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Self-introduction
Last month our new semester started in Sophia Community College at Yotsuya. I met several good old friends again and a lot of new students. This new class is mainly made up with a group discussion by three or four students. We change partners several times during the lesson. We talk many topics enthusiastically without regard to English grammar. The first topic was "Self-introduction." "Why do you want to learn English ?"

Let's me introduce myself. My name is Robert Addfield. I'd say my grandfather was a rich farmer rather than a poor peasant in Ibaraki Prefecture. His wife, my grandmother, was an only woman in the village who had the franchise as a woman. But my father was the fourth son among seven children. So he had to work in Tokyo since he was 16 years old.
He became a watch engineer and got married to a vivid girl living in the next village. She was the youngest child among nine siblings. I was born in 19🌸🌸 just before the World War .
Horrible air raid by American Air Force happened in March 10th 1945. About a million citizens lost their houses and more than 100,000 people were killed in the old part of Tokyo. My father's factory burnt down. Fortunately we escaped from this disaster and went back to the father’s home in Ibaraki. We came back to Tokyo a few years later because the world calmed down.
After I graduated college in 1964, I started my career as an office worker here at Yotsuya in Tokyo. In those days trams ran in front of this college. I used to go to Ginza by this tram. You could see a beautiful scene of the Imperial Palace from the tram window. I can't get enough of it.
I love travelling here and there. When I was young, I used to climb mountains. Since 1990's my wife and I enjoyed traveling abroad. We took a car journey by a rent-a- car in Germany and England. I can't imagine how we managed to travel with my poor English.
So I made up my mind to brush up on my English conversation. A slight dementia isn't going to defeat me.

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