札幌STEP UPの カナダ人 英会話講師 Joe ジョー
My name is Joe and I’m from a small, northern city in Canada. I’ve always been interested in Japan, so that’s why I came here to teach English. I’ve lived in Japan for over nine years now. I’ve taught in Fukushima Prefecture and Hokkaido (Obihiro and Kushiro). I love Japanese food.I want to learn how to cook Japanese food but it’s very difficult for me. I also want to study more Japanese. My goal is to become fluent in both spoken and written Japanese. I think Sapporo is a great place to live! There are lots of fun and interesting things to do in and around the city. Let`s chat when you come to STEP UP!
Under the weather?
There are many expressions for letting someone know that you are sick. The most common of these expressions is “I’m not feeling well.” However, there are others that you may have never heard of. Two of these expressions are “I’m under the weather” and “I’m sick as a dog.” But where do these expression come from?
“Under the weather” comes from the days when a lot of men sailed the seas. The captain of the ship wrote down everything that happened during the day, including the weather conditions. When people got sick, he would write their names down too. If there were many sick sailors on a voyage, there wouldn’t be enough space to record all their names, and therefore the additional names would be written in the space for the weather conditions, or “under the weather.”
If you’re interested to know where “sick as a dog” comes from, please ask me! I’d be happy to tell you about that too!
I love living in Sapporo. Of course there are many reasons why I love Sapporo so much, but one of the biggest reasons is the convenience. Sapporo is a fairly big city: number five in size in Japan. And many tourists come here on holiday which leads to a healthy economy in the city. So Sapporo is a very lively, thriving northern city.
Thinking about convenience, the subway system is definitely a contributing factor. Apparently originally built for the Sapporo Winter Olympics, the subway system now serves a large part of the city and due to the snow levels in winter, it makes getting around a breeze! Also, the subway system alleviates traffic congestion in the city center so there are fewer cars, fewer accidents and less pollution.
Sapporo should be proud of its fantastic public transportation network. It helps make the city a convenient and pleasant place to live!
Fruit in Japan is expensive. It’s usually fresh and very good quality, but the price makes it difficult to eat a lot. I try to eat fruit every day. Usually I have a banana with yogurt in the morning and an apple in the afternoon. Bananas are probably the least expensive fruit so I buy them often. I also love all kinds of berries and seasonal fruit such as cherries and peaches. However, berries and seasonal fruit are very expensive so I rarely buy them.
This year I want to try to eat more fruit and vegetables. Fresh food is both delicious and healthy. Fruit and Vegetables are rather expensive in Japan, but the health benefits are worth it!
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