Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Free Style Class is Cooking!!

Tomorrow is the first day of September and do you know what that means...? No, I'm afraid it doesn't mean that it will be cooler outside. But it does mean that this month's free style topic has changed. For the month of September we will be cooking in the classroom!!! If you are interested in taking this exciting opportunity to cook in English, then please stop by or call the school to reserve your spot today!

Grammar Nazi

This video is from a British comedy program.

It is about grammar.

But be warned it is a bit violent,

so if you are sensitive about seeing blood I recommend you don't watch it.


Drum roll please...

Well the results for last weeks poll are in.
The Question was,
"What colour are traffic lights?"
And the most popular answers were as follows,
Red 100%
Green 80%
Yellow 80%
Blue 20%
Orange 20%
So it seems everyone knows red lights are red (derrrrr)
and in English speaking countries we say green light not blue.
Interesting vote for yellow
because although I say yellow light,
I've heard many people say "amber"
Thanks to everyone who voted.
Don't forget to have a look at this weeks poll!

On the weekend I.....

... watched a really great movie!!!

On Sunday night I rented the Blind Side. It was such a good movie! It is based on a true story about the American football player Michael Ore. If you are looking for a good movie to watch, I highly recommend this one!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Common Enlgish Mistake

bite, biting, bites, bitten, bit

Which word to use?
These bug words are commonly misused by second language English speakers.

Bite: (bit; bitten) a verb for delivering a sting to a person or animal.
Bite: a noun for a painful wound resulting from an insect's stinger thrust into the skin.

Ways to use the different forms of bite:
1.) plural noun: I got a lot of bug bites in the woods.
2.) present tense: The bugs love to bite me.
3.) present continuous: AAH! The bugs are biting me.
4.) simple past verb: A bug bit me last weekend.
5.) past perfect verb: I have been bitten many times in my life.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hilarious photo of the week!!!!

So this is a bucket seat! hahahaha

Tongue Twister of the Week!

This is a very famous summer tongue twister!
I even found the Japanese translation!!!
Your welcome.

She sells sea shells by the seashore.

The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I'm sure she sells seashore shells.
Just a reminder that the Kids Summer Carnival is this Monday, August 31st and the sign up deadline is tomorrow!!! Please call us to sign your kid up for the super awesome afternoon of activities!!!

I'm back!!

Hello everyone!! I have arrived safely back from my trip home to Canada. I'm back in the school today for classes and very excited to catch-up with everyone!! I'll post some photos of my trip as soon as I can :) See you soon.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Drum roll please...

And the most popular answer to this weeks
"What is the worst thin about summer?" was...
With 50%

Yeah I agree. I hate cockroaches and mosquitoes.

My friends have told me some scary stories about GEJI GEJI.

Do you have any HORROR stories about bugs?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hot Hot Hot

It's HOT so here are some IDIOMS that use the word hot.

Can you match them with the correct meaning?


1. "Hot under the collar"

2. "In hot water"

3. "Strike while the iron is hot"

4. "Sell like hot cakes"

5. "Full of hot air"


A. To talks nonsense/tell lies.

B. To take action quickly before an opportunity is lost.

C. To get angry very quickly/easily.

D. To sell very quickly.

E. To be in trouble.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


OK time for another RIDDLE...

What word is pronounced differently
when the first letter is capitalized?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Drum roll please...

Our POLL question last week was
"What is your favorite summer time food?"
and the winner is ...
with a whopping 57%
(If you have any ideas for poll questions please let us know)
Thanks to everyone who voted
and don't forget to check out this weeks poll!


Hello Everyone!
Well the school is open again.
We missed you all during the break.
Did you enjoy your Obon vacation?
I was really busy,
I went to Awajishima,
the Summer Sonic music festival in Osaka
& my band BLUE HERON FIRE had a live show.
Thanks a lot to the people who came to see us
(Masa, Tomoko & Yoshiko,
you guys are AWESOME!!!)
What did you do during Obon?
Please tell us in the comments section below.
And if you have any photos from your holiday
we would love to see them
please e-mail them to rachel@rle.co.jp
See you soon!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Oh Canada....

here I come!!!

Good-bye RLE I hope you all have a great holiday next week.
I will be taking a summer holiday to go back home to Canada the week following obon.
Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused with changing some classes around.
Everything will be back to normal when I return on August 25th.
See you soon,
~Rachel xo

Obon Vacation!

Hey everybody!
Don't forget, next week is obon vacation, so there is NO class!

We hope that you all have a wonderful obon vacation!
See you all in 1 week!

Friday, August 6, 2010


Don't forget
to come and see Phil's band
play live this Sunday at 7:00pm
at AFTERBEAT in Kyoto
for a map visit http://afterbeat.jp

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Last weekend I .....

...went to Niigata to see the two day firework festival!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tongue Twister of the Week!

The big black bug's blood ran blue.

I dunno...

This question has no real answer...
I was just wondering what your opinion was.
Why do we say "Night Falls" & "Day Breaks"?
For example
"I hope we get home before nightfall"
"We must wake up at daybreak."
I guess you could just say
"Dusk" and "Dawn"
but they don't sound as beautiful.....

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pidgin English 101

Waaaassssuuupppp! Howzit? Mahalos fo checkin out anothah pidgin lesson cuz. I guess you all akamai now ah? Shoots cuz we go get stahted on dis lesson!

Hey what's up? How are you all? Thank you for checking out our next pidgin lesson. Have any of you started using any of the words? Well here is another example of pidgin English and "normal" English.

Pidgin English: You no can trick Kimo. Da bu
ggah stay akamai.

Normal English: Kimo is a difficult person to deceive. He is much too smart for that.

Today's words is akamai. It means smart, intelligent, or sharp. This word is very useful and can be used in many situations. So if you all like be akamai, den come down to RLE fo learn some English. Shoots den! Take it easy! See you at the next lesson!