26.02.2016 Friday, Free talking

19:00 ~ 19:50 1 student

20:00 ~ 20:50 1 student

Only one student attended and we talked about politics  a little bit; if people in Japan care and discuss about political issues. We talked about elections, voting , etc.

Next, we changed the topic and discussed about international marriages, how popular they are in Japan and how the parents react to it when they hear their children want to marry a foreigner. Various things we talked about. Nice discussion!


25.02.2016 Travel English + Free talking

19:00 ~ 19:50  3 students

20:00~ 20:50 4 students

We practiced several role-plays: Requesting a wake-up call, asking for more amenities and  calling the front desk to report a problem.

We then talked about our families, how many members we have in our families, how often we meet them, how similar or different they are, etc. the students all engaged in conversation and made it an enjoyable session.


2016.2.28 Sunday : SSB, PP

11:00~ 5人
12:00~ 4人
Pattern Practice
13:00~ 5人




remember doing
forget to do
tell somebody to do
admit doing
allow somebody to do
be tired of doing
be fed up with somebody doing
see somebody doing


I remember to buy some milk.「牛乳を買う(必要がある)ことを覚えている」
I remember buying some milk.「牛乳を買ったのを覚えている」
I forgot to meet John.「Johnに会うのを忘れた(Johnには会っていない)」
I forgot meeting John.「Johnに会ったのを忘れた(会ったはずだが顔を覚えていない)」




What should I do?
I think you should do~
Why don’t you do~?
How about doing~?
If I were you, I would do~
I recommend that you do~
That’s too bad.
I’m sorry to hear that.




2016-02-28 Sunday Free Talk

Lesson 1 – 14:00-15:00 – 2 Students.

Lesson 2 – 15:00-16:00 – 2 Students.

As these were my last ever lessons for Velco, I had brought in donuts. One student asked if I liked sweet things and we spoke about sweet and sour and what tastes we like. I said I like sour and eat lemons whole. One student had worried that their watch was broken, but it seems to work. I have a pocket watch and we spoke a bit about watches and clocks before moving on to items that are passed down through the family and heirlooms. We discussed what items were normally passed down and I commented that wedding rings are and will sometimes be re-used within the family. The students commented that this seemed strange and, while rings may be passed down, wouldn’t be re-used. Another thing I thought of being passed down were pen-knives, which lots of people used to have; they were handy for DIY jobs. We spoke about DIY not being popular in Japan and the students were surprised when I said that my dad had built an extension to our house by himself. We finished the first lesson talking about passing houses down to your children and what people do with the family home.

In the second lesson, I asked one student, who had arrived a bit late to the first class, how they were. They spoke of having been busy at work and that they have just moved and were now closer to their work and the tram they need to take to take to get there. We spoke of tramways for a bit and how some of them, like the San Francisco tram, are almost tourist attractions. We also talked about double decker trams and buses – which I had not seen in Japan. We then spoke about the difference with buses in England and Japan; in England you pay when you get on the bus, in Japan you pay when you get off. We commented that you could not pay the full amount or run off without paying in Japan, but people don’t seem to. We then discussed using lots of coins to pay for something and how we worry that we are creating a queue behind us. One student said that, in the shop they work in, foreigners always pay with a note and not coins and we discussed why that might be. I said I do pay with coins and will try to get rid of coins when I have too many, but maybe people wouldn’t try to hurry me up because of my piercings. The students then asked if I had experienced any negativity due to my piercings while in Japan. I said most people hadn’t seemed bothered by them, but that some people had seemed to comment that my piercings would be seen as scary especially in a teaching job. Both students said that they didn’t think they were scary. We then talked about tattoos and not being able to go to an onsen with them. One student mentioned working in a hospital and seeing a person, who they assumed was yakuza, with large tattoos but not coloured in; they wondered if it was because tattoos were too painful for him. I said large tattoos have to be done over several sessions. But maybe he was yakuza and hadn’t reached a high enough level to have coloured yakuza tattoos. We finished the lesson talking about cool tattoo designs and people who have random Kanji tattooed on them and the strange Kanji and English words found on T-shirts.


A…. (e.g. Dog, Beer, Sweet) person.



Candied peel.


Clock face.

Big/Hour, Small/minute, second hand.

Stanley Knife.

Go up.

Passed down.



Double decker.


Tongue in Cheek.

Thank you both for coming to my last lessons and thank you to all the students I have met and taught. It has been a pleasure teaching you! 皆さん、お疲れ様でした!

I wish you all the best for the future!

マイケル 🙂

2016,2,27 Sat. SSB トラベル英会話

13:00- 2people  14:00- 2people  15:00- 5people




Q: Did you +動詞原型~?(~しましたか?)

A: Yes,I did. I ~ (うん、~した).    No,I didn’t. (ううん、しなかった)

Did you have your hair cut?    Yes,I did last weekend.

(髪切った? うん、先週末切ったの)

Did you watch that movie last night?    No,I was really sleepy.

(昨日の夜、あの映画見た? ううん、眠たかったから・・)

Did you meet your girlfriend on Valentines Day?    No・・・ She was too busy.

(バレンタインに彼女と会った? ううん、彼女忙しくて・・)

Did you read a book today?    Yes,I read finished reading HIBANA.

