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December 13 – blessing

December 13 – blessing

December 13, 2019 =========

☆  blessing 祝福

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A blessing is something good that you are grateful for. For example, “The recent rains are a blessing for the farmers.” Or, “Her new baby has been a real blessing.”

There are a couple of idioms that use today’s word, too. Firstly, “Count your blessings.” This means that you think the person should be grateful for what they have and think about how lucky they are, instead of complaining.

Secondly, if something is “a blessing in disguise” you mean that something caused problems and difficulties at first, but later you realized it was the best thing that could have happened.

And thirdly, if a situation is a “mixed blessing”Read more about December 13 – blessing[…]

December 12 – well-being

December 12 – well-being

December 12, 2019 =========

☆  well-being 幸福

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Your well-being is your health and happiness. It is the state of being happy, healthy and contented. There are many things that can influence your well-being:

– enjoying your work
– enough money
– regular exercise
– healthy food and water
– quality sleep
– good relationships with a partner and friends

And of course, all of these things interact with each other, to create a high level of well-being. What else do you think affects your well-being?

Bye,

Chris

December 11 – vibration

December 11 – vibration

December 11, 2019 =========

☆  vibration 振動

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In recent years, there has been a lot of information about our vibration, and how it can affect what happens to us. For example, the Law of Attraction idea is that if we raise our vibration, then we can improve our lives and attract better things into our lives.

I found quite a few results on Google about increasing your vibration in order to increase your serendipity. There are many videos and articles by Joanna McEwen, who is a qualified Sound Therapist. She refers to Emoto’s book, The Secret Life of Water, to show the differences between positive and negative sound and how those vibrations can affectRead more about December 11 – vibration[…]

December 10 – momentum

December 10 – momentum

December 10, 2019    =========

☆  momentum 機運

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If you start to gain momentum, then what you are doing starts happening more quickly, and is less likely to stop. You can use this word to describe projects at work, or goals that you are working on, or even to describe a small side business you have started for example. Here are some examples:

The project at work is really gaining momentum.
I started a small hobby business, but if I can maintain the momentum, it might become a full-time job for me!
His election campaign has been losing momentum since the interview last week.
As I get closer to my goal, I can feel my momentum increasing.

CanRead more about December 10 – momentum[…]

December 9 – secret

December 9 – secret

December 9, 2019   =========

☆  secret 秘密

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In western culture, it’s usual to make a wish as you cut your birthday cake. The thing is though, you are supposed to keep your wish a secret. You’re not allowed to tell anyone what you wished for.

Most kids wish for more things, but they’ve already had their birthday presents, so it’s unlikely that wish will come true! And, then if they make a wish for something other than “things”, it’s a secret, so again, it’s unlikely for that wish to come true!

Strange, really. It would be better to tell everyone your wishes and goals, right? If you keep them a secret, who is goingRead more about December 9 – secret[…]

December 8 – magnetic

December 8 – magnetic

December 8, 2019      =========

☆  magnetic 人を引きつける

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If you describe someone or something as magnetic, you mean that it is very attractive to people, usually because it has unusual, or exciting qualities. For example, you might describe a person as having a magnetic personality – meaning that they pull people in, people are drawn to them.

When you talk about your goals or dreams, you want them to have a magnetic quality, so that they kind of pull you toward them, and make reaching those goals and dream easier. You can make your goals more magnetic by visualizing them as though you have achieved them – kind of like making a movie inRead more about December 8 – magnetic[…]

December 7 – confusing

December 7 – confusing

December 7, 2019 =========

☆  confusing 混乱させるような

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This time of years is a bit confusing for me as a parent… especially as my kids get older. I love everything about Christmas except for two things – firstly, everyone spends way too much money and buys things they don’t need, and secondly, basically the Elf on the Shelf and the whole Santa story are made up, not real.

This is confusing for me, because I don’t want to lie to my kids, but I also want them to believe in the magic of Christmas, even if it is me that makes the “magic”… It’s also confusing for the kids, because of course some ofRead more about December 7 – confusing[…]

December 6 – believable

December 6 – believable

December 6, 2019 =========

☆  believable 信じることができる

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So, on the topic of being believable, when Bubbles our Elf “arrived” magically at our house from the shop… I mean, from the North Pole. Ha ha! I wasn’t sure that my kids would find him believable. I mean, it’s a tiny doll, that is supposed to have magical powers and fly to the North Pole each night?? Really?? It doesn’t sound very believable, right?

