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Dog cafe

I went to a dog cafe in Asakusa the other day. It was a pretty good 30 minutes! The dogs were running around and playing with various toys. Some of them had funny clothes on. Enjoy the photos!

http://owls-cats-forest.com/free/mameshiba-asakusa

Nik

新橋

 

Textbook Tuesday#2

 

Be supposed to: 〜することになっている、や、〜するはずとゆう意味。ここでは、wasと過去形になっているので、〜するはずだった(しなかった)になります。

 

I’m supposed to go to a movie tonight but I don’t feel so well.

I was supposed to go to a movie last night but I didn’t feel so well. I stayed home instead.

 

Mind Challenge Monday#14

 

The Australian Quiz

True or False

  1. The Didgeridoo is also used as a weapon. True or False?

  2. The Great Australian Bight is an open bay on the south coast of Australia. True or False?

  3. Paul Hogan became famous by playing the role of a crocodile hunter in Crocodile Dundee. True or False?

  4. Mt Kosciuszko is an active volcano. True or false?

  5. The Great Australian Bight has no beaches. Only cliff faces. True or False?

  6. The Platypus has a venomous spur that can cause a lot of pain. True or False?

  7. Vegemite is a dessert in Australia. True or False?

  8. The Koala sleeps for 18 hours a day. True or False?

Multiple choice

  1. The reason the Blue Mountains in Sydney are blue is:

 

  1. Because of the Eucalyptus leaves b) Because of the clouds c) because of the amount of fires. The smoke makes the mountains blue.

 

2. The Australian movie, ‘The Castle’ is about:

 

  1. The first castle built in Australia b) About a man defending his family home c) About a boy and his imaginary castle

 

3. Vegemite is made from:

 

  1. A combination of bush tucker found in the outback b) yeast from the bottom of the barrels of beer c) fermented cocoa beans

 

4. The Capital of Australia is:

 

  1. Sydney b) Darwin c) Uluru d) Canberra

 

5. The Australian movie ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ is about:

 

  1. Australia’s first attempt to have a queen b) Drag queens who perform shows in the outback and small rural towns c) A documentary about the Wajiri queen bee and the activity in the hive

 

6.  The City to Surf event held in Sydney is a:

 

  1. A cycling race b) a mini marathon c) An outdoor art festival

 

7. Which celebrity didn’t appear on the famous TV soap opera ‘Neighbors’

 

  1. Russell Crowe b) Guy Pearce c) Nicole Kidman d) Kylie Minogue

 

8. The Australian Movie ‘Animal Kingdom’ is about:

 

  1. A documentary of the Australian animals in the outback b) An eccentric Australian zoo keeper c)  A crime family in Melbourne

Thanks for the quiz Mark!

新宿校

References and links:

 

  1. https://www.spiritgallery.com.au/didgeridoo-basics

  2. Crocodile Dundee https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090555/

  3. The Great Australian Bight https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Australian_Bight

  4. Mt. Kosciosko https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/kosciuszko-national-park

  5. The Australian movie ‘The Castle’ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118826/

  6. The Australian movie ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109045/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

  7. The City 2 Surf mini-marathon in Sydney https://city2surf.com.au/

  8. The Australian TV Show ‘Neighbours’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neighbours

  9. The Australian movie ‘Animal Kingdom’ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1313092/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

Shakurel Planet

Last year, when my wife and I were walking through Akasaka, we saw this vending machine. It had a bunch of funny animal figurines. The ones that I liked the best were the Shakurel Planet animals. All the animals have really big chins. I want to know why all these animals have big chins.

Mark

新宿校

Learn English From Movie Quotes

『わたしは、ダニエル・ブレイク/I, Daniel Blake』(2016)

監督:ケン・ローチ/Ken Loach

イギリスの巨匠ケン・ローチの作品から。80歳を超えた現在も、移民や貧困などの社会問題を扱った作品で、力強いメッセージを発信し続けるケン・ローチ。イギリス、ニューキャッスルに暮らす貧困層の実情を描いた本作品で、二度目のパルムドール受賞を果たしました。いったい誰の為の社会保障制度なのか。引退宣言を撤回してでも伝えたかった、彼の静かな怒りが見る者の胸に深く突き刺さります。

台詞は、正当な手当てを受ける為、複雑な手続きに翻弄されてきた主人公が、ついにそのバカげたシステムに痺れを切らし、役所の職員に放った一言。

 

When you lose your self-respect, you are done for.

(尊厳を失ったら、人間おしまいだ)

 

★ポイント

Be done for

もうダメだ

forのあとに何もつけないと、危機的状況などに陥って、希望がなく、もうダメだという表現です

 例:I’m done for.

    (もうダメだ)

 同じくdoneを使って、色々と表現できます。使い方次第でニュアンスが微妙に違うので気を付けてください。

 例:I’m done for the day.

    (今日はこの辺にします)

 例:I’m done.

   (終わった)

 例:I’m done with her.

    (彼女とはもう終わってる)

 

 

Ayami

新宿校

 

Textbook Tuesday#1

Get used to: 〜に慣れる(経験によって慣れたニュアンス)この文だとHad to get used to なので、〜に慣れなければいけなかった、になります。

I have to get used to waking up early for work.

I had to get used to waking up early for my new job. I’m used to it now.

I can’t get used to waking up early for work. I’m just so tired.

 

Mind challenge Monday#13

Today’s brain teaser!

 

A cat and rabbit weigh 10kg. A dog and rabbit weigh 20kg. A dog and cat weigh 24kg. How much do the rabbit, cat and dog weigh all together?

good luck!

 

 

 

Student train photos. CONTEST!

Winner will be decided Sunday evening

Yoshiyuki’s photo of
East i-E, inspection train for tracks.
I had to Google this as I had never seen it before. Apparently it’s a very rare train to see. Well done Yoshiyuki!

 

Yoshiyuki’s photos of
A. New year train at Choshi station taken on this years’ new year day.
B. Hayabusa & Komachi at Tokyo station.

Pretty good photo of Choshi Electric Railway!      https://postacollect.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/chiba-3-choshi-electric-railway-%E9%8A%9A%E5%AD%90%E9%9B%BB%E6%B0%97%E9%89%84%E9%81%93/

 

The second picture has the Komachi train; a high-speed shinkansen service between Tokyo and Akita and the Hayabushi train; travels  between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.

Is this a rare scene? The two Shinkansen trains nose to nose?

 

 

Miyuki’s photo of Kominato Railway.

Very nice shot with the cherry blossoms.

https://matcha-jp.com/en/4114

Silly Saturdays #12

Let’s go wayyyy back to 1998. American Rap group Beastie Boys filmed their video Intergalactic in Shibuya and Shinjuku stations.  It was a tribute to Kaiju movies. Enjoy and have a great weekend everyone!