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Just Say No to Hate

It is hard to believe that we are already one week into the ninth month of 2017. I'm still enjoying teaching in Japan. But, I'm not feeling good about the direction of my own country (USA) since the government changed in January.

I try to keep my blogs upbeat, but it is depressing to think that the world can be made less friendly. I want to see the people of the world coming together in friendship, not splitting apart.



My attitude is that we should Just Say No to Hate.

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Added by Mr. Bob on September 6, 2017 at 23:57 — 22 Comments

Moving House

Moving or "Moving House" is something that many people do in their lifetime. I know many people are born and die in the same house, but in the modern world we may have to move for our jobs or to be near family members who moved.

I have moved many times, but it never gets easier and it never is any fun. If you have had to pack up and move to a new place you may understand why I don't enjoy moving. These are some of the steps that I don't enjoy.

1. Packing - carefully putting…

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Added by Mr. Bob on July 2, 2015 at 8:48 — 13 Comments

The Great East Japan Earthquake

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the March 11th,  2011 Tōhoku earthquake.  On this day in 2011 the strongest recorded earthquake to ever hit Japan struck off the coast near Sendai, Japan.

All over Japan people will honor those who died in the earthquake and subsequent…

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Added by Mr. Bob on March 11, 2015 at 4:00 — 9 Comments

How to get Help if you Have Problems

Have you ever had problems with your settings or your computer/device on EnglishClub?  Did you notice that we have a separate Discussion Group called...Technical HELP?

That is a separate discussion group, so the help people can see your post and try to help you. It is the place you need to go if you have problems and they are usually pretty quick to work on your problem.…

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Added by Mr. Bob on February 27, 2015 at 5:33 — 12 Comments

Dialogue: Learning a Neighborhood

A:    Hey, what have you been up to? I haven’t seen you for years.

B:     I opened a laundromat, so nothing much, besides the daily grind.  

A:    Same here, but I'm working the grill at a steak house in the city.  I have a question for you?

B:     Go ahead, shoot.

A:    I’m thinking about…

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Added by Mr. Bob on February 25, 2015 at 7:00 — 16 Comments

Dialogue: The Emergency Room

Sometimes we may get too sick to wait for the doctor's office to open. I hope you never have to go to the emergency room.

This dialogue is for practice and may help you if you ever need to rush to the hospital. Please enjoy and learn.

Patient:    I feel very sick and need to be admitted to the hospital.

Nurse:     Please let me see your insurance card if you have one.…

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Added by Mr. Bob on February 18, 2015 at 6:00 — 11 Comments

A Corpus Study using Ngram Viewer

You may know that corpus means body. A corpus of literature means a body of literature and is mainly used to indicate the words in that literature.

There are many Corpus studies to compare changes in language and to study how often a word is used. I have been using a tool from Google (Ngram Viewer) to compare words and their change in usage over time. I think you might enjoy using this Ngram Viewer tool which gives instant results based on the books that Google has scanned into their…

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Added by Mr. Bob on February 12, 2015 at 5:30 — 5 Comments

Dialogue: In the Restaurant

This is a 3 part dialogue. We have the Person A, Person B and the Waiter speaking in this dialogue.

Waiter:  Good evening. We have a table for two over by the window or you can have a booth over here.

A             What would you like to do?

B             Let’s sit over here.

Waiter:  Can I get you something to drink while you check out the menu?

A             Thanks, I’ll have an iced tea.

B             I would…

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Added by Mr. Bob on February 12, 2015 at 2:00 — 7 Comments

National Day in Japan, February 11

I'm blogging again because today we have a national holiday in Japan.  Today is National Day or National Foundation Day.

Some people think that the origin of National Day dates back to 1946 when the new Japanese Constitution was approved by US General Douglas MacArthur on February 11.  It was no coincidence that the Constitution was approved on this date because it had been considered to be the founding day since the first known written history and had…

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Added by Mr. Bob on February 11, 2015 at 3:00 — 4 Comments

Dialogue: Missed Flight

A:  What can I do?  My connecting flight may be gone because we landed so late.

B:  When we come into the terminal, just ask the people at the arrival gate.

A:  I don’t speak Korean and they may not understand me.

B:  No big deal, I’ll translate for you.

A:  Please tell her I’m supposed to connect to JAL-422.

B:  She says you can’t make it. They already departed the gate. So, please go to the ticket counter in the…

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Added by Mr. Bob on February 10, 2015 at 8:00 — 16 Comments

Dialogue Challenge: Earth Day

It is sometimes useful and fun to practice dialogues with someone. I have been looking on the internet, but haven't found many for higher level students.  I wrote this one today and offer it to you to practice with.