But my kids love Bubbles the Elf, and they love finding him in a different location each morning. It’s funny to watch them run around the house looking for him. I try to keep his new location believable, and luckily when IRead more about December 6 – believable[…]

December 5 – persuasive

December 5 – persuasive

December 5, 2019 =========

☆  persuasive 説得力のある

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We have an “Elf of the Shelf” in our house during December… Have you heard of them? It’s a small elf doll, that comes from Santa’s home to watch over kids, and make sure they are being good. Each night, the Elf (ours is called Bubbles) becomes magical, and he returns to the North Pole, to let Santa know if they kids have been naughty or nice. Then Bubbles comes back by morning time…

Believe it or not, this is a very persuasive way to get kids to be good! Unfortunately, his “magical” powers need some “help” from me each night! When he comes back from theRead more about December 5 – persuasive[…]

December 4 – attentive

December 4 – attentive

December 4, 2019 =========

☆  attentive 注意深い

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Being attentive means that you are paying close attention. I think being attentive is a great way to make sure you notice all the serendipity going on around you, right? Do you have a friend that seems to be really lucky and always getting what they want? Are they really luckier than you or are they just being more attentive, and therefore noticing more of the good things?

This is one of the reasons people suggest keeping a gratitude diary, right? Because in order to find one or two or three things to feel gratitude for each day, you need to be really attentive. And once youRead more about December 4 – attentive[…]

December 3 – magical

December 3 – magical

December 3, 2019      =========

☆  magical 魔法のような

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A place, object, or thing that has happen is magical when it has a mysterious quality that makes it seem wonderful and exciting. When something happens through serendipity, it generally seems magical, right?

A happy coincidence that you bumped into a friend you had been thinking about.
A phone call from your mom when you knew you should call her.
Finding the exact dress that you were looking for – on sale!

What magical things have been happening in your life recently?

Bye,

Chris

December 2 – emotional

December 2 – emotional

December 2, 2019      =========

☆  emotional  感情的な

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This week’s useful phrase is, “It’s important to have an emotional connection to your goal.” Many self-help gurus talk about this idea; it’s great to have goals, but without an emotional connection to them, it’ll be hard to continue with the goal if you hit a block.

In fact, you’ve probably heard of SMART goals, but what about CLEAR goals? CLEAR goals include the emotional side of goals.

Collaborate
Listen
Empathize
Adapt
Reward

The SMART goals idea is focused on results, but the CLEAR idea adds the human – in other words, emotional – element. Achieving goals usually requires the help of others, so that is why Collaborate, Listen, and Empathize areRead more about December 2 – emotional[…]

December 1 – manifest

December 1 – manifest

December 1, 2019     =========

☆  manifest  明示する

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The dictionary meaning of manifest is that something – a quality, feeling, or even illness – manifests itself, and becomes visible or obvious. However, in more recent times, it has been more about manifesting changes that you want or things that you want in your life.

Have you ever watched the movie or read the book, The Secret (2006). After that book became so famous worldwide, it was clear that a lot of people were using the word, “manifest” to make positive things happen in their lives. So, for example, to manifest a new job, or to manifest a new boyfriend, and apparently, it’s possible toRead more about December 1 – manifest[…]

November 30 – supplies

November 30 – supplies

November 30, 2019 =========

☆  supplies 必需品

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We have a Costco here in Adelaide, finally! They opened a few years ago. They are a great place for stocking up on pet supplies at a slightly cheaper price. They sell dog food, of course, but they sell other supplies, such as dog beds and blankets, which is useful.

What about in Japan? I know there are a few Costco stores, but where else can you buy pet supplies? Is it generally cheap to buy pet supplies? I remember there being many stores in Tokyo that sold dog clothes and fancy leads and toys for dogs. They weren’t cheap though!

Is there a local pet store whereRead more about November 30 – supplies[…]

November 29 – affection

November 29 – affection

November 29, 2019 =========

☆  affection 愛情

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The third sample answer is, “I’d love a cat, but they don’t show much affection.” What do you think? Is that true? The cat I had as a teenager showed affection, I think. Just not all the time. When she was a kitten, it was sooo cute, she always wanted to ride on my shoulders. If I was sitting down, she would sleep on my shoulders, balancing between the sofa and my shoulders.

