Saturday, June 30, 2018

Puzzler

It's the last day of June. It's getting hotter and summer is here. You are looking forward to it, too, aren't you? Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

July HP
今月は、good-better-bestです。
goodは、形容詞ですが、比較級はbetter、最上級はbestになります。
good(良い)」、「better(より良い)」、「best(最も良い)」
原形のgood が、比較級、最上級それぞれ変化しますが、使い方は他の形容詞と同じです。
例:1. My brother is a good singer. 2. He can sing better than me. But, our sister is the best singer of all.

会話の中に使ってみましょう! Good Luck!

Flamingos in flight in Africa



Friday, June 29, 2018

My June

Today is June 29th, tomorrow is June 30th so that means that July starts the day after tomorrow, Sunday. As you may, or may not know, June is my least favorite month. Why? Because there are no national holidays. Every other month has at least one holiday. And some months have two holidays. And some months have three or more holidays. Those are my favorite months. The other bad news is that after GW in May there are no holidays the rest of that month. And then in July the first holiday is Marine Day. It is July 16th this year. So there are no holidays from May 7th to July 14th. Mama mia! That is 70 straight (consecutive) days without a holiday. As I have a full working schedule on Saturday I have to appreciate my Sundays. They are my only free days. I usually drink and relax at home and do gardening. I did go to see a movie once. I visited the gym 12 times. And we met some relatives just last Sunday. The best news is that the 2018 Russian World Soccer event started June 14th. The first stage is finished. There were 48 games. I recorded and saw 10 games. I saw three games live. Relax.
Two African elephant cubs







Wednesday, June 27, 2018

African Tour by Akiko

My friend, Keiko, and I went on an African tour for 16 days. It was my first time to visit Africa and I experienced a lot of amazing things. There were eleven members on the tour.

It seemed to me that there were a powerful sunny person and a super lucky person in our group, because the weather was nice every day and we saw wonderful landscapes that even the tour operator had never seen before.



I would like to tell you about Safari experience.
We went on four Safaris. They were in Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana and by car, by boat and on foot. We were able to see lots of animals. 

In Ngorongoro National Park in Tanzania, I saw mothers and cubs of the lion nearby. The cub’s behavior to mothers were just like cats.


In Amboseli National Park in Kenya, we saw a herd of elephants and many birds. We saw two cheetahs who were sleeping too. It is rare to see them, so we were so lucky.



In Chobe National Park in Botswana, we saw another herd of elephants from the cruise boat. Their cubs were playing with each other in the river. 



Before starting the Safari, the tour guide said to us that even if we find animals, don’t make loud sounds so as not to frighten them.
But everyone totally forgot that when we met animals and we were shouting loudly.
Don’t worry, nothing dangerous happened, because the animals were very tame and were used to shouting people.


2018 World Cup Soccer

You know about the 2018 World Soccer Cup going on (happening) in Russia now, don't you? I am from the USA. When I was growing up soccer was not a popular sport at all. None of us played soccer. We played baseball, American football and ice hockey. And I watched those sports on TV for many, many years. I still watch some these days, too. Soccer is very popular these days. And I have watched some games on TV. I went to an Urawa Reds game once as well as an Omiya Arudija game long ago. However these days, I am very into the World Cup soccer. It started June 15th. I saw Spain and Portugal tie 3 to 3. In that game Ronaldo scored three goals. I saw Germany beat Sweden on a last second goal. I saw both Japan games. They beat Columbia 2 to 1. During the game Columbia lost one player to a red card. So, they finished with 10 players to the Japanese 11 players. Then Japan tied Senegal coming back twice from one goal down. They looked very good, indeed. I saw Mexico beat South Korea. I saw England crush Panama 6 to 1 and Belgium crush Tunisia 5 to 2. I'm looking forward to the rest of the tournament.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Life in Overtime

                   “Retirement is like holding your own funeral while you’re still alive...”


