Friday, 14 September 2018

Postcard from....Harrod’s, London


Dear Jim Sensei,

I grabbed the opportunity to come to London. It passed about 20 years since I visited London last time...good weather, fine foods and beer! I want to come back to London soon!

Tomoko 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

My favorite character and animal - After reading of The Jungle Book


My favorite characters in the story “The Jungle Book” are a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera. They are one of the strongest animals in Jungle, but they are very kind and have a strong sense of justice.
A point I laughed was that Baloo’s very soft slap on the Mowgli’s cheek was quite hard for the human child.
My favorite animal in real life is dog. I had ever had 2 dogs for pet. The days with them were always happy for me and I sometimes got fed up of taking them walk. During I lived with them for a long time, I could know a little how they were feeling and what they wanted us to do.
But, after they died, I saw a movie “10 promises to My dog” and found a lot of points which I should had done for their happy life. If there is a change for having a dog for pet again, I will exercise/communicate a lot with him/her and will think more what makes him/her happy.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Postcard from...Earth Celebration Festival, Sado Island, Niigata


Hi there everyone at Luna!

We scampered away for the weekend to Sado Island. We have been playing on the beach, in a pool, and in a jacuzzi. We found bugs, frogs, and Rasmus (the nice Danish guy who danced Bon Bon with us).

Rumi-chan (it’s a secret) cooked great food, and daddy made strange cocktails with cucumber. Eugh!

We went to a drumming concert. It was more than amazing. We love Sado, and Kodo :)

Eleanor & Ceilidh

Monday, 3 September 2018

Superstructures of Japan

Check out Ayumi’s super poster, featuring big buildings & structures around Japan, as a follow up to our graded reader. 




Sunday, 2 September 2018

Postcard from...Hong Kong

Hi!!
I am coming to Hong Kong on a business trip now!

Hong Kong is hotter than Japan.
The typhoon 19 and 20 caused the airplane to shake.
It was like a roller coaster.

I am looking forward to seeing you next week.

Hirokatsu


Saturday, 1 September 2018

Postcard from...Gibraltar, UK

Hola!!

Jim, Yukari-san, Naomi, Runa...

I'm studying and have a medical practice in a hospital here in Spain!!

Now I'm coming to Gibraltar, England!! ;)

Then I'll go to Cordoba, Granada in the area of Andalucia!!

I want to talk a lot about my travelling.

Chao - Chihiro

Friday, 31 August 2018

Postcard from...Niigata, Japan

I went to the sea of Niigata with my mother, my sisters and family in summer vacation.

Very good weather and beer was very delicious. 
Fishing and swimming in the sea.

My son seemed very happy to make a castle of sand and pick up the shells, and he got sunburned.
The sea is the best - I love the sea!!



Posted for Kanako

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Kaoru's hometown - Matsumoto City

Matsumoto Castle's annual taiko festival
I live in Matsumoto, which is in the centre of Japan. It has a population of about 200,000 people. It is about 2 hours 30 minutes to Tokyo by train.

In Matagricultureiculture is famous industry. Apples, watermelons, grapes and a lot of fruits and vegetables are made by farmers. There is a small airport in the west of the city, so there are some factories near the airport.

The weather in Matsumoto is typical of the inland. There are many sunny days, so winters are very cold. But there are not a lot of snow. In summer, it is not so how because Matsumoto is about 600m high from the sea.

Matsumoto is famous for Matsumoto castle. It is a national treasure, it was built in Edo period. In summer, a big classical music event, Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival is held in the city. A parade of brass bands of students marches as the opening of the festival. The goal of the parade is Matsumoto castle. Then the thousands of students play music in the garden of the castle.

What I like best about Matsumoto is that the city is not too urban, and not too rural. In Matsumoto, there are some shops and restaurants, and several big hospitals. But if you want to contact with nature, you can go to highlands, mountains and rivers quickly.




