お陰様で2018年度は、M-PEC 12周年! The 12th ANNIVERSARY of M-PEC in the year of 2018! Thanks!

2017年度のM-PEC講座: YEAなどの予告、報告です.:Records or Advance Billings of Monthly Activities in the year of 2017, which are being added.

#126 YEA 3月17日(土)のご報告: Report after No. 126 YEA on Mar 17th (Sat), 2018




YEA #126_Report



317()#126 M-PEC講座を楽しみました。ティータイムには、Y様の手作りのケーキを美味しく頂きました。ありがとうございました。

On Saturday, March 17th, the 126th YEA (Yoshy’s Volunteering Monthly English Activity) of M-PEC was held; we had a good time. At Tea-time, thanks to Ms. Y, we could eat her handmade pound cake!



(1) 日本の伝統模様22種類の英語を、ゲームで覚えました.

We learned how we explain twenty-two Japanese traditional patterns in English through enjoying Swat-game.






<2020年、東京オリンピックのマスコットに、使われる伝統模様の名前は? What is the name of this Japanese traditional pattern which will be used in this mascot for Tokyo Olympics in 2010? > (復習には、HERE:ここをクリックなさってください。For your review, please click the site above.)





(2) NHK:とっさの一言」より、L.15, 16

"Prompt Words from DVD of NHK" Les. 15 to 16.


E.g. “We’re planning farewell party for you. When’s good for you?” (お別れパーティを計画してるの。いつがいい?) … 「いつでもいいわ.」は、次のどれが正解?

A: Every day. (毎日)  B: All day (一日中).  C: Any day is good with me. (正解)




(3) 「ティム・ビービ君の俳句鑑賞後、俳句づくり」

After reading Mr. Tim Beebe’s haiku, we tried to make haiku, too.


<Tim’s haiku in the picture of a stream flowing into Lake Superior taken by him: Dec 24th, 2015>




Mr. Beebe’s haiku is as follows.



twisted old tree roots

resting on river bedrock …

Aging gracefully





Attendants’’ works are kept secret. :-)

#125 YEA on 2月17日(土) ご報告:Report

主教材A:カナダ BC 在住の Ms. J. Y. からのお便りの一部
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主教材B:カナダ Ont. 在住の Tim Beebe君とYoshyの英語と日本語の俳句
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YEA #125Feb 17th (Sat) _Report






A blizzard growing worse; they might be in danger when they leave here. So this lesson was canceled. I called the three guests who had booked.





Main Learning Materials A: “A few parts of letter to Yoshy from Ms. J. Y. living in BC, Canada” and B: “Haiku in English made by Mr. Tim Beebe living Ont., Canada” – Both of these are so precious for us learners that I preserved them in this block. You can see all pages of them on PDF. A is made with Fill-In-Blanks style. My Inquiry in B: What haiku would you like to make after observing Tim’s, Yoshy’s and Tim’s photo linked with his/my haiku? ..




The followings are “A part of the A



カナダから又、旧友発見!I Find Another Old Friend Family in Canada!






05 31年前の1987(昭和62) 88日~9日の「勤青ホーム・第2回英語パーティ」の、お招きしたゲストの中には、Q.Y. & J.Y.ご夫妻とその子供たちもいらっしゃいました。この企画を(      )「私の勤青ホーム英会話講座」の写真記録は、HERE:ここをクリックなさってください。


31 years ago: on Aug 8 – 9, 1987 (S.62), I hosted “The 2nd English Party authorized by Home for Young Employees of Arai City” was held. Mr. and Mrs. Y, their son: S-kun and daughter: M-chan were in there as guests. You can look at the other photos related with “Yoshy’s English lessons at Home for Young Employees” including this party by clicking the site above.




06 同年同月、817日~18日の関山、サンバードインでの「LLサマースクール」に(          )お招きしました。この写真を含む「思い出のLLサマースクール」は、HERE:ここをクリックなさってください。


On the same month and the year: from Aug 17th to 18th, when “LL Summer Camp” at Sunbird Inn in Sekiyama District was held. I invited them as English instructors, too. You can look at more photos about LL Summer Camps including this by clicking the site above.




