Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Money, Money, Money by Eiko

I found an interesting article.
If you found some cash in a public place, would you hand it in to police
or the nearest lost-and –found department or would you keep it?
One foreigner answered.
“If I was in Japan I would take it to the nearest police box.
In America I would keep it.”
I recalled an experience I had in Hawaii.
My husband and I traveled to Hawaii 8 years ago.
My husband found 200,000yen at the Hotel’s garden.
We were in a hurry to come back Japan.
Two Hotel employees passed by there.
My husband handed the money to them.
I still wonder about what happened to that money.
What would we have done best?
We had not only the feeling that we did a bad thing.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Puzzler Answers and Super Scrabble

I'm still on the wagon. It has its merits and demerits. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

スーパースクラブルパズルは200ピースのタイルを使って単語を作るゲームです。
それぞれのタイルにはアルファベットが書かれています。参加者が(リック先生のアドバイスを受けながら)順番に、ボードにある単語に手持ちのタイルで作った単語をつなげていきます。

完成したパズルがこちらです。ご覧のようにたくさんの単語ができました。
この中に何も書かれていないタイルが4つあります。クイズです!この空白のタイルに入るアルファベットはなんでしょう?わかりますか?

答えは一番下にあります。スクロールダウンして(ずっ~と下まで見て)チェックしてみてください。









































WADE/WIDE                QUIT              BEARD/BOARD              COY/CRY

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Puzzler Hints

Wow! Miwako and I will go out with our daughter and her boyfriend for lunch today. Oooooooh! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for February 2017:  英語での会話を “spruce up” する。

どのようにして “spruce up”  すればよいのでしょうか?
会話の途中に、このようなちょっとした質問を入れてみましょう。

1.  Do you know why?  どうしてだか知ってますか?
2.  What do you think?  どう思いますか?
3.  Can you believe that?  信じられますか?
4.  Have you ever done that?  やったことありますか?
5.  Why don’t you  try it?  やってみませんか?

Is this advice helpful/useful/informative for you?

Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of he USA. He is one of my favorites.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Puzzler

This short month is coming to a close. I'm looking forward to March and my 65th birthday! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for February 2017:  英語での会話を “spruce up” する。

どのようにして “spruce up”  すればよいのでしょうか?
会話の途中に、このようなちょっとした質問を入れてみましょう。

1.  Do you know why?  どうしてだか知ってますか?
2.  What do you think?  どう思いますか?
3.  Can you believe that?  信じられますか?
4.  Have you ever done that?  やったことありますか?
5.  Why don’t you  try it?  やってみませんか?

Is this advice helpful/useful/informative for you?

John Adams, 2nd president of the USA. He is one of my favorites.





Friday, February 24, 2017

Theodore Roosevelt

Facts about Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the USA from 1901 to 1909.
1. Roosevelt was the first president to travel outside of the continental United States while in office. In 1906, he traveled to Panama.
2. In 1906, Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role of negotiator in the Russo-Japanese War. He was the first American to win the Nobel Prize.
3. Roosevelt’s education was mostly homeschooling by his parents and tutors. He was an avid reader.
4. Roosevelt was blind in his left eye, the result of a boxing injury he sustained while in office.
5. Roosevelt was known to go skinny-dipping in the Potomac River during the wintertime.
6. On October 11, 1910, Roosevelt took a four minute flight in a plane built by the Wright brothers, making him the first president to fly in an airplane.
7. Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest president, assuming the office at the age of 42 after President McKinley was assassinated. John F. Kennedy was the youngest president to be elected to office. He was 43 when he became president.
I like this man.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Abraham Lincoln

How about Abraham Lincoln? He was he 16th president of he USA. He was president during the Civil War in America. It is also called the war between the north and the south. Civil war means that the people in the country fight against each other. This war was all about slavery. The south wanted to keep the slaves to work on their plantations (large farms).The men in the northern US fought and killed the men in the southern US. The men in the south fought and killed the men in the north. The men in the night wore blue uniforms. The men in the south wore gray uniforms. The south had their own president. He was Jefferson Davis.
Abraham Lincoln was an American politician and lawyer. He  served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved (kept/maintained) the Union, abolished (got rid of) slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

