Friday, January 29, 2010

Make Me Happy!

Please write your comments on our BLOG!!! Please please please please please or we will cry, cry!!! If you don't write anything we will stop writing our blog! Is anyone out there???!! If you read this please say hello.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Murphy's Law

"MURPHY'S LAW" is the rule that "BAD LUCK"
always happen more than "GOOD LUCK"
For example, when you drop your toast on the floor,
it always lands with the "BUTTER" side down.
Which means you can't eat the toast and the floor is dirty.
When you take your "UMBRELLA" it doesn't rain,
but when you forget your umbrella it rains.
Can you think of some other examples
of Murphy's Law that happen in your life??? :P

Trivia is generally useless but interesting information.

All but one of the planets in our "SOLAR SYSTEM"
are named after "ROMAN GODS".
For example "SATURN" was the
Roman god of "AGRICULTURE" (or Farming).
He is also the reason why we call
the last day of the week "SATURDAY".
Do you know which planet
is not named after a Roman god?
Hint : You live on it.


Today is our first English lesson movie making day! We have decided for our New Years project here at the school, that we would make short video clip lessons for you, our students, to watch online and perhaps learn something new and exciting about English! Enjoy :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


A man rides into town on Tuesday.
He then rides out of town three days later also on Tuesday.
How is this possible???
Hint "Horse"

Tongue Twister of the Week!

I'm not the pheasant plucker,
I'm the pheasant plucker's son.
I'm only plucking pheasants,
till the pheasant plucker comes.

Animal Group Names

In English we have different names for different
groups of animals.
For example a group of LIONS is called a "PRIDE".
Here are some of the most commonly used ones . . . .
Birds & Sheep = Flock
Cows & Horses = Herd
Fish = School
Dogs = Pack
Bugs = Swarm
Dolphins & Whales = Pod
And my personal favorite is a "MURDER" of Crows.

Happy Birthday!!

Saturday night my family in Japan (my RLE co-workers) took me out for a birthday supper!! I just want to say thank you so much I had a really great time!!! :D I ate way too much and wasn't expecting a giant delicious cake at the end of the evening but I stuffed it in anyways :P

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Baby Pictures!!!!

Here she is!! The newest addition to the RLE family!! She looks soooo much like her daddy. :)

Nursery Rhyme of the Week!

One 1 , two 2, buckle my shoe;
Three 3, four 4, shut the door;
Five 5, six 6, pick up sticks;
Seven 7, eight 8, lay them straight;
Nine 9, ten 10, a big, fat hen!!

The Big Smoke

This week we have some SLANG from AUSTRALIA.
"The big smoke" means the city.
Any city, so next time you are going to Osaka you can say,
"I'm off to the big smoke."

Friday, January 22, 2010

MMMmmmmm Cake......

OK here is another IDIOM.
What do you think "A PIECE OF CAKE" means?
For example, "My English test was a piece of cake."
Is it A: Something that is very easy to do.
B: Something that is fun to do.
Or C: Something that you must do.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


This week we will enjoy the English board game Monopoly in our conversation theme class! It is a very fun yet challenging game. I have not won any of the games played so far in class :( This week I hope I can win :P

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cold Feet

This is the first post for the new IDIOMS section. Now we know that the real meaning of idioms is not clear at first, we need to use our imagination to guess. But luckily there is often a similar idiom in Japanese as well. So lets try this one.
To get "COLD FEET"
What do you think it means?
A: To walk slowly when you need to hurry.
B: To become too frightened to do something you had planed to do.
C: To be lazy when you have lots to do.

Riddle of the week!

Which room has no windows and no doors?

Hint - You can eat it

Space Oddities

On January 15th there was a
(which is when the moon moves in front of the sun and blocks out its light) This is very rare and I think really cool also. But unfortunately you could only see it from Africa and some parts of India which means we will just have to wait for another time.


Ahoy* everyone!
This is Phil, I'm the new teacher at RLE. I'm really excited to start working here. It's such a great school with really great students. If I haven't met you yet, I hope to soon.
Take care.
(*that's how pirates say hello)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Congratulations!!!! Yesterday, January 18th, 2010, Yoshio and his wife welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their family!! We wish you all the best and couldn't be happier for both of you!

School Joke

Mother: What did you learn in school today?
Son: How to write.
Mother: What did you write?

Son: I don't know, they haven't taught us how to read yet!

Tongue Twister of the week!!

Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Welcome to RLE !!!

We want to give a big WELCOME today to our NEW teacher all the way from Australia, PHIL!!! Make sure to stop by and introduce yourself to Phil, he is very excited to meet you :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


That's right folks you are reading correctly! There are currently a few flurries outside the school windows! What are flurries? I'm glad you asked. Flurries are what we call very light snowfall that doesn't last for very long.

This was caused by a heavy snowfall!! NOT flurries!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Movie review

The number one movie in the world is Avatar! It is the second highest earning movie of all time, with only Titanic beating it. After having spent weeks listening to my friends and co-workers talk about this 3D movie I went to see it last weekend, IN 3D!! The first 3D movie I have ever seen!! I was not disappointed! It was such a good movie, unlike anything I have seen before. I don't want to spoil it for you if you are planning on going to see it! Yoshio and I have rated it 4.5 stars out of 5!! Have you seen this movie? What did you think?


Last week we enjoyed the game of LIFE in one of our conversation theme classes! It was so much fun however, I was not the winner. This week I hope to the win the game!!! Bring it on.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

This poem is a useful way to remember the number of days in each month. As we are just starting a new year I thought it would be useful to show it to you now :)

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one,
Except in Leap Year, that's the time
When February's Days are twenty-nine.

Nursery Rhyme of the week!

Hickory Dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck 1,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory dickory dock.

Tongue Twister of the week!

My mother's making me marry Mary Mack. Mary Mack's mother's making Mary Mack marry me.

Friday, January 8, 2010

North American Customs

Custom #15: The Tooth Fairy!

The Tooth Fairy is a fairy that gives children money or gifts in exchange for a baby tooth that has fallen out. Children usually place the tooth under their pillow at night. Then the Tooth Fairy will come when the child is sleeping and take the tooth from under the pillow and replace it with money.

A lucky little girl in our school recently lost her first tooth and received a visit from the Tooth Fairy earlier this week!! Congratulations Saki!!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I went to Niigata!

As many of you know I spent my New Years holiday in Niigata! Here are a few photos from my culture shock trip. The first photo is of my New Years Eve supper, and below that is a photo of the giant Darruma that I threw on the fire. Seriously there is a lot of snow there as you can see from that last two photos! What a great New Years experience!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

We here at RLE would like to wish you all a merry, happy New Year! Thank you all for your support in 2009. Let's make the best of 2010 and have fun learning English. Let's all work together to achieve our goals this year!

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year)