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What are you thankful for?

This Thursday is Thanksgiving in America. It’s supposed to be a holiday spent with family and friends and being thankful for what you have, be it good health, a wonderful family and friends, etc. I have been in Japan for two years and I miss being at home in America for this time of the year, especially Thanksgiving. My extended family always had a big dinner and it was a good time spent eating and reminiscing about bygone days. I miss the awesome homemade food, the smell of a roasting turkey and ham (though I never ate either of these since I’m vegetarian), and of course the many side dishes such as green beans, sweet potatoes (yams), stuffing, and so on. I think what I miss the most is just being with my mom and my friends, enjoying one another’s company and making plans for Christmas. What are you thankful for? What do you like to do for family-oriented holidays?
by hello-eigo | 2014-11-25 14:57 | English Journal

Christmas is Coming!

As the famous Christmas song goes. The way I can tell that Christmas will be here soon is by the Christmas decorations in stores and the endless holiday music that plays on a loop in these stores. The music shop hasn’t begun playing Christmas music yet, but the store is decorated with Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer and snowflake cutouts. I really enjoy seeing these decorations to remind me of a pleasant time of the year, but I’m not always so thrilled to hear Christmas music continuously until the actual holiday. If I must hear it, I prefer different genres, including jazz, traditional, pop, R&B, etc. Luckily, I get to hear different versions of the same Christmas songs at the music shop. Do you enjoy Christmas music? What’s your favorite song? What’s your favorite version of the song?
by hello-eigo | 2014-11-18 15:51 | English Journal

Saying Goodbye in English

There are many ways to say goodbye in English. Goodbye. Bye. See you later. See you tomorrow. Until tomorrow. See you later, alligator. Also there’s “see you” and time words, such as “see you next Tuesday”, “see you at 6 pm”, etc. What I have never gotten used to is simply “see you” especially with perfect pronunciation of “you.” Now, in conversational informal American English, I’ve heard “see ya” and used it with my friends, but never with older people or respected members of the community. For me to use “see you,” even now, still feels foreign and strange and I much prefer “bye” or “see you tomorrow.” I simply do not feel comfortable using “see ya” with my students since they are not my friends, but rather my students. I hope my students can learn all forms of how to say “goodbye” in English, including the informal “see ya” and will do their best to practice everything they learn.
by hello-eigo | 2014-11-11 14:40 | English Journal

Festival Season

One of my favorite things about living in Japan is autumn and the number of festivals that are celebrated during fall. It seems like every weekend there’s some festival being celebrated and that means there’s always something to do. Last weekend, I went to the Kurashiki Jazz Festival, one of my favorite festivals in Kurashiki and one I have attended for the last three years (this year was my third year). I am so happy I discovered it three years ago after seeing a flyer for it while exploring Bikan Chiku. As usual, it didn’t disappoint and I saw some new bands I hadn’t seen before as well as one of my favorites I seek out every year. I hope to enjoy more festivals, including more jazz festivals, before the end of the autumn season.
by hello-eigo | 2014-11-04 14:22 | English Journal

Kid's Halloween Party

The Halloween parties on Sunday were a lot of fun! We had two parties: one for small children and babies and another one for the older children. Almost everyone dressed up or at least wore something Halloween-themed. I loved seeing everyone’s costumes, especially the babies. Some of the costumes were easily identifiable, such as the pirate, witch, and Alice in Wonderland costumes. My favorite ones were those that brought accessories with them, like a broom or a bag of pirate booty. The teachers also had wonderful costumes as well and I was so surprised to see them because I wasn’t expecting such creativity. I truly hope everyone had as much fun as I did at the Halloween parties and I look forward to our Christmas party in December!
by hello-eigo | 2014-10-28 15:08 | English Journal

Sunday's Halloween Party

It’s that time of year again for Hello’s annual Halloween Party. We’re preparing songs, games, arts and crafts, and a special trick-or-treat time for our students. I’m looking forward to seeing them dress up in special costumes. One of our class dialogues for the month is “what are you going to be for Halloween?” I’ve heard a lot of students say they’re going to be Spiderman, Mario, a witch, or a ghost. I can’t wait to see everyone and what they ultimately choose as their costume. I’m also looking forward to dressing up, though my costume is never anything special. However it’s one time of the year where I can wear whatever I want, which I greatly appreciate.
by hello-eigo | 2014-10-21 14:34 | English Journal

Sunday's Halloween Party

It’s that time of year again for Hello’s annual Halloween Party. We’re preparing songs, games, arts and crafts, and a special trick-or-treat time for our students. I’m looking forward to seeing them dress up in special costumes. One of our class dialogues for the month is “what are you going to be for Halloween?” I’ve heard a lot of students say they’re going to be Spiderman, Mario, a witch, or a ghost. I can’t wait to see everyone and what they ultimately choose as their costume. I’m also looking forward to dressing up, though my costume is never anything special. However it’s one time of the year where I can wear whatever I want, which I greatly appreciate.
by hello-eigo | 2014-10-21 14:31 | English Journal

Halloween!

It’s October and that means Halloween is upon us! I remember when I was a kid always looking forward to going trick-or-treating and getting lots of candy, be it good or bad. I loved going to houses that gave out regular or King sized candy bars and I’d remember to go to those houses every year. When I say “King size,” think extra large size! I also remembered the houses that gave out terrible candy and would avoid them the at all costs following year. Maybe the best houses were the ones where the family would make popcorn balls, which was a ball of popcorn held together with a sweet tasting coating of liquid sugar. I was lucky only a few times to ever get those because families eventually stopped giving out homemade treats due to safety reasons. Since I’ve been teaching at Hello, I always hope that some of my students will someday visit America or another western country that celebrates Halloween so they can really experience it—the costumes, the parties, trick-or-treating, and Halloween pranks. I always miss my home during this time of the year, the beginning of holiday season.
by hello-eigo | 2014-10-14 14:29 | English Journal

Seasonal Recipes

Last week, I wrote about my love for pumpkin pie and how much I want to eat it this year. Well, instead of pumpkin pie, last weekend I had the opportunity to enjoy homemade pumpkin soup. It was amazingly good! Perhaps it was the dash of cinnamon that tied the whole soup together, making it absolutely perfect. Of course the soup had a slightly different taste than what I was expecting because pumpkins grown in Japan are of a different variety and thus have a different flavor. Despite the different taste, it was still a very rich and filling soup, thick and savory. I think my new challenge will be to try my hand at cooking different fall and winter foods and sharing them with friends. So readers, what are your favorite seasonal foods and what do you love to eat at this time of the year? Please share any recipes you’d think I would like, especially Japanese ones!
by hello-eigo | 2014-10-07 13:51 | English Journal

Autumn is pumpkin season!

Autumn is my favorite season. It means I get to wear warm sweaters, curl up under the blankets with a good book, and eat hearty soups and stews. I particularly like the autumn season in Japan because I enjoy eating fruits, nuts and vegetables I normally don’t eat in America. For example, before I came to Japan I never ate a persimmon or chestnuts. You can buy these foods in America, but my friends and family never introduced me to them and I never went out of my way to look for them at the grocery store. Though I greatly enjoy these foods, the one food that tells me it’s autumn is pumpkin pie. It’s one of the foods I miss the most from America and I haven’t eaten it since coming to Japan. I hope to change that this year and try my hand at making one because I don’t know if I can go another year without having some of that creamy, spicy goodness. By the way, readers, if you know a place nearby that sells pumpkin pie, please let me know! I would love to have some!
by hello-eigo | 2014-09-30 14:32 | English Journal


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