Posted for Kaoru

Training to become a Cambridge Speaking Examiner


For the last 7 years, I've been preparing students for the Cambridge exams. A few months ago, I decided that it was time to take things to the next level. I realised that becoming a Cambridge Speaking Examiner would help me improve my teaching skills and assess my students' levels more accurately.

As I am an online English teacher, I currently live in Asia and teach students from all around the world via Skype. This meant that I couldn't train to become an examiner back home in England. The closest centre to me was Luna in Japan, so I decided that instead of waiting for the next opportunity, I would just take a 7 hour flight to Tokyo.

Even though it was a long and uncomfortable flight, I was really excited to start the training. It took place over two weekends at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. We practised how to conduct a full test multiple times and also did a mock test with real students. We also examined the marking criteria in detail and watched several videos to practise assessing real students. The training was challenging and rewarding and when it finished I felt even more confident as a teacher.






I would like to thank Jim for giving me this fantastic opportunity and for training me to become a Cambridge Speaking Examiner. All of his advice was practical and useful and it was clear that it came from many years of experience.

If you're a teacher, especially an exam English teacher, I think training to become an examiner is certainly worth it and I cannot recommend it enough.

Anu Warrier
Super Easy FCE

Picture Credits: @CambridgeEngJP004 on Twitter

Postcard from...Aomori, Japan


I'm watching a Tachineputa festival in Goshogawara city in Aomori prefecture. The Tachineputa is very big. It's 23 meters high and its weight is 19 tons. About 70 people parade through the central city pull a Tachineputa with musical accompaniment.

Reiko








Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Keiko's hometown - Town of Villaba Tagbubunga

Tagbubunga Villaba in the province of Leyte Eastern Visayas in the Republic of the Philippines.

Officially the Municipality of Villaba. Is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Leyte. It has a population of 41,891 people. Tagbubunga is the one of the small town.

Near of the sea and surrounding of mountains. The town is quiet and peaceful. The have church and many small stores.

The weather is always summer 26°C-35°C. Most popular during the dry season between November and April. It's the best to travel during the cooler month of December to February. Temperatures are high during March and April.

Landmarks are usually photographed a lot by visitors. Lots of beached. Fiesta and traditions of Tagbubunga every year on May. Every community have sports, for example basketball, boxing and etc. It is famous of singing and dancing.

It is are so close to nature. They are go to the beaches. The have rivers and tributaries.




Posted for Keiko

Monday, 27 August 2018

The day I met Kofi Annan in New York



The sad news reminds me of the unforgettable moment


Kofi Atta Annan who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, the recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, passed away on 18th Aug. To hear the sad news, I just remembered that the amazing experience which I was able to see him at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in December 2006.





I went there for the opening of the United Nations exhibition “SPIRIT OF THE EAST” with my husband Takeshi. It was composed by the works of Kaii Higashiyama, who is one of Japanese representative painter, and Chinese photograph artist Wang Wusheng. 






 The beginning of the opening ceremony, Mr. Annan and his beautiful wife appeared. I had been admiring him since 2003, when the  Iraq war 
happened, so I was so excited. He looked gentle and intelligent. His wife was really elegant, like an actress.






My husband had a precious experience. He guided the exhibition and explained to Mr. Annan about the works of Higashiyama, because my husband was the director of the Art Museum of Kaii Higashiyama at the moment. 





Mr.Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, was a great person. I was really sorry about losing such an awesome man.


Teruki

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Modern art artists made a difference in my life

Author: Rosemary Border
It's not only one person, but there are some people, who are modern art artists, made a difference in my life. Although my major was art, I am ashamed to say that I didn't know about the modern arts well when I entered the university. At that time, I was not well to think about something flexibility.

One day, I said to my teacher that things are unchangeable. He said that it might be difficult to make artist works for you if you have such thinking. I was shocked. However, I realized what he means later and it was so hard to make artist works from nothing.

