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! 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

Hello!

How are you everyone? I know! It is hot every day! I cannot believe it is still June!

まだ六月なんて信じられませんね!

Please take care!

みなさん、お体お大事に!

Here is the sample conversation with answers from last week’s quiz.

先週のクイズの答えが入った会話です。

Please check your answers and remember the phrases!

答えをチェックして、フレーズを覚えて下さいね!

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A: Andy        K: Kaho

 

A: Kaho, can you help me? Please!

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!

Drawings by Andy c. 2011

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to our blog! 🙂

How have you been?

いかがお過ごしでしたか?

We are doing fine, but guess what! Still busy organizing the house!

私達は元気です。がなんと!まだ家の整理に追われてます!!

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’.

もうだいぶ終わりましたが、何か一つ片付けると、いつもそれが他のことにつながっていって・・・。いつまでたっても「おちつく」ことはない感じです。

Anyhow, here is the 3rd quiz on everyday expressions. Good luck!!

それはさておき、3回目のとっさのひとことクイズです。頑張ってください!

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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 (                       ) ~?

④そのものの名前がわからないとき、思い出せないときに使う言葉。日本語でいう「あのー、あれ、ほら、何だっけ」

たとえば、「あれが見つからないのよー!」 I cannot find the (                    )-(             )-(                     )-(                          )-(           )!

(      )の単語はすべてハイフンでつながれています。

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 (                           )!

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Please look forward to the next week blog!

Have a nice weekend!!

– Andrew and Kahoru

Hello, everyone! How are you?

We are still busy setting up the new place.

いまだに家の中の整理に忙しくしています。

Andrew is busy repainting furniture almost every week.

アンドリューはほとんど毎週、家具のペンキ塗りに忙しくしています。

I am busy cleaning after him! 😉

わたしはその後片付けに忙しくしています。 😉

Cleaning and organizing

Anyway, here is the sample conversation with the answers for the 2nd quiz!

さて、2番目のクイズの答えが入った、会話例です。

Did you get everything right?

全問正解でしたでしょうか?

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S: Student     K: Kahoru

Kahoru and a student meet on the street one day…

 

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.

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Thanks for reading!

-Andy and Kaho

Drawings by Andy c. Sliced Bread Studios 2011

 

Moving

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^)/

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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!

These are two of my favorite boxes. I was happy to find these interesting patterns printed on them.

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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.

もし新しい教室の場所がおわかりにならない場合は、お気軽にご連絡ください!

p.s. I thought this picture was funny…it’s my grumpy kiwi!

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.

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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~~~}

Baby animals.

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.” 

(This is a capybara.)File:Capybara Hattiesburg Zoo (70909b-42) 2560x1600.jpg

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Her unusual answer made me interested in cute/funny animals. Let’s look at some now!

 Please vote on your personal favorite!

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Thanks for reading and voting!

– Andy and Kaho-chan