2016.1.31. Sunday. BF

BF 3-4 pm 1 Student.

We talked about the student’s current work project and how it is so much work that she often misses the last train home. She talked about quitting and joining her family business.
I asked about it, and we talked about her family’s hostel, which is quite unusual in that no one works there through the night. I asked if her family has always owned it, but she said that her parents used to run a cafe, so we talked about coffee for a while, she said that she really enjoyed Italian coffee, so much that she was not impressed when she came home to Japan and had Japanese coffee.
I told her that drinking “Bottomless” or free refill coffee in America, my tastes changed.
We then spoke about the price of tea, and I think it is expensive to buy a cup of tea in a cafe, compared to buying a box of tea in a super market.
I asked where she wanted to travel to in the future, and she told me that she’d never been to Czech, so we talked about the cheap beer there, and she said it was cheap in Germany, but Czech sounds cheaper.
We talked about Germany for a while, and I recommended the Black Forest gateaux. We talked a little bit about Falconry.

BF 4-5 pm 2 Students.

I was shown a picture of a city in Germany that is almost perfectly round, and I was told that the city was built where a  meteor had once fallen.
I started to say that I am interested in “local legends” when our 2nd student joined us, and we all caught-up briefly. She had a bad arm the last time I spoke with her, and I was very glad to hear that it had improved a lot now!
I described what Legend means and how the use of the word has changed a little over time. I asked if there were any good local legends -imagining that there are lots because Kyoto is historical- but the students couldn’t think of any, so I asked if there are any haunted places, and again they couldn’t think of anywhere, but we spoke about ghosts and haunted places, saying Japan has many, as does England.
We talked about being open-minded in regards to spirits, and we started talking about scary movies, and we contrasted “scary” movies to “creepy” movies, and how they may change our dreams. We talked about dreams for a while, and I said about Lucid dreaming. We talked about other strange things in life; I said that 4 days before David Bowie died I started to think about him for no reason, and then found his album for sale by coincidence on the day it was released.
We talked a little about these strange coincidences and then we talked about David Bowie and other musicians, and what we like about music. One student said lyrics didn’t matter, as long as it is a nice melody, so I played “Mack the Knife” as it has a nice melody, but the lyrics are about a serial killer.

Key Phrases

Bobby Darin
Haunted
Local legend
Falcon
Falconry
Psychological
Creepy
Black Forest Gateaux
Refill
Bottomless
How long is your commute?

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2016-01-31 Writing Practice, Business English and Free Talking

Writing Practice: 12:00-13:00 – 1 Student.

Business English: – 13:00-14:00 – 1 Student.

Free Talking: 14:00-15:00 – 1 Student.

Writing Practice:

We went over prepositions of time and for transport and looked at when to use ‘a’ and ‘an’.

Business English:

We started the presentation on Employee Absence, covering sickness.

Free Talking:

We spoke about the student’s job, which is busy at the moment as they must submit tax returns by tomorrow! We spoke about tax in England and Japan and I spoke a bit about completing Self Assessment tax in England. We also talked about getting money back from the Tax Office, which is very rare. We spoke about the Student’s Noh mask class and what they are making. The student then spoke of my being able to knit, and we discussed it being seen as a more of a feminine activity. We both can knit, so we spoke about what we have knitted and patterns. We also spoke about sewing – my parents felt it important we know how to sew from a young age. We finished the lesson talking about other home skills such as baking and cooking and preparing meals for vegetarians and pescetarians.

Vocabulary:

Tax Rebate.

Pescetarian.

Omnivore.

Thank you for coming today! I hope to see you all again soon.

マイケル 🙂

2016-01-30 Free Talking

Lesson 1 – 15:00-16:00 – 2 Students.

Lesson 2 – 16:00-17:00 – 1 Student.

In the first lesson, we talked about the cold weather and if it affects us – my hands have got dry and cracked – and what we use to help them. While showing how bad my hands are, I found a strange scratch on my arm and remembered it was from a cat. We started talking about cats and dogs and if we were a cat or dog person. Shiba dogs are getting to be the most famous Japanese dog and I showed the Doge Meme, which I think is why it is so famous. We spoke of memes online and the things we do online to procrastinate. I procrastinated a lot at University, but one student is studying Law so has to study hard. We finished the lesson discussing law and legal matters.

