2018年7月15日日曜日

July 15, 2018 Pocky

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POCKY

Easy part 簡単 You can do it!

The other day, I gave my souvenirs to my relatives. I said, "Do you like POCKY?" My cousin looked at me with a strange look. He couldn't understand.  He said, "Raw fish?"

Hard part チャレンジ  Give it your best shot!

Hawaiian people know POCKY, but they pronounce it differently. I said ポッキー、but they pronounce it ぱっきー。My cousing thought I said ぽっけ, which is a type of Hawaiian raw fish salad. It's kinda like マグロドン。

Hawaiian Poke

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2018年7月11日水曜日

July 10, 2018 Food!

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Food!

Last night for dinner, I went to the supermarket. I bought a chicken and a chicken salad. Tonight, I went to a restaurant and ordered steak. It has been a long time since I have had a big American steak. I added some steak sauce, put ketchup on my rice and felt right at home again.

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2018年7月9日月曜日

July 9,2018 Arrived in Kauai!


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ARRIVED IN KAUAI

Key words & Phrases

  • dip in the pool, onsen, ofuro, etc.,
  • freezing!
  • relatives
  • giant

Easy part 簡単 You can do it!

I just arrived at my hotel and am now sitting next to the pool. The chickens are here to welcome me.  It feels so great.  I wish I could bring all my students with me.  I am going to dip in the pool now, and then I will finish writing today's blog.....

Hard part チャレンジ  Give it your best shot!

Ahhhh.  The pool felt so nice.  The weather is great; not too hot, not too cold.  There is a nice breeze, too. BUT...the flight from Haneda was freezing!  I brought my heat-tech from Uni-qlo with me to keep me warm. I read a whole book during the flight.  I was happy because usually I don't have that much time to read.

I don't know what I am going to do tonight.  Perhaps I will visit my Uncle.  Oh, I decided what souvenirs to bring from Japan for my relatives.  I was stumped because I have so many relatives and couldn't decide what to bring, so I brought Pocky! But not just ordinary Pocky, giant-sized Pocky.  Anyway, I will take some pics to show you later.  Time for another dip in the pool....Aloha!

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2018年7月7日土曜日

July 8, 2018 クラスは休みです

クラスは休みです。
No class today.
Have a nice day.
Blog coming soon!

July 7, 2018 My Fish

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I'm worried about my fish. No one will be here to feed them when I'm gone. I will try to feed them a lot and make them fat before I leave. I will keep my fingers crossed and hope that they will be ok.

2018年7月5日木曜日

July 6, 2018 Raindrops

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Here is a nice song for today:

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2018年7月4日水曜日

July 5, 2018 Almost ready!

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Good morning. I think it is interesting how I am always so productive right before I go on vacation. No time for being lazy, no time for relaxing, just go go go. In a way, I think vacations can be a little stressful. I have to decide what to bring, who I should buy souvenirs for, what kind of souvenirs, where I want to visit, what I want to do, which hotel, etc. I will be glad when I am finally on the plane!

Have you tried the grammar quiz yet? In case you haven't, here it is...

2018年7月3日火曜日

July 4, 2018 Independence Day

クラスありますよ〜。Let's go!

Today is Independence Day in the U.S. It's one of the biggest holidays of the year. I have many fond memories of watermelons, fireworks. and mosquitoes. lol. In my country, patriotic music is often played during a fireworks show.

Here is a little taste..

2018年7月2日月曜日

July 3, 2018 クラスは休み

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I'm off today, but it doesn't mean you are off the hook!  I made a grammar quiz just for you! Try it!

