Category Archives: English class

To the victor goes the spoils

The English class after the interview test, my teacher and I celebrated my passing of the 1st test. I prepared a margarita, beer and nuts. As the day was hot, I put some ice in the margarita. My teacher brought a beer, but the beer had 8.4% alcohol. I said, “This class was Breiko~!” 

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My board and a glass of margarita

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The negotiator

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Lately, I sometimes negotiate with my teacher. Because my teacher was busy and our classes were not as frequent as usual. One day he completely forgot a class, being so tired. It was the first time, though. But he needed to give me five free classes. After that, my teacher frequently canceled English classes. Finally, my teacher said….

“I’d like to apologize for my flakiness and for being untrustworthy last week. My excuse is that I was very busy, but things should be back to normal now.”
Me: “And?”😐
My teacher: 😱”How many free classes do you want?”

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Blogger Recognition Award

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Thank you for nominating my blog for this award, Niall O’Donnell!
I’m very glad. … but … it seems like a big English assignment from Niall. 🤔 😱 😂  

English-Language Thoughts by Niall O’Donnell is a great and interesting blog. This blog is about a lot of things related to the English language.
While studying English, sometimes I revisit the same article a few times because it takes me a while to complete it, so I’m happy when it’s interesting! I’m using Niall’s blog as part of my English studies. If you interested in it, check it out!
https://englishlanguagethoughts.com/

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Happy anniversary to me!

One year has passed since I started writing this blog. 🎉   This is the first time I’ve been able to continue posting on a social network for a long period of time. So far, although I’ve had several social network accounts, I couldn’t continue them. Because it always became a pain in the butt after a few posts.

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Psychology quiz

You are traveling on a long journey with five animals.
The five animals are a donkey, a cat, a wolf, a cow and a raccoon.
But you have some troubles in the middle of the journey, and you have to say “goodbye” one by one to each of the animals.
Which order do you say goodbye to animals?

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Beans: The magical fruit?

In 2017, February 4th was Setsubun, which is what we name the day before the first day of spring. It usually occurs around February 3rd. On this day, in a custom called Mame-maki, we throw and scatter roasted soy beans, inside and outside our houses while saying, “Get goblins out of the house! Invite happiness into the home!”

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After that, we eat a bean for each year of our age and pray for happiness throughout the year. Some older people find eating them difficult because the beans are usually unseasoned and just taste like beans. During this time, we sometimes ask other people their ages and make small age related jokes.

There are many Setsubun events held in temples and shrines. The beans at these events are usually in small packs. If you are lucky, you can catch pack of beans for free. Although I didn’t go to any events and I didn’t do it in my house, I got a bunch of beans for sale this year. And then, I got an idea.

I will eat those roasted soy beans if I want to stop from becoming hungry. It’s my new diet.  I wonder if it will work for me?
Anyway, I should go on a diet and exercise. I can’t wear my pair of jeans now. 😱 😭

Diet-related Haiku → Time to Haiku 2

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Picky learner 2: Finding the ultimate teacher

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I’ve had a ton of English teachers so far. I guess it has been over 100 teachers. Sometimes they gave me good lessons, other times it has been painful. Only 10 min sometimes felt like an hour. So I wanted to find a great teacher for me. For students, This is very important. Just like great athletes have great coaches.

For me, it was hard to find a good teacher. The biggest reason was most English lessons include talking about personal things. There are many private questions in English material books, too. I sometimes think talking about my personal life in English class is weird.
However, I realize that it is helpful to accept western culture while learning English. Also, I need to learn this skill if I want to talk to somebody in English as I would talk to a good friend in my own language. For that reason, I was looking for a good teacher who could also be my good friend. This was my list, requirements and necessary qualities for a good teacher… Continue reading