[Easy English Blog]My pet


I have a pet turtle. Her name is Lee-chan. She is 16 years old. For a long time, I thought she was a boy. But around six years ago, she started to lay eggs, and I realised she was a girl!

When I got her, she was the size of a 500 yen coin. Now, she is bigger than my hand!

Lee-chan and I have been together for a long time. We have lived in different places – different houses, different cities…my life changes, but she is alway with me. Even though we have been together for a long time, she sometimes gets angry with me if I try to clean her water, or try to brush her shell.

When she is hungry, she comes to me and waves her arms around. It is like she is saying “feed me!” In summer, she likes to sit on her terrace and sunbathe. Her terrace used to have a bamboo sheet covering it, but it got dirty. I need to buy a new one. At the moment, her terrace is just a white rack. She doesn’t seem to mind, but I want to make the environment more natural for her. I think bamboo is better than plastic. I’ll buy one today.

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] It’s blooming!


I have been worried about my plum blossom plant. It usually blooms in February, but this year, there have been no sign of blossoms. Until now! I noticed a single blossom on its branches, and a few more buds. It looks like it is going to bloom after all!

I wonder why it is blooming late this year… All the plum blossoms in the city have been in bloom for a few weeks. Maybe I didn’t water it enough. Or maybe it got too much sunlight last summer. I don’t know. I’m not used to taking care of plants. This plum blossom plant is only my second plant. I think I need to do some research so that it blooms beautifully next year.

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press


[Easy English Blog] Bad cold

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I had a bad cold last week. I always seem to get colds when the seasons change. Usually I get colds in early autumn. I wanted to stay in bed all day every day and sleep, but I had to work. Luckily, I work for myself, so I could take breaks whenever I wanted.

At first, I thought it was hay fever, because now is “hay fever season” in Japan. Then I began to feel worse, and I had a fever, so I knew it was a cold. I took medicine, but it didn’t really work. So I ate chocolate, and that made me feel better! Maybe chocolate is not the best medicine, but taking care of yourself is important when you are sick. I took care of myself by eating what I wanted.

Sleep is also important, so I went to bed early every night. I slept very well. I think my body and mind were tired. Hopefully I won’t catch another cold this year.

Heather@ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog]Fitting in study

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I am going to take the Chinese proficiency test HSK in September, so I have to study Chinese every day. Some days, I am so busy that it is difficult to fit in study. When I studied Japanese, I used to study for three hours every day after work. Now, my life has changed, and I don’t have that time any more.

So, I try to fit my study into my days in other ways. Every morning, I ride my exercise bike for 15 minutes. While I am riding, I read my Chinese textbook. I listen to YouTube videos while I am putting on my makeup and getting ready. I listen to the audio for my textbook in my car while I’m driving.

I write new words in a small notebook and carry it with me when I go out. If I am waiting somewhere, or waiting for someone, I take out the notebook and review the words.

It is not ideal, and I need to study more if I am to pass the test, but it is better than nothing. Still, I need to make more time in my life for serious study. I will try to do that this month!

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] Already March


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It’s already March. This year is going by very quickly. My trip home at Christmas seems like a long time ago now. I say the same thing every year. The beginning of the year is busy for me, so it tends to pass by very quickly.

Unfortunately, I was so busy this year, I didn’t have time to go plum blossom viewing. The plum blossom is my favourite kind of blossom. There are some nice viewing spots around the city where I live.

I hope I will have time to go cherry blossom viewing. Last year, I was in Tokyo while the cherry blossoms were blooming. I didn’t have chance to go cherry blossom viewing there, but I enjoyed seeing the trees along the streets.

Time passes so quickly, but it is important to do things to enjoy the passing of time. This year, I’m going to make time to go cherry blossom viewing, even if it is only an afternoon stroll around the park or the castle.

[Easy English Blog]Package from home

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I received a package from home the other day. It was from my family. There was lots of chocolate inside! I love chocolate. Of course, Japanese chocolate is very delicious, but I miss chocolate from the UK.

When I get a package of chocolate, I tell myself I will eat only a little chocolate each day. But I always eat more. I know this is not good for my health. So, when I get a package of chocolate from home, I exercise more. Tomorrow, I’m going to run 20km because I ate so much chocolate today!

My family always sends me a package of chocolate around Easter time too. Easter is in April this year, so in April, I think I will go running very often! I also think I should go and see the dentist soon…

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog]No blossoms yet


I have a small weeping plum blossom tree. It is called “shidare ume” in Japanese. Last year, and the year before, it blossomed in February. It had beautiful pink flowers. This year, it hasn’t blossomed. I don’t know why.

Maybe last summer was too hot for it. Maybe I didn’t trim the branches properly after it bloomed last year. Or maybe I didn’t give it enough water. I keep it outside, so it gets the rain, and I water it a few times a week. To be honest, I’m not good at keeping plants. I think plants need care and attention. I don’t think I give my plant what it needs.

When I look at my plant, I feel sad. I wish I could see its beautiful flowers, but I don’t think I will see them this year. Hopefully, it will bloom next year. 😦

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press