Friday, 22 June 2018

Predictions for the second round of group games - Group G

Belgium vs Tunisia
I think Belgium will win 1-0 and Hazard will score 1 goal, then De Bruyne will play very well.

England vs Panama
I think England will win, score will be 2-1 and Karry Kane will score 2 goals, and Dele Alli will play well, but according to web news he had an injury. I think it's fake news.

England will win and Belgium comes second.

Posted for Masaaki

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Predictions for the second round of group games - Group C

Denmark vs Australia
I think that Australia will win the game and the score will be 2-1. Tim Cahill will score a goal. Mille Jedinak will play well.

France vs Pery
I think that France will win the game. The score will be 1-0. I think Antoine Griezmann will score a goal. Kylian Mbappé will play well.

I think that France will win the group and Peru will come second in the group.

Posted for Rumi

Postcard from...Cologne, Germany

Hi Jim,

Now we are in Germany.

We visited Cologne and of course climb up the beautiful cathedral. Honestly, I did this last year and thought once was enough...anyway, it was amazing.

I was happy to get real 'eau de Cologne' - did you know eau de Cologne is originated from this city!

We stayed with our German friend in Bonn. Their 100 year old house was cosy and nice. We are all happy with lovely cheese and ham here. I may be bigger when I see you next time :)



Tuesday, 19 June 2018

A postcard from Hawaii

Dear everyone in Luna,

I arrived in Hawaii yesterday. Blue sky, blue sea and refreshing wind. I feel Hawaii!

I went to Manua Falls today. It was a wonderful view. I will enjoy it for a while.


Postcard from...Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Hi Jim,

After 14 hours flight via Heathrow, we finally arrived Amsterdam! It is such an amazing city! I love colourful buildings and small streets. Unfortunately, I have not drunk beer yet.

We are heading to Eindhoven now. Intercity train is nice.

See you next week,


Monday, 18 June 2018

My favorite character of The Jungle Book and favorite animal

Author: Runyard Kipling
Illustration: Kanako Damerum and Yuzuru Takasaki
My favorite character is Akela and Glay brother who believe Mowgli. Although they are wolf that is different species of animals as human and they understand it, they accept Mowgli as a family. They had a family of wolf already and against family means death in wolf’s world as they are pack animal and make a large family. I think that their relationship, Glay brother, Akela and Mowgli’ relationship, is stronger than connection of real blood.

My favorite animal in real life is the dogs. I think that why I like Glay brother and Akela in this story. The relationship with human and dog is from few thousand years ago, but beginning for the history of relationship is not sure as the history is too old and there is no literature or document.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

FIFA World Cup Predictions Group B

Sorry for my late predictions… The games have already started!!  Please allow me to predict from next games.

There are Portugal, Spain, Iran and Morocco in Group B.  I think Portugal will be top in the group and must go to next stage.  The other team should be Spain, but I am not really sure about that.  It is because that the coach was replaced with new one just 2 days out from the 1st game.  It may affect the team, but it would not be serious.  I think Spain will probably go to next stage with Portugal.

On June 20th, Portugal and Spain will have the games with Morocco and Iran respectively.  Portugal will beat Morocco 5 to 0.  Christiano Ronald may turn the hat trick again.  Spain will beat Iran 3 to 1.  I hope Andres Iniesta who is traded to Vissel Kobe recently might score at least 1.

On June 25th, both countries will have the last game in the group.  Portugal will probably beat Iran 3 to 1 and Spain will beat Morocco 2 to 1.

Portugal might have the game with Russia which is host country at round of 16, beat and then go to Quarter-final.

The places in Seattle where I recommend you

After reading. Author: Gina D.B Clemen
I have visited in Seattle and I recommend you to visit following places.

1. Pike Place Market
Do you know where the first store of Starbucks is? It is at Place Market in Seattle. Many sightseers visit the store to see how looks the first store is. If you have a chance to go there, please look around the floor. There is the metallic circle which is marking as first store.
In addition, there are many shops at Place Market and you can buy fresh fruits and seafood.

2. Space Needle
It is a observation tower and a symbol of Seattle. It is 605 ft (184 m) high and built in 1962 for World’s fair. If you go up there, you can see Seattle with 360-degree view. I’m sure you will be excited!

