12/10/2018

December 10, 2018 ABC - Christmas Lights

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Christmas Lights

New words & phrases:
- decorations
- preparation
- fond


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In Japan, many people refer to the lights hung as decorations as "illumination".  However, I have always know them as "Christmas Lights".  They are hung along with all the other decorations in preparation for Christmas.  Almost everyone decorates the outside of their houses with Christmas lights, and it becomes a kind of competition as everyone has pride in their decorations. 


My father was really into this.  He would spend a whole week intricately decorating our house with lights.  Every year we would go to the store together and decide what new lights we should by this year.

During December, many times on the way home from somewhere in my family's car, we would drive around looking at everyone's decorations. It is such a fond memory. 

There was one house in my neighborhood that really stuck out.  They had so many lights that they had to start preparing 3 months in advance. They opened their home until 10 pm and let anyone come inside to visit their house as they had decorated the inside as well.


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12/09/2018

December 9, 2018 ABC - Baseball pt. 2

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Baseball pt. 2

New words & phrases:
- past time
- play catch
- driveway
- die-hard fan

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Baseball is known as "America's favorite past time", but it seems to me that baseball has become a Japanese sport. When I was a child, I always played basketball with my friends after school.  My next door neighbor had a goal in his driveway, so I was there almost every day.  On the weekends, sometimes we would play American football. However, I don't remember playing catch very often.

Japanese people seem to really love baseball.  There are many fans among my students, and even a few die-hard ones. I have never been to a professional baseball game, but after listening to them talk about their love for baseball, it makes be wanna go check it out.  Maybe I will go see the BAYSTARS.

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12/08/2018

December 8, 2018

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12月 9, 10, 13,  23-31 は休みです。


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12/07/2018

December 7, 2018 SMILE!

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SMILE!


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One thing I like about living in Japan is that everyone is always smiling. Well, almost everyone. It makes me feel good.

Sometimes when I feel a little down, I see a mirror on the train platform that reminds me to turn my frown upside down.  I always thought it was so strange that there are mirrors on the train platform. I thought maybe so the ladies could prepare their make-up before getting on the train, but that doesn't seem to work.

Sometimes western people misunderstand and think that Japanese people are being fake, or not being sincere. But I don't think this is the case.  We have a saying in English, "One bad apple spoils the whole bunch".  So, when one person in the group has a frowny face, everyone else will tend to have one too,  So, remember to smile and spread some cheer. What goes around comes around!

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12/05/2018

December 5, 2018 ABC - AGE

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ABC - Age


New words & phrases:
-  printing company
- serious
- forty-something
- in the blink of an eye

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I remember turning 6.  I was sitting at the kitchen table in front of my Superman birthday cake that my mother made for me. I looked at the clock and thought to myself  "I am half-way now". It seems like yesterday when I was 19.  I remember at that time thinking that I wanted to be older. Older men had money, looked cooler, and had girlfriends. I was still living in Florida. I had just started college, scuba-diving, and had my first serious girlfriend.

Then, it seemed like the next day I was 23. I was living with my girlfriend in Rhode Island, worked at a printing company, and then I joined the Navy. Then suddenly, I became 30.  I was an instructor in the Navy now. I had already lived in Japan, studied Aikido and Japanese language, and had a lot of experience on a Navy warship. I felt like I was becoming a serious-minded adult now.

A few days passed, and now I am forty-something, ha ha.  I now have my own English school in Japan and can dance Argentine Tango and Salsa.  Life passes in the blink of an eye.

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12/04/2018

December 4, 2018 Don't run onto the train

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Don't run onto the train!

New words & phrases:

かけこみ乗車はキケンです!
かけこみ- last minute rush, stampede.
乗車 -passenger
キケン -danger
力いっぱいはスポーツで。
力 - power
いっぱい-full

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One benefit of living in Japan is being able to read and practice my Japanese skills daily.
The advertisements and posters on the train provide a great opportunity for study.
Here is a poster that I saw on the train today. It is a warning for people not to run into the train as the doors are closing.
One time, as I ran onto the train, the doors closed and my backpack was caught between.  I was so worried about what would happen.  Luckily, the doors opened again, and I was able to free my bag.

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12/03/2018

December 3, 2018 Becoming the Leader

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Becoming the Leader

New words & phrases:
- Cryptology
- cadence
- nerd
- rigid
- ironic

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My home in Florida is close to a Navy base.  The base has a special school for Cryptology. I remember when I was about 19, lying in my bed in the early morning, I could hear the Navy people singing cadence as they went on their morning run....at 4 am.  I thought to myself that those people were crazy! In the afternoon, I would get on the bus to go to college.  The bus drove through the Navy base.  I remember seeing the Navy guys and thinking to myself, "What a bunch of nerds!" Their uniforms looked so uncool, they walked so straight and rigid, and their hair was cut so short. At that time, my hair was down past my shoulders, I woke up at 11am or later when I didn't have school, and the only exercise I got was when I was running to catch the bus.

About 10 years later I found myself on that base again.  This time, it was ME in the Navy, wearing the uniform, having the short haircut and LEADING the students out on a morning run at 4am. I became a Navy instructor at the school of Cryptology.  How ironic!

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Instagram


日本語
Instagram(インスタグラム)をまた使い始めました。Instagramは写真を投稿できるオンラインの写真アプリです。ここで、私が毎日ホワイトボードに書くことやテキストの写真、生徒の写真、そしてもちろん教師の写真を見ることができます!あなたがPCを使っているなら、Instagram.comにアクセスするか、
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フリーアカウントを作る必要があるかも知れませんが、個人情報を入力する必要はありません。

English
I have re-started using Instagram.  Instagram is an online photo app which I use to post photos.  There, you can see photos of the things I write on the whiteboards everyday,、 photos of the students and of course, photos of your teachers!  You can go to Instagram.com if you are using a pc, or download the free app to your smartphone. Search for miamieikaiwa and you will find me.  It may be necessary to create a free account without using any personal information.

