[Easy English Blog] I saw you in the paper

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I was in the local newspaper a few weeks ago. We won the 2019 Language Learner Literature Award, so the local paper was interested in our story.

I live in rural Japan, and many people read the local paper. Since I was in the paper, people have been saying “I saw you in the paper!”

I know some of these people. They are neighbours, acquaintances, and clients. But there are some people I don’t know. Some people I have never met see me and say “I saw you in the paper!”

Maybe this is what it is like to be famous!

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk PressI Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] School visit

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The other day, I visited a primary school to give a talk to the children about being a writer. The children were 9-10 years old. Many of them were very interested in the job of a writer, and some of them want to be a writer when they are older.

They asked me what they should do if they want to become a writer. I told them to read books and develop their imaginations. They had so many questions that there wasn’t time for me to answer them all.

The school has a special programme. Every month, they invite someone to speak to the children about their job. I think it is a good system. The children can start to think about the job they want in the future, and they can learn about different ways of life.

When I was a child, my school didn’t have a programme like that. We had a careers room with lots of pamphlets about jobs. We could go to the room and learn about jobs. There was a careers advisor who sometimes came to our school. We could talk to her about different jobs. It would have been good if people from the community came to the school and talked about their jobs. It would have been interesting.

I hope the children enjoyed my visit to the school, and I hope it was useful for them. Maybe in the future, some of them will become writers!

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog]Sleep

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Recently, I have seen newspapers articles about sleep. They say that many people are sleep-deprived. (This means people don’t sleep enough.) The newspaper articles say that we should sleep 7-9 hours every night.

How many hours a night do you sleep? I try to sleep 8 hours a night. If I sleep less than that, I feel sleepy during the day. Sometimes, if I’m busy at work, I sleep less, but even then, I usually sleep for 7 hours.

Most nights, it is easy for me to fall asleep. I read for about half an hour, and then I start to feel sleepy. Sometimes though, if I am reading a good book, I don’t want to stop!

If I have trouble falling asleep, I burn lavender aroma oil. The scent of lavendar is relaxing, and I soon fall asleep.

Some people say that sleeping for 8 hours every night is too much. Someone once told me I was lazy. But I don’t agree. I am much more productive during the day if I sleep well for 8 hours every night.

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] Running longer distances

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When I go for a run, I usually run around 10 or 11km. I have been running this distance for a few years. This year, I have decided to increase the distance I can run.

Last week, I ran 15km. It took me an hour and a half. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel so tired when I stopped. I could have run a few more kilometres, but it was getting late, and I had reached my target, so I stopped.

I hope to run 20km some time this month. Over the year, I want to increase the distance I run. I’m not so concerned about my running time. I just want to enjoy running. Maybe in the future I will enter a half marathon, or a full marathon, and think about my time. At the moment, I’m just happy to get outside and do some exercise in the fresh air.

Heather@ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] A present

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I received a present from a friend the other day. It is an ornament of a boar. 2019 is the Year of the Boar or Year of the Pig according to the twelve animals of the zodiac. The boar ornament I received has an aroma bag inside. I’m not sure what the scent is, but it smells like incense. I like the smell. It makes my room feel calm and peaceful.

Last year, my friend sent me an ornament of a dog, because it was the Year of the Dog. That ornament also had a nice aroma. I don’t want to throw it away, so I keep it in a box in my closet. If my friend buys me one every year, maybe I will have a large collection of ornaments in my closet!

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog]Tax season

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It’s tax season again. I have to complete my tax return before the middle of March. I complete my tax return every year, but it is still difficult for me. I am not very good with numbers. Some of the calculations are difficult for me. This year, I am going to start early. I want to start completing the forms in the next few days, so I can do it slowly and carefully.

For the first few years, I asked a friend to help me, but then I realised I must learn to do it by myself. I can’t keep relying on my friend. It is my responsibility. I could ask a tax accountant to do it for me, but I think that is expensive. It doesn’t cost me anything to do it by myself. Well, it doesn’t cost me any money, but it takes time.

When I complete my tax return, I drink a lot of coffee. It keeps me alert. I need to be alert to do the calculations! I’m glad that I only have to do it once a year!

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] New Year parties

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In Japan, many workplaces and groups have end of year parties. I usually miss these because I go back to the UK in mid-December. So when I come back to Japan, in January, I often attend New Year parties.

I went to a New Year party the other week. It was at my friend’s restaurant. My friends and I had a good time eating and drinking. We talked about our goals for the year. This seems to be a common topic at New Year parties. Everyone is enthusiastic and positive, and the atmosphere is good.

I like going to New Year parties. They give me energy and motivation. This year, at the party, we talked about fitness goals. Most of us want to exercise more. I feel like we say this every year. I want to run more, and exercise every morning before I start work. One of my friends is going to join a gym. Another friend wants to do yoga. I hope we can keep to our goals this year.

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press