記事検索

Post-Cut Chat with a Chutney Seller

スレッド
Post-Cut Chat with a Chutney Se...
After getting a haircut at Horie`s Barbershop (you can see his barber`s pole on the left of this photo), I discovered this new shop, called 'Gifu Spice House', nearby. I could actually smell it before I reached it - Mmmm!

I went inside & looked around, then, after I chatted a little with the staff, I bought some instant noodles (for my kids), & some lime-coconut-chilli chutney (for me). That night, after I got home, I tried some with my dinner. It was gooooood!

Grammar
- "After/Before + 動詞ing" OK
- "After/Before + 主語 + 動詞" OK
- "After/Before + 動詞" WRONG

ワオ!と言っているユーザー

Loads of Berries, Tons of Fun

スレッド
Loads of Berries, Tons of Fun
There were lots of ripe (熟している) berries on my blackberry bush, so my daughter and I made jam. It`s pretty easy & fun:

1. Pick heaps of berries
2. Loads of bugs, ants, etc? No problem - just wash them off
3. Blend berries in a blender
4. Blackberries have tons of small seeds - Use a strainer to remove them
5. Put the berry juice and stacks of sugar in a saucepan
6. Boil it for ages (= a long time) while stirring*
7. Put it in clean jars. Finished!

*Actually, this part wasn`t fun; it was pretty boring.

Vocabulary:
- There are many slang (俗語) ways to say 'lots of ___' (たくさん), e.g. heaps/loads/tons/stacks/piles of ___. These are not usually used in written English, apart from (別として) maybe advertising.

#レシピ

ワオ!と言っているユーザー

Can Couldn`t

スレッド
Can Couldn`t
Something strange happened the other day. I wanted to cool down some beer quickly, so I opened the the ice-compartment of our refrigerator and put a can in.

Bad decision.

A second or two after the can touched the ice, it exploded. Wow. I didn`t expect that to happen. It seems the can couldn`t stand the sudden cold. My wife asked, "What happened...?!" I said, "Nothing! Just relax and keep watching TV..." so she did.

Good decision.

Japanese English:
- 'a happening' (名詞) is rare in English. The word 'happen' is almost always used as a verb (動詞).

ワオ!と言っているユーザー

1979 Chrysler Camaro

スレッド
1979 Chrysler Camaro
It was easy to notice this car - the back sticks out of the parking space & into the street! American cars, especially old ones, tend to be pretty big - not just long but also wide - not suitable for Japan`s narrow roads & small parking spaces, I think. Also, they`re pretty heavy. Cars like this were made using 1.2mm thick sheet metal panels; a Camaro like this weighs about 1,600kg. Modern cars use thinner metal - only 0.8mm, so weigh less - on average about 1,300kg.

Vocabulary:
- narrow 狭い wide 幅の広い, 広い
- thin 細い thick 厚い, 太い
#車

ワオ!と言っているユーザー

Made-in-Japan Monsters (No, not my kids)

スレッド
Made-in-Japan Monsters (No, ...
My 2nd son used to be into (= interested in) the Japanese superhero Ultraman, so we bought him a book & some figures. Nowadays most Ultraman figures are made in China, but they used to be made in Japan. Little by little, I started to enjoy looking for made-in-Japan Ultraman figures in thrift stores. When I buy a new one, I give it to my son to I.D. (= identify 指す) in his Ultraman book & play with it, then I display it with the others.

Vocabulary:
- Overseas, at bars or nightclubs, staff may ask you for “I.D. please” before you can enter or buy alcohol. In this case, I.D. = passport, driver`s license etc. that shows your age.
#趣味

ワオ!と言っているユーザー

Smartphone Stand First Sale

スレッド
Smartphone Stand First Sale
I made a bunch of wooden smartphone stands, which I am selling at school for ¥300 each. Staff member Takako is my first customer. Thank you Takako!

There are two designs. One is here:
https://en.bloguru.com/otto/372124/whats-that-for

Vocabulary:
- "A bunch of ____" = several, a group of
- a bunch of flowers = 花束

ワオ!と言っているユーザー

Listening to Youtube... on my Stereo!

スレッド
Listening to Youtube... on my S...
I`ve been cleaning & fixing this old stereo system. I can play tapes on the tapedeck, and records on the turntable, and now, after buying some cables from a thrift store(リサイクルショップ), I can connect it to my computer & play music from Youtube through it - nice! The stereo speakers are way (=much) better than my computer ones.

Unfortunately, the tuner on the stereo is still not working, so I can`t listen to music on the radio yet. I will try to fix that next.

Grammar:
- play games/listen to music/edit photos ON my computer/smartphone
- watch movies ON my computer/my smartphone/DVD/Youtube/Netflix
- chat with friends ON Facebook, Line, WhatsApp
#音楽 #趣味

ワオ!と言っているユーザー

Childhood Hobbies Podcast

スレッド
Childhood Hobbies Podcast
As you know, I love collecting things. In this 5-minute podcast, I talk about three of my childhood collections. Please listen & enjoy!

https://bohmeenglish.podbean.com/e/the-bohme-english-podcast-16-listening-%e7%b7%b4%e7%bf%92/

#趣味

ワオ!と言っているユーザー

Zoom Party

スレッド
Zoom Party
Last Saturday our school did something new - we had a Zoom party! First we introduced ourselves, then we chatted for a while, and finally, we played a game. The game was to find, in two minutes, five objects:
1) something purple
2) something square
3) something dangerous
4) something made in Japan, and
5) something sweet
It was interesting to see everyone`s items. Did you do anything fun last weekend?

Grammar:
Usually in English an adjective comes before a noun, e.g. 'a red ball', but an adjective comes after the words 'something/someone/somewhere/anything/everything/nothing' etc. e.g. 'We need someone strong' 'I wanna go somewhere warm' 'Nothing special'
#パーティ

ワオ!と言っているユーザー

1974 Oldsmobile Omega

スレッド
1974 Oldsmobile Omega
It was a long time since I`d been to Ichinomiya Tower Park, so I took my sons there last weekend. We rode bicycles, but it didn`t take long because we live kind of nearby. While we were there, I saw this car. I wanted to get closer, but the car didn`t stay long before driving off.

It was nice to get out, and my kids spent a long time playing with rocks & catching shrimp in the river; it was almost sunset when we finally left for home.

Grammar:
- It`s usual to use 'a long time' in a positive sentence but just 'long' in negative sentences & questions e.g. "Have you been in Japan long?" "I haven`t been here long, but my friend has been here a long time - 10 years."
#車

ワオ!と言っているユーザー

  • ブログルメンバーの方は下記のページからログインをお願いいたします。
    ログイン
  • まだブログルのメンバーでない方は下記のページから登録をお願いいたします。
    新規ユーザー登録へ
    現在 1/72 ページ
  1. <<
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. 5
  7. 6
  8. 7
  9. 8
  10. 9
  11. 10
  12. 11
  13. >
  14. >>