When she got bigger, she was really too heavy, but she still loved to balance on my shoulders. Even when I was walking, she would try to stay on my shoulders. It was veryRead more about November 29 – affection[…]

November 28 – odor

November 28 – odor

November 28, 2019 =========

☆  odor におい

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OK, so this is not on the topic of odors, but sometimes, Facebook is so creepy! Here I am writing emails to you each day about animals and living with pets, right? Today, I opened my Facebook page, and there was a notification about an event I might be interested in… “Communicating with animals.” Ha ha! Facebook is reading my emails… That’s creepy!

Anyway, let’s talk about odors. One thing I love about my dog, is that he is short-haired, so he really doesn’t have an odor. Of course, he smells like a dog, but he doesn’t have an offensive odor, that makes me want to washRead more about November 28 – odor[…]

November 27 – vet

November 27 – vet

November 27, 2019 =========

☆  vet  獣医

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Choosing a vet is so important, I think. I loved our vet in Japan. He was kind and gentle with my dogs. And he was also a dog trainer, so on the weekend, I took my dogs to his training classes, to help them be more obedient.

When I came back to Australia, I went to a vet recommended by my neighbor. He was great, but his specialty, believe it or not, was actually exotic birds! We kept going there, though, as he was kind and close to our house. Then about two years ago, his new staff member told us that our dog was sick, andRead more about November 27 – vet[…]

November 26 – room

November 26 – room

November 26, 2019 =========

☆  room スペース

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One of the other sample answers is, “None right now, I don’t have room.” In Japan, that was how I felt about getting a pet, so for a long while I had fish! They were great. So beautiful, and they didn’t need much room.

Unfortunately, during the Tohoku earthquake, their tank was rocked about so much that it smashed and the fish were still alive but had no home. It was quite devastating. So, after that experience, I decided that even though I love tropical fish, and they do not take up much room, I would not keep fish as a pet any more.

Bye,

Chris

November 25 – breed

November 25 – breed

November 25, 2019 =========

☆  breed 品種

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This month’s Q&A is “What kind of pet would you love to have?” And one of the sample answers is, “A dog – any breed would be fine!” In the past, this would have been my answer, but now that I have had the Italian Greyhound breed as a pet, I don’t know if I could have any other breed! They are just so wonderful!! Ha ha!

That’s the thing about pets in general, I think. Once you have a great pet, it doesn’t really matter what the breed is. However, if you fall in love with a certain breed it is definitely hard to choose anotherRead more about November 25 – breed[…]

November 24 – obedient

November 24 – obedient

November 24, 2019 =======

☆  obedient 従順な

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Another useful phrase word for this week, “Your dog is so obedient.” I love watching obedient dogs with their owners. Of course, they are well-trained, so that is fun to watch. But more than that, you can tell that there is an important and special bond that the owner and dog. The dog is obedient because he (or she!) trusts their owner.

On the other hand, you can find well-trained dogs that are obedient but there is no real bond or “love” for the owner. I’ve seen that in the case where the dog is purely trained as an attack dog, or a guard dog for aRead more about November 24 – obedient[…]

November 23 – pampered

November 23 – pampered

November 23, 2019 =========

☆  pampered 甘やかされた

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If your pet is pampered, they are spoiled and indulged a lot more than a pet probably should be! Our dog is pretty pampered nowadays. When we had two dogs, they stayed in their cage overnight, it was their bed. However, since the older dog died, the younger one has been stressed and refused to sleep in the cage anymore.

So, now he gets to sleep in a nice warm bed with someone in our family. That’s pretty pampered, I think. He’s not sleeping ON the bed. He’s sleeping IN it!! A bit TOO pampered really…

How about you? Do you have a pet? Are they pampered?

Bye,

Chris

November 22 – exotic

November 22 – exotic

November 22, 2019 =========

☆  exotic 外来の

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One of the week’s useful phrases is, “My friend keeps exotic birds.” In other words, the friend has birds from exotic, distant, foreign locations, at his (or her!) house that are his pets. When I was growing up, my mum loved her parakeet, but that is hardly an exotic bird. Everyone keeps them!

