Vocabulary

Have and Hold

People tell me that in some languages, they use one word for these concepts, while in English you use two words. If you have something, it’s yours. It might be in your house, your car, or it could even be an idea. If you hold something, think of it as being in your hands, or…

Vocabulary

New video

Hi everyone. This is a video from Japanese Television. Cats are an important theme in Japanese art. This is a longer video about that subject. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/2046156/ It’s a great way to spend your Sunday!

Expressions

Rain, Rain, go away.

Actually, rain doesn’t bother me. I’m a cat and I stay indoors. It rains often in Seattle. Seattle has a humid climate. However, in English, when we’re talking about colder weather and humidity, we’ll tend to use the word “damp” to describe the environment. “Hot and Humid”, tend to go together, but if it’s not…

Expressions

In a bad mood…..

‘I’m down in the dumps” “I’m feeling blue” “I’m out of sorts” These are a few ways to express that you’re sad or in a bad mood. Do I look down in the dumps in this picture? I’m not really. The guy who lives with me went away and I miss him.

Vocabulary

Pizza isn’t free.

The world ‘libre’ in Spanish is usually translated as ‘free’ in English. ‘Free’ in English has a few meanings. One is ‘able to do what you want to do’ and another is ‘no cost’. Zero dollars, euros, yen, etc. This can cause some confusion. ‘Libre’ in Spanish, French and Italian (libero) does not mean that…

Expressions

Reading practice from our friends in Japan.

This is a long article but you can read it in three parts if you want to. Some vocabulary words: Abound, Abundance, Incantation. It’s not a hard article and it is very interesting. https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-topics/g01054/waneko-studies-a-journey-into-japan%E2%80%99s-cat-lore.html?fbclid=IwAR2Id9dmHD7gRTT0d2v8iuTidKX6ZroBt3vGTktrXV52VnX1ldStGW7XLKw

Assistant Grammar Cat

Can you hear me now?

Hey everyone. Just a reminder: In English, there’s a difference between the verbs “hear” and “listen”. “Listen” and “listening” are usually deliberate. You’re focused while you listen. You listen to music, for example. “Hear” is much more passive. In my apartment, I often hear noise from the street. I don’t want to, but the noise…

Vocabulary

Do’s and Don’ts.

When people talk about “do’s and don’ts”, they’re talking about the things you should do and things you should not do. Things that are allowed and things that aren’t allowed. Another way of expressing this is using “must” and “mustn’t”. You must do something, or you mustn’t do something. You mustn’t ignore the cat.