Jabble Family Part 1

Get to know your Jabble family. We asked everyone at Jabble a few questions. Here’s what they said.

Part one; Tokyo area schools. Shinjuku and Shimbashi.

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? 


Shinjuku; Kelly, Ayami and Mark.


I had a lot of G.I. Joe and Transformers toys.

I wouldn’t max-out my credit card!. I’m cheap and I hate shopping. Ha ha. (If I HAD TO choose, Yodobashi Camera; I like electronics)

As for punishment we used to get “off task” points. I used to get them for talking with my friends too much in class. (I can’t say the real one because I’m not sure if students would find it as funny as my friends and I did.)

I hang the toilet paper over, of course. I’m not crazy.


1.My favorite toy was my stuffed Doramon.

2. I would max my card at an outdoor store.

3. I’ve never been punished although I seemed to annoy the teachers sometimes for doing stupid stuff.

4. Toilet paper hangs over.


1. My favorite toy was probably my battery powered He-man sword that came with a bunch of lights and sounds. It would light up like a Christmas tree.

2. I would shop at one of the large music stores in Ochanomizu. I would love to have a Rhodes electric piano!
3.The worst punishment?That’s a difficult one. I remember having to sit against a wall for lunch time detention for pretending to be a Dalek from Dr. Who.
4. I was told you’re an optimist if you have the toilet paper hang over. So from that point on, I’ve been a Toilet Paper Hang Over man.

Shimbashi: Kenny, Miki and Nik


I had a lot of Star Wars toys.

I would max-out my credit card at Disk Union. It:s a record shop in Shinjuku. They have a great selection of industrial noise tapes.

The worst punishment was that I got caned for getting drunk on a school trip in Russia.

I put the toilet paper over but I don’t think it’s intentional.


I rarely played with toys. I preferred playing outside when I was younger.

I would max-out my card at clothing shops like Zara.

I was never punished in school but I always slept in class.

I hang the toilet paper either way.


I loved my Star Wars figures.

I’d max out my credit card at Antenna America (a great craft beer spot).

I got suspended (made to stay home) for 1 day for flushing someone’s swimsuit down the toilet.

I don’t care how the toilet paper is hung. Put the roll on the floor , it’s all good.




Mind Challenge Monday#9

Trivia day!

6 trivia questions just for you! Good luck!

  1.  What is the day after Christmas called in the UK, Canada, Australia,New Zealand, and South Africa,

  2. What country did bagels come from  (由来) from?

  3. How many ribs ( 肋骨) are in the human body?

  4. What’s the world’s largest island?

  5. Which Disney movies features the song “When you wish upon a star?”

  6. Which country won the first World cup (soccer) in 1930?


Silly Saturdays #8

100 types of walks as shown by Kevin Parry.

This is good, funny stuff. Notice the words at the the bottom. It’s pretty good vocabulary.

Our man in Japan

I don’t watch a lot of new TV shows, but earlier this year I stumbled across a fun show on Amazon Prime. It’s called James May: Our Man in Japan. It’s a docuseries (documentary TV series) that follows a British guy, James May, on a journey across Japan. As the James travels from Hokkaido to Kyushu, he goes to a lot of interesting places, meets some fascinating people and has some unbelievable experiences. If you have a chance, check it out and let me know what you think!



Learning English From Movie Quotes

『2001年宇宙の旅/2001 A Space Odyssey』(1968)
監督:スタンリー・キューブリック/Stanley Kubric

はい、『2001年宇宙の旅』です!徹底的な科学考証と圧倒的な映像美で、人類の進化を描いたSF映画の金字塔。初めて見た時の感想は「わけわからないけど、すげー!」でした。1968年、CG技術がほぼない時代、まだ人類が月へ降り立つ前の時代に撮られた作品とは到底思えません。これを劇場で目撃した当時の人たちが羨ましいです。400万年前、類人猿が知恵を手に入れて人類への進化の一歩を踏み出すところから物語りは始まります。その後、宇宙開発を行うまでに発展した人類は木星への有人探査を行いますが、途中でAI (HAL9000) の反乱に遭います。乗組員とHALの緊迫した戦いが繰り広げられ、そして物語りは更に宇宙の奥深く、未知の領域へと進んでいきます。HAL、めちゃくちゃ怖いです。


This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.


too+形容詞or副詞~+(for A)+to+動詞の原形…
例:He speaks too fast for me to understand.
例:Is it too late to go back to college at 40?

Allow A to+動詞の原形~
Let A to~よりも少し硬くてフォーマルな表現。allow you to jeopardize(危険に晒す)it(=mission)を直訳すると、「あなたがこの任務を危険に晒す事を許可する」となります。
例:My dad won’t allow me to date until I graduate high school.
例:You are not allowed to smoke here.


Mind Challenge Monday #8

Here’s today’s riddle!

Can you solve it?

Two fathers and two sons went fishing one day. They were there the whole day and only caught 3 fish. One father said, that is enough for all of us, we will have one each. How can this be possible?


Thanks to Dribble for the Gif

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba







翌日も買ってしまいました・( ^ω^)・・・


【I’ve used up all my luck!!!】


【It’s my lucky day!!!】






Mameshiba Puppy

I went to Lalaport in Funabashi the other day and of course I had to stop in at the pet shop. The next thing I know, the staff stuffed a Mameshiba into my arms. She was so cute but SO expensive.

Can anyone guess how much? Please type your guess below.

Learning English From Movie Quotes!

『ブロークバック・マウンテン/Brokeback Mountain』(2005) 

監督:アン・リー/Ang Lee





I wish I knew how to quit you.




I wish+仮定法過去


I wishの使い方は色々ありますが、後に続く節を過去形にすることで、現在における(実現の可能性が低い)願望を表現します。過去形ですが現在の願望なので注意してください。

例:I wish you could understand my feelings.


例:I wish I were a millionaire.


※I wishの後の文では、be動詞の場合、主語が何であれ、wasではなくwereになります。実際には口語だとwasを使っている人も多いですが。

How to+動詞の原形


この台詞の場合はhow to quit(=やめる) youなので、直訳すると「あなたをやめる方法」です。この状況での自然な訳としては「あなたを諦める方法」や「あなたと別れる方法」といったところでしょうか。

例:I don’t know how to get through this.


※get through  (困難などを)乗り切る