In the second lesson we spoke about the student’s upcoming exam and discussed what sort of exam taker we are. We talked about people getting nervous and stressed and even crying in the exams. We then spoke about mistakes we made on exams – one of my biggest mistakes was on my French exam; I forgot to include all the tenses and had to try and use the future, past and other tenses in a few sentences. This brought us to discuss conjugations with European languages, which can be quite hard, and that they have masculine and feminine words.

Vocabulary:

Playful.

Photogenic.

Meme.

Procrastinate.

Bias.

Jury

Juror.

Anonymous.

Fasten.

Handful.

Conjugate.

Tense.

Declaration.

Thank you for coming! I hope to see you again soon.

マイケル 🙂

2016.1.31 Sunday : SSB, PP

SSB
11:00~ 6人
12:00~ 5人

Pattern Practice
13:00~ 5人

 

こんにちは!

今日のSSBではペアで自己紹介をしてから相手の情報を述べる練習と、
There構文の勉強をしました。

 

自分の自己紹介は何度も経験があって簡単に感じてきた人もいると思います。
でも、例えば自分の友達を他人に紹介したことはありますか?

面倒なことに英語では主語がHe / She になってしまうと
He likes~, She goes to~ のように三人称のsをつけなくてはならなくなります。
日本人はよく落としてしまうのですが、単純な紹介文などで慣れていきましょう。

 

There構文に関してですが、
これは「単にある場所における存在」を示す時に使う構文だと覚えておいて下さい。

例えば

There is a pen on the desk.

は、そのペンが誰の持ち物であるか、などの背景的な情報は全くなく、
ただ机の上にある、ということを述べています。

一方

I have a pen in my bag.
Do you have a pen?

など、日本語では同じく「あります」という訳でも
haveを動詞として用いた文では所有者が必然的に分かりますよね。

このような少しの差があることを覚えておいて下さい。

 

今日のパターンプラクティスでは
カタカナ語(和製英語)を英語でなんと言うかを学びました。

その際用いた表現と和製英語の例を挙げておきます。

How do you say ______ in English?

How do you spell it?

What does ____ mean?

 

マフラー:scarf
トイレ:restroom / bathroom
コンセント:outlet
マンション:apartment
アルバイト:part-time job
ペットボトル:plastic bottle
チャック:zipper
ノートパソコン:laptop
 

それではまた

 

haruka

2016.1.30 Saturday : SSB トラベル英会話

13:00- 2people  14:00- 4people  15:00- 4people
本日のトラベル英会話。
西洋を旅する時つきものなのが、チップの問題。
チップの習慣がない日本人にとって、ニコニコするのも
「おもてなし」という概念もすべて心から。
そんなものにお金を払うなんて・・という意識が強いですね。
旅慣れた私でも、昨年アメリカのグランドキャニオンオプショナルツアーに参加し、
ツアーガイドさんにチップを払うのを危うく忘れるとこでした。
食事のときはテーブルに、ホテルの部屋の清掃は枕の下に。
というお決まりコースから外れると、ハッとしますよね。
そして、料金にチップって含まれてるんちがうん??
なんか損した感じ・・しますよね?
なので、向こうからしたら「日本人はお金を持っていながらチップを払いたがらないケチ」
と感じるかもしれません。
そこで、お釣りをもらったとき、さりげなくこう言いましょう。
Keep 3 dollars for yourself. (3ドル取っといて)
さあ、かっこいい自分を想像して、どこかで試したくなったでしょ?

2016.1.30 Saturday: SB, 多読, プレゼン

SB
16:00-17:00 2 students, 17:00-18:00 2 students

今週のSBは「不定代名詞」を学習しました。
不定代名詞とは例えば、one、none、something、another、the other(s)
などの、「何かの代わりとなる名詞なのにその“何か”が不特定な代名詞」の
ことです。ややこしいですね・・・。これがheとかsheみたいな普通の代名詞なら、
それらが指すのは誰なのか、分かりやすくていいのですけどね。

生徒さんとお話をしていると、時々、「one」と「it」を混同して使っている場面に
出くわします。前者は不特定、後者は特定のあるものを指します。例えば、

I lost my pen, so I have to buy one.
I had lost my pen, but I found it later.
上の文の「one」は「a pen」の代わりで、下の文の「it」は「the pen」の代わりです。

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多読トレーニング
18:00-19:00 1 student

マイナンバーと個人情報に関する記事を読みました。
今日出てきた表現です。

enable 人 to do (人が~出来るようにする)
This law will enable any companies to access to the big data.

allow 人 to do (人に~させる、するよう許可する)
The teacher allowed his students to go back home.

help 人 to do (人を助けて~させる)
I helped my son to do his homework.

