2018年6月24日日曜日

June 25, 2018 REBLOG - Free Shake!

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*7月の休みの日: 7/3, 7/8-7/21, 7/28,7/30,7/31


Free Shake! - October 10, 2010

The other night I went to Mosburger. I like Mosburger because of their shakes. Usually, every time I go to Mosburger, I get a strawberry shake. So anyway, I was drinking my milkshake, and suddenly I noticed there was a crack in the glass! I thought I should take it back to get another one, but I already drank half of it! But since drinking from a cracked glass could be dangerous, I decided to take it back. The clerk apologized and I got another milkshake free! So from now on, anytime I go to Mosburger I check to see if my glass is cracked - after I drink half of my milkshake!

2018年6月23日土曜日

June 24, 2018 Running

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NO CLASS TODAY

I don't like to use the word, "jogging". Jogging sounds too easy. When I go running, I run hard. Sometimes I pass other people.  Sometimes I pass people on bicycles.. Sometimes people pass me.  I learned to never judge people.  For example, if someone is slow, it might be because they have been jogging a long time already. If someone is fast, it may be because they just started.

Life is the same; don't you think so?

2018年6月22日金曜日

June 23, 2018 My glasses

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EASY PART

This morning when I woke up, I put on my glasses. I panicked because everything was so blurry and I couldn't see anything!.  I thought maybe I was getting glaucoma! OMG! Then I realized that it was because I had forgotten to take out my contact lenses the night before. What a relief.

HARD PART

NERD - 
1. a stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person.
2. an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit.


I remember when I was a small child, maybe 1st grade or so, I used to laugh at the other children who wore glasses. Then one day, I think when I was in the third grade maybe, my father and I were sitting in our car in the parking lot of the shopping mall. He asked me to read to him the license plates of other cars. I couldn't. Then I remember those dreadful words...."Son, I think you need glasses".  I thought to myself "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I CAN'T!! THE OTHER KIDS WILL LAUGH AT ME AND CALL ME 'FOUR EYES'."  My parents drug me to the eye clinic, and I got me a pair of glasses.  I felt like such a nerd.

Before that, I remember having trouble in school.  My grades were very poor and my mother asked me why I never had any homework. I said "I dunno".   It was because the teacher had written our homework assignment on the board, but I could never see what was on the board. After getting glasses, I was amazed at how well I could suddenly see.  But.....I think I never wore them again in school because I didn't want to look nerdy. Instead, I just sat at the front of the class.

2018年6月21日木曜日

June 22, 2018 Gym Face

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Arnold has his gym face on.
Japanese people smile a lot.  Sometimes I like it because when I see their smiles, it makes me want to smile, too. It makes for a pleasant situation when meeting other people.  However, yesterday I saw a poster for a sports club. All the people were smiling and they looked so relaxed as if they were having a nice easy time at the gym. That isn't what it's like at the gym!! If you are working out at the gym, you should be covered in sweat and have a grimace on your face from the pain you get from training hard. There should be a sign in the gym that says "NO SMILES, ONLY PAIN" ha ha ha Smiles are for people who eat donuts and, for studying English , of course.

NO PAIN, NO GAIN!

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Work out hard, or go home

2018年6月20日水曜日

D & E クラスパーティー

今日のクラスパーティーの場所は変更しました。

カラオケの鉄人
Karaoke no Tetsujin
〒233-0002 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama, Konan Ward, Kamiookanishi, 1丁目14−10 中山ビル

地図
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June 21, 2018 Soccer

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I heard that Japan won their first match again Columbia. That's great.  It seems that Japan got lucky, though.  One of the players for the Columbian team was pulled out of the game because he touched the ball with his hands. Why would he do such a thing? Everybody knows that you can't do that in soccer. It's common sense! Anyway, after that, the Columbian team was outnumbered.  Additionally, one of their top players couldn't play due to an injury. That's what I heard, anyway.
Let's hope that this win gives the Japanese team the motivation it needs to win their next match. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

2018年6月19日火曜日

June 20, 2018 Mrs. Robinson

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Dustin Hoffman is great.  One of his best movies is "The Graduate".  He was so young in that movie! I think it might have been his breakout role, or the first movie that made him famous, but I could be wrong. Also, check out the song that goes with it, "Mrs. Robinson". I always sing it whenever I go to karaoke. I have that song in my head this morning; that's why I decided to write about it.




2018年6月18日月曜日

June 19, 2018 Mind your own business!

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There is a young girl sitting next to me on the train. She is studying English. I want to say to her, "Hey, let me help you!" One time, a long time ago, I tried saying that, but it was a man and he turned away from me. In my country, it is so easy to talk to strangers. I would often talk to people while standing in line at the post office, or make conversation with the clerk at the convenience store, or even the bus driver.  I remember in college, I would talk to the bus driver everyday.  I sometimes sat in the front seat and we chatted while he drove. Unthinkable in Japan! ha ha. Japanese people are the most polite and kind people in the world, but are just too darn shy!

