タグ別アーカイブ: 札幌英語

Easteryaki-tastic!

Thanks to everybody who came to our Easteryaki party. It was fantastic!

Enjoy some photos here:

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Cheers everyone! Happy Easter!

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Who’s the Easter bunny?

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Busy cooking

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Easter bunny salad

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Still cooking!

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Don’t they look good?!

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Time for desert yaki! Yummy!

NELS Easteryaki party!

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:

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However, NELS has put a twist on this idea, which means we not only make traditional takoyaki, but we use our own unique fillings too. How about ham and cheese, or, as it’s Easter, why not try chocolateyaki? Trust me, it’s delicious!
To see photos from our previous parties, and for more information in Japanese, check out our website here, and our Facebook page here.
There will also be fun quizzes and games so you can learn about the more traditional aspects of Easter.
Why not join us?
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Linking pronunciation class homework answers

Thanks to the students who came to my latest pronunciation class. We studied different rules about linking: consonant-vowel links, vowel-vowel links with an added /w/ or/j/ sound, and same or similar consonant-consonant links.

Try to mark in all the links below. You’ll find the answers underneath.

A: But Tom, I really want to go out with them today. I already missed two opportunities and was late twice too.

B: Not today, Amy. I’ve finished work now and have got to collect Tim from Mandy’s so I need the car.

  1. I want two apples and one big grapefruit.
  2. Both the windows are broken.
  3. My friend isn’t going to be on time.
  4. I can’t tell when Neil’s joking.
  5. These are the best tomatoes I’ve ever had.

Below are the answers.

_ = consonant-vowel links, vowel-vowel links with an added /w/ or/j/ sound

– = same or similar consonant-consonant links

A: But-Tom, I really want-to (or wanna) go_/w/_out with-them today. I_/j/_already missed-two_/w/_opportunities_and was late-twice too.

B: Not-today,_/j/_ Amy. I’ve-finished work now_and have got-to (or gotta) collect-Tim from-Mandy’s-so I need-the car.

  1. I want-two_/w/_apples_and_one big-grapefruit.
  2. Both-the windows_are broken.
  3. My friend_isn’t going to be_/j/_on time.
  4. I can’t-tell when Neil’s joking.
  5. These_are the best-tomatoes I’ve_ever had.

How did you do? Don’t forget it’s REALLY IMPORTANT that you SAY the sentences ALOUD to practise. Have fun!

 

(Thanks to Oxford Online English for the sentences.)

To all my ‘listening’ students: How to improve your listening

So, you’re studying Eiken, TOEIC, TOEFL or even just general English, but you still can’t fully understand what you hear. Read this, and let me know if you find it useful.

Then check out our lessons at NELS here.

NELS events in February -Ski trip and Song lesson

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.

NELS New Year Party 2015

Yesterday we held our third New year Party at NELS. We started the party by pulling Christmas crackers from the UK:

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We drank mulled wine (hot and with spices),

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and everyone bought lots of delicious food:

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There were even cheese and beer flavoured crisps!

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We played a true or false speaking game:

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and then did a quiz about new year celebrations all over the world:

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Happy New Year!!!

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To see more photos from the party, go here.

To find out more about NELS English Language School, go here.

How to write REALLY EXCELLENT English

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!kotomiWell done! Now you are ready to move up to grade pre 1 !

NELS Christmas Party

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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!

Christmas is coming! Why I love December

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!

Another thing I love about December is Christmas. I love going home to the UK to see my family. My little niece and nephew get so excited. DSCN9451

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.

On Christmas Day my family always goes to the beach with our dog. She loves chasing sticks and stones in the waves. Xmas Day walk (2)

We exchange presents and even the pets get gifts too.

Xmas eve

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!

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We then have Christmas cake which my mum makes in October or November.

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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!

This was when me and my family went to a very old local pub:DSCN9462

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  .

Afternoon Tea Party and David’s concert

Last Sunday we held out 2nd Afternoon Tea Party at NELS. This time it was extra special, however, as my cousin from England was in Sapporo. He’s a professional musician and songwriter so we asked him to sing for us. He then taught us his songs so we could all sing along too, karaoke style! It was great! Please enjoy the photos and one of his songs below:

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To see more photos, go here.

For more about NELS classes and events, click here.