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2018/11/01: Andrew先生に代わって、新講師Lovely(ラブリー)先生がこれからLovely's Messageをお届けします。
2018/04/01: Andrew先生は任期を終えましたので、Andrew's Newsは2018年4月号をもって終了します。過去のメッセージは引き続きお読みいただけます。


January,2019

に 明美木村 が投稿   [ に更新しました ]

Dear ACE Students,

 

It’s a brand new start of the year 2019 and I hope you all had wonderful winter holidays. It’s been really amazing experience that I have had here in Japan. I’ve traveled Tokyo, Kanagawa and Yokohama for my winter break. I learned lots of things in 2 weeks and one thing in common with Japan and the Philippines when celebrating the holidays is both countries are celebrating it with the family. In Japan, New Year is one of the most important holidays of the year and it couldn’t be more different from the typical Philippines New Year’s celebration. People return to their hometowns, and families come together for a special meal, send greeting cards, and pray for health and happiness, more like a traditional Western Christmas. On New Year’s Eve, Japanese families traditionally eat a special kind of soba . Philippines has a loud New Year’s Eve and we count down the clock until 12 am January 1st.

 

 It was great that I even had the opportunity to see and hear Emperor Akihito’s last term message to everyone in reality. What a great honor it was for me that I felt like dreaming and  I still can’t quite imagine that I am now experiencing what I dreamt a couple of years ago. I can tell that dreams truly come true. As I always believe what my mother kept on telling me that "If others can why can’t I?”. I just want to share with you this quote which inspire me ; I am where I am now because someone believe in me and we want our future generations to believe in them as well.  ~ Catriona Gray

 

Happy New Year and live life to the fullest.

 

Sincerely,

Lovely Ventanilla

Christmas message

2018/12/05 18:41 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2018/12/05 18:58 に更新しました ]

Dear ACE Students,
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude and appreciation for all
of you who have helped me feel the true meaning of love. I always
feel like home and loved whenever I am around you. This will be my
first time to celebrate Christmas here in Japan away from my family.
Christmas makes me think of you. You are all our most precious gifts.
If I think of what I want for Christmas from Santa, what more could
I ask than you.
The most festive time of the year is right around the corner, for the
rest of the world. In the Philippines, Christmas has already begun.
From setting up the decorations and playing Yuletide songs as early as
September. Unlike the United States, Filipino households don’t
exactly decorate for Halloween in October and Thanksgiving in
November. But that doesn’t mean they don’t already begin decorating
by then. Some plastic poinsettias here, some Santa Clause figurines
there, it isn’t strange for the Christmas decor to start emerging
when the first “-ber” month (September) begins. One of the most
exciting activity that children do together on the night of December
24 is Caroling and visit a lot of houses. Nowadays, we often hear
people singing Christmas in English, Tagalog, or some other native
dialect. However, there used to be a time when singing such songs
were done in Spanish. I hope that the holidays will be full of fun for
all of you and and that you can take out some time to do activities
that decree the true meaning of this holiday. Advance Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year.

Love,
Lovely Ventanilla

Novemver,2018

2018/11/08 15:58 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2018/11/09 16:42 に更新しました ]

Dear ACE Students,

Mabuhay! How is it going? It’s been months that I’ve
had at ACE and you’ve all impressed me by your eagerness
and passion to learn the English language. I know how hard it is
to be a beginner of a new language but let me tell you that all
expert was once a beginner so keep on going to achieve your
goals. I am indeed so thankful for all your teachers who have
taught you all with love and compassion and I truly admire all of
them.

I’ve been fascinated by Japanese culture,
sceneries and people. I’m so humbled by your examples and
hope that all people in the world are like Japanese people. I can
say that I have enjoyed embracing the Japanese culture by eating and cooking traditional foods like natto and by visiting temples and shrines and learning about their culture.

It’s been really fun experiencing and learning new
things. Being here in Japan is a dream come true. I know that
as we all strive harder we will have a compelling chance to be
an extraordinary person. As teacher Andrew said and I quote
“BE A STUDENT OF LIFE”. I am so thrilled to get to know
better and help you improve your English.
Love,
Lovely

April,2018

2018/04/22 13:14 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2018/04/22 13:15 に更新しました ]

ACEの講師を2年半勤めたアンドリュー先生が、任期を迎えます。

アンドリュー先生からの最後のメッセージです。



Dear ACE students,

 

 It’s been an incredible two and half years since I arrived to Okayama. I’ve learned and grown so much with y’all. I hope you’ve learned a lot from me. Whether it was how to write an essay or simply your ABCs, I sincerely hope I’ve made a difference in your growth as an English student and more importantly, as a person.