2018年6月17日日曜日

June 18, 2018 Blue Jeans

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Do you have a favorite pair of blue jeans?  I remember I used to wear jeans all the time until I started teaching English. When I was in college, I think I dressed like a typical American.  I wore a cap, t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers every single day. My favorite was a pair of stone-washed jeans. Now I rarely wear Levi's except for my days off sometimes.  Since I don't wear them very often, I only have 2 pairs, 1 of which is several years old and has holes in it.  But I think the holes make it look stylish, LOL.  Maybe I should have a jeans day in class! Great idea!

Have a marvelous day!

2018年6月16日土曜日

June 17, 2018 Japanese Train Culture

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Today's lessons will be held on the 11th floor in room B.

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Japanese Train Culture

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Key Words and Phrases
collapse 倒れる
expression 表現
strong and healthy 丈夫

Sometimes I think I should write a book about Japanese Train Culture.  It seems like there is a different world inside the train. People's manners, actions, expressions, are all so interesting to me. For example, I always wonder when I should give up my seat for someone.  Sometimes there is an old lady with white hair standing in front of my seat, but she looks very strong and healthy, so I decide to let her stand. On the other hand, sometimes in the evening there is a young business woman (OL) standing in front of my seat who looks like she is about to collapse from over-work, so I decide to give up my seat for her.

More on this topic another day. For now, adios! Have a super day!

2018年6月15日金曜日

June 16, 2018 Pronunciation Tips

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Pronunciation


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In yesterday's basic 入門 class, I taught a lesson on pronunciation. I think English is more difficult than Japanese because it has more sounds. Here are some tips if you want to sound like a native speaker:

1. DON'T use katakana when you take notes!  There are many sounds which cannot be written with katakana.  If you use katakana, you are training your brain to think with Japanese sounds. Pronunciation is more important than your spelling. Don't worry about spelling for now.

2. Copy copy copy. まねして。Listen and repeat. Don't think. This is one reason children can learn so quickly. They are really good at doing this.

3. Pay attention to the movement of your mouth.  You must move your mouth differently when you speak English.

Here is a great video I found on YouTube to help with your pronunciation. Check it out!



2018年6月14日木曜日

June 15, 2017 Fashion

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Is it supposed to rain today?  I just noticed that many people on the train have umbrellas. I forgot mine.

Are you into fashion?  Usually, I like to dress nice, but I don't really care too much about brands or styles.  Sometimes, I buy a new shirt or jacket that I like, but then when I look around, I notice that no one is wearing clothes like me. Oh, well!  I make my own style!  However, when it comes to exercise clothes, I am really into UNDER ARMOUR.  I feel it is a kind of uniform for me and gives me motivation sometimes to work out when I don't feel like it.

2018年6月13日水曜日

June 14, 2018 Congeniality

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Congeniality

Key Words and Phrases

-to be tired of something 飽きる
-change the subject 話をかえります。
-to tell you the truth 実は
-feminine 日本語がないみたい。女っぽいかな。。。
-undercover おとりそうさ

I was planning to continue my writing about the hurricane today, but to tell you the truth I am tired of that, so let's change the subject.

今日、また台風のことについて、ブログを書くつもりでしたが、私はそのことを飽きたので、話を変わりましょう。

Yesterday, in the Miami Movie Class, we watched "Ms. Congeniality". The title is different in Japanese. I think it is called "Dangerous Beauty". Anyway, movies are a great way to study culture.

Congenial - pleasant, charming, agreeable 気心の知れた;なごやか

In the movie, a typical American woman who is opinionated, rough, and not so feminine must become congenial because she is an FBI agent who must go undercover.

I think that Japanese people are very congenial. American people are more friendly, but less agreeable.

What do you think?

2018年6月12日火曜日

June 13, 2018 Hurricane Ivan Pt. 3

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Hurricane Ivan pt. 3



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Key words & phrases

snap
tower
battle
roof
toothpick
directly

Hurricane Ivan was different from other hurricanes because the eye of the hurricane hit my hometown directly. The eye is the strongest part of a hurricane. My family and I went to a shelter on the Navy base. It was a strong building with no windows.  I felt like we were in a war.  The lights went out, everyone was scared.  We could hear tornados outside. They sounded like heavy trains.  We listened to the local news on the radio, but suddenly the stations went silent when the radio towers were destroyed by the tornados.  The next morning when we went outside, I was very surprised.  It looked like there had been a big battle.  Cars were overturned. There were big holes in other buildings. Roofs had been torn off.  Big trees were scattered all over the road. They looked like they had been snapped in half like toothpicks.

To be continued....

2018年6月11日月曜日

June 12, 2018 Hurricane Ivan Pt. 2

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Hurricane Ivan Pt.2



Many people don't know, but actually my hometown was the first settlement ever in the United States. The Spanish settled there in 1559, but it was completely destroyed by a hurricane and then abandoned for a while.  That's why St. Augustine is now considered America's first city.

Pensacola seems to be a magnet for hurricanes, and we get them every year.  Tropical storms form in the Caribbean Sea, and then come into the Gulf of Mexico where they pick up speed and turn into hurricanes.

