Friday, April 26, 2013

A what?

As strange as it seems, that is an actual sentence.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

How honest a traveler are you?

And how honest did you answer the question?  There was a recent poll asking travelers around the world if they had ever stolen anything from a hotel.  Now, some people might say that they have taken shampoo, soap, and plastic combs, but these would not really count as "stealing" since they are for you to use.  According to some hotels, the most common things stolen are magazines, books, towels, linens, and the occasional lamps, clocks, and artwork.  Now I don't know how some people would steal artwork unless you have one humungous suitcase.  So which country came out on top as the most honest...........

and that country is

DENMARK at 88%

Now what about Japan?  I think Japanese people are one of the most honest people in the world and how did they not get #1?  Japan came in 15th place at 73%!  Very hard to believe, but I can only guess that they are too honest and answered that they had stolen something even if it was a piece of paper from a notepad.   Americans came in 23rd at 66%.  Australians, 19th at 72%.   French, 22nd at 71%.

So, do you have any stories?  I personally, haven't really stolen anything from a hotel.  Just your normal shampoo, soap, comb, shaving cream, and a few towels.  I promise.  ;)  

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Looking for a new diet???

Have you tried just too many diets?  And have any of them worked for you?  Well, if you answered "Yes!" to the two questions, then this may be the answer that you were looking for.  Introducing, the Hapifork!

It's a fork that syncs with your smartphone or computer and keeps data of your eating habits.  But how does it help with your diet?  Well, certain people eat too fast and it usually takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you are full.  So these people usually overeat and then realize that they are full.  You normally want about 10 seconds in between each time you take food to your mouth.  So this fork will vibrate if you eat faster than the 10 seconds.  Of course, you can change the interval time, but this is the recommended setting.

So do you feel like trying out this fork?  Well, not only will it help with your diet, but it will also help with any digestive problems you have or with gastric reflux (胸焼け).  It is only $99, so why not give it a try?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The others...

As an adjective
                   I have 3 biscuits
                   I ate one biscuit
                   I ate another biscuit.   (one more)
                   Then I ate the other biscuit.          (the remaining)
                   I saw some people walking,
                   and I saw some other people running.        
 (separate from the first group)
Here are 5 CD’s. Two are mine,
                   but the other CD’s are my sister’s.                  (the rest)

As a pronoun
                   I saw 3 butterflies.
                   I caught one.
                   I caught another.
                   Then I caught the other.
                   I saw some monkeys eating bananas
                   and I saw some others eating tofu.

                   Here are 7 books. One is mine,
                   but the others are my father’s.

That’s the basics, now here are some more:
Every other (every second)
I exercise every other day.

Any other (separates one from its group)
                   I’m taller than any other person in my office.
                   I’m taller than any of the other people in my office.

Ok and to finish it off, some difficult ones that even grammar experts argue about:

Each other (a reciprocal pronoun)  

That sounds confusing but it means it shows the same action 

(or more often feeling between two people)

                   They are in love with each other.

One another (same as each other but when there are more than 2 parties involved)

                   People should try to be kind to one another. (as in all people)

Friday, April 19, 2013

One in a blue moon

once in a blue moon
adv. phr
Very rarely; very seldom; almost never. 
"Coin collecting is interesting, 
but you find a valuable coin only once in a blue moon.
(coin collecting is interesting, 
but you find a valuable coin only very rarely.)

Thursday, April 18, 2013


If Mary's father has 5 daughters.
What's the name of the 5th daughter?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

EIKEN 1st grade question

Helen's ability to create a  (       ) with new 
students makes her an outstanding teacher. 
After only a few lessons, they feel every relaxed.

1. stigma
2. mirage
3. rapport
4. spoof

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spice it up

To 'spice something up' 
literally means to make food or drink spicier. 
You can also 'spice up' things like speeches, 
performances and events: 
by adding parts which make them more interesting and exciting.
This salad was a bit boring so I spiced it up with some chilli sauce.
Martin's speech was really dull. He should have spiced it up with some jokes!

Feed my baby turtles

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What are you hooked on?

Hooked On

meaning:  to be addicted to or really like something

 Ex.  I am hooked on ice cream.   

        She is hooked on shoe shopping.  She's spent a lot of money on shoes lately.  


Recently I am hook on chips and salsa.  This is one of my favorite snacks that I eat almost every week!  

What are you hooked on???

Friday, April 5, 2013

wasei eigo

Click the picture above for an interesting article about Japanese English.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Kung Fu adverbs

Visual vocabulary quiz

Click the pic above for a quick vocabulary quiz!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Smart Phone Watch?!

Maybe someone of you have guessed it, and others may have even predicted it.  But here is the "Pebble".  You can check out the website by clicking on the link.  Here is a start to what people in the tech world have been talking about.  Watch versions and maybe even eyeglass versions of cell phones have started coming out.  Here's a video as well to see how this watch works.

So what do you think?  Worth it?  Or a piece of junk?