Monday, June 30, 2014

Puzzler Answers

So, how was your weekend? I was busy with bridge, teaching and violin. No jogging Saturday and Sunday, but watched two World Cup Soccer games. Whew! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE

Saturday
1. Didn't go to RINRI MS.
2. To school and practice violin.
3. Teach two kids lessons...Game Day!
4. Teach two Kenkatsu lessons.
5. Back to school for more violin practice.
6. Attend Fujinami neighborhood HanChouKai.
7. Home to watch TV and sleep.

Sunday
1. Watch my recording of World Cup 2014. Brazil winners over Chile in PK.
2. To school to practice violin. Practice, practice, practice.
3. Go to Yotsuya for bridge tournament with M.
4. Go to family restaurant in Ario for dinner. Pretty bad.
5. Home to watch WC 2014 recording: Columbia 2 Uraguay 0.
6. Watch movie Grand Torino.
7. Sleep

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Puzzler Hints

I can drink on Tuesday, but will I? To be continued...Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2014: “like to “ and “like”

A. like to + 動詞の原形 ~するのがすき。
1. I like to swim in the sea. 私は海で泳ぐのがすきです。
2. She likes to keep things neat. 彼女は整理整頓がすきです。
3. They really like to invite their friends over for dinner. 彼らは夕食に招くのが大好きです。

B. like + something (動名詞でもOK) ~が好き、気に入っている。
1. I like this watch.
2. My wife likes roses very much.
3. They like playing basketball.
"really like" and "like very much" は "love" という単語1つで表すことができます。e.g. "I love beer."
i.e. We don't say "I love beer very much." Gottit?

RINRI Beauties!
 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Puzzler

Answers from yesterday's BLOG. The attendant looked at all the tickets he had received that day and found my original ticket. We switched tickets and I made the train just in time, thanks to his quick thinking. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2014: “like to “ and “like”

A. like to + 動詞の原形 ~するのがすき。
1. I like to swim in the sea. 私は海で泳ぐ
のがすきです。
2. She likes to keep things neat. 彼女は整理整頓がすきです。
3. They really like to invite their friends over for dinner. 彼らは夕食に招くのが大好きです。

B. like + something  (動名詞でもOK) ~が好き、気に入っている。
1. I like this watch.
2. My wife likes roses very much.
3. They like playing basketball.
 
"really like" and "like very much" は  "love" という単語1つで表すことができます。e.g. "I love beer."
i.e. We don't say "I love beer very much."  Gottit?
Friday AM rice field

Friday, June 27, 2014

OMG!

I go by bicycle/train/bicycle to and from my Mida Kindergarten lesson in KitaKounosu on Mondays. The bicycle is a collapsible or "folding" type. I have been doing this for half a year (6 months). At first it was awkward (clumsy, inconvenient, difficult) to fold and unfold the bicycle. Since then, I have gotten very good at doing it. So, even if the train will be coming soon I can take my time and fold it up, put it in the carrying bag and make the train on time. HOWEVER! Last Monday as I went to the ticket window in Kitakounosu to get my ticket stamped the attendant said "This has already been stamped from Okegawa."  "What!?" I thought. The train was one minute away. I was holding my heavy bike bag and said "But, I gave one when I came here." (I have multiple train tickets and I put two in my pocket to make it easy to use.) I thought that all was lost as I heard the train approaching the home downstairs. But then the attendant did something and I made the train just in time. What did the attendant do? Answer tomorrow.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Another RINRI Annual Event

This time it was the annual Chourei Competition. It is a performance competition. It is a kind of  show. Chourei is the name for the meeting that many companies in Japan have before the company opens for business. It is an information exchange, update, communication gathering of the employees. Of course the RINRI meeting is rather rigid (formal). Everyone stands at attention. They move smartly (quickly). They smile a lot. They also have "Greetings" practice. They have a reading from the RINRI "Workplace Booklet". It is published monthly. It has stories and info about how to deal with situations, people and life, in general. It is very useful. As always, I must say it is not a religion. Anyway, eight companies were chosen from local competitions and performed on stage this day. In a very rare case, two teams tied for first place. It was a good study for all. However I don't plan to go next year.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Things to do in Tokyo

