Jun 272014
 

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Did you know that (1) July 1 is a Canadian holiday? It’s called Canada Day. I don’t think (2) that many Japanese people know about it. Canadians celebrate July 1 because (3) Canada became a country on July 1, 1867. Before (4) it became a country, Canada was three British colonies. In my hometown, people can celebrate together if (5) they go to the town’s big park. When I (6) lived in that town, I always went to that park on July 1. At that park, people can enjoy watching (7) dances and music performances. They can also eat various international (8) foods. This year, my friends and I decided (9) to have a small picnic in Aioi on July 1. I hope (10) it doesn’t rain…

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 June 27, 2014  Posted by at 2:06 pm One World 2 Comments Off on One World 2 (Lesson 4): Canada Day
Aug 182012
 

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This summer vacation, I went to(1) Hokkaido and Tohoku. One of the places I went to was Akita City. I went there to visit(2) some friends and to see(3) the Kanto Festival. Since childhood, the performers in the Kanto Festival learn how to(4) balance lantern poles on their hands, hips, shoulders, and head. At first(5), the bamboo poles are not very(6) tall, but little by(7) little they are made taller and taller. It can be dangerous, but if(8) the pole starts falling or a lantern catches fire, the performers know exactly what to do(9). They quickly pick up the pole and start(10) balancing it again. I was so impressed, and had a lot of fun!

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 August 18, 2012  Posted by at 1:12 pm One World 2 Comments Off on One World 2 (Lesson 5/6): Summer Vacation 2012
Sep 182012
 

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Do you know about “cat cafés”? You can drink(1) coffee at them like in normal cafés, but cats live there and customers can play with them. I first heard about(2) cat cafés recently. I was very surprised. In Canada, we don’t(3) have them. I was in Tokyo in August, so I thought it was a good idea to go to one to play(4) with the cats. I went to one in Akihabara. The name is NekoJaLaLa. Eight cute cats live there. It’s important to be nice to the cats. You can read(5) a guidebook at the cat café. It tells you what to do(6). For example, you have to(7) follow certain rules. The first rule is that you must(8) wash your hands before touching the cats. Also, you should not (9) surprise the cats. The mood of a cat café is very nice if(10) you follow the rules. Cat cafés are a lot of fun. Please try one sometime!

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 September 18, 2012  Posted by at 2:01 pm One World 2 Comments Off on One World 2 (Lesson 5/6): Cat Cafés
Dec 042012
 

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Do you know the story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas? It was written(1) and drawn(2) by an American writer called(3) Dr. Seuss. The Grinch hates Christmas and plans to steal(4) Christmas decorations and presents from everyone. When he tries to take(5) a Christmas tree, he is seen(6) by a little girl, but he tells her that he is just going to fix a broken(7) Christmas light. However, even though Christmas was stolen(8) by the Grinch, people still celebrate together and are happy. When the Grinch sees this, he wants to return(9) their Christmas decorations and presents. He begins to love(10) Christmas.

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 December 4, 2012  Posted by at 4:02 am One World 2 Comments Off on One World 2 (Lesson 8/9): How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dec 062012
 

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Have you read the story A Christmas Carol? It was written(1) by Charles Dickens in 1843(2). The story was made(3) into many different movies. It’s fun to watch(4) a different one every Christmas. I have also heard it spoken(5) on the radio. The main character is Ebenezer Scrooge, a rich man who doesn’t want to give(6) anything at Christmas. On Christmas Eve, he is visited(7) by three ghosts who want him to become(8) a nicer man. He is taken(9) to the past, the present, and the future, and learns that it’s good for him to care(10) about other people. I think it’s a nice Christmas message.

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 December 6, 2012  Posted by at 8:59 am One World 2 Comments Off on One World 2 (Lesson 8/9): A Christmas Carol