Thursday, November 30, 2017

Foreigners at the zoo Part 2

All of the people talked with me. First it was the three young ladies from Wales. Their accents were fantastic. Have you ever heard a Welsh or Scottish person speak? It is really cool. We spoke for about 5 minutes. They didn’t mind at all. I asked their names and also how to spell them. When they said their names, Sara and Ceri (Keri) “rolled” their ‘r’s. That means that the ‘r’ is repeated softly. Then one asked me my name. I was more than happy to say “Rrrrick”, of course, rolling the ‘r’.

The Iranian guys were interesting. Razo was leaning against a wall when I approached. I leaned next to him and began my questions. “Do you speak English?” “Where are you from?” “Are you visiting Japan?” When suddenly he asked me a question. He said “Why are you asking me so many questions?” I answered that I was just making conversation and told him my name. His next question? “Where are you from?” I said the USA and we talked a bit more. I asked if they spoke Persian and Mosheim said yes. I said thanks for talking to me, shook Razo’s hand and left. I saw the group several times later that day. They seemed like typical tourists. They looked a bit lost and confused. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Foreigners at the zoo Part 1

The most interesting animals at the zoo were the people. There were many, many foreigners there. So, I decided to talk to them. My approach was simple. First I would spot one or two of them. Then as I approached I would raise my hand slightly and say "Excuse me. Do you speak English?" All of then replied "Yes, a little." I then asked "May I ask you where you are from?" and they all replied. I talked to people from: China (two female students studying Japanese), one young couple from Germany (Rini and Lisa); One young guy from Germany pushing a baby cart; One young Canadian guy pushing a baby cart. A young couple from Chile. An elderly and quite distinguished looking couple from France; a mom with her two young sons from Ireland; three young ladies from Wales (Sara, Ceri and Megan); three young ladies from England (Lyla, Sharon and Aman two of whom were wearing burkas); eight Iranian gents (Ruzou and Mosheem), all wearing blazers and turtle necks; two young ladies and later a middle-aged couple from NZ; one guy from Tanzania (he was as black as coal); one young guy from Sweden (he had beautiful blue eyes); one grandma from Holland (She taught me how to say elephant in Dutch. It's Oliphant); two Phillipinas with kids; one Irish mom with her two sons, 5-year-old Devan and 4-year-old Connor; Mom's name was Louise. That's all I met. More tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A trip to Ueno Zoo

I went to Ueno Zoo two Sundays ago. I love the animals, especially the polar bear. The polar bear is my favorite. Number 2 is the rhinoceros. I was only there from about 10:45 to 1PM. I am pretty sure that I saw all the animals from big ones to small ones and flying animals to animals in the water. Some animals could not sit still; they just had to move. Other animals refused to move; they just sat, or laid, in there home without ever blinking an eye. There were also a lot of colors to see. Some of the birds were red and yellow and orange and blue and white and black and green and pink .... yes, all colors of the rainbow. The polar bear was swimming around in his home. They have thick plastic windows so you can see it in action. The elephant was busy walking around his home. So was the rhino. As usual the giraffes were eating leaves from the high trees around their home. The flamingos were happy to stand on one leg all the time. The penguins lined up on top of their home. They looked like little soldiers without weapons. I went to the vivarium. That is in the West Garden of the zoo. That houses the reptiles. Tomorrow I will tell you about the most interesting animal of all.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Puzzler Answers and Super Scrabble

This week we say Good-bye to November 2017 and Hello to December 2017. I hope all goes well. 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。











































WOMEN                   AQUA/AVENUE                       WHEN/DEFENSE                 RAINED

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Puzzler HInts

I went to Nagatoro three weeks ago. I stayed home two weeks ago. I went to Ueno zoo last weekend. I guess I'll relax at home today. Really? Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for November:
今月のHome Project は、Have you ever…?
 ”~したことがありますか?“です。

 ”見たことがありますか?” “食べたことがありますか?”など、外国人と会った時、会話でよく使える英語です。今月、書く時、会話をする時などにも使ってみて下さい。

Have you ever been to England?
Have you ever seen “Gone with the Wind?”
Have you ever eaten frog?