"Life in Overtime" is a Japanese movie. One of my students told us in the class that he saw this movie. He said it was a serious and humorous movie. I went to see it last Sunday. Why? Because I was free and everyone in my family was out. I checked the movie schedule. The next showing was 2:10pm. It was then just noon. So, I got my stuff together and went to Movix. I arrived just 2pm. I bought my ticket. Of course, I get a senior discount. It was a pretty good movie with a simple story, so it was easy for me to follow. The guy was pretty cool and he tried different things after his retirement. He then made a big mistake and became the president of a company. The company went bankrupt. So, he lost a lot of his money. His wife was angry. He had to leave home. Also, he almost had a young girlfriend. But that also went awry (in the wrong direction). In the end he and his wife were friends but not married. He left Tokyo to go and live with his mother and sister in his home town of Aomori.  In the end, I think he was happy.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Puzzler Answers

It's the end of June...FINALLY! There are no holidays in June. Somebody should change that, wouldn't you agree? 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。







































YOKE                      TRADES/QUARTET                MESSAGE               JESTER

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Puzzler HInts

Let's see. I saw a movie last week. We will make a visit to the family grave. I wonder what the weather will be today. Puzzle Hints: CLICK HERE.

HP for June.今月は、「〜でしょ?」「だよね?」という英語についてみてみましょう。確認したり、同意を求める時に使う表現です。付加疑問文といいます。
You’re hungry, aren’t you? OR You’re hungry, right?
お腹空いてるよね?
You aren’t hungry, are you? OR You’re not hungry, right?お腹空いてないよね?
 It’s snowing, isn’t it?雪降ってますね?
 They’ll be late, right?彼らは遅れますよね?
 She can’t come, can she? OR She can’t come, right?彼女は、来られないよね?
答えは知っているつもりでも100%確かではない時自分の言った事に相手が同意してくれると思っているとき時などには、rightを使ったりします。
皆さんも会話の中で、これらの単語を使ってみましょう。Good luck!
GO JAPAN!!!!





Saturday, June 23, 2018

Puzzler

I made a Puzzler, right? This time it is a Theme Puzzle. The theme is "Soccer terms". Remember: you can use the internet to find the answers. So, good luck. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HP for June.今月は、「〜でしょ?」「だよね?」という英語についてみてみましょう。確認したり、同意を求める時に使う表現です。付加疑問文といいます。
You’re hungry, aren’t you? OR You’re hungry, right?
お腹空いてるよね?
You aren’t hungry, are you? OR You’re not hungry, right?お腹空いてないよね?
 It’s snowing, isn’t it?雪降ってますね?
 They’ll be late, right?彼らは遅れますよね?
 She can’t come, can she? OR She can’t come, right?彼女は、来られないよね?
答えは知っているつもりでも100%確かではない時自分の言った事に相手が同意してくれると思っているとき時などには、rightを使ったりします。
皆さんも会話の中で、これらの単語を使ってみましょう。Good luck!
Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!






Friday, June 22, 2018

US Open Golf Part 2 buy Atsuko

Anyway, our trip was wonderful. When we drove to the golf course from our hotel, we had our own driver. He was a special agent in the US army. We had conversations with him about Japan and America and we got along well. Lexus had a hospitality tent for us along the course. It was complete with various kinds of food and drinks and our own clean washroom. I was very happy to find that. But, to my surprise we had to use the same toilet as  the men on the course. These facilities were not good and there was no space to wash your hands. Anyway we walked and walked for three days. We had a chance to talk to many famous pro golfers and took pictures with them. After the match finished, we had a dinner with Hideki. Of course, we got his autograph. He was rather shy and he apologized for his poor performance. He has since become a good player as we expected. I want him to win the championship this year. I give him full support in front of my TV. This is my story but it seems like a dream now. We will never take such a gorgeous trip ever again. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

US Open Golf Part 1 by Atsuko

The US Open has started. It's the second of the four Major championships. So many golfers have been waiting for it. Actually, my husband and I went to the US to watch this tournament four years ago. We remember it as if it happened just yesterday. We are both crazy about golfing. We are very interested in the American PGA tours because they show us excellent play that is powerful and skillful. So, we wanted to watch it live given the chance (if we had the chance.) My husband found a "Let's Support Hideki Matsuyama in the US" tour. In the blink  of an eye (immediately) we decided to join it. The tour was arranged by LEXUS. There were 4 couples and 2 men in our party. (BTW We do not own a LEXUS). After arriving in America I had two culture shocks. They were 1. There was a flight delay when we changed planes. The members in our group seemed to be agitated OR irritated OR unhappy and grumbled. But the Americans took it in stride. Actually they applauded (clapped) when the airline captain finally came. They also approved smiling. 2. The amount of food was too much for us Japanese. And the Americans showed very good behavior at the restaurant and were always friendly with us and each other. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Last week