12/02/2018

December 2, 2018 1 New Word: Physical

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1 New Word: Physical

Physical

Physical is a common word in English conversation. Here are some of the meanings and examples:

1. about the body
- I will have a physical exam this week.
- I enjoyed my P.E. (Physical Education) class in high school.

2. to become aggressive or violent
- The two men's conversation became physical after a few beers.
- The tennis player became physical with the referee when he didn't agree with his decision.

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12/01/2018

December 1, 2018 The Tooth Fairy

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The Tooth Fairy

New words & phrases:
- to fall out ぬける
- fairy ようせい
- anxious あわただしい
- to have a crush on someone 誰かに圧倒される
- imagine 想像する

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When you were a child and your tooth fell out, what did you do with it? Do you know what American children do with their teeth?  They put them under the pillow when they sleep. When they are sleeping, the tooth fairy comes and takes it and leaves money!  I remember waking up and anxiously looking under my pillow and finding a quarter. I was very happy.

Every Christmas, young children give a concert at school and sing Christmas songs. I remember I loved singing because I had a crush on my music teacher.  I found out that she wasn't married and I imagined she might fall in love with me if I could sing really well, so I did my best.

Anyway, the children with no teeth sing a special song, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" It is very funny.



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11/30/2018

November 30, 2018

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11/29/2018

November 29, 2018 Botcha botcha!

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Botcha botcha!

New words & phrases:
- commemorative
- engraving
- wheelchair
- loan words

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Yesterday in class, one of the students brought in some Paralympic commemorative coins. One of the coins had an engraving of a man in a wheelchair. He was playing a new game called "Botcha".  I thought that I had heard this world before. My mother had said this word to me many times when I was out playing as a child.  She would say "Botcha botcha", which meant "bath time".

Why did my mother use this word?  I googled it and found the answer in Wikipedia.  It says that Hawaiian people, like my mother, use a lot of loan words from Japan. Botcha botcha is one of them. According to Wikipedia:

  • Bocha: Take a bath. Originally from bocha-bocha Japanese onomatopoeia for splashing noises.a


So, the next time you go to the hot springs, you can say, "Botcha Botcha"!


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11/28/2018

November 28, 2018 My Navy Life - One Week

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My Navy Life - One Week

New words & phrases:
- military
- the outside world
- unexpected
- stick it out

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Bootcamp is the word for basic military training.  It was 8 weeks long, and perhaps one of the most difficult things in my life.  Everyday, my instructors were yelling at me, and the training was so hard. Every morning we would wake up at 4 am, eat, exercise, study, fold our underwear, march, exercise, march, study, and sleep.  Then, wake up in the middle of the night for drills.

There were no days off, no breaks, no communication with the outside world. On the third day I thought I wanted to go home. I made a plan to jump over the fence and hop on a train home. However, I thought I should wait one week.  If I still felt the same after one week, I would run away and never come back.  But something unexpected happened.  I became stronger after one week, and so I decided to stick it out until the end.  It was the first step on my long journey in the U.S. Navy.

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11/26/2018

November 26, 2018 Retro Movies

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Retro Movies

New words & phrases:
- Retro
- (re) kindle
- relieve
- the movie came out

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Recently, thanks to the students in my movie class (every Wednesday at 2:15pm), my love for movies has been rekindled. On my way home from work, I relieve stress by watching a movie on Google Play.  The other day I watched "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".  I think the Japanese title is completely different. I was 4 years old when it first came out.  A couple of years later, I remember my parents watching it on TV, but I couldn't understand it at that time.  It is a great movie by Steven Spielberg about aliens.

I think tonight I will watch another old movie, "Beverly Hills Cop".

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11/25/2018

November 25, 2018

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11/24/2018

November 24, 2018 Shopping

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Shopping

New words:
- Fitting room
- Alterations
- Hem
- tailor
- shoplifting

I need to go shopping because I have to buy some new winter clothes, but I really don't like shopping.  Every year, I wait until it gets really cold to go shopping, but by that time, the stores already have the clothes for next season out.

Trying on clothes is a pain.  It is a little different from the U.S.  In my country, you don't have to take off your shoes in the fitting room. Also, someone is always at the entrance of the fitting room to count how many things you take in to try on.  The purpose is to prevent shoplifting.  

One thing I do like about shopping in Japan is that you can have alterations done if the clothes don't fit. In America, if you need your new pants hemmed, for example, you would have to buy them first, and then take them to a tailor for alterations.

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11/23/2018

November 23, 2018 Have a Cow

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Have a cow.

Image result for dont have a cowIn my blog about the laundry the other day, I used the phrase, "My mom had a cow".  No, my mother didn't live on a farm.  It is an idiom.  It means that she was so upset (angry, excited). Maybe the 日本語 is 頭にきた。I remember there was another time when she had a cow.  I was in elementary school. I was running around the house (inside) pretending to be a ninja.  I had a plastic knife. I was hiding in my room at the end of the hallway. 
Image result for dont have a cowAt the other end of the hallway was the living room. When my mother walked across the living room, I jumped out of my room and threw the knife down the hallway. I wanted to show off my ninja skills. It flew right by her and hit a vase on the table.  The vase broke and she had a cow!



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