Have you ever ridden an elephant?


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Puzzler

This is the last weekend for November. Time to get ready for the end of MMXVII. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for November:
今月のHome Project は、Have you ever…?
 ”~したことがありますか?“です。

 ”見たことがありますか?” “食べたことがありますか?”など、外国人と会った時、会話でよく使える英語です。今月、書く時、会話をする時などにも使ってみて下さい。

Have you ever been to England?
Have you ever seen “Gone with the Wind?”
Have you ever eaten frog?

Line Kudari boats in Nagatoro

Friday, November 24, 2017

Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Miwako! My lovely wife, Miwako, turned the page on another year in her life book. She is still younger than I am and always will be. Anyway, our two lovely daughters and I took M to WAIZU. Have you ever been to WAIZU? It's a "Cook-it-yourself" style restaurant. There are many kinds of dishes you can order. There are O-konomi-yaki and O-Manju. They all come to your table uncooked. You only get the ingredients. Usually they are in a bowl. It is comfortable for us to sit around the table. You sit on a low bench seat with your legs hanging down to the floor. In the middle of the table is a skillet. The waiter turns the skillet on and adjusts the heat. We order everything on a touch panel screen. It is very convenient indeed. We had four bowls of food, a couple of drinks each and dessert. We had drinks so we went home with a driving service. You know, two drivers come in a company car. One driver drives us home in our car. The other driver follows us in the company. Anyway, it was a lot of fun. Happy Birthday Miwako!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day

Today is Thanksgiving Day the the west and Labor Thanksgiving Day here in Japan. I have nice memories of celebrating this holiday with my family back in Michigan. Sometimes there was snow. We always ate turkey, watched football on TV then played cards together. Now from Wikipedia.
Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. In the US Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November while in Canada nearly one month and a half earlier (second Monday of October). Thanksgiving has deep roots in religious tradition, but nowadays it is primarily celebrated as a secular holiday. Thanksgiving tradition began in early XVII century, but the date and popularity varied between states. First nation-wide Thanksgiving was proclaimed on November 26, 1789 by George Washington. The contemporary date of fourth Thursday of November was set in 1941 by federal legislation.
I plan to spend this day at home and at my school. I have many things to do. And with no lessons I can take my time. How about you? How will you spend this holiday?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New texts Part 2

So, we looked at the revised (corrected) text. I believed that it was just right. I added some more color. For example, one word that repeats often and is important is now blue in color. Another one is red. And another one is brown. I eliminated (got rid of/threw away) one explanation that was too difficult for such young kids. There was one page that had only English example sentences on it. I had to include the Japanese sentence. So, all was well there. Finally we added the three pages that contain (have) the new "How to Solve the Eiken 5 NarabeKae problems" explanation (see pic). One interesting problem was how we worked together. I would make some corrections and send them by e-mail to Miwako. Then she wold change something and send it back to me. I would file it and then send some changes back to her and so on and so on. But I didn't know which files were new and which files were old! We made so many corrections. I got to work printing the pages on my printer. I then laminated them. I passed some out to the kids. "What? Again?" "I already have the new copy."   " Why are we getting this again?" were some of the comments from the kids. The problem right now is that I ran out of (have no more) vanilla colored paper. I ordered them. They have arrived. But I made some more corrections. This may never end!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New texts Part 1