I had an up and down week last week. You know what up and down means, don't you? It is the same as highs and lows or good and bad. First of all I started the week with a bit of a cold. It lasted all week but I was 95% better by Friday. On Monday and Tuesday I had a runny nose. I must have used a box and a half of tissues. I was sneezing on Wednesday and coughing on Thursday. As I said I was better by Friday. One bad news was that I had to skip (pass/not attend) my gym workout on Monday morning. But, I did have my massage that afternoon. There was also one more unfortunate thing. I left my wallet at Aeon in Omiya before my Seibu lesson. I left it on the counter when I purchased (bought) a drink after my lunch. Luckily I had some free time on Thursday so I drove there to pick it up. That was one hour of lost time. But I did go it the gym that day. I also did the gardening. One more bad news was Trump's awful meeting with Kim. Another good news was the beginning of the 2018 Soccer World Cup. I wonder what this week will bring.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Earthquake

U.S. Embassy Tokyo
Alert:  Osaka Earthquake – June 18, 2018
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Osaka at approximately 8:00 am JST Japan Standard Time.  There have been three confirmed deaths, and reports of more than 50 other casualties.  Train lines in the area are currently suspended.  No tsunami warning has been issued.  The weather agency has issued a warning against landslides, adding that people should be cautious about possible aftershocks for a few days.  In Osaka Prefecture, about 170,800 homes and buildings were without power as of 9:30 am.  U.S. citizens in the area should monitor local news and follow directions from local officials.  Information on affected areas is available in English from the Japan Meteorological Agency: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/



Monday, June 18, 2018

Puzzler Answers

You don't like Mondays, do you? Neither do I. But, let's do 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。
















































SKEET                       BUSY                          FUEL/EXULT                WHY/WRY

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Puzzler Hints

It's Sunday. When I was a kid, I used to go to church every Sunday. But, not anymore. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HP for June.今月は、「〜でしょ?」「だよね?」という英語についてみてみましょう。確認したり、同意を求める時に使う表現です。付加疑問文といいます。
You’re hungry, aren’t you? OR You’re hungry, right?
お腹空いてるよね?
You aren’t hungry, are you? OR You’re not hungry, right?お腹空いてないよね?
 It’s snowing, isn’t it?雪降ってますね?
 They’ll be late, right?彼らは遅れますよね?
 She can’t come, can she? OR She can’t come, right?彼女は、来られないよね?
答えは知っているつもりでも100%確かではない時自分の言った事に相手が同意してくれると思っているとき時などには、rightを使ったりします。
皆さんも会話の中で、これらの単語を使ってみましょう。Good luck!
A beautiful day at O-daiba beach



Saturday, June 16, 2018

Puzzler

It looks like it will rain this weekend. That's OK because I did all my gardening on Thursday. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HP for June.今月は、「〜でしょ?」「だよね?」という英語についてみてみましょう。確認したり、同意を求める時に使う表現です。付加疑問文といいます。
You’re hungry, aren’t you? OR You’re hungry, right?
お腹空いてるよね?
You aren’t hungry, are you? OR You’re not hungry, right?お腹空いてないよね?
 It’s snowing, isn’t it?雪降ってますね?
 They’ll be late, right?彼らは遅れますよね?
 She can’t come, can she? OR She can’t come, right?彼女は、来られないよね?
答えは知っているつもりでも100%確かではない時自分の言った事に相手が同意してくれると思っているとき時などには、rightを使ったりします。
皆さんも会話の中で、これらの単語を使ってみましょう。Good luck!


Under Rainbow Bridge

Friday, June 15, 2018

Odaiba Part 3 of 3

I sat in the Green car. The light above me was RED as I didn't pay for my seat. The attendant finally came around Akabane. I said I wanted to pay now. She said she will send another lady who can do that. Well, she didn't come so, I got off at Ueno without paying for the Green car seat. Yes! It took 12 minutes on the Yamanote Line to Shimbashi. I rode that to Shibaura-Futou, walked to the bridge and then walked across. I went to the beach. I took off my sandals and socks and walked along the shoreline. The sand was really hot. I ran across it to look for a restaurant. I found a small restaurant called "Kua' Aina" in Aqua City. It is Hawaiian. I made sure that they accepted credit cards, and ordered a turkey/avocado sandwich. It was very good. I then walked to the Yurikamome, took it to Shimbashi, then to Ueno and finally back to Okegawa in the Green car. During my time in Tokyo I met and talked to: 3 folks from Canada, An elderly couple from Sweden, a Lucy from France, a Russian woman, Lucas from Czechoslovakia, Ari from Vancouver, Shaunece from Virginia, Branca, Branca and Toma from Serbia and finally Han Seul and Young Hwa, two young ladies from from South Korea. I was back home at 4PM.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Odaiba Part 2 of 3

