[Easy English Blog] In the newspaper

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We were featured in the local newspaper a few days ago. We won the 2019 Language Learner Literature Award in the advanced category, and the Finalist Award in the intermediate category.

The local newspapers heard about this, and asked us if they could write a story about it. Of course we said yes! Our book which won the Finalist Award features ghost stories by a man called Lafcadio Hearn. He was a Greek/Irish writer who lived in our city in the 19th century. He wrote ghost stories. Our book Old Jack’s Ghost Stories from Japan contains six of his most famous stories.

Lafcadio Hearn introduced Japanese culture and Japanese ghost stories to the world over 100 years ago. We hope that our book helps to introduce readers today to Japanese culture and Japanese ghost stories. Here is a link to the book.

by Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

In vogue

Do you know the English expression “in vogue“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Mary: I’m going to get some red high heels.

Helen: So am I. They are in vogue.

Does it mean:

a) popular and fashionable

b) out of fashion

c) look expensive

d) easy to wear

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: a) popular and fashionable

[Easy English Blog] Autumn leaf viewing

red and orange autumn leaves on the ground and on trees beside body of water

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There are many places in Shimane where we can enjoy autumn leaf viewing. I hope I have time to go to these places this year. Some of the best places are temples. There is a temple in Yasugi City called “Kiyomizu-dera”. It has the same name as the famous temple in Kyoto. However, the Kiyomizu-dera in Yasugi doesn’t have so many visitors, so the atmosphere is calm and quiet. It is famous for its pagoda and autumn leaves.

There is a temple in Izumo City called Gakuen-ji. This temple is in the mountains. It is surrounded by forest. We have to climb many steps to get to the top of the temple. From the top, we can see beautiful mountains in red, yellow and orange. Many people visit in autumn, but at other times during the year, it is quiet. It is a nice place to visit and think about things. I used to go quite often, but recently, I haven’t had time.

The area around Matsue Castle is also nice in the autumn time. The castle grounds and forest are nice places to stroll around in any season, but for me, autumn is the best. I will try to go this year and take many pictures.

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Go on a shopping spree

Do you know the English expression “to go on a shopping spree“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Ted: What did you do at the weekend?

Linda: My friend and I went on a shopping spree on Saturday. We got some great bargains.

Does it mean:

a) buy many things in a short time

b) buy many things in a long time

c) buy expensive things

d) go to a special shop called spree

The answer is below!↓

grocery cart with item

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Answer: a) buy many things in a short time

On course for (something)

Do you know the English expression “to be on course for (something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Rita: How is David doing in his new business?

Ned: He has many new customers, so he is on course for success.

Does it mean:

a) taking a course in something

b) unlikely to do something

c) likely to achieve something

d) following a set course

The answer is below!

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Answer: c) likely to achieve something