I made a text for our students at our Okegawa school two years ago. It is for our Eiken students. (I also made a text for our 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders. I have used that for about six years.) Last year I created homework for all level of students. This year I am making You Tube tutorials. Whew! Busy! Anyway, the text for our Ekien students is an introduction to English grammar. It includes the be-verb, 3rd person singular, helping verbs and question words as the main points. As I have used it for two years I have found several mistakes and some areas that I need to correct. However that is not so easy. The text is 6 pages on three sheets of special vanilla colored paper. I then laminate them all.  This year I decided to ad an easy explanation about how to solve some problems on the Eiken test. Those problems are called "NarabeKae". So, I wrote up (made) an explanation in Japanese about that. Then Miwako corrected it. Then we read the entire (whole) text together making changes after changes. When I thought that we were finished I printed them out and then laminated them. I then passed them out to the students. Bad news followed. There were more mistakes! We tried again. I Passed out the new texts again. And found mistakes again! So, I collected the texts again. Part 2 tomorrow. (The pic. All the texts that I have to throw away)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Puzzler Answers and Super Scrabble

Well, I wasn't able to finish my YouTube presentations as I had planned. My new target is by the end of this month so, no worries. 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。



































AZURE/HAUNT                         TRACE/RIFT                       OVATION               VIGOR

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Puzzle Hints

I want to get out today.... perhaps a visit to the zoo or aquarium. Here are your Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for November:
今月のHome Project は、Have you ever…?
 ”~したことがありますか?“です。

 ”見たことがありますか?” “食べたことがありますか?”など、外国人と会った時、会話でよく使える英語です。今月、書く時、会話をする時などにも使ってみて下さい。

Have you ever been to England?
Have you ever seen “Gone with the Wind?”
Have you ever eaten frog?


Japanese "gondola"?



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Puzzler

It's another weekend. I M-U-S-T finish my YouTube teaching series sooner than later. In the meantime ..... Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for November:
今月のHome Project は、Have you ever…?
 ”~したことがありますか?“です。

 ”見たことがありますか?” “食べたことがありますか?”など、外国人と会った時、会話でよく使える英語です。今月、書く時、会話をする時などにも使ってみて下さい。

Have you ever been to England?
Have you ever seen “Gone with the Wind?”
Have you ever eaten frog?

Chichibu Shrine Octoer 29th.





Friday, November 17, 2017

St Doulos by Naomi Part 3

 We sat at a long table. Then the praying started. They thanked God for the food and they prayed for world peace. All of us closed our eyes, folded our hands and prayed.
I still remember the cheese was cheddar cheese. It tasted very good.
After lunch, my teacher's friend showed us her room in the ship. It was a small room. There were two bunk beds. 4 people lived in the room. She showed us some pictures she took at the harbors she stopped around the world. And she told us that the crew worked in the ship for two years as volunteers for missionary work. Then they went back to their home countries. I felt that they lived under strict rules. Also I realized a different worldview for the first time.
This was a precious and valuable experience for me. But now, we can never visit St. Doulos ship any more. It stopped sailing in 2009, because the ship became too old to sail around the world and unfortunately it was lacking in the funds to restore it.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

St Doulos by Naomi Part 2

Picture books for children were especially interesting because their colors, drawings of people or view of background were quite different from Japanese ones. They were very beautiful. I bought several of them at very low prices. We could use either dollars or yen.
People who payed 500yen could go around many places on the ship like the dining room, the operation room, and also we could go out on the deck.We were very lucky because my teacher's friend invited us for lunch where only the crew members of the ship ate. 
In the big dining room, I was surprised to see many crew members from many countries standing in line. The lunch was a buffet-style meal and the crew members put the food they wanted on their plates. The food was very simple and a kitchen stuff announced "You can have as much bread and cheese and coffee as you want, but please go easy on the fresh vegetables and fruits."  My teacher and I felt sorry because we didn't pay any money. So, we took one slice of bread and cheese, a cup of coffee and didn't have any fresh vegetable or fruits.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

St Doulos by Naomi Part 1

When I was in Niigata, the ship St. Doulos came to anchor in Niigata harbor. My Portuguese language teacher called me and asked to drive her to Niigata harbor to visit her acquaintance on the ship. I didn't know anything about the ship. But I was happy to go with my teacher.
 St. Doulos was a big ship and many people were waiting in line to visit it. We had to pay 100yen to board the ship and if we wanted to see around the ship, we had to pay 500yen more. But my teacher's friend waited for us and she invited onto the ship.
 St. Doulos was "the bookstore on the Ocean" It had a space like a big library on the ship. It stopped at many harbors around the world. The St. Doulos ship was navigated by Christian believers. These volunteers were working in every area to make the ship safe.
 There were many outdated but new books donated by different countries. There were a large variety of books such as novels, comics, photography, and maps and so on. They sell them at the low prices at the many harbors they visited. So we could buy rare books from many foreign countries.







Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Veterans Day USA

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I fighting between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.


Veterans Day honors those who served the United States in all wars, especially veterans.
©bigstockphoto.com/Anthony Correia

Observance

Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military people who served the United States in all wars. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.
Veterans Day is officially observed on November 11. However, if it falls on a week day, many communities hold their celebrations on the weekend closest to this date. This is to enable more people to attend and participate in the events. Federal Government offices are closed on November 11. If Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, they are closed on Friday November 10. If Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, they are closed on Monday November 12. State and local governments, schools and non-governmental businesses are not required to close and may decide to remain open or closed. Public transit systems may follow a regular or holiday schedule.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Puzzler Answers and Super Scrabble

The weather has been very pleasant recently. Did you get outside and enjoy it? 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。
































HAUNT/AZURE          TRACE/RIFT               OVATION            VIGOR

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Puzzler Hints

Check out the pic below. It's from the Saitama Natural History Museum. Did you know there used to be sharks in Saitama? Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for November:
今月のHome Project は、Have you ever…? ”~したことがありますか?“です。

 ”見たことがありますか?” “食べたことがありますか?”など、外国人と会った時、会話でよく使える英語です。今月、書く時、会話をする時などにも使ってみて下さい。

Have you ever been to England?
Have you ever seen “Gone with the Wind?”
Have you ever eaten frog?

Good Luck!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Puzzler

I took a lot of pictures in Nagatoro. I will post them on my weekend BLOGs for a while. I hope you enjoy them. Puzzle: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for November:
今月のHome Project は、Have you ever…?
 ”~したことがありますか?“です。

 ”見たことがありますか?” “食べたことがありますか?”など、外国人と会った時、会話でよく使える英語です。今月、書く時、会話をする時などにも使ってみて下さい。

Have you ever been to England?
Have you ever seen “Gone with the Wind?”
Have you ever eaten frog?

Good Luck!
The bicycle thaI rented i Nagatoro.

Friday, November 10, 2017

One day trip Part 2

Have you ever rented a bicycle? I found an ad for bicycle rentals in Nagatoro. Before leaving Chichibu, I ate Udon, had a vanilla soft cream and called the bicycle rental place. I reserved one. I then went to Nagatoro and picked up my bike. It was 300en for two hours. Cheap, eh? The bike was cool. I got some info from the guy and set out. I made a loop around the Arakawa. There were plenty of people and cars. It was sunny all day. The leaves were changing colors, too. Many people were riding the tour boats down the river. I also saw some canoers. I crossed the river on a narrow foot bridge, too small for automobiles. Nice view. I soon found an Auto-Camp site. Cool, but I think our camping days are over (finished). I cycled back to the main road on the opposite side of the Arakawa and then back across the river. I went down to the river and found and visited the Saitama Natural History museum. It is small but interesting. I went back to the station to return my bike. Next I took the free bus to the Houdou mountain cable car. I went to the top of the mountain. Nice view, fresh air and simple hiking. I then returned to Nagatoro station. I got on the express train (plus 200en) back to Kumagaya and was home by 6PM. It was a nice day off, indeed.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

