at an English class


Adele / Rolling In The Deep


When I attended an English conversational class recently, I was surprised to hear one thing.

An American teacher said that "There is no bathrooms".
I had thought that "There are no bathrooms". I asked him about it.

He taught me that the both are correct.
When the subject is the situation of no bathrooms, you could say that there is no bathrooms.
When the subject is bathrooms, you could say that there are no bathrooms.




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Ikebana 7/5/2017 / 勘違い

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I had composed this arrangement of Agapanthus (アガパンサス), Ochroleuca (オクロレウカ), Spray Roses (スプレーバラ), and Leatherleaf Fern (レザーファン).

Now, the temperature in my room is 28℃. Many of the spray roses in this arrangement have been dying. I'm going to take out an electric fan from the storage this weekend.


Misunderstand

Yesterday, my father called me and said
"Mom (my mother) went to a hospital, but she hasn't come back yet. Maybe she got hospitalized, but I don't know where she is."
He sounded in a panic. I was very surprised to hear this. I said to him that he should be at home. It was around at five o'clock. According to him, my mother left home in the morning.
Firstly, I called my brother about it. He also lives far away from my parents, but he could go back there because it was Friday. It takes about three hours by car. I was thinking that I would go back by plane.

I then called some hospitals to ask whether or not my mother gets hospitalized. However, I didn't get any information.
My father said that maybe, the hospital was near a convenience store. My brother and I thought that there was no hospitals or clinics near the nearest convenience store from my parents' house.
My father said that he was going to go around the convenience store to get information. My brother told him not to use his car but walk there.

About one hour later, my mother called me that she had been in a hair salon. When she left there and was walking, she found my father walking around the convenience store. It was not the nearest convenience store from their house. It took about thirty minutes on foot from their house. It was lucky for them to meet each other.

'Hospital' is Byoin, and 'hair salon' is Biyoin, in Japanese. My father had misunderstood them.
Besides, he has a bad memory because of his age.







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cheese

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To be honest, I'm not a fan of cheese very much.
When I was shopping at a supermarket, I found that some kinds of luxury (for me) cheese were sold at half price because of short expiration dates. My family members love cheese, so I bought two kinds of cheese. One was Gorgonzola Dolce, and the other was Caprice des Dieux. I usually buy inexpensive cheese though.

When it was a long time ago, I tried blue cheese at a bar for the first time. I had thought that I could eat anything, but when I tried the blue cheese, I didn't think it was food.

My son said that both of the cheese tasted bitter, so, he didn't like them. However, I was surprised that the blue cheese, Gorgonzola Dolce, was very delicious. The other one, Caprice des Dieux, was good, too. I enjoyed the blue cheese with a little wine last night.
I want to buy another Gorgonzola Dolce even though it is not at a discount.




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Ikebana 6/21/2017

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I arranged these flowers which had been picked up from my teacher's garden.
When I got to her house, she had already prepared various flowers and leaves from her garden. I chose among them to arrange.
I'm not sure about some names of the flowers. ( Lanceleaf Tickseed オオキンケイギク?、Yellow Loosestrife, or Lysimachia Punktata リシマキア・プンクタータ、 Aster Savatieri ミヤコワスレ、Campanulaホウチャクソウ(カンパニュラ?)、Alchemilla Mollisアルケミラモリス、Rockspray Cotoneaster ベニシタン)

I thought that I really want to have my own garden, too. If I had one, I would plant some vegetables, herbs, and, of course, flowers. It is my dream.

Oh, speaking of my dream, I want to be a grandmother. Can I see my grandchild in the future? I really hope so although my son is still too young to get married. This is my new dream.




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online English lesson 6/17/2017

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I joined an Ikebana Sunday Workshop last Sunday.
These works were arranged by a professor. He came from Utsunomiya. He said that when he got to Hakodate, he felt cold.

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↑Dogwoods (ハナミズキ) are now in full bloom here.


I took some English tests recently. I realized that my listening ability is still not good.
I told about it to my online English teacher. I have learned the online English lessons everyday. In the lessons, I had read a news article and I had answered the questions at one lesson. After she listened to me about the result, she offered a new way to me.

The new way is that...
1. In the vocabulary part, I take a look the vocabulary and example sentences, and I repeat after the teacher.
2. Next, I don't look the article at all, and I just listen to her who reads loud one paragraph.
3. I then summarize the paragraph without looking the article.
4. Repeat like this way until the end.
5. After finishing the article, she ask me some questions.
6. I answer without looking the questions and the article.
7. After I finish the lesson, I read the aricle later.

I think this is a good learning for me. I like her teaching, so, I have chosen her as much as possible. Since she will not be avairable tomorrow, I'll ask another teacher to teach me the same way.





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Sakae

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Welcome to my blog.
I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
I hope that you enjoy my articles and photos.

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