World Cup Predictions for Group D - Yumi the pundit

The teams of group D of World Cup soccer, 2018 is Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, and Nigeria.
I’m estimating the result of games of group D as follows.

In the game of Argentina VS Iceland, Gylfi will score two goals, but Messi will score 3 goals, so Argentina might beet Iceland.

In the Croatia VS Nigeria, Mikel will show his excellent performance and he would lead the win of the game by one to zero to Nigeria.

Nigeria will show their fundamental power in the game with Argentina.
They would control the game in the most of time, but they may lose one score at 20 mins in the second half. It is unfortunate but Nigeria may lose the game by one to three.

Finally, I estimate that Argentina will be the first and Croatia will be the second in group D.
They will go to next stage of game.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

A postcard from... Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dear Jim,

I watched Boss Baby in the airplane, and I ate macaron. It was yummy.

I don't have your macaron.

See you next week.


Friday, 15 June 2018

FIFA World Cup Predictions - Group F

I think Germany will win group F.

I think Mexico will be second in group F.

I think Sweden will be third in group F.

I think South Korea will be fourth in group F.

I think Germany will win the World Cup.

I think Germany will beat Brazil in the final.

Posted for Daiya

FIFA World Cup Predictions - Group E

I think Brazil will win group E.

I think Switzerland will be second in group E.

I think Costa Rica will be third in group E.

I think Serbia will be fourth in group E.

I think Brazil will win the World Cup.

I think Brazil will beat Japan or Germany in the final.

Posted for Takahiro

FIFA World Cup Predictions - Group D

I think Argentina will win group D.

I think Croatia will be second in group D.

I think Nigeria will be third in group D.

I think Iceland will be fourth in group D.

I think Germany will win the World Cup.

I think Germany will beat Japan in the final.

Posted for Kaito

FIFA World Cup Predictions - Group D

I think Nigeria will win group D.

I think Argentina will be second in group D.

I think Iceland will be third in group D.

I think Croatia will be fourth in group D.

I think Germany will win the World Cup.

I think Germany will beat Brazil in the final.

Posted for Ritsu

FIFA World Cup - Group C predictions

I think France will win group C.

I think Denmark will be second in group C.

I think Peru will be third in group C.

I think Australia will be fourth in group C.

I think Brazil will win the World Cup.

I think Brazil will beat Spain in the final.

Posted for Masato

Thursday, 14 June 2018

FIFA World Cup Group G expectation!

Group G has England, Belgium, Panama, and Tunisia and two of these countries go to the next round. 
Let me remind you of the FIFA ranking of these four countries: England #12, Belgium #3, Panama #55, and Tunisia #21 (June 7, 2018).

I abandon Panama and Tunisia because they will probably lose or possibly draw the match with England and Belgium. It is the first world cup for Panama and it has been more than a decade since Tunisia was qualifier in 2006. England and Belgium are way too good for them.

I learn about England players and compare them with Belgium players with my fair point of view.
What I know is that they both belong to UEFA group and have star players. However, I found that Belgium has a major anxiety and England has a significant strength.
On one hand, Belgium may possibly lose the match with Panama and Tunisia since Belgium rely on their star players individually. On the other hand, as England tried different formations and tactics against interior countries during qualifying matches they should not lose against Panama and Tunisia.

With all my respect to the president of Luna International, England will certainly finish Group G tournament in the 1st position.
I expect to see who would be the next Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling. It will certainly the best if Kane would become the best scorer and Sterling would make the most assists.

If I were wrong, I will definitely finish my reading assignments by the end of the last match between Panama and Tunisia in Group G, which is on June 28. 

Off topic but Vauxhall has been the sponsor for four nations in the UK. German car maker, BMW , is one of the sponsors for Belgium national team. How could England possibly lose against Belgium? 

Reiko's World Cup 2018 prediction - Group A

World Cup 2018 will be started today! Here is my prediction for group A.

