Friday, May 31, 2013


I like birds.
I like birds of prey in particular.
We know hawks, falcons, & owls etc.
But ever heard of a secretary bird?
Me neither until last night.
It just might be my new favorite.
It's called a secretary birds because of the way it 
stomps its feet to kill its prey, this makes 
it kind of look like someone typing.
Oh and guess what it likes to eat....SNAKES!!!
Click the picture above to see one in action.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

"Didn't do nothing..."

Careful with those double negatives...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Riddle of the Day!

The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?


☆How to Cure the Hiccups★

There are many different things people do to try cure themselves of the hiccups.  Some say to scare the person or drink out of the wrong side of a glass.  I personally use the "think about something else" trick.  I ask what you ate for dinner last night, then what you ate for lunch, and then what you ate for breakfast, and keep going back.  It sometimes works.

But according to this article, this is the way to cure hiccups.  You simply take the person's hand and squeeze hard on the fingernail of pinky finger for 10 seconds.  That's all!  No more heart attacks or thinking really hard.  Give it a try and let me know if it works. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

IDIOM: heavy heart

heavy heart
n. phr.
A feeling of being weighed down with sorrow; unhappiness. 
They had very heavy hearts as they went to the funeral. 
(They felt very sad and unhappy as they went to the funeral.)

Friday, May 24, 2013


I do not agree with everything in this article,
in fact I disagree with most of what it says,
but it makes some interesting points none the less.
Click below for the link

To all the fries lovers!

I just saw that horrifying picture and was surprised to read that this super-sized portion of fries is going to be sold in Japan (and not in the US as I thought first although it may already be sold over there!!). Obviously, it is supposed to be shared by several people and not enjoyed by yourself only! I am pretty sure some people might though...


Do you know what a GIF file is?  Well, it stands for Graphic Interchange Format.  It was introduced to the Web in 1987 and has become a worldwide used format for picture files.  One of its distinct characteristics is the ability to support animation.  For example:

So you probably have seen these type of pictures before.  And most people pronounce it the way it looks, "GIF."  But according to Steve Wilhite, it is pronounced "JIF."  What?!  Maybe it takes after words like "giraffe" pronounced "jiraffe."

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I went TO shopping

Every day I hear this:

Me: "So what did you do last weekend?"
Student: "I went to shopping."

High level students, low level students, 
mid level students it happens all the time!

Remember that -ing verbs don't need a 'to'.
You wouldn't say, "I went to swimming." "I went to running."

You only need a "to" if you are actually going "to" a PLACE, 
e.g "I went to Kobe." "I went to the supermarket."

So if you say I went TO shopping, 
from now on I will assume you went to a town called ショッピング
and I will ask you to tell me where it is
because I have never heard of it.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Why is the mushroom always so popular at parties?

Because he is a fungi 

Don't get it?

fungi sounds like "fun guy"

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


There is ___________ chance of the mayor being 
re-elected unless he can restore confidence 
in the business community.

(A) few
(B) least
(C) low
(D) little

♪Riddle of the Day♪

If you have me, you want to share me. If you share me, you haven't got me. What am I?


Friday, May 17, 2013

Miss the boat

v. phr., informal
To fail through slowness; 
to put something off until too late; 
to do the wrong thing and loose the chance. 
Mr Brown missed the boat when he decided not to buy the house. 
(If he had bought it he could sell it for a profit now.)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

EIKEN 1st grade

The sociologist argued that human beings are (      ) selfish, 
and that throughout history attempts to cure them 
of this trait through education had failed.

1 innately     2 nominally     3 lethally     4 belatedly

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Riddle of the Day!

What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

BBQ 2013

Thanks for coming to the BBQ, we had such a great time!! We have some more pictures on the board at school if you want to have a look!

My brain hurts...

Click the pic for a link to a very difficult grammar quiz. 
I got 8 out of 10 "Grammar Guru". 
I would hope so, as grammar is one of my subjects at uni. 

Friday, May 10, 2013


Summer is just around the corner and that means 
the movie studios will be releasing a bunch of stuff. 
Most of it will be terrible nonsense, 
but here are a few that at least look so bad they might be good.
Click the poster pic for links to the trailers.

From the same people who made "Shaun of the dead"  
their films are always hilarious. Comedy horror, beer. Sounds fun.
Can't go wrong with this one.

Looks like "Men in Black" but with ghosts instead of aliens. 
Jeff Bridges is cool, and the tall blond woman 
old Asian man joke sold me on this one. 
Looks stupid but might be good fun.

Just called "The Wolverine" in English, 
this looks like it is going to be absolutely terrible. 
The storyline is an important one for x-men fans like myself, 
and I can't wait to see wolverine make a big mess in Japan. 
But.... it just looks ridiculous, I had big hopes after 
how awesome the last x-men film "first class" 
was but I think I'm going to be disappointed by this one.

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Yokai exhibition at the Osaka museum of history.
Looks interesting.
Click the pic for a the link.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013




adjective o-tə-kra-tik
1: of, relating to, or being an autocracy : absolute  
an autocratic government
2: characteristic of or resembling an autocrat : despotic  
an autocratic ruler
au·to·crat·i·cal·ly adverb


  1. democracy is supposed to protect the people against the rise of autocratic rulers
  2. an autocratic Boy Scout leader who is under the delusion that he's still an army colonel

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

♪Riddle of the Day♪

Paul's height is six feet, he's an assistant at a butcher's shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh?