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福岡市天神の英会話スクール「ACE English」スタッフが送る、笑えてときどきためになる(かもしれない)ブログ。
It’s just not cricket!
今日はMathewブログをお楽しみ下さい。

One of the overlooked bonuses of wearing a mask is the ever-so-slight muffling of some
pronunciations in English. It does lead to some fairly amusing moments in class. One such
example was in a recent level 5 class when a student was explaining to me that they were
‘a piggy’. The topic had been food and I can’t quite recall the specifics but all I was hearing
was piggy. Granted, there is liable to be some deterioration in hearing ability on my part but
I could not compute why this student was insisting they were ‘a piggy’! In the end, we worked
it out. Thanks mainly to the student’s patience and communicative ability. Actually, it was a
pretty good word; the student had been trying to say ‘picky’. Needless to say, we all burst into
howls of laughter.
The following week the same students were all in attendance and the curse of muffled pronunciation
struck again! The topic again was food, in particular, synthetic food and alternative sources of
food in the future. There were a lot of great comments from the students who all shared opinions
really well. Towards the end of the class one student questioned the class and myself if we liked
‘korokke’(croquettes in English). Both myself and another student answered in the affirmative,
stating that we both shared a love for the pumpkin variety, which coincidentally we preferred served
in a sandwich! The questioner then looked confused and reacted with some level of surprise. We
thought she had said ‘korokke’ but she had actually meant ‘kourogi’ (cricket in English, cricket
the insect that is, not the sport). Eventually we all got on the same page and heads were shaken
in disgust at the idea of eating a cricket! Apparently, they are gaining some level of popularity as a
food source these days. So, in both the above examples we can see the ‘ck’ and ‘g’ sounds are
being a bit muffled by the wearing of masks. If you don’t believe me, ask Andy. He told me he was
asked about his bag recently in easy speaking class. He was surprised because he didn’t have a bag
in class with him! He hardly ever has a bag, actually. The ‘ck’ ‘g’ pronunciation strikes again! By
the way, Andy’s back is much better now so he tells me.


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It’s a fluid situation.
ふたたび登場、Mathewブログをお楽しみ下さい。

Hi everyone,

A word I keep hearing recently is ‘fluid’, or more precisely, ‘we’re in a fluid situation’ or ‘things are a bit
fluid at the moment’. I think this is a useful word and I’d like to point it out to our learners here at ACE.

If things are fluid then they are constantly moving, changing and definitely not stable. This word keeps
coming up these days as it fits the current climate we are all living in.

We don’t know what will happen next or we may find that it is hard to make plans too far ahead or arrange
our work schedule with any degree of confidence or security.

My friend Mathew (same spelling as my name) who lives in England asked me whether we could meet up later
this year. He wants to fly back to Australia and also New Zealand where his wife is from with the hope of
popping in to Japan on the way back to Australia. I said that it sounded great but my situation was a bit fluid
at the moment. I actually meant that I was planning to go back home myself this year but like most people
I’m waiting for the pandemic to settle down a bit as I wouldn’t like to get stranded in Australia and not be
able to come back to Japan.

I also heard the word ‘gender fluid’. Can you work out what that means? It’s the same kind of thing as
I mentioned before, a kind of floating status, not fixed.

I am not sure if there is such a word as ‘fluid situation’ in Japan or whether this word has become used
a lot recently because of the current state of the world. What do you think? Is your situation ‘fluid’?

Just like the title of a recent Bruce Lee documentary, ‘Be Water’ everybody!


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A Shark’s Eye View
初登場です、Mathewもブログを書きました
タイトルのとおり、どうやらサメに関心があったようです。サメ?
どうぞご覧下さい


Scrolling through Amazon Prime’s video service recently I came across this curious title: ‘Enjoy: Shark Cull
- Season 1’. Hmm..., ‘enjoy?’ I wondered how the words ‘enjoy’ and ‘cull’ could be used in any TV program
title? It got me curious. A quick look on IMDB revealed a high rating of 8.5. If it is over a 7.8 then I’ll generally
watch it.

10 minutes into the program, I finally understood. The actual program title flashed up on the screen; ‘Envoy:
Shark Cull - Season 1’. Envoy? Not, enjoy? Ahhh, I see! Well, I saw it clearly eventually. Further confirmation
of my deteriorating eyesight! I was wearing my new Daiso glasses at the time as well, apparently the 1.5
magnification isn’t enough. Enough about me, back to the sharks.

Anyway, as the program points out early on, sharks actually don’t have much of a say in anything so, a group
of scientists, surfers, divers, environmentalists amongst others have decided to speak for the sharks. They are
the sharks' envoys. Through their various first-hand accounts, scientific evidence and some stunning
underwater photography we learn about the situation of sharks in Australia.

Most of us have probably seen Jaws which has helped frame how we tend to think of sharks. However, I did
learn a lot more from watching this program. For example, did you know about drum lining? Shark netting?
What about shark culling? The scientific evidence presented in the program paints a bleak picture of what
happens when we deliberately try to reduce shark numbers. We also learn about how the media has given
sharks a bad name with use of the phrase ‘shark attack’ now shifting to ‘shark bite’ or ‘incident’ as
governments shift their language in line with scientific thinking.

I’d recommend this show to anyone who loves good underwater photography, is interested in animals in
general or is curious about some issues which are controversial in Australia. One tidbit for you before I
get back to my TV viewing. Did you know that if you eat fish and chips in Australia, chances are you are
eating shark? Shark meat, known as ‘flake’ is one of the most common varieties of fish that is sold in
the popular dish of fish and chips. I prefer mine beer battered but that’s a story for another time.
Thanks for reading!


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福岡市天神地区の英会話
スクール・ACE English。
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