Last month I went to the English Festival at Hankyu Department Store. Every year I go there to stock up on scones, clotted cream, and jam. Even though I arrived there as soon as it opened, a long line had already formed so I was forced to wait close to one hour for my coveted scones.
Minimalism is defined as living with less than 100 things, which could include a car, a suit, perhaps two pairs of shoes, a cell phone, and so on. The people who practice minimalism - minimalists - live much simpler lives because they don't have so many personal belongings that tie them down to any one place.
What comes to mind when you think of Halloween? Candy? Kids in costumes? ... How about a night club full of men and women in costumes partying like there's no tomorrow???
Here are some interesting food idioms...
Sydney is arguably Australia's most famous city, and is definitely its biggest, but even the locals don't always know about the jewel in Sydney's crown - Watsons Bay.
If you've ever listened to a weather report on the news, you would know that describing the weather doesn't stop at "Today is sunny." We try to be as descriptive as possible when talking about what it's like outside so that anyone listening will know what to wear or how to prepare for what is to come.
- The longest English word that can be spelled without repeating any letters is ‘uncopyrightable’.
- ‘E’ is the most commonly used letter in the English language. In fact, as many as one in eight of all the letters written in English is ‘e’.
- The following sentence contains seven different spellings of the sound “ee”: ‘He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas’.
- Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year
- The infinity sign, ∞, is called a lemniscate. Its name means “decorated with ribbons” in Latin.
- The part of a wall between two windows is called the interfenestration.
- The shortest, oldest and most commonly used word in conversation is "I". Medieval manuscripts reveal that some of the oldest words in English are "I", "two", "three", and "we."
Being back in Japan after having spent a couple of weeks in Canada has taken a bit of getting used to. It's difficult to adjust to the humidity of Osaka after returning from the cool, dry atmosphere in Toronto. Although I'm not too fond of the humidity, I do still love the summer in Japan because nearly every day is bright and sunny, and all the colors appear to be much more saturated than any other season.