September 14, 2011
Did you see the beautiful full moon this week?
I think moon-viewing is such a beautiful custom in Japan!
It is still hot in Kyoto, but I heard leaves are changing colors in New York State.
After the beautiful moon, I cannot wait to see leaves in red, orange and yellow!
Here is the 8th quiz. (Wow! Number 8 already!) This time we have a little different quiz. It is ‘cooking’ vocabulary!
Next week we will put a recipe with answers!
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!
Thank for reading!
– Andrew and Kahoru
September 7, 2011
It is such a beautiful day today! It’s not wet, it’s not so hot. Finally I feel like doing something!
How about you?
If you are looking for a challenge, let’s start from checking your answers from last week!
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?
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.
K: But no candies, no surprises! Nothing under the tree nor in the stocking! Deal?!
August 3, 2011
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!
Here are a few photos from what we did on Tuesday!
Because of the special program we will not be writing a regular blog. Thank you for checking our blog and for your understanding.
– Andy and Kaho
The English Bakery
July 27, 2011
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.
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!!
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!
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!
July 20, 2011
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!!
Today we have a quiz on some vocabulary and phrases in sports games.
This is a perfect chance to study them!
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!!
June 29, 2011
How are you everyone? I know! It is hot every day! I cannot believe it is still June!
Please take care!
Here is the sample conversation with answers from last week’s quiz.
Please check your answers and remember the phrases!
A: Andy K: Kaho
K: I’m a little busy, Andy. Can you hang on a second?
A: Well, okay…
Are you almost done?
K: Not yet. This is very difficult.
A: Let me know when you are done.
[ten minutes later]
K: Okay, I’m done. Now, what did you need help with?
A: Oh nevermind. I already finished cooking lunch. It’s soba.
K: Wow! Thanks, I really appreciate it! But I thought we were out of soba-tsuyu…
A: I found this. But I can’t read the Japanese. I think it is soba-tsuyu. It’s brown.
K: Ewww! Andy, this is coffee!
May 25, 2011
Hello, everyone. Welcome back to our blog! 🙂
How have you been?
We are doing fine, but guess what! Still busy organizing the house!
I think we are almost done, but organizing one thing always leads to million other things. So it seems like we can never really ‘settle’.
Anyhow, here is the 3rd quiz on everyday expressions. Good luck!!
①～してもいいですか？ Do you ( ) if ~?
②おねがいがあるんだけど・・・。 Can you ( ) me a ( )?
③～借りてもいい？ Can I ( ) ~?
たとえば、「あれが見つからないのよー！」 I cannot find the ( )-( )-( )-( )-( )!
⑤～のこと？（相手の言ったことを確認するときに使う） Do you ( )~?
⑥勘弁してよ！ Give me a ( )!
Please look forward to the next week blog!
Have a nice weekend!!
– Andrew and Kahoru
May 18, 2011
Hello, everyone! How are you?
We are still busy setting up the new place.
Andrew is busy repainting furniture almost every week.
I am busy cleaning after him! 😉
Anyway, here is the sample conversation with the answers for the 2nd quiz!
Did you get everything right?
S: Hello, Kahoru-sensei!
K: Oh, Hello. Long time, no see! How have you been?
S: Fine, I’m sorry I couldn’t take your lesson for so long.
K: No problem. I hope everything is OK…
S: Well, to tell the truth…we had an ant problem in the house.
K: ANTS!? I hate ants!
S: I know, me too! So, we have been looking for a new house and we finally found one near your school.
K: Good for you!
S: Yeah, we are moving next month. Please come to our house-warming party.
K: Sure! And thank you for inviting me. I’m looking forward to seeing your new place.
Thanks for reading!
-Andy and Kaho
Drawings by Andy c. Sliced Bread Studios 2011
March 23, 2011
Key Words: pack v. 荷造りする, setting n. 環境, provide v. 供給する,
cardboard box n. 段ボール箱, let v. ～させる, whole 全体の、すべての
Hello again. How is everyone? We are busy packing our things and getting ready to move!
We are very excited to have a new place and a better space for classrooms. We hope our students will be happy in our new setting.
We’ve had some good memories here at the old house, but we are ready to move into a little bigger house. \(^0^)/
When you are moving, you need boxes.
I heard that some of the moving companies provide cardboard boxes for free. We are moving by ourselves so we needed to find them. We started asking some local shops if we could take their boxes. SATY was very friendly and gave us boxes.
But we needed more!
So, we also asked Lawson100 and they were also friendly and let us take some boxes.
Right now, our whole world is boxes!
We will not have the internet connection next week so I will NOT be posting a blog. Please read this one again next week! Ha, ha!
Thank you for understanding.
– Andrew and Kahoru
STUDENTS: If you have any questions about own new location please contact us.
p.s. I thought this picture was funny…it’s my grumpy kiwi!
March 9, 2011
KEY WORDS: birthplace n. 誕生した場所, meow n. ニャーオ（猫のなき声）, cute/ adorable/ darling adj. かわいい、とてもかわいい, cavity n. 虫歯, universally adv. 普遍的に, since ～なので, unusual adj. 珍しい, vote v. 投票する.
Hello! How is everyone? We’re fine.
Japan: the wonderful birthplace of the samurai, sushi, the shinkansen and Hello Kitty. Meow!
One powerful force in modern Japan is kawaii culture.
We have many words in English for kawaii かわいい (cute, adorable, darling…) but かわいい is more than just a word.
When I first came to Japan, I was often shocked by how cute everything was. I was worried that things were too sweet here and I was going to get a cavity! (Sorry, This is a bad joke I like to say.) I would love to write a blog all about it one day, but today I wanted to talk about something universally charming. Something so powerfully cute, even Benkei (弁慶）would say: “That is sooooo cute!” 「かわい～～～｝
Recently I asked my young student, “What’s your favorite animal?” She said “Alpaca – アルパカ” I thought it was very funny since children usually say “I like lions, rabbits, and koalas.” The next week, however, she had changed her answer. She now said “カピバラ - capybara.”
Her unusual answer made me interested in cute/funny animals. Let’s look at some now!
Please vote on your personal favorite!
Thanks for reading and voting!
– Andy and Kaho-chan