There are 4 countries in group A as below

  1.  Russia - Host country - FIFA ranking 70th in the world. There is no star player but the strongest point is the host country. The power of audiences could help the team to win. They might score 2 goals against Saudi Arabia and win a game as FIFA ranking is almost the same. I think Russia team will probably lose the other games considering FIFA ranking.
  2. Saudi Arabia FIFA ranking 67th in the world. There is also no special player in this team. They may score 1 goal at least to any of team but I think Saudi team might not be able to the next state.
  3. Egypt FIFA ranking 45th in the world. The forwarder, Mohamed Salah Ghaly is the most famous player who belongs to Liverpool. But he got his shoulder injured and could get in the game of Russia. So I think Egypt will probably win Russia team and score 3 goals. But they might lose Uruguay team at the first game because Salah might not be able to get in the game. 
  4. Uruguay FIFA ranking 14th in the world. There are two star players; Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez who belongs to Paris Saint-Germain and Luis Alberto Suárez Diaz who belongs to Barcelona. As Cavani and Suarez are forwarder, the offensive strength is very good, they will probably score more than 4 goals in the group stage. On the other hand, defensive strength is also good because of goal keeper, Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol. 
Uruguay team will probably finish the first round at the top of Group A.

Boss - Reiko's favourite Japanese detective TV show

The Japanese TV series, Boss is my favorite detective stories.

They are 2 seasons as below:
1st season is started from 2009 April to June, 11 stories in total
2nd season is started from 2011 April to June, 11 stories in total

There are 5 team members and 1 boss, and 1 upper management reported from the boss. (in 2nd season, it would be increased to 7 members)

The leading character is called “Boss” who is a woman bureaucrat in Japanese police but relegated to USA in the name of studying profiling for 5 years. When she came back to Japan, upper managements of police made new team for her, which is for special criminals because there is no department they wanted her to go back.

Although the team is made under no expectation, they resolve many important cases every time through special characters of every member, strong leadership and help by the upper management without being seen.

The upper management entered police at the same time of the boss and he got promoted smoothly but she could not be promoted because she tend not to follow the instruction of upper managements.

The inserted song is also good. It is sung by “Superfly” who is one of Japanese pop artist. The strong voice of the song matches with the strong character of the boss very much. Superfly provide their song for the both of series.

Posted for Reiko

Five Children and it - what I would wish for

You can have one wish from the Psammead yourself - what would you wish for, and why?

If I meet the Psammead, I would like to wish to have a lot of current Japanese money. (1 billion yen!!) The wish is gone the sun goes down, so I want to buy, eat, drink as much as possible!

First, I am going to Tokyo and then I am going to go famous department. I’ll check clothes for my family. If there are nice clothes, I’ll buy everything, because I don’t care money. In addition, I’ll go to high brand shop and buy nice bags, jewels, watches.

At lunchtime, I’ll have Italian food with wine. After eating, I’ll go to Spa and get a massage. It will be relax for me and forget busy lifetime.

Before sunset, I’ll go to eat sushi at Ginza with beer or Sake. If I have a wish from the Psammead, I would like to spend luxury time.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A postcard from Hong Kong

To Damian, Yukari, Chikako

How are you!

I am coming to Hong Kong and Shenzhen on a business trip now! It is heavy rain now in a typhoon. I am fighting high humidity.

I am looking forward to seeing next week!!

From Hirokatsu

Did you know? -Biomimicry

「senna fiona beddall vocabulary」の画像検索結果Among Formula 1 fans, it has been controversial whether the modern F1 car or the classic F1 car is more stylish. New technology makes design changes in both good and bad ways. Which aspect is more important to you in choosing cars, appearance or performance?

Let me introduce you a very fascinating car with futuristic performance but looks different from cool F1 cars.

The concept car with box-like yellow body is from Mercedes Benz called “Bionic car” publicly unrevealed more than ten years ago. This car is designed based on the inspiration from the body shape of box-fish, hako-fugu in Japanese. Unlike F1 car, it has fat and round shape but it was believed to have high maneuverability and efficiency like a box-fish making quick turns with less energy consumption.

The appearance of new revolutionary cars should be unfamiliar to the public. Toyota Prius is a good example; many people reviewed it ugly but Prius has been one of the bestselling car in the world.
Many technologies, such as the shark fin and the T-wing have been adopted by F1 engineers and removed by F1 regulations.

