4月 23

apr23 wedHave you ever worn footed pajamas? These are one-piece pajamas with long sleeves and cover both legs and feet, so there’s no need for socks. They keep you warm when it’s cold, and they usually have snaps or a zipper in the front. These days, footed pajamas aren’t just for babies and kids–they have them for adults, too!


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10月 30

oct30For Halloween on October 31, kids wear costumes, trick-or-treat for candy, and carve pumpkins. A jack-o-lantern is a pumpkin with a face carved in it. To make one, cut into the pumpkin around the stem. Remove the seeds and guts. Cut a face into one side of the pumpkin. Place a small lit candle inside, and it’s a jack-o-lantern!

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9月 25


When advertising an apartment or hotel room, the owner will usually list its “amenities,” the benefits or features of the place, to add value and attract customers. Amenities can include tangible things, such as beds, bathrooms, refrigerators, or dishwashers. It can also include intangible things, such as front desk service, or having a location close to the beach or downtown.


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9月 18

sept18“Appliances” are devices that use a form of energy (such as electricity or gas) to perform specific functions, usually to save time and labor. “Home appliances” are used in the home. Large or “major” home appliances include washers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, and ovens. Small kitchen appliances include blenders, toasters, and more. Other appliances are TVs, DVD players, and vacuums.


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9月 11

sept11An octagon is a shape that has eight sides. The Greek word oktá means eight. Similarly, we call the sea creature with eight legs an octopus. Most umbrellas are shaped like octagons. In America, the stop sign is shaped like an octagon. The octagon shape is also used in architectural design, such as the Dome of the Rock shrine.


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9月 04

waterIf you go to the pool or beach this summer, you might see people in the water, lying on a floating raft, called a lounger or water lounger. Loungers come in many shapes and materials. Some need to be filled with air, while others are made of foam. Some loungers even come with cup holders! They’re quite relaxing.


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8月 07

aug7 shish-kebab-5-of-5Many people like to grill food outside in the summer, because cooking indoors heats up the house too much. One popular food to grill is shish kebab. Shish kebab is a row of small pieces of meat (but people also use vegetables or fruit) pierced on a sharp, thin metal or wood stick, then cooked on an open flame.

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7月 31

july31 whiskA whisk is a cooking utensil with a handle and wire loops at the end, usually made of metal. A whisk can be used to blend ingredients together into a uniform liquid, such as beating eggs for an omelet. A whisk is also used to incorporate air into a mixture, as one does to make whip cream.


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7月 17

july17 mechanical pencilsIf you want to write with a pencil that you never need to sharpen, you might buy what in Japanese is called a “sharp pencil” or “sharp pen” for short. While it does stay sharp, if you talk to native English speakers about a “sharp pencil,” they will probably be confused. That’s because they call it a mechanical pencil.


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