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上智大学文学部英文学科卒業。「子どもは海外で育てる」の夢実現のため、長男5歳の時に渡豪。Monash大学大学院(日本語応用言語学”バイリンガリズム”)修了後、永住権取得。現在はオーストラリア人弁護士と再婚し、上は23歳、下は7歳の男の子ママ。French PoodleのGiles(2017年10月永眠)、Cavoodleの茶々・小町と共に、17年を迎えたメルボルンで主婦暮らしを満喫中♬


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New LEGO :-)

Recently completed LEGO↓
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Oh?
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Yes. My husband was away for business earlier this week and came home with a new set of LEGO for him!
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"There are up to instruction No.120!"
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He's loving a challenge (so much that he nearly missed his breakfast this morning!)
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"R" for "rocket"
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I wonder how many letters they have learned so far. Almost all, I suppose?

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In a bookstore today, I found a very interesting activity book.

"First Hundred Words in Japanese"
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There is a big picture on each page with individual words in Hiragana, Roman letters (phonics) and English.
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Rather than "studying" the words,
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children can learn the new words by doing "I spy" on the page
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Towards the back, there is a sum-up words search activity.
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By the same publisher, I also found "First Thousand Words in Japanese"
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As it covers so many more words, it gives only Hiragana and Roman letters (phonics) without English, but I guess the pictures themselves are already self-explaining.

"Shop"
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"School"
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"Farm"
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"Every Day and Special Days"
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I originally thought of my son but it will be also good for my husband who has studied Japanese and who wants to learn more

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New Cinema Paradise

Talking about New Cinema Paradise, I watched it for the first time in the theatre when I was in the United States, studying Italian. Well over two decades ago...
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The music itself is absolutely divine.
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Here is a glance of the last scene of the movie with "Love Theme". ->to view
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This is a sort of scene and music which 'penetrate' into your heart. Tears...

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Around the same time last year, I have mentioned about a Sydeny born Australian-Japanese singer, Sarah Alainn.
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Her "Love Theme" from my dear favorite Italian movie "New Cinema Paradise" still never fails to make me teary... ->to listen
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Last month, I had a pleasant surprise of finding her on NHK...

on おとなの基礎英語 ("Basic English Conversation for Grown-ups")!
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Ever since, I have been enjoying watching it (her, more precisely) (along with とと姉ちゃん just before).

There is definitely something about her even when she is not singing.
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I like her serene atmosphere

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Be rough!

According to the teacher, he has a fantastic memory. Indeed, if he plays a piece once or twice, he remembers the tune and plays it by heart. However...

he needs to work on his bow so much more (according to the teacher, and indeed, he does...).

"Keep the bow in the middle without pointing it downwards!" The teacher's bow comes in to correct his bow position.
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Also, "In order to produce a nice sound, you must push the bow very hard against the strings...
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as well as pressing your left fingers very firmly!"
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The teacher says "You've got to be 'rough' with the cello. When you are playing with your friends, you should never be rough, but with the cello, be rough!".

The three big points he will need to focus on this week:
1. Push the bow firmer.
2. Push the left hand firmer.
3. Keep the firm chest (push the cello with your chest so that the cello stays upright).

Simple yet not so easy...

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Later on the same day...
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Making a paper police car while waiting for the turn for a cello lesson.
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Complete!
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Very engaged
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Earlier this year, they had a real excitement of having fire engines visiting them at school. And this week....

policemen with a police car
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After the children listened to the police, they were allowed to get in to a police car (really? but at least that's what my son told me)!

Souvenirs from the police: paper craft, colouring sheet, wrist band
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and activity book :-)
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The day after the visit of policemen, they had another exciting group of visitors - ALF players from Richmond (which does not mean anything but huge for the boys)!

My son absolutely loves school. If I were a student there, I know I would very much, too!

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NAPLAN was on last week nationwide in Australia.

For those who are not familiar with NAPLAN (The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy), it is "an annual assessment in Australia for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, which has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May. It is made up of tests in the four areas of: reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy." (from NAPLAN website)

Anyway, there was a lovely article in this week's school newsletter by a Year 5 student, thanking all the Year 6s for throwing "the greatest ever surprise Congratulations Party" after the test.

They were spoiled by lots of tasty treats and board games prepared by the Year 6 and enjoyed "a well deserved break"
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What a lovely tradition of the school

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Eurovision 2016!

As much as 紅白歌合戦 (Japanese song contest) on 大晦日 (New Year's Eve), there is a very important TV event in May.

Eurovision, of course!
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It has fixed as our annual event which we are so looking forward to each year
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It was on for three nights (2 Semi-finals and 1 Final) from Friday to Sunday last week.
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"Don't start without me!!!"
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Normally he goes to bed around 7:30, but for these special three nights, he is allowed to stay up and taste the little glance of it with Papa and Mama

Are you two comfy and warm?
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Of course, you are sharing the blanket, too, Komachi-chan
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Though Australia is not a "European" nation, it has started participating in the contest since last year. This year, a Korea born Australian, Dami Im, represented the country with "Sound of Silence". Competing with 40 European countries, she came to No. 2. WOW! What an extraordinary results!
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And the winner for 2016 was....

(to our absolutely great surprise,) Ukraine, who sang a rather sensitive, political message of the past.
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By the way, my husband's "he-will-be-the-winner-this-year" favorite, Michal from Poland
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and my "I-live-in-my-own-fairytale-world" Zoe from Austria (I loved her 世界観〜)
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What great fun nights we shared!

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