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Cherry Blossom Festival

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Tweet I went to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood yesterday. It’s held every year on two weekends in April. Of course, it’s only been 5 weeks since the disaster in Japan. Maybe the organizers […] [...]

An Early Spring Walk

Orchard

Tweet A few days ago, I went to a special park in my town. This park is a kind of garden around an old house. (I didn’t get a good photo of the house.) I like walking around in the garden. There are different flowers in every season. You can see a gazebo behind the […] [...]

A Friend’s Christmas Day

Tweet I thought some of you might like to see my friend’s Christmas Day. She lives in the southern part of the central US. On Christmas Day, there were four generations of her family in one house! Here’s Christmas morning. They have a very tall tree (it’s taller than mine or my parents’). However, many […] [...]

Contest Winners – Most Useful Techniques

Tweet Thanks again to everyone who entered! Here are the first two winners. I’ve posted their submissions “as is,” which means that I didn’t edit their English. The main focus for this contest was good ideas, not perfect grammar! The first category is “Most Useful Technique,” based on my opinion as a teacher and as […] [...]

Halloween 2010

Tweet This year I was really busy during October. I wasn’t able to plan a Halloween party. It’s too bad, because I love having Halloween parties. Here are some photos from a couple of years ago. Here are some small lanterns I put outside my place. We usually put decorations outside our homes as well […] [...]

WonderCon

Tweet On Saturday, my husband, my friend, and I went to San Francisco. We went to a convention called WonderCon. This convention is for fans of comic books, animation, movies, TV shows, and so on. Last year, about 32,000 people went to the convention–women, men, kids, older people, etc. It’s not the biggest convention like […] [...]

Take a Peek at the San Francisco Bay Area…Present Tense

Tweet Do you remember the present tense? (she walks, I read, he tells me, they buy some coffee, etc.) It’s probably one of the first things you learned in English. One place where you will often find the simple present tense is in captions–the explanatory writing that goes with a photo in a newspaper, magazine, […] [...]