Sunday, November 30, 2014

Puzzler Hints

And we are off to bridge today. There is an AM and a PM session so we have to leave home at 8AM. I'm sure glad tha I didn't drink last night. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.
HOME PROJECT for November 2014:  “anyway”
 
"anyway" はネイティブが会話の中でよく使う言葉です。
今回は、2種類の用法を試してみましょう。
 
1.「しかしながら」「それにもかかわらず」(=however) ...文末
        It was very expensive but she bought it anyway. とても高価であるにもかかわらず、彼女はそれを買った。
        It was raining hard but they played soccer anyway. 雨が降っていたのに、彼らはサッカーの試合を行った。
 
2.「ところで」「それはそうと」(話題を変えるときに使います。)
        "I went shopping and then had lunch and then saw a movie. I'm beat. Anyway, what's new with you?" 「
買い物して、ランチを食べて、映画を見た。疲れたよ。ところで、君の方は何かあった?」
 
Try it yourself and check out the daily BLOGs for hints.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Puzzler

My final wet weekend for a while. However, I have decided not to drink the night before before bridge competitions, so Sunday will be my last. OMG! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2014:  “anyway”
 
"anyway" はネイティブが会話の中でよく使う言葉です。
今回は、2種類の用法を試してみましょう。
 
1.「しかしながら」「それにもかかわらず」(=however) ...文末
        It was very expensive but she bought it anyway. とても高価であるにもかかわらず、彼女はそれを買った。
        It was raining hard but they played soccer anyway. 雨が降っていたのに、彼らはサッカーの試合を行った。
 
2.「ところで」「それはそうと」(話題を変えるときに使います。)
        "I went shopping and then had lunch and then saw a movie. I'm beat. Anyway, what's new with you?" 「
買い物して、ランチを食べて、映画を見た。疲れたよ。ところで、君の方は何かあった?」
 
Try it yourself and check out the daily BLOGs for hints.
 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Beware OR Be careful

U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan
Security Message for U.S. Citizens
November 25, 2014
Drink Spiking in Roppongi

   The US Embassy continues to receive reports of drink spiking incidents in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, particularly near the Roppongi Crossing area. 

   We remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution and maintain security awareness in entertainment districts like Roppongi and Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho, as drink spiking incidents over the years have routinely led to robbery and occasionally resulted in physical and sexual assaults.  
   In most drink-spiking reports, the victim unknowingly drinks a beverage that has been mixed with a drug, rendering the victim unconscious or dazed for several hours, during which time the victim’s credit card is stolen or used for large purchases.  
   Some victims regain consciousness in the bar or club; other victims may awaken on the street or in other unknown locations. 

   U.S. citizens have also reported being charged exorbitant bar tabs in some bars and clubs in Roppongi, Kabuki-cho, and other entertainment and nightlife districts.       
   Although firearms and brandishing knives in public are illegal in Japan, U.S. citizens have reported being threatened with gun or knife violence in such venues to pay bar tabs or withdraw money. 
   U.S. citizens have also reported being beaten when they have refused to pay or hand over money.
ANSWER FROM YESTERDAY'S BLOG: Independence Day OR the 4th of July. It is America's birthday so the date is always July 4th. Gottit?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day USA

The famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
There are a variety of holidays in America. I suppose there are in every country and culture. We also use the "Happy Monday" system. That means that many holidays are set to a Monday. However, two holidays are not. One is Thanksgiving. It is the 4th Thursday in November. This holiday has a long history. Thanksgiving means to give thanks, to God, for all the things that we have. It started (originated) with the Pilgrims who came to America in 1585. It also has a connection to some native American Indian holidays. Anyway, since this holiday falls on a Thursday, the next day, Friday, has also become a holiday. That means that we have a four-day weekend. Many people travel the country by car, plane, bus or train to visit and have family gatherings. I think it is like Japanese O-Bon. There is plenty of (a lot of) good food and drinks and relaxing. By the way, do know the other holiday in the USA that cannot be set to a Monday? Answer tomorrow. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bridge