On this express train the conductor came. While paying for my express ticket, I asked where I should get off to go to Shimbashi. He was a bit surprised and he suggested that I get off at Omiya, take the next train to Ueno and change there. I thought about it and got off at Omiya. Now I was getting confused. Then I got an inspiration. I said to myself "Ricky, you can sit in the Green Car for just a little more." Brilliant!. The train would arrive in a couple of minutes. I went upstairs to buy the Green Car ticket. The lady  smiled and said that I can buy it at the machine at the platform. I went back down and found the machine. I placed my wallet on the scanner (Suica inside) and the screen queried "Which line?" Another Question!! And I wasn't wearing my glasses. The train was arriving. I asked a young couple to help. The Machine said my time was up, and to remove my Suica. The doors on the train opened. The young guy found the line but I had no time. I said Thanks and dashed to the train. I went straight to the Green car. It was packed with people. Luckily, I found an open seat. I decided to pay on the train. (continued tomorrow)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Odaiba Part 1 of 3

You saw Kyontan's BLOG yesterday, didn't you? Well, when I read her story I got inspired. I decided to go to O-daiba to speak to some foreigners. Why O-daiba? Because I can walk across the Rainbow to get there. I have done that three times. It is a nice walk with a good veiw and the weather was quite fine this day. So, I checked the train schedule and found an express that would take me directly to Shimbashi. There I can take the Yuri-kamome train to Shibaura-Futou. Then I can walk to the bridge. HOWEVER! when I got to Okegawa station I realized that there would be a lot of people riding the train this Sunday morning. That means that I may have to stand on the train for a while. That would spoil my adventure I thought. Just then an earlier train came. It was an express that stopped at Ikebukuro and finally Shinjuku. I thought to myself "Ricky, you can take that train, pay a little more but sit till Ikebukuro. Then you can take the Yamanote line to Shimbashi. It may be far, but you can sit all the time." I patted myself on the back for having such a great idea and got on the this earlier train. (Continued tomorrow)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Foreigner Search by Kyontan

Foreigner Search
     I got two free tickets from my newspaper company as usual. So I went to National Museum of Nature and Science to see the exhibition “Jintai-the body” on April 11thI recalled that Rick did Foreigner Search at Ueno Park before. So I planned to do one after the exhibition. I brought some copies of Rick’s “Question/Answer list for Foreigner Communication Day”.
    After the exhibition, I started to seek foreigners whom I could talk to. But it was not so easy to talk to walking and chatting people alone. In addition, they are foreigners. I needed the strong mind and courage. I searched for a while and at last I found a man sitting on a bench alone. I approached slowly and asked him, “Excuse me, do you speak English?” I opened with the usual phrase. He replied, “Yes!” So I continued. “I’m studying English and my teacher gave me homework to talk to foreigners. Can I talk with you for a while? ”. He answered, “Yes!” Then I asked some questions which were written on the copy plus some more.
It was my first time to talk to a foreigner. And in total I talked to three groups.










Monday, June 11, 2018

Puzzler Answsers

It's Monday and here we go agan! You're ready for the new week, aren't you? 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。












































GAUGE                             AJAX                          ARTIST                      TINSEL

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Puzzler Hints

I may just work this day. I want to wax the floors at our school. I'm free all day. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE

HP for June.今月は、「〜でしょ?」「だよね?」という英語についてみてみましょう。確認したり、同意を求める時に使う表現です。付加疑問文といいます。
You’re hungry, aren’t you? OR You’re hungry, right?
お腹空いてるよね?
You aren’t hungry, are you? OR You’re not hungry, right?お腹空いてないよね?
 It’s snowing, isn’t it?雪降ってますね?
 They’ll be late, right?彼らは遅れますよね?
 She can’t come, can she? OR She can’t come, right?彼女は、来られないよね?
答えは知っているつもりでも100%確かではない時自分の言った事に相手が同意してくれると思っているとき時などには、rightを使ったりします。
皆さんも会話の中で、これらの単語を使ってみましょう。Good luck!


"duck tours" Water Bus 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Puzzler

Yep, rainy season.  I just noticed that my rain coat is getting old. It may be time for a new one. Puzzler CLICK HERE.

