1/23/2019

January 23, 2019 Karate Kid

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Karate Kid

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One of my favorite movies is "Karate Kid". I'm talking about the old version, not the new one with Jackie Chan.  The Karate Kid is one of the few movies that teach real Japanese culture.  For example, Mr. Miyagi (the karate teacher) teaches Daniel (the student) that the teacher teaches,  the student learns and that he isn't allowed to ask any questions. NO QUESTIONS! Also, Daniel is expected to pay for his lessons, not with money, but with his hard work and effort.  This is very difficult for Daniel. Mr. Miyagi tells Daniel to paint his fence and sand his deck, but Daniel just says "Why, why, why????"

This movie inspired me to learn Karate when I was 13.  I did it for about 3 years, but I gave up because I always lost. ha ha.

Recently, there is a new tv series called "Cobra Kai" which continues the story, but now Daniel is in his 40's.  I don't like this new show.  I think that it doesn't capture the spirit of the original movie.

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1/22/2019

January 22, 2019 What Japan can teach the world

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What Japan Can Teach the World

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When you think of teaching Japanese culture to foreigners, what comes to mind?  I think on the surface, when people think of Japanese culture they imagine cosplay, animation, sushi, samurai, and ninja.  Images of old Kyoto and Kamakura come to mind.

As for me, I think Japanese culture is much deeper than that.  The jewel of Japanese culture, I think, is found in the heart of Japanese.  Since I have come to Japan, I think that my character and spirit has changed a lot, thanks to Japanese people.  Virtues such as humility, compassion, kindness, dedication,  service, along with a sense of stoicness, are all part of Japanese character. In my opinion, the world could benefit not by learning about the ancient samurai, but by knowing the heart of the Japanese.
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1/21/2019

January 21, 2019 High School Fashion

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High School Fashion



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American students usually don't wear uniforms to school unless they attend a private school.  Now when I look back on it, I think it would have been better if we had.

Thinking about the clothes they wear causes a lot of stress for children. They are often judged by their peers according to the clothes they wear.

Everyday, I spent a long time in the morning thinking about what clothes I should wear. I worried if other people would think I am cool. I wondered if girls would like me. I fretted over if someone might notice I had just worn the same shirt last week. Should I iron it? Should I wear a coat? Does it match these pants? Will someone else be wearing the same thing? So much stress!

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1/20/2019

January 20, 2019 The Cold

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The Cold

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In light of my last blog post about windsurfing, I have decided to change my attitude about the winter cold.    After thinking about it, maybe there are some good points about the cold.  For one, it makes working out (training) much easier.  After lifting weights or running in the hot summer heat, I would always be drenched in sweat.  Another good point is that I can enjoy being fashionable.  Since it is cold, I can wear different vests, scarves and jackets. Finally, I can see the stars at night and Mt. Fuji in the day very clearly.

How about you? What do you enjoy about the cold winter?皆のコメント聞きたいな!

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1/19/2019

January 19, 2019 WINDSURFING Part 2

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WINDSURFING Part 2





Did you know that the windsurfing world cup was held in Yokosuka last year? I didn't participate, though!

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One of my favorite proverbs is:

"We cannot change the wind, but we can change the direction of our sails."  

This means that when we have a difficult time in our lives, we can change the situation by changing ourselves.

The best thing I liked about windsurfing was that it was so quiet.  Of course, there is no motor. Just the gentle wind, the warm sun, and the taste of salt on my lips.  Sometimes I would stop the board, put the sail down and just lie on the board, drifting in the ocean.

I used to go to Miurakaigan, but it seems all the pros go to Zushi.  If you watch them, they are really awesome.  They zip across the ocean from side to side so elegantly as if they were dancing on the water.

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1/18/2019

January 18, 2019 WINDSURFING Part 1

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WINDSURFING Part 1

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As I was getting ready to leave this morning, I could hear the sound of the wind howling outside.  I knew it must be really cold outside. I started thinking about the wind, and memories of windsurfing in the hot summer came to mind.  I used to windsurf, but not seriously. It was just a hobby.  I saw a poster one day and thought "That looks like fun, I'll give it a shot." Before I came to Japan, I tried it a few times in Florida, and then after I came to Japan I started taking private lessons for a few months. Just like anything, it was really hard at first, but when I got used to it, I really started to enjoy it......

*お願い!Since my Japanese is not so good, could someone please leave a comment and explain the new words and phrases?  Thank-you!