Miwako and I decided on a new policy for when we play bridge. We will not over drink on the night before a competition. Actually M is a "good" drinker. That is, she can control her input. On the other hand. I am a "bad" drink and drink too excess (too much). And I have learned through experience that when I am hungover, even a little bit, I cannot play at my best. Monday was a holiday. We had a bridge competition in Takadanobaba. It was an "under 50" event. We currently (now) have 9+ points. We started out poorly (badly). We had four straight negative scores. We played 21 games so I thought "Relax and keep trying: just enjoy." So, we forgot about those scores and pushed on. It turns out that we won the competition this day. Not only were we Numero Uno (Number One) but we had our highest total score ever. It turns out those first three minus scores were good results. They even took or picture and posted it on their Web Site. You can see it this Saturday here. Thank you.  CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO MAKE IT BIGGER.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Computer assist

Miwako goes to computer tutorials (lessons/classes) every Friday. She certainly is a conscientious (serious/good) business partner. We make a good team, I believe. Anyway, I needed help with some areas on my new computer. She couldn't answer the questions and I couldn't find the answers myself. So, she asked her instructor, one Mr. Aida, to come and take a look. He said he would come on Monday at 9AM. He forgot. Strike one! So, we rescheduled for Friday AM as I had a rare morning off. He came and solved three problems. ① The keyboard is now using Japanese language. It was set for English. ② He showed me a way to input Japanese language on my Puzzler software. It used to work on my old computer, but the new computer doesn't allow it. ③ He made all the same attempts that I did to solve my e-mail problem. They all failed so I know now what to do. In the end, he didn't hit a home run but he didn`t strike out either. More work for me but it should be better soon.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Puzzler Answers

Monday and NO WORK. It`s a bridge day. HOORAY! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Saturday
1. 2 kids lessons 9AM to 11.
2. Bike to KenK for lunch and 2 adult lessons.
3. Back to school for violin practice.
4. Out for dinner and drinks with M and Mark and Masami.

Sunday
1. Cut my hair.
2. Scrub bathtub.
3. Beat and clean chairs at the school.
4. Take screen doors home to wash and store.
5. Clean and organize downstairs closet.
6. Take apart shed.
7. Bundle up shed parts and take to trash.
8. Relax and discuss bridge W/M.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Puzzler Hints

I hope that it is nice weather today. I want to do some cleaning at my school and around the house. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2014:  “anyway”
 
"anyway" はネイティブが会話の中でよく使う言葉です。
今回は、2種類の用法を試してみましょう。
 
1.「しかしながら」「それにもかかわらず」(=however) ...文末
        It was very expensive but she bought it anyway. とても高価であるにもかかわらず、彼女はそれを買った。
        It was raining hard but they played soccer anyway. 雨が降っていたのに、彼らはサッカーの試合を行った。
 
2.「ところで」「それはそうと」(話題を変えるときに使います。)
        "I went shopping and then had lunch and then saw a movie. I'm beat. Anyway, what's new with you?" 「
買い物して、ランチを食べて、映画を見た。疲れたよ。ところで、君の方は何かあった?」
 
Try it yourself and check out the daily BLOGs for hints.


M's B-day cake. Can you figure out how old she is?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Puzzler

A unique weekend as I am off all day Sunday with bridge on Monday, the holiday. What shall I do? Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2014:  “anyway”
 
"anyway" はネイティブが会話の中でよく使う言葉です。
今回は、2種類の用法を試してみましょう。
 
1.「しかしながら」「それにもかかわらず」(=however) ...文末
        It was very expensive but she bought it anyway. とても高価であるにもかかわらず、彼女はそれを買った。
        It was raining hard but they played soccer anyway. 雨が降っていたのに、彼らはサッカーの試合を行った。
 
2.「ところで」「それはそうと」(話題を変えるときに使います。)
        "I went shopping and then had lunch and then saw a movie. I'm beat. Anyway, what's new with you?" 「
買い物して、ランチを食べて、映画を見た。疲れたよ。ところで、君の方は何かあった?」
 
Try it yourself and check out the daily BLOGs for hints.
The lady on Kobaton's right shoulder is our bridge instructor.
The gal on the other side is her star pupil.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy B-Day

Eri, Rick, Yumiko, Miwako
My lovely wife, Miwako, had a birthday on November 15th. She is 4 years younger than I am and much prettier. We went to WAIZU restaurant to celebrate. This is perhaps our favorite place to go and celebrate someones B-day in our clan (family). It is a cook-it-yourself place where we can grill O-konomiyaki or O-manja. It is fun to make them because everyone can have a hand in making them. That means that everyone can participate in making them. That is half the fun. The other half of the fun is eating them. You use these little silver flat spoons to gather up your portion (part) on the grill and then somehow get it to stick on the bottom and then bring it your mouth. You can put mayo, sauce, nori flakes, spices, etc on it. Anyway, we all decided to drink so we needed a DaiKo service to get us back home. That is so cool and Japanese. I wonder if they have that in other countries. So, what did I get M for her birthday? Same as last year. Lots of smiles!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cousins

