Saturday, April 30, 2011
Here is my new gadget, yes, it's a waffle maker.
Though I often bake pancake, I'm a little bit tied of it. So I bought it. It might be more healthy than pancakes, if I put less butter in the dough. Because it isn't necessary to put oil into the waffle maker before baking it.
Now one week consecutive holidays has started. The day before yesterday the gardener finished trimming the garden, so yesterday morning I went to a nursery center and bought some herb seedlings. And of course I did gardening. (From the evening I had usual lessons.)
Today in the morning we went to buy sweets for my mother and my brother's family, because tomorrow we will go to TOKYO to see my daughters and them. In the evening we 'll come back here with Yuki's mother. She is going to stay with us for three days.
The last day of this holiday will be my "free time", and an usual holiday.
For Yuki these holidays are a kind of vacation, but for my daughters they are only three days-off. So they don't come back here. And our younger daughter M seems to busy to do job hunting. Unfortunately she hasn't get a job after her graduation yet.(She is going to graduate this March)
This year the success rate of jug hunting for new graduates is said to be about 60%. I hope she will be counted to this rate. If she will not----- now I try not to think of it.
These days I often think what does raising kids mean. In the period of my mother probably marriage should have been a goal of growing up kids. So in this mean my mother and Yuki's mother must be successful mothers. Now the goal may be earning enough money constantly and getting enough insurance by them self, it means to become a steady office worker.
In this mean we may be unsuccessful parents. Anyway we are watching for them, and it gives some stress. I'm not used to watching for them patiently.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Yes I have had some homestay students who were junior high school students, high school students, and college students. Though college students seem to be kind of adults, other students are "kids" in my view. Kids are all the same, probably in the world. Usually they are energetic, and sometimes they are noisy. Usually they are positive, sometimes they are selfish. I like to be involved with them, it makes my life exciting and sometimes tired in good meanings.
If you visited a foreign country for two weeks, would you rather do a homestay or stay at a hotel? I prefer doing a homestay. The most interesting thing for me is "usual" life, not tourist attractions.
What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten? --- Have you ever heard of SHIMOTSUKARE? It is Tochigi's peculiar food in winter. Many local people make it in winter at home. I tried various SHIMOTUSKARE, because it is said the taste is different with each house. but I'm afraid that all of them were not so food for me until now.
I bought this book recently. It is interesting. 30 families in a different country are introduced and most of things in their houses are shown outside.
We can guess what life they are doing --- it is interesting.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
In this CM about 10000 people appeared as extras. And now I know more people passed away from this disaster. So I hope that such a wonderful CM will appear when TOHOKU recovers.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Today's topics in English section were like that.
1. After the earthquake, we are facing to reducing electricity. Well, what is the best buy and what is the worst buy of electrical appliances?
2. It is said that our electricity consumption is supposed to surpass the supply. What should I do to reduce our electricity consumption?
3. If you have to select one thing, which do you chose --- to build a nuclear power plant to maintain current our electricity consumption, or to be strict against using electricity?
Fortunately, or unfortunately I didn't give speeches about these three topics. (This time my role was an evaluator.)
Now I try to say something about these topics.
1. The best buy is----not recently, but my home bakery made my cooking world wider. The worst buy is---, though it's not an electricity appliance, my cell phone. I don't like having a cell phone. But after the earthquake, I accept the efficiency, so I'm adjusting to a cell phone, especially writing an e-mail with thump.
2. Every summer Yuki claim that he wants an air condition in his room. But I'm afraid that I can't accept his claim this year, either. Because we should reduce our electricity consumption, so must not increase it. He has a big electrical fan in his room.
3. It's a really difficult choice. Until now, anyway we have to reduce our electricity consumption, and in a decade I hope some Eco power plants like wind power plants are built. But if I had to select either of one, I dare to choose to be strict against using electricity as much as we can.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
And yesterday I went to her house. She was waiting for me preparing some Thai meals.
Before I went to house I had already told her that I didn't get used to hot flavor. So she prepared mild taste Thai food. And beside of them she prepared typical "hot" Thai curry soup for Yuki.
I took back the pot of curry to home. She recommended to put some bean sprouts. So I went to a supermarket, and bought noodle and bean sprouts.
Ta-da! I made it. Actually it was "hot", but it wasn't hot than my expectation. It was hot and flavor taste. Of course Yuki was really satisfied with this hot taste.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Q1 Do you get a flu shot each year? Do you take your children to get flu shots? Do you think it's a great idea? Why or why not?