Will you be a big fan when Formula 1 cars have round body with no wings?
It is too scared to imagine for me.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Marriage for family

British royal family’s wedding is one of focus of public attention.  The weddings of Prince William and Prince Henry became a popular topic of conversation.  They married for love, but Prince Henry’s parents did not.
His parents are Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.  They married in 1981 and the wedding was broadcast on television over 70 countries and 750 million people watched it.  
In the meantime, Diana said “There were 3 of us in this marriage” in her interview in 1995.  3 mean Charles, herself and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall who is the current Charles’s wife.  Camilla and Charles met in 1971 and became a couple.  However, the Queen Mother did not approve of their marriage as she wanted Charles to marry one of the Spencer family granddaughters of her close friend.  Camilla got married with other man.  However, the relationship between Camilla and Charles resumed and continued after Charles married with Diana.  They divorced each other and then got married in 2005.
Diana and Charles married for each family neither for love nor money.  The marriage did not work.  It is good that their children married for love.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

A student draws The House of Horror

It sat on the top of a hill, far from any building, dark clouds behind it. A few dead trees stood to the right with big black birds circling over them. The large house looked grey and old. You could only see four windows on the second floor. The glass in the windows was broken and there was no light within them. A fence surrounded the building but the gate stood open. A path led to the huge wooden door, which was closed.

Posted for Misako

Friday, 1 June 2018

A student draws Paradise Beach

The beach was long and wide. The sea was calm and the waves crashed gently on the shore, where you could see sea shells and crabs. There were many palm trees on the beach and the coconuts they had dropped were lying about. An expensive-looking yacht was sailing towards the beach and a few small fishing boats lay by the water's edge, their nets drying in the sun. The sun shone brightly and there were only a few small clouds in the sky.

Posted for Yoko

Thursday, 31 May 2018

A student draws Captain Johnny Ocean

He had a red scarf tied across his head, but his long hair fell on his shoulders in an untidy mess. Around his eyes were dark circles, and his moustache and beard were dark and untidy too. Under his right eye was a long scar from a fight he had had as a young man. His leather boots reached his knees, his trousers were dark and dirty and his shirt loose and baggy with dark stains on it. In his left hand he held his sword, and looked ready to fight.

Posted for Reiko

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

A student draws Madame La Knife

She was tall and slim, but you could see she was very strong. Her blonde hair was very short. Her thin eyebrows sat over small, snake-like eyes. Her nose was straight and her lips thin, and her smile was always cold and cruel. She wore high heels, a straight skirt and a black jacket that had ten large metal buttons. Her right hand held the famous knife/ It was long, sharp and dripping with blood.

Posted for Misuzu

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Ayumi's mini-guide to Japan

Japanese Black Bear

  • This is a Japanese black bear.
  • They live in the forest.
  • They eat small animals and fish and honey.
  • They are bigger than me
  • They have thick black fur and long claws

Mount Fuji & Hokkaido

This is Mount Fuji.
It is the highest mountain in Japan.
It is beautiful.

This is Hokkaido.
It is the biggest prefecture in Japan.
It is beautiful.

Posted for Ayumi

Friday, 25 May 2018

Life Choice_Marriage

I agree that Marrying for Love is a good thing. I think that it is miracle and very happy to meet a person who wants to marry and to actually marry the person.
Even if you marry a person who falls in love with, it will be necessary to gradually change mutual course of action to life together and happily because he/she has a difference in value and has a different life style.Also, by a marriage, a life may be changed especially for Japanese woman because woman usually becomes a part of a partner’s family. It may not be easy, but will be possible with a person who falls in love with.
Your life is yours and one time. If you can find a person who you want to live with forever, you must marry the person even if you need to make some sacrifices to regret nothing.

The Railway Children - Steam trains in Japan

My mother's hometown is in Akashina, Azumino city. There're lots of things about a steam train. Then I always went Akashina, I would get on a train with my mother and sister. The steam train had run through the Shinonoi line from Shiojiri to Nagano until I was about ten years old.

