✨Present Perfect Tense✨

The present perfect tense is a verb tense that shows an action or event has taken place before. The basic structure use has/have + past participle.
For example:
・I have been to France.
・He has eaten to sushi.
・She has bought a car.
・They have been to London.

To make a question we change the subject and has/have:
Have you been to France?
Has he eaten sushi?
Has she bought a car?
Have they been to London?

To make a negative we add not before the verb:
・I have not been to France.
・He has not eaten sushi.
・She has not bought a car.
・They have not been to London.

The key to using the present perfect is the verb and knowing the past participle. Let’s try some exercises; try changing these sentences to the present perfect:
・I miss the bus = I have missed the bus.
・I visited France.
・She ate sushi.
・They did not buy a car.
・He did not go to London.

Now lets fill in the blanks:
・I have told him to be quiet. (tell)
・I _____________ that movie. (see)
・Steve ___________ of going to Columbia since he was young. (dream)
・Melissa ______________ at the airport. (arrive)



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本日はカルフォルニア出身の講師Chris先生が秋の時期に人気のpumpkin spiceについてお話してくれました🎃

The heat has finally started to subside and the cool winds have reached Tokyo. The fall weather in Tokyo is very pleasant and actually has color-changing leaves, as opposed to the green-to-brown color changing leaves in California. One popular tradition in the United States during the fall season are the flavors. Over the years, Pumpkin Spice has become a Flavor of Fall, especially since we traditionally eat pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving. If you have yet to experience the power of pumpkin spice, it has a sweet, pumpkin taste, along with a hint of cinnamon. It started as a flavor to eat, but you can now find candles with the same scent! What are some traditional foods and flavors from where you are from?

皆さんはpumpkin spiceを味わったことがおありでしょうか?



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How do I study Japanese?
Many people ask me how do I study Japanese. I studied Japanese at my university. At first it was so difficult because I had to learn hiragana, katakana, and also hundreds of kanji, but I always enjoyed it because everything was so new. I felt like I could see the world opening up right in front of my eyes with so many new experiences waiting for me if I just studied hard. Now, here I am today, living in Japan and practicing my Japanese every day speaking with my Japanese friends.

I’m still not perfect at Japanese but I practice everyday by reading light novels in Japanese and listening to Japanese music. When I read light novels in Japanese there are a lot of Chinese characters that I don’t understand but I take the time to look up the meaning and how to read the character. Then I write a memo in my notebook and try to use the new vocabulary word in my daily life. Usually my Japanese friends tell me if what I’m saying sounds strange or if it’s unnatural Japanese. So everyday I’m learning something new. When I listen to Japanese music I like to look at the lyrics while I listen. This is a great way to improve my listening ability.

I think learning new languages is so much fun. And it’s great to keep your brain working by learning new things.




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I used to have hobbies. I used to write songs on my guitar and I used to play bass. I used to play five-a-side football and I used to go to the gym a few times a week. That was before I had to work a full time job.
These days I have lost my hobbies and I would like to find both the time and the energy to engage in some new stuff. If I spent a lot less time staring at my laptop and if I spent a lot less money on junk food, perhaps I would have a bit more vitality with which to pursue some hobbies.
I have recently discovered that here in Japan we can participate in futsal individually. In England, we had to get a group of at least 5 friends together in order to play. It was sometimes difficult to arrange a time that was suitable for everyone. It was also difficult to find five friends. I hope to join an individual participation futsal session soon, probably in Ikebukuro. My only worry is that I am a bit heavier/fatter these days and I have a dodgy knee. I should probably lose some weight and strengthen my leg muscles before getting back on a pitch.
Living in an apartment here makes it difficult to write songs. I want to sing and play my guitar, but I don’t want to annoy my neighbors. I have tried karaoke rooms and rehearsal rooms, but they aren’t very relaxing. I find it hard to get in the zone. My plan is to move into a detached house outside of Tokyo and then it is my hope that I will be able to relax enough to enjoy some songwriting. I’d also like to buy an electronic drum kit.
If you have any ideas on where and how I can find the motivation/energy to do pull ups, press ups, go running and stretch etc. please let me know.



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😆Tongue Twisters(早口言葉)で発音練習😆



English Tongue Twisters To Help Improve Your Pronunciation

Tongue twisters are a really fun way to practice certain syllable sounds you are having trouble with.
Most tongue twisters are short sentences that make use of rhetorical devices such as alliteration (repeating the same consonant sound in the first syllable of every word) and assonance (the repetition of similar vowel sounds in a series of words), and often require the speaker to produce different sounds that need a lot of tongue and mouth movement.
Each phrase is then repeated and spoken faster and faster and faster and faster until it becomes impossible to say.

They are popular all over the world. I use these well-known Japanese tongue twisters you may be familiar with to help with my Japanese pronunciation.
なまむぎ なまごめ なまたまご
この竹垣に 竹立て掛けたのは 竹立て掛けたかったから、竹立て掛けた
Even for native speakers, these can be quite challenging!
I’m from London, so I have a lot of trouble with any tongue twister that feature a lot of ‘th’ sounds, but I always have fun trying.
Have a go with some of these examples and see how well they help with some difficult English syllable sounds. Try to say them as fast as you can!

“she sells seashells by the seashore”
“red lorry, yellow lorry”
“red brick, blue brick”
“I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen”
“if Pikachu chews shoes, whose shoes does Pikachu chose?”
“he threw three free throws”
“eleven benevolent elephants”
“lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better”
“How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”
“Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?”



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What’s the difference?

Hello everyone! Recently the weather is slowly but surely cooling down as we enter Autumn. And as we all know, it is currently typhoon season in Japan.
We generally describe typhoons as a natural phenomenon where it’s a big storm with strong winds and rain.

