End of 2006 Review

On the last day of 2006 I have decided to look back at this blog.

The reason for this blog is to help my students with their English. It’s hard work learning a language, but I hope my students are able to read this blog and enjoy the English language.

It started on Sept 22nd, and in ‘I can’t read’ (Sept 29th) and ‘Funny story: glasses disaster’ (Oct 6th) I wrote about my bad eyesight, and my need for glasses. Well, I still have my 98yen glasses and I use them from time to time, but I think my eyesight is getting a little better. I’ll probably buy a real pair of glasses next year and I’ll just use them for reading very small print (like the answers in the Teacher’s Book).

On Sept 30th, in ‘Murphy’s Law No.1, I wrote about my umbrella problems. One of my umbrellas is still hidden at Abekawa Station. I’ve used it two or three times, it’s been a great success.

In ‘How does Masako feel?’, Oct 4th, I asked if the Japanese government have made a decision whether a female can become the Head of State, and at the moment no-one seems to care.

Now my students seem to realise that ‘very delicious’ (Pizza isn’t very delicious, Oct 23rd) is not a good combination of words, and that ‘really delicious’ is much better, and I’m really happy about that.

But not so many people read ‘Rose tea’, Nov 10th, which I thought could help you with another important point about adjectives.

From Nov 2nd I followed my favourite football team, Tottenham (Spurs) in their UEFA Cup matches. They have won all six games so far and are now in the last 32, and will play Feyenoord (Holland) in January.

On Nov 17th I found out that one of my students is a banana, but I have some bad news: bananas are in danger. I’ll give you some more information later.

There was another grammar blog on Dec 7th (Singular and Plural) which many people read. This is an area of grammar that is different in the Japanese language, so I guess it’s pretty tough for you.

And on Dec 8th one of my students told me that Harry Potter was the star of the Indiana Jones movies. Now I hear there will be a fourth Indy Jones movie; I look forward to seeing Harry Potter using his magic power on his enemies.

There were a few blogs about Santa, and on Dec 17th I wrote about ‘Silent night, holey sock’ which I thought would be very interesting but unfortunately nobody read it, what a shame.

There were many other articles (I should say posts), in fact I have written 70 so far and there have been 162 comments, for which I would like to say a big thank you. The blog has been viewed about 2,500 times which is far more than I had imagined.

I hope this blog is enjoyable and that it helps with your progress in English. Please continue to read next year, and also please continue to read after our course has finished.

Happy New Year, and I hope the white team wins!

Blook

As you probably know the word ‘blog’ comes from the word ‘weblog’. Web is the last word of www, World Wide Web, and log means diary or journal.

It’s not a very nice sounding word, but it has become very popular in a short time, and there are a few related words which are now also used, for example: to blog (the verb), and blogger (someone who writes a blog).

And recently another new word has appeared: blook. This has a slightly better sound. It is a mix of blog and book. Some people are now writing their own books onto their blogs. It’s a nice idea.

One of my friends, who uses the blog name ‘dragonlife’ has just started his blook. The title is ‘The life of a Dragon’ and it is a fantasy story in three parts. You can easily find it in Links, which is on the right side of this blog. I wonder if the writer of a blook is called a blooker?

And I am also writing a book (not a blook). This will be made with paper and ink in the normal way. It is not a fantasy book, it is a book for children, and comes with a CD. I’ll let you know more later.

Snowmen v Santa

Yesterday I didn’t do anything on this blog; it was a Christian holy day (holiday).

There are many Christmas decorations in my house and I decided to count the number of snowmen and Santas that I have. I counted every picture, figure and decoration in my living room, and which one do you think I have most images, snowmen or Santas?

The score is 38 Santa images and 35 snowmen. So Santa wins. But there is no Santa, and there is no chance of making a snowman round here.

Then I counted the number of images of Jesus Christ. One.

Snowmen

A snowman is man-like figure made from balls of snow. The image of a snowman is connected with Christmas in Western culture. Building a snowman is a popular winter activity for children. There are many styles of snowmen across different cultures.

A snowman can be made by rolling a large ball of snow for its body. A second (and often a third), smaller ball is placed on top, as its head. Eyes and a mouth, are added using coal, small stones, or buttons. A nose may be added, using a piece of fruit or a vegetable, such as a carrot (but no bananas please!); sticks are sometimes added as arms. And snowmen often are given a pipe and a hat.

In the United Kingdom and Japan snowmen are usually built with two balls of snow, whereas in the United States the ‘three-ball method,’ is much more popular.

But there is no snow round here. I wonder if people build snowmen on Mt Fuji?