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Solstice

MidsummerNightBonfire2.jpg
Midsummer Bonfire in Finland
 MIDSUMMER  or  St. John's Day
 
Also calledSummer Solstice, Adonia, St. John's Feast Day, Jāņi, Liða, Midsommar, Ivan Kupala Day, Juhannus, Mittumaari, Alban Hefin, Gŵyl Ganol yr Haf, Sankthans, Jaanipäev, Keskikesä, Rasos
Observed byNordic peoples, Baltic peoples, Estonians, Russians, Poles, Germans, Finns, Belarusians.
TypeCultural, Baltic Finns, Pagan, Christian, Celtic, Norse/Germanic, Balts, Wiccan
SignificanceMarks the ancient middle of Summer, astronomical beginning of Summer, and the nativity of St. John the Baptist.
CelebrationsFestivals, Bonfires, Feasting, Singing, Maypole Dancing
DateJune 21, 24, 25 or a date close to the Summer Solstice on June 20–23
Related toSummer Solstice, Quarter days, Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Monday, June 23, 2014

Puzzler Answers

Now back to Monday. I have a busy week ahead of me. How about you? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE

Saturday
1. Up early for RINRI Morning Seminar.
2. To school for some violin practice and then two kids lessons.
3. Two Kenakatsu lessons.
4. Drive to AMIGO Hall to set up for Sunday's Big Event. BUT I got lost.
5. Home to watch World Cup 2014.
6. Sleep.

Sunday
1. Jog.
2. Wash GOLF (even though I won't drive this day or the next or the next or the next).
3. Meet Hosono President at Okegawa station and he drives us to Kuki city AMIGO Hall.
4. RINRI Big Event. It's all day.
5. Home and to the Taiwan restaurant alone for dinner.
6. Watch World Cup 2014 and the end of a movie.
7. Sleep.
My Rice Field last Saturday

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Puzzler Hints

I'm at a special RINRI project today. This could be my last. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2014: “like to “ and “like”

A. like to + 動詞の原形 ~するのがすき。
1. I like to swim in the sea. 私は海で泳ぐのがすきです。
2. She likes to keep things neat. 彼女は整理整頓がすきです。
3. They really like to invite their friends over for dinner. 彼らは夕食に招くのが大好きです。

B. like + something  (動名詞でもOK) ~が好き、気に入っている。
1. I like this watch.
2. My wife likes roses very much.
3. They like playing basketball.
 
"really like" and "like very much" は  "love" という単語1つで表すことができます。e.g. "I love beer."
i.e. We don't say "I love beer very much."  Gottit?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Puzzler

Even though I love drinking I'm still on the wagon. This month is taking longer than usual to finish, I think. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2014: “like to “ and “like”

A. like to + 動詞の原形 ~するのがすき。
1. I like to swim in the sea. 私は海で泳ぐのがすきです。
2. She likes to keep things neat. 彼女は整理整頓がすきです。
3. They really like to invite their friends over for dinner. 彼らは夕食に招くのが大好きです。

B. like + something  (動名詞でもOK) ~が好き、気に入っている。
1. I like this watch.
2. My wife likes roses very much.
3. They like playing basketball.
 
"really like" and "like very much" は  "love" という単語1つで表すことができます。e.g. "I love beer."
i.e. We don't say "I love beer very much."  Gottit?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Spic 'n Span GOLF

It was time to wax GOLF. We bought GOLF last October. At that time they offered to put on a 5-year body coating. It was about 55,000en. I declined (said NO). I thought that I would wax the car myself. I don't like to wax the car. On the other hand I don't mind waxing the car. It takes me about 45 minutes to wax the car after washing it. In my youth, long, long ago, I often waxed the cars that I owned. It was common to do this. But now they have a spray type wax. The old style is a paste that you have to rub on and then later rub off. That is a lot of work. The spray type requires (needs) only one rubbing. That is when you put it on. I also cleaned hte windows with a rain repellent. That was very necessary. I also waxed the tires with another spray. The whole process took about 2.5 hours. I can now relax and enjoy GOLF for 6 months.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hakubishin

