Pronunciation Practice!

May 31, 2018 Oh, Lucy!


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Listen to today's blog by clicking here.

Tonight I will finally get around to seeing OH Lucy!  It is a movie I have been wanting to see for quite some time now.  It's about an English teacher named JOHN who is smart, cool, and funny.

Do you know the website, "Rotten Tomatoes"?  It is famous for listing movie reviews.  Many people check this website to see if a movie is good or not before they watch it.  This movie has a rating of 88%.  You can check the website here ----> https://goo.gl/59R929

And, here is the trailer for OH Lucy!


May 30, 2018 Listening Challenge!

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1. Click below to listen.

2. Challenge yourself!

Yesterday, one of my xxxxxxxx told me a story about her xxxxxxxx class.  She said that in the beginning, there were many members, but as time went on, many of them xxxxxxx xxx. The reason was that the instructor's xxxxxxxxx were too difficult.  However, she said she didn't drop out because she likes a xxxxxxxxx.  I think that is great!  Sometimes, some of my students want only xxxx English lessons.  If the lessons are always easy, you won't xxxxxxxx.  It is important to challenge yourself!


3. Check your answers.

Yesterday, one of my students told me a story about her aerobics class.  She said that in the beginning, there were many members, but as time went on, many of them dropped out. The reason was that the instructor's workouts were too difficult.  However, she said she didn't drop out because she likes a challenge.  I think that is great!  Sometimes, some of my students want only easy English lessons.  If the lessons are always easy, you won't progress.  It is important to challenge yourself!


May 29, 2018 Joke Day!


Here are some jokes for you today. 

Girl: You would be a good dancer except for two things. 
Boy: What are the two things? 
Girl: Your feet. 

A family of mice were surprised by a big cat. Father Mouse jumped and and said, "Bow-wow!" The cat ran away. "What was that, Father?" asked Baby Mouse. "Well, son, that's why it's important to learn a second language." 

Knock, knock. 
Who's there? 
Banana who? 
Knock, knock. 
Who's there? 
Banana who? 
Knock, knock. 
Who's there? 
Banana who? 
Knock, knock. 
Who's there? 
Orange who? 
Orange you glad I didn't say banana? 

Got it?


May 28, 2018 Pick-up Sticks

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Do you ever wonder why はし are called ”chopsticks” ?  I mean, they don't chop; they pick up things like sushi and french fries.  I they はし should be called "pick-up sticks". That reminds me of a game that I used to play when I was a child called "pick-up sticks".  The goal was to pick a stick with a magnet one by one without disturbing the other sticks.  It was fun.  Click here to see a video.

Have a marvelous day!


May 27, 2018 Back on track


I had the day off yesterday.  I also took the last two days off from exercising.  Now, it is so hard to get started again.  I work up early this morning to do a little exercise, and it was like pulling teeth. Now I am on the train dragging my butt to work.  Sometimes I think it is easier to work every day because it is so hard to get back on track after taking a break.

Anyway, have a super day!

May 26, 2017 OOPS!

Oops.  I forgot to do a post.  It completely slipped my mind.  I hope I'm not getting alzheimer's or dementia. Sometimes I think I would forget my head if it wasn't attached to my body.  Anyway, I'm off!


May 25, 2018 Types of Trains


Good morning! Did you know that Keikyu has many types of trains? There is the yellow happy train, the red lucky train, the blue sky train, and the purple people eater train. Keep your eyes peeled for the next train!


May 24, 2018 Lunchtime!

クラスありますよー。Sorry I am a little late today.  I had computer trouble.  Have a great afternoon!


May 23, 2018 Drink Trump!


A student of mine shared this photo with me.  She received it as a souvenir from her friend in the U.S.  I wonder what it tastes like.  I'm sure it must have an orange flavor and a thin taste.  It probably has secret ingredients from Russia.  I don't think I could swallow anything from TRUMP.

Have a wonderful day!


Gatsuby at JiJi

Yesterday I went to get my hair cut. Good times!

May 22, 2018 Aikido

I used to be crazy about Aikido. I would  practice 3 to 4 times a week. Even when I traveled , I would find a dojo and practice. Aikido is a different type of martial art because there is no competition and you should not hurt your attacker. I practiced for about 10 years and became 3 dan. Now, I enjoy dancing instead!

Have a terrific Tuesday!


May 20, 2018 Pandas


Two Pandas in Vienna 

Do you like pandas? Japanese people seem to be crazy about pandas. However, they are not my cup of tea. I have never seen the pandas in Ueno. They are always sleeping, anyway!  Maybe if one day they start dancing, I will go see them.



May 19, 2018 REBLOG - 5/12/2012


Good morning!  Today I decided to re-post an old blog from 2012. It is very interesting. Please take a look at it.  You can listen to it by clicking on the link.


Have a nice day.


May 18, 2018 人間折り紙

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This morning the air doesn't look very clear.  It is quiet hazy outside, and I have the sniffles.  Allergies, I think.

Recently I have been thinking about trying YOGA.  For exercise, I usually go running and do weight training several times a week, but I don't do any stretching.  I think my upper body is quiet flexible, but my hamstrings feel tight and sometimes I have back pain.  I think YOGA looks like human origami, ha ha.

Do you do YOGA? Click here to answer!

Have a fabulous day!


News Headlines

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If you are interested in how news headlines should be written in English, check out this article.  It is very interesting.   https://goo.gl/u1G1D6

May 17, 2018  Proverb


Today is very windy. Hold on to your hats when you go out!


May 16, 2018 Rough train ride

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I think the train driver must be new.  He doesn't stop smoothly at the station. The train jerks and stops suddenly.  I feel like I am getting seasick, lol.

Have a wonderful day!


May 15, 2018 Pancakes *updated


WHY do Japanese people eat pancakes for desert? In my country, pancakes are a breakfast food. BUT this menu does look delicious!


May 14, 2018 全然違う!

Last night, I went to Oven-Tei. It is a restaurant in Kurihama.  When I got my order, I was surprised and disappointed because the food didn't look anything like the picture on the menu!  It was completely different! I complained to the waiter, but he was just a high-school kid who didn't seem to know anything.  He said, "Just a moment, please." and went into the back.  When he returned he just said, "I'm sorry, but sometimes the picture looks a little different from the actual food.  I said that it is not just a little different, but that it is completely different!


May 13, 2018 Mother's Day

Private Lessons Today!

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I think it is strange in Japan, people only say "Happy Mother's Day" to a woman if she is their mother. In my country, we say it to any mother.
My mother passed away several years ago.  Sometimes I see her in my dreams.  She used to say that if you see a person in your dream, then it means that the person came to visit you.  After my parents got divorced, she worked 2, sometimes 3 jobs while taking care of my brother and I.  At that time, I didn't think about how hard she worked, but now I do. I think all mothers work very hard with no days off!

Happy Mother's Day!


May 12, 2018 Mary Poppins

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Did you know there is s new Mary Poppins movie coming out?  When I was a child, I had to watch it many times because my mother watched it over and over again.  I hated musicals because I thought they were boring and wanted to watch cartoons instead, but now I really love musicals.  My favorite musical is Moulin Rouge.  Anyway, there is a word in the movie that is one of the longest words in the English language.  Watch this video and see if you can find it.  Have a super Saturday!

Here is the trailer for Mary Poppins 2.