2018年9月19日水曜日

September 19, 2018 Audio Update

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9月 23日、24日は休みです。
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Audio Update

I have been busy lately, so I haven't had time to make recordings. I will make recordings now for the following posts, please click the links below and check them out:




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2018年9月17日月曜日

September 18, 2018 Velcro

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Velcro

The lady sitting across from me on the train is wearing something I haven't seen in a long time; velcro shoes.  I remember the first time I saw velcro shoes.  I was in elementary school. It was probably September, as I was shopping for school clothes with my family.  When I saw them in the shoe store, I begged my mom to buy them for me. My teacher often scolded me because I made noise during class fastening and unfastening them over and over again. I thought they were the coolest thing since sliced bread. Now, I wouldn't be caught dead wearing them. lol!

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2018年9月13日木曜日

September 14, 2018 Pig Grass

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PIG GRASS

It seems it is that time of year again.  This past week or so I have been having a runny nose and have been sneezing a lot. I have allergies.  I am ok during the Spring when most other people have allergies.  It seems that I am allergic to ragweed.  I think in Japanese, it is called ぶたくさ。Is it pig grass? ha ha ha. Have a fabulous day!

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2018年9月11日火曜日

September 12, 2018 Money

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Money

One of my students yesterday showed me the most amazing thing.  It was a 100 yen bill!  That's right..not a coin, but a bill!  
I remember when I first came to Japan, it was so hard to hear the store clerk tell me the amount in Japanese. However, I think Japanese money is easier to recognize than American money.  The coins have big numbers on them showing the amount. Foreigners always get a kick out of the 5 and 50 yen coins because they have a hole in them. 

Ok. Guess what time it is? Quiz time!

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2018年9月10日月曜日

September 11, 2018 A Day Remembered

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A Day Remembered

Today is the day of the terrible tragedy in NYC. I still remember it like it was yesterday.  At that time I was living in Yokosuka and working in the Navy.   I was driving to Yokosuka Base in the morning, when suddenly I started to get many messages on my phone.  The messages were from my friends and just said things like, "Can you believe what happened? OMG!".  At that time I didn't know what had happened, so I thought it was very strange.  When I arrived at the base, the gate was closed, and there was a crowd of people gathered in front. There were many people with cameras like they were from the media.  I still had no idea what had happened.  Since the gate was closed, I couldn't drive my car onto the base. So, I had to just park and leave it on the side of the road.  I was worried what might happen to my car, but I had no choice; I had to get to work.  When I finally made it onto my ship I saw what had happened on TV. I couldn't believe my eyes.  It was unbelievable. 

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2018年9月5日水曜日

NO CLASS 9/6(木)9/7(金)

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2018年9月4日火曜日

September 5, 2018 How to...

The train is running a little late, so I may be a little late this morning. but...

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How to...

One good way to practice your English is to try to explain how to do something simple in English. For example, how to brush your teeth:

First, squeeze toothpaste onto your toothbrush.  Put the toothbrush in your mouth and move it back and forth across your teeth and gums for 2 minutes.  Put water into a cup, then put the water into your mouth, but do not drink it.  Swish the water back and forth between your teeth and then spit it into the sink.  Rinse your tooth brush by running water over it. Repeat daily.

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2018年9月3日月曜日

September 4, 2018 Mission Impossible

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**
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Last night, I finally got around to seeing Mission Impossible. It was a very exciting movie. It was non-stop action that left me feeling tired at the end of the movie.  The only part I thought was a little strange was the ending.  There were only 15 minutes left before the bomb exploded, but Tom managed to climb up to the helicopter, fall down, climb back up again, beat up two guys, chase another helicopter, crash, fight, fall, and climb back up a cliff again....all in 15 minutes!  It takes me longer than that to take a shower and brush my teeth in the morning! ha ha.