I went to the art museums and galleries every weeks and I was exposed the new ideas, thinkings and concepts there. They exactly changed my thought and made my life spirits wealth.
These days, I feel that I am getting back to like before university.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

The Wright brothers ~ those who made our dreams fly ~

Orville and Wilbur were born in America in the 1870s. They were two of seven children born to Milton Wright, their mother. Their father was a bishop and one day he brought home a toy helicopter for his sons to play with. They loved the toy and they played with it until it broke. So they built a new one. From this moment, they started to become interested in flying.


After graduating from high school without diplomas, they started thinking about creating something so that they could fly through the sky. The Wrights began building gliders based on their kites. They tested at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Unfortunately they failed several times, and Wilbur got injured during the tests, but he managed to recover.

In 1903, they built the powered Wright Flyer, using lightweight wood, and a stronger engine. After many efforts, they were able to fly 175 to 200 feet above the ground. It was the first powered flight in the world! Finally their dream, and also mankind’s dreams, had come true.

To fly was the biggest dream for humans since the first human looked at the sky. We can go abroad because of the Wright brothers’ invention. I think we should know about them and be grateful for their gift. They are two of the greatest inventors ever.

Posted for Tomoro (after reading about Steve Jobs, Scholastic graded reader)

https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/1903-wright-flyer

Nanako's psotcard from Singapore



Sunday, 19 August 2018

School uniform - agree or disagree!?

In Japan, every junior high school has school uniforms. Sometimes students don’t like uniform and feel uncomfortable.

When I was a junior high school student, my school has the school uniform.  It was a typical style of uniforms in Japan.  Boys wore black jacket with stand-up collar and trousers.  Girls wore blazer and skirt.

Many students didn’t like school uniform and tried to coordinate clothes to show how I am different from others.  For example, boys changed the length of jacket either shorter or longer.  Girls also changed the length of skirt longer.

In my 3rd year at junior high school, the new trend came suddenly.  Girls wore the shorter skirt with white loose socks.  This trend became extremely popular all over Japan.  As a trend of loose socks, students try to enjoy and express themselves within fixed rule. 

Recently, it is popular among students to wear school uniforms when they go to Disney Resort even after they graduated from junior high school.  Younger generation seems not to have negative feeling on school uniforms. 

I agree with school uniform.  It can give the sense of belonging to students and some new culture or trend cannot happen without school uniforms.


Driving technique for a limited period


I learned to drive during summer vacation when I was senior year of college.  I applied for the training camp program for three weeks at Omachi driving school.
 
Firstly, I learned the traffic signs and rules in the lessons.  There were many things to learn and I had to take the tests periodically.  I reviewed the lessons every night.

Secondly, I learned how to control car by driving the course in the school.  The teacher sat down on the passenger’s seat and taught me how to drive.  I drove a stick shift and it was difficult for me to control it first.




Finally, I drove public street around the school.  There were several sloping roads there, so I sometimes stalled out.  However, I could drive a stick shift consequently and got the driving license after the exam.

Then, I bought a car "Passo" from Toyota.  It was compact and easy to drive as it was automatic car.  The current my car is also automatic and I have not driven stick shift since I graduated from the driving school, so I forget how to drive stick shift now...





Thursday, 16 August 2018

Picture Puzzle - Front page article of the story

A gang Zetter’s jailbreak plan revealed!!

The lawyer purchased a prison officer. 

Zetter’s lawyer Mr. Thurber purchased a prison officer Wallace. Mr. Thurber gave £50,000 to Wallace to get his help for Zetter’s escape. Why did the plan find out? A young girl, Amy, who lived at same flat with Wallace heard their talk that they were going to meet at a churchyard to pass money next day. She went there and took the photo of them at that moment. But Wallace noticed her and he ran after her to take away the camera. She ran away and took the film out of camera. She ran into the shopping mall and passed it to a young man.

