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Toyota Sprinter Trueno + Ford Mustang

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Toyota Sprinter Trueno + For...
I sometimes see cool cars here & there (所々で) in Japan. On this occasion I found a pair side by side. Lucky! The car on the left is a (1972?) Toyota Sprinter Trueno. The white one with a red stripe on the side is a 1965 Ford Mustang.

Vocabulary:
side by side = 並んで
on the left/right = 左/右に
on the side = 外側に付いている
#車

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Postcard Display Frame

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Postcard Display Frame
Because of Covid-19*, we haven`t received postcards for a while. However, I made a display frame for the ones we already have. I made it because** I want students to feel motivated to study English, in preparation for the time when we can all travel abroad again. I hope it`s soon.

Because** they are hanging, you can turn them easily to read the messages on the back. Please check them out!

Grammar:
* 'Because of ' + 名詞,
** 'Because' + 文章
#趣味

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Potatoes for Sale

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Potatoes for Sale
My father-in-law recently harvested a lot of potatoes, so I`m selling some for 200 yen a bag. At the moment, I`m selling about a bag a day, so please hurry or you`ll miss out!

Grammar:
- 'per' is often replaced with 'a/an' in spoken English e.g. "60 kilometres per hour / an hour" or "rental is $400 per week / a week"

#園芸

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Earth Versus The Flying Saucers

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Earth Versus The Flying Sauc...
I watched this 1958 UFO movie with my kids. It was pretty funny, especially the dated (古風な /その時代を物語る) special effects & costumes.

Pronunciation:
- In English, UFO is pronounced 'ユーエフオー’ (not ユーフオー)
#映画

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Plant Plan

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Plant Plan
I ordered this plant* from Okinawa. It came in a special tall box, which was interesting. For now (とりあえず), I`ve put it in a pot, and then when it grows bigger, I`ll plant** it in the garden somewhere.

Do you know what kind of plant it is...? The answer is in comments.

Vocabulary
*plant (名詞)= 植物 **plant (動詞)= 植える
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Tape Dispenser Tester Centre

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Tape Dispenser Tester Centre
Last Saturday`s business class was about market research. By chance, one of our students was asked by his friend to do some market research for a new type of tape dispenser, so we used them in our role-plays. It was an nice win-win.

By the way, the special feature of the tape-dispenser is a small, moving blade which cuts the tape. Can you see it? Clever. And kind of fun.

Vocabulary:
- 'research' can be a noun (名詞) or verb (動詞), but noun is more common.

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Mini Cooper with Roof Rack

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Mini Cooper with Roof Rack
I like old Mini Coopers, especially ones with roof racks. I`d like to buy one someday, but actually I have long legs, so I think it would be uncomfortable for me to drive. Anyway, I saw this one outside Shin-Kisogawa Station. The colour of the roof is interesting - dark blue.

- this/my/the red one (単数)
- these/my/the red ones = (複数)
#車

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Hideki Matsuyama - Great Golf Player (or Great Golfer?)

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Hideki Matsuyama - Great Golf...
On the weekend, Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese golf player to win the U.S. Masters golf tournament. Congratulations!

Have you ever played golf? I guess a lot of Japanese will be inspired to play golf after hearing this news.

Vocabulary:
- 'golf' is a noun (名詞), but recently some people started using it as a verb (動詞) e.g. 'go golfing' & 'we golfed yesterday'. Personally, I think it sounds strange. Also, 'golfer' sounds like 'gopher' (ホリネズミ).
#スポーツ

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Speech Contest Article

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Speech Contest Article
The Bohme English Academy recently held* a speech contest for junior high school students in Gifu Prefecture. From 25 video entries, we chose six winners. An article about it appeared in The Gifu Shinbun. In the photo, Teragoya Otto is in the front, holding** a pen & paper. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Vocabulary:
- * hold, held = 催す
- ** hold, held = 持つ

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Movie: The Apartment

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Movie: The Apartment
A student told me her favourite movie was 1959`s 'The Apartment'. I said I didn`t know it, so next class, she lent me her DVD copy. I expected a light-hearted romantic comedy, but the story was sometimes a little dark. However, it was interesting to see scenes & fashions of New York at that time, & I was surprised that I recognized a few of the actors from TV shows I watched as a young child.

Grammar:
OK: 誰か told 誰か 『__』e.g. She told me it was good.
OK: 誰か said『__』e.g. I said it was good.
WRONG: 誰か said 誰か 『__』e.g. He said me it was good.
OK (but not common) : 誰か said to 誰か『__』 I said to him it was good.
#映画

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