HP for June.今月は、「〜でしょ?」「だよね?」という英語についてみてみましょう。確認したり、同意を求める時に使う表現です。付加疑問文といいます。
You’re hungry, aren’t you? OR You’re hungry, right?
お腹空いてるよね?
You aren’t hungry, are you? OR You’re not hungry, right?お腹空いてないよね?
 It’s snowing, isn’t it?雪降ってますね?
 They’ll be late, right?彼らは遅れますよね?
 She can’t come, can she? OR She can’t come, right?彼女は、来られないよね?
答えは知っているつもりでも100%確かではない時自分の言った事に相手が同意してくれると思っているとき時などには、rightを使ったりします。
皆さんも会話の中で、これらの単語を使ってみましょう。Good luck!


I went here last Sunday. I'll BLOG it next week.

Friday, June 8, 2018

My neighborhood

The rainy season is here. It is getting humid or muggy. I will have to wear my rain gear when I travel to and from my school by bicycle. Actually, I never use an umbrella when I ride my bike. You know that that's against the law, don't you? Anyway, I want to talk a little bit about my neighborhood. We live in a rural part of Ageo city. There are many trees and open spaces and rice fields here. We have a vacant lot on either side (both sides) of our house. One farmer kills the weeds on the north side as it is his lot. I take care of the lot on the south side. Besides picking and cutting weeds, I am growing a bamboo island. Actually it is not bamboo. It is kumazasa. You know what that is, don't you? I am trimming them and weeding inside and around it. My hope is to have the island expand. That way there will be less weeds to pick.  There are also many rice fields around here. I really enjoy the scenery they make and the croaking of the frogs. How about your neighborhood?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

My GW by Eiko

I spent this Golden Week in Saku City. My husband and I went to Saku in Nagano prefecture on April 29thThat day was my mother`s 98th birthday. My mother, my brothers, my brother’s wife, my husband and I went to a restaurant in Saku. We celebrated our mother’s health.
 My husband and I met our old friends at Karuizawa Prince Hotel on May 3rd. We enjoyed talking about "the good old days".
 The balloon festival was planned from May 3rd to 5th  But it rained on May 3rd. And, it was windy on May 4thSo the balloon festival was finally held only on May 5th. There were about 50 balloons in the sky. It was so beautiful and cool.
 From May 2nd, my daughter’s family came to Saku. We went to the park and shopping with them. My daughter’s husband barbecued as usual. For me, it was fun and a bit tiring as usual.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

My GW by Kuma Part 2

The second was about “Trump-Kim meeting” as follows.
The former CIA director, now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came up on the stage. Pompeo said “Trump-Kim talks” would not just for show and not a gift to Pyongyang. The goal of the meeting remains denuclearizing of the Korean Peninsula. The inter-Korean meeting declared that, but they didn’t include the concrete steps to reach that goal.
Kim was said that if the United States will frequently meet with North Korea, build a good relationship of trust, promise non-aggression, why should we lead difficult lives ? Pompeo added that Trump is going to solve a problem. He’s serious now.
Under such conditions, Japan will be placed outside mosquito net, I think.

(PLUS Before Golden Week, my son suddenly started playing golf. He’s golf-crazy now. He wanted to play on the course. But it was very dangerous. No one knew the destination of his ball.
So, during Golden Week, I went to the golf driving range three times with him to teach how to hit a ball as well as golf rules and manners. I thought he had a good sense for hitting the ball, so he will soon be able to make his debut on the green. I’m looking forward to that day.)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

My GW by Kuma Part 1

Overall, I spent quiet days at home. Thanks to that, I could see very interesting TV programs.
The first was about “Slip of the tongue” as follows.
The Winter Olympics was over and Japanese medalists had a report meeting in Tokyo. They said that many medals were able to be taken thanks to the cheers from coaches, family members, associates and citizens.
However, at the almost same time, in another program, a Japanese authoritative Minister expressed that many medals were able to be taken because we supplied a huge budget and hired good foreign coaches with high payment.
 I thought that’s true. Winter Olympic events were mostly European sports. But their history in Japan was very short. So, Japan needed coaches from Europe. This Minister often makes a slip of the tongue. If I were him, I’d praise their great achievements first.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Puzzler Answers

The plan is to abstain from alcohol this month. I also have a another larger challenge. I have to put my nose to the grindstone. 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?


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