 Some last minute wisdom I would like to share:


1.Be passionate. Don’t be afraid to express yourself.

2.Be a student of life. Always learn something whether it’s in school or not.

3.Be yourself. Be true to who you are.


 I would like to thank each and everyone of y’all for welcoming me and accepting me. I hope you give the same love to the new teacher Lovely and the substitutes. Please be patient with ACE. Lovely will come soon and be the best teacher she can be.


 I’ve traveled so far from home to be a teacher. One day or so, I’m sure we’ll see each other again. So please don’t be shy if you find yourself in Texas. I’m just a kid from Texas wishing to change and experience the world. Out of all the places I could’ve been, I just so happened to be here with y’all. I hope the best for each and everyone of y’all. It’s been a true blessing and it’s been real.

 

Take care and love always,

Andrew




March,2018

2018/03/13 4:51 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,


Winter is almost over! I hope everyone is doing well and had a great Winter Season. 
I don’t know about you but I am ready for Winter to be over.
Spring is right around the corner and it’s time for our egg hunt! 
Last year we learned about Easter and we introduced the egg hunt. 
It was a great success and it was fun learning.

Spring is the time for new beginnings and we should embrace the new changes in our life. 
This is why Christians around the world celebrate Easter during the Spring. 
It remind us of the resurrection of Christ. 

Also, March is known for Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick is the Saint symbol for the people of Ireland. 
Saint Patrick celebrates Irish pride by having big celebrations. Saint Patrick’s day falls on March 17 this year. 
You must wear green that day or you will get pinched! 
Green symbolizes good luck and grassy fields of Ireland. 
It pairs well with the Spring season. So I wish you the best of luck!

Sincerely,
Andrew Galang



エースの皆さんへ

冬はもう終わりです。皆さん冬の季節をお元気でお過ごしになられたと思います。
春はもうすぐです。エッグハントの時期です。昨年イースターについて学び、
エッグハント卵探しをしました。大成功で楽しい学びになりました。
 春は新しい始まりで人生においても新しい変化を受け入れる時です。世界中の
キリスト教徒が春の間にイースターをお祝いするのはこのためです。イースターは
キリストの復活を私たちに思い出させてくれます。
 また3月は聖パトリックの日でも知られています。聖パトリックはアイルランドの
人々にとってシンボルである聖人です。アイルランドの誇りをお祝いします。
聖パトリックの日は今年は3月17日です。その日に緑を身につけないと、つねられます。
緑は幸運とアイルランドの草原を象徴しています。春の季節に良く似合っています。
幸運をお祈りします。

Andrew Galang

February 2018

2018/02/04 22:37 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,

 

      Hello ya’ll. I hope ya’ll  are doing well this cold winter.

 It’s been so very cold lately. Surprisingly, even Texas has been cold! 

My home city Houston had snow several times this winter! 


I’ve only seen snow in Texas 2 times my whole life but this winter has been record breaking. It’s funny because Texas rarely gets snow and Texans don’t know what do when it snows. They closed schools and work because of the snow. 

A lot of people laugh at Texans because Texans panic when we see snow.

 It’s been snowing both here and in my hometown. What a coincidence!


    Additionally, it is February now.

 I am challenging all my boy students to give chocolate to girls. 

As I’ve taught y’all before, Valentine’s day in Japan is opposite from America.

Men should give to women but the advertising companies in Japan got it mixed up. Therefore, I’m encouraging my boy students to man up and be kind to women. 

Give a girl a chocolate or flowers.

 If you don’t have a special girl, you can always give something to your mother. 

I’m sure she’ll appreciate it! 


Have a good Valentine’s day!

Happy February,

Andrew


 エースの皆さんこんにちは。
 寒い冬を元気でお過ごしになっておられることを願っています。
最近とても寒いです。驚くことにテキサスでさえ寒いです。
私の故郷ヒューストンでもこの冬数回雪が降りました。
私は今までにテキサスで雪を見たのはたったの2回ですが、この冬は
記録破りです。面白いのはテキサスではめったに雪が降らないので
テキサス人は雪が降るとどうしてよいかわからないのです。
雪のために学校や職場が休みになりました。雪を見るとパニックになる
テキサス人をたくさんの人が笑っています。
ここでも故郷でも雪が降っているのはなんという偶然でしょう。

 加えて今は2月です。私は男子生徒に女の子にチョコレートをあげるように
チャレンジしています。以前お話ししたように、バレンタインデーは
日本はアメリカと反対です。男性が女性にあげるべきなのに、日本の広告会社
は反対にしてしまいました。そこで私は男子生徒に男らしく、女性に
親切にするように勧めています。女の子にチョコレートや花をあげましょう。
特別な子がいないなら、いつもお母さんに何かをプレゼントしましょう。
きっと感謝してくれます。
Have a good Valentine's day!

