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Don't you envy people with imagination like this!






by engcafe | 2011-11-26 11:34 | Let's talk!  

The Proust Questionnaire





by engcafe | 2010-04-19 16:16 | Let's talk!  



One day my husband and I were out shoe shopping for him, which is more difficult than it sounds as he has no taste. I looked away for a few moments and then when I looked back I saw him trying on the ugliest pair of shoes - brown with zips and velcro(!) “Put those hideous things back!” I cried.... and of course it wasn’t my husband. This man did however seem to follow my advice.


Here’s a conversation with my two year old daughter.
mum“Time for bed now sweetie.”
daughter“I want some ice cream.”
mum“What’s the magic word?”


Being walked around her elementary school for the first time, my 5 year old daughter was very upset to hear she would be unable that day to meet the principal. We were confused as to why she wanted to meet him at her age, until she said.... I always wanted to meet the ‘prince of the pool’.

South Africa

A father asked his son not to suck his thumb,
father“You’re not a baby anymore.”
son”But you are still a baby daddy!”
father“What? Why did you say that?”
son“You still have to sleep in the same bed as mummy.”


At a small hotel in the mountains, a confused housekeeper was called to a room to help with a pizza that the guest said was stuck in the oven. But the rooms have no ovens, she thought walking up the stairs..... the guest had put a frozen pizza in the safe (safety box) and by pushing the buttons, locked the door.

by engcafe | 2009-12-03 20:56 | Let's talk!  

More funny English

On hand wipes and elevators, funny English is everywhere. For the English speaker Japan's a fun place to be, for the English grammar teacher.... hard work probably.

▼Back escalators are always convenient for it.

▼'Look here' seemed to simple.

▼Why bother spelling our character, if chara will be understood!

▼A cafe with a teria attached to it is so much better than a regular
cafeteria, or a simple cafe.

▼The regular customers to this desert shop probably aren't so keenly
aware of the 'new lactobacillus'.


by engcafe | 2009-02-10 08:53 | Let's talk!  

Funny English.

You see it almost everywhere. For the tourist Japan is a constantly entertaining place.










by engcafe | 2009-01-11 11:19 | Let's talk!  

solace, comfort, and console



by engcafe | 2009-01-11 10:59 | Let's talk!  

American English Q&A...

We received this question from one of our guests. So we asked a couple of Yanks. The answers are fun(!)


....by the way, I have a question. Do you say you watch a “baseball match” or “baseball game” or “ball game” on TV? Which is the latest expression ? I mean how would people usually say it today ? What is the most popular way of saying it. Oshiete kudasai. Thank you..


  ●From an American lady:-

Its 'watch a baseball game'. 'match' is only used for tennis,
boxing and wrestling; and 'ball game' is what old men say.

  ●From an American guy:-

'ball game' or 'baseball game' - both fine

'baseball match'? only some british idiot would say something like that.
of course i can't say much because americans tend to say soccer game

by engcafe | 2008-11-30 12:29 | Let's talk!  

Let’s focus on one word...

Endeavour (British English)
   Endeavor (American English)

attempt, effort, try
A challenging business. A difficult new activity. a purposeful or important undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the holeendeavor", “it was a great endeavour”

try, challenge, strive attempt by using effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy", “yes I will endeavour to”, “we will make every endeavor to”

b0145181_8513545.jpgThis word has special meaning for New Zealanders as it was the name of Captain Cook’s ship on which for England he discovered New Zealand. This ship even appears on our 50c coin, so any school kid is aware even a little of our maritime legacy. The Maori were first in their canoes, Chinese b0145181_8515669.jpgwere next, the Dutch were the first Europeans and then Captain James Cook famously sailed around the whole two islands mapping the coast lines. His map is known to have three major mistakes, all with the South Island.

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A View of the Endeavour River, on the coast of New Holland (Australia), where the ship was laid on shore, in order to repair the damage which she received on the Great Barrier Reef. It delayed the expedition seven weeks.


Cook spent 12 years at sea on three famous voyages indicated below in order of red green and blue. After his assassination in Hawaii the crew went home... it took quite a while. What a legacy he left. Cook endeavoured to travel further than any man.
What do you think? Did he live a good life?



by engcafe | 2008-11-14 09:00 | Let's talk!  

What's New?



by engcafe | 2008-11-04 20:23 | Let's talk!  


Three real and 3 fake photos (it should be obvious).


Giraffes are amazing animals. They are the tallest animal on earth. Even with their extreme height these animals are incredibly graceful and agile. Read this informative article to learn some interesting facts about giraffes.

The average lifespan of a giraffe in the wild is 25 years.

Male giraffes are called bulls. Females are known as cows and baby giraffes are referred to as calves.

Giraffes have black tongues that can extend approximately 51cms. Their tongues are prehensile which means that it can grab and hold onto objects.

A female giraffe gives birth to a single offspring after a gestation period of approximately 15 months. Females give birth standing up. Baby giraffes are 182cms tall and weigh an average of 68kgs when they are born.

Each giraffe has unique markings that distinguish it from others. No two giraffes have exactly the same makings.

A giraffe can run at a speed of 56km/hr. They have also been known to jump up to 2 meters.

Male giraffes stand up to 5.5m tall and weigh up to 1,800kgs.

Giraffes need very little sleep and may only sleep between 20 minutes to two hours out of a 24 hour period.

Giraffes have elongated vertebrae in their necks that protrude at the top of the giraffe's head forming small blunt horns.

The color of a giraffe's coat tends to become darker with age.

A giraffe eats about 64kgs of food a day.

The hooves of an adult giraffe are about 30cms wide.

Male giraffes perform a type of dance to impress fertile females.

Giraffes have excellent vision and are able to perceive color.

Giraffes can go for weeks without drinking water but even so they still usually seek water every few days. Giraffes get much of their water from the plants they eat.

At one time it was believed that giraffes were mute but they do make sounds. A form of communication used by giraffes is called infrasound and cannot be heard by humans. Giraffes do grunt, snort and bellow.

Giraffes need very little sleep and may only sleep between 20 minutes to two hours out of a 24 hour period.

Evolution, Darwin and the Giraffe.

Darwin was the first to say that long necks evolved in giraffes because they enabled the animals to eat foliage beyond the reach of shorter animals. That seemingly sensible explanation has surviced for over a century, but it is probably wrong, says a 'behavioral ecologist' in Namibia, he believes giraffes developed long necks NOT to compete for food but to win mates. Simmons was studying eagles in Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa when he happened to come upon a pair of male giraffes fighting. Male giraffes battle for mates by swinging their powerful necks--which can be over 2 meters long and weigh more than 90kgs. The momentum allows them to slam their heads into the the other giraffe with vertebrae-shattering--and occasionally lethal--force. In these contests, males with the longest, thickest necks usually win. As the scientist watched the fight, he became convinced that this competition for mates, not stretching for treetop food, was what drove the evolution of the neck. Giraffes feed mostly with their necks bent, along low bushes. Moreover, their short, stubby horns probably evolved to better concentrate the force of their head blows.

by engcafe | 2008-09-13 11:08 | Let's talk!