「多読トレーニング」クラスは、英語の読解練習をしながら、社会のことも学べる
大変お得なクラスです(笑)。レベルはSB/BFとFの間ぐらいなので、
SBレベルの文法を理解されている方で、「SBやBFではちょっと手ごたえが
なくなってきたな~」と思われる方、是非ご参加下さい。

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プレゼン英会話
19:00-20:00 0 students

次回2/6(土)のトピックは、(45)「Pick a country and tell us
about it.」とします。行ったことがある国・ない国、興味がある国、
行きたい国、ユニークな国、どんな理由でもいいので、国をひとつ
選んで、その特徴を教えて下さい。人口や地形、宗教や食習慣、
行事等々、何について語っていただいても結構です。

2016.1.27 Wednesday:F

Shijo Freetalk

7-8pm: 2 students

8-9pm: 2 students

We began by discussing a type of short english poem called a limeric, and read one called “the Pelican”, and how the author was using rhyme and even making up words “belican”, “helican”, purely to rhyme with “Pelican”.

We discussed how the student had been to the shrine for the new year.

We discussed the students interest in travelling in Asia along the silk road and to areas where ancient forms of Buddhism are still practiced such as Myanmar.

We finished with a word game called “Hangman”

See you next week,

Antony

2016.1.29.Friday 接客・ビジネス、発音マスター

接客・ビジネス 12:00~13:00 1 student

発音マスター 13:00~14:00 1 student

 

本日は2時間ともマンツーマンでした。

じきにjob interviewをひかえていらっしゃるということで、自己アピール等、生徒さんが用意された内容で、実際に面接を想定した受け答えの練習などをしました。

 

What do you think is the most important working as a team?

 

That’s how I learned to overcome hardships.

 

set my goals higher

 

など。

 

他、発音の面では、母音の発音記号の上につく「´」(ǽ á é ó など)強く言う所、また、It was ~ イト ワズ ではなく、イッ ワズ の様に、t の音をほとんど発音しないほうが、より英語らしくなる、 などを紹介、練習しました。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016.1.28 Thursday : SSB, パターンプラクティス

SSB
午後の部
3:00pm ~ 3:50pm 2 students
3:00pm ~ 3:50pm 3 students

[Lessons]
・goを使った表現
go to hospital
go to the station
go for a drink
go shopping
go home
go on holiday
・I wish I could, but…という誘いへの断り方

夜の部
7:00pm ~ 7:50pm 3 student
8:00pm ~ 8:50pm 4 students

[Lessons]
・goを使った表現
go to hospital
go to the station
go for a drink
go shopping
go home
go on holiday
・I wish I could, but…という誘いへの断り方

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パターンプラクティス

6:00pm ~ 6:50pm 4 students
[Lessons]
・~後の”in”, ~前のago
・What was her name again?

 

Thanks!

2016.1.27 Wednesday: BF

BF
19:00-20:00 3 students, 20:00-21:00 3 students

This week 5 students came to BF class in total.
Thank you for coming.

We first talked about “B to B” and “B to C”.
Which do you prefer? Of course we are more familiar with
“B to C” companies because we have more chances to get to know
about them. But actually there are so many good “B to B” companies,
and you may like to work for one of those companies. We talked
about our job experiences in each business style.

Later we talked about Japanese ambulance system
and what problems would occur if the system was charged.

今日出てきた単語、表現等です。
submit, turn in, hand in

retailer
wholesale

be tired of/ be tired from
I am tired of my job.
(仕事に飽き飽きしている)

devote myself into ~
I’m devoting myself into gardening.
(ガーデニングに夢中!)

tell the difference
(違いが分かる)

try to do / try not to do
I always try not to see Japanese subtitles.
(私はいつも、日本語字幕を見ないようにしている)