George Washington

George Washington was the first president of the United States. That was at a time when countries were ruled by kings and queens. That is the heart of the American story, I believe. The people who wrote the US constitution and decided on the kind of government (that we still have today) were freedom lovers, revolutionists and good people. Their first choice for president was Mr. Washington.
George Washington was an American politician and soldier.
1. He served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797.
2. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
3. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War,
4. He presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution.
5. He is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation's establishment and came to be known as the "father of the country,".
6. Washington was widely admired for his strong leadership qualities.
7. He was unanimously elected president by the Electoral College in the first two national elections.
8. Washington's incumbency established many precedents still in use today, such as the cabinet system, the inaugural address, and the title Mr. President.
Gilbert Stuart Williamstown Portrait of George Washington


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Presidents of the USA

I have decided to write about the presidents of the USA this week. Not all of them, just a few. Of course, you know who the current president of the US is, don't you? Yes! It's Donald J Trump. (J stands for John.) The more famous presidents are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D Roosevelt and John F Kennedy. Do you know how many US presidents there have been? Answer is: 45. The first was George Washington. I will have his story tomorrow. Look at the picture.This is Mt. Rushmore. I think I'd like to go there some day.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, a batholith in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota, United States. Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 18 meter high sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). Construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents' faces were completed between 1934 and 1939.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Puzzler Answers and Super Scrabble

It's time for a new week. I have got to get busier and busier. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

スーパースクラブルパズルは200ピースのタイルを使って単語を作るゲームです。
それぞれのタイルにはアルファベットが書かれています。参加者が(リック先生のアドバイスを受けながら)順番に、ボードにある単語に手持ちのタイルで作った単語をつなげていきます。

完成したパズルがこちらです。ご覧のようにたくさんの単語ができました。
この中に何も書かれていないタイルが4つあります。クイズです!この空白のタイルに入るアルファベットはなんでしょう?わかりますか?

答えは一番下にあります。スクロールダウンして(ずっ~と下まで見て)チェックしてみてください。














































ZOOM                          THINK                        HONEY/MONEY              QUEEN/DON


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Puzzler Hints

Ah, spring! Is it warm? Is it cold? I'm not quite sure. Take care! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for February 2017:  英語での会話を “spruce up” する。

どのようにして “spruce up”  すればよいのでしょうか?
会話の途中に、このようなちょっとした質問を入れてみましょう。

1.  Do you know why?  どうしてだか知ってますか?
2.  What do you think?  どう思いますか?
3.  Can you believe that?  信じられますか?
4.  Have you ever done that?  やったことありますか?
5.  Why don’t you  try it?  やってみませんか?

Is this advice helpful/useful/informative for you?

This is Mt Rushmore during construction. See Tuesday's BLOG for the scoop (story).






Saturday, February 18, 2017

Puzzler

2017 = MMXVII. Another weekend. Great! What are you gonna do? Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for February 2017:  英語での会話を “spruce up” する。

どのようにして “spruce up”  すればよいのでしょうか?
会話の途中に、このようなちょっとした質問を入れてみましょう。

1.  Do you know why?  どうしてだか知ってますか?
2.  What do you think?  どう思いますか?
3.  Can you believe that?  信じられますか?
4.  Have you ever done that?  やったことありますか?
5.  Why don’t you  try it?  やってみませんか?

Is this advice helpful/useful/informative for you?



Friday, February 17, 2017

Roman Numerals

Arabic Numerals are the number symbols used every day in the West. You know...0, 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. But, do you know what Roman Numerals are? They are the symbols used by the Romans so many years ago for their numbers. They are I, V, X, L, C and M. I=1, V=5, X=10, L=50, C-100 and M=1,000. They are used in combination to write everyday numbers. The basic pattern is I=1, II=2, III=3, IV=4 (5-1), V=5, VI=6 (5+1), VII=7 (5+2), VIII=8 (5+3), IX=9 (10-1), X=10, XI=11 (10+1), XII-12 (10+2), XIII=13 (10+3), XIV=14 (10+4(5-1)), XV=15 (10+5), etc. Do you see the pattern? The reason I write about the Roman Numerals here is that sometimes (although rarely) we do use them in America. Last Sunday was Super Bowl LI. The Super Bowl is the Championship Game between the two best American football teams. Here "LI" equals 50+1. So, it was Super Bowl 51. Why do we use Roman Numerals in this case? I don't know! I guess it looks cool. You can also see Roman Numerals used at the end of a movie to tell when it was made. This year is 2017. Can you wrote that in Roman Numerals? Answer tomorrow.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SetsuBun by Kuma

