Thursday, December 31, 2009
To everyone: Happy New Year
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Hickory, dickory, dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory, dickory, dock
The trees chanted this in a low voice. Closer and closer they came. I heard them say:
Hickory, dickory, dock
It's not the clock we want
Nor the mouse we hunt
It's you we want!
Hickory, dickory, dock, Hmm!
Hickory, dickory, dock
It's our forest you see
Not a place for you to be
Hickory, dickory, dock, Hmm!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The figure next to the dragon appears to be a witch, however, maybe she's just a little girl. Stay tuned for more updates on this story, this has been Winston Bullhill.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Above is a picture of Cleveland, Ohio.I live in the suburbs outside this city.
Cleveland is a "small" big city. This picture was takenon a boat on Lake Erie.
It's nothing special, just normal America with normal Americans.
Hey! I got to go. There's a new Dragon story coming for Sunday Morning!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Alexsis and the Dragon had spoken at length. The sun had set and the moon had risen when the dragon was satisfied with the bargain he had made with Alexsis. With a leap, the dragon jumped in the air. Quickly he gained altitude. As he faded into the evening sky, Alexsis wondered if the bargain she had made with the dragon would save her people. At any result, Alexsis' fate was doomed. Win the war and Alexsis would still have to pay the dragon's price. Lose? Well ...there was no choice here.
It was win or die.
The moon was high when Alexsis stepped out of the pagoda. A chill ran up her spine when she heard the cries of the wolves. They were still far up the mountain. But she knew their intentions.
They would come for her, and fast. She began to run. She needed to hurry back to the castle. The Tyrant's army was approaching. She commanded the defending forces and without her the army's chance were slim. Even with Alexsis, the chances for survival were not good. The Tyrant would assualt the castle at daybreak. Now, was not the time for wolves. She quickened her pace.
Next week: Episode 5 - Separate ways
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Coming this weekend! Episode 4 of Alexsis and the Dragon.
The dragon and Alexsis have spoken in secret and now they have seperated. Each has gone their own way.
Where is the dragon going?
What did Alexsis hear from up in the mountains?
Read the new episode this wekend.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
It's that time of year again. Time for the annual Ohio State-Michigan football game. This will be the 106th meeting of these rivals. Once again, Ohio State is the big favourite over it's hated rival. Michigan has suffered 5 losses in a row to Ohio. Today's game will be in Ann Arbhor, Michigan.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Her name is Diane, What's she doing?
She's skiing. Diane likes to ski
and Ohio has lot's of snow.
It looks cold! " Hey! Diane be careful don't fall!"
Let's go inside, it's too cold. Why don't we go visit Diane at work?
That's a good idea.
Tomorrow- Diane at work.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
power, one in each hand. The swords shimmered and hummed with power. The dragon had felt the swords as Alexis approached with them. The swords were powerful, a force the dragon hadn't seen for a thousand years. Yes! these were the same swords! The very ones that were used so long ago to...
"Impossible!!!" the dragon roarded into the sky. The dragon braced itself for the worst. "What is she going to?" the dragon thought. He shifted his weight forward to poise himself for an attack.
"There has been a great injustice, my lord. Allow me to tell you."
The dragon relaxed. The swords were safely on the ground for now. Where had she gotten them?
How was she able to use them? The swords had come to life in her hands! The women had spoken to him. Her words were spoken in the old language. Many years ago, dragons had united with humans to fight a great evil. The language she used was from a forgotten age.
"Why do you have those swords? Speak now!" the dragon commanded.
Alexis spoke at length. Her conversation carried on uninterupted for half the night.
The dragon listened intently. Finally, Alexis ended her story and rose to her feet.
The dragon raised it's head and straighten himself to an impossing height over Alexis. He hesitated... then the dragon leaped into air! Two massive swips of its wings propelled it into the air.
As the dragon rose in the sky, it let out a tremendous cry: " It will be done!!!"
"Before hell's gates, I swear upon my death...it will be done." The dragon was quickly gaining altitude over Alexis. In a minute, it would be out of sight.
"It's done. And I have survived for now." Alexis sighed. She did not try to fool herself however,
the easy part was now done. Next comes the hard part she tould herself. She picked up her swords and sheathed them on her back. Just then, the howl of a wolf came down the mountains. At the sound, a cold chill ran down Alexis's back...."The night is not over yet," she wispered.
