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Autumn is coming…

It has been a very hot summer this year. For the first time in my life, I have started using an umbrella in summer!

However, if we do not think of the heat too much, we can see the beauty of summer as well. The trees are very green and lively and we can hear the birds and the cicadas singing. The sun is quite warm and bright and this is something we will dearly miss very soon when winter arrives. 

While walking home last night, I was just looking at the pavement and I noticed the tree leaves on the ground. I looked around and I realised that the trees had started to lose their leaves already. This is how the trees prepare for the colder seasons you know. By losing their leaves, they can save their resources and also become stronger against windy weather in autumn and winter. I have also noticed that days are getting shorter and shorter. A few minutes of sunlight is lost each day as the new season approaches. 

I really like autumn and I look forward to it. It is still very hot but don’t you think autumn is already on its way to Matsuyama?

 

投稿日:2019年8月9日

My animal friends in Australia

My name is Helen and I am from Australia. In Australia my family lives on a farm in the country and we live in a wide, flat landscape with many trees and animals. My family are wildlife rescuers and carers and we look after many types of native Australian animals. If an animal is injured we help rescue and rehabilitate them, or if there is an accident on the road and a mother animal is killed we look after the orphan baby until it is grown up and can be released back into the wild. The animals we care for are not our pets, we love and care for them but they will always return to their home in the wild. We carefully follow the process of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release. Of course sometimes the animals we release come back to visit. Here are some grown-up kangaroos eating grass in my family’s garden.

We care for native Australian birds, reptiles and turtles, but my favourite are kangaroos and wallaroos. Kangaroos and wallaroos are part of a species category called ‘macropod’ (macro = big, pod = foot). Baby kangaroos and wallaroos are called ‘joeys’ and when they are small they need a lot of special care. They sleep in cloth bags we make to replicate their mother’s pouches. Here are some wallaroo joeys, notice the female joeys are pale and the male joey is dark.

Joeys need to drink a unique milk rich in vitamins multiple times a day and we feed them using special bottles that have very long plastic teats (because their noses are so long!).

When the joeys grow up they start to explore the safe farm and make friends with wild kangaroos. Slowly they become adults and finally they leave our house and garden to live in the wild and have their own joeys. We are always very happy when they come back and visit, but for us the biggest reward is to see the kangaroos and wallaroos become wild animals that are healthy and free.

 

投稿日:2019年8月7日

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教室以外でも英語を使う機会がドンドン増えると良いね😊
楽しい時間はあっという間に過ぎました😆
ご参加いただいた皆様どうもありがとうございました💕

投稿日:2019年8月7日

Speaking of art…

When talking about art, it is so common for most people`s minds to imagine all the great artists of ancient times. We have become so caught up with studying the great works of the past to the point of almost missing out on the great works of today。So I have taken it upon myself to introduce you to a great artist of `now`. Some of you may already know him or at least seen his beautiful work and some of you may not yet be familiar with his name. Mr。Tatsuhiko Sakamoto。This great artist not only lives right here among us in Matsuyama but he is also enrolled at Amic. I have seen many beautiful paintings but not many have had a huge impact on me, mainly because as beautiful as they were I didn’t really know their story and it was up to me to imagine their story. As fun as it is to cook up a whole story behind a painting, it`s just not something that excites me because I will still always have questions about the artist`s mindset when they created their artwork and what message they were really trying to convey. Tatsuhiko Sakamoto`s paintings are different, not only in the painting technique that he uses but also in that he has shared the fascinating stories behind each painting. I urge all of you to take a look at his blog online where you can read about his work, exciting adventures and see his beautiful creations.  

I have also added images of two of his paintings that I admire greatly and I hope you find them as beautiful as I do 

投稿日:2019年7月27日

Summer Fireworks 英会話・英語 アミック

Seeing great firework shows in summer has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. In the United States, July 4th and the nearest weekend are the big times to be awed by the colorful explosions in celebration of Independence Day. However, late July and early August seem to be the popular times to see fireworks in Japan, or at least in Ehime. This weekend on Sunday, July 28th there will be a firework show at the summer festival in Iyo City. I’m looking forward to attending, perhaps wearing a yukata, and eating all the tasty treats from the food stands.

Joe

投稿日:2019年7月26日

A trip to China

Hello and happy summer everyone!

It is very hot these days, so take care and keep hydrated. It seems to me that summer is hot everywhere in Asia. I travelled to China last week for the summer vacations and it was quite hot there as well. I went to Beijing. Beijing is a massive city and some 22 million people live there! The city structure and architecture is a combination of modern and traditional. Beijing is one of the oldest cities in the world dating back three millennia. You can see so many towers in Beijing but if you look closer, you also see some nice ancient buildings that look like history books from another age.

I also visited the Great Wall of China which is a series of fortification systems built across the borders of ancient China. Several parts of the Great Wall date back to the 7th century BC!

 

It was a great trip! I recommend travelling to China.

 

Have a great day!

投稿日:2019年7月26日

Here Come the Dog Days! 英会話 英語 アミック

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We’re starting to head into the hottest part of summer— the part that, in English, we call the dog days of summer. We usually use the expression dog days to talk about the hottest, most humid, and most unpleasant days of the year.

But did you know that this expression has very little to do with dogs at all?

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The brightest star in the night sky, which scientists usually call a Canis Majoris, or sometimes, Sirius, also has another name: for thousands of years, it has been known as the Dog Star. This star can’t be seen year-round, though. It only returns to the sky in early or mid-July, and becomes more and more difficult to see in late summer. Thousands of years ago, before they had the science to understand why this happens, people saw that the Dog Star always returned for the hottest part of the summer, and so they began to call those days, from mid-July to late August, the “dog days”. The dog days were believed to be a time of bad weather, bad luck, and sickness.