Last year I didn't get a flu shot. To tell the truth usually I don't get a flu shot. Because in season of flu shots (around November) I often catch colds, so I always miss the chance. On the other hand I would take my daughters to get flu shots, because I didn't want them not to be absent from school especially examination days. And my mother who is 76 years old gets a flu shot every year. She says "It's a good idea. It avoid getting the flu, and if I got the flu, the symptom would not be so bad."
Q2 When you catch a cold, how long does it usually last.
Once I catch a cold, usually it lasts a week though I seldom come down with a fever.
If I came down with a fever, I could cancel all of schedule. When I have a cold, I spend days as usual while I feel bad, and I often take a nap.
Q3 Which do you get more often, head colds or chest colds?
I get head colds with a slight headache, and runny nose.
On the other hand, if my husband catches a cold, it is usually a chest cold.
So we have two different kinds of cold medicine in our home medicine box.
How about you?
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
In the morning I attended my "English picture book workshop " group meeting. Every member came with a English picture book.
And Ms.K showed us "Curious George plant a tree". It's usual. Curious George series is translated in Japanese, and it has many fans in Japan, so even if the English story is too long, probably kids can listen to it. In the book "green day" is foundered. And she connected the day with April 22.
It is "earth day".
Actually in the last page of the book, there is a list we can do easily to save the earth. For example, "when you write something on the paper, use not only front side and also back side."
What can you do to save the earth????
Anyway I recycle plastic bags, newspaper, and so on, but it's not my will, it's "a law" in Japan.
"Earth day", I know this word today. I had a good day in the morning.
Monday, April 18, 2011
The coffee of this week is Starbucks coffee beans. To tell the truth I don't like Starbucks coffee at the shop, because it's too strong for me. But I like the beans, and I make it light with paper drip.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Going there is annual thing for us. We are glad to see them this year. When we came home, we had Natto & rice for breakfast.
Yesterday I went to KARAKU to play the piano. The master and I were surprised to know that it was about one month ago when I came there. For a month what a big change we had! They seemed to have a big damage. (Many tableware fell down and broke.) But now it's OK. There were four groups who were chatting. And When I started to play the piano, they were listening to me. Even though we had a little bit big earthquake while I was playing the piano, we had a good time through music. The master said "we don't need to seek a major economic power, we focus our inside to be rich ". Partly I agree with him. But if I were enough young, I would want Japan to be a major economic power again. The better economic works, the more energetic our life will become.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Just I said "Whew".
In the evening we had a hailstorm with thunder for a while and after that we had a big earthquake and some little earthquakes. Now it's almost seven o'clock.Even now we have some little earthquakes. It is said they are all aftershocks after the TOHOKU earthquake.
I turned on the radio. In Tohoku area they are blacked out again. Fortunately this area isn't blacked out. And there is only I in this house, so I'm not worried about my students. If some students were here with me----.
Just new terms started. (In Japan April is the first month of our school and fiscal year.)
Tomorrow I'll be at a children center at the same time. Will students come there? Probably they will come, because this area isn't any damaged like the other day. And everybody want to do usual life as much as we can.
But --- to tell the truth I'm a little bit scared of these days earthquakes.
On the other hand, --- today I went to a clinic to take herbal medicine. There is woman in the clinic. And she knew she is a pregnant. She evacuated from FUKUSHINA to this area, because her address is near the nuclear plant. She looks happy and worried. Anyway she's going back to her mother's house for a while. For her it might be difficult to get back her usual life. She has to face a new life.
Well, rains seemed to have gone, but it is getting cold. Yesterday even in this area cherry blossoms suddenly bloomed because it was warm day. And probably because of this coldness, the cherry blossoms will stop blooming. It means Yuki and I will be able to see beautiful cherry blossoms before their finishing on this weekend--- though just a new week has started.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
NG; What isyour problem?
OK; What is this isseu?
"Problem" has a negative nuance, and the NG phrase sounds like "Do you have any complaint?"
NG; I will tell you my opinion on this issue.
OK; I will share with you my opinion on this issue.
The NG phrase sounds high-handed.
NG; What did you think of the presentation?
OK; Could you give us some feedback on the presentation?
The NG phrase is too vague. You can't convey your will that you want to get other's opinions.
NG; This is nice.
OK; Great, Fantastic, Excellent, This is outstanding.
"Nice" is too usual word, so somebody might think that "not so great "
NG; You had better finish the brief by Wednesday.
OK; It would be great if you could finish the brief by Wednesday.
The NG phrase sounds overpowered.
NG; Please reply to this e-mail until Monday morning.
OK; It would be great if you could give us a reply until Monday morning.
When you use this word "please" on business , it tends to be insulting.
NG; We will do our best to sell 10000 units. This way is favorite way for Japanese, But usually on business nobody interests our will, they focus the result.
OK; We aim to sell 10000 units.
Could you give me some feedback on this article?