There is an animal called Hakubishin. It is masked palm civet or gem-faced civet in English. I had never heard of it until  last week Friday. As always I was closing my school just after 9PM. I shut all the windows, turned off the lights and went outside as usual to pull down the shutters. Just as I was doing that I saw an animal. It scurried across the street and then down the sidewalk. It was only 3 to 4 meters from me. It was fast. It had short legs so I knew it wasn't a cat or dog. It looked too small to be a raccoon dog. There was also one guy walking his dog. He saw the animal, too. We talked about it but neither of us could figure out (knew) what it was. The next day I asked around. I was told that it was probably a Hakubishin. I checked the net. I think that is what it was. They come from China and Malaysia. Some people keep them as pets and then let them go when they get too big. Please be careful. I heard that they bite.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Haircut

I like short hair. Actually I don't have much choice. That is because I don't have much hair. I also don't like "bar code" fashion. I also don't like to spend 1,000 or 2,000 or 3,000 yen on a haircut. Again, that's because I don't have so much hair. I got my first skinhead cut when I was in Hawaii. It was for a Halloween costume that I created. And since I have been in Japan I have gotten a skinhead cut perhaps four times. It's cool...literally and figuratively. That means I think that it is both fashionable and cool (not hot). I started cutting my own hair about 7 or 8 years ago. I bought an electric shear. Since that time I have bought a new one. It has different settings for the length. Currently (right now) I use 12 mm for the main body and then 9mm for the trimming. The trimming is done around my ears. As you can see in the picture there isn't much hair anyway. When I am finished I pick up the hair and throw it in the waste basket. The rest I can wash down the drain. The whole process takes maybe 10 minutes.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Welcome home, Miwako

Miwako and her sister took their mom to France. M's other sister lives there with her family of one Japanese husband and two young boys. The two boys are M's nephews. They are also Yumiko's grandsons. The three of them left Japan June 6th. M and her sister returned to Japan June 14th. Yumiko will stay until June 26th. I like to drink alcohol. Luckily for everyone June is my dry month. So, during Miwkoa's trip, I happily did the laundry several times. That includes hanging the clothes outside or in the bathroom. I also did a lot of cleaning and organizing. The house became more spacious (bigger OR roomier). I like spacious. I also took out the trash a couple of times. Upon her return, Miwako told us some stories about France. She said the people are friendly, but they don't speak English. The food is delicious. The sites are wonderful. She also urged me to (recommended that I) go to France with her some day. We will have to see about that.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Puzzler Answers

Chanbole Castle, France
Another dry weekend. Good boy, Rickie! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE

Saturday
1. RINRI Morning Seminar.
2. To school for violin practice and Blogging.
3. Two Kenkatsu lessons.
4. Jog
5. Go to pick up Miwako and Eri (she went to Haneda to greet M) at Omiya Bus Terminal.
6. Very good Chinese dinner at Saihou in Ageo. Our first time here.
7. Home to hear stories about France.

Sunday
1. Wash GOLF.
2. Wax GOLF.
3. Apply rain repellent to GOLF windows.
4. Spray tire wax on GOLF tires.
5. GOLF is spic n' span.
6. Watch soccer on TV.
7. To school for violin practice.
8. Bridge practice at Kenkatsu. M can't go as she and Eri discuss Eri's job situation.
9. Back home to Kurumaya dinner.
10. Review bridge.
11Watch the tube.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Puzzler Hints

Miwako is back! She says she had a great time in France. I envy her! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2014: “like to “ and “like”

A. like to + 動詞の原形 ~するのがすき。
1. I like to swim in the sea. 私は海で泳ぐのがすきです。
2. She likes to keep things neat. 彼女は整理整頓がすきです。
3. They really like to invite their friends over for dinner. 彼らは夕食に招くのが大好きです。

B. like + something  (動名詞でもOK) ~が好き、気に入っている。
1. I like this watch.
2. My wife likes roses very much.
3. They like playing basketball.
 