January,2018

2018/01/02 19:53 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,

  Happy New Year! 

I hope everyone has had a wonderful winter break!
It’s time for the everyone to celebrate new beginnings and new goals.
 New years is different in Japan and America.
I’ve noticed that Japanese New Years is typically for family time and Christmas is for couples and friends.
In America, it’s the opposite. Christmas is for family and New years is for friends and couples.
In Japan, New Years eve is more quiet and everyone goes to temple in the morning.
Americans have a very loud new years eve party and we count down the clock until new years midnight.
Additionally, Americans go to church on Christmas not New years day.
It’s very interesting to see the difference between the two.

   This year is the year of the dog but actually the year of the dog starts is a Chinese tradition in February.
 I learned that Japanese also has a calendar as well.
Many different cultures have different calendars and different ways of counting time.
The global calendar we use is the Gregorian calendar which corresponds with the ancient Mayan’s time system.
 Mayans are from present day Guatemala and they were masters of counting time.
We have the Mayans to thank for our unified system of counting!

Happy new year and best wishes!

 

Sincerely,

Andrew

December 2017

2017/12/12 6:38 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,

Hello and welcome to Winter! It’s that time of year again and we’re ready to celebrate
the upcoming New Year with plenty of traditions. Like last year, we are going to make
snowflakes and cover the room. There’s a saying in America, “Every snowflake is different.”
When I was in elementary school, teachers taught this to me. American students are taught that
we are all different but it’s a good thing. We are all individuals and we come together as one.
Regardless of how we look or act, we’re all the same snowflakes falling from the sky.
I hope everyone has something to look forward to this winter holiday. Make every
moment count and remember to be warm. Winter teaches us that even the harshest cold can
not stop us from being warm to each other. This time of year is about family and being thankful
for what we have. Just like what I’ve taught you about thanksgiving, bring in the winter with
hopeful warm spirits.

Sincerely,
Andrew

November 2017

2017/11/14 21:11 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE students,


I hope everyone had a fun time with the Halloween Party. It was a fun event and it was good seeing everyone wear their costumes! I hope y’all learned a lot about Halloween and now it’s time to move on to the next month!

Welcome November! November is the last month of Fall so enjoy all the fall colors for now. One thing I think when it comes to November is mustaches. It may sound weird but over the past couple of years, November has been a special month for American men to let their facial hair grow. We’ve been calling this month, “No-shave November.”  So if you find yourself in America in the Fall, don’t be surprised with all the beards you see!

Lastly, and more importantly, November is means Thanksgiving! Though thanksgiving is not celebrated in Japan, there are some Americans who celebrate this very American Holiday in Japan. I will be celebrating thanksgiving and I hope everyone learns a lot about Thanksgiving from my lesson. Just remember to always give thanks for what you have. Winter is coming and we need to keep each other warm with our spirits.


Sincerely,

Andrew


October 2017

2017/10/19 19:16 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2017/10/19 19:18 に更新しました ]

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秋よこんにちは。みなさん暑い気候から、涼しい気候の移り変わりにうまく適応されていることと思います。
 さて今は10月です。私たちはハロウィンの準備をしています。Jack-O-Lanternの工作を楽しんでください。
昨年みんなが何を作るのかを見るのは興味深かったです。 面白い事実があります。
October がもともとのローマ暦では実は8番目の月だったことを知っていますか。
Octは8を意味しています。octopus タコが8本の足を持っているというように。
September は7番目の月でした。というのはSeptは7の意味だからです。
Novは9番目でDecaは10番目です。

高校生や一般の方にはこのように言葉のヒントを探すように伝えています。
 もう一つ、皆さん学校の秋の行事、運動会や文化祭を楽しんだことと思います。
アメリカではホームカミングと呼ばれる秋のお祭りがあります。
 ホームカミングはフットボールチームの最初のホームでの試合です。
それは1週間続いて最後に特別なホームカミングダンスで終わります。
アメリカ人はお祭りに大きなダンスパーティーを開くのが好きです。
楽しい10月を過ごして、元気に1年を終えましょう。

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