Setsubun: Setsu means season, bun means division. So, Setsubun means “division of the seasons”.
February 3rd was a Setsubun.  Let me tell you about my family’s Setsubun festival.
First there is our beans throwing ceremony. My grandkid threw beans outside and inside of the house
saying “Devils out, Happiness in”. It means to drive away evils and bring in happiness.
After that we ate the same number of beans as our age. I myself had to eat XX beans.
It’s tough work. I gave up.
Next is about Ehomaki. It means Fortune Sushi roll. There are 3 important rules for eating Sushi roll.
We should face the lucky direction of the year. This year’s lucky direction is NNW(north by north west).
We should eat the entire Sushi roll without stopping.
We shouldn’t say anything until we are finished with the Sushi. If we speak, good fortune would
go far away.
The origin of this Sushi festival is said to be in Osaka. I think it’s fake story. Because I was born
and raised in Osaka until I was 22 years old. But I’ve never seen such curious festival. Actually, I suppose this Sushi festival may be a strategy of sea- weed industry like valentine chocolate.
By the way, our Setsubun ceremony finished without any trouble. We could make a good start this year.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Super melon short cake

My daughter and I went shopping last weekend.
After shopping she told me “ Let's take a rest for a moment and have a Super melon short cake.”
I didn’t know what it is, but I said “Yes, let’s go.”
We went to Satsuki restaurant and had the Super melon short cake.
Do you know what it is?
It’s a little bigger than a usual one.
A lot of the finest musk melons are used for it. And the finest eggs, sugar and fresh cream are also used for it.
It smells so sweet and tastes so delicious. That surprised me.
I think it is a best short cake I’ve ever had.
And one more thing that surprised me is it's price.
It is 1500 yen before taxes.
If I go to “Châteraisé”, I can buy about 5 pieces of cakes for the same price.
That was a most expensive short cake I’ve ever had.

This BLOG was submitted by Akiko from the Fun English Group

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Groundhog Day USA

Groundhog Day is a traditional holiday originating in the United States. It is celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then the spring season will arrive early. If it is sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
Modern customs of the holiday involve early morning celebrations to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow.
In southeastern Pennsylvania, Groundhog Lodes (Grundsow Lodges) celebrate the holiday with fersommlinge. It is social events in which food is served, speeches are made, and one or more g'spiel (plays or skits) are performed for entertainment. The Pennsylvania German dialect is the only language spoken at the event, and those who speak English pay a penalty, usually in the form of a nickel, dime, or quarter per word spoken, with the money put into a bowl in the center of the table.



Monday, February 13, 2017

Puzzler Answers and Super Scrabble

And now for a new week. Will anything cool Happen? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

スーパースクラブルパズルは200ピースのタイルを使って単語を作るゲームです。
それぞれのタイルにはアルファベットが書かれています。参加者が(リック先生のアドバイスを受けながら)順番に、ボードにある単語に手持ちのタイルで作った単語をつなげていきます。

完成したパズルがこちらです。ご覧のようにたくさんの単語ができました。
この中に何も書かれていないタイルが4つあります。クイズです!この空白のタイルに入るアルファベットはなんでしょう?わかりますか?

答えは一番下にあります。スクロールダウンして(ずっ~と下まで見て)チェックしてみてください。








































SQUIRT                     EN                ALONE                 NOISY

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Puzzler Hints

It's too cold to weed. I got it...violin practice. I gotta practice hitting those notes correctly (precisely/accurately) and quickly. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for February 2017:  英語での会話を “spruce up” する。

どのようにして “spruce up”  すればよいのでしょうか?
会話の途中に、このようなちょっとした質問を入れてみましょう。

1.  Do you know why?  どうしてだか知ってますか?
2.  What do you think?  どう思いますか?
3.  Can you believe that?  信じられますか?
4.  Have you ever done that?  やったことありますか?
5.  Why don’t you  try it?  やってみませんか?

Is this advice helpful/useful/informative for you?

The painting is from 1529. It is the earliest to show a violin. This violin has only three strings.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Puzzler

Another weekend. Hooray! What will I do? Go to the gym of course. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for February 2017:  英語での会話を “spruce up” する。

どのようにして “spruce up”  すればよいのでしょうか?
会話の途中に、このようなちょっとした質問を入れてみましょう。

1.  Do you know why?  どうしてだか知ってますか?
2.  What do you think?  どう思いますか?
3.  Can you believe that?  信じられますか?
4.  Have you ever done that?  やったことありますか?
5.  Why don’t you  try it?  やってみませんか?

