.


What age do you think is best to start driving?


New Words

Drivers’ Education: ドライバー教育(日本でいう教習所)

Parking lots: 駐車場

To save money: お金を貯める

A used car: 中古車

Driver’s license: 運転免許証

Too young to drive: 運転するには若すぎる

school dance



Dancing is a very important part of American culture.


Americans have many chances to dance from a young age.


American high schools have “school dances” 3 or 4 times a year.


School dances are held in the school gymnasium from about 7 to 9pm.


Boys usually wear a tie.  Girls usually wear an evening dress.


Special student groups plan and decorate for the school dances.


Teachers and some parents go to the school dances, too.


I loved school dances at my high school!! 


I was shy and afraid to ask girls to dance with me.


But sometimes I asked them and sometimes they said “Yes!” (~o~)/!!


Did you ever dance when you were a high school student?



New Words

Culture: 文化

From a young age: 若い時から

School dance: 学校でやるダンス・パーティ

Are held: イベントをやる

Gymnasium: 体育館

Evening dress: イブニングドレス

Decorate: 飾りをつける

Afraid: 怖い




I was bullied when I was a child.


I was very shy so team sports were hard for me.


My uncle was learning Tae Kwon Do and it was popular in those days.


He recommended that I try it.


The spinning kicks were really impressive!


Watching and practicing Tae Kwon Do was exciting!


I started learning Tae Kwon Do and I loved it!


Martial arts, such as Tae Kwon Do, karate, boxing and wrestling, are popular in America.


Some people think Martial Arts make children more violent.


What do you think?



New Words


Was bullied: 苛められた

Tae Kwon Do: テコンドー

Recommended: 勧めた

Impressive: 印象的


Practicing: 練習

Martial arts: 格闘技

Violent: 暴力的な




Team sports are a good way to make friends and learn teamwork.


In Japanese schools, many students join sports teams at school.


In America, there are no sports teams in elementary or junior high schools.


Instead, there are many community sports teams.


Most children in America play sports on a community team.


The most popular sports for children are basketball, baseball, and soccer.


Sports such as American football and la cross are popular for high school age kids.


American football, basketball, and baseball were invented in the U.S.


They also pay the highest salaries of all sports in the U.S.


What are some traditional sports in Japan?


Do they pay high salaries?






New Words

Team sport: チームスポーツ


Teamwork: チームワーク


Join: 入る(チームに)


Elementary school: 小学校


Junior high school: 中学校


Instead: 代わりに


Community: 地域社会


Community sports teams: 地域社会スポーツチーム


Invented: 発明された


Highest salaries: 最高額給与


Traditional: 伝統的な





When I was 10 years old, my family moved to a new house.


I went to a new school.


Almost everyday at the school, I was bullied.


My lunch was taken.  Other boys teased and hit me.


I felt a lot of stress.  Sometimes, I pretended to be sick and I stayed home from school.


Eventually, my father realized my situation. He sent me to a different school.


I was lucky.  The children at that school were friendly and welcomed me.


I wasn’t bullied.  I made many friends and enjoyed my school days.


I often hear that bullying is a big problem in schools in Japan.


What do you think?


I think that Japanese children spend a lot of time at school.  Even a small problem at school has a big effect on their minds.





New Words

Bullying: いじめ

When I was: ~だった時

Moved: 引越ししました

Was bullied: いじめられた

Teased: からかう

Pretended: ~のふりをしました

Stayed home from school: 学校を休む

Eventually: ついに

Realized: 気づきました

Spend a lot of time: 長い時間をすごす

Even small problems: 小さな問題でも

A big effect: 大きな影響

Minds: 心