"really like" and "like very much" は  "love" という単語1つで表すことができます。e.g. "I love beer."
i.e. We don't say "I love beer very much."  Gottit?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Puzzler

Dry weekend No. 2. So far, so good. Also M returns! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2014: “like to “ and “like”

A. like to + 動詞の原形 ~するのがすき。
1. I like to swim in the sea. 私は海で泳ぐのがすきです。
2. She likes to keep things neat. 彼女は整理整頓がすきです。
3. They really like to invite their friends over for dinner. 彼らは夕食に招くのが大好きです。

B. like + something  (動名詞でもOK) ~が好き、気に入っている。
1. I like this watch.
2. My wife likes roses very much.
3. They like playing basketball.
 
"really like" and "like very much" は  "love" という単語1つで表すことができます。e.g. "I love beer."

i.e. We don't say "I love beer very much."  Gottit?

Friday, June 13, 2014

It pays to...

Today's BLOG is a ONE POINT ENGLISH lesson. Last Saturday at the Kenkatsu Center Advanced Group's lesson the dictation sentence included the phrase "It pays to..." do something, or something similar. Of course, "pay" means to give money for something you are purchasing (buying). However when we use this phrase "It pays to..." the meaning is that there is some advantage for you. There is some benefit for you. You can expect some good results. For example:
  1. It pays to exercise regularly. i.e. If you exercise regularly you will stay healthier longer.
  2. It pays to practice. i.e. If you want to improve, practice is the best way.
  3. It pays to treat other people kindly. i.e. If you show kindness to other people they will probably be kind to you.
  4. It pays to follow traffic rules. i.e. It will be easier to avoid accidents (and the police) if you drive according to the laws.
Long ago I used to read the Reader's Digest. One page was "It Pays to Increase your Vocabulary". They listed 10 words with a multiple choice quiz for their meaning. Here is your chance to increase your vocabulary. Can you use this  phrase at your next lesson? Good luck.
This morning's rice field


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Omiya RINRI

Saitama RINRI President
The RINRI Houjinkai in Omiya was established 30 years ago. It was one of the first in Saitama. The other was KUKI city. One of the original members is my goof friend, Mr. Toyoji Motoda. His nickname is MAHA. That is the name of his company. He's a very outgoing, friendly guy. He was born in Hokkaido. He got his pilots license in California when he was 21. He flies to Hokkaido and other interesting places around Japan. He invited me to join the Omiya RINRI group 17 years ago. At first I joined to continue my Japanese study. But little by little I came to understand and like what RINRI is all about. It has helped me to grow as a person and a businessman. This party was held at Shimizuen in Omiya on the east side. I went by car and arrived after the ceremonies. I heard the main speech and then had a gorgeous dinner. I had an opportunity (a chance) to meet many old friends. I'm certainly glad that I went.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Tomato

There is a tomato house near our place. They have very delicious tomatoes. Miwako has been there to buy tomatoes. We all like them and agree that they are very tasty. However, people come from near and far to purchase these delicious fruits. Recently they doubled the price. It is now 200en for one tomato! So we don't go there anymore.
Here is some tomato info:
  1. The tomato is the edible, often red fruit/berry commonly known as a tomato plant.
  2. The species originated in the South American Andes and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas.
  3. Its many varieties are now widely grown, sometimes in greenhouses in cooler climates.
  4. The tomato is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salads, and drinks.
  5. While it is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes.
  6. The fruit is rich in lycopene, which may have beneficial health effects.
  7. The tomato belongs to the nightshade family, Solanaceae.
  8. The plants typically grow to 1–3 meters in height and have a weak stem that often sprawls over the ground and vines over other plants.
  9. It is a perennial in its native habitat, although often grown outdoors in temperate climates as an annual.
  10. An average common tomato weighs approximately 100 grams.
Do you like tomatoes?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bon Voyage

