Friday, November 29, 2013

Hello from Denver (USA)

This post comes from a group in Denver, Colorado in the USA! 

Hello, we are a group of English language learners living in Denver, Colorado, in the United States. Our estimated population is 634,265. The population of our city is very diverse. In this particular group we have people from Mexico, China, and the Philippines.

In Denver, winters are long and we have snow storms. Sometimes snow covers houses, cars, and trees, and we get stuck in our houses for days. During winter, we enjoy hot soup, such as menudo and pozole, sometimes made of buffalo.

Before winter, we have a beautiful fall. The mountains covered with trees look like a mixture of yellow, brown, and green.

Denver is a source of different kinds of fruit. We have watermelons, cantaloupes, peaches, pears, cherries, and many more.

We love Denver and we are happily raising our children here.

We love Coca Cola too!

Thanks Denver! Stay warm this winter!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hello from Kanzaki (Japan)

こんにちは This next post comes to us from a high school in Kanzaki, in the Saga Prefecture of Japan!

Welcome to our senior high school “Kanzaki Seimei”.  I’m a teacher .Our school is one of the public high schools in Saga prefecture. Saga prefecture is located in the western part of Japan, which is surrounded by beautiful nature such as mountains, rivers, seas and so on.  There are approximately 460 students in our school (male 190: female 270).

This year was very special year for our school, because our school has just celebrated the 100th school anniversary. On October 5th board, assembly, graduates, and junior high school teachers came to our school to celebrate this memorial day together with our school students.

There are 40 students in one class. (How many students are there in your school or in your class?) Our school has several interesting courses such as agricultural course, food & science course, business & computing course, life & welfare course, health & sports course, humanities & culture course. In Japan when kids turn 15 years old they usually take an entrance exam if they want to go to the senior high school.

There are different types of senior high schools in Japan. In our school, after the junior high school students are admitted after passing the entrance exam, they are supposed to make a plan about what to learn during their stay in our school based on their own future goal. If they are interested in giving support to senior citizens, they’ll study in the life & welfare course. If the student wants to do business at a company, they will study at the business & computing course which has many businesses related subjects such as book keeping, computing, marketing and so on.

One of the things that we can feel proud of at our school is our sports activities. In particular, our school is well known for the rhythmic gymnastics club. Our rhythmic gymnastics club won the championship in the national high school synthesis physical education meet. Our school won No1 among all senior high schools this summer. We were so excited.

Nice to meet you all! I’ll write you again.

Thank you Kanzaki! We look forward to hearing from you again!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hello from Assoukoko (Togo)

Bonjour! Our first post comes from the Assoukoko Middle School English Club.

Assoukoko is situated in West Africa in Togo. Assoukoko is near the mountains, hills, and forest. There are 2,000 people in Assoukoko.

In history class, we learn about Togo’s past. Mr. M is our history teacher. There are 62 students in class. One important part of Togo’s history is the slave trade. Our country got its independence on the 27th of April in 1960. Now our president is Faure Gnassingbe.

We are students. We help our parents by going to the farm on weekends. We work not only during vacation but also during the school year. In our free time we learn our lessons. We also play sports and dance. We like Togolese music, and many people come to the dance parties here.

Our food comes from the farm. Every day we eat fufu. Sometimes we eat dog meat. Our favorite fruit is mangoes. We like to drink Coca Cola.

Thank you Assoukoko English Club! We are so happy to hear from you!