07 私の友人、N様が、ティム・ビービ君に続いて、Yファミリーの現住所 (カナダのブリティッシュコロンビア州、ボウエン島 …)も調べてくださいました。昨年末、クリスマスに間に合うように手紙を投函してから、(            )、諦めていましたが、213()、嬉しい返信が届きました。


Ms. N., one of my friends looked for and showed me another friend of mine, Y-family *subsequently to Tim Beebe at the end of year. I was told their address: … Bowen Island, BC in Canada. I posted my snail mail there in order to catch up with Christmas Day. But I had no reply until then, so I gave up waiting for their reply. – However, last Tuesday, Feb 13th, such a happy snail letter arrived at me.


*subsequently [sʌ́bsəkwəntli](ad) ~に続いて(to)






カナダより, ティム・ビービの世界:TBW-004 Tim Beebe’s World from Canada




Grass grows
on ancient wheel tracks
to paradise



*wheel tracks:車輪がつけた跡  *paradise [pˈærədὰɪs](un) 天国、至福


Literal Translation into Japanese:日本語直訳》






💛Yoshy’s Japanese Haiku After Tasting Tim’s English One with the Photograph taken by him:ティムの英語俳句と彼が撮影した写真画像を鑑賞後の、遠藤の日本語俳句》








<季語 ():「茂る草」:The Season Word (summer) : “Exuberating grass”>

#124 YEA was canceled due to heavy snow.

#123 YEA on Dec 16th ご報告:Review



YEA #123_Report




1216()#123 M-PEC講座を実施しました。まずは、近づいたクリスマスにちなんだ歌とゲームを楽しみました。

On Saturday, December 9th, the 123rd YEA was held. First of all, we enjoyed singing some Xmas songs and playing games or activities related with Xmas.




We sang such popular Xmas songs as “Jingle Bells”, “Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer” and so on. We sang “Silent Night” by candlelight. Then we made Santa by using red colored origami.




We enjoyed lots of Xmas games, “Find the Difference!”, “Riddles” ,etc.



ヨッシーが、英語で紙芝居「靴下の中のプレゼント (From 教育画劇)」をしながら、簡単なクイズを出しました。

Yoshy did a picture-story show whose title was “Gifts in a Sock”, when some quizzes easy to answer were sometimes given to the guests.







We exchanged presents during tea-time after these activities. What did you get?

ImportantThe day of YEA (Yoshy’s Volunteering Monthly English Activity) of M-PEC will be changed to “the 3rd Saturday every month”.


However January 20th (Sat) will be New Year’s Party for Kanmachi Neighborhood Association in which Yoshy is MC, so let me change it to the next January 27th (Sat).

#122 YEA on Nov 11th ご報告:Review



The 122nd M-PEC11月講座ご報告

Review of the 122nd YEA in November



Dear Friends: How are you getting along? <国内外の遠距離の先生方には、… as M-PEC Yoshy's Updates to my friends at home and abroad.>


お変わりございませんか? 1112()は、町内会による「江浚い:流雪溝の掃除」です。寒冷地の皆様、風邪をひかないようにご自愛ください。


Have you not changed yet? On November 12 (Sunday), it is "Esarai: Cleaning of ditches for throwing snow into it" by our neighborhood association. Everyone in the cold district, please take care so as not to catch a cold.




#122nd M-PEC月例講座は、予定通り、1111() 7:00-9:00 pm at LLシホヤ新井教室で実施させていただきました。

On schedule, the 122nd YEA (Yoshy’s Volunteering Monthly English Activity) of M-PEC was held on Saturday, November 11th at LL Shihoya Arai School, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.



<楽しんだ講座項目:Main Contents>


(1)   「感謝祭について」和英資料で基礎学習

“About Thanksgiving Day” Let’s learn basic knowledge about it.


(2)   NHK:とっさの一言」より

"Prompt Words from DVD of NHK"

L. 15: “So you don’t need dinner tonight?”:「では、今夜は夕食はいらないのね?」


(3)   「初歩の文法をDVDで!」<Vol.1-1Be動詞>

“DVD: Easy Steps to Better English” <Be-verbs>


(4)   “Let’s Sing!”