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1/17/2019

Very Strange

I'm sitting on the train now and there is an old Japanese lady sitting next to me. She is waving her arms around and seems to be praying.  Just like everyone else, I just pretend like nothing is going on.  But I feel very strange.......

January 17, 2019 Train Announcements *更新されました。

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Train Announcements

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One of my students ask me to help her to understand the English train announcements. I made recordings of two announcements.  Try to listen and see what you can catch.  Then click on number 3 to see my transcription.

1. Train Announcement 1

2. Train Announcement 2

3. Click here for the answers.


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1/16/2019

January 16, 2019 Sunrise

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Sunrise



This is a photo that one of my students sent me of the first sunrise of the year. Isn't it beautiful?

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I think one of the most beautiful things in the world is the sunrise.  My second favorite time of day is the early morning twilight before the sun rises.  I enjoy jogging along the beach, looking up and seeing the last remaining stars twinkle before they fade away by the light of the sun. The ocean is a cool silvery-blue color.  At this time, anything is possible. No thoughts cloud my mind as the day has not yet begun. What will the new day bring me? What will happen before the sun completes its journey across vast sky? I'm here waiting....waiting for the sun.

Today's haiku by John:

Sunrise here it comes
Only forward never back
The new light blinds me

What do you think of my haiku? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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*お願い!Since my Japanese is not so good, could someone please leave a comment and explain the new words and phrases?  Thank-you!

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1/15/2019

Thank you for your feedback!



I was surprised yesterday that many students filled out the questionnaires that I posted. I learned many things, and they are very useful.  I will do my best to make Miami a better school!

Thank-you!

-Mr. John


January 15, 2019 成人の日

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成人の日

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Do you know how to say "成人の日" in English? It is called "Coming of Age Day".  A more exact translation of the kanji, however, is "The day of becoming a person". I think it is a very important day to teach children that they are now a member of society and are expected to live responsibly, help other people, and contribute to society.

One thing I think is strange, however...recently in Japan, the voting age has been changed to 18, right? But they are not yet considered adults? Does that mean that children are voting???

On another note, I completely forgot that yesterday was Coming of Age Day. I locked myself in my apartment and worked on my PC all day.  I regret that I missed the chance to see many beautiful kimonos.

Here's more from Wikipedia:
Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi) is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached or will reach the age of majority between April 2 of the previous year and April 1 of the current year, and to help them realize that they have become adults. Festivities include coming of age ceremonies (成人式 seijin-shiki) held at local and prefectural offices, as well as after-parties among family and friends.
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Have a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful day!

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1/14/2019

January 14, 2019 Questionnaire

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Please study English at your home today and if you have time, please fill out one or all of the questionnaires below.
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私は、生徒が英語を学ぶのにそして、より良いクラスを作るために何ができるか、知りたいです。数分時間を割いて意見をもらえればと思います。貴重な時間をありがとうございます。

一つのクラスについてのみ質問にお答えください。このアンケートに名前は書かなくても大丈夫です。

1/13/2019

How to leave a comment


Please leave a comment. I will be happy to know someone is reading my blog!
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January 13, 2019 My Brother's Birthday

OH MY GOD, IT IS SOOOOO COLD TODAY!

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My Brother's Birthday

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I remember when ...

...my father came into my room one night and told me that there was a baby inside my mother's stomach. I thought "What?!?!? Why is a baby in her stomach? How did it get there????" I couldn't understand, but I just accepted it.

...my brother was born. It was a Saturday. I remember because my father went to the hospital. I couldn't go because there was a rule that children under 12 were not allowed in the maternity ward. I stayed home and watched Saturday morning cartoons. I think I was alone because I don't remember having a babysitter, but I was only 5 years old.  I was in heaven, though because I could watch all the cartoons I wanted.  I remember thinking, "Dad is gone a long time!"

...when he arrived.  I was so jealous.  Many relatives and friends came to see him. They were all gathered around him talking about how cute he was.  I was left alone playing with my toys.  I thought, "Maybe he is cute, but he is smelly."

Happy Birthday, Jason!

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1/12/2019

January 12, 2019 My Favorite Food

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My Favorite Food

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Maybe you think my favorite food is the BIG MAC, but actually it is something different. I'll give you a hint. It is round and Italian. Got it? It's PIZZA! I think I could eat pizza everyday for the rest of my life. 