6 sisters. Where's Rick's Mom
I have a lot of cousins. probably most people my age do. My mother had 5 sisters and 3 brothers. My Father had two brothers and 3 sisters. I have 3 siblings; one brother and two sisters. My 8 aunts and 5 uncles also had a lot of kids. Ergo (Latin for "therefore") I have a lot of cousins. I counted 38. There may be more. Anyway, I called my Mom as usual Monday morning about 7AM, Japan time. It was 5PM in Michigan. I talked to my mom briefly (for a short time) when suddenly, I heard that three of my cousins were there! It seems that my sister had a party for one of here grand kids. As always, cousins and friends came. My sister is a real "Party Girl". So, I had the pleasure of speaking to Rosemary and Lorraine (sisters) and cousin Annie. That was really a treat. I felt very lucky and even though we only talked for maybe 10 minutes it was most pleasurable for me. I wonder if we will ever meet again. I certainly hope so.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Violin rehearsal

Mari is one of my adult students. She is an electone/piano teacher. She is also a very nice person as are most Japanese. I have violin lessons twice a month. I practice almost every day. It is quite interesting but as most hobbies it can be frustrating and tedious (tiresome/work!). But, I decided two years ago when I took up the violin that I would continue for as long as I am able. Anyway, I have an opportunity to play in front of audiences every so often (once in a while). I am pure amateur. But, I do practice and the challenge of playing in front of a live audience is the goal. That kind of experience helps to make us stronger, if only a little, as human beings. Anyway again: I have practiced with Mari (as I said, she is very kind) last year, last week and again next month before the show. We will perform at Viento on December 20th. We will play three songs. I practice them a lot. Wish us luck.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

K's Denki revisited

I LUV K's Denki. The new shop opened up this year and is just "a stone's throw" from our place. That means that it is very near. As you may or may not know I bought a computer there in September. I also signed up for FLET'S, the Yahoo hikari fiber/high speed Internet connection. With that, they gave me (us) the now famous 55,000en rebate. And it was true. I signed up for the TV connection also, but cancelled that as soon as the TV tuner came. I never took it out of the box! On top of that they gave me 5 more percent off with my Members card. That means that I get 10% off on everything I buy there. So, I bought a new camera. Anyway, we decided that we need an air cleaner/humidifier for the school. I went to K's two Saturdays ago. I bought one. The price was 35,035en. With my 10% discount it was 31,850en. So, I challenged the sales guy by saying "I think just 30,000en is a nice number." He agreed! So that was my price. As I said, I LUV K's Denki.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Puzzler Answers

Another good weekend. How was yours? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Saturday
1. Jog
2. To school for new lessons:  9 AM Eiken 4, 10AM Eiken 5.
3. Two Kenkatsu lessons.
4. Birthday Party for M at WAIZU.
5. Kushi Hide restaurant for ToriYaki and more drinks.
6. Crash at home.

Sunday
1. Up at 6AM...very groggy.
2. Drive two hours to Oofuna for bridge.
3. Play with advanced players for two sessions.
4. Session 1- second from last place.
5. Session 2 - last place.
6. Overall - last place.
7. Drive home - last place.
8. Birthday party with cake.
9. Bridge review and "discussions".
10. Sleep like a baby.

At the bottom.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Puzzler Hints

It was cold and dark this AM but I went jogging anyway. The stars were beautiful! Puzzle Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2014:  “anyway”
 
"anyway" はネイティブが会話の中でよく使う言葉です。
今回は、2種類の用法を試してみましょう。
 
1.「しかしながら」「それにもかかわらず」(=however) ...文末
        It was very expensive but she bought it anyway. とても高価であるにもかかわらず、彼女はそれを買った。
        It was raining hard but they played soccer anyway. 雨が降っていたのに、彼らはサッカーの試合を行った。
 
2.「ところで」「それはそうと」(話題を変えるときに使います。)
        "I went shopping and then had lunch and then saw a movie. I'm beat. Anyway, what's new with you?" 「
買い物して、ランチを食べて、映画を見た。疲れたよ。ところで、君の方は何かあった?」
 
