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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)

 

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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

 

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

Good walking route

One of my favorite walking courses is to get off the train at Kinshicho station and walk to Skytree. After that, I head to Sumidagawa and walk along the path beside the water to the Asahi building. Then, I usually cross the bridge and take a picture of all of the buildings together. Here are a couple of pictures from my last walk around that area.

If you get a chance, you should try that course. It’s nice.

Do you have any favorite routes to walk? Please share it with us

Dave

船橋校

 

Jabble Family #2

Get to know your Jabble family.

Part two ;Chiba schools. Chiba and Funabashi.

1.What was your favorite toy as a kid?

2.At which store would you like to max-out your credit card? (max-out= reach your spending limit).

3.What was the worst punishment you received at school?

4.Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Chiba: Jesse, Paul and Yuki.

Jesse: 

1. I used to love playing with Lego.
2. I would max-out my credit card at  Seijo Ishii Supermarket or any gourmet food supermarket.
3. I got double secret probation from my high school math teacher. Crime unknown.
4. I hang the toilet paper hanging over. I’m a sane person.
Paul 
1. My favorite toy growing up was my proton pack.
2. I would go crazy on my Visa card at Tanakaya in Mejiro. Their beer selection is great.
3.I got a week of lunchtime detention. Crime unknown.
4. The toilet paper roll goes over!
Yuki 
1. My favorite toy when I was a kid was Lego.
2. I would spend everything on massages.
3. I’m an angel. I never got in trouble.
4. I don’t talk about toilet things.
Funabashi: Dave, Marshall, Chika, Mark and Samantha
Dave
1. My favorite toys were Transformers. They were so cool when i was a kid.
2.  I’d spend a lot at Golf 5.
3. I got earlier morning detention a few times for forgetting to take off my baseball hat in History class in grade 11.
4. I hand the toilet paper roll over.
Samantha: 
1. My favorite toy was my nice drawing pencil set.
2. I would max my credit card at a home decor store.
3. I got dentition once because my dad was late driving me to school.
4. I hang toilet paper over.
Chika: 
1. My favorite toy was a teddy bear named Kuma.
2. I would max my credit card buying gemstones and minerals.
3. I never got in trouble! I never missed any homework.
4. I hang toilet paper over every time.
Marshall:
1. My favorite used to be Lego. I made spaceships and Star Wars fighters out of them.
2. I would max out my credit card at K’s Denki or Bic Camera.
3. My worst punishment at school was getting suspended for 3 days for playing paintball shirtless. 22 other guys also got suspended.
4.Hang toilet paper over if you are normal and under if you are a cat.

Learning English From Movie Quotes!

『フロリダ・プロジェクト 真夏の魔法/The Florida Project』(2017)
監督:ショーン・ベイカー/Sean Baker

本日は、『フロリダ・プロジェクト』という作品をご紹介します。監督のショーン・ベイカーの名前はこれま
で知らなかったのですが、この作品があまりにも素晴らしかったので、今後、過去作品や新作もチェックして
いきたいと思っています!タイトルの「フロリダ・プロジェクト」は、フロリダのディズニーリゾート建設の
プロジェクト名であり、また英語の「プロジェクト」は低所得層のための公営住宅も意味します。この映画は
、“魔法の国”のすぐそばで、貧しい生活を強いられている人々と、そんな環境の中でも圧倒的な輝きを放つ子供
たちの、ひと夏の物語です。
台詞は、安いモーテルに泊まる羽目になってしまった観光客のカップルが、モーテルのロビーで言い争ってい
る様子を眺め、主人公のムーニーが友達に放った一言。

I can always tell when adults are about to cry.
(大人が泣きそうな時っていっつもわかる)

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tell
見分ける
tellは「伝える」という意味でみなさんご存じの単語かと思いますが、「見分ける(聞き分ける)」「わかる」
という意味でも非常によく使います。
例:I can’t tell the difference between American accent and British accent.
(アメリカ訛りとイギリス訛りの違いがわからない)
例:How can you tell if diamonds are real?
(ダイアモンドが本物かどうかってどうやってわかるの?)
be about to+動詞の原形
~するところ
これから何かしようとしている時に使える表現で、“今まさに”というニュアンスが出ます。
例:I am about to sleep.
(今から寝るとこ)
例:I was about to call you.
(ちょうど君に電話しようと思ってたとこなんだ)

 

Ayami
新宿校