Today, we still use the expression the dog days of summer to talk about the hottest days of the year, but with air conditioning, refrigerators and swimming pools, it’s much easier for us to stay safe and not overheat during the height of summer. So keep cool, drink lots of water, and enjoy the dog days!

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–Veronica

投稿日:2019年7月24日

A Quick Summer Note From Alex

We’re back today after our July break, and excited to see our students again! What did you get up to during the past week? Many of our teachers had the opportunity to go on exciting adventures both inside and outside Japan. Keep an eye on our blog to hear more about them!

My students may not be surprised to learn that I did not go on any adventures this past week. I’ve been working on putting together some fun surprises for our summer school offerings next month, hiding from the heat, and curling up with some good books.

What was I reading? Scary stories! In Japan, summer is often the best time for summer stories as a way to send a chill up your spine during the hottest months of the year. However, in America, we usually associate scary stories (and movies) with the autumn season. Of course, I think both are great times to enjoy something spooky! Do you enjoy scary stories, too?

Let’s enjoy the rest of summer, and I hope to see you again soon in class or at our summer party on August 3rd! 

Cheers!

-Alex

投稿日:2019年7月22日

とある島へ。

Hello!重信校Hitomiです。

仙台に住む母と祖父が来るというので、数日のお休みをいただきまして、小旅行に行ってきました。行先は・・・

ギリシャのミロス島!

 

・・・の姉妹島の小豆島です。(笑)

いやいや、このところのぐずつくお天気の中、幸運にもここではお天気に恵まれ、エーゲ海にも負けない美しい海が見られましたよ!

遠くてなかなか会えない母の、会うたび小さくなるように感じる背中にふと切なくなりつつも、行く先々でオリーブソフトだの旅先の美味しいものをほおばり、はしゃいで観光に買い物に動き回る母を見ていて、まだまだ大丈夫だなと思ったのでした。

My grandpa is 95. He is a professor emeritus in labor law. He is highly literate in 10 languages, and he is still full of intellectual curiosity. For me, however, mastering even one foreign language is so difficult. I admire my grandpa! I love his gentle manner and calmness.
He is becoming physically weak. My mother, who looks after him, is getting old as well. It was a precious opportunity that I went on a trip with them. I had a great time with them!

 

おじいちゃんは、95歳なのに学者の風格を失わず、優しく穏やかで知的な自慢のおじいちゃんなのです。一緒に旅をしていて、ふとこんな言葉をくれたのでした。

「何か自分の強みを、自分で作ることだね。『○○のことならこの人に頼め』と言われるようになる強みを、自分で見つけて、育てる。会社に『どうして雇ってくれないんだ』『どうして仕事をくれない』と言うのではなくてね。自分が鍛錬を重ねて、『○○ならこの人』というところまで育てば、仕事は自然に集まってくる。」

 

おじいちゃあん・・・(´;ω;`)

 

しわしわで柔らかーいおじいちゃんの手を支えながら一緒に広い海を見て歩いて、こんな人でありたいと心から思える、尊敬できるおじいちゃんとの優しい時間を過ごしたのでした。

私の育てたい強みはもちろん英語のお仕事の中にあります。10か国語を操るおじいちゃんにはあまりに遠いですが、アミックの生徒さんに負けないくらい私も勉強を続けて頑張りますからね!

投稿日:2019年7月21日

Aladdin

Last weekend I went to watch Aladdin at a cinema.
My expectations were not high as I was just skeptical over those remake movies but it was surprisingly a great movie and I would definitely watch it again.
 (I also had to watch the original one soon after to compare.)
Since I was a child I have always watched western movies with subtitles. Once I watched Happy Potter and the chamber of secrets four times at a cinema, and I recently had a chance to re-watch it and still remembered some of the phrases in English. Some people say that watching movies in English is one of the best ways to learn English and I completely agree with this opinion. I still learn some phraseology from watching movies and it’s very interesting. Perhaps, you could give it a try to new Aladdin if you would like a movie with subtitles as it’s relatively easy and very fun to watch 😀

投稿日:2019年7月17日
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アミック・イングリッシュセンターは、1998年に愛媛県重信町(現東温市)で英会話スクールとして創業し、愛媛県松山市と東温市を中心に、これまで18年間誠実に英語を教えて参りました。最近のグローバル化に伴い、英会話スクールの必要性はますます増加しております。特に、スピーキング・リスニング・ライティング・リーディングの4技能をバランスよく持つ人材が必要とされており、英検など4技能対応型の試験への期待も高まっております。小学校の英語必修化や資格試験を重視する大学入試の大幅な変更もすぐそこに迫って来ている中、 アミック・イングリッシュセンターとしては、英検やTOEICの対策にも力を入れており、優秀な外国人及び日本人講師を積極的に採用しております。

特にお伝えしたいアミック・イングリッシュセンターの魅力は、「英語を教える外国人講師及び日本人講師が極めて優秀である」「英語教授法により、効果的に英語力を向上させるカリキュラムが組まれている」「愛媛の松山・東温に地域密着型で英会話スクールを運営し、地域の英語力向上に貢献してきた」「初心者にも優しく、かつ通訳という高い英語力が必要な指導も可能な英会話スクールである」という4点です。

TOEICの点がなかなか伸びない、英検を取りたい、更に英語力を伸ばしたい、通訳者になりたい、これから英語を始めるので正しい勉強法を知りたいという方は、ぜひアミック・イングリッシュセンターにお越しください!

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