It takes 20 minutes to get Akashina station from Matsumoto. My mother told me not to open a window widely. Suddenly the smoke entered in the train depend on the wind direction. The seats were made of wood, so it was not comfortable to sit. But it was a cozy space with my family.

My grandparents house and rice fields were by the train line.  The house was on the higher place than the Shinonoi line. So I could see the magnificent figure of the steam train, when I went out of the gate. In front of the rice fields, there was a small crossing, then the train whistle blew. I liked to watch the steam train at that time.

In early summer, I played with my younger aunts while grandparents planted rice. In fall, the season of rice harvest, I always waved the passengers in the train from the rice fields. They waved back from the windows. I wondered where people were going? At that time, the train was not so fast, I could see the features of people. It was really interesting.

Posted for Hiroko

My holiday report - Rukiya

Dear Jim,
Tempura soba

I ate soba at a restaurant in Matsumoto in the Golden Week. It was around 11 a.m. but the restaurant was crowded. We went by car.

It was cold because it was on a high mountain.

There was tempura, not only soba. The food was very good.

Posted for Rukiya

Thursday, 24 May 2018

The Brontë Story - A letter from Maria Brontë

To Elizabeth, Maria, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne I love you all very much. I can't tell how much I love you. I am a lucky woman to have such a wonderful children. My life was full of happiness and love with you all. But I am afraid I have to say good-bye to you soon. Because I feel my body is getting weak and weak. I know I can't live long. I wish I could live till you all will grow-up. But I have to accept the reality. When I am gone, you will be so sad. But remember I will be always with you. Even you can't see me or remember my face, I will be with you in the heart of each of you. So, if you want to see me, just close your eyes, then you will feel me. After I am gone, my sister Elizabeth will take care of you instead of me. I asked her to do so. She has a strong conscience and is a determined Christian. I trust her. So, don't worry. But you have to help her doing what you can. Life is full of joy, but sometimes it isn't easy. I hope you all help each other and all of you have wonderful life. I'm sure your father will lead you to the right way.
Please study hard, work hard and enjoy your life. I'm always with you. I love you. Your mother Maria

Posted for Yasumi

A holiday report - a teen writes

Dear Jim,

I went to a adventure park in Norikura with my family in the Golden Week.

My father drove our family car to Norikura. The road wasn't crowded that day. There were many

people in adventure park.

I played adventure. The activity was scary but it was fun. Zip line was very high but I like the wind during the zip line.

I ate very sweet ice cream at a restaurant in Norikura. It was cold and windy in Norikura. I had a really nice time there.

Posted for Ayumi

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Martin Luther King - A person who changed history in your country

Hideki Tojo

Hideki Tojo was born in Kojimachi District, Tokyo on December 30, 1884. He was an Imperial Japanese Army general and the 27th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II, from October 17, 1941, to July 22,1944.

As the Prime Minister he was responsible for ordering the attack on Pearl Harbor. After Japanese unconditional surrender in 1945, he shot himself in the chest with a pistol when American soldiers surrounded his house.  He attempted suicide but was unsuccessful. He was arrested and recovered in a U.S. Army hospital. He was tried by the International Tribunal for the Far East for war crimes. He accepted full responsibility in the end for his actions during the war.  He was sentenced to death on November 12, 1948 and executed by hanging 41days after on December 23,1948.

He was thought to be the villain of the war. However, the evaluation for him changes now.
According to the document, he endeared to evade war with the United States.  But he couldn’t.

In his final statement he apologized for the atrocities committed by the Japanese military and urged the American military to show compassion toward Japanese people, who had suffered devastating air attack and the two atomic bombs. 

Long time have passed after the end of the war, there is a question whether a person can judge war.
He might be the scapegoat that was convenient for both countries, the United States and Japan

Posted for Olga

My favourite Sunday

My favourite day of the week is Sunday, because it's an enjoyable day.

I get up very early during the week, so on Sunday it's nice to get up late. I always saty in bed until about 8:00. Then, I usually go shopping.

I often have lunch at a restaurant with my family. After lunch, I go to the park. We play baseball, football, and jump rope.

In the evening, I cook dinner for my family. After dinner I study English, check my son's homework, and drink some wine. I never go to bed before 1:00am.

