Maybe you’ve heard of Easter, and if you’re Japanese or know the language, you’ll know yaki, meaning grilled, but what happens if you put them together? You get Easteryaki! Normally the word before yaki is tako, meaning octopus, and takoyaki are round balls of dough with octopus inside:
This month we have our annual ski and snowboard trip. Last year we went to Furano, but we are back at Niseko again this year. If you’re interested in the trip, check out the information in Japanese here.
Also this month we have a special Song Lesson given by our American teacher, Randi. She’ll be teaching you the Eagles’ song Hotel California. She says:
Do you enjoy American music? Would you like to be able to sing along with confidence? Impress your friends at the next karaoke event with your newly perfected rendition of Hotel California by the Eagles! …or, if you are like me and do not like to sing in front of others, you can always enjoy jamming out in your car or at home.
No worries, you don’t have to sing in class. But we will listen to the song, work out the lyrics together, and discuss the meaning. You will walk away from this class with a complete understanding of an American classic.
For the Japanese translation , and to find out more about joining this lesson, click here.
Yesterday we held our third New year Party at NELS. We started the party by pulling Christmas crackers from the UK:
We drank mulled wine (hot and with spices),
and everyone bought lots of delicious food:
There were even cheese and beer flavoured crisps!
We played a true or false speaking game:
and then did a quiz about new year celebrations all over the world:
Happy New Year!!!
To see more photos from the party, go here.
To find out more about NELS English Language School, go here.
The best way to be good at something is to copy someone or something that is perfect, right?
So this is what one of our NELS students, Kotomi did for an 英検 homework. Isn’t the result fantastic?! She also marked on lots of pronunciation guides such as linking, cuts, holds and schwa to help her sound more natural. Great job, Kotomi!Well done! Now you are ready to move up to grade pre 1 !
What have we been making for you for this year’s Christmas pressies? You’ll have to come along to our party at the Curious Fox pub in Sapporo tomorrow night to find out! If you’ve been good, maybe you’ll even get a kiss from Santa (…if you’d like one, that is!)!
Merry Christmas from NELS!
I love December! Why? Because for me, in Sapporo it is when the snow begins to fall which means I can do my favourite thing – snowboarding! I know lots of people don’t like snow, and I understand why – it’s difficult to get around, it’s cold, wet, and becomes dirty quickly. But, to me it gives me energy, and is fresh, pure, and beautiful. My perfect day is when the sky is blue, the sun is shining, the ground is covered with fresh snow, and I am at the top of a mountain with a snowboard! I can’t wait!
They also have their birthdays near Christmas, like almost all of my family does, so it’s even more exciting for them. I usually spend Christmas Day with my family, and then after Christmas, I go to my brother’s and we have a second Christmas. This year will be extra special, as I’ll see my cousin David, who you may already have met as he’s been in Sapporo and played a concert for us at NELS. I also have a special friend from Japan visiting so I’m looking forward to showing her what Christmas is like in the UK.
We exchange presents and even the pets get gifts too.
We eat a big Christmas dinner around 1 o’clock, which is usually turkey, although sometimes we may have duck or goose, and lots of roast potatoes and vegetables all cooked in the oven. It’s my favourite meal of the year!
We then have Christmas cake which my mum makes in October or November.
Later, we have a light meal of maybe cheese and crackers and importantly, Christmas pudding! Christmas is a family day with lots of food and drink. I love it!
At NELS we are going to celebrate with a Christmas Party on Saturday December 13th at The Curious Fox Pub here in Sapporo. For more information, check here.
For more information about NELS, go here .
A few people have asked me about my recipes from the NELS tea party so I thought I’d share them with you.
The scone recipe is from probably the most famous British chef at the moment, called Jamie Oliver. Here’s his recipe. He writes a lot, so let me know if you need any questions understanding it.
I was also asked about my honey mustard chicken sandwich recipe, so here it is.
I hope you can find all of the ingredients and enjoy making the food!
Please let me know if you would like any more information.
Strictly speaking there are actually only 2 tenses in the English language: present tense, and past tense. However, there are 16 different aspects of tense which makes it difficult for English learners to work out if they should be using the past perfect simple, the present perfect continuous, or any of the 14 others!
But don’t worry! Look at these easy to understand tense charts which show you simply the situation in which we use each of the tense aspects. Study the image, read about it below, then click the arrow on the right to study the next.
Then, why not write your own sentences for each of the 19 situations presented in the charts! Good luck!
More photos to come!
Yesterday in my /m/, /n/ and ‘ng’ pronunciation lesson, we had fun learning some tongue twisters including this one on the video. Check it out and join in the fun!
Many an anemone sees an enemy anemone.