September is the peak time for hurricanes.  It is also when school begins.  The first month of school was always cancelled for a few days every year due to hurricanes.  Usually, telephone poles would fall down, as well as signs, and we would lose power. People would go to the hardware store and buy plywood and masking tape to cover their windows.  I wonder why they don't have storm shutters like they do in Japan. But, usual hurricanes didn't bring much damage until Hurricane Ivan.

To be continued....

2018年6月10日日曜日

June 11, 2018 NO CLASS Hurricane Ivan - Part 1

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Today a typhoon is coming.  What's the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane? Nothing, really.  The name changes according to the region of the world.  In the North Atlantic and Northeast Pacific Ocean, it is called a hurricane.  In the Northwest Pacific, it is called a typhoon, and in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, it is called a cyclone.

Many people have heard of Hurricane Katrina, but few people know about another terrible hurricane, Hurricane Ivan. Ivan devastated my hometown in 2004.

To be continued.....





2018年6月9日土曜日

June 10, 2018 Blank

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今日、日本語もブログをかけようと思ったけど、頭は真っ白になちゃった。どうしよう。。面白いトピックを考えたいでど、私の心にこれというかんがえもない。このページをあけておきたくない。今、私は座りながら、パソコンをぼんやり眺めています。

Today, I thought about writing in Japanese also, but my mind has gone blank. What shall I do? I want to think of an interesting topic, but I am just drawing a blank.  I don't want to leave this page blank. Now I am just sitting here and giving my computer a blank stare.

2018年6月8日金曜日

June 9, 2018 A Bright Sun-shining Day

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I can see clearly now the rain is gone I can see all obstacles in my way Gone are the dark clouds that had me down It's gonna be a bright bright sunshinin' day It's gonna be a bright bright sunshinin' day Oh yes, I can make it now the pain is gone All of the bad feelings have disappeared Here is that rainbow I've been praying for It's gonna be a bright bright sunshinin' day Look all around, there's nothing but blue skies Look straight ahead, there's nothing but blue skies I can see clearly now the rain is gone I can see all obstacles in my way Here is that rainbow I've been praying for It's gonna be a bright bright sunshinin' day It's gonna be a bright bright sunshinin' day Real, real,real,real bright bright sunshinin' day Yeah, hey, it's gonna be a bright bright sun shinin' day It's gonna be a bright bright sunshinin' day It's gonna be a bright bright sunshinin' day

2018年6月7日木曜日

June 8,2018 Flashback - Boy Scout

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Key words and phrases:

Flashback
to be grounded
to yell at someone
to memorize
to look sharp

Today is "Flashback Friday". A flashback is a memory of the past. For example, if you go to the store to buy a watermelon, and suddenly you remember the time when you were a child and you dropped a huge watermelon on the carpet and then your mother yelled at you and grounded you for a week, you had a "flashback".

The other day, as I was looking at some Japanese schoolchildren in their uniforms, I had a flashback of when I was a boy scout. I really enjoyed wearing a uniform. Perhaps it was because American schoolchildren don't wear uniforms, and so this was my only chance. I think I looked quite sharp! As a boy scout, I had to memorize an oath which I amazingly still remember to this day.

By the way, check out the ancient TV in the background. Ha!

Have a fabulous day!


2018年6月6日水曜日

June 7, 2018 The Corner of my Eye

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Key Phrases
1. to the left of me  私の左
2. from the corner of my eye 1の目のコーナーから
-If you see something out of/from the corner of your eye, you see it but not clearly because it happens to the side of you:

3. a student of mine 私の生徒を一人
4. it turns out that.... ?
5. I wonder...かな

There is a woman sitting to the left of me on the train.  From the corner of my eye, I think she might be a student of mine, but I'm not sure.  I don't want to look directly at her because if it turns out that I don't know her, she might think I am a strange man.  If she is a student of mine, she might think I am rude for not saying anything to her.  Maybe she can see my computer as I am typing this.  I wonder...


2018年6月5日火曜日

June 6, 2018 Wonder

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It looks like the rainy season is finally here.  Today I wore my raincoat, but I noticed on the train that no one else is wearing a raincoat.  I wonder why. なんでかな。。

"Wonder" is a word that is similar in meaning to "かな。。。”.
Here are some examples:

明日また雨がふるかな。
I wonder if it will rain again tomorrow.

今日、田中さんがくらすに来るかな。
I wonder if Mr. Tanaka will come to class today.

ケーキを食べちゃった人は誰かな。
I wonder who is the person who ate the cake.

恵さんは英語に熱心です。なんでかな。
Megumi is enthusiastic about English. I wonder why.

今日のランチはどうしようかな。
I wonder what I should do for lunch today.

日本語にぺらぺらになるかいつかな。
I wonder when I will be fluent in Japanese.

だれかがこのブログを読んでくれるかな。
I wonder if anyone is reading my blog.

That's all for today.  Why don't you leave a comment with your own sentence using "I wonder.."?
Have a wonderful day!