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2018年9月2日日曜日

September 3, 2018 Breakfast

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BREAKFAST

What did you have for breakfast today? Recently, I have been skipping breakfast because it makes me sleepy in the morning.  One thing I miss about being in the U.S. is breakfast. In my country, many people enjoy going to Denny's for breakfast. There are many breakfast restaurants, actually.  My favorite is a place called The Cracker Barrel.  You should definitely go there if you visit the U.S. 

A typical American breakfast includes toast with butter and jam, eggs, pancakes with syrup, cream, and blueberries, bacon, sausage, ham, grits with honey, and 2 glasses of orange juice.  Can you imagine eating like that everyday? It might make you fat, but boy is it so delicious!

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2018年8月30日木曜日

August 31, 2018 NO STANDING!

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NO STANDING!

Last night I went for a walk and I found this strange sign.  It says "No Standing". Does it mean I have to sit down here?  Why is standing not allowed? Is it ok to jump? I have no idea what the Japanese says, but maybe it should read "no parking".  Maybe I will make a sign for my class that reads, "No sitting while speaking Japanese". ha ha ha ha

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2018年8月26日日曜日

August 27, 2018 What to wear

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What to wear

How do you decide what to wear everyday? As for me, the first thing I do every morning is check the weather report.  If it is really hot, I will wear a short-sleeve shirt. Usually, I prefer to wear long-sleeve shirts because some places such as cafes or even the classroom can be a little chilly when the AC is set too low. Besides consideration for the weather, I just choose whatever is on the left side of my closet, and wear that.

When I was in high school, I had a lot of stress choosing what to wear every day because we didn't have school uniforms.  I took a long time to get ready in the morning. The most important thing was that I had to look cool.

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2018年8月25日土曜日

August 26, 2018 Beer Diet

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Beer Diet

You can do it!

Do you enjoy drinking?  I'm not too crazy about it, but I drink about once every two weeks or so.  I prefer wine to beer because I think too much beer makes you fat.  Beer contains a lot carbohydrates.  I once had a friend in the U.S. who was a little overweight. One day, my other friends and I noticed that he seemed to have lost a lot of weight.  He had lost his beer belly and started to look pretty good. We asked him why and he said that in addition to jogging 3 times a week, he gave up beer!  It seems like a beer diet is good for losing weight!

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2018年8月23日木曜日

August 24, 2018 Baseball

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Baseball

Key words & Phrases

  • in particular
  • scouts
  • unheard of

Easy part 簡単 You can do it!

I am impressed by how much Japanese people love baseball.  Everyone is so into following the high school baseball championships! From what I hear, there is one high school in particular that everyone is talking about now.  I didn't know that private high schools send scouts to the elementary schools to find players.  That is unheard of in the U.S.A.  In my country, scouts are sent to colleges only, I think.

When I was in high school, I didn't like playing baseball.  It was too much pressure standing in the batter's box.  I was so bad at catching too.  I hated wearing my glasses because I didn't want to look like a nerd, and so I always missed the balls when they came my way.  Everyone was angry at me.

How about you?  Do you have any experience playing baseball?  Are you into baseball?

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2018年8月22日水曜日

August 23, 2018 Complaints

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Complaints

Key words & Phrases

  • complain
  • ridiculous
  • your fault
  • smelly

You can do it!

Do you complain a lot?  Usually I try to avoid people who complain, but sometimes complaints can be useful.  Complaints tell us where we can make improvements. Perhaps complaining also helps to reduce stress.  I think Japanese people complain about the weather a lot. As for me, here are my complaints:

1. Why is Trump still president?  He always says the most ridiculous things and tells so many lies. It is embarrassing for me as an American.

2. I have a pain in my ankle and it won't go away.  

3. I don't like paying NHK TV!!!!  I don't think it is fair that there is a law that says I have to pay money to a business!  Let's make a law that all Japanese people must study English at Miami! ha ha.

4. Sometimes students say to me, "I don't like grammar, listening, speaking, using a textbook, studying, or doing homework.....Why doesn't my English improve???? It's your fault, John!!"

5. I don't like smelly people on the train.

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