After all Wallace caught her and locked her in the bathroom of the flat. A young man, Pete, was surprised but he thought to solve the puzzle. He saw photos in the film, he chaced the some clues and he reached her flat at last. There Wallace waited him and threatened to give the film back. They fought. Wallace finally fired the gun so people called policeman. After all Wallace was arrested and Amy was rescued.




Posted for Misako

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Last Leaf and Other Stories - A criminal disguised as somebody else

The famous criminal is 30million yen criminal. An offender pretended a police officer. It happend 50 years ago. The car which carried money was stoped by a police officer who rode a white bike. The police officer said the driver ``This car was set up the bomb. Get off the car`` They were very surprised and got off the car, the police officer drove the car away. Soon they knew money was stolen. The criminal was prescription. Money has been disappearded now. Many people were suspected of the offender. But the offender have not arrested. No one Know who is the offender. If I can ask the offender, where is money?




Posted for Misuzu

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The Phantom of the Opera - Yoko's 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 Yoko

Monday, 13 August 2018

Northanger Abbey - famous writers from Japan

The popular Japanese writer is Keigo Higashino, Miyuki Miyabe, Jun Ikeido, etc. I like their novels. Their novels are very interesting and are easy to read. There is a writer called Haruki Murakami in Japan. Before, his novels “Norwegian wood” became the bestseller. And he won Franz Kafka Prize as an Asian for the first time. He became the most likely candidate for Nobel Prize in Literature every year. He is very famous and popular in Japan. He is known in abroad too. His enthusiastic fan is called Harukist. I have read only “Norwegian Wood” and “Kafka on the Shore”. However, I was not able to enjoy the novels that much. I was hard to finish reading it. Many people love his novels and read. And he is a man with talent as he became Nobel Prize in Literature Candidate every year. But I am no good at reading his novels. I don’t seem to have literal ability.




Posted for Reiko

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Local super star takes part in his first training session at AC Milan - a mock newspaper article

The marvelous football player of the local football team Yamaga joined AC Milan last weekend. The hard training session was in Milan, Italy.

Akira Kawasaki started to play football, when he was the elementary school student, but he couldn't join and football teams, because he grew up in a poor family. However he has continued playing soccer. He loved it and being an international football player was his dream. After he graduated high school, he was scouted by the head coach of the Yamaga. He joined the team as a forward. His plays were remarkable.

One day, 5 years since he has joined Yamaga, he was found by a scout of AC Milan. The Yamaga supporters and people in Matsumoto city blessed and encouraged him. Finally he went across the sea. He just arrived in Milan last weekend, and yesterday his first session in the team started. He said "My dream has come true, but it has just started. I will never stop my step for my dream".



Posted for Teruki

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

A postcard from New Orleans, Louisiana

Hi Damian!

How are you?

I arrived in New Orleans today. I was deeply moved by the cute cityscape.

I will go to Lafayette on 27th, and go to the wedding ceremony.

See you!

Mie at New Orleans

Monday, 6 August 2018

Postcard from...the Graduate, London

Hi! How are you doing?

I attended my graduation ceremony of UCL at Royal Festival Hall. The ceremony was moving and I enjoyed it. I shook hands with the provost of UCL. All the names of graduate students were called. I felt rewarded after finishing the harsh Masters course!!

Take care, best wishes,

Taka

Monday, 30 July 2018

Will Yamaga be promoted to J1? - A mock newspaper article

Now Yamaga are top of J2. Can they remain there?

They won the last game 2-1 against Omiya Ardija although the midfielder of Yamaga was ejected with a red card and the score was behind at 0-1 at the half. The second half of the game Yamaga players did a great job and came from behind.

Recently two main players have moved to Nagoya Grampus and Jef United Chiba and some players were injured, so the condition of the team is not so good. However, there are many brilliant substitutes in Yamaga. All members play aggressively and enthusiastically.

The matches will continue until November. There are 16 games remaining. To keep top of the league, it is important for Yamaga to maintain the recent strategy, return the injured players and strengthen regular class players.

