Category Archives: Movies and Books

Stand by for my next adventure!

Lately, I haven’t had enough motivation to study English. So, I was going to make an adventure list in English. But before I did it, I found a movie “Stand By Me” on Amazon video, so I watched it to practice listening to English. I’d watched this movie a long time ago. I’d  forgotten the ending of the story but I remembered it was about an adventure by some boys and the songs were quite good. But since I’d watched before I thought I might understand the English in the movie.

After I watched the movie, I thought I really liked it, it is my favorite type of movie.

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Spoiling to be a spoiler

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I decided that before watching Star Wars Rogue One, I would practice my reading and listening skills during the movie. I had two goals in mind. First, I would attempt to read the long sentences at the beginning of the story. This was important because they set the scene. This was going to be the first time I would attempt to read the opening story. So far, I’ve never understood it, because its rolling speed was too fast for me.😩  So I’ve always struggled to get into the story.

My second goal was to try to listen out for the sentence: “I have a bad feeling about this.” This sentence is one of the most well known in Star Wars.

And then the movie started. I was waiting expectantly for the text to roll at the beginning, but there was nothing! It was unlike other Start Wars movies. This was a pleasant surprise for me because I was able to get into the story straight awayDuring the movie, I was listening out for the sentence “I have a bad feeling about this.” I was able to hear it only once.
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Kindle my fire

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Finally, I bought a Kindle Paperwhite 32GB Manga model for 48% off on Amazon on Cyber Monday which was from 6th to 12 Dec 2016 in Japan. This Paperwhite Manga model might sell only in Japan, for now. I guess many Japanese like to read Manga (= comics)  more than people other countries, so Amazon Japan started to sell this model in Japan. It’s more expensive  (2000 yen or $18) than Paperwhite, but it has 8 times more GB. Actually, I wanted to get a Kindle fire HD8, as well. I couldn’t make up my mind between the Kindle Paperwhite or Fire HD8. I thought why do I need to get a Kindle? I wanted to get it to read and study many books in English. If I get a Fire, I think I would watch Amazon videos more than would read books. And I decided on this paperwhite after Amazon started to sell this Manga model in Japan.

Anyway, I‘ve been using this kindle a few days so far. The best point for me is “word-wise” for me. It shows a description for difficult words that I can see anytime. The description is written in small print above the word. So if there are many unknown words in the text, I don’t need to open the dictionary every time. Besides, if I know most of the words in the text, I can change the setting to describe fewer words.

The book that I read on the kindle for the first time is “The Walking Dead 1”.  This is a graphic novel, which on the Kindle I can view by page or by each individual frame. I’m not a comics fan at all, but If there are some interesting comics in English, it’s a good way for me to improve my language skills. The pictures might help me to better understand the written words. Anyway, I want to read a lot of books in English. But I wonder can I do it? 🤔

New words:
(   ) = Parentheses
graphic novel = Manga

A total theater experience: more than just sight

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I watched “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themin 3D and MX4D in Roppongi (Tokyo). It was my first time watching a movie with MX4D. It means the seat moves up and down, side to side and tilts front and back. There are four seats connected together. My row had two blocks of four for a total of eight seats. There were several people from other countries in my row.
Lights flashed during the thunderstorm scene, when characters magically moved and disappeared mist and wind flowed by me, my 3D glasses got covered with water drops. And when some bread appeared on screen, I smelled something. It only vaguely smelled of bread though. I so much enjoyed this movie with 3D and MX4D.

By the way, I bought an ice tea and some caramel popcorn to eat during the movie. The concession stand woman handed over the popcorn with a plastic bag. The plastic bag is in case we drop our popcorn when the theater chairs move. But I dropped many popcorns before the movie even started. I cleaned up around myself before I left the theater, though. Maybe I have clumsy fingers! 😅

New words:
vague = of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning
definite = 100%
exaggerated = if something is exaggerated, it is described as better, larger etc than it really is
concession stand = a small business that sells food, drinks, or other things at sports events, theaters etc
Five senses = sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste

Comment(Not corrected):
Next time, I want to watch “Star Wars” with 3D and MX4D.

Rumpelstiltskin: book review

I read Rumpelstiltskin in English in Online-English class.
When I read Rumpelstiltskin the story for the first time, I thought he Rumpelstiltskin was a poor person. Although he spun straw into a lot of gold in three times by with his magic, he got only got her neckless daughter’s necklace and her ring. For The third time, she promised him he had her promise that if she should become the Queen, she would give him her first child, and for that he once more span the straw into gold. He made some gold but he didn’t snatch away it When the daughter became queen and had her first child he didn’t immediately snatch it away from her. Because when he knew the Queen began to weep and cry, so that he felt pitied for her and gave her another chance. It was if by three days’s time you find out my name, then shall you keep your childHe said that if she could find out his name in three days she could keep the child.
And then the queen found out his name. He kept his words and he didn’t get take her first child. But he was frustrated and got angry, so he lost his left by himself got his right leg stuck in the ground, and ripped himself in half trying to pull himself free. After I read this story, I didn’t know whether he was a bad person or not.  Because I couldn’t find his wickedness and falsehood. I felt he had a gentleness in this story, too.
I probably thought think I didn’t grasp all the nuance of English  English of the sentences in the story. I thought I was surprised that this Original Grim’s story was horror and so gory and horrific, Because Rumpelstiltskin’s leg teared off as Rumpelstilskin ripped himself in half with his terrible anger in the last scene. Grimm’s story development was surprised me again!