[Easy English Blog]TikTok

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We joined TikTok a few weeks ago. Do you know it? It is a video sharing app. People post short (usually 15 second) videos with music.

I wondered what kind of videos to post. I decided to post videos of the area of Japan where I live. It is in the countryside, and not many people get to visit it. So, I thought people would enjoy watching these videos. Also, I spend a lot of time in my office. Taking videos gives me a reason to go out more, especially to the scenic spots in my city.

Taking the video is easy. The difficult part is choosing the music. There are so many songs to choose from. For the first few videos I made, I chose classical music and local Japanese folk music. The most famous folk music in this area is called Yasugi Bushi. I like this folk music. I found it on TikTok and used it in some of my videos.

If you are on TikTok, please take a look! Our ID is italkyoutalkpress.

I plan to upload some videos of the autumn scenery in this beautiful area of Japan.

by Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Control freak

Do you know the English expression “control freak”? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Emma: How is your new supervisor?

Leon: She’s a control freak. She wants to know what we are doing all the time.

Does it mean:

a) someone who supervises other people

b) someone who wants to control everything

c) someone who is annoying

d) someone who is in charge of something important

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) someone who wants to control everything

[Easy English Blog]Running again

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Over summer, it was too hot to go running outside, so I went to the gym instead. I like the gym because I can use the weights, machines and other equipment after using the treadmill. However, we are only allowed to use the treadmills for 30 minutes at a time. I like to run for an hour or more.

Now that it is getting cooler, I’m going to start running outside again. I am also going to continue going to the gym. I think weight training is important, and it is also fun. The gym also has a rowing machine. Not many people use it, so it is usually free when I go.

The gym is good, but I still think running outside is better. I like the breeze and the fresh air, and I like being outside. I also like running long distances. I usually run 10km, but this autumn, I want to run 15km or 20km. Eventually, I’d like to run a half marathon, and then maybe a full marathon, but I’ll have to train harder for that!

I belong to a running club. Many members continued running through the summer. They ran early in the morning or late at night. I work early in the morning and at night, so my time to exercise is the afternoon – the hottest part of the day. I haven’t run outside for three months. It’s time to start again.

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Many moons ago

Do you know the English expression “many moons ago”? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Ian: Have you ever been to India?

Ben: Yes I have. It was many moons ago though.

Does it mean:

a) a few weeks ago

b) a long time ago

c) 50 years ago

d) a few days ago

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) a long time ago

[Easy English Blog]Keeping a diary

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I decided to keep a diary in Chinese. When I study Chinese, I read, listen and speak it, but I rarely write it. Writing is important. On the HSK test, there are some writing questions, so I need to be able to write.

Also, writing is output. I need more output. I practice speaking with my teacher once a week, but this is not enough. I need to practice more. When I have my Chinese lesson, I ask my teacher to correct my mistakes, and then we talk about the content of my diary.

When I write in my diary, I use the grammar patterns I have studied. I try to use the vocabulary I have studied too. This helps me to remember words and phrases.

I don’t write in my diary every day. I usually write once or twice a week. I want to write more though. I will try to schedule more time into my days to write.

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press