Posted for Kanako

Rukiya's quick guide to Japan

  • This is the Tokyo Sky Tree. It is the tallest tower in Japan. It is new.
  • This is the Japan Hayabusa E5. It is the fastest bullet train in Japan. It is new.
  • This is a Japanese Black Bear. They live in the forest. They eat fish and small animals and honey. They are bigger than me. They have thick black fur and long claws.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Goldfish - The Mystery of the Stolen Pearls

Today, the insurance company announced the famous big pearls that calls the Leander pearls are found. They were stolen by Wally Sype. It was a maid-car robbery. Police announced he had hidden on the train, got into the mail car and shot the clerk. Then he took all the valuable mail and got away. But when they caught him later in Canada, they couldn’t get any of the stuff.  They sent him to Leavenworth prison for life, but they never proved he got the peals. According to one source, Mr. Sype said he never had the pearls. The pearls were on the train, and they were never seen again.

First of all, the pearls were bought by Sol Leander for his wife.  Just two of them cost two hundred grand at that time. The worth is not only how big they are.  The insurance company had been still offering a reward of twenty-five grand for them.

According to the insurance company’ announce, the rewards have given two people. There were some victims. It because the rewards were big, of course, and for a long time, nobody had found the pearls.

The insurance company has never said that who has got the rewards. But hopefully it will work for them that the pearls brought only for them who are lucky people, their own bright future. 

Posted for Naoko

My Favourite Day is...Friday

My favourite day of the week is Friday, because I take my children to swimming, piano, gymnastics and English classes during the week, but on Friday I only take my daughter to Luna and the next day is the weekend.

I usually get up at 5:30, then cook my husband's lunchbox & serve my children's breakfast. I take my older two children to school on foot at 7:10, then I have breakfast & take my youngest to kindergarten by car at 9:00. I do housework until I have lunch.

I usually have lunch at home. I have noodles. After lunch, I have a short time to relax. I pick up my youngest at 3:00, and hear her piano practice. I pick up my other two at 4:00 from school and then we go to Luna. My youngest goes to English class, and I check that  my son & older daughter do their homework there. I go home at 6pm and then I cook dinner.

I take a bath with my youngest at 9:00, and then wait for her to fall asleep. I usually go to bed at 12:00

Posted for Reiko

Monday, 21 May 2018

My favourite bug is...

My favourite bug is a butterfly. Butterflies are small. I like black & white butterflies. You can see beautiful butterflies at my garden.

My favourite animal is a dolphin. Dolphins are light blue and big. You can see a dolphin in the ocean. Dolphins eat fish. Dolphins are beautiful and smart.

Nanaha (8)

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Phantom of the Opera - an alternative ending

Erik was dead. Raoul and Christine and Persian did not talk to anyone lifetime about that terrible night of the event. Raoul and Christine got married. Their cute child was born. Christine who has a wonderful voice never sang in the Opera House. She sang for only husband and a child with love. They lived happily ever after. The Persian told that Erik was dead to the King of Persia. The Persian did not return to the King. And He lived calmly throughout the life. In the Opera House in Paris, the people still talked about the ghost. A few of the singers and dancers said ‘we had seen a strange man who always wore a black cloak and wore a white mask over his face.’ Box Number 5 is still empty. Nobody sits down the Box Number 5. But when somebody put a program on a chair in the Box, there is always 20 francs on the chair after a performance.

Posted for Reiko

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The Last Leaf and Other Stories - Great Detective Ben Price's Diary

Yesterday I found Jimmy Valentine at last. It is surprising he became the owner of a little shoe shop. He had stolen big money just after released from prison. I asked a lot of people about Jimmy in this town. They didn’t know him. But they talked much about Ralph D. Spencer. He was Jimmy. I knew he was going to marry Annabel, the banker’s daughter. I thought I didn’t make him do that and I would arrest him.

  Today I followed and watched him from early morning. Jimmy was with Annabel’s family. An unexpected accident happened. At the bank a little Annabel’s sister was closed into the big safe, a new strong-room. It was just built yesterday. It had a very thick door and a complicated combination lock. The banker proud of it but he didn’t know the secret numbers to open it.  They cried and were in panic situations.

