Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Thank you for your heart-warming mail, Sayuri.
I also really want to say 'thank you' to all the people giving me a mail or a comment.
And to my surprise, I found a birthday cake which my parents had bought for my birthday.
How long have passed since I got the last one?
I'm not sure why they bought it this time, but I was greatly touched with their kindness.
Of course there is no present.
But I think the greatest present is what my family stays healthy as long as possible.
Friday, February 25, 2011
My birthday concurs with the test season, so everyone is apt to miss it.
But Eigonoie members held a small party for me 10 days early.
My birthday cake was like this.
And I'll show you my presents!
First, a book from Mr. Ogura.
"Teaching Language as Communication" shows some communicative methods to teach the target language.
Mr. Ogura always thinks that I'll be a good English teacher.
Next, a mug with a lid and jasmine tea leaves from Ms. Araki.
It's so cute and now I use it when I drink tea and coffee at Eigonoie.
The following goods (rather foods?) are from Rikiya and Rise.
This is my first time to see fig jam and rhubarb jam.
Yeah, the taste is like an immature strawberry, indeed.
And a present from Jo is here.
She gave me a fine quality notebook and unique design clips.
Jo and I prefer this shop. (see my former blog about Smith: http://eh-take.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-diary.html)
Thank you, everyone!
I hope to spend a good 23rd year of mine. ＼(≧▽≦)／
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Is this rain a joyful one or a sorrowful one?
Today the students recieve the announcement of the admission to public high schools.
Some 9th graders must be in raptures over their success in the entrance exam, but others not.
Because Eigonoie is not a cram school but a language school, we have little information if Eigonoie students have passed or not.
I hope to see their smiles...(≧へ≦)
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This was the Cathedral, but the iconic building has collapsed...
The collapse put an end to its standing for over a hundred years.
And one of the Eigonoie students is in Christchurch now.
I feel anxious about him, indeed.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Every Monday I do Tachiyomi(standing and reading magazines without makina purchase) at the convenience store by Eigonoie to read Weekly Shonen JUMP.
But today I found that all the magazines are wrapped with plastic tapes!!
How can I read the up-to-date chapter of ONE PIECE??
Tachiyomi must be a Japanese culture!!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
My students are also taking the test now.
It's so hard to pass the exam in the Latter Round because the acceptance rate is only 20% or so.
I hope that all of my students will pass this First Round Exam.
I can't wait the announcement of accepted candidates for enrollment at 9:00 on February 24th.
Monday, February 14, 2011
A pavement in front of Eigonoie is covered with white snow and turning to slippery one.
Floating snow is glittering in the dimly street lamps.
I don't like the snow in Tokyo because it's almost the sleet.
But I like the snow only today.
This is White Valentine's Day.
India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna accidentally read out the speech of his Portuguese counterpart at the United Nations Security Council meeting.
He read several pages of the wrong speech which included a point expressing his pleasure that two Portuguese speaking nations (Portugal and Brazil) were represented.
He did not realize his mistake until an Indian official pointed out.
But his mistake taught us how important it is to acquire an English reading skill. (^□^;)haha
Saturday, February 12, 2011
And it's also known for its Scottish Premier League club Celtic, where Shunsuke Nakamura played from 2005 to 2009.
But...heve you ever heard the English spoken in Glasgow?
Intriguingly, the Glasgow accent (Glaswegian) came out on top for social attractiveness to Japanese learners of English, a new study has revealed.
This survey has been published in Dr. Robert McKenzie's new book "The Social Psychology of English as Global Language".
(See also the news page of The Northumbria University http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/browse/ne/uninews/JapaneseEnglish)
Well, the Glaswegian accent is quite different from the Standard English we leaen as if it were another language.
This video is the first scene of the Scottish film "My Name Is Joe (1998)".
Can you understan what he says?? (^o^;)
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
My facebook and twitter pages are also pasted on the lists so that you can see my photo albums on my facebook page or you'll find some English news sites from following lists of my twitter page.
In addition, I set some English learning materials.
English Phonetics, which is produced by the University of Iowa, might be a great help for your English pronunciation practice. You can learn how to pronounce each segment in American English.
ONE PIECE and SLAM DUNK are my favorite mangas. When you jump to the sites, you can read mangas in English. Of course there are many kinds of Japanese mangas uploaded on this site Manga Reader.
If you're interested in it, go to its manga lists http://www.mangareader.net/alphabetical and have a look at your favorite manga!!
Friday, February 04, 2011
節 means 'season' and 分 means 'division', so Setsubun is the day before the biginning of spring according to the Japanese lunar calender.
And the most commonly performed Setsubun ritual is the throwing of roasted beans around the house.
When we throw the beans, we are supposed to shout "鬼は外、福は内(Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!; Devils out! Happiness in!)"
Afeterwards we eat the number of beans which corresponds to our age.
Of course I did that ritual (except shouting) yesterday.
I really hope 'happiness in'!!
Thursday, February 03, 2011
FIFA world rankings:
Japan's record fourth Asian title lifted them 12 places to 17th, making them the Asian confederation's highest-ranked side.
And Japan's success is not the only one.
European champions Inter Milan made the last-ditch loan signing of Japan left back Yuto Nagatomo from Serie A rivals Cesena just before the Italian transfer window shut on Monday!!
Here is the Inter Milan's top page at that time!!
I'm really looking forward to seeing his play as a member of Inter.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Compared with the past two years I worked as a part-time teacher, my salary is going to be higher.
In addition, I'll have a social insurance and my working hours will be 14:00-22:00.
Very big change for me!!!
I hope to do my best on working here in Eigonoie and learn a lot from Mr. Ogura, Ms. Araki, and all the other staffs.
And of course, I'll devote all my energies to my students!!!!!