However,did you know that there are other names for these storms?
That is: Cyclone, Hurricane, Typhoon, Tornado and Twister.
So how are they different?

1. Cyclone
Firstly, cyclones are essentially any type of circular wind storms. But recently it is commonly used to describe the strong tropical storms, such as off the coast of India.

2. Hurricane
Hurricanes are huge wind storms that form on water.This is also used to specifically describe the wind storms formed in the Atlantic Ocean. Common areas include the Caribbean Islands and East-Coast America.

3. Typhoon
Typhoons are the same as Hurricanes but are formed on the Pacific Ocean. Common areas include Japan, Philippines and China.

4. Tornado
Tornadoes on the other hand, are wind storms that form on land and are generally much smaller compared to Hurricanes/Typhoons. Often these are the ones where you can actually see the funnel-shaped clouds.

5. Twister
Maybe you’ve heard of twister if you have watched American TV. Twister is simply the casual term for tornado in the States.

So there you have it. 5 different words to describe a phenomenon that may seem like the same thing but actually have small differences.

Hope you found this interesting! Looking forward to seeing you in class soon and take care!




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In Tokyo, summer lasts until October.
But in Canada my family is starting to prepare for the first snow of the season. In 2019 it started snowing on September 30th.
The winter is long and difficult in Canada. Below are some facts that are surprising about my hometown and the wintertime.

・In April 2020 it snowed 22.4cm
・It has snowed in July in Calgary! In July 1999 roads were closed due to a surprise snowfall
・The largest snowfall Calgary has ever seen was 69.7cm of snow in 1 month
・The temperature in the winter can get to -49º

Calgary is very cold in the winter but it is also very beautiful!
If you ever get the chance please try to visit and enjoy!




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🍁Jayson先生のオススメin Canada Part2🍁



The Most Beautiful Place in Canada Part 2

Canada is a beautiful country. Nature is everywhere that you look. But when it comes to breathtaking scenery some places stand above the rest. One of these locations is a place called Tofino.

Tofino has a nickname in Canada. It’s known as “surfers paradise” and I believe it’s true. Tofino is a day’s drive from Victoria. The drive takes you through many small towns on Vancouver Island and through one of the oldest forests in the world.

When you arrive in Tofino you should be prepared for long beach days. There are too many fantastic beaches to list. In the town of Tofino you can rent surfboards, wetsuits, paddle boards and so much more. If it’s your first time surfing there’s no need to worry, the waves are calm and forgiving to first timers.

After surfing all day you’ll probably be hungry. The best place to get food in Tofino is a very famous food truck called Tacofino. They serve many different delicious foods but their signature dish is their fish tacos.

As the evening begins the best thing to do is buy some firewood at the local convenience store and head to the beach. Locals have beach bonfires and watch the sunset. Tofino is an incredible town and a perfect place to relax.

If you’re thinking about visiting Vancouver, planning an extra few days to visit Tofino is a must.



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Using Euphemisms

Something the Japanese and English languages have in common is how we maintain positive social relationships through the words we choose to use. One of the more creative and fun ways we do this is by using euphemisms.

The word euphemism comes from the Greek word “euphemia”, which means “words of a good omen” – or, to put it more simply: using good words. A euphemism is a word or phrase that can make a difficult, unpleasant or potentially offensive topic sound more positive, polite or considerate of other people’s feelings.
A common example used in both Japanese and English is saying “I have to wash my hands” when we need to use the bathroom.
There are more English euphemisms than I can count for this exact situation – my personal favorite is: “nature calls”.
Sometimes euphemisms use idiomatic language, so are a great way to really advance your fluency in English.

Here are some other amusing or interesting examples and their explanations. Use them wisely, have fun, and be nice to one another!

“my friend has just embarked upon a journey of self-discovery” = my friend has just become unemployed.

“he isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed” = he is stupid.

“he doesn’t suffer fools gladly” = he can be quite rude or unkind.

“I have to see a man about a dog” = I have to do something, but I do not want to tell you what that thing is.

“the food left a lot to be desired” = the food was pretty bad or unsatisfying.

“his work wasn’t quite up to scratch” =  his work wasn’t good enough.

“beat around the bush” = avoid answering a question directly.

“vertically-challenged” = short.

“interesting…” = boring. (This one is tricky to catch. But the intonation, extended pronounciation of any of the vowel sounds can indicate sarcasm, communicating that the person isn’t actually interested at all in what the other person is talking about)

“my cat went to the big litter tray in the sky” = my cat passed away. (“passed away” is also a very common, and very important, euphemism)

“you look very… healthy” = you have put on weight. (again, hard to spot – it is usually implied through a pause between “very” and “healthy”)




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🍁Jayson先生のオススメin Canada Part1🍁



The Most Beautiful Place in Canada Part 1

Canada is a beautiful country. Nature is everywhere that you look. But when it comes to breathtaking scenery some places stand above the rest. One of these locations is a place called Lake Louise.

Lake Louise is tucked away in the Rocky Mountains just a short drive from Calgary. The drive from the town to the lake always excites me. The road turns and curves through a thick forest of old pine trees. The smell through the forest is clean and calming.

The lake is at the foot of 2 grand mountains and surrounded by a massive forest. In the summer time the water is an emerald green and is a perfect place to take photos. Summer is the busiest time to visit Lake Louise and because of that many people try to arrive by sunrise.

However, my favorite season to visit Lake Louise is in the middle of winter. The forest transforms into an incredible storybook scene. The snow sits perfectly on the branches of the trees and the lake freezes over turning from emerald to sapphire. Although it is much colder, I believe winter is the best time to visit Lake Louise.

If you ever visit Canada please think about visiting Lake Louise. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.




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