We don’t doubt their promotion to J1. Yamaga give their supporters and Matsumoto citizens powers. We believe in their wins because they keep moving during games and are tireless thanks to their hard training. Above all, the head coach, Mr. Sorimachi has a reputation as a great commander. Yamaga unite behind him. There is nothing without promotion.




Posted for Haruka

Thursday, 26 July 2018

My Wish - After reading of Five Children and It

If we can have one wish from the Psammead, I will wish to change all nuclear power facilities in the world to power facilities of natural energy. I understand well that the nuclear power facilities can generate electric power with stability and with effect and stable electric power may be necessary for economic growth. But, people have not found any solution to render free from highly radioactive nuclear waste and there has been an increase in the amount of highly radioactive nuclear wast. I think all nuclear power facilities should be stopped all over the world even though our life becomes inconvenience or economic stagnation is caused by unstable supply of electric power.
Also, I think that natural disaster including massive earthquake will increase in the future. By natural disaster, we need to concern if all nuclear power facilities operate without trouble and if there is radioactive contamination. I think it will be too late to change current energy policy when a similar trouble happened in the nuclear power facilities in Fukushima in 2011, happens in the future. The radioactivity impact may suffer children who born 100 years later.
I think that people who are living in Earth should bring safe environment to the future.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Tour de France - prediction

A very quick prediction from the sofa cyclist, after everyone's well-considered and in depth Football World Cup predictions (and congrats to Karen S who did really well in her Cambridge YLE yesterday ON TOP of getting France in the sweepstakes!)

The peleton is coming home, my friends, in a UK tricolour. Before the real action starts in the hills today (yes, the rough stuff was very grim on Sunday), I'm calling it for Wales and a G spot on the top of the podium in Paris. Yes, Team Sky will have to back the new lad in order to keep Adam Yates at bay.

1. G Thomas
2. A Yates
3. C Froome

Unfortunately, my man Cav seems to be off max gas this year, but I'll still back him for the last sprint down the Champs Elysee. And the Union Jacks will be flying in France...remember mystic Jim said it first!

By the way, two excellent podcasts for anyone interested...

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Gandhi, non-violent activist


I have heard of the name, Gandhi, but I really don’t know about him, so I researched him.

He was born in India with wealthy parents. He was trained to be a lawyer at Inner Temple in London. He became a lawyer in South Africa for the first time, but he was struggled for racism in South Africa. He first started non-violent activity in South Afriica. He returned to India in the beginning of 18th, and He worked to decrease unfair tax of land against the government.

He seized the heart of India’s people and guided them to win their right. However, some people thought that Gandhi was too soft against their enemy. They assassinated Gandhi by gun, and Gandhi had to die at 78 years old. I’m sure that Gandhi have a good influence to the modern society, and we should never forget about his work.

Prediction of Second Semi-final game of World Cup 2018

Second semi-final game starts tonight at Japan time.

Croatia and England will meet for the first time at FIFA World Cup. I'm sure that the game tonight will be exciting.

The first half of the game will be probably 0-0, and they both have to be patient to get a goal. The game will change in the second half.

England has been staying away from Semi-final for awhile, and they are eager to be winners of World Cup 2018, so goddess of victory will smile at England.

In the second half, Harry Kane will win one goal and England will win the game at the end.

You will see tonight!!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

World Cup Prediction for Semi-Finals

In the first semi-final, Belgium vs France, I suppose Belgium will have a perfect performance. They won't need to take a risk for getting more goals. I think the result probably will be 2-0. Lukaku will score 2 goals and be replaced in 2nd half.

Also, England will get to the final. Modric might play well, but will continue 0-0 at the end of 90 minutes. In extra time, VAR could be used for a disallowed goal but in the end there won't be any goals. In the penalties shoot out I think Harry Kane should definitely score his penalty, England will beat Croatia as 3-2.