Is this advice helpful/useful/informative for you?

Miyuki with daughter and microphone at Viento

Friday, February 10, 2017

Super Bowl LI

Super Bowl LI (LI = 51) was played last Monday. It is the biggest event of the year in America. The National Football League (NFL) has 32 teams. There are two conferences. The champion from each conference meet in the Super Bowl. This time the AFC winner was the New England Patriots. The NFC winner was the Atlanta Falcons. I predicted that the Falcons would be the NFC champions and I was hoping that the AFC champion would not be the Patriots. Why? Because they always win. And they won again this year. I recorded the game. I wanted to see the recording Monday night. But, I couldn't wait and looked at the score on the Internet. Atlanta was winning. But the NE Patriots made a remarkable comeback. They were losing 28-3. And they finally win on overtime. I will not watch the recording because my team lost. I also owe Kenny a bottle of Shochu. Congratulations to all you winners!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The weeds next door

I enjoy the winter season for several reasons. First, I prefer the cold to the heat. Global warming is making the other three season too hot. Another one is that, I can see the sunrise for a couple of weeks from my house. Another one is that I can hide my obesity under many clothes. Finally I can look at the vacant lot next door and see dirt and the bamboo island. That is all. There are no weeds. I work hard every year to eliminate (get rid of completely) those weeds. They are not pretty at all. So, I take pride in the clean lot next door. And, even though it is not my property or responsibility I clean it. It is for my own edification and/or satisfaction. Recently one student said the weeds have started to appear. I said NO. But I was only hoping. I took a closer look last week and sure enough (without a doubt) there they were. Look at the pic. Can you see those green things on the dirt? Those are weeds. This type is the first to come out. I hope my back gets better soon. It's time to pull the weeds.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"My aching back."

My father said many cool things. One of them was "Oh, my aching back." He said that when one of his four kids would complain about something. For example: Kid: "I don't want to take out the garbage." Dad "Oh, my aching back." Kid: "It's not my turn to mow the lawn." Dad: "Oh, my aching back." His meaning was "Just do it." I have had backaches several times during my life. I remember a terrible one I had back in Hawaii.  There was also a bad one ten years ago when I played softball. This time I'm sure I got it when I cleaned Leo's (our cat) litter box last week Wednesday. I bent over wrongly and in a cramped (narrow) place. Then I felt it again later at the lesson while teaching the 2-3 year olds.  They are so short. Then at my bath I sat in the small chair. Ouch, again. It really hurts after I drive my car. It also hurts when I sit on a chair. It doesn't hurt when I lie down. So at home, I'm in bed a lot. At lessons and at my school I nap on the hard, flat table. That helps a lot. It really is a pain in the sacroiliac! But it is getting better (improving). But for now "Oh, my aching back."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SetsuBun no Hi

First from Wikipedia
Setsubun is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. The name literally means "seasonal division", but usually the term refers to the spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival (haru matsuri). In its association with the Lunar New Year, spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year's Eve. So it was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called mamemaki (literally "bean scattering"). Setsubun has its origins in tsuin, a Chinese custom introduced to Japan in the eighth century.
Next from Rick
We celebrate this festival almost every year in our house. Last Friday M and Y and I threw the beans outside and inside saying "Oni wa Soto, Fuku wa uchi". Then we ate some, but we didn't have nearly enough to eat our age. I really like those beans. We also ate Ehou-maki facing north/north-east. I don't understand this custom. After all that we had pasta. I couldn't finish my dinner.



Monday, February 6, 2017

Puzzler Answers

And a new week starts today. Great to be alive, eh? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

スーパースクラブルパズルは200ピースのタイルを使って単語を作るゲームです。
それぞれのタイルにはアルファベットが書かれています。参加者が(リック先生のアドバイスを受けながら)順番に、ボードにある単語に手持ちのタイルで作った単語をつなげていきます。

完成したパズルがこちらです。ご覧のようにたくさんの単語ができました。
この中に何も書かれていないタイルが4つあります。クイズです!この空白のタイルに入るアルファベットはなんでしょう?わかりますか?

答えは一番下にあります。スクロールダウンして(ずっ~と下まで見て)チェックしてみてください。













































TREND              WAIST/EDITION          FUNNY/FIST             PARTED

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Puzzler Hints

So, how was your SetsuBun? Did you "Cast out the Evil and welcome in the Good"? We certainly did. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for February 2017:  英語での会話を “spruce up” する。

どのようにして “spruce up”  すればよいのでしょうか?
会話の途中に、このようなちょっとした質問を入れてみましょう。

1.  Do you know why?  どうしてだか知ってますか?
2.  What do you think?  どう思いますか?
3.  Can you believe that?  信じられますか?
4.  Have you ever done that?  やったことありますか?
5.  Why don’t you  try it?  やってみませんか?