(今日、本読んだの?  ええ、火花読み終えちゃった)


* Did you~? を 「でぃど ゆうー」と言うとかなりカタカナ丸出しなので、

ちょっとリエゾンして 「でぃっじゅー」と発音してみましょう(^_-)-☆








2016.2.27 Saturday: SB, 多読, プレゼン

16:00-17:00 3 students
17:00-18:00 3 students



We want a staff member to assist our president.

I have a lot of things to do today.

I got a chance to talk to the famous actor.


I’m trying to eat less to lose my weight.

18:00-19:00 3 students


turn out to be (~であると分かる、~だということになる)
What she said turned out to be true.

19:00-20:00 2 students

トピックは、(48)「Do you think the former baseball player
Mr. Kiyohara can (will) make a comeback to show business?
Why or why not?」でした。

find out(知る、発見する)
I found out the truth.
I knew the truth.だと、過去のある時点において、真実を“知っていた

pretend to do(~するふりをする)
She pretended to cry.
He pretended to be my boyfriend.

I’m afraid ~(~だと思う)
I’m afraid he can’t come to the party.

次回3/5(土)のトピックは、(49)「What do you think is difficult/easy
English compared to Japanese or other languages?
To me, letters are easy to learn since there are only 26! Also,
there is a space between two words, so it’s easy to look up a word
in a dictionary. On the other hand, prepositions are difficult to use.
What do you think?

2016-02-27 Saturday Free Talking

Lesson 1 – 15:00-16:00 – 2 Students

Lesson 2 – 16:00-17:00 – 1 Student

We spoke about my leaving japan and how much luggage I will be taking back. We spoke about needing to make space for gifts that I need to buy for friends and family before discussing what I could buy them. I suggested I buy Yatsuhashi as I know no one else likes eating it but me. The students asked why they didn’t like Yatsuhashi and I explained it was due to the way it looked. We spoke about people not wanting to eat food based on its appearance and some foods we thought were too disgusting, such as tarantula. We then spoke of T.V. programmes and how the presenter will always say the food is delicious. We finished talking about how well we receive gifts – something I am worried about as I feel i come across as ungrateful.

In the second lesson we spoke of Japanese seasonal sweets, such as はなみだんご and いちごだいふく. We talked about nuts and fruit in sweets and our favourite nuts. We then spoke of ice cream, our favourite types and famous brands in our country. I wanted lots of sweets after this! Our talk then moved to vocal tics – phrases we say without even noticing. The student said they find themselves saying すみません a lot and we discussed how the British and Japanese are constantly saying sorry. The student felt I’m sorry was not always appropriate, so I gave an example of how the words after it change the meaning. We looked at other words for saying sorry and when we might use them. Towards the end of the lesson, the student asked me about what I hoped to do when back in England.


But, ah well.


Resting bitch face.

Vocal tic.


I’m sorry you’re leaving.

Thank you for coming! Tomorrow are my last lessons. There will still be snacks, so please come along!

マイケル 🙂

2016.2.25 Thursday : SSB, パターンプラクティス

3:00pm ~ 3:50pm 1 student
4:00pm ~ 4:50pm 1 student

7:00pm ~ 7:50pm 2 students
8:00pm ~ 8:50pm 4 students

・現在形 How often do you ~ ?



6:00pm ~ 6:50pm 4 students
・How long have you been ~ ?
・Have you ever been to ~ ?
・Have you ~ yet?


2016.2.22 Monday : プレゼン英会話, ゼロからクラス, SB


3:00pm ~ 3:50pm no students

If you come to this class, please prepare a presentation about one of the following topics :
・Do you prepare for an earthquake? If yes, how?
・If you were a blogger, what would you write about?
・What would you bring to a deserted island (無人島) ?

Or any topic is welcome if you want to talk about other stuff.

The length of each presentation can vary – but usually between 3 minutes and 5 minutes.

ゼロからクラス(全4回講座 Are you~?Do you~?と5W1H)

2:00pm ~ 2:50pm 0 student
6:00pm ~ 6:50pm 1 student
第2回 be動詞の肯定文・疑問文・否定文



7:00pm ~ 7:50pm 4 students
8:00pm ~ 8:50pm 4 students
・dress up, give off, drink/eat/use up, blow up, play it by ear



2016.2.24 Wednesday: BF

19:00-20:00 4 students
20:00-21:00 4 students

This week 6 students came to BF class in total.

In the first hour we talked about coffee, tea and water. Now
it is really common to buy canned or bottled tea at a supermarket
or a convenience, but it was a bit shocking when first canned tea
came out (by the way,  the first canned green tea came to market
in 1985 and pet bottle in 1990.). We also talked about carbonated
water, which is more popular in Europe. Now there are many kinds
of carbonated water in Japan, so I guess our taste has changed.

Then, we discussed this survey about Japanese workers’ working time.
Nowadays, more workers start working before 8:00, and a wide range of
age groups including the younger generations wake up early. The whole
society is getting more active in the morning. Do you agree? We also
talked about “asakatsu”, morning activities, which is now getting trendy.


most +名詞
most of +名詞
× almost +名詞

「most」の後は不特定の名詞、「most of」の後は特定の

Most people speak French in Quebec.
Most of the students come to school by train.