Thursday, November 23, 2017

a cup of ( )

Can you pick up one word among 23 nouns in terms of grammar?

advice / air / bookstore / bread / cheese / coffee / food / fruit / furniture / happiness / information / jam / marmalade / money / news / oil / paper / peace / sugar / tea / water / wood / yogurt

“bookstore” is the only word you can count among this list.

You can count countable nouns. You cannot count uncountable nouns.
To explain this, the textbook has example sentences:
There is a bookstore around the corner.
There are two bookstores there.
Which do you like better, jam or marmalade?

If you need to count “coffee”, you can say “a cup of coffee”.
“many” is used with countable nouns and “much” is used with uncountable nouns.
“a lot of” can be used with both types of nouns.

Look at the picture I took at a cafe. Towns also have English examples:
a cup of happiness
a lot of happiness
                                                                                             (166 words)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Living Words

Do you like chocolate? If you like it, you must have seen the word “bitter” on its package. Look at the picture I took. 

One of my students asked me a question. “How do you say 苦い in English?” Answering this question, I cannot help think that she must have seen the answer in her everyday life.

My students, look around you! Studying your textbook is your job as a high school student, but your life is not only in the classroom. You are living your own life. Why don’t you look for English words in your town. Words also are living.
                                                                                                  (103 words)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Welcome back to Japan!

2nd graders of my high school went to Vietnam as school trip last week.
My students, welcome back to Japan!
Did you eat フォー?
Do you know how to write it in English?
You can see it at convenience stores. Look at the picture I took.

I have never tasted the real "Pho" in Vietnam.
My students, let me know what you saw, what you felt, what you thought, and what you learned.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


My high school has global and local learning for students.
For example, my students can take 3 days lessons of Chinese, Korean, Spanish, German, or French languages.

I am in charge of managing these classes of many languages. I watched a French lesson and one sentence introduced through YouTube caught my eyes.

I am also in the wind ensemble club. And today, my students went out to play music at a festival in our local community.

The word “ensemble” can be a key word of both global and local learning.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I Hate English!

I forgot my textbook.

Tell me the reason why.

It was eaten by my dog.


Pochi ate my textbook.


My dog can read my mind.


I hate English!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Society and the World

What do you think of the difference?

Society is always around you, but the world can be around and within you.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

On Inauguration Day

six words description:

He is raising his right hand,
wearing a red tie as usual,
putting his left hand on Book.

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Tanka

一粒の向日葵の種まきしのみに荒野をわれの処女地と呼びき (寺山修司)
(hitotsubuno himawarinotane makishinomini kouyaowareno shojochitoyobiki)

Only planting a seed of sunflower has made me call the open space my virgin land.

Blessed are those who have a seed of sunflower in your hand.
On Coming-of-Age Day in Japan.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Haiku

葱買て枯木の中を帰りけり (与謝蕪村)
(Negikoute karekinonakao kaerikeri)

Bought green onions and went home through naked trees.

It ushers us into a Japanese hearth.