Saturday, February 26, 2011

Happy Birthday!!!

I have a few belated happy birthday greetings today for
and Chiho.
They were both probably hoping that I had forgot to put them on the blog but I'm an elephant and (sometimes) never forget!! :D

A very Happy Birthday to both of you from everyone here at RLE.
We hope you had terrific birthday celebrations.



Friday, February 25, 2011

Fun words to say

Here are some English words that are fun to say.


Baba Ganoush









Thursday, February 24, 2011


(General Burnside)

Eponyms are words that come from peoples names.
Sandwich (From the Earl of Sandwich)
Boycott (From Charles C Boycott)
Cardigan (From James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan)
Sadism (From Count Donatien A.F. de Sade)
Sideburns (From U.S Army Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside)
Leotard (From acrobat Jules Léotard)
Can you think of any others?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Every year a few new words are
added to the English dictionary.
Some of them are slang words that
have been in use for a long time.
Others are totally new words related to technology etc.
Here are some of the words that were added in 2010

Catastrophizing: view or present a situation as considerably worse than it actually is.
Overthink: think about (something) too much or for too long.
Matchy-matchy: excessively color coordinated.
LBD: little black dress
Frenemy: a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.
Cool hunter: a person whose job it is to make observations or predictions about new styles and trends.
Bromance: a close but nonsexual relationship between two men.
Exit strategy: a preplanned means of extricating oneself from a situation.
Defriend: another term for unfriend (remove someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site).
Soft skills: personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Drum roll please...

Last week’s poll question was a TOEIC style question,
“The guests were amazed
by the ______ statues in the garden.”
1. Colour (Noun)
2. Colourful (Adjective)
3. Colours (Plural Noun)
4. Colourfully (Adverb)
It was a 50/50 split between
Colourful & Colourfully
And the correct answer was 2. Colourful.
As the word “statues” is a noun
it should be preceded by an adjective.
Thanks to everyone who voted
& good luck with this week's poll.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A link

Here is an interesting article from
BBC news about the word "OK"

Friday, February 18, 2011

Parlez vous francais?

English borrows lot of words from French.
For example
Deja Vu
and lots lots more.
Can you think of any others?

These boys are from New Zealand,
not France, but they are funny!

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Have you seen this blog?

It is full of funny English mistakes.

Some of them have a second meaning,

(which are often a little rude.)

and some of them are just crazy.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


English is changing all the time,
and with new technology we need to create new words.
One good example of this is the word "Hello".
Originally it became popular in the 1860's as way
of greeting people on the telephone,
(Much the same as Moshi-moshi is used in Japanese).
The man famous for creating the telephone,
Alexander Graham Bell initially used
the term "Ahoy-hoy" when answering the telephone,
but fellow inventor Thomas Edison later convinced him
that "Hello" was better as it is very easy to hear.
Now the word "Hello" is used as a casual greeting
in place of the more formal "Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening."

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Funny Business :)

Who's there?


To who?

NO, to whom.


Have you had some SUSHI CANDY yet ?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine's Day is less than a week away!

Happy early Valentines from your RLE teachers!
Don't forget to show someone special you care :)

And the winner is...

Last week's poll question was ...

"Which is the most grammatically correct sentence?"

And the most popular choice
with 100% of the votes was

"I am going to the store"

Which is also the correct answer!
Well done to everyone who voted.

The other answers

I'm go the store.
I am go to the store.
I going to the store.
I am to the store go.

Were all grammatically challenged.

("I go to store."* Is correct if you use "store" as a verb,
but it's and odd sounding sentence,
and doesn't really fit with the other options)


Don't forget about bowling this Friday (Feb 11th)

At TT Bowl (Near Hankyu Ibaraki) from 3pm.

Please come along if you can,

and bring your friends!

More people will mean more fun.

What Phil did last weekend

On Sunday I went to see an art exhibition
by Aso Saburo at the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.
It was my girlfriend's idea and I wasn't so
excited about the idea because this picture

was the on on the poster and I thought it looked
a bit too European for a Japanese artist.
But fortunately when we got there,
most of the paintings looked like this.

I really enjoyed it.
Check it out if you are into art,
it is rather dark though.

Follow the link below for a flyer.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Happy Birthday !!!

We have five, yes that's right, FIVE Happy Birthday greetings !!! One for Yui, and one for Tomomi, and one for Takuto, and one for Kentaro, and one for Takeshi!!

Happy Birthday to Yui, Tomomi, Takuto, Kentaro, and Takeshi from everyone here at RLE!!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Follow this link...

This is a VERY funny blog I found the other day.
You must check it out.
The linked post is about a common English mistake
that native speakers often make.

Happy Happy Happy

Better late than never....

Happy Groundhog day!


Happy Setsubun!

That means it should be spring now right?

Well the afternoons are warming up,

but the evenings are still rather chilly.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nursery Rhyme of the Week!

This ones for Yuko ;)

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.

One for my master,

One for my dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Poll

Last week's poll question was I or Me?
''The class activities were difficult for Greg and ____.''

I don't know.
Me (2 votes)
I (3 votes)
Both answers are ok. (1 vote)

The correct answer was ME!

''The class activities were difficult for Greg and me.''

Let's try the tip I presented last week on the blog and pretend that the other person in the sentence was not there.
''The class activities were difficult for me.''
Now we can clearly see that I could not be the correct answer.
Good job everyone!!



For those of you living under a rock,
Japan defeated Australia in the Asia Cup final!
With a goal in extra time.
And a very nice goal it was too.
I'm glad the game didn't go to a P.K
(Feel free to tease and humiliate me next time you see me)

Pronunciation practice

L and R pronunciations are always a big concern for many students. Here is a helpful tip to get the best possible L you can get.

The tip of your tongue should touch just behind your front teeth where your on your gum ridge.

The tip of your tongue should NOT touch the back of your teeth or stick our of your mouth.

Here are some words to practice with:
clap, deal, film, flight, look, luck, sail, slight, violin.

Here is this week's tongue twister to practice with!
Lots of little London lamp-lighters lit London's little lamps.