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Frog Blog

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Frog Blog
My kids said they wanted to catch some frogs, so I said okay. However, they caught too many, so I told them to release a few.

What do you think of frogs? I don`t mind them, but my colleague said she hates them. She said when she was young , she came home and there was a frog on the door, so she couldn`t open it, so she rang the doorbell until her mum came, and she told her mum to open the door. lol.

Grammar
say/said + 単語 / 文章 (= 言う)
tell/told + 誰かに + 単語 / 文章 (= 教える)
tell/told + 誰かに + to 動詞 (= 頼む)
#動物

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Tom Yum Gai

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Tom Yum Gai
Do you know the dish 'Tom Yum Goong'? 'Goong' means 'shrimp' in Thai. However, I don`t like* shrimp, so when I lived in Thailand, I asked restaurant cooks to use 'gai' (chicken) instead of 'goong'. This is an unusual request in Thailand. However, I found this 'Tom Yum Gai' packet curry in the supermarket, so maybe a lot of people are like** me, and prefer chicken to shrimp.

Grammar
* (don`t) like __ = _が好き(ではない)
** am/are/is (not) like __ = _のように(_のようではない)
#グルメ

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Tiny Treasure

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Tiny Treasure
Riding back from Tarumi, I stopped to look at a shrine, and I found this tiny glass bottle. It looks old (it has thick seams (継ぎ目), & the glass contains small bubbles). I think it`s for eye drops (目薬).

Vocabulary:
small: 小さな
tiny: 小っちゃな
#趣味

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Tarumi Tour Time

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Tarumi Tour Time
I caught a one-car train from Ogaki to a small town in the mountains called Tarumi, then rode my bicycle back from there. I stopped to have lunch by the Neo River, under a rail bridge. The train crossed it while I was there, so I was able to take a nice photo. There was a lot of nice scenery, so I often stopped riding and took photos. I want to go there again.

Grammar
stop + 動詞ing = (動詞)〜するのを止める
stop to + 動詞 = (動詞)〜するために止まる
#アウトドア

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I Feel the Need. The Need to Blog.

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I Feel the Need. The Need to B...
Last weekend I watched the original (1986) 'Top Gun' on TV with my kids. My first son really enjoyed it, so I might take him to see the new sequel, 'Top Gun: Maverick' at the cinema. I hear it`s good. I haven`t been to the cinema for ages*.

Although I enjoyed seeing Top Gun again, now I have the song, “Danger Zone” stuck in my head. lol

Vocabulary:
- for/in ages = a long time. (このフレーズでは、age = 時代, ages = 長い間(時代) )
#映画

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Leaving it Late

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Leaving it Late
Australia finally qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by beating Peru this morning. Where is Qatar? Who knows? Anyway, I`m looking forward to November.

Phrases
“Who knows?” = 誰も知りません、知っている人がいるの?
“Who cares?” = 誰も気にしない、気にする人がいるの?
#スポーツ

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Milk Bottles, Milk Glass

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Milk Bottles, Milk Glass
I found some more bottles. The ones at the back are milk (or drinking yoghurt?) bottles. The two at the front are maybe for cream or lotion. I learned that this kind of white glass is called 'milk glass'. I didn`t know that. On the left is some kind of ceramic insulator.

Vocabulary:
- 遺失物取扱所 = Lost and Found Office

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Disappointed

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Disappointed
Did you watch the soccer last night? Japan lost 0-1 to Brazil. I`m disappointed (がっくり), but Brazil are strong, so I guess it`s not so bad. It could have been worse.

Vocabulary:
- "lost" にはいくつかの意味があります。例えば "I lost" = 負けた, "I`m lost" = 道に迷った, "I lost my umbrella" = 傘を無くした

photo credit: kyodonews.net
#スポーツ

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オビヒトリ (Spilarctia subcarnea) Moth

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オビヒトリ (Spilarct...
Look at this cool moth. I saw it on the station platform today. A station attendant watched me while I was taking a photo of it. He probably thought, “Strange foreigner...” Lol. I don`t mind.

Vocabulary:
See, look at, watch の使い方はちょっと違います.
- See: 見かける感じ
- Look at: (ちゃんと/じっと)眺める, 見る感じ
- Watch: 動いているものを、しばらく見る感じ
#昆虫 #虫

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Old Spoon

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Old Spoon
On Monday I went bottle digging in Sekigahara. I found a lot of old cans, & some new bottles, but no old bottles. I was disappointed. However, I found this interesting old aluminium spoon. It says 'スリ切約三瓦'. The logo is for Meiji Company. I think it`s a measuring spoon for powdered milk.

Vocabulary
- aluminium “アルミニアム” (UK, Australia) = aluminum “アルーミナム” (US)

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