Next - Episode 4 Into the Night
Until next time...
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
They did not get it from the phonics based Japanese education system. If they did, why are they coming to us? Because, "Sound Stream" works. I didn't know it at the time, but I used the Sound Stream method myself. When I first started to study Japanese, I lived in Hawaii. I learned complete sentences from friends and tourists. I did not start out with あ、い、う、え、お No, my first sentence was- 私の名前はマイケルです。From there I learned to use more and more sentences by listening to native Japanese speakers. The proof is in the pudding!
If you would like to hear an example of "Sound Stream Japanese", please call me! People always say, "Michael you are so smart." I don't think so! All I did, was repeat everything I heard the way it was said to me. I have yet to translate "Sound Stream" to English. However, it works! I have yet to meet an American who can speak better Japanese than I can. Of course, there's always someone better. In the future, I plan to sell Mr. Sakurai's "Sound Stream Japanese". I'm sure it will be a success.
The Dragon - Episode 3 is coming soon, sorry for the delay.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
PS The Dragon story continues tomorrow.
Friday, November 6, 2009
"It needs to know who I am" she thought. "I will stand straight and show no fear."
The dragon had heard the drawing of the swords! He was momentarily stunned by the sound of the swords. It had been decades since he had seen the swords!
"Could it be?" the dragon wondered. "Impossible" he thought. He could not only hear the swords but he also felt their presence. Whoever carried them was coming up the stairs!
A primal wave of both fear and wonder gripped him. The dragon braced himself. The warrior coming could have summoned him to kill him. Once, the warrior who carried these swords was his
companion. But that was a long time ago, in a different era and place. This warrior could not possibly be...
Calling a dragon was a serious matter. It would do her bidding but, what was the cost ? She had many enemies. Those enemies would pay now for their insolense. Revenge was her goal. And the dragon would be her instrument of revenge. Soon her nemesis would be in a grave.
"Would she join them?What would the dragon ask in return," she wondered.*
*This is a short story written by Shady Sommers.
Yes the time difference from Ohio and Japan is 13 hours. So Japan's evening is Ohio's morning.
Morning time is the best time for me to study. I'm fresh and have lots of energy.
I plan to work on some translations and then I will read the student blogs. Compared to a Japanese newspaper, the langauge of the blogs is easier for me to read. If you have any questions please contact us.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Please look at this sentence: I have to go. If I say only the word "have",I say it just like the dictionary. However, when I use it in a sentence it becomes "half". I half to go.
This is why we teach Sound Stream. Each sentence has it's own sound and flow.
The pronounciation of the individual words can change. My advice is this: Take a new word and make a sentence out of it.
For example: friend, I don't use this word by itself! I always use it in a sentence. "He's my friend,etc."
Please listen to sentences, memorize the sentences, repeat my pronounciation. If you have questions please contact me or Mr. Sakurai.
One more thing; I don't think it will take 100 years to learn English, be easy on yourselves!!!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Each student is writing a blog. I plan to read these blogs everyday.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
This is Cleveland, Ohio. I was born here. I live about 25 miles outside of Cleveland in a city called Eastlake. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a famous professional basketball team. Shady also lives here.
This picture was taken from an airplane flying over Lake Erie.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
This is Columbus Ohio. Columbus is the capital of Ohio.
It is also the largest city in Ohio. Columbus was founded in 1812.
It became the capital in 1816. The population is about 1.7million
people in the metro area. There is a deep economic connection
between Japan and Ohio.
Let's talk more about that tomorrow.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Michael: Hi, what's your name?
Michael: What's my name?
Michael: Uncle Mike. (MichaelはGabeのアンクルでGabeが
Gabe: Uncle Mike.
Michael: How are you Gabe?
Have a nice day!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
What is on the other side of Lake Erie?
Maybe somebody can help, Here comes a special news report! It's TV newsdog Winston Bullhill.
This was just received by our news department. The answer to
"What's on the other side of Lake Erie?" is ....Canada! Yes, shocking news. Full report at 11:00. This has been Winston Bullhill.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
DV: May the force be with you.
halloween costume- ハロウイーンの衣装
real name- 実名
on sale- 特価
strike down- （人）を殴り倒す
Monday, September 28, 2009
Rain in Ohio!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I don't like to work on Saturdays, but I have to.