According to legend, pizza was once a bad dish. Around the end of the 19th century, the Queen of Italy wanted to get acquainted with the civilians and decided to visit a pizza shop in a small town. In order to impress the queen, the master of the store made a special pizza with green basil, red tomato, and finally the white color of the cheese to show the color of Italy. The Queen was delighted and sent a certificate to the shop. The pizza was named after the queen. The queen's name was Margherita.

However, in my country, pizza is not called Margherita. Instead, pepperoni, cheese and mushroom pizzas are popular. When I was a kid, my family and I visited Pizza Hut once a week. That is one of the good memories of my childhood. At that time, my father, mother and younger brother were all happy. I think American pizza is bigger and tastier than Japanese pizza. I was surprised when I first saw pizza with eggs on top in Japan. Now, while writing this blog, I am eating Margherita pizza! Delicious!

What kind of pizza do you like? Please leave a comment!

多分、皆は、私の一番好きな食べ物はビッグマックと思うけど、違いますよ。じゃ、ヒント教えてあげます。まるくて、イタリアの食べ物です。わかる?ピッザだ!死ぬまで毎日ピッザ食べられると思う。

伝説によれば、ピザはかつてまずしいひとの料理でした。それは、19世紀末までで、イタリアの女王は一般人と 知り合いたいと思い、小さい町のピザの店を尋ねることにしました。女王に印象付けるため、その店のマスターが特別なピザを作って上げました、、、バジルの緑、トマトの赤、最後にチーズの白い色は全部イタリアの色です。女王は喜こんで、店に認定証を送りました。そのピザは女王にちなんで名前を付けられた。女王の名前は、マルゲリータです。

けれど、私の国では、マルゲリータといわれていません。代わりに、ペッポローニ、チーズ、キノコの ピザが人気です。子供の時、私の家族は、皆週一回位ピザハットをたずねました。それは、子供の時の良い思いでの一つです。その時は父、母、弟は、皆ハッピーでした。

アメリカのピザは日本のピザより、大きくて、美味しいと思います。日本で、卵が上にのったピッザを初めて見たとき、ビックリしました。

今、このブログを書きながら、マルゲリータピザを食べています!美味しい!

どんなピッザ好きですか?コメントを残して下さい。

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1/11/2019

January 11, 2019 Hollywood Showers

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Hollywood Showers

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When I was in Navy Bootcamp,  we always had to hurry to do everything.  It was hard for me because I was a slow person.  We especially had to be quick when we took showers.  Actually, taking quick showers is very important on the ship because there isn't much water.  The ship actually has equipment to make potable water from seawater.  Anyway, in bootcamp there was a large room with 8 shower heads. Sixteen people would enter at a time. One person would step under the shower, get wet then step out of the shower while someone else  stepped in.  While waiting, the first person would them soap up and then step back in the shower while the second person stepped out to soap up.  The whole process took about 3 minutes.  Taking a shower for a long time was called a "Hollywood Shower".  Why Hollywood? I don't know. Maybe someone like Tom Cruise takes long showers.  

How about you? How long do you take in the shower? 5 minutes? コメントを残してください。

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1/10/2019

January 10, 2019 Don't tell me I'm getting fat!

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Don't tell me I'm getting fat!

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  • direct
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Japanese people are always so polite, maybe some of the most polite people in the world.  They are always considerate of other people's feelings and are careful with the words they choose.  However, one thing that surprises me is how Japanese people can so easily say "You're getting FAT", or "You got fat"!  It sounds too direct.  In English, usually people will say "Oh, it looks like you have gained a little weight." or "Have you put on some weight?"  I think it sounds a little softer.

After the holidays, have you put on any weight? コメントを残してください。

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1/09/2019

January 9, 2019 Strange order

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Strange Order

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Last night after work, I decided to go to McDonald's.  I ordered the same thing I usually get, 2 Big Macs with a side salad and a water FOR HERE.  I always speak Japanese when I order, but foreign loan words like restaurant and Starbucks and Big Mac are very difficult for me to pronounce because I have a tendency to pronounce them as they naturally are in English.  I was tired when the cashier repeated my order back to me and I wasn't really listening. I was shocked when I got my order. Two teriyaki burgers with a side salad and water TO GO.  Is my pronunciation that bad??? How does "Big Mac" sound anything like "teriyaki"????  Anyway, I was hungry and tired, so I just ate it as I laughed to myself.

