Hello. How are you?

We are currently having a new website designed. We think it will be a great new change but until we have it up we will be not updating this blog.

Thank you for reading it. And feel free to review old blogs on this page. Can you remember what you learned…

– Andy and Kaho

ブログの更新、今週は少し遅くなってしまいました。ごめんなさい。

実は今私達のホームページを作って頂いている最中です。それが完成するまで、しばらくブログはお休みにさせて頂きたいと思います。

毎週読んで下さり、ありがとうございます。過去のブログもこの機会に振り返ってみてください。どのくらい覚えていらっしゃいますか??

ではではまた新しいホームページ上でお会いしましょう!!

 

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Hello, everyone!

How are you enjoying your ‘Silver Week’?

シルバーウィークはいかがお過ごしですか?

We are busy preparing for kids class tests!

私達は子供の生徒さんのテストの準備で大忙しです!

If you are looking for something to do during the weekend, please check the answers from last week quiz and try the recipe below!

もし休日にすることをお探しの方は、クイズの答えをチェックしながら下のレシピにトライしてみてください!

"Pancake Sky Tree" by Andy c. 2011

 

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Pancake (very simple American style)

Makes about 10 small pancakes

Ingredients:

– flour 100g

– baking powder 1 1/2 tea spoon

– sugar 1 1/2 tablespoon

– salt 1/4 tea spoon

– egg 1

– fresh cream* (or regular milk, soy milk or yogurt) 100ml

– oil 1 tablespoon

①. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar & salt and sift them.

②. Add the egg into  and stir.

③. Pour cream into .

④. Let it sit for 30 minutes.

⑤. Add butter to a hot frying pan, and spoon in the mix. Cook until golden brown on one side and then flip. Add more butter as needed.

– Serve with your favorite toppings;

fruit, whipped cream, maple syrup, anything!

Enjoy!!!

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These are photos of our pancake towers. They were fun to make and yummy to eat!

 Thanks to N. Yamaguchi for the recipe!

Hey, everyone!

Did you see the beautiful full moon this week?

今週美しい満月を見ましたか?

I think moon-viewing is such a beautiful custom in Japan!

お月見ってとても素敵な日本の習慣ですね!

It is still hot in Kyoto, but I heard leaves are changing colors in New York State.

京都はまだまだ暑いですが、ニューヨーク州ではもう紅葉が始まっているそうです。

After the beautiful moon, I cannot wait to see leaves in red, orange and yellow!

お月見のあとは、紅葉が待ち遠しいですね!

Here is the 8th quiz. (Wow! Number 8 already!)  This time we have a  little different quiz. It is ‘cooking’ vocabulary!

さて、クイズの8回目です。今回は少し違ったクイズです。料理に関する言葉クイズですよ!

Next week we will put a recipe with answers!

来週答えを載せたレシピをアップします。

さて何のレシピでしょう??お楽しみに―!

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①~⑤はフレーズではなく、1単語です。それぞれのカッコにある文字で始まりますよ!

①材料  (i                           )

②(粉などを)ふるう    (s                    )

③加える、入れる (enterではありませんよ!) (a       )

④まぜる   (s                 )

⑤(液体の材料、または飲み物などを)注ぎ入れる  (p                 )

⑥(生地などを)ねかせる let it ( s               ) (ここではitが生地などを指します)

Please look forward to the answers next week. See you!

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Thank for reading!

– Andrew and Kahoru

Hello, everyone!

It is such a beautiful day today! It’s not wet, it’s not so hot. Finally I feel like doing something!

天気がよく、気持ちいい一日ですね!じめじめしてないし、そう暑くもないし。やっとやる気がでてきました!

How about you?

If you are looking for a challenge, let’s start from checking your answers from last week!

何かに挑戦したい方、まずは先週のクイズの答えからチェックしてみましょう!

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A: Kaho, have you ever heard of a ‘steel guitar’?

K: Hmm….Sounds familiar. Is that the one in Hawaiian music and country music?

A: Yeah, that’s the one.

K: …What about it?

A: Well, I am thinking about buying one… maybe… in the near future…

K: Another guitar?

A: Yeah, but a steel guitar.

K: How much is it?

A: Well, it varies, but maybe around 40,000yen.

K: Wow, that’s kind of expensive, isn’t it?

A: Yeah, I know, but I went to the music store the other day and I found the one I want.

K: (after a long pause)….well, in that case, that can be your only Christmas present this year.

A: !!!!!!

K: But no candies, no surprises! Nothing under the tree nor in the stocking! Deal?!

A: …

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Hello, everyone! How have you been?

Welcome back to our とっさのひとこと英会話!

How was your summer?

We had very busy summer, especially with our first Kids’ English Bootcamp, but it was a success and we had a lot of fun!

Here is the new quiz for you! Do your best!!

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①-って聞いたことある?

Have you ever (                            ) (                        ) —-?

②なんか聞いたことあるかも。

(                           ) familiar.

③それがどうかした?

What (                                ) it?

④-しようかなと思って。

I am thinking (                 ) —-ing.

⑤そういうことなら・・・・

In that (                     ), ……..

