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To improve English conversation skill, repeated speaking is needed!

I usually practice doing with podcast programs and English cafe.

By the way, I love Kobe!!! I recommend you should visit there once at least.

I'm always looking forward to hearing from you!

Author: MASA

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Tomorrow, a part of the traffic law will be revised. Every police department will entrust nongovernment companies with regulation of parking.

Everyone has various opinions. For example, exceptions will be made for express companies. However, it caused and it will cause traffic jam and accident. The exact source of them will be eradicated.
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My partner has lost mobile phone... I haven't found it although I have been searching it.

Today, I have no time to use my computer...
I'm writing this diary by my mobile phone. That's so useful.

I have no time...
I'm going to watch a movie named "Transporter" from now.

Have you watched this movie?
My physical condition became better.

I couldn't study English last week and this week. Hmm, I should study harder next week.

I was really tired today...
I won't have my free time this weekend. An event will be held, so I'll have to do a lot of things.
Yesterday, my boss suddenly said, "We'll go hiking to a mountain tomorrow." Everyone was surprised what he said.

So, my boss and colleagues and I went to the mountain. I was tired, but I took fresh air. I had a good time.

ハイキング1
The starting point for a climb


ハイキング2
The scene in the mountain


ハイキング3
The exuberant plant


ハイキング4
The park on the mountain

Today my colleague and I enjoyed a barbecue party. I ate many kinds of meat and salmon. These were good taste!
Even if I feel bad, I want to write this diary every day.

Today I went to a restaurant that I had never been. I ate a Japanese wheat noodle. The taste was good.


Important words in this article
Japanese wheat noodle
うどん [うどん]

I couldn't sleep well due to sultry night. I went to bed late, and I got up early. Am I an early bird? Am I going to be a night owl again?

I wasn't able to get enough sleep, so I have been tired for a day. I hope I'll be able to sleep like a log.

Good night!
Hmm..., I’ve had a feeling of weariness for a day.

I don’t know why, but I think I should take a rest enough.
Today, I drove for my partner. The destination was so far that I needed to do long-distance driving. In the middle of mountain path, I stopped the car, because the sidehill vista was so great!

崖

The view from the mountain side


The locale was near my favorite city Kobe, but I didn't know this precipitous cliff at all. I was so glad that I discovered the beautiful scene.
I became an early bird at last!

I'll go out today, and come back home at night perhaps.

I'll go on a long drive.
Ouch...

I went to a dentist in the morning, because I couldn't help taking toothache.

The dentist said that I had three wisdom teeth. One of these teeth was bothering me. He said, "This wisdom tooth will be extracted."

Firstly, the pain must be eliminated. So, the dentist gave me some medicine. After I took them, the pain had been alleviated.

I'm going to go to the dentist next week again. The dentist and I will take counsel together.

By the way, I figured out why these bothersome teeth were called wisdom teeth. Everyone recognizes these teeth after they have wisdom and knowledge.


Important words in this article
Wisdom tooth
親知らず [おやしらず]

I might have a cavity. My tooth has been bothering me. I should I'll go to a dentist tomorrow.

Do you have good teeth?

Important words in this article
Tooth
歯 [は]
Cavity
虫歯(の穴) [むしば(のあな)]
Dentist
歯医者 [はいしゃ]

Today, it was heavy rain, because the season's first typhoon was moving in near China. Fortunately, it won't approach Japan. However, because of the typhoon, it was like the rainy season in June.

By the way, I learnt the difference between a typhoon and hurricane. The violent storm is called the typhoon in Pacific Ocean, and the hurricane in Atlantic Ocean. Which ocean is nearer from your country?


I went to my favorite English cafe, but there is too much traffic jam on the way. I met one of the staff that I haven't met before. Many customers and the staff enjoyed talking about several things. Since one of customers and the staff talked about France, I was interested in this country.

I had a great time.


Important words in this article
Typhoon
台風 [たいふう]
Hurricane
ハリケーン [はりけーん]
Pacific Ocean
太平洋 [たいへいよう]
Atlantic Ocean
大西洋 [たいせいよう]
Rainy season
梅雨 [つゆ or ばいう]


I found three interesting riddles. I figured out two of them, but I didn't answer the other.

Can you answer those strange questions? Or, do you know funny riddles?

Riddle 1
Give me food and I will live. Give me water and I will die. What am I?

Riddle 2
I'm where yesterday follows today and tommorow's in the middle. What am I?

Riddle 3
I am the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end, and the end of every place. What am I?



These riddles were cited from 週刊ST, Vol. 56, No. 19 and No. 20.