“The More We get Together”, “Muffin Man” (From NPBU-2)


(5)   「英語の掲示学習:このトイレの使い方」


“Studying Notice in English: How to Use This Toilet”

#121 YEA on Oct 14th ご報告:Review



The 121st M-PEC10月講座ご報告

Review of the 121st YEA in October




Dear Friends: How are you getting along? <国内外の遠距離の先生方には、… as M-PEC Yoshy's Updates to my friends at home and abroad.>


お変わりございませんか?体調が良くなって、念願の60 kgになりました。子犬を飼っても、世話ができます。Rと探しに出かけたいのですが、週末は町内会の行事と重なってしまうこの頃です。-ブログに「拍手」ちょうだいね。(10/14th)


Hi, this is Yoshy (Yoshiaki Endo). How are you doing? I’ve at last weighed 60 kg. I’m able to take care of a puppy, R and I would like to look for on weekends. But we can’t because there’s an event of Kanmachi Neighborhood Association almost every weekend. BTW, I’m enjoying writing my blog including updates almost every day. Please click “the clapping hands” button. Keep in touch. (Written on October 14th)




#121st M-PEC月例講座は、予定通り、1014() 7:00-9:00 pm at LLシホヤ新井教室で実施させていただきました。

On schedule, the 121st YEA (Yoshy’s Volunteering Monthly English Activity) of M-PEC was held on Saturday, October 14th at LL Shihoya Arai School, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.


<楽しんだ講座項目:Main Contents>


A:身近な「カタカナ英語」の、正しい発音クイズ- No.2:例えば、ビタミン、エネルギー、ラジオ、アジア今回、「和製英語」も初めて取り入れました。

We enjoyed pronunciation quiz! - How should we say these katakana-English words correctly? Ex: vitamin, energy, radio, Asia… “Japanized English Words” were included for the first time in this lesson.



B: 「音声ペンでフォニックスクイズ」…音声ペンは、今春から、LLシホヤ新井教室で、幼児~小2以下で使っています。

“Phonics Quiz by using Sound-pen” … The Sound-pen has been used in the lower level-classes, under the 2nd graders’ class of LL Shihoya Arai School since this spring.



C: 「英語のポピュラーソング」…次を歌いました。

We enjoyed singing three English popular songs!  … “I’m Alive” by Celine Dion.



D: 新企画:「最新世界ニュースを超やさしい英字新聞で!」…英検5級レベルで、「読める喜び」を味わいました。手始めに、昭和初期に発行された「赤倉観光ホテルパンフ英語版」を使いました。

NEW: We tried to read the Latest News on Super Easy Newspaper. … Its English level is around the 5th grade of English Testing, so every guest could enjoy reading with me. To begin with, I used “the brochure of Akakura Kanko Hotel for Foreigners” published in the early Showa era.



E: NHKDVD とっさの一言」:Les.4「アメリカにはどのくらい(長く)いるのですか?」

“NHK DVD Prompt Words” as usual.


Key Sentence: “How long have you been in USA?”

From 続・妙高火山の文化史#2-Vol-5. Pamphlet of Akakura Kanko Hotel in the early Showa Era
From 続・妙高火山の文化史#2-Vol-5. Pamphlet of Akakura Kanko Hotel in the early Showa Era

#120 YEA ご報告: Review on September 9th


The 120th M-PEC9月講座ご報告

Review of the 120th YEA on Sep, 2017





#120th M-PEC月例講座は、LLシホヤ新井教室で、予定通り、99()に実施いたしました。

On schedule, we could enjoy the 120th YEA (Yoshy’s Volunteering Monthly English Activity) of M-PEC at LL Shihoya Arai School from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Saturday, September 9th.


99日は、「ポップコーンの日」とか…Y様が、富山のコストコで買った「大きなポップコーン」とピザを持ってこられました。8:30-9:00 pmのティータイムで、全員でいただきました。うまかったです!ありがとうございました。


Ms. Y told us 9.9 was “Popcorn Day”. – She bought a big bag of popcorn at *Costco in Toyama and brought it with pizza. All of us were happy we had them during tea time, from 8:30 to 9:00 pm after M-PEC lesson. They were yummy! Thanks, Ms. Y.