Try it yourself and check out the daily BLOGs for hints.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Puzzler

We are going out tonight to celebrate M's B-day AND our anniversary. Congratulations everybody! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2014:  “anyway”
 
"anyway" はネイティブが会話の中でよく使う言葉です。
今回は、2種類の用法を試してみましょう。
 
1.「しかしながら」「それにもかかわらず」(=however) ...文末
        It was very expensive but she bought it anyway. とても高価であるにもかかわらず、彼女はそれを買った。
        It was raining hard but they played soccer anyway. 雨が降っていたのに、彼らはサッカーの試合を行った。
 
2.「ところで」「それはそうと」(話題を変えるときに使います。)
        "I went shopping and then had lunch and then saw a movie. I'm beat. Anyway, what's new with you?" 「
買い物して、ランチを食べて、映画を見た。疲れたよ。ところで、君の方は何かあった?」
 
Try it yourself and check out the daily BLOGs for hints.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Saitama Prefectufre

Today, November 14th, is Saitama Prefecture Day. I checked the Internet and found this web site and info about our home. It's in English. You should check it out.
And, I don't have to go to the Kindergarten to teach today! Hooray!
 
Many people may not know exactly where Saitama is in Japan. Look at the map of Japan and find Tokyo. Saitama Prefecture is located in the north next to Tokyo. It is easy to remember that Saitama is immediately north of Tokyo. Even some Japanese people misunderstand, thinking that Saitama Prefecture is a part of Tokyo. Saitama Prefecture is so lacking in renown that even some Japanese people say, "Where is Saitama?" Remember this map and tell Japanese people that Saitama Prefecture is here. You will be respected as a foreigner who knows Japan better than some Japanese people do.
Data on Saitama Prefecture
Total population7,194,556
Area379,872 km2
Prefectural capitalUrawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken
Foreign residents in the prefecture88,734
The data is based on the national census of 2010 and a survey conducted by the City Planning Division of Saitama Prefecture.
 
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bridge

Our most recent bridge competition was in Takadanobaba last Sunday. It took only 50 minutes to get there but we have to go early to wait for a parking place. It's free to park on the street on Sunday. There were 13 pairs competing this time. There was one other married couple besides us. I think the husband comes just to appease (satisfy) his wife. He doesn't say much. Most of the members are the same level (caliber) as we are. We started out poorly. On our first hand M bid very well to get us to 6S. Unfortunately, she didn't succeed at the playing. Then a little later we had a communication breakdown, or,  misunderstanding, or, failure. We encountered (met) a situation we had never seen before. I thought we should "turn left" and M thought we should "turn right". So, we got completely lost. However the rest of the games we played were pretty solid. There were 22 games or "boards" this day. In the end we came in 3rd place. We were just ahead of the 4th and 5th place teams. The moral of the story is "Never give up."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Soap Keeper

It rained just a little this morning but I went jogging anyway. Now, for today's BLOG. I recently took on a new responsibility in my house. It is "Soap Keeper". Allow me to explain. I get Ivory brand soap from my favorite soba shop twice a year. Once is at New years and the other is in the summer. Only I use this soap. The ladies have their own. So, I put mine out when the bar gets too small. Then I take the too small bar to the Kindergarten in Okegawa where I teach. They put it in nets and hang it on faucets so the kids can wash their hands; very, environmentally friendly, indeed. Also, my sister sends me bath salts. I never used them until this year. As you may know 2014 is my "Year of Clean Up". I am always looking for things to throw away. Of course, there are things we never use. Well, we never used these bath salts so I tried one a couple of moths ago and have been using them ever since. We have a good supply as my sister is very generous. I expect a new shipment along with my bridge books and some teaching materials form home, soon.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sake Party

There are several students at the Kenkatsui Saturday lesson who enjoy drinking Japanese sake. You can see most of them in the picture. This group has been together for about 4 years and they are the core of the Saturday Kenkatsu "advanced" group.It is really an excellent group as it is entirely (completely/100%) in English. That makes it so interesting to teach because I can challenge them with different ideas or grammar points or word meanings, etc. The members have gotten used to it so they can appreciate and enjoy the lesson much more, I believe. Anyway, we have a party at the end of every 20 week term. The last time a couple of members and I went to this special sake drinking place, It has a standing bar and counters where you don't sit. You have to stand and drink your sake. As a matter of fact they only serve sake or draft beer. We reserved the upstairs room which was so cool. The food and drinks were delicious this time. I wonder if we will ever go there again.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Puzzler Answers

That was a good weekend. A very nice dinner party with friends Saturday night and then a 3rd place finish at bridge on Sunday. Yeah! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Saturday
1. Jog.
2. Two kids lessons. Have to change the times as 3 kids passed Eiken 5.
3. Two Kenkatsu adult lessons.
4. Buy humidifier/Air cleaner for school at K's Denki.
5. Dinner Sake party in Omiya.
6. Sleep well.