"Bon Voyage" means "Have a good trip " in French. Miwako, her mother and sister (who lives in Tokyo) all flew to France. Miwako has one more sister who lives there. This sister has one Japanese husband and two young sons. They are 7 and 4. They have lived in France for about 7 years. The sister and two sons have all stayed at our place three times over the years. This time the three of them went there to stay in France for a while. Miwkao and her sister will stay for 9 days and Yumiko will remain for another two weeks or so. I took the two of them to the bus station last Thursday at 5:20AM. It wasn't raining that morning. We said our good-byes and then they were gone. They were on their way to Europe. In the meantime I am home alone with my two lovely daughters. It should be interesting. I will keep you updated.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Puzzler Answers

That was a good weekend. How was yours? Was your spouse around? Puzzle Answers: CLICK HERE.

Saturday
1. Go to RINRI Morning Seminar. I learn who the new President will be come August. No. Snot me!
2. To school to practice violin.
3. Two good kids lessons.
4. Two good Adult Kenkatsu lessons.
5. Back to school for one more hour of violin practice (with CD).
5. Dinner at Kurumaya.
6. Watch a movie on the tube.
7. Sleep early.

Sunday
1. Up early to stretch.
2. Do Blogging.
3. Go jogging before the rains come.
4. LUCKY! Watch Game 2 of the Hockey Championship game (The Stanley Cup Finals).
5. Practice violin during game breaks.
6. Go shopping. First PAPA. Next YELLOW HAT. Next MINE.
7. LUCKY AGAIN Home to watch the DE-troit Tigers play baseball on TV.
8. Play BRIDGE on my home computer two hours.
9. Sleep early.

This mornings rice field

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Puzzler Hints

This will be my only Sunday without Miwako. I may go to Shibuya to play bridge. OR I may just enjoy an entire day off. We shall see. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2014: “like to “ and “like”

A. like to + 動詞の原形 ~するのがすき。
1. I like to swim in the sea. 私は海で泳ぐのがすきです。
2. She likes to keep things neat. 彼女は整理整頓がすきです。
3. They really like to invite their friends over for dinner. 彼らは夕食に招くのが大好きです。

B. like + something  (動名詞でもOK) ~が好き、気に入っている。
1. I like this watch.
2. My wife likes roses very much.
3. They like playing basketball.
 
"really like" and "like very much" は  "love" という単語1つで表すことができます。e.g. "I love beer."
i.e. We don't say "I love beer very much."  Gottit?
Jack Russell Terrier and Rick

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Puzzler

We are surviving, but we miss Miwako and Yumiko. I wonder if they miss us? Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for June 2014: "like to" and "like"

A. like to + 動詞の原形 ~するのがすき。
1. I like to swim in the sea. 私は海で泳ぐのがすきです。
2. She likes to keep things neat. 彼女は整理整頓がすきです。
3. They really like to invite their friends over for dinner. 彼らは夕食に招くのが大好きです。
B. like + something  (動名詞でもOK) ~が好き、気に入っている。
1. I like this watch.
2. My wife likes roses very much.
3. They like playing basketball.
 
"really like" and "like very much" は  "love" という単語1つで表すことができます。e.g. "I love beer."

i.e. We don't say "I love beer very much."  Gottit?

 

 
 
 

 
 
 


Friday, June 6, 2014

Super Scrabble


I must tell you about this Super Scrabble finished board. Last week we had Game Day here at the school. As usual SS is not very popular. However I decided to play it with two young students. One is Alicia. She is 18 and has a very good knowledge of English (among many other things) and the other is a 14 year old girl. She does not want to play SS at all. But, alas, she had no choice. I played two hands and they each played one. I helped the younger girl with maybe half of her words, but to my surprise, she played very well by herself about half the time. She made some 4 letter words and even a five letter word. ONE COOL WORD: Started with m o t i o n. Then later added and e for e m o t i o n. And finally I was able to add an a that matched the letter l under it to make e m o t i o n a l. You won't find many 9 letter words in SS. ANOTHER COOL WORD was made by Alicia. It was j e s t which fit with a s , q u i t e and n o o s e. We were also able to make s t r a i n e r from an original t r a i n. I love Super Scrabble!
 


