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Zoo Trip

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Zoo Trip
On Sunday, school staff & students visited Higashiyama zoo in Nagoya. It was a nice day - a little cloudy so not hot. The 6 girls in my group were well-behaved & enjoyed looking at the animals & hearing my interesting animal facts e.g. that hippos are the most dangerous African animal (did you know that?). The most popular animals seemed to be the koalas - it was a little crowded there.

Vocabulary:
Be careful: cloudy = 曇り crowded = 込んでいる
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Magical Miyako Island

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Magical Miyako Island
Last week I visited Miyako Island with my family. We spent a lot of time in the water; my kids enjoyed playing in their swim rings (浮き輪) & I enjoyed snorkeling. I saw a lot of colorful small fish, but not many big fish. We also collected a lot of shells. I`m thinking of making (作るうと思う) something with them for our school`s craft event in September.

The weather was good - a lot of sunshine & not much rain. As for food, I ate a lot of Okinawa-style noodles, & of course drank a lot of Orion beer. I had a lot of fun.

Natural English:
- In spoken English, it`s usual to use 'many' (with 可算名詞) & 'much' (with 不可算名詞 ) in negative ('not') sentences & questions. BUT! in positive sentences - 可算名詞 OR 不可算名詞 - it`s usual to use 'a lot of', or 'lots of' (casual style) in spoken English.
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Three Eggs a Day

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Three Eggs a Day
For a while my 3 chickens were only producing 2 eggs a day. One of them wasn`t pulling its weight (= not working hard). However, now I`m finally getting one egg per chicken everyday - that`s 3 eggs a day, or 21 a week.

That`s a nice ROI (Return on Investment, 投資利益率).

Vocabulary:
- a/per = 対して, に就いて
- 'a' is more common than 'per', but 'per' is usual for people e.g. '$5 per person'
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Finally - an Egg!

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Finally - an Egg!
After deciding to get pet chickens, first I made a chicken house, then I made a fence. Finally* I bought 3 chickens. I gave them food every day & they got bigger. Finally**, after two and a half months, one of them laid an egg. My kids were pretty excited (egg-cited?).

Vocabulary:
* 最後に
** やっと, 到頭, 遂に

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Cicada

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Cicada
When I went camping last week I saw this cicada (蝉) which had just come out of its shell. Nice colour, isn`t it? But after a few hours it turned brown, and then flew away.

Pronunciation:
U.S.: si-kay-da U.K./Australia: si-kar-da
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Ducklings in a Ditch

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Ducklings in a Ditch
While I was taking my 3 kids for a bicycle ride, I noticed this mother duck taking her kids for a swim. How many ducklings? 9? Poor mum!

Grammar:
- 'take + 誰か/動物 + for (a) + swim/walk/ride/drive' = 誰か/動物を + 泳ぎ 散歩 自転車に乗る ドライブ + (し)に連れて行く
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Unripe Grapes

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Unripe Grapes
My grape vine has lots of grapes, but I haven`t picked any yet because they`re still green, so they`re not ready to eat yet (they`re red grapes). I put a net over them to stop birds. I haven`t seen any birds trying to eat them yet, but I`m sure they`ll come and try soon. I think my chickens want to eat them too.

My chickens still haven`t laid any eggs. I`m still waiting... Come on, chooks!

Grammar:
- still + ___ = まだ ___
- not + ___ + yet = まだ ___ない
- still + is/are/have/do + not + ___ = まだ ___ない
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Chicken Coop

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Chicken Coop
I made this chicken coop. I only have 3 hens, so it`s big enough, but I hope it is strong enough to keep out predators (捕食者) such as cats & weasels (鼬). Unfortunately I only had enough sheet metal to cover one side. The other sides are just wood. If I have enough time, I will try to strengthen the other walls.

Grammar:
- OK: ...enough + 名詞, ...形容詞 + enough
- WRONG: ...名詞 + enough, ...enough + 形容詞
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Pet Chooks

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Pet Chooks
I bought 3 hens. A hen is a female (雌) chicken. A male (雄) chicken is a rooster. Roosters are not good pets because they are noisy; hens aren`t. In a few months I hope to get eggs from these hens, but now they are too young.

A student told me where to buy them. Thanks, Junko!

Vocabulary:
- 'chook' is Australian & NZ slang, = chicken
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Killifish Puzzle, Higashiyama Zoo

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Killifish Puzzle, Higashiyama Zoo
On Sunday, Teragoya kids, teachers & staff went to Higashiyama Zoo. We go every year, but in previous years, I didn`t notice this killifish (メダカ) section. I`m interested in killifish, so I wanted to look. I asked the kids in my group, "Are you interested in looking at killifish?" They said yes, so we looked inside. There were various displays, but they were most interested in this killifish internal organs (内臓) puzzle.

Natural English:
- 'be (not) + interested in + 名詞 / 動詞ing` is more common & natural than ' have an (/no) interest in 名詞 / 動詞ing', though both are correct.
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