Posted for Yuki

Monday, 9 July 2018

Rudyard Kipling - after reading The Jungle Book




He had been to Japan twice in 1889 and 1892. He wrote the traveling in『From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches, Letters of Travel』(1899).  He had arranged trip using World traveling by Thomas Cook. He left from India and Singapore, Hong Kong and finally arrived at Nagasaki, in Japan. He visited famous places in Japan (Nagasaki, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nikko, Yokohama etc) for one month. He saw beautiful Mt. Fuji as well as growing modernism in Japan. 

According to the English magazine Masonic Illustrated, Kipling became a Freemason in about 1885, before the usual minimum age of 21. He was initiated into Hope and Perseverance Lodge No. 782 in Lahore. He very loved experience at Freemason. He wrote the experience in his novel “The Man Who Would Be King”.











Saturday, 7 July 2018

World Cup 2018 prediction


2018 World Cup progress report for Group E.

So far in group E, there have been 4 games.

The most exciting game was Brazil vs Switzerland. The final score was 1-1.

Pre-tournament favorites Brazil failed to win their opening games.



In the other games, results here

-       The score of Costa Rica vs Serbia was 0-1. Kolarov scored spectacular free-kick.

-       The score of Brazil vs Costa Rica was 2-0. Coutinho and Neymar bailed Brazil out with stoppage-time strikes.

-       The score of Serbia vs Switzerland, 1-2. Xherdan Shaqiri scored brilliant solo 90th-minute winner.



I think Brazil will probably beat Serbia and Switzerland might beat Costa Rica.

This will mean that Brazil win the group and play the runners-up of group F in the round of 16, and the runners up will play the winner of group H.



I think the round of 16 games will be Brazil vs France and Russia vs England.
Barzil has won many times in World Cup, so they might beat France.
Russia has been succesful in World Cup 2018. I would like them to play more, but their luck will probably end at the game with England.

My prediction for the quarter finalists is that Brazil and England will progress.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Postcard from...Chicago, USA

Hi Jim sensei,

I'm in Chicago O'Hare airport and waiting for my flight back to Japan.

I was hot in Chicago last weekend, which is over 95*F!

I enjoyed Mexican foods with local beer brewed in Chicago.

Tomoko

Thursday, 28 June 2018

2018 World Cup progress report for Group H; week 2


So far in group H, there have been four games.
The most exciting game was Colombia v Japan. The final score was 1 – 2.

In other games, results are:
Colombia v Japan
Result: 1-2
Scorers: Fernando Quintero / Kagawa Shinji and Yuuya Osako

Poland v Senegal
Result: 1-2
Scorers: Grzegorz Krychowiak / Thiago Rangel Cionel and M’ Baye Niang

Japan v Senegal
Result: 2-2
Scorers: Takashi Inui and Keisuke Honda / Sadio Mane and Moussa Wague

Poland v Columbia
Result: 0-3
Scorers: Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao, and Juan Quadrado

These teams have not played each other yet: Japan v Poland / Colombia v Senegal

I think Japan will definitely beat Poland tonight and Colombia should beat Senegal.

This will mean that Japan win the group and play the runners-up of group G in the round 16, and the runners up will play the winner of group G.

I think the round of 16 games will be Japan v Belgium & Colombia v England.
My prediction for the quarter finalist is that Belgium & England will progress.
 
We are having a big match in few hours!
Let’s leave the office asap! Go grab a coke and snacks for tonight!!

Nanaha’s Monster Mash!


My name is Roky.
I am 50. 
I like being angry.
My hobby is playing. 




2018 World Cup progress report for Group H; week2


So far in group H, there have been 4 games.  The most exciting game was Japan vs Colombia.  The final score was 2-1.  Japan brought a historic victory!  Japan is the first country in Asia who had beaten the country in South America in World Cup.

