Monday, 31 December 2018

Goodbye to 2018!

Hi students,

As we say goodbye to 2018 and enter the New Year, I would like to thank everyone for studying at E-Style and/or reading this blog. Jack and I look forward to seeing you in 2019 and wish you all the best in the upcoming year.

See you at E-Style,

Alan

P.S. The word "goodbye" can also be written with a hyphen ("good-bye"). Synonyms (同義語) include "farewell," the informal (口語体の) "see you later," and loanwords (外来語) like adios (Spanish), au revoir (French), ciao (Italian), au Wiedersehen (German), and even sayonara!

Saturday, 22 December 2018

The Winter Solstice

Hi everyone,

December 22nd is the day of the winter solstice (冬至), which has the shortest amount of daylight (最短の日照時間) of the year. In some countries, this day represents the middle of winter; in others, however, it marks the start of the coldest season. Either way (どちらにしても), starting tomorrow the days will get longer . . . until the summer solstice (夏至) arrives on June 22nd.

Shine on,

Alan

P.S. In the Northern Hemisphere (北半球), the 2018 winter solstice occurred at 7:23 a.m.

Monday, 29 October 2018

2018 Boston Red Sox


Hi all,

Congratulations to the 2018 Boston Red Sox on winning their ninth overall championship (全部で9度目の優勝を果たして) by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. It is the team's first title in five years (5年ぶりの優勝) and fourth since 2004 (2004年以来の4度目).

Until baseball season returns next spring, I remain

Happily yours,

Alan





Saturday, 29 September 2018

What color "Sox" will you be wearing?

Hi baseball fans,

As all of my students know, my favorite baseball team (一番好きな野球チーム) is the Boston Red Sox. I have been a Sox fan since I was ten years old. In America, though, there are two teams with "Sox" in their names, the other being the Chicago White Sox. So, sometimes I have to specify (特定する) the color of "Sox" to show that I am rooting for Boston (ボストンを応援している).

By the way (ところで), "Sox" is a simplified (簡易化された) spelling of the word "socks." Here in Shikoku, we have the Tokushima Indigo (藍色) Socks, but they spell their name the standard way.

With the MLB Playoffs starting next week, what color "Sox" will you be wearing?

Simply Red,

Alan


Friday, 31 August 2018

E-Style Summer Party

Hi (hard and soft) drinkers,

Although not everyone had brewskis (ビール), I would like to thank all of the students who joined Jack and me at the Clement Beer Terrace on the 25th for the annual (毎年の) E-Style Summer Party. A splendid time (素晴らしい時間) was not only guaranteed for, but had by all!

Cheers,

Alan

Monday, 30 April 2018

Why does "How come?" mean "Why?"

Hi G.W. Holidayers,

Recently (最近), one of my students asked me about the meaning of the phrase "How come?" I explained (説明した) that it means "Why?" and gave the following examples:

     How come you were absent last week?
   (なぜあなたは先週欠席したのか。)
     How come Alan walked here today?
   (なぜ今日アランが歩いて来たのか。)
     How come she doesn't like natto?
   (なぜ彼女は納得が好きではないのか。)

In all three sentences, "How come" can be changed to "Why" in the following ways:

     Why were you absent last week?
     Why did Alan walk here today?
     Why doesn't she like natto?

Please notice that a verb (動詞) follows "Why" in all three examples, whereas a noun (名詞) always follows "How come."

"How come?" can also be used to replace the positive question (肯定疑問文) "Why?" or the negative question (否定疑問文) "Why not?" For example (例えば):

     A: E-Style is closed during Golden Week.
       (G.W.中E-Styleは閉まっています。)
     B: Why? / How come?(なぜですか。)
   
     A: E-Style is not open during Golden Week.
       (G.W.中E-Styleは開いていません。)
     B: Why not? / How come?(なぜですか。)

By the way (ところで), it seems that "How come?" is actually a contracted form of the questions "How does it come that〜?" (どうして〜ということになるのか。) and "How did it come about?" (どうしてそのようなことが起きたのですか。) .

Have a great Golden Week,

Alan

Saturday, 10 February 2018

The "Rainbow State"


Aloha everyone,

Last month I visited Hawaii, officially (正式に) nicknamed the "Aloha State." This nickname can be seen not only on tee-shirts, but on license plates (ナンバープレート), too. While a lot of my students had heard of the "Aloha State" nickname, many didn't realize that Hawaii is also known as the "Rainbow State." I saw at least (少なくとも) one rainbow (虹) every day of my trip, sometimes seeing as many as three in one day! So, this alternate nickname makes sense (理にかなう).

Speaking of state nicknames (州のニックネームといえば), did you know that Florida (where I'm from) is called the "Sunshine State?"

Let's see how well you can do matching the following states (下記の州) with their nicknames:

  1. New York                                        A. The Bay State
  2. Texas                                              B. The Lone Star State 
  3. Rhode Island                                  C. The Golden State
  4. Massachusetts                               D. The First State
  5. California                                        E. The Empire State
  6. Tennessee                                      F. The Cornhusker State
  7. New Jersey                                    G. The Garden State
  8. West Virginia                                  H. The Ocean State
  9. Delaware                                         I. The Volunteer State
10. Nebraska                                        J. The Mountain State

In a state of relaxation, 

Alan

P.S. Here are the answers: 1. E; 2. B; 3. H; 4. A; 5. C; 6. I; 7. G; 8. J; 9. D; 10. F


Monday, 1 January 2018

The Year of the Dog

Happy New Year everybody,

I hope that you are having fun eating and sleeping (食っちゃ寝) during the New Year's holiday. Jack and I are looking forward to (〜に楽しみにしている) hearing all about your winter break next week. Until then, get plenty of rest (たっぷり休暇を取って) while enjoying traditional Japanese New Year dishes (おせち料理) and rice cake soup (お雑煮).

All the best in the Year of the Dog,

Alan

P.S. Of course, you can't fully enjoy your rice cake soup unless it's made Sanuki Style: with white miso and rice cakes filled with sweet bean paste (あん餅).