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Youtube Series Final Episode

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Youtube Series Final Episode
Today we filmed the final episode of our current 'English Phrases' Youtube series. Thank you Minori for handling Tera, Miho for filming, & Yasue (in Tokyo) for editing. And thank YOU for watching them (you`ve been watching them, right...?). You can see the ones we`ve uploaded so far (これまで) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNjA16foCpI&list=PLEL8h9GIzoeNLvfx0E6p1f7RzGMa9pbaU

If you want to buy the book that goes with the videos, please contact our school at www.teragoya.net


#ビデオ #本

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Colombia v Japan

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Colombia v Japan
I finished work at 10pm, then went straight to Marquee Australian Bar in Gifu. I got (= arrived) there just in time for the second half of the Colombia-Japan game. I got (= bought) a beer then talked about the first half with a customer. She said a Colombian player got shown (= was shown, 出された/見せられた) a red card. Of course when Japan scored their second goal, the bar got (= became) pretty noisy. At full time, I got (= received) a free glass of champagne. Thanks, Chris!

Vocabulary
- As you can see, 'get' has many meanings.
#スポーツ #バー

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Russia 2018 Football World Cup

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Russia 2018 Football World Cup
The World Cup starts tonight! At midnight, Russia are playing Saudi Arabia. I`m not really interested in these two teams, but I think I`ll stay up to watch the game. I don`t have to get up early tomorrow morning, so I can sleep in. Or, if the game is boring, I might fall asleep during the game.

Vocabulary:
- wake up: 目覚める
- get up: 起きる
- stay up: 遅くまで起きる
- fall asleep: 寝入る
- sleep in: 遅く 寝る
#スポーツ

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Ink Painting Exhibition

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Ink Painting Exhibition
During my lunch break, I popped outside to do a couple of things. While walking past じゅうろくてつめいギャラリー, (near ドンキホーテ) I noticed that an exhibition was being held, so I went inside to take a look. It was interesting & enjoyable. I laughed when I saw the fan design with English on it. Nice!

The gallery`s homepage: http://www.juroku.co.jp/aboutus/tetsumei_gallery/

Grammar:
- 'During + 名詞' e.g. my break, the night, the war
- 'While + 動詞ing' e.g. shopping, walking, driving OR 'While I was shopping... While he is driving...' etc.
#アート

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Urinal Kinds of Trouble

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Urinal Kinds of Trouble
When I was at Nagoya Chubu Airport, I went to the restrooms & noticed this spelling mistake. It should read "Urinal".

Natural English
urinal = 小便器, urine* = 小便, urinate* = 小便する.
* in casual English, words such as 'pee' (名詞 & 動詞) are often used

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Zoo Trip

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Zoo Trip
On Sunday, school staff & students visited Higashiyama zoo in Nagoya. It was a nice day - a little cloudy so not hot. The 6 girls in my group were well-behaved & enjoyed looking at the animals & hearing my interesting animal facts e.g. that hippos are the most dangerous African animal (did you know that?). The most popular animals seemed to be the koalas - it was a little crowded there.

Vocabulary:
Be careful: cloudy = 曇り crowded = 込んでいる
#動物 #旅行

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Magical Miyako Island

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Magical Miyako Island
Last week I visited Miyako Island with my family. We spent a lot of time in the water; my kids enjoyed playing in their swim rings (浮き輪) & I enjoyed snorkeling. I saw a lot of colorful small fish, but not many big fish. We also collected a lot of shells. I`m thinking of making (作るうと思う) something with them for our school`s craft event in September.

The weather was good - a lot of sunshine & not much rain. As for food, I ate a lot of Okinawa-style noodles, & of course drank a lot of Orion beer. I had a lot of fun.

Natural English:
- In spoken English, it`s usual to use 'many' (with 可算名詞) & 'much' (with 不可算名詞 ) in negative ('not') sentences & questions. BUT! in positive sentences - 可算名詞 OR 不可算名詞 - it`s usual to use 'a lot of', or 'lots of' (casual style) in spoken English.
#動物 #虫 #旅行

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Craft Event Carpentry

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Craft Event Carpentry
"Wocha doin`?"
"Waddaya makin`?"
"Gonna pain`it?"

Can you understand these questions? If my kids were native English speakers, maybe they would pronounce these questions like this.

This is their meaning:

1. "Wocha doin`?" (What/you/doing) = What are you doing?
2. "Waddaya makin`?" = What are you making?
3. "Gonna pain`it?" (Going/to/paint/it) = Are you going to paint it?

My answers: 1. I`m making something for our September craft fair. 2. Guess! 3.Probably not.

Pronunciation:
In natural spoken English, some sounds change, e.g.
t+y --> ch (meet you --> "meechoo")
t --> d (little --> "liddle")
nt --> n (twenty --> "twenny")
oo --> a (see you --> "seeya", to --> "ta")
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Great minds...

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Great minds...
I saw this handkerchief in a shop. It looks like my poster, right? Great minds think alike!*

By the way, have you been watching my new YouTube series? Please take a look! There is a new episode every Tuesday.

* ことわざ: '偉人達は同じように考える' (誰かが同じこと考える時に使える)

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Regular Color...?

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Regular Color...?
I wanted to buy a white business shirt at Uniqlo. This sticker seemed to me to say 'Regular Color'. Hmmm. What is a regular color? White? What is an irregular color? Green? Or is there regular white & irregular white? If so, what is irregular white? Cream?" I was confused!

Then my wife explained that 'カラー' doesn`t mean 'color'. It means 'collar' (In English, pronounced "コラー").

A regular collar doesn`t have buttons.

こら!!! That`s confusing!

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