*Costco [kɔ́stkoʊ]:コストコ、Costco Wholesale Corporation trading as Costco, is the largest American membership-only warehouse club. As of 2015, Costco was the second largest retailer in the world after Walmart, and as of 2016, Costco was the world's largest retailer of choice and prime beef, organic foods, rotisserie chicken, and wine. <from Wikipedia>:コストコの商標での「コストコ卸会社(直訳)」は、全米で最大の、会員制の卸小売会社です。2015年現在で、ウオールマートに次ぐ第2位の規模でしたが、2016年現在では、世界一の小売り会社になりました。主な商品は、高品質で極上な牛肉、自然食品、回転焼鶏肉、ワインです。



<主な内容:Main Contents>



“Where is the stressed place?” Pronunciation quiz! - How should we say these katakana-English words correctly? Ex: calendar, chocolate, diamond…56 words were used. Ex. When I said, a correct English: “calendar”, they had to say, “karenda” in katakana of Japanese language. Next, the parts: English and katakana were exchanged.


B: 「英語の早口言葉」:発音が良くなる活舌学習を笑いながら楽しみました。(先回評判でしたのでもう一度. より易しいもので作り直しました.)

“Tongue Twisters”, as an exercise in *articulation! (As this was very popular last time, we tried them again. I revised the old text into the new one full of easier tongue twisters.)

*articulation [ɑɚtìkjʊléɪʃən]:明瞭な発音


C: 次の「英語の歌」を歌いました。

We sang the following English songs!

“Yankee Doodle”, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Honesty” (by Billy Joel)


D: NHKDVD とっさの一言」: “NHK DVD Prompt Words


“What’s A like?”:「Aは、どんな感じ(様子)ですか?」Key Sentence: What’s Japan like in the summer? 「日本の夏はどんな感じですか?」

#119 YEAは、No Guestsでお休みでした.

#118 YEA ご報告: Review on July 8th



The 118th M-PEC


Review of YEA in July




#118th M-PEC月例講座は、予定通り78()LLシホヤ新井教室で 7:00-9:00 pm実施いたしました。

On schedule, the 118th YEA (Yoshy’s Volunteering Monthly English Activity) of M-PEC was held on Saturday, July 8th at LL Shihoya Arai School, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.






To our joy, Mrs. Rollison brought her four kids here. Thanks a lot! It was after three years’ absence to meet them. 18 year old A-kun is going to start College life from August this year.



<主な内容:Main Contents>




A: 「英語の早口言葉20連発」:発音が良くなる活舌学習を笑いながら楽しみました。長女、アミリアちゃん(11)の「ピーターパイパー」は早くて上手で歓声が上がりました。

“Tongue Twisters: twenty shooting”, as an exercise in articulation. We enjoyed it with a laughing mood! Eleven year old Amelia tried one of them, “Peter Piper”; which was so quick and good that all of us cheered.





We sang this song so that we could understand Westerners’ deep or traditional affection for herbs. I knew four kids hadn’t heard this song. After singing this anti-war song, I explained these lyrics full of mysteries and contradictions; Mrs. Rollison, A-kun and Max understood well.



C: NHKDVD とっさの一言」: “NHK DVD Prompt Words”



A key sentence was “Will you tell me your name again?” Participants tried self-introductions with nine year old, the youngest brother, Aiden and Amelia.

Happy News!



Andrew & Max join M-PEC Lesson on July 8th



アンドリュー(18)、マックス(16)兄弟が、626()夕方、ひょっこりLLレッスン中に立ち寄ってくれました。R一家はテキサス在住です。お母さんのご実家が妙高市にあります。もうしばらく日本におられると聞き、78()7:00-9:00 pm M-PEC講座(YEA)に誘ったところ、快諾してくれました。


To my joy, Andrew (18) and Max (16) brothers dropped in at my lesson of LL Shihoya Arai School in the evening on Monday, June 26th. R family live in TX, USA. Their mom’s home is in Myoko City. Since I heard they’re going to stay here for the time being, I invited them to next YEA (Yoshy’s English Activity) of M-PEC on Saturday, July 8th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. – Both agreed willingly.