2018年7月1日日曜日

July 2, 2018 Getting Ready for Hawaii

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Getting Ready for Hawaii

Key words & Phrases


  • hang ten 

    っていうのはサーフィンの技の一つです。

    サーフィンにはロングボードとショートボードと有りますが、Hang Tenはロングボードの技です。テイクオフ(ボードの上に立つ)してから、ボードの上を歩きボードのノーズ(先端)に両足をそろえてライディングすることをHang Tenと言います。厳密にはボードの端を脚の指でつかむような姿勢です。両足の10本でボードをつかんでいる様から、Hang Tenと言うようになりました。

  • used to 前やったことは、今もうしない。例えば、I used to work at Sony, but now I work at Miami.
  • relatives親戚
  • reservation 予約
  • give it your best shot 頑張って!

Easy part 簡単 You can do it!

I'm getting a little nervous now. I am leaving for Hawaii in one week. I have already made my hotel and car rental reservations. I just need to get my documents together and think about what I want to take with me.  This time I will take souvenirs for my relatives. However, I have so many relatives in Hawaii, it is difficult to decide what I should get and for whom. 

Hard part チャレンジ  Give it your best shot!

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This will be me in one week.....maybe?
Besides seeing my relatives again, one thing I am looking forward to is surfing.  Actually, I have never been surfing before, so it will be my first time to "hang ten".  I used to windsurf in Miurakaigan and Florida, but I have never been surfing on waves without a sail.  I hope it isn't to difficult. I don't have a lot of time to learn, but I want to enjoy it as much as I can. I did a little research about lessons on the net, and they seem pretty expensive. Maybe I should just watch some You Tube how-to videos and give it my best shot.

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2018年6月30日土曜日

July 1, 2018 FOG

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FOG

Key words & Phrases

  • Thick as pea soup
  • barely 
  • It is still dark outside まだ夜です。
  • Headlights ヘッドライト

Easy part 簡単

This morning when I woke up and looked outside, I was very surprised. I couldn't see anything.  Was it because I didn't have my glasses on? No. Was it because it was still dark outside? No. It was because of thick fog.  Everything looked white, and I couldn't see anything!

Hard part チャレンジ

The fog was as thick as pea soup.  I think it is not common in Japan, but is quite common in my hometown.  In the early summer, the morning fog would roll in off the ocean and cover everything in sight. Driving to work was dangerous because I could barely see the car in front of me. Many people have special lights on their cars called "fog lights". They hang just below the front bumper so that they can shine under the fog onto the road below.

Image result for fog lights"When driving in dense fog, the light from regular headlights reflects off the water droplets back into your eyes, impairing rather than improving visibility. Fog lights are positioned low on the vehicle and have a wide beam angled toward the ground, which reduces glare and helps you see the road better"



Actually, you shouldn't use your regular headlights in fog because the light just reflects and makes it even more difficult to see. The fog usually lifts before noon.

Sometimes after I eat lunch, I feel like there is a fog in my brain.

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2018年6月29日金曜日

June 30, 2018 Everybody Run!

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Everybody Run!

Key words & Phrases
  • good for your body 体に良い
  • do laundry 洗濯物する
  • give up 飽きる
  • encourage 応援する
  • brain 脳

Easy part 簡単

Today the weather is so nice. I should do laundry today. This morning I went for a run. I ran about 5 kilometers. It was fun. It felt so good. I ran along the river. I wish everyone would enjoy running. It is good for your body, and will help you live a long, happy life!

Hard part チャレンジ

It is a great day for running, I thought, so I went for a 5k run.  I took it easy today and didn't run too hard, but enough to make my heart beat fast and to break a good sweat.  Running is one of the best exercises for your body.  If you enjoy studying English to get exercise for your brain, then I encourage you to also get exercise for your body. Many people don't like running because it is hard. I think they overdo it when they start and then give up too quickly. When you first start running, you shouldn't go for an hour, but just for 10 minutes. Try that 3 times a week until you get used to it, then increase the time to 12 minutes, then to 15, and then to 20. After that, you can choose to run longer distances or shorter but faster distances.
By studying English, you take care of your mind.  Your brain needs your body to function. Take care of your body, too.

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2018年6月28日木曜日

July 29, 2018 Wrong side of the bed

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Wrong side of the bed.