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Horns

I am on a mission. I hope that people will never use their car horns. Here is a TWEET from a man who agrees.

What are car horns supposed to be for? OK, warning people people of your impending arrival. But - if you need to blow your horn for that, you are going too fast.

Horns are largely used as a means of venting anger at other motorists, by taxis to announce their arrival to clients and to notify your acquaintance who is walking down the street that you have seen them. None of these is a valid use.

They're too loud. If used to warn a pedestrian with their back to you in a narrow lane that you can't get past, they will jump out of their skin, try opening the window and asking politely instead. A pedestrian warning tone rather like a front door bell might be a good idea.

The solution? Ban them, simply build cars without them. They're unnecessary.

If you agree, toot your support as you go past The Old Mill.

This last sentence is a joke. Do you get it?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A visit to the Eye Clinic

The lady you see in the picture is Dr. Hayashi. She and her Doctor husband run a small eye clinic on Omiya's west side. They live in an area where I used to live when I first got married. In fact, they were so near our place that we met several times before she hired me to teach English to her daughter. They were private lessons, sometimes at the clinic upstairs, sometimes at their gorgeous house. Our entire (whole) family are her patients. I go for check-ups and I got my first reading glasses here. My last check up was five years ago. I wanted to get one to make sure there was nothing wrong with my eyes. You see, I am getting older. I understand the importance of taking care of one's own body. Anyway, it was like old times. I took pictures and they let me meet their new dog, Minnie. It is a Jack Russel Terrier. She is only 6 months old and very frisky (lively!). I will post her picture this Sunday. You want to see it, don't you?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Violin update

I first picked up a violin exactly two years ago. It was in my school. That was a dry year for me. That is, I was on the wagon. That means I wasn't drinking any alcohol. That gave me a lot of extra time and energy. I felt that I wanted to do something. I suppose many people think that they would like to learn a new subject or hobby. I started studying Spanish that year in April. I studied that when I was in High school and two years in college. Last year M and I decided to put more time and energy into our bridge study so I had to quit one hobby. It was Spanish. So, our bridge study continues rather aggressively. And, of course, since I pay a teacher to come twice a month to give me lessons I certainly want to continue the violin. I am getting more comfortable with the instrument. I am far from good, but I like to practice as much as possible. There are so many things to learn. The bowing, hitting the notes, timing. But little by little it sounds like music! So, I want to practice more and more.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Puzzler Answers

June is here. This is a dry month for me. Can I do it? I failed to abstain in April. I'll try harder this time.  Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Saturday
1. No RINRI. Sleep in.
2. Take my time and get to school just 10AM.
3. Teach two kids lessons.
4. Soba lunch at Seigetsu.
5. Teach two Kenaktsu lessons.
6. Go with family to AnRakuTei for dinner. It's so-so.
7. I was designated driver, so no alcohol for me at dinner.
8. Relax with drinks at home.

Sunday
1. RINRI meet at 9:30AM.
2. Go to bridge lesson at Kenkatsu with M.
3. Pick up Yumiko and go to dinner at Seigetsu.
4. Back home to review bridge.
5. M and Y leave for France this week. Preparing for that.
6. Rest.
The rice has been planted

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Puzzler Hints

And now it's June. I wonder what this month holds in store for us all. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for May 2014: “want to” and “want”
A. want to +動詞の原形+something  ~をしたい(と思う)
B. want+something  ~がほしい
1. She wants to be a vet.  彼女は獣医になりたがっている。
2. They want to go to Hawaii.  彼らはハワイに行きたがっている。
3. My son wants to learn French.  息子はフランス語を学びたいと思っている。
4. I want to ask you a few questions.  あなたにいくつか質問があります。
1. I want a new car.  私は新しい車がほしい。
2. My daughter wants a grand piano.   娘はグランドピアノをほしがっている。
3. They want a baby so badly.   彼らは赤ちゃんがほしくて仕方がない。
4. He really wants a steady job . 彼は安定した仕事につきたがっている。
Let’s use these basic phrases, shall we?