3月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

These is our upcoming English meeting.

Day and Time: the 14th March 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Due to the fact there will be a native English speaker attending. When there is no guest speaker, the fee is normally¥200 a person.)

Place: In Onojo city, Fukuoka. Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room1 (2F)

We have been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We alternate the leader each session.)

This is the article we're discussing for 14th. : Part1

This is the article we're discussing for 14th: Part2

We will discuss the part 1 and if time allows, we will move on to the part 2.

Note: The foundress of Mom's English join us this time!

Thanks to my friends

As I told here, I decided to spend as much time as possible for myself such as brushing up on my English or chilling out.

This morning, I helped foreigners with their Japanese study as a volunteer. I didn't manage to have time to visit them regularly because of my work. Finally, I made it today. It was my first session this year and I was thrilled to see the students and the stuff members.

I love to meet new people and see my lovely friends. While I was interacting with them, I felt I was being rejuvenated. I don't want to sound that it is an overstated expression, but actually I felt like that.
After the session, a few friends and I had lunch together and chatted to my heart's content.

Getting home, I was overflowing with joy and energy. Thanks to my lovely friends, I seemed I have been able to recharge my batteries. ;)

Like my hardworking students

This season of the year in Japan, many students who are in the 3rd year of junior or high school would be fretting about the entrance exams of the school their choices, and so are several students of mine.

They have been slogging away at study to pass the exams and further more in order to achieve their dreams. I am always learning something from their attitudes, and I try to expand my knowledge and improve my English.
Having said that, as the proverb says, "Easier said than done." I am liable to spoil myself and to gloss over my weakness I mean I am apt to excuse myself for being lazy.

Last year, actually, I was so inundated with work and chores that I couldn't make enough time for myself. In fact, my super busy days caused health problems such a slight cold, and deprived me of my enthusiasm about English. I was apt to put it on the back burner. It was clear that I couldn't manage my time.
That is why I decided that I should chill out and spend time for myself, for studying English in particular, this year!

Oh, don't get me wrong. I never slack off my lessons, of course. lol

2月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

These is our upcoming English meeting.

Day and Time: the 14th and 28th February 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Due to the fact there will be a native English speaker attending. When there is no guest speaker, the fee is normally¥200 a person.)

Place: In Onojo city, Fukuoka. Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room1 (2F)

We have been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We alternate the leader each session.)

This is the article for the upcoming session.

There's not only one answer.

A student of mine, who is in the 3rd year of junior high school, asked me the following question yesterday.

She said, "Ms. VibrantRose, is it correct or incorrect?-The girl that has long hair is my sister."
I answered, "I think it is right. Why?"
She continued, "When I tried one of the English questions for the entrance exam for high school I'll take this month, its answer said the girl who has long hair is my sister. Is my answer correct?"

I looked the answer and sighed.............Why?
That's because there was ONLY one answer: The girl (who) (has) long hair is my sister.

About this question, an original sentence was "The girl with long hair is my sister", and she filled in the blanks to be the same meaning. There were two blanks, and she chose "that" because she had learned "who" and "that" could be used in this case. What's more, there wasn't any requirement that she shouldn't choose "that".
That is why she was a little confused and asked me about it.

If I learned correctly, both ways are fine in this case. Maybe, is it an exception to the grammar or something? Um...no..I don't think so.....
However, I didn't want to tell her anything wrong, and I asked my friends from America and England to make sure of it, just in case.
They replied me quickly and said, "Both ways are right and natural."

....................SEE?

Of course, 'who' is generally chosen, and I would do that. It is true that some argue "that" should be wrong. But what I want to say is every student or English learner shouldn't think there is only one answer, and they should expand your knowledge to choose the best one, depending on the situation.

I think this is one of the reasons why Japanese students are still struggled in English. Some students who have a good command of English would be confused like her, others who aren't good at it could learn only the answers their text books say. I think, of course, their teachers tell them not only correct answers but also other useful knowledge, though.

Anyway, the more deeply they learn English, the more they will be confused....I would like to help them anytime so that their English will be able to improve greatly in the future. This is my labor of love. lol
     
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