Sunday
1. Laze in bed.
2. Go to Takadanobaba for bridge.
3. Play solid for 3 and 1/2 hours.
4. Back for dinner and bridge review at Azumakura.
5. Home to relax with the TV.
6. Sleep.
Sake, anyone?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Puzzler Hints

Sake last night and bridge today. What a lucky Guy-jin! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2014:  “anyway”
 
"anyway" はネイティブが会話の中でよく使う言葉です。
今回は、2種類の用法を試してみましょう。
 
1.「しかしながら」「それにもかかわらず」(=however) ...文末
        It was very expensive but she bought it anyway. とても高価であるにもかかわらず、彼女はそれを買った。
        It was raining hard but they played soccer anyway. 雨が降っていたのに、彼らはサッカーの試合を行った。
 
2.「ところで」「それはそうと」(話題を変えるときに使います。)
        "I went shopping and then had lunch and then saw a movie. I'm beat. Anyway, what's new with you?" 「
買い物して、ランチを食べて、映画を見た。疲れたよ。ところで、君の方は何かあった?」
 
Try it yourself and check out the daily BLOGs for hints.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Puzzler

Gonna go out with friends and drink some delicious Japanese sake tonight! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2014:  “anyway”
 
"anyway" はネイティブが会話の中でよく使う言葉です。
今回は、2種類の用法を試してみましょう。
 
1.「しかしながら」「それにもかかわらず」(=however) ...文末
        It was very expensive but she bought it anyway. とても高価であるにもかかわらず、彼女はそれを買った。
        It was raining hard but they played soccer anyway. 雨が降っていたのに、彼らはサッカーの試合を行った。
 
2.「ところで」「それはそうと」(話題を変えるときに使います。)
        "I went shopping and then had lunch and then saw a movie. I'm beat. Anyway, what's new with you?" 「
買い物して、ランチを食べて、映画を見た。疲れたよ。ところで、君の方は何かあった?」
 
Try it yourself and check out the daily BLOGs for hints.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bridge

We play in bridge competitions almost every weekend or holiday. I must say, we really don't do anything else. We don't even think about taking a drive to see the autumn colors or visiting A museum or the zoo. We have to leave our home at 11:00am to be on time for the 1:00 sessions. One session lasts about 3 to 3 and a half hours. If we go to a double session competition we have to leave before 9am. Since it's always on a Sunday or holiday, the traffic is light. We usually go to Shibuya or Yotusya. Sometimes we go to Takadanobaba or Ofuna or even Yokohama on occasions. The players are a mixed bag as you can well imagine. Most are ladies/housewives. 30% are retired gents. They all look different and they all dress differently. The coolest thing is that they all have unique mannerisms when they play. Counting cards, playing the cards, playing the bid cards or telling the "dummy" what card to play are all peculiar to the individual. Couples are rare. It is a fantastic world that we have found. I feel that we are quite lucky.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO MAKE IT BIGGER AND CLEARER.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Kenkatsu Festival

The Saitama prefecture Kekatsu Center held its annual Festival last Monday. As you may know they have many kinds of courses available to the local people. They have a small event hall which holds 300 people. They have dozens of conference rooms (or classrooms). They have a gym, a restaurant, a tea house, a pottery making room, a music rehearsal room, sleeping accommodations, plenty of inexpensive parking and now a convenience store. I am sure that thousands, or perhaps tens of thousands of people, use this facility every year. It is 26 years old. I have taught English here for close to 20 years both private and as a Kenkatsu instructor. I'm lovin it! Anyway. we were at the festival to promote our bridge club. Lots of kids came by and we played cards with them. We gave them decks of cards and clear file folders as souvenirs. Our members did have some opportunities to practice bridge also. We were there from 9:30 to 3:30. A good time was had by all. Did you go there?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Culture Day in Japan