This is a picture of my girlfriend.........No, not really. That's
Shiva Alomar form Resident Evil 5. Yes, I'm playing that game
when I have a chance.
I'll be back with more pictures Monday Evening. Have a good weekend.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Jade: Yes, there was lot's of food.
Fiona: I want to have a party!
Jade: That's a good idea. When shall we have it?
Fiona: How about... July 14th?
Jade: What's special about July 14th?
Fiona: Don't you know? It's Bastille Day.
Jade: What's that?
Monday, July 6, 2009
Jade: That's Michael's 2 year old nephew, Noah.
Fiona: He looks tired.
Jade: Yes, he was.
Fiona: 4th of July looks like fun in America.
Jade: Yes, by the way, do you know who was America's
Fiona: Of course I do. It was France!
Jade: Yes, that's true! Thank you Fiona and all the French
Fiona: No problem.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Jade: How much was your hat?
Fiona: It cost only one dollar.
Jade: One dollar? Where did you buy it?
Fiona: I got it last month in Korea.
Jade: Korea? Wow! Did you like it?
Fiona: Yes, shopping was very cheap.
Jade: Next time I want to go.
Fiona: Yes, let's go together.
Jade: I'd love that.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Today I have a tongue twister for you. Tongue twister is 早口言葉。
Say this as fast as you can- Toy boat, Toy boat, Toy boat
It's difficult even for me.
Have a good day.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Today's Riddle: If yesterday had been Wednesday's tomorrow and tomorrow is
Sunday's yesterday, what would today be?
Animal word- Bat (コウモリ) You drive me batty! 日本語でなんといいますか。
Look for the answer tomorrow. 明日答えます。See you later!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Today's Riddle- What's black and white and read all over?
Animal Word time! Squirrel.（りす）I squirreled it away for later.なんという意味ですか。
Have a good day!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
and needed to have it repaired. So yesterday, I was off-line. Today everything is running fine. I
upgraded the memory from 2 to 4 GB and I added a 5oo watt power supply to replace the 300
watt supply I had. In the near future, I will replace the graphics card. The computer is now running fast and quiet.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
on line with the Audacity program. So, I spent some extra money and bought the MP3 Maker
15. This is the newest program available for Vista. I like it so far. The recordings I have made are good, But the user's manual is not so good. The explanations are not clear enough for me.
Monday, June 8, 2009
I need to purchase a new microphone before I can start. I need a noise-cancelling microphone for these recordings. I also need to write some more new lessons this week. So, it looks like a busy week. Contact me if you want!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
that will go to school through out the summer.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Maybe, Friday I'll submit the first draft. I'm sure there will be revisions and changes.
My next project will be romance English. This project will be more extensive and will take me more time. I have to work the next 2 days in Youngstown, Ohio. See you in a day or two.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
lessons. Actually, I was getting bored with the material I was teaching them,too. I asked the student what was their favorite thing related to English. The answers I received were American Idol, Lost and Johnny Depp. It didn't take long to write. These lessons are advanced, they're
loaded with idioms and slang. But, this is the way we talk. The students love the lessons. Now each of the students gets to study their favorite subject in English. I can't always do this for every student. However, I do now have a varied and extensive list of lessons for the student.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Tomorrow is a national holiday here in America. I'll talk more about Memorial Day in tomorrows' blog. Monday is the official holiday. But today, I'll go to my nephews' house for a barbecue. I'll be home Monday and Tuesday, so if you have any questions about Memorial
Day, please feel free to ask. Bye for now.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
I also wanted to blend in everyday English conversation to the love story. I have shown the lesson to 2 students. Their reaction was very positive. Both students want to continue to study the lesson. There are 2 versions of the story. One is the original text. This is the advanced version. The second is an intermediate version of the same story. The intermediate version
is of course easier. Each version contains 3 lessons. I plan on publishing an except from the story on this blog in the next few days. My students seem to like Romance English so far. I wonder if I will be writing more Romance English?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I downloaded a series of animal pictures to my computer. I plan now to make a slide-show of them. I'll use it in the next children's lesson. I'm curious to see how it will turn out. Good luck with the riddle!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
P.S. This is a picture of Shady. Do you like her? This is a very nice girl. And also very, very friendly with people.