Common Mistakes

Let’s look at some common mistakes and how to better say what we want to say.



Here is a picture of my wife and I in front of Kaminarimon in Asakusa.
To be honest, it wasn’t our first temple visit of the year. It was our second. 😂 (We had actually done hatsumode at a shrine in Narashino City in Chiba.)

Can I ask our Japanese readers a couple questions?

1. In Japanese, how do you use it in a sentence? “Do” hatsumode? In English, we say to our English-speaking friends, “I did hatsumode.”
2. Can you do hatsumode at both shrines and temples? When I looked it up in my Japanese dictionary, it says “first shrine visit.” So I’m curious…🤔

Trendy Thursdays

The picture that exploded online.

Over the last few days a photo of American politician Bernie Sanders has been all over the internet. It has been tweeted and retweeted over and over.

People photo shopped Bernie’s picture into many famous situations and settings.

The original photo is from President Biden’s inauguration ceremony.

Pretty funny stuff. Why do you think this photo became so popular?


Learn English From Movie Quotes!

『ストーリー・オブ・マイライフ/Little Women』(2019)

監督:グレタ・ガーウィグ/Greta Gerwig



本日は昨年日本で公開された、比較的新しい作品からご紹介します。邦題は『ストーリー・オブ・マイライフ』となってますが、英題は『Little Women』=『若草物語』ですね。この定番の古典作品を、『レディ・バード』のグレタ・ガーウィグとシアーシャ・ローナンのコンビが再びタッグを組み(あ、ティモシー・シャロメもですね)、映画化!描かれているのは女性と夢、結婚、お金の物語。監督は見事に、この何度となく映像化され、使い古されてきた物語をフレッシュに蘇らせてくれました。




I’m so sick of people saying love is just all a woman is fit for. 







①I(S)/ am(V)/ so sick of people saying love is just all a woman is fit for (C)


②people(s)/ saying(v)/ love is just all a woman is fit for(o)

③love(s) / is(v) / all a woman is fit for(c)

④a woman(s)/ is(v) / fit for(c)


be sick of ~


例:I’m sick of wearing a mask.


例:I’m so sick of people telling me what to do.






Modern Family Monday

Common Mistakes

Let’s look at some common mistakes and how to better say what we want to say.

Learn English From Movie Quotes

『暴力脱獄/Cool Hand Luke』(1967) 

監督:スチュアート・ローゼンバーグ/Stuart Rosenberg


本日は少し古い映画からご紹介したいと思います。刑務所が舞台のこの映画。主人公ルークは戦争を経験した後、社会のシステムに馴染めず、つまらない罪で捕まってしまいました。『暴力脱獄』っていう、グロいB級映画のような謎の邦題がつけられていますが…、実際は素晴らしい社会は作品になっております。原題は『Cool Hand Luke』で、Cool Handというのはポーカーなどのゲームの「最高の手」を意味し、ポーカーなどで飄々と掛け金を積んでいくルークに、囚人達がつけたあだ名です。



What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.





what we/I have got here


上の台詞の文では、「what we’ve got here」までが関係代名詞what を使用した名詞句として主語になっています。what we/I have got hereは今、自分が手にしているもの、その場にあるものを誰かに見せたり、紹介したりする時などによく使います。

例:Look what I’ve got here!



例:I just got here. 


failure to~



例:Her failure to understand the situation is a problem for her co-workers.



例:I was a failure in business.






Sunset at Inage Kaigan beach


On January 1st, I decided to take a walk down to Inage Kaigan beach to see the sunset. I’d heard that you could see mount Fuji and everyone on the beach was lucky enough to have an almost cloud free sunset. The picture is nice but Mount Fuji looked much bigger in person. If you have a chance, go to Inage Kaigan beach for a beautiful sunset.


Trendy Thursday

Last week we talked about how we saw Korean boy band BTS everywhere.

Over the last few years and more so recently, I see oogui eater (gluttony eater or food fighter) Gal Sone on TV. She’s always in a food challenge eating verses bigger people like athletes,  sumo wrestlers and baseball players.

It is CRAZY how much she can eat. She eats up to 5 kilos of food at one time.

Nowadays You Tube queen of eating Kinoshita Yuka gets all the attention. With over 5 million subscribers on You Tube she’s making a good living eating like a pig.

Take a look at her eating 200 pieces of sushi. Oh my…Are you into watching people eat large amounts of food?

Textbook Tuesday

A) I stopped playing the piano when I was in my early twenties.= A: 20代前半でピアノを弾くのはやめた

B)I started collecting postcards when I was in my late forties.=B: 40代後半からハガキ収集を始めた

C) I stopped reading comics when I was in my mid thirties. =C: 30代半ばで漫画を読むのはやめた