Saffle Says --- Lessons for English Learners

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Let's Give Her a Hand!

I'm working on getting my new microphone up and running but it is proving to be more difficult that I would like. Until then I will use my old microphone and hope you can still hear me alright.

Today's lesson I talk about the idiom, "give someone a hand" which has two different meanings. One way to use the idiom is when asking or offering help. For example, "Could you give me a hand carrying this TV?" Or you could say, "Can I give you a hand carrying that TV?"
You can also use the idiom as a way to encourage applause. For example, a host of a television show might tell the audience, "Please put your hands together and give a big hand to tonight's performer."

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

桜祭り in Washington D.C.

On April 14, 2007 the Japan America Society of Washington D.C. (JASW) put on the largest Japanese street festival in America. I think over 100 Thousand people attended the Cherry Blossom Festival this year and I was in charge of the karaoke stage. Please enjoy some of the singers.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I'm back from Europe!

Hisashiburi! I have been on vacation and I thought I would make a small podcast for you all. I am having computer problems which are making my life difficult. Did you know that the sakura matsuri is coming to Washington D.C.? This is the biggest Japanese festival in America. I will take some pictures for my flickr account and share them with you.

Today's lesson I talk about the expression "April Showers Bring May Flowers." Have you heard of that before? As I look outside my window I see it raining. I hope the May flowers will be beautiful.

April Fool's Day is when you might play a joke on a friend, or someone may play a joke of you! I was lucky this year, I was not tricked this time. Maybe next year?

Have a good week and I will try to fix my computer and put out more podcasts more often.

Send me an email at with any English questions and I will be happy to send it back.


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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Jefferson Memorial 3/31/07

Jefferson Memorial 3/31/07, originally uploaded by Michael Saffle.

I love Cherry Blossoms!