Are Japanese words difficult for you to pronounce in English? コメントを書いてください。

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1/08/2019

January 8, 2019 Cookie

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Cookie

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After Skippy disappeared, it wasn't long before I got a new dog.  I think I was around 5 or 6 when my parents suddenly brought home the cutest little chihuahua.  He was so cute, just a baby and he could fit in the palm of your hand.  He was white with brown spots, so I called him, "Cookie".  Cookie was a good dog and grew up to be a little fat.

Sometimes Americans make a joke that if you look very sad, they will say "What's wrong? You look like your dog died."  Well, one day when Cookie passed away, I was 19 and I remember crying and crying and crying.  I couldn't stop.  I felt as if I had lost a brother. When I thought about that joke, I realized I could understand the meaning.   Just thinking about it now brings tears to my eyes.

Have you ever had a pet who felt like a family member? コメントを残して下さい。

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1/07/2019

January 7, 2019 Back to School!

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Back to School!


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Today is the first day back to Miami and I am excited!  I had a long vacation, almost 2 weeks. The first week, I was super busy catching up with work. There were so many things I had been wanting to do.  But then the second week, I am ashamed to say that I started getting lazy; waking up late, eating too much junk food, etc. So, now I am happy to get back into my work routine and see everyone's smiling faces again.

By the way...someone wrote to me asking about my blog post about Skippy. Well, after that nothing really happened. He was gone.....until a new dog came along!

I look forward to seeing all of you this week.  Please LEAVE A COMMENT  if you are excited, too!

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1/06/2019

January 6, 2019

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1月 1-6 は休みです。

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1/05/2019

January 5, 2019 ABC - Eyeglasses (UPDATED WITH AUDIO)

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1月 1-6 は休みです。
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New Eyeglasses


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Next time you see me in class, you might notice something a little different about me.  I bought some new eyeglasses.  Usually, I prefer wearing contact lenses, but I can actually see better with glasses.  However, they are difficult to wear in the winter because I like to wear a mask to keep from catching a cold, and they get fogged up when I breathe. What do you think? Do you like my new glasses?

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1/04/2019

January 4, 2019

休校です。Sorry, no class today.💩

It's too cold.

1月 1-6 は休みです。
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1/03/2019

January 3, 2019 ABC - My Dog Skippy (UPDATED WITH AUDIO)

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My Dog Skippy

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When I was a child, the first dog I remember having was a big german sheperd. His name was Skippy.  Sometimes I tried to ride him like a horse, but he didn't like that.  Skippy was a troublesome dog.  He was very noisy, always barking, and the neighbors would complain about him.  Even though he was bad, I still loved him.  One day when I came home from school, Skippy was gone. I asked my mother where he was, and she said that my father took him away.  I went into my room and cried.

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1/02/2019

January 2, 2019 Reading

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1月 1-6 は休みです。

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Reading

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I love being able to read books with my smart phone.  If you haven't tried using eBooks, I definitely recommend it.  You can make highlights, bookmark, and leave notes just like it a real book.  Additionally, you can make the font bigger and change the color of the pages to make reading easier.

The best thing that I like about eBooks is that you can carry as many as you want anywhere you go. I remember before smartphones, whenever I traveled, I would carry 2 or 3 books with me.  It was such a pain. Now, I can read anywhere, anytime.  If you haven't done so already, check it out!

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1/01/2019

January 1, 2019 Happy New Year!

休校です。Sorry, no class today.💩

1月 1-6 は休みです。
Please study English at your home on those days.

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Happy New Year !!!!

Do you know the song "Auld Lang Syne" ?  It is a song played after the countdown in the U.S.  Whenever I hear it, I want to shout, "Happy New Year", but Japanese stores always play it at closing time.  It's so funny to me.

I'm so excited! It's a new year and time for starting new things.  Do you have any custom that you do on New Year's Day?  In America, usually everyone is sleeping and recovering from their all-night parties.  Personally, I always go running on January 1st.  Last year, I ran 21 kilometers.  Today, I will try for more, maybe 25.

How about this year's New Year's resolution?  A resolution is a promise.  Do you have any goals this year?  This year I want to finish a full marathon.  That is my New Year's resolution.  Actually, I have 12.  I make many resolutions because I know I will fail at most, but at least I will achieve some of them.  It is a custom that when Americans meet at the beginning of the year, we ask each other "What's your New Year's Resolution?"

I am looking forward to teaching English again this year and seeing all of you in the classroom again!

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