  1. November 3 is Culture Day, a national holiday. It was on this day in 1946 that the present Constitution of Japan was officially announced. To commemorate this event, the date was made into a holiday two years later to foster the ideals of the Constitution - the love of peace and freedom - through cultural activities.
  2. The Constitution did not actually come into force until May 3, 1947, though, and so there's a separate national holiday, Constitution Memorial Day, to mark that event.
  3. Strangely enough, November 3 always seems to be blessed with fine weather - even when it's cloudy or rainy on the day before or after. For 32 years between 1965 and 1996, there have been only three rainy days on November 3 in Tokyo, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency. The agency has a list of days that always seem to feature certain kinds of weather - and November 3 is one such day for clear skies.
  4. A variety of events are held on sunny Culture Day. At the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, the presentation ceremony of Order of Culture Awards is held. The Emperor personally presents the awards - in the shape of an orange plant with a light purple cord - to those who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of science, art, or culture.
  5. Around this date, many festivals are held to promote the spread and development of the arts, and awards of various kinds are given by public and private organizations around the country.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it was Halloween once again. I teach at the Mida Kindergarten on Fridays and it just so happens (just by chance) that October 31st, Halloween, fell on a Friday. So, I got paid to dress up like a clown and say 230 times "Here you are" and then "Sure" to all the little tykes at the K. Anyway, I have to dress up in a costume. I enjoy it of course. It is part of the American culture. When we were kids we got costumes and my mother took me and my brother and sister out "trick or treating". It starts about 5PM and lasts for one hour. It depends on how old the kids are. Most people are happy to take part by passing out candy to the kids when they come trick or treating. Besides candy we would get chewing gum, bubble gum chocolate goodies, tootsie rolls, jujubees, pez, soft candy, hard candy, but nothing liquid. Sometimes we got fruit: apples or persimmons. Pumpkins were everywhere. The costumes also varied. Ghosts, witches and cowboys were most popular, I remember. How about you? Did you go out trick or treating this year?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Puzler Answers

It's a holiday today. What will you do? I will go to the Kenkatsu Center to promote our bridge club during the Festival there. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Saturday
1. No jog.
2. To school.
3. Violin practice.
4. Only one kids lesson.
5. Computer work.
6. Two Kenkatsu lessons.
7. Home to clean Gurunie. (Take all my teaching materials to the school)
8. Sleep.

Sunday
1. Jog.
2. Take Eri to the station.
3. Wash GOLF.
4. Violin practice at school.
5. Bridge with M in Shibuya.
6. Dinner and drinks at IshiZuka in Okegawa.
7. Finish drinking at home.
8. Sleep on the sofa.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Puzzler Hints

Did I drink last night? Nope! Too busy. Plus, I'm saving myself for tonight. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2014:  “anyway”
 
"anyway" はネイティブが会話の中でよく使う言葉です。
今回は、2種類の用法を試してみましょう。
 
1.「しかしながら」「それにもかかわらず」(=however) ...文末
        It was very expensive but she bought it anyway. とても高価であるにもかかわらず、彼女はそれを買った。
        It was raining hard but they played soccer anyway. 雨が降っていたのに、彼らはサッカーの試合を行った。
 
2.「ところで」「それはそうと」(話題を変えるときに使います。)
        "I went shopping and then had lunch and then saw a movie. I'm beat. Anyway, what's new with you?" 「
買い物して、ランチを食べて、映画を見た。疲れたよ。ところで、君の方は何かあった?」
 
Try it yourself and check out the daily BLOGs for hints.

Are they cute, or what?
 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Puzzler

Today starts a brand new month. It also starts a brand new Home Project. Check it out below.
Puzzler:CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2014:  “anyway”
 
"anyway" はネイティブが会話の中でよく使う言葉です。
今回は、2種類の用法を試してみましょう。
 
1.「しかしながら」「それにもかかわらず」(=however) ...文末
        It was very expensive but she bought it anyway. とても高価であるにもかかわらず、彼女はそれを買った。
        It was raining hard but they played soccer anyway. 雨が降っていたのに、彼らはサッかーの試合を行った。
 
2.「ところだ」「それはそうと」(話題を変えるときに使います。)
        "I went shopping and then had lunch and then saw a movie. I'm beat. Anyway, what's new with you?" 「
買い物うぃして、ランチを食べて、映画を見た。疲れたよ。ところで、君の方は何かあった?」
 
Try it yourself and check out the daily BLOGs for hints.