One day trip Part 1

Last Friday was a holiday and I had a cold. So, I stayed at home all day in front of the TV to rest and blow my nose 172 times. I finally felt better Sunday morning when I got up. So, I decided, on the spur of the moment (very suddenly), to take a trip to Chichibu. One student told us recently about her trip there a couple of weeks ago by train. Miwako was busy this day, so I asked for her permission to go and she said "Yes, but be careful." It was a beautiful day and I dressed warmly. I left home by bicycle and was on the train at 8:45. I changed trains at Kumagaya, bought the all-day pass for 1, 440en and departed for Chichibu. My student told us about how she visited several temples and got a stamp book and received stamps at each place. That is not really my cup of tea (my style) but I hadn't been to Chichibu in a long time and needed a small adventure. The majority (almost all) of the passengers got off at Nagatoro. These were families and couples. There were also trekkers exiting at different stops as we neared Chichibu. I got off at Chichibu station. To my surprise there were not many people. I walked around admiring the small, old  houses with neat gardens and the clean streets. I then found Chichibu Shrine and paid a visit. That was the highlight of my visit there. I went to the Tourist Info office but they were closed. Shock! I checked the pamphlets I picked in Kumagaya. I decided to go back to Nagatoro.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Back to the gym

I returned to the gym in April. I had a hernia in March and I couldn't do any exercises or stretching for about six weeks. So, why do I go to the gym? I have three reasons. One is to slim down. I have to reduce my waistline. Every time at my annual (yearly) physical check-up I receive a "C" for waist line. And I know to reduce my waistline I have to diet. So, I do both exercise and dieting. I also want to strengthen my arms. Earlier this year I lifted some heavy boxes. I felt a pain in my biceps (upper arm muscles). I realized I had very weak arm muscles. So, I am straightening them too. The third reason I go to the gym is to maintain my overall health. I am fine and I hope to keep that way by doing regular exercise. I also stretch every morning. So, from this month I increased my running time on the treadmill. I now run an extra 2 minutes. I also increased the weights on the arm muscle training equipment. That is from 14kg to 18kg. I now use dumbbells, too. I increased my workout time from one hour to 90 minutes. Pretty soon I hope to be Superman! No, no. Maybe just a little stronger and healthier. How about you? How do you stay healthy?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Shaving

I hate to shave. But, I have to shave. I tried growing a beard once when I lived in Colorado. It seems everyone had a beard in Colorado. Well, all the guys anyway. So, I tried it. Unfortunately my beard was very thin and not cool. I shaved it off when I moved to Hawaii. Since I have been in Japan I have used an electric shaver to shave my beard. I used to get many nicks and cuts when I shaved with a razor. I have also gotten a shave at the barber shop a few times. I think most men do that. But I don't go to the barber for haircuts. I shaved my head by myself for so many years. However this year I let my hair grow out. There is not much hair, but I now have to go to get my hair cut. That is OK. It cost 1,600en. But I still shave myself. Recently, my shaver has become dull and I felt I cannot get a good shave with it. It also irritates my skin. So, a couple of weeks ago I bought a razor type shaver. I also bought shaving cream. There were many kinds of shavers to choose from. I bought one for 1,500en plus the shaving cream. I now enjoy shaving! Why? It takes a lot less time. I don't cut myself (too much). It get a very close shave. I also like the shaving cream! Have you ever shaved your head?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Puzzler Answers and Super Scrabble

Weel, that was a nice weekend. I hope I have some interesting things to tell you in my BLOGs. Puzzle 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。





























GLUM/QUAKES          BRING/BRANG/BRUNG            JAGGED/JOGGED          MONEY

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Puzzler Hints

I'm staying busy and I also want to relax in front of the TV and watch some American Football. I am also trying a new hobby. I'll tell you later. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.