Nowadays, though, exotic birds are becoming much more popular. Because of this, there are strict regulations and laws to stop people from illegally importing or breeding them. They can also carry diseases that we don’t have in Australia, so when they come here from exotic locations, there are a lot of medical checks theyRead more about November 22 – exotic[…]

November 21 – domestic

November 21 – domestic

November 21, 2019 =========

☆  domestic 国産の

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I have a feeling that the Japanese translation is not quite right, today.

When we talk about domestic animals, we don’t mean animals that are from that country. For example, in Australia, we have koalas, kangaroos, and dingoes, but they are not domestic Australian animals. This is not the correct use of domestic. To describe that situation, you would say that koalas, kangaroos, and dingoes are native Australian animals, not domestic animals.

A domestic animal is one that is not wild, and is either kept on a farm to produce food, such as pigs and cows. Or, they are kept at a home as a pet, by theirRead more about November 21 – domestic[…]

November 20 – healthy

November 20 – healthy

November 20, 2019 =========

☆  healthy 元気な

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The American Heart Association say it supports research that says that owning a pet can decrease your risk of heart disease and keep you healthy. They say that owning a pet lowers cholesterol, stress, and blood pressure.

In addition, owning a dog will keep you healthy in another way, too. As dogs require regular walks, their human owner gets healthy from these regular walks, too! I believe this was true for me. Before getting dogs, I rarely did exercise. After getting dogs, I walked more, then started running, and now I am training for a marathon! Thanks to my dogs, I am very healthy!

Bye,

Chris

November 19 – clean

November 19 – clean

November 19, 2019 =========

☆  clean きれいな

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One reason I chose Italian Greyhounds for a pet was because they have a reputation as being very clean dogs. They are short-haired, so there is never much dog hair to vacuum up.

The breeder also told us that they tend to keep their sleeping area very clean, and never have accidents in their bed. I don’t know about other breeds; however, I would assume that most dogs would prefer a clean sleeping area and therefore do their best not to pee or poo in their own bed!

Do you have a pet? Are they generally clean and easy to keep clean?

Bye,

Chris

November 18 – playful

November 18 – playful

November 18, 2019 =========

☆  playful 遊び好きな

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Many people get a dog rather than a cat as a pet because they have the image of being more playful, I think. Puppies and kittens are both playful, but dogs tend to stay playful for longer, whereas once the kitten becomes a cat, they are generally less playful.

Sometimes I meet people walking their dogs, and even though the dog is old and grey, they are still playful with my younger dog. I love seeing animals being playful with each other. So much fun to watch!

If you were going to choose a pet to live with, would you look for a playful pet or a calmRead more about November 18 – playful[…]

November 17 – feed

November 17 – feed

November 17, 2019 =========

☆  feed 餌をあげる

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “How often do you feed him?” I have used this before, at the vet. I was taking my Italian Greyhound to see the vet, and there was a woman there with her true-size greyhound. The dog was so beautiful, but very big! 

So, I asked her, “How often do you feed him?” She replied, “It’s a she, not a he.” So, then I asked, “Sorry! How often do you feed her?” She said that she fed her cooked chicken breast three times a day. So, naturally I asked “How much do you feed her each time?” She said aboutRead more about November 17 – feed[…]

November 16 – vaccinate

November 16 – vaccinate

November 16, 2019 =========

☆  vaccinate 予防接種をする

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Interestingly, as I mentioned yesterday, although you can get a discount on your animal registration yearly fees if you have desexed your pet, there is no discount whether or not you vaccinate your pet.

I guess because most people will happily vaccinate their pet, to make sure that they don’t get sick, right? In Japan, our vet would send us reminders whenever our dogs were due to be vaccinated. However, in Australia, our vet has never reminded us, ever! It’s up to us, to vaccinate or not.

In order to bring the dogs to Australia, we had to show proof that they had been vaccinated, but once weRead more about November 16 – vaccinate[…]

November 15 – desex

November 15 – desex

November 15, 2019 =========

☆  desex 去勢する

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When you desex an animal, you take away it’s reproductive system so that it cannot have babies. One of the best ways to avoid the animal rescue shelters from becoming too full is to desex your pets so that only licensed breeders can produce puppies or kittens for sale.