 

Please look forward to the answers next week. See you!

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As you have probably heard, there was some serious weather in America due to Hurricane Irene last week. Here are a few pictures from friends and family in New York state.

* 2 photos from Andy’s aunt’s house in Upstate New York. (back yard and garden)

* 1 photo of our friend on a tree outside of New York City. Wow!

Summer Times

August 22, 2011

Hello again.

How are you? We had a warm few weeks but feel a little cooler these days. Is Fall almost here?

Of course, the summer is hot and humid here in Kyoto, but we also have many fun things to do.

Lake Biwa is nearby, shopping downtown (around Shijo and Kawaramachi) is always fun to see all kinds of people and to get a cool iced coffee, fireworks , street festivals like Gion Matsuri, and outdoor activities like hiking and cycling are all popular in Japan. What is your favorite summer activity?

Of course, we are often too tired to enjoy all that stuff. Seeing a movie in an air-conditioned theater, soaking in a nice hot spring (onsen) and relaxing at a Japanese style inn (ryokan) or just staying home and watching some TV are a nice ways to unwind. It is also fun to play video games with friends and families!

Arima-onsen was a fun trip for Kaho and I  this Summer.

We stayed there one night and enjoyed the “Gold” bath, great traditional Japanese meals and wearing yukatas.

 

Thanks for reading!

来週からまたひとことクイズにもどります!!

– Andy and Kaho

Fireworks!

August 10, 2011

Hello, everyone. Everyone is so hot these days. Hope you are staying cool.

This week we are not doing the weekly quiz as usual.

今週もとっさのひとこと英会話クイズはお休みいたします。

Instead we want to show a little video slideshow of our weekend.

そのかわり、先週末に行った花火大会のビデオクリップをご覧ください。

 We had a rare chance to see some beautiful fireworks from a friend’s apartment in Osaka.

大阪に住んでいる友達の家から、とてもすばらしい花火を見る機会に恵まれました。

He has a wonderful view of the annual Yodogawa Fireworks Festival. Please enjoy!

淀川の花火大会です。

(Next week due to the Summer vacation, Obon yasumi, we will not be posting a new blog. Have a safe and fun vacation! See you after the 24th!)

来週はお盆休みのため、ブログはおやすみいたします。また24日以降にお会いしましょう!

素敵な夏休みを!!

Hello! How are you? We are doing fine. 🙂

This year we started a special kid’s program for summer. We planned some unique activities and games, and try to do everything in English!

今年から夏休みの子供向けのプログラムをはじめました。楽しいアクティビティーやゲームなどを企画して、全部英語で行おうと考えています。

Here are a few photos from what we did on Tuesday!

火曜日のプログラムから、何枚か写真を載せました!

Because of the special program we will not be writing a regular blog. Thank you for checking our blog and for your understanding.

この特別プログラムのために、今週は「とっさのひとこと英会話」はお休みさせていただきます。チェックしてくださり、ありがとうございます。

ご理解、感謝いたします。

– Andy and Kaho

The English Bakery

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Hello, everyone! How are you doing?

We are busy preparing for the Kids BootCamp program!

It is our first special summer classes for kids. We are very excited!!

Anyway, here are the answers for the quiz! Please check them in the converstaion below.

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A:Andy   K:Kaho

A: Let’s wake up at 4 tomorrow morning and watch the World Cup Championship!

K: Yeah, but can you really wake up that early?

A: No problem! I want to see America win!!

K: No way! Japan will win!

A: Let’s see what you can do! America is ranked Number 1!!

 

——–at 4am. Alarm clock buzzes.

 

A: OK, Kaho! Let’s wake up!

K: Uhh… I am so tired. I’ll sleep in. You should go ahead and watch.

 

——–at 5am. Kaho gets up.

 

K: So, who is winning?

A: America! It is 1 to 0. Japan is behind!!

K: Really? Oh look, Japan scored just now! See?! It’s tied!

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We actually couldn’t wake up, but we watched the news afterwards.

As you know, Japan won and it was a really good game!! Andy and Kaho are both proud of Nadeshiko!

How are you, everyone?

How was your 海の日weekend?

I am sure you all were exictied to see the soccer game! YEA! We did it!!

みなさんきっと興奮してサッカーの試合をご覧になったと思います。ついにやりましたね!!

Today we have a quiz on some vocabulary and phrases  in sports games.

今日はスポーツの試合に関わるいくつかの語彙やフレーズのクイズをご用意しました。

This is a perfect chance to study them!

この機会に学んでみましょう!

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①決勝戦 (                              )

②アメリカはランキング1位だからね! America is (                         ) Number 1!

③どっちが勝ってる? (                         ) is (                                     )?

④1対0だよ。  It is 1 (            ) 0.

⑤日本が負けてるよ! Japan is (                                   ).

⑥日本が今1点入れた!! Japan (                      ) just now!!

⑦同点だよ! It’s (                              )!

 

As you know, Japan won and it was a really good game.

Good job, Nadeshiko!!  We are so proud of you guys!!

"Nadeshiko" by Andy c. 2011