November is almost over, which means it’ll be the end of the year before you know it. And Christmas is coming – which I kind of forget about living in Japan, because it’s not such a big holiday here. But yesterday I got a very nice package from family in New Zealand – and in it was this beautiful Christmas card, I think it was hand-painted by my cousin. So that was exciting and it got me thinking about Christmas.
And speaking of the holidays, The Acadia Report today is about what people at Acadia University are planning to do on their Christmas break. Up until now we’ve been using footage that we took when we were visiting the university. But these interviews were all done by students who are studying English at Acadia and I think they did an excellent job. And we have more of their work that we’re going to be using in The Acadia Reports coming up - so that’s very exciting too. I think doing interviews is a great activity for improving your English – and it’s great that we get to use the footage too.
I love this video, I think it’s really well done. And I thought it was really funny because I’ve had the exact same problem eating those exact same crackers while using the computer.
The Acadia Report
Hi, my name is Melissa Berger. And I’m from Cape Breton. So, that’s what I plan to do on Christmas break, I plan to go to Cape Breton and have fun with my family. And enjoy a family Christmas. 私はCape Breton出身です。 私のクリスマス休暇は帰郷して家族と楽しく過ごします。 家族でクリスマスを楽しみます。
Hi my name is Masaki. Ah, my Christmas plan, ah, I will go back Japan, yeah, I want to go back Japan because here is … little bit boring. And I want to go shopping in Japan and want to see my friend. クリスマスは日本へ戻ります。 そうです、ここはちょっと退屈なので日本でショッピングして友だちと会います。
For Christmas break I’ll go back to Japan because I want to. I want to spend time in Japan. クリスマスは日本で過ごしたいので戻ります。
Hi, my name’s Claire Reynolds. Um, for Christmas break I want to go back home to Ottawa, that’s where I was born and raised. I haven’t seen the family in a while, so I want to do that. 私のクリスマス休暇は生まれ育った故郷のオタワへ帰りたいです。 家族としばらく会っていないので。
I’m Cody LeBlanc, I work at the info desk. And my plan for Christmas break is to head home, spend it with my family. 私はインフォメーション・デスクで働いています。 私のクリスマス休暇は家で家族と過ごします。
My name is Ahamed (?) I am from Jordan. My plan in Christmas, I will be … stay here in Canada with my wife. 私はヨルダン出身です。 クリスマスはここカナダで奥さんと過ごします。
Hi, I’m Julie and I live in Seminary House. And for this Christmas break I’ll be going home to Ontario. 私はSeminary Houseで暮らしています。 今年のクリスマスは故郷のオンタリオへ帰ります。
I’m Tara and I’m an education student. And my plan for Christmas break is to go home and work at the hospital and earn some money to pay off the debt that I have from spending all my money during the strike. So that’s what my plan is for Christmas break. 私は教育学部の学生です。 クリスマス休暇は家に帰って病院で働いてお金を稼いで、ストライキの時に使ったお金の借金に充てます。 これは私のクリスマス休暇です。 * I'm not sure about the spelling of these names. Please leave a comment if you think they need correcting.
Word of the Day
Today’s word is flounder.
to struggle to know what to say or do or how to continue with something
I thought the advice that Nick gave on Monday was really good - he said that students should ask themselves why they want to learn English.
He said: The difference between students I’ve seen succeed and students I’ve seen flounder, is a clear sense of what they want to do with English.
Kia Ora this is Stick News. This evening in Tokyo, Japan, Enya planted a tree.