Important words in this article
Riddle
なぞなぞ [なぞなぞ]


My blog was introduced briefly at Aya-san's blog. She mentioned four sites which were written in English. She said that writing English in a blog was good exercise for English learners. This is what she said:


★MASAさん
英語日記を書かれています。毎回最後に、その日の日記で使った重要語句をまとめて表示!コメントも英語が多いです!盛り上がってます。



I translated this introduction into English.


*MASA-san
He has written his diary in English, and presents important words in his every article. Many visitors leave comments in English. This blog is very active.


Thank you so much for heartfelt introduction!


Why don't you try writing your diary in foreign language: English, Japanese, and so on? I try to keep writing English every day!

Several people say, "It is more efficient if we study in the early morning." I agree with their opinion.

I am a night person. I sometimes get up early, but I give up few days later. It's really difficult for me to keep getting up with the sun.

I got new words in another blog. These are an early bird and night owl. I must be a night owl.

Folks, keep getting up early!


Important words in this article
Morning person
朝型の人 [あさがたのひと]
Night person
夜型の人 [よるがたのひと]
Easly bird
朝型の人 [あさがたのひと]
Night owl
夜型の人 [よるがたのひと]


Just now, I felt the quake. The earthquake occurred! It was measured 3 on the Japanese intensity scale in my area.

I learnt that the earthquake intensity was different between Japan and foreign countries.

I sometimes heard that Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries. How often do you feel the quake in your area?


Important words in this article
Earthquake
地震 [じしん]
Earthquake intensity
震度 [しんど]


Search Keywords: [Information about Japan]

Today is "Mother's Day" in Japan. Did you do something for your mother? If you did, what did you do?

I sent a gift to my mother. The gift was a Japanese folding fan. And, I attached a handwritten letter. I've never written handwritten one before.

I called her on the phone a little while ago. She said that she was not at home, so she will get the gift tomorrow. My mother is not always at home in her holiday.

For visitors who don't know a Japanese folding fan, I tell you what it is. It is made of Japanese paper. It is compatible with Japanese-style clothing.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take a picture of the gift. However, you can see many kinds of fans at Google Images Search.




Important words in this article
Mother's Day
母の日 [ははのひ]
Japanese folding fan
扇子 [せんす]
Japanese paper
和紙 [わし]
Japanese-style clothing
和服 [わふく]


Search Keywords: [Information about Japan] [Japanese customs]

I tell you about an answer of Quiz No. 00003. If you haven't tried solving that, you must not read the answer.

Explanation

They said that they are a couple all their life. So, you can recognize they are a couple of something.

In their introduction, they mentioned, "we are utilized." That meant they were an equipment.

They are always beaten by a rock. It is a big hint for you. It is an important clue.

Do you know paper-rock-scissors? It is a three-way struggle. Papers always defeat rock. Rock always defeats scissors. And scissors always defeat paper.


Answer No. 00003

We are scissors! If you know different rule of paper-rock-scissors, please tell me about it!

Correct answerers
  • penguin-san
  • kabak-san



Congratulations!!!


Important words in this article
Paper-rock-scissors
じゃんけん


Today, I'll tell you about a food. One of my favorite foods is an octopus ball, which is called Takoyaki in Japanese.

I chose my favorite food in a menu (Fig 1). Then I ordered a bowl of rice topped with pieces of octopus and octopus balls. Former one was bottom left of Fig 2, and latter one was top right.


たこ焼き 1 (20060513)
Fig 1: A menu of my favorite Takoyaki restaurants

たこ焼き 2 (20060513)
Fig 2: A bowl of rice topped with a piece of octopus and octopus balls


A ball of octopus balls is prepared from flour. At this time, octopus balls I ate were dressed with mayonnaise and leek sliced crosswise (Fig 3). As you can see in Fig 4, a piece of octopus was contained in an octopus ball.


たこ焼き 3 (20060513)
Fig 3: A closeup of Fig 2

たこ焼き 4 (20060513)
Fig 4: A closeup of a filling of an octopus ball


If you have never eaten octopus balls, I think you must try to eat them!


Important words in this article
Octopus ball
たこ焼き [たこやき]


Search Keywords: [Information about Japan] [Japanese foods]

Quiz No. 00003

Well, please allow us to introduce ourselves. We are a couple, and the partner is indispensable for each other.

We are utilized to break something in two or more. However, we are not strong very much, generally speaking. So, it is possible that we get hurt if we try to defeat an adamantine object.

Japanese legend has it that we get beaten by a rock. We always want to be defeat that!


Well, who are we? Can you recognize us? Please answer!


Note
Don't read any comments which other reader wrote if you want to enjoy solving puzzles.

