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Mini Teaset Rack

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Mini Teaset Rack
I bought this minature teaset for my daughter last Christmas, but she didn`t have a good place to keep the pieces, so last weekend I made this rack for her. When I gave it to her, she was so happy (which was a nice change; when I give handmade gifts to my wife, she often looks unhappy...).

Grammar:
- buy/make/cook 何か for 誰か
- give/send/take 何か to 誰か
#アート #趣味

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Hands Up - and Out - if You Smoke...

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Hands Up - and Out - if You ...
I guess this person doesn`t want their car to smell smoky. Anyway, they shouldn`t be smoking while driving. Actually, they shouldn`t smoke at all - it`s a bad habit.

Grammar:
- If we don`t know if somebody is 'he' or 'she', we can use 'they/them/their etc.' even though it`s only one person.

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Three Eggs a Day

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Three Eggs a Day
For a while my 3 chickens were only producing 2 eggs a day. One of them wasn`t pulling its weight (= not working hard). However, now I`m finally getting one egg per chicken everyday - that`s 3 eggs a day, or 21 a week.

That`s a nice ROI (Return on Investment, 投資利益率).

Vocabulary:
- a/per = 対して, に就いて
- 'a' is more common than 'per', but 'per' is usual for people e.g. '$5 per person'
#動物 #ペット

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Finally - an Egg!

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Finally - an Egg!
After deciding to get pet chickens, first I made a chicken house, then I made a fence. Finally* I bought 3 chickens. I gave them food every day & they got bigger. Finally**, after two and a half months, one of them laid an egg. My kids were pretty excited (egg-cited?).

Vocabulary:
* 最後に
** やっと, 到頭, 遂に

#動物 #ペット

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PFSP: Pen-Flashlight-Screwdriver-Pen

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PFSP: Pen-Flashlight-Screwdri...
One of our students recently went to Dubai. Not only did she send us a postcard from there, she also bought me this cool gift from Ferrari World. Not only is it a pen, it also contains a 5-piece screwdriver set AND a flashlight - cool! And veeery geeky. Thanks!

Grammar:
- Not only... (but) also... = …だけでなくまた….

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Cicada

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Cicada
When I went camping last week I saw this cicada (蝉) which had just come out of its shell. Nice colour, isn`t it? But after a few hours it turned brown, and then flew away.

Pronunciation:
U.S.: si-kay-da U.K./Australia: si-kar-da
#虫 #動物

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Postcards

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Postcards
A couple of our students went overseas recently. Thanks for the postcards, guys! And thanks for writing in English - I`m impressed. I`d like to think that it`s partly thanks to me that you can write so well...

Grammar:
- thanks for 名詞 = __をありがとう
- thanks for 動詞 = __してくれてありがとう
- thanks to 名詞 = __のお蔭

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Okinawan Orchid

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Okinawan Orchid
I haven`t done a woodblock print for a while. In fact, it`s been ages since I did any framable art. This is a 16 x 9cm print of an orchid, based on one I saw in Okinawa.

Grammar:
There are a few ways to say 久しぶり in English:
- I haven`t 過去分詞形 in/for ages/a long time/a while
- It`s been ages/a long time/a while since I (last) 過去形
- It/this is the first time in ages I`ve 過去分詞形
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Black Raspberry Jam

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Black Raspberry Jam
I made jam. Before bottling it, I painted the lids (蓋) with red spray-paint, and labeled the bottles using hand-made labels. I will keep some and give some to friends.

Vocabulary:
- Words like paint, bottle & label can be both noun (名詞) & verb (動詞), but lid is only a noun, so "I lidded the bottles" is wrong; "I put lids on the bottles" is correct.
- 蓋 = lid, まぶた = eyelid
#グルメ

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Bon Voyage, Marin

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Bon Voyage, Marin
Teragoya student Marin`s last lesson was today; soon she`s going to the U.S. to study for a couple of years. She`s never lived overseas before, but she`s looking forward to it. Good luck, Marin!

Grammar:
- [ __`s] has different meanings e.g. Marin`s... = Marin の..., She`s going... = She is going, She`s never... = She has never...

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