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This morning I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

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Getting up or waking up on the wrong side of the bed is a common saying that simply means you start the day feeling tired, unhappy, uncomfortable, or grumpy. If you wake up rested, happy and ready to tackle the day, then you definitely got up or woke up on the right side of the bed.
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 I woke up a little later than usual, did my exercise, took a shower,got ready and ran out the door.  I ran to the station, but the train left just as I reached the platform.  Then the next train was packed, so I couldn't get a seat.  That's why I couldn't write my blog this morning. The train was delayed on top of that. When I got to Kamioooka, I ran to class and made it just in time.  Seeing everyone's smiling faces lifted me up again.  I am lucky to have a job like this, I thought.






2018年6月27日水曜日

June 28,2018 Movies

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Yesterday in the movie class, we watched parts of "Casablanca".  I like the old black & white movies.  The dialogue is usually interesting, the story is deeper, and with less focus on special effects, CGI, explosions, and over-the-top action sequences. Sometimes it seems like all Hollywood movies are the same these days; Muscle guys, super-sexy girls, lots of guns and explosions and someone has to yell out, "OH MY GOD!!!!". 

2018年6月26日火曜日

June 27, 2018 Time Zips Past

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TIME ZIPS PAST


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Time really goes by in the blink of an eye, doesn't it? I remember when I was a child, when I wanted a new toy, my mom would always say, "Wait until Christmas".  I felt like Christmas was always a lifetime away, and it would never come.  I remember thinking as a child that I wanted to drive a car, but I was so disappointed because I thought it would take forever for me to become an adult.  Now, I feel like it was April just yesterday and tomorrow will be December. It frightens me a little when I think about how quickly time zips past. How about you?

By the way, I added the audio for yesterday's blog. Check it out when you have TIME.

Here is an idiom about TIME

ZIP PAST

zip past

Meaning

  • to move past (someone or something) very fast
  • to move rapidly
  • a swift movement, usually ignoring someone or something in the way

Example Sentences

  1. The guy just zipped past me in the queue today without bothering about the rules of the organization.
  2. I would like to advise you to not zip past the process and to follow the correct path to get to your destination.
  3. You like zipping past people, don’t you? It is the third time you have done it to me now.
  4. zip past the coffee machine on purpose every day because I am trying to be mindful about my caffeine intake.
  5. I just zipped past everybody because I really wanted to use the loo first.
  6. You cannot zip past the authorities so do not try.
  7. I will zip past him and he will not even get to know.
  8. You just zipped past me, did you know?
Source: theidioms.com

2018年6月25日月曜日

June 26,2018 Whales!

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Whale Sightings

Did you hear the news? Killer whales were seen in Tokyo Bay.  I saw videos of them on YouTube.  They look very elegant jumping around in the water. The Japanese Coast Guard was called to protect them from other ships.  I'm worried that a boat might hit one of them.  Is it normal for whales to be in Tokyo Bay?

Speaking of whales, here is an interesting idiom you might like to know:

A WHALE OF

a whale of something
Meaning
  • very big (piece) of something
  • exceptionally large of something
  • great amount of something often unusually done
  • It can be referred to anything that has been big, even fun time.
Example Sentences
  1. That birthday party was super fun, all the children had a whale of a time there.
  2. The story book was a whale of fun.
  3. In Bollywood they generally make a whale of a movie. It encompasses song and dance sequences too.
  4. To say no to this party would be to refuse a whale of time. It has amongst the best food and drinks in the region.
  5. How could she have such a whale of a time at the movies when her son is so far away?
  6. He completed this whale of a task all by himself. Everyone in the office was surprised, including the boss.
  7. There is a whale of a difference in calling someone their friend and treating them like that.
  8. This picnic spot can be enjoyed thoroughly only if you are here with your family and have a whale of a time to spend here.
OriginA Whale of something is to mean big of something, based on the size of the Whale. The origin of this phrase is unavailable.
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2018年6月24日日曜日

June 25, 2018 REBLOG - Free Shake!

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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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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.