If you want to, you can write a dialogue of your own and share it for others to use. You can link it to this blog in the comments and we will all try help you correct your grammar and make the dialogue sound like natural English speech.  Anyway, here is the one I wrote…

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Added by Mr. Bob on November 12, 2014 at 6:30 — 20 Comments

A Fast Train Home

It may come as no surprise that Japan has some very fast trains. I like to ride these trains and this Monday I was thankful that they are so fast. I had spent a few days in Tokyo with my family and with work when the big Vongfong Typhoon was coming our way.  Saturday we were admiring the park near my daughter's home. We really hoped the storm would weaken and stop.…

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Added by Mr. Bob on October 15, 2014 at 9:47 — 17 Comments

Uncountable Nouns (a Reminder)

I think everyone remembers that some nouns are countable like pencils, books, apples and cars.

We need to remember that uncountable nouns can not have a plural form, unless their form is plural to begin with. Then they don't have a singular form.

Countable Nouns:

apple...1 apple...2 apples

book...1 book ...2 books

pencil...1 pencil...2…

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Added by Mr. Bob on July 7, 2014 at 8:00 — 12 Comments

Spam and Spammers even use Chatrooms

Spammers are people who try to get your confidence and then get your money or infect your computer. I blogged on this topic in 2011 if you are interested, http://my.englishclub.com/profiles/blogs/spammers-can-get-us-if-we-are-not-careful ;

but they keep coming back and changing their methods. I don't use the chatroom, but I just had a message which popped up on my…

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Added by Mr. Bob on July 7, 2014 at 0:30 — 11 Comments

Privacy and Community

MyEnglishClub is a community that shares and learns together.

We also try to have fun communicating. A big part of the success of this community is being able to make friends.

It is important to make friends.

PRIVACY SETTINGS…

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Added by Mr. Bob on June 30, 2014 at 13:23 — 17 Comments

Eating Natto in Japan

Have you ever heard of natto or maybe even eaten some natto?

This is a fermented bean dish eaten in Japan and the "A" makes the sound of "A" in father or the "O" in not. So, what is so special about natto?

The first thing you might notice with natto is that it is very…

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Added by Mr. Bob on June 26, 2014 at 5:30 — 10 Comments

Gardening

Did you ever make a vegetable garden?

I love to garden and I really, really, really love to eat the fresh vegetables. Gardens are not difficult if you have healthy soil.

Some plants like soil that is a little bit acidic and others like a neutral or a more alkaline…

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Added by Mr. Bob on June 20, 2014 at 11:30 — 14 Comments

What Should I Study?

How can you spend your time in the best way when you are trying to learn a new language? 

Which of the four language skills are most important; Listening, Speaking, Reading or Writing?

First, let's look at how people acquire language after they are born.

Listening-  Children learn their language on their own from listening and they make little sounds as they hear others speak. They hear their own sounds and can try to copy the sounds…

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Added by Mr. Bob on May 26, 2014 at 7:25 — 22 Comments

Can you surprise me? Idioms

I guess I am going to let the cat out of the bag, for some of you night owls who spend most of your English Club time chatting and reading your friend's blogs.  But, English Club has much, much more than My English Club (our social media side).

If you have paid attention in the past, you may have noticed some of the helpful resources.  

Today I am reminding you about our sections on idioms.  

I am just…

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Added by Mr. Bob on May 20, 2014 at 5:55 — 12 Comments

Using Contractions Properly

Many students are confused on how to properly use contractions in speech.  This is one of the most common errors that I see in my students, so I will explain how this should be done and give some examples of pronunciation. 

But first, let us remember that a contraction is a short form of a phrase in English and is most commonly used in informal speech and writing.  The phrase is shortened (contracted) by removing one or more letters,…

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Added by Mr. Bob on May 20, 2014 at 5:41 — 3 Comments

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How do you write "happiness" in your language?

Started by Jessie in General Discussion. Last reply by ella 4 hours ago. 23 Replies

In my country,Thailand. I write the word  "happiness" as "ความสุข" in my own language.Continue

Old age house

Started by dara gino in General Discussion. Last reply by dara gino 16 hours ago. 41 Replies

It is about the house of old people. In our society, we take our old mother or father there. We are able to support them but still, we take them there to spend the rest of their life. They did their best to raise us and to bring us to the society.…Continue

WIFE has/earns MORE??

Started by Onee-chan in General Discussion. Last reply by Onee-chan on Sunday. 55 Replies

Has the world changed?? Still, I can't believe it. I can only take a deep breath.A man had married years ago. He worked for the family, but he earned less than his wife. In the occasion of Ied-ul Fitr this year, I met and asked him where he works…Continue

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