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Can You Tell I`m a Geek?

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Can You Tell I`m a Geek?
Can you tell* what`s interesting in this photo?

Shall I tell** you?

Well, if you look carefully, you`ll notice that the shed is actually a converted train carriage. I can`t tell* what it`s used for now, but it has windows & curtains, so maybe someone uses it as a bedroom. Cool! (Actually, it`s made of metal, so in summer it probably gets pretty hot.)

Vocabulary:
- *tell... = notice, know, understand
- **tell (+誰かに)... = say, teach
#鉄道

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F.C.Gifu v V-Varen Nagasaki

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F.C.Gifu v V-Varen Nagasaki
I went to see F.C.Gifu on Sunday. If they`d won, they would`ve gone to #14 in the J2 League table. But they lost. They lost badly. They missed a PK. And one Gifu player got a red card. Now their league position is #21.

Oh, and it rained.

I should`ve stayed home.

Pronunciation:
- "Would`ve" と "should`ve" の発音は "would of" と "should of" と似ている。 書く時に、ネイティブもたまに間違える事があります!
#スポーツ

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Mokku Mokku

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Mokku Mokku
I enjoy visiting this shop in Yanagase in Gifu City. They mostly sell used wooden furniture, but they also have interesting antique & retro items such as lampshades, bottles, picture frames, postcards, etc. The shop is called "mokku mokku." What does mokku mokku mean? It translates as 'wood wood' - an interesting name for an interesting shop!

Grammar:
- What does ___ mean? OK
- What means ___? WRONG
- What does mean _____? WRONG

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Imaise Cherry Blossoms

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Imaise Cherry Blossoms
Have you been to see cherry blossoms yet? You`d better hurry - soon they`ll be gone! I took this photo in front of Iwato Shrine in Imaise, Ichinomiya. A festival is held there every spring. Have you ever been to it? This year it`s on the 21st of April. Please go! I`m going.

Grammar:
- "...been..." = 行って来ました
- "...gone..." = 行った (今はもうない)
- "Have you (ever) been...?" は "Have you gone...?" より普通です
#花

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(Non-Alcoholic) Cider

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(Non-Alcoholic) Cider
One of my hobbies is to take care of the local park where my kids play. I cut the grass, pull out weeds (雑草), pick up trash etc. I like to keep it looking good.

Anyway, the other day an old lady (really old - she had a walking stick in BOTH hands) in a nearby garden called me over to thank me & give me a gift of five cans of Mitsuya Cider. How nice! Thanks, very old lady near the park.

Japanese English:
- In Japan, cider (サイダー) is a non-alcoholic drink, similar to lemonade, but in western countries, cider is an ALCOHOLIC drink made from apples - don`t buy it for your kids!
#グルメ

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Fleamarket Finds

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Fleamarket Finds
Do you like fleamarkets? Some people don`t like them, but I find* them interesting. You can see things that you don`t normally see in shopping centres. Also, if you`re lucky, you can find** a bargain (買い得).

These are my finds*** from a fleamarket in Gifu last weekend: a toy car (¥100), 2 children`s books (¥50 each), a silk necktie (¥50), & a towel with a picture of a sumo wrestler (¥800). The car is for my collection, I gave the books to my kids & I will give the towel to a family member as a present.

Vocabulary:
- *find (動詞)= 思う, 分かる
- **find (動詞) = 見つける
- ***find (名詞) = 見つけた物, 拾い物, 発見、戦利品

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Kogane Shrine Festival

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Kogane Shrine Festival
On Saturday there was some kind of festival at Kogane Shrine in Gifu, near our school. As you can see, participants were carrying a 'mikoshi' - a kind of portable shrine, and they were wearing 'happi', a kind of traditional decorative coat. Have you ever worn a happi? I haven`t, but I hope to have the chance one day - I think they look kind of cool.

Grammar:
- a kind of 名詞 = 名詞の種類
- some kind of 名詞 = 名詞の種類 (何の種類か分からない感じ)
- kind of 形容詞 = けっこう、ちょっと形容詞

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You Can Take Photos at Daiso

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You Can Take Photos at Daiso
In some shops, you can`t take photos, but I was surprised to see this sign at a Daiso 100yen store. It says that if you want, you can take photos of things in the store & post your photos on Instagram, Twitter, etc.

So I took a photo - of the sign!

Grammar:
- すみませんが、こちらは撮影禁止となっております = I`m sorry, but YOU* can`t take photos here.
- この店舗ではお値打ちなものが買えます = YOU* can buy cheap things in this shop
- * You = 誰でも (not あなた)

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Poky Little Puppy Sign

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Poky Little Puppy Sign
This children`s book is about four puppies (子犬) who keep* digging holes under a fence and escaping. Their mother keeps* making signs telling them not to dig holes under the fence anymore.

I don`t have puppies, but I keep** chickens. Soon it will be spring & they will eat the new leaves on my blackberry plant, so I put yellow fencing net around it to keep*** the chickens out, and keep*** my blackberry plant safe. Then my kids and I made a sign like the one from the book.

Vocabulary
*keep + 動詞ing = 〜し続ける
**keep + 名詞 = 飼う
***keep + 名詞 + 前置詞 / 形容詞 = 名詞を〜に保つ、名詞を〜にしておく

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Konomiya Shrine Naked Festival

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Konomiya Shrine Naked Festival
On my way home from Nagoya on Sunday, I got off the train at Konomiya Station and made my way to Konomiya Shrine to check out the naked festival (裸祭). It was difficult to take a good photo because there were a lot of people & police in the way. Standing around naked in winter... it looks like a good way to catch a cold.

By the way, the reason I went to Nagoya was to see an art exhibition:
https://en.bloguru.com/otto/343190/2019-nitten-exhibition

Vocabulary:
- On my/your/the way... = 行く途中
- In the way = 邪魔をする、行く手を塞ぐ
- Make my/your way... = 目指す
- By the way = ところで
- A good way (to...) = (...のは) 良い方法
#文化

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