Unfortunately, many people in Australia don’t desex their animal, for some reason. Some say it is cruel, some want a “tough” dog, not a desexed dog, others worry that it will change their personality. So, to combat this, the government introduced higher registration fees for pets that have not been desexed. It’s quite an expensive fee to payRead more about November 15 – desex[…]

November 13 – adopt

November 13 – adopt

November 13, 2019 =========

☆  adopt 養子にする

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “My motto is ‘adopt don’t shop’” … the idea behind this is that it is better to adopt animal that doesn’t have a home, so that it doesn’t need to be put down by the shelter. So, instead of buying a new puppy from a pet shop, adopt a rescue dog instead.

What do you think of this idea?

I got my Italian Greyhounds from a breeder. That was his business, and he only bred this kind of dog. He also had a pet hotel so the dogs could stay with him if you needed to go away. And heRead more about November 13 – adopt[…]

November 12 – prepare

November 12 – prepare

November 12, 2019 =========

☆  prepare      準備する

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There’s a lot to prepare when you buy a pet and bring them home. First, they need a place to sleep. Then you need to prepare a place for them to eat and drink their food and water. If you’re getting a cat, you’ll probably need a litter-tray for their toilet, right?

When we got our dog, we prepared everything for him – a cute little bed, a nice place for him to sleep at night and during the day. However, from the moment we came home, there was no way he was going to sleep in his bed. He only ever wanted to sleep on myRead more about November 12 – prepare[…]

November 11 – groom

November 11 – groom

November 11, 2019 =========

☆  groom 毛づくろいをする

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If you groom an animal, you clean its fur, usually by brushing it. Oh my goodness, as you know from my other emails, we live near a big oval. So, a lot of people bring their big dogs to this park to groom them!

Some days, when it’s windy and someone has groomed their dog, you can see big lumps of dog hair blowing across the oval!! I’m not kidding! People bring their Malamutes, Golden Retrievers and other big dogs to the oval, sit on the bench and groom them… all of the hair falls out, and blows across the oval and playground!

I love dogs, but ummRead more about November 11 – groom[…]

November 10 – poisonous

November 10 – poisonous

November 10, 2019    =========

☆  poisonous  毒のある

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When I think about poisonous animals, I think of snakes and spiders, and I know that some people do like to keep these kinds of animals as pets. It’s crazy, I think, and dangerous for the owner, but also unfair to the animal.

However, living in Australia there is another poisonous animal that we have to think about. If you live in the countryside or on a farm, then there are likely to be many snakes, and many of them are poisonous to both humans and animals. Unfortunately, many dogs will chase a snake without realizing they are poisonous. It’s quite common for dogs to dieRead more about November 10 – poisonous[…]

November 9 – economical

November 9 – economical

November 9, 2019   =========

☆  economical            経済的な

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When I got my dogs, I never really thought about the costs, other than the purchase costs… but wow! There’s a lot to consider. Luckily, my dogs are a small breed, so they don’t need a lot of food, but that is the only thing about them that is economical, I think!

They get cold, so they need lots of blankets. The Italian Greyhound breed is well-known for their bad teeth, so we needed to get dental work done… that was definitely not economical! I did look into pet insurance, but it was more economical to save money by myself instead of paying a yearly insuranceRead more about November 9 – economical[…]

November 8 – loud

November 8 – loud

November 8, 2019      =========

☆  loud (声が)大きい

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My two dogs are Italian Greyhounds (yes, pure breeds and expensive!) I got them in Japan, but my next dogs will be rescue dogs from a shelter. The good news is that they were never loud. They don’t really bark and are happy to just play with each other and us.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned, I needed to have my older dog put down a few months ago. Since then, the younger dog has been very loud whenever he is alone. He barks if we leave him in his cage, he barks if we leave him out of the cage. I feel terrible for him asRead more about November 8 – loud[…]

November 7 – expensive

November 7 – expensive

November 7, 2019 =========

☆  expensive 高価な

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This week, the useful phrase is “A pure breed is always expensive.” In Australia, pure breeds are very expensive! In fact, most people tend to get their dogs from the rescue center, so they are not expensive, but still cost a little bit.