Home Project for November:
今月のHome Project は、Have you ever…?
 ”~したことがありますか?“です。

 ”見たことがありますか?” “食べたことがありますか?”など、外国人と会った時、会話でよく使える英語です。今月、書く時、会話をする時などにも使ってみて下さい。

Have you ever been to England?
Have you ever seen “Gone with the Wind?”
Have you ever eaten frog?

Good Luck!

Flooding!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Puzzler

It's a new month so I give yo a new Home Project. Check it out. Puzzler:



Home Project for November:
今月のHome Project は、Have you ever…?
 ”~したことがありますか?“です。

 ”見たことがありますか?” “食べたことがありますか?”など、外国人と会った時、会話でよく使える英語です。今月、書く時、会話をする時などにも使ってみて下さい。

Have you ever been to England?
Have you ever seen “Gone with the Wind?”
Have you ever eaten frog?

Good Luck!
Have you ever played this game. It's Chinese Checkers.



Friday, November 3, 2017

Culture Day in Japan

It’s Culture Day here in Japan. I found some “Thing to do”. Check them out.
Dream Yosakoi Matsuri Japan's very own traditional dance is now known worldwide, and this event aims to further spread the joy of Yosakoi. Held also at Times Square, New York in 2003, this year, the festival celebrates its 16th anniversary. Come witness 80 teams from all around the nation gather in Tokyo to perform in one of Japan's largest yosakoi festivals―you'll even get a chance to dance with them!

Brahms's German Requiem End the month with a classical concert that's too good to be missed out. Johannes Brahms' much loved and deeply profound work, The German Requiem, is being brought to life in Tokyo thanks to internationally renowned soloists from Austria, Iceland and Japan. Under the baton of Maestro Robert Ryker, over 200 singers and orchestra members will create a powerful harmony to celebrate the night. The post-concert cultural reception will be a great opportunity to meet musicians and music-lovers from around the world.

Deutchsland Fest 2017 In an event held annually to celebrate the friendship between Japan and Germany, Roppongi welcomes anyone for sausages, pretzels, bread, and of course, beer. The highlights of the event are the Jodlerin performance and the popular beer glass lifting competition. Free and paid workshops are also available, where you can learn more about craft beer and candle making.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Eiken Tests

Lots of kids took the EIKEN tests here in Japan on October 7th and 8th. At our school, five kids took Eiken 5 (the most basic), 15 kids took Eiken 4, three kids took Eiken pre-2 and four students took Eiken 2. In that last group there was one adult. The results? three passed E5, eight passed E4, two passed Epre-2 and all four passed E2. In the E5 group one third-grader (girl) scored 850. The passing score was 419. I have never seen such a high score! On the other hand one JHS student (girl) failed to pass E4 by just one point. Sigh. I must say we did study and pracitce hard right up to the final day. I am pleased with the results but a couple of JHS kids failed by only a few points. That always happens as there are also students who pass by only a few points. That is one reason why I made three YouTube videos. I hope the students will watch them sometimes to refresh their memory about some of the basics of English. I will also make 3 or 4 more. As a matter of fact anyone can check out these videos for free. Do yo want to see them? Go to our HP to get the address. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October is finished

So, how was your October? As usual I was busy with my work. Of course teaching takes up (occupies/uses) most of my time. The good news is that I enjoy teaching very much. I am very lucky that way. So, with only one holiday (October 9th) I worked my usual schedule. And the Kenkatsu lessons resumed (began again) on September 14th. That was good, too. I went to two Sports Day festivals at two different Kindergartens. They were pretty awesome. 25 of our students took the Eiken tests. We had some good results. I went to the gym about ten times in October. I didn't get my massage as the massage guy couldn't get back in time from abroad for my appointment. We were also very busy redoing our Home Page. We were also very busy rewriting our kids' textbook at our school. That took a lot of time. I made three You Tube videos explaining about some grammar points to elementary kids. I hope they will help our students (or anybody) remember some basics of English. And now for November I will make three of four more videos. I hope to get them done this month so I can get back to writing my book.