CLASS NOTES 5/26 - 5/29

Here is a review of my lessons of the past week. Click on the link below for photos of my whiteboards.



If you can't remember a word in English, then try using other English words.

- It's a food.
- It's Italian.
- It's round.
- It has pepperoni and mushrooms
- Not spaghetti

What is it?
It's pizza!

- It's a thing.
- It is used for carrying people.
- Many people ride on it.
- It's long
- It's not a car.

What is it?
It's a train!


We also discussed fortune telling, and practiced using future tenses.

1. You are going to have lots of money.
2. I see love in your future.
3. You won't have to worry about friends.
4. You are going to live a long, happy life.
5. You will have few health problems.
6. You should study English harder.

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Last weekend I enjoyed playing golf.  I haven`t played in a long time.  The last time I played was when I was in high school.  Last Sunday, one of my friends took me to the driving range in Sugita.  We didn't play a game; we only practiced hitting balls for about 2 hours.  I was so bad, though. I realized that I am bad at golf. A man who was practicing next to me came over and started teaching me! He was an older man who had been practicing for a long time. I was very lucky.
Playing golf looks very easy on TV, but it is much harder than it looks!  I had a lot of fun, but after I was so tired!
How about you? Do you enjoy playing golf?
Japanese translation -
1. Where did I play golf?
2. How long did I play golf?
3. Do I play golf often?
4. Am I very good at golf?
5. Did I have a lesson?
6. Did I enjoy playing golf?
7. How many people did I play golf with?
Words and Phrases
I haven`t______in a long time.       長い間_____していない
The last time I _____ was________.    前回_____したとき
I am bad at....              私は....が苦手
I am good at.....             私は....が得意
It is harder than it looks.         見た目より難しい
It is not as bad as it looks.        見た目ほど悪くない
It is better than it looks.          見た目より良い
Golf Course               ゴルフ場
Driving Range             ゴルフ練習場
Quiz Answers
1. Sugita
2. Two hours
3. No
4. No
5. No
6. Yes
7. One
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CLASS NOTES 5/19 - 5/22

Here is a review of my lessons of the past week.  Click on the link below for photos of my whiteboards.

WHITEBOARD 5/19 - 5/22


Dieting -
Have you ever been on a diet? How did it go?
What is the meaning of FAD? Have you ever tried a FAD diet?

Do you eat cereal for breakfast? What are the steps for preparing cereal?
Practice your english everyday when you make breakfast!

Medical Emergencies & Illnesses
Have you ever been to the doctor? Did you get a shot? Did you have a fever?

Don`t give up! Keep studying!


Flowers in English

One thing I love about living in Japan is that there are many flowers here and there.  It is easy to see many different kinds of flowers throughout the year just walking around the neighborhood. In my hometown in Florida, it is different. People like flowers in potted plants, and yards full of neatly trimmed grass. In Japan, I see many flowers growing more wildly here and there and many more types. Since the area around Japanese houses is much smaller, people tend to have flowers, plants and trees rather than grass. Despite the fact that there are so many buildings crowded together, there is still so much green around!  Here are some pictures of flowers that I have taken here and there. It is kind of a hobby for me!

How about you? What kind of flowers do you like? Do you have flowers around your house?

here and there あちこち
potted plants 鉢植え
grass 草
neighborhood 近所

rose バラ
dandelion タンポポ
hydrangea あじさいい
wisteria ふじ
plum blossoms 梅の花
sunflower ひまわり
Iris しょうぶ
azalia つつじ 
rape blossom 菜のはな
morning glory 朝顔


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CLASS NOTES 5/12 -5/15

 Here is a review of my lessons of the past week.  Click on the link below for photos of my whiteboard.

WHITEBOARD 5/12 - 5/15

stingy - ケチ!
chatty person - しゃべり人
mean - 意地悪!

Do you have a long commute to work?  How long does it take you to travel to work? What do you do during your commute? Is it an easy commute?

Marvelous Monday
Super Tuesday
Wonderful Wednesday
Terrific Thursday
Fabulous Friday

Saturday, Sunday - SUPER GREAT!

I got a present from my father.
I gave a present to my father.

XX I presented my father a flower. XX BOO-BOO!

お大事に I hope you feel better!

Have a great weekend!


Happy Mother's Day!

Today is one of the most important days of the year.  There is a saying, "A mother's work is never done" . I think this is very true because a mother doesn't have any vacations, or time off. A mother has to work even when she is sick. A mother has to work even when she is tired. I think being a mother is the most important job in the world.


Class Notes 4/28 - 5/1

Say what?! - Please refrain...

The other day I noticed a polite sign in Yokosuka.  The sign uses the word "refrain". It means that when a person wants to do something, he should stop and not do it.  I don`t think that this word is good for this situation because it is a little too polite.  For things that are against the law, stronger words should be used such as PROHIBITED or NOT ALLOWED. 

I think the bottom part is funny because it says ILLEGAL littering.  Is there LEGAL littering? No, of course not! Additionally, it says "serious offenders" which sounds like it is ok to litter a little bit.

By the way, what do you call a person who litters?  A LITTERBUG!

In my country, you can see many signs like this along the road.

 I think the signs in English are much more forceful.