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Hawker Typhoon Model Plane

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Hawker Typhoon Model Plane
I bought a cheap lot (lot = まとめ) of model plane kits on 'Yahoo-Oku' (an online auction site) & gave my kids one each to make during their summer holidays. Just for fun, I put a battery & small electric motor in this one. When you touch the wires, the propeller turns. My kids were impressed. (My wife wasn't. She rolled her eyes).


Japanese English (和製英語):
- In English, nobody says プラモデル or プラレール
- プラモデル --> Plastic model, Model plane/car/etc.
- プラレール --> Tomy/Thomas (blue plastic) train tracks



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Mitsubishi Jeep Wagon (J30) 1962–83

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Mitsubishi Jeep...
I was surprised when I saw this Jeep pass our school. Old (Mitsubishi) Jeeps are not so rare in Japan, but this is the first time I`ve seen a station wagon version. What do you think? Is it cool? It`s interesting, but is it stylish? Hmmm.

Grammar
- 「どう」 is usually 'How' in English, but 「どう思いますか」 = 'WHAT do you think?'

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Hard Gardening

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Hard Gardening
My workmate James moved* to a new house just north of Gifu City recently. He said the garden was overgrown, so I went there to help him clear it. We cut & pulled a lot of weeds, & moved** them all to a big pile in the centre of his yard. It was hot & sweaty work, but it was nice to get outside & move*** around; recently I`ve been spending most of my time indoors.

It`s a really nice place - very natural, with a beautiful view. Nice choice, James!

Vocabulary:
* 引っ越す
** 動かす
*** 動く

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