What is love? Where does it come from?
According to the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a (ESV) "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth." From a non-religious perspective, "love is a science. Beneath the flushed cheeks, there is a series of complex chemical reactions taking place between the brain and the body..." (The Science of Love).
I suppose there isn't one single answer. Throughout history, poets, artists and philosophers have tried to explain and understand this complex concept. The Romans celebrated 'love' with their pagan festival of Lupercalia and Shakespeare created the eternal symbols of romantic love through his characters of Romeo and Juliet. In more modern times, scientists and psychologists have developed models for describing and understanding human relationships and love, as well as the chemical reactions and hormonal changes in our body when we experience 'love'.
COVID isolation, travel restrictions and war...a world without love.
Let us not despair!
Remember, All you need is love! (Watch below)
“Time is free, but its priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.” Harvey MacKay
What should we spend our time on? How do you prioritize your work and family responsibilities? Do you feel satisfied with the way you've spend your day?
These are the important questions that I often ask myself.
Perhaps you've heard the story below, about the Rocks, Pebbles and sand?
It really helped me understand my own priorities and has given me "clues" as to how I should change and improve my time-management!
I hope you'll find it useful, too!
"Rocks, Pebbles and Sand Story" (duration: 2 minute)
Twelve Days of Christmas
In Medieval times, Christmas was a 12 day long festival!
Here is popular song that celebrates the twelve days of Christmas, which starts on 25 December! It is an accumlative song where the lyrics are repeated, so it is quite catchy! Watch the animated video from Super Simple Songs below and sing along! Over the years, the song has been adapted into numerous versions. Here is a creative one from Sesame Street, "12 Days of Christmas Cookies". Find out what Cookie Monster gets from their family and friends! (Image from Freepik)
Enjoy and sing along!
November...the smells and colors of Autumn are everywhere!
Take advantage of the nice weather and go outdoors!!
During the period of July 1st to August 25th, we received nine votes of which the majority went to Soba noodles! Regardless of the results, I personally love BOTH noodles!
Thank you for taking part!
We hope you will join us in our next poll! Best, Joanna (^^)
How often do you go to the beach?
What do you expect to see at there?
Do you like the feel of the sand between your toes?
I was surprised by my visit at the beach today, click below and find out why!
Riddles are great for language learning and improving your imagination!
The clues are hidden in the adjectives and verbs. Good Luck!
1. What word sounds like something that 'shatters'?
2. What can you "sit on" in a park?
Discussion events in the virtual world!
Our first Learn Through Communication event in the metaverse!
It was quite simple. Sign up to the application, choose an avatar and join the event!
We could roam around the 'farm' to specific areas that allowed us to view images or billboards, find 'lost' avatars, watch videos together and chat in specific spaces for group discussions! The game-like element also made the discussion event more entertaining, for example we bumped into the trees and fences or got lost and had to find our way back to the chatrooms! It was especially funny to see everyone sitting in a row, just like in a real classroom!
Definitely worth organising again!
How can we celebrate Earth Day?
In class, we talked about the issues introduced by the Earth Day quizzes and reflected on our own daily choices. I also generated this painting via wombo.art with the keywords: earth, nature, pollution, deforestation, change, recycling, love
I wanted to include more words but I ran out of space :)
What words would you use for your Earth Day wombo.art?
Wombo HP: https://app.wombo.art/ (free)
Thank you for trying the Spring worksheet!
What is a Kumquat? It's 金柑 in Japanese!
I have hay fever, how about you?
November Word Puzzle
本日は November word puzzle をご紹介します。
You can do it!
What new words did you learn?
What do you notice about the spelling and sound of words?
Try our Halloween Word Quiz!
Try our Halloween word quiz! (answer key available below)
How are these words related to Halloween?
Feel free to share and discuss your ideas with us!
（answer key 解答はこちら）
The most popular Summer Dessert is...
Thank you very much for taking part in our Summer Desserts online polling event!
The most popular dessert is.....
It was a very close race between ice cream (7 votes) and gelato (8 votes)!
★Congratulations to our gelato fans!★
We received nineteen votes during the period of Aug. 14 - Sep. 26th 2021, via Facebook, Google, LINE and our website.
It is great to hear from you and also, to get different people involved in doing something with English!
Have a great day with your favorite dessert!
Lovely Day Quotes
スイスの精神科医・心理学者の Carl Jung （カール・グスタフ・ユーン）の名言
- creative mind：創造力
- play with〜：〜と遊ぶ、〜で遊ぶ
「The creative mind」 は 「生き物」（例えば、ペット）として考えれば分かりやすくなります。
- Do you agree with Carl Jung? Why or why not?
- Are you a creative person? Explain.
Feel free to tell us your opinion!