ステップアップ-STEP UP・イギリス人講師 Kim キム
Hi, my name is Kim. I'm from Lincoln in England. I studied Economics and Math at Manchester University and graduated in 2004. I moved to Japan for a new adventure. I love Sapporo because there is always something to do. In winter I can snowboard and in summer I can wakeboard, Sapporo has the perfect climate! When I'm not doing sports I like to study Japanese and Japanese cooking, However I don't seem to be getting any better at either of them! So if you have any tips, let me know.
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I`m cross, only joking!
Hello everyone. Recently I`ve been thinking about some of the things I sometimes say which are a little confusing for students. For example, if I were angry at a kid in England, I would usually say “I`m cross” and not “I`m angry”. I think saying that you are cross is a kind of diluted version of being angry. When I can`t buy my favourite rice ball because they sold out, I get a little cross at myself for not going earlier. I think using the word “cross” is tough, there are also so many idioms; come across, cross wires etc, so we have to be careful!!
There are lots of differences between American English and British English but there are also so many different dialects within England. I was born near Liverpool so my parents speak Scouse (the dialect or accent of people from Liverpool) and my best friend speaks Manc (the dialect or accent from Manchester). Although these two cities are only an hour drive away, the two accents/dialects are very different. I guess I am lucky to be able to understand both although I am from the countryside, so naturally I have a more neutral accent. For example, I say “trousers”, my dad says “kecks” and my best friend says “keks” (the accent is quite different). Do you have a favourite English word? Let me know if you do.
Mischievous Wasabi (my dog)
Hello everyone. Today I want to talk about my dog, Wasabi. I have had a right old day with him today. He has been quite naughty. This morning he decided to knock over my bin and spill all my rubbish everywhere. As all my students know, I love drip coffee so he spilled coffee everywhere. After I cleaned it all up, I took a shower and he opened the door without me noticing and spilled water all over my floor. So I then spent the rest of the time mopping up the floor. Goodness knows why he decided to be so mischievous today. Usually he is a good boy but I think he wanted me to take him hiking but the weather wasn’t up to it. I wonder if any students have mischievous pets or children…. if you do let me know about it.
Hello everyone! How are you enjoying the end of summer? As many of you know, I love wearing a Yukata. Every year I buy a new Yukata and wear it in Odori Park. This year, I decided to buy a bright coloured one because the last Yukata I bought was 2 years ago and it was a simple green one (actually, that Yukata is my favourite). I am very lucky to have a lot of friends in Sapporo, so a massive group of us went to Odori park and danced until it was dark. I also drank an ice drink with a blue sauce, I am not sure what it was but it was very cold.
Recently, I have started to learn how to play the shamisen. It is really hard for me and I have yet to master so-ran bushi. I really, really enjoy the dance at Odori park because someone plays the shamisen live. Every year I love going to the park in my Yukata and dancing with all my friends. I hope everyone else had an amazing summer vacation and had the opportunity to wear a Yukata, perhaps to watch the fireworks? I wonder what Yukata I will buy next year. If you have any ideas, please let me know