  Jimmy did.  He broke the safe, cut the door and the lock with his special tools. If he didn’t broke the safe the girl would die. If he didn’t do that he could marry Annabel. He stole big money. It’s true. He saved a little girl at the cost to lose his new life.  It’s true too.

Posted for Misako

Friday, 18 May 2018

Picture Puzzle - Gangsters in Japan

My town is very peaceful. I`ve never locked the door of my house in day time. When I was young, I lived near Nagaya city. There were rice fields. It looks like peaceful, but that town was more dangerous than my town. I lived girls dormitory, there was a gangster`s boss`s house near the dormitory. It looks like common Japanese house, but Young gangsters came his house night time. His car changed every month, that was always imported car.

One day there were many police officers near my dormitory. We didn`t know what happened. That night, we watched TV news, we knew the reason. A murder run away near my town. He killed a man by a gun and robbed his car. We locked every doors and windows, checked again and again. We never walked outside night time till he was arrested. Two or three days after, the murder was arrested, we got ordinary life.

Posted for Misuzu

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Northanger Abbey - A letter to a dear friend

My dear Eleanor

I am very happy to read your letter. I want to see your young, very handsome and very rich man. Where were you meet a valuable man? I wish you every happiness! And I'm relieved to hear your Father's agree. I'm in love with Henry. I want to marry Henry. I want to meet him soon. And it's nice sound "Let's be married on the same day" I'm looking forward to our marriage. Where does we get married in the summer? Where do you want to get married? I can not sleep well tonight in excitement. And I will wait Henry's letter. I talk my parents immediately. I think they are as happy as me.

Your dearest friend,
Catherine Morland

Posted for Yoko

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Postcard from...Kagoshima

Hi everyone,

I’ve spent the weekend in Kagoshima, in southern Kyushu. The weather was great yesterday, and I could just see Sakurajima spewing ash into the sky - everywhere & everything in the city is covered in fine grey powder! 

It has been raining all day today, and I only just made my flight back to Tokyo! I’ve met some great people, taking Starters/Movers/Flyers/KET/PET exams, as well as catching up with local school owners and our examiners. 

I am looking forward to getting home, and finishing setting up our new Cambridge Assessment English office during the week. 

See you soon!

Miki’s holiday report

Friday, 11 May 2018

Bugs & Insects in Luna's garden

As part of English Time 1's Project Time at the end of unit 3, we all went outside to explore the garden and see what bugs and insects we could find. We looked in flower pots, under rocks and between every nook and cranny. Here are some posters of our findings!

Meet some of our authors!

Only fair to share with you some of this blog’s regular contributors - “inspired” by their extensive reading hobby. 

We have recently chosen OUP Bookworms as well as Scholastic titles for this term. Students chose the titles themselves, and avoided murder & ghost stories! I hope they will enjoy reading for fun - they have been ploughing through graded readers for a couple of years now (we’re auditing their total word count at the moment) and are very good at sticking to their goals. 

The written work you read from them here is prompted by considered ‘after reading’ tasks that are intended to reflect Cambridge Assessment English writing paper exam tasks (ie chose from a variety of  different writing tasks - an essay, a memo or a letter etc) with a suggested word limit, intended audience (such as a teen magazine readership, work colleagues or persons unknown to require consideration of tone & formality, as well as format & style). 

As students are in-work, time demands are obviously pressing & they’re often unable to proofread each other’s first drafts - so what you see is what you get! 

We try to read a book a month; we provide students with Google Forms to encourage pre-reading (looking through the pictures, reading the blurb on the back cover & maybe checking out the cast of characters...and crucially, getting their teeth into the glossary using dedicated Quizlet sets for each book, lovingly created by our teachers in preparation). Without this getting ready stage, we know the actual reading phase can be slowed, stalled, or even derailed. 

We really enjoy reading our students’ original and thoughtful contributions - I thought you, gentle reader, would like to know a little bit more about how the blog sausage is made. Your encouragement motivates them to be brave & push “publish”!

And yes, we love graded readers :) 

Thanks for reading.