In the past, rescue animals used to be free to adopt. Unfortunately, people used to adopt the pet and then if they didn’t really like it, they would take it back to the shelter! So, the government decided rescue animals should also cost money, not just pet store animals. So, now you pay $300 or $400 to adopt a rescue dog or cat.Read more about November 7 – expensive[…]

November 6 – messy

November 6 – messy

November 6, 2019 =========

☆  messy めちゃめちゃな

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Since we are talking about living with animals, let’s talk about messy animals. The first dog I had growing up was so messy. We couldn’t leave him inside while we were out because he went through the trash and left us with a messy kitchen.

Then I got a cat, and she was never messy. Just quiet and reserved, and friendly when she wanted to be.

My current dog is never messy, never tries to eat rubbish from the bin, doesn’t dig in the garden. He’s only messy when he drinks water – he tends to spill it all over the place!

Do you have a pet? Are theyRead more about November 6 – messy[…]

November 5 – intelligent

November 5 – intelligent

November 5, 2019 =========

☆  intelligent 知能がある

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A person or animal that is intelligent has the ability to think, understand and learn things. Do you think that animals are intelligent? Are all animals intelligent or just some?

I guess it depends on what we believe “intelligent” means, right? If you need language and to speak, then no we cannot say other animals are intelligent like human beings. But, if we just mean they are intelligent because they can learn things and be trained by humans, then yes, maybe many animals are intelligent. Actually, if we look at the way many animals in the wild hunt together and live in groups to help them survive,Read more about November 5 – intelligent[…]

November 4 – kid-friendly

November 4 – kid-friendly

November 4, 2019 =========

☆  kid-friendly  子供にやさしい

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When you have kids, they generally ask for a pet at some stage, right? I was lucky, because I already had two dogs, my kids didn’t ask for a pet – they already had a pet.

If they do ever ask for a pet, I might consider something other than a dog… What kinds of animals would be kid-friendly? In Australia, the most common choice is either a dog or cat. Cats and dogs are a big responsibility and they live a long time, so I wonder what other choices there are…

I found a list of 10 kid-friendly pets. Number one on the list was a cat.Read more about November 4 – kid-friendly[…]

November 3 – advice

November 3 – advice

November 3, 2019      =========

☆  advice 忠告

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Do you have a pet? If so, what sort of advice would you give to someone considering getting a pet? Would you say, “Yes! Do it!” Or would you suggest that they think more about certain things?

A few of my friends have said that they are planning to get dogs. They weren’t asking me for advice, but I gave them some anyway! Ha ha. I told them that if they like camping, then please think before getting a dog. Most camping places in Australia won’t let you bring a dog because of the danger of dogs attacking the wildlife. So, you always have to goRead more about November 3 – advice[…]

November 2 – attention

November 2 – attention

November 2, 2019      =========

☆  attention 注目

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “A dog needs a lot of attention.” As the owner of dogs, I’d have to say this is true. My dogs definitely didn’t want to be alone, and that is why we got two. So that they could keep each other company.

When I was growing up, I had a cat. She was an awesome pet, and for a cat, surprisingly friendly and affectionate. However, she did not need attention! If she wanted to be near you, she would come. If you went to her, and she didn’t want the attention, then she would leave and go somewhereRead more about November 2 – attention[…]

November 1 – pet

November 1 – pet

November 1, 2019     =========

☆  pet ペット

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This month, we are looking at the topic of Living with animals. A very simple word to start with!

Do you have a pet? I had two dogs, but this year, one of them was too sick so we decided to put him down. He was 16, so he had a great life – some years in Japan, and some in Australia! Lucky pet!

Sadly, one of the hardest things about owning a pet is that eventually you have to say goodbye. But life with a pet, or pets, is great, and I wouldn’t change a thing!

Bye,

Chris

October 31 – professional

October 31 – professional

October 31, 2019 =========

☆  professional プロの

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And, that’s all for this month on our topic of Sports is entertainment. I was talking recently with my son about the athletes at the Olympics, and how they are amateurs, not professional athletes. He asked me what the difference between an amateur athlete and professional athlete was. I explained that amateurs were not paid to do their sport, but professional athletes earn a salary for playing their sport.