In the other games, results here
Poland vs Senegal – The score was 1-2.
Japan vs Senegal – The score was 2-2.
Poland vs Colombia – The score was 0-3.

These teams have not played each other yet:
Japan vs Poland – Tonight!!
Colombia vs Senegal

I think Japan might beat Poland and Colombia should beat Senegal.
This will mean that Japan win the group and play the runners-up of group G in the round of 16, and the runners up will play the winner of group G.

I think the round of 16 games will be Japan vs Belgium and Colombia vs England.  My prediction for the quarter finalists is that Belgium and England will progress.

Meeting my pen pal for the first time - Misuzu

An informal e-mail to a family member, describing your internet pen friend after meeting them for the first time. Can you guess which pen pal each student has written about?

From Misuzu
To Honoka

Internet pen pal

I met her last Sunday. She was a nice woman. She has an oval face, black curly shoulder length hair big nose full lips and round brown eyes. She and I talked about books for a long time. She knows many books especialy mysteries. We didn't have enough time to talk.
I think we're going to get on.



Wednesday, 27 June 2018

A postcard from...Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle with St. Vitus' Catherdral
Dear Jim,

I ate big macaron.
It was yummy.
And it was very big.
But I didn't climb up the church. So I didn't walk much.

Bye bye Jim see you next week.

>_<     Nanaha

2018 World Cup progress report for Group F; week2

So far in group F, there have been 4 games. The most exciting game was Germany vs Sweden. The final score was 2-1. When Toivonen score 1 goal at 32 min, it seemed many people imagine Germany might loose again like the game with Mexico. However, Reus scored 1 goal at 48 min and the score was 1-1 at half-time. After half-time, Toni Kroos scored golden goal extra time. In the other games, Sweden beat South Korea, and Mexico beat Germany and South Korea. These teams have not played each other yet: South Korea vs Germany Mexico vs Sweden I think Germany definitely beat South Korea and Sweden will might beat Mexico, or even. This will mean that Mexico win the group and play the runners-up of group E in the round of 16, and the runners-up will play the winner of group E. I think the round of 16 games will be Mexico vs Switzerland & Germany vs Brazil. My prediction for the quarter finalists is that Mexico & Germany will progress.

Meeting my pen pal for the first time - Misako

An informal e-mail to a family member, describing your internet pen friend after meeting them for the first time. Can you guess which pen pal each student has written about?

From; Misako
To: Reiko

Sub: My Internet pen pal

I finally met him. He has blond shoulder-length straight hair. His eyes are round. His nose is tall and he has full lips. He is nicer than I expected. In his emails he said many joes and he was humourous. But he said only few words. When I asked some questions he only answered, didn't continue other topics.


Hero Frederick Douglass - After reading

Douglass published some newspaper like the “North Star” with the motto "Right is of no sex, Truth is of no color, God is the Father of us all, and we are all Brethren." At that time, some leaders urged changes in black people’s life with forces, but that way did not advance black people’s life well. Therefore, he urged changes in black people’s life with words. He described his experiences as a slave in his book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”. At that time, African American was thought that they had no education and it was rarely to publish a book by African American. It had impact and became a bestseller, and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition. After the Civil War, Douglass remained an active campaigner against slavery and wrote his last autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.
However, he worked toughly, but the situation for black people did not become well. He said to black people not to give up with famous phrases “Without struggle, there is no progress” and “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters”.
In his last stage of life, Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Meeting my pen pal for the first time - Yoko

An informal e-mail to a family member, describing your internet pen friend after meeting them for the first time. Can you guess which pen pal each student has written about?

From: Yoko
To: Kaori

Subject: My Internet pen pal

Today I met her! I imagine her so beautiful I was right. She has black wavy hair and nice round eyes and very pretty smile.

She was waiting at Starbucks cafe. I ordered cafe late, she did too. Her talk was really nice and we laughed and laughed and talked each other.

I think we're going to get on.
The day was nice!

Yoko