Friday, August 30, 2013

We Have a Winner!

We have a winner in our Calvin & Hobbes's Summer Holiday Competition.  Our student Yoko noticed that the words "suicide drink" had been changed to "lemonade" in the 14th frame.  Yoko won a packet of Tim Tams for her efforts!  Congratulations, Yoko!

There are still 2 packs of Tim Tams waiting for students & ex-students who can tell me what other frames have been altered.  Good luck!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mexican Food & Live Music in Shinsaibashi/Namba this Saturday Night (August 31st)

My friend Simon is in a rock band called "Simon's Salty Nuts."  They are having a concert this Saturday, August 31st, in Namba, from 9:30 pm.  Simon's band plays mainly 80's & 90's rock.  It's not heavy and not too loud!
Some of our students with Simon at a concert in May this year
(More photos here:

I'm planning to have dinner at Ola Tacos Bar (06-6251-2082) before I go there.  If you'd like to join me, come to Be & Me school at 7:00 pm (don't be late!) or meet me at Ola any time between 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  If you're coming after 8:30pm, it's best to go straight to The Little Clover Irish Bar (080-3785-0454) in Namba.
Hope to see you on Saturday night! 
Here's the official poster & the important links again...

Friday, August 23, 2013


"Bling" or "bling bling" means very bright & shiny jewelery or decoration.  The word comes from the imagined sound of light bouncing of diamonds, like "pika pika" (ピカピカ) in Japanese.  Recently, one of our students came to class with a blinged-out phone.  Check it out!  Isn't it beautiful?!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Calvin & Hobbes's Summer Holiday

About 17 years ago, when I was working at another school, a fellow teacher gave me a photocopy of a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip.  He suggested it was good practice at answering "What are they doing now?" and "What have they just done?" questions, as well as a great conversation starter for talking about childhood summer holidays.  He was right!  I have been using it ever since!

The "Calvin & Hobbes's Summer Holiday" strip has become an important part of our lesson materials.  If you've studied at Be & Me Eikaiwa any time in the last 14 years, chances are you've been given a photocopy of the photocopy of the photocopy that was given to me.

Yesterday, I was very surprised to see that very same strip in the newspaper -- in colour!  It looks good, don't you think?

COMPETITION The first student (past or present) to tell me which frame has been altered on the Be & Me material will win a packet of Tim Tams.  You can e-mail me, post a comment on the Blog or FaceBook pages, or tell me in class.  Good luck!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

スクールカレンダー & イベント

みなさん、こんにちは!オンライン”スクールカレンダー&お知らせ”の ページをアップデイトしました!当月のサービスレッスン日やキッズクラスの日程、祝 日やイベント案内が日本語で確認できます。
当校の ホームページ( の “スクールカレンダー”または "生徒のみなさんへ" をクリックして下さい!または直接下記のアドレスへリンクして下さい!(携帯電話からも可能です)

ス クールカレンダー :

生 徒のみなさんへ :

よ ろしくお願いします!
By the way, one of the best things you can do in Japan in summer is visit the Awa Dance Festival (Awa Odori) in Tokushima City from August 12th to 15th.  I took the above photo on one of my 5 (6?) visits to this great festival.  If you haven't been yet, do yourself a favour and get down there this year!