もう1枚は、3年前、2014, 712日のYEAの一コマです。「アナと雪の女王」の主題歌、「レットイットゴー」を歌いました。今回は、サイモンとガーファンクルの「スカボロフェア」ですね。二人には「早口言葉」の方が楽しいかも知れませんね。私たちにとっても、二人のおかげで早口になれるかも!


They joined YEA three years ago, July 12th, 2014. In this picture, we’re singing “Let it go”, the theme song of “Frozen.” This time, we will do “Scarborough Fair” of Simon and Garfunkel. I guess “Tongue Twisters” may be much more enjoyable for them; I believe thanks to them we can be taught by them!




Let’s have fun there on Saturday, July 8th. I’m looking forward to many participants.




Explanation Lyrics of Scarborough Fair





This lyric is full of *contradictions, a strange “*ballad”.

*contradiction [kὰntrədíkʃən]:反駁、矛盾  *ballad [bˈæləd]:物語詩、民謡



"parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme"の繰り返し句は、現代人にはよく理解できませんが、象徴的意味に満ちています。

Though we modern people can’t understand well, the refrain of four herbs is full of *symbolic meanings.

*symbolic [sɪmblɪk ]:象徴的な




*Parsley promotes digestion and eliminates bitter taste.

*parsley [pάɚsli]:パセリ




*Sage is a symbol of *sustaining power.

*sage [séɪdʒ]:セージ  *sustain [səstéɪn](vt) 持続する、耐える




*Rosemary means faithfulness, love and memories. There are the custom in UK and the other European countries that a bride wears a *sprig of rosemary in her hair.

*rosemary [róʊzmeri]:ローズマリー  *sprig [spríg]:小枝、青二才




*Thyme is a symbol of courage or guts.

*thyme [tάɪm]:タイム、タチジャコウソウ




The reason why the speaker in this ballad refers to these four herbs — he wishes she would come back to him; after acquiring peacefulness which eliminates bitterness between two, sustaining power of waiting her lover (speaker), faithfulness in loneliness and guts of doing impossible tasks.




As this is an anti-war song, there’re some readers who explain that this speaker is “the ghost of a soldier” and he is telling from spirit world.




スカボロー SCARBOROUGH (Fromhttp://www.eigomate.com/uk/scarb_study.html )

★スカボローは北ヨークシャー(Yorkshire) の中心、ヨークの北東に位置する、海辺のリゾート地。町は南北の両湾に挟まれ、高台に中世の古城を臨む、国立公園や森に囲まれた最高の環境。16世紀頃から繁栄した街だから歴史こそ浅いが、古くから文化は高く博物館が多い街。


★アン・ブロンテが29歳の生涯を閉じた地であり彼女の墓は、セントメアリー教会内にある。音楽では特に知られている街だけに、オペラの上演も盛んに行われています。映画「卒業 (The Graduate)」の中でサイモン&ガーファンクルが歌ったスカボローフェアは有名。

#117 YEA ご報告: Review on June 10th


The 117th M-PEC6月講座ご報告

Review of the 117th YEA on June 10, 2017



<主な内容:Main Contents>




A: 「七夕・短冊づくり」:英語での作文学習を楽しみました。

“Making strips of fancy paper for Star Festival”, in which we enjoyed learning English composition.





“Origami in English”; we made little birds associated with the sign of this zodiac year and with the magpie which became a bridge over Milky Way. I will hang them among a decollated bamboo blanch.



C: 「旗の日」:614日は、米国の国旗制定記念日。LLシホヤ新井教室でも楽しんでいる世界国旗ゲーム」 をしました。

“Flag Day”: June 14th is the US Flag Day established in 1777. We played “National Flags game”, LL students are now enjoying, too.



D: NHKDVD とっさの一言」: “NHK DVD Prompt Words”


Target sentences: “I couldn’t catch your name.” “It’s Yoshiaki. I’d like you to call me Yoshy.”