However, the more we talked about the different sports that are in the Olympics, the more I realized that there are many professional sports people competing. So, I needed Google to help answer his question! Turns out, throughoutRead more about October 31 – professional[…]

October 30 – athletic

October 30 – athletic

October 30, 2019 =========

☆  athletic 筋骨隆々の

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An athletic person is fit, and able to perform energetic movements easily. Would you describe yourself as athletic? Obviously professional sports people are athletic and look fit and healthy. However, it’s common to describe general people who are not athletes as athletic. For example:

She is tall, with an athletic build.
He is almost 60 years old, but he’s so athletic that he looks a lot younger.
Both of them are very athletic.
His athletic career was over very quickly, unfortunately.

So, my original question, would you describe yourself as athletic? Me? Maybe… I am training for a marathon, so maybe a little bit athletic!

 

Bye,

Chris

October 29 – excited

October 29 – excited

October 29, 2019 =========

☆  excited 興奮した

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This month’s Q&A is “Do you like to watch professional sports?” and one of the sample answers is, “Yes, I’m always excited when we have a home game.” Why do you think that would be? Well, I’m not sure about Japan, but in Australia, to travel from one city to another, in order to see your team play an away costs a lot of money – and you need to fly, for at least 2 hours!

So, a home game means that you can travel by public transport, or even drive to the stadium. The only cost is your entry ticket and food and drinks. That’s whyRead more about October 29 – excited[…]

October 28 – intense

October 28 – intense

October 28, 2019 =========

☆  intense  強烈な

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Although my boys train a lot, it doesn’t sound as intense as my friend’s kids in Japan. They are early teens, and want to play professional baseball. He said they have training all day on the weekend! All day?? That is intense! Our soccer training is a maximum of 75 minutes!

He also said that they train no matter what the weather. And they are not supposed to take drink breaks. He said that Japanese baseball is very intense, and that it still follows the culture of training from many, many years ago, of “no pain, no gain.”

Is that true? If so, it’s sounds a bit tooRead more about October 28 – intense[…]

October 27 – train

October 27 – train

October 27, 2019 =========

☆  train 練習する

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We are a soccer-loving family, both my sons play for their school team and a club team, too. So, during winter we have soccer five days a week! They train three days a week, and play games two days a week. We are so busy with soccer.

And then suddenly, at the end of September, soccer finishes for the season. They don’t need to train three times a week. And no games on the weekend either. For the past few weeks, we have had nothing to do! It’s strange to have so much free time.

However, it won’t last long, because they are “bored” and want to train,Read more about October 27 – train[…]

October 26 – shout

October 26 – shout

October 26, 2019 =========

☆  shout 叫ぶ

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When we first moved back to Adelaide, I used to go to the Adelaide United soccer games. I used to go to the FC Tokyo games at Ajinomoto stadium, and it was such a big stadium, that even if you shouted a lot, no one could really hear you because everyone else was also shouting.

However, as I mentioned, the Adelaide United stadium is tiny compared to FC Tokyo’s and so when you shout, everyone hears you! I would often shout at the players and umpires, trying to tell them what to do. Ha ha… so after a while, I decided I should probably watch the gamesRead more about October 26 – shout[…]

October 25 – provoke

October 25 – provoke

October 25, 2019 =========

☆  provoke 挑発する

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If you provoke someone, you deliberately annoy them and try to make them behave aggressively or badly. In sport, this is unfortunately a tactic that many players use to try and win. They try to provoke the opponent so that they make a mistake and therefore miss or make a foul.

A lot of the time, in team sports like rugby, American football and so on, the referees can’t really hear what is going on, so players often verbally provoke their opponents. When you suddenly see a player attacking another player for what looks like no reason, you can usually assume that they have been verbally provoked.Read more about October 25 – provoke[…]

October 24 – tackle

October 24 – tackle

October 24, 2019 =========

☆  tackle タックルする

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “Did you see him tackling the other player?”

You could use this phrase in various ways. Firstly, it could be something that you say to the referee or coach at your kid’s game, when you want to say that the umpire should have stopped it or given a foul.

Another way might be if you are watching a professional game with friends, you might use your intonation to express surprise at the way the player tackled the other player. Or you might use your intonation to express respect because you thought the player tackled well.

What other situations might you useRead more about October 24 – tackle[…]