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Golden Spot: Nara city

Nara is a great place to visit, both for the lone traveller and for the whole family. Nara has a nice shopping district, but the most enchanting thing about Nara is how close to nature it feels. Nara has a large population of tame deer who walk freely through parts of the city.

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Animal Fun Fact: Elephant

The elephant is the largest animal that lives on land, and they are found wild only in Africa and Asia. As an adult an elephant will have a height of about 3 metres, and weigh a ton. Because of their considerable size, elephants have large brains, and can show a lot of intelligence. In zoos, [...]

Recommendation Corner: The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is an American movie from the year 1939 (nineteenthirtynine). It is about the young girl Dorothy, who with her dog Toto gets swept up by a tornado and transported to the magical country Oz, where she meets many strange and wonderful creatures.

Dorothy travels along the yellow brick road [...]

Grammar Corner

Nouns

Nouns are things or the names of things, eg: box, leg, Adam, spring.

Nouns that you can touch, smell, or feel are called concrete nouns: Table Book Kitchen

Nouns that you can’t touch are called abstract nouns: Summer Happiness Sleep

Is the noun concrete or abstract? Please circle the correct answer. The answers will [...]

Idiom of the Week: Put One’s Foot in One’s Mouth

When you have said the wrong thing to somebody, you can say that you put your foot in your mouth.

Mother: Try not to say anything bad at your interview today. Craig: I’ll do my best to not put my foot in my mouth.   Father: Why did you tell your grandmother that [...]

Merry Interview: Student – Miyabi

Today we have an interview with our lovely student Miyabi! Miyabi loves practicing her English, and she is always sporting a new cute outfit whenever we see her!

Name: Miyabi Age: 21 Good at: Fashion and driving.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? A: America, [...]

Something Delicious: Apple Pie

In Washington State there are many apple orchards, and they stand for over half the apple production in the US! Apple pie is an easy dessert to make, and is especially delicious on nippy autumn days when it’s still warm from the oven. Yum.

  Ingredients:

Crust: 6 cups of flour 1/2 teaspoon salt [...]

Destination: Washington State, USA

Washington is situated in the northeast of the US, and has a long pacific coastline, mountains, and vast areas of cultivated land. It is from the evergreen landscape of Washington State that the internationally loved Starbucks coffeehouse chain originates. Washington has many state symbols, a few of which are apples, mammoths, and petrified wood (wood [...]

Grammar Corner

its / it’s

It can sometimes be confusing knowing when you should use its and it’s, but if you just remember this simple rule your problems will be over:

We use ‘its’ when we are talking about something belonging to a thing or animal. The cat’s tail = Its tail The table’s leg = Its [...]

Idiom of the Week: Too True

You can use too true when something is correct, but you are not happy about it.   Mike: Ellen, could you hand me a spoon? Ellen: They’re all dirty. Mike: There are never any clean spoons when you need them. Ellen: Too true.   Frances: The weekend always ends too quickly. Gary: That is too [...]