I tell you about an answer of Quiz No. 00002. If you haven't tried solving that, you must not read the answer.


Explanation

Two answerers had different thoughts. One of them is "to sleep ," and the other is "taking a nap ." From the second paragraph of this question, since a jet lag was described, the latter response might be derived.

However, read the first paragraph carefully. In this paragraph, the quiz said this action was necessary for us. "Taking a nap," therefore, was not a suitable answer.


Answer No. 00002

The action is to sleep!


Correct answerers
  • kabak-san!


Close answerers
  • Nam Nam-san



Congratulations!!!

I'll tell you my favorite blog sites. If interested, why don't you visit there? My friends list is located at the lower left in this blog.

English Aya Pod
I always utilize a program of podcast named "English Aya Pod." In this program, two native speakers, called Peter and Paul, enjoy chatting together. Then, a hostess of this program, called Aya-san, gives the explanation to audiences.
Ayaとにゃんこのボキャビルブログ
This site is a private blog of the hostess of "English Aya Pod," Aya-san, She usually describe her life, her work, English, and so on. The title means literally "Aya and her kitties' blog with vocabulary."
目指せ!皇帝ぺんぎん
This blog was made by an English learner called penguin-san. I love that title. He described his motivation which is "I will become an emperor penguin!" To be an emperor penguin, this poor penguin exerts an effort. That is an epic story! Actually, he's studying English hard.
ENGLISH QUEST
To acquire English skill, he went off on adventure. His name was ran-san. In the course of the quest, he must meet enormous enemies which he has never seen. What kind of enemies are they? I guess that they are unknown words, idioms, parables, and novel grammar. No one knows whether he will be able to defeat the Archenemy.
あまなっと
This site is really colorful. I love there! I don't know gender of that author called Maru-san, so I say "her." She has drawn many paintings that are pastel colored. This site is written in Japanese, but you should visit there if you can't understand Japanese. You can enjoy looking at many pictures.



Search Keywords: [An introduction of my friends]

I read an article which penguin-san wrote about blog lists. He said he used DRECOM RSS, and I didn't know what it was very much.

I check out a function of DRECOM RSS, and then I find out how useful it was. It was an automatic generator of blog lists.

As a trial, I added some blog sites. I'll add sites which will be periodically updated. If you mind that, please tell me about it. Then, I eliminate your one from my lists.


[DRECOM RSS]


Hi folks, nice to meet you. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and reading this message.

I hope many visitors who are native speakers or English learners become my friends through communicating here. That was why this blog was born. I named this site "英会話特訓あるべし!!!", hoping that my speaking skill will be improved. This title means that, "You should practice speaking again and again."


For English learners

I'm an English learner who is the same as you, so I must make a mistake. Even if you aren't good at English, you don't have to hesitate at all. Let's try communicating in English!


For native speakers

This blog was made in Japanese company, and most sentences were written in Japanese. So, I tried to improve this blog, then almost every sentence which I could change was translated into English. Now, I wrote my diary, quizzes, a record of learning, remarks, and so on. Some categories were written in Japanese.

Another article about me
My motivation
Why am I studying English? I'll answer your question.
My studying method
This is not ready. I'm going to write this article as soon as possible.
My studying program in May 2006
I'll show you my studying program instead.



I'm looking forward to hearing from you.


Sincerely yours,

MASA

Quiz No. 00002

In order to live, we must do this action. We usually do every day. Even if you don’t want to do, this action is naturally done.

Typically you do periodically, but you sometimes lose that cycle. Especially, it seems that the disorder tends to occur if you go to another country.

Well, what is this action? Please answer!


Note
Don't read any comments which other reader wrote if you want to enjoy solving puzzles.


P.S.
This answer will be posted as another article, titled "A00002 What is this action?"

I tell you about an answer of Quiz No. 00001. If you haven't tried solving that, you must not read the answer.


Explanation

He said he must work in all kinds of weather. He is a businesslike man.

He didn't tell a lie at all. Actually, he has three eyes and one leg. Is he a monster? Or, is he a ghost? No, no, no!

He mentioned that he was always kept watch on by a police department. You know, he is a machine, not monster and ghost. He is located on the road, to eliminate traffic accidents.


Answer No. 00001

He is a traffic light or signaler!


Correct answerers
  • kabak-san!



Congratulations!!!





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Thank you very much! I will be waiting for next quiz. ^^

[ kabak ] 2006/05/12 1:21:07 [ 削除 ]



You are welcome! Thank you for answering my quiz.

I hope participants will increase. :-)

[ MASA ] 2006/05/12 1:43:34 [ 削除 ]

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