#707 The Express Train

 #707 :The Express Train

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 Why didn’t someone tell me that there is an express train from Kamioooka to Gumyoji??  So many times I have jumped on the subway just to end up in Kannai.  When I get off the train, I have that look on my face that so many foreigners in Japan have that says “どこここ???” I feel so foolish as I casually walk around to the other train that heads back to Gumyoji.
Recently, I just take Keikyu from Kamioooka instead. It is only a 10 minute walk, and I enjoy going through the shopping arcade. 

Today’s pronunciation practice:
John: I want to do something special, and I was hoping you guys could be a part of it. Here’s the deal. I’m writing a song, and I was hoping we could all play it together.
Jack: OK. I wanna sing.
John: You can’t sing. I was hoping you would play the guitar.
Mai: Well, I can sing.
Jack: I was hoping you would play the guitar.
Mai: How am I gonna do that? I don’t have any arms.
John: Ok, Ok, Ok, let’s all sing together…..
なぜ今まで誰も上大岡から弘明寺まで急行列車があることを教えてくれなかったのだろう。乗り換えて飛び乗った地下鉄で何度関内まで行ってしまったことか。電車を降りた時の私といったら「どこここ???」といった、よくある日本の外国人の表情だ。 そんな自分があまりにも愚かに思えるのだが、弘明寺に戻る反対車線には何ごともなかったかのように歩く。

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#706 The Heavy Box

706# :The Heavy Box

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The other day I saw an old, old, old, old lady pulling herself up the stairs at the station using the handrail. The look on her face reminded me of the way I look after running 10k. I offered to help her, but she adamantly refused. I realized that she could have taken the elevator, but it was her choice to take the stairs. This was her way of staying strong, I suppose. 
When I was moving into my new classroom, a similar situation occurred. I had many deliveries, the heaviest of which were the table and shelves. The man who delivered them walked with a limp. He moved slowly, but he carried the heavy boxes in all by himself.  I offered to help carry them, but he also refused. 
I wonder if people like this had such a strong will when they were young and strong. In any case, they give me inspiration and taught me not to complain when things are hard.

Today’s Pronunciation Practice:

John: What are you working on?
Jack: Can’t talk. In the zone.
John: Do you know what he’s doing?
Mai: I don’t know…could be anything.
John: Uh, you want to take a break? Your food’s ready. Time to eat! Did you eat yet?
Mai: No, No, what are  you doing? He’s both happy and quiet. It’s like seeing a unicorn and Bigfoot at the same time.


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#705 Flamingos

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Flamingos are very interesting.  In my home state of Florida, there are many of them. Do you know why they are pink?  The color in their feathers comes from the food they eat! I  wonder what they would look like if they ate bananas, or broccoli? They can often be seen wading in the water.  To wade means to walk in shallow water. Another interesting fact about flamingos is that they are said to be monogamous.  That means that they are like people, and stay with the same partner. 
Recently, I read in the news that over 100,000 flamingos flocked to a lake in Mumbai.  Because of the coronavirus lockdown, there are not so many people outside, and the birds feel safe.  One of them got lost while flying from Miami and migrated to Japan!  Did you know that? She stays in Gumyoji now. Her name is Mai-chan! When you come to Miami, please take a photo with her. She likes people.

Today, I want to practice a little pronunciation. I will read a phrase and then give three examples. It is ok if you don’t understand the meaning because this is listening practice. Try to see if you can catch the phrase.

 1. Do you know what?
 - Do you know what you are going to do tomorrow?
- Do you know what is going to happen after that?
- Do you know what we are going to have for dinner?

 2. I want to do something
- I wanna study English more and more. 
- I want to go to Miami.
- I want to go out because I have cabin fever. 

 3. You want to
- What do you want to do tonight?
- Tell me where you want to go.
- If you want to speak English, you should go to Miami!


フラミンゴには大変興味深いはなしがあります。私の出身地、フロリダ州にはたくさんのフラミンゴがいます。皆さんはフラミンゴが何故ピンク色なのかご存知ですか?なんと、あの羽の色は彼らの食する物に由来しているのです! 彼らがバナナやブロッコリーを食べたらどんな色になるんだろうと思ったりします。水の中を歩いているのもよく見かけます。to wade とは浅瀬を歩く事です。また他にも興味深い事があります。フラミンゴはmonogamous モノガマスだと言われています。monogamousとは人のように、同じパートナーと連れ添う一夫一妻の事です。
最近10万羽以上ものフラミンゴがムンバイの湖に群れをなしているというニュースを読みました。コロナウィルスで都市封鎖され、屋外の人々の数が激減したことが鳥たちに安心感をもたらしているようです。そのうちの1羽がマイアミからの飛行中、迷子になり 日本に移住したんですって!ご存知でしたか?彼女は今弘明寺にいます。彼女の名前はマイちゃんです。マイアミにきたら、ぜひ彼女と一緒に写真を撮って下さい。彼女は人が好きです。


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