It Cheesed Me Off.

It might sound serious, but let me talk about the current Japanese government. Ever since Prime minister, Shinzo Abe, started his administration, he has been trying to proclaim his tactics for recovering Japanese economy as well as for hot potato issues such as the right of collective self-defence.

One of them intrigued me: the empowerment of women in the workplace, managerial posts in particualr. I don't want to admit it, but it has absolutely lagged behind from other developed countries.
To tackle it and promote the status of women, he tapped five women when he reshuffled his Cabinet. At that time, I hoped his new cabinet would make a difference. However, it was a pipe dream. Two of them ended up resigning after their blunders came to light. Uh-oh...

Let me say this: they must have had weak defences as members of the Cabinet and I've NEVER paid taxes for their fault-finding each other.

11月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

Here's our next English meeting.

Day and Time: 5th and 26th November 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Cuz, a native English speaker will take part in it as well. If there's no guest speaker, it's ¥200 a participant.)

Place: Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room 1 (There're on the second floor)
We've been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We take turns being a leader.)

If you're interested in our meeting or have any questions, please feel free to ask me. We always welcome you!

The article for 5th

NOTICE: If you have trouble printing out, please feel free to ask me.

Hallooween Party in 2014

When speaking of October, Halloween might cross your minds.

Yesterday I held a big Halloween party at my class. This year the number of participants, who range in age from three-year-old kids to junior high schoolers, was much more than I had expected, so I had asked one of my co-workers and friend to lend me a hand and bring a foreign guest who could speak English.

I had planned several games so that everyone could enjoy. Luckily, the guest had experience in teaching English to children, so I could leave it up to him to a certain degree; nevertheless, I had trouble making all of the games go smoothly, so I might have confused the guest and other participants....Sorry...I should have prepared them more elaborately...

I'm wondering if they enjoyed the party...... ^^;

It's My Fault.

When my son went out to play with his close friends, I went to a park to walk for exercising. He's basically a punctual boy although he's occasionally a lazy or sissy boy. 

Well, I found his bicycle was there when I came back from exercising. However, he wasn't there. He hadn't brought my house key with him, so I thought he had visited another boy's house.
After it passed the time he had promised to come back home, however, he didn't arrive. I thought he would be back soon, but he didn't. In fact, twenty more minutes passed. As I mentioned, he's punctual, so he seldom does like that.
I waited for him, but he didn't come back. It already passed 18:30! Oh, my! I rushed out and looked round my apartment. I finally found him.

Actually, he came back home on time, but the door had been locked. He had been waiting until I came back. He was waiting in front of our apartment, but we couldn't see each other because of the darkness. He was also waiting helplessly for a while.

I should have given him my house key or told him I was going out.... It's absolutely my fault. Sorry, my son!

Her Dream

This morning I took part in an English workshop. Recently, I hadn't managed to find the time to attend it or had to go in the middle of the meeting because of my work. Today, luckily I had enough time, so I tried to immerse myself in English. What was better, a native English speaker participated in it for the first time in a few months.

After that meeting, one of them and I had lunch together. During lunch, we talked about the topics ranging from our lessons to private matters. At that time, she told me about her big dream. I should refrain from revealing it in detail because she just made a step forward.
She told me it was just a pipe dream, but I don't think so at all. I'm sure she'll actualize her dream sooner or later. Thanks to her, I'm inspired from the bottom of my heart!

The Sense of Justice

The other day my son visited one of his close friends to play together after school. I think that the boy is kind of bossy, but he's not so bad and a typical elementary school boy.
Another boy, let's say the former is boy A and the latter is boy B, came over to boy A's house and they played trading cards.

According to my son, boy A and boy B had promised to exchange their special cards which are called God cards. However, boy B forgot to bring it and boy A got upset and started to nag at him with bad words and tried to force him to go back and bring it. Even though boy A was being naughty, boy B said to him "NO".
Then, boy A started to hit boy B! I'm not sure whether it was actually a punch or just like wrestling, but it seemed that he was running amok.
My son tried to stop, but failed for out of fear, he said. After boy B left his house, my son told boy A that he shouldn't have done that. At that time, boy A told him, "Do not tell our teacher."

That night, my son was worrying about struggling with whether he should tell the teacher or not. I thought he should, of course, but at the same time I was afraid that boy A would give him tit for tat. For that reason, I said to him, "Maybe you shouldn't do that because you weren't hit by boy A."
My son said to me, "Mom, Wrong is wrong. I should have stopped him. I think I should tell the fact my teacher. If he gives me tit for tat, I don't care."

How brave! I was so ashamed of myself! I realized that I tried to keep my son's nose clean. Yes, he's right. Wrong is wring, Right is right.
I learned the most important thing as a human being from him.

From a Kindergartener to Junor High School Students

Yesterday, an English language test called the STEP test was held. Some of my students, who range in age from a kindergartener to junior high schoolers, tried the test.

Some took it in the morning, the others did it in the afternoon. Most of them have taken it before, so I thought they would know what to do on that day. I knew that I was worrying too much, but I thought I should be there and encourage them before the test started. As such I rushed to the place where they took it. I might have been more fidgeting than them. lol

Anyway, I'm sure they'll pass their grades, but nobody knows what happens.....Now all I can do is to pray to God for their success!

I Need More!

Recently a lot of English learners have taken online lessons. In fact, I used to take it before because it was convenient for me. Before I took online lessons, I had taken part in an open English conversation class.

I often encountered bad connections between my teacher's computer and mine. To add to that, I found that I preferred practicing speaking English face to face. For these reasons, I quit it and restarted to go to the previous class.

Now I try to take part in the class every week. As you might imagine, however, It's not enough for me. Lately, I've taken on translation assignments and read the English papers thoroughly, so I know the amount of practicing speaking English is absolutely insufficient.

Yes, Have more time to practice speaking English, or my skills are quickly getting rusty!

My Busiest Weeks

In addition to giving my regular lessons, I'd been swamped with translartion and interpretation assignments for two weeks. As such, I didn't find spare time to read the paper or post my new entries.
To add to that, I gave a trial lesson to a three-year-old boy with his mom. I can say that I'd had too much on my plate these days. lol

Finally, everything is done and it's time to lay back! Phew.....
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