Is this advice helpful/useful/informative for you?

L.S.E members






Saturday, February 4, 2017

Puzzler

It's February and time for a new Home Project (HP). Check it out below. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for February 2017:  英語での会話を “spruce up” する。

どのようにして “spruce up”  すればよいのでしょうか?
会話の途中に、このようなちょっとした質問を入れてみましょう。

1.  Do you know why?  どうしてだか知ってますか?
2.  What do you think?  どう思いますか?
3.  Can you believe that?  信じられますか?
4.  Have you ever done that?  やったことありますか?
5.  Why don’t you  try it?  やってみませんか?

Is this advice helpful/useful/informative for you?

Yuko-san the magician






Friday, February 3, 2017

Super Scrabble Event

RAM English held a special event on Sunday, January, 29th at our school. It was a Super Scrabble event. Do you know Super Scrabble? It is a word game. There are four players. Each player receives seven tiles. Tiles are small wooden blocks with a letter on it. The players play in turn. The first player makes one word and places the tiles on the board. The board has a raised grid. That is so the tiles do not become loose. The board also turns on little steel balls so it is easy to rotate. Last Sunday, three people came to the AM session. It was from 10AM to 1PM. Then six students came to the PM session. It was for 2PM to 5PM. My job was to assist with word making and to play. A couple of students met again for the first time in a long time. There was also one student who I hadn't seen for maybe 4 or 5 years. That was cool. My wife and daughter also attended for a short while. That was cool, too. A couple of students bought chocolates. All seemed to have a good time. Thank you all for joining this event.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

LSE Party

One group of adults that I teach is the Let's Speak English class (L.S.E.). We meet every Thursday at 10AM and practice  English and discuss topics (Trump, life, vacation plans, hobbies, etc) and have a good time. It is a "mixed bag" of students. Some are not so young and some are not so old. However all the male students are handsome and all the female students are beautiful. It is a wonderful class. Anyway, we have been together for about ten years. I think I had hair when we started. Every year we have a year-end party. We met at an Italian restaurant in Lumine, Omiya station.  The food was very good. It was an all-you-can-drink affair and there was alcohol everywhere...except in front of me. I stayed with Ginger Ale. There was lots of good conversation and the finale was the magic show. The Magician is the lovely Yuko-san. She used to be a member. Actually she was a charter (original) member. However she stopped studying with us several years ago. But her magic was.....magical! Thanks, everybody.

Puzzler

It's the weekend. Hooray! I may just go to the gym today and tomorrow. I have nothing else to do. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for February 2017:  英語での会話を “spruce up” する。

どのようにして “spruce up”  すればよいのでしょうか?
会話の途中に、このようなちょっとした質問を入れてみましょう。

1.  Do you know why?  どうしてだか知ってますか?
2.  What do you think?  どう思いますか?
3.  Can you believe that?  信じられますか?
4.  Have you ever done that?  やったことありますか?
5.  Why don’t you  try it?  やってみませんか?

Is this advice helpful/useful/informative for you?

Do yo u know this place? It's Enomoto Farm. I went there last week to buy some NamaChoko gelato. Yummy!




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January to February

Today is February 1st. That means that January 2017 is finished and February 2017 starts today. How is your new year going? Are you keeping your new year's resolutions? I certainly am. My new year's resolution was to not drink alcohol. That means that I am on the wagon. And so far, so good. I attended four parties and was dry at them all. That was no problem. However, I did lose some weight. That is my main goal. I also got (contracted) influenza A. That was not on my schedule. The worse news is that I got a cold at the same time. I was sneezing, coughing, weak, feverish and had diarrhea. The best news was that I did not have a headache. I hate headaches. I also watched a lot American football games on TV. I also saw a lot of movies on TV especially during my "down time" at home. I had some free time from my kindergarten lessons, but now all lessons are in full swing. Some new kids came to our school and some veteran kids have retired. My February schedule is full. I am looking forward to a healthy and happy February. I have some big plans for RAM English the year. How about you? Will you be busy this month? The pic is George Washington, the first US President. February 20th is Presidents  Day, a National Holiday.