食糧のササが確保できず、パンダ中国に帰国へ (2020/5/24付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Coronavirus has changed many things in Japan. Sometimes animals must make a change, too. For example, two pandas must move from Canada, back to China. The pandas cannot get good bamboo from China, because of COVID-19. So, the pandas must go to live in China, where there is a lot of bamboo. The Canadian zookeepers, pandas and more, might be really sad to leave each other. Here's a short video telling us a little more about this story, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVl2R0IZetk, and then a panda video that's a little more fun, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf-IQyL7qPE . Enjoy! .
豪州森林火災セレブによる支援の輪広がる (2020/1/19付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Elton John and Chris Hemsworth are donating a lot of money to help with the wildfires in Australia. Chris Hemsworth, who also plays Thor in many of Marvel's movies, is from Australia. So, this enormous enviromental problem is very difficult for Mr. Hemsworth. The fires still burn in Australia, so this article is current news, but sad news that so many animals, nature and more are now gone. This article can lead to much discussion, not only about Australia, but possible wildfires in Japan, world climate change, etc. .
Mattel brings gender-neutral dolls to market (2019/10/13付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ In America, Barbie dolls are quite popular, kind of like the Licca-chan dolls are in Japan. Mattel, who makes the Barbie doll, made a doll that looks both like a girl, and a boy. It has a neutral look, so it's a "gender-neutral" doll. This means that you buy one doll, and it can be dressed, or made to look either like a boy or a girl. Many parents said that the original Barbie doll didn't let their children open their mind to the differences of people. So, now this doll will help children of all ages, and allow each child to express themselves in their own creative way. Do you think Japan is ready for a gender-neutral Licca-chan? Here's a link to help understand it a little better, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq8BIkU7mZ0 .
eスポーツ世界大会米 16歳が優勝 3.3億円獲得 (2019/8/11-18付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ A 16 year-old boy, Kylie Giersdorf, who's game character/player is called "Bugha," won $3,000,000 (326 million yen) at the popular online game called, "Fortnite." I'm not a fan of video games, so maybe this is why I'm so amazed that a boy won this much money playing a video game. The video I chose to include is difficult to understand, especially if you don't know what Fortnite is, nor how it's played. However, I wanted to show you how much excitement and enthusiasm was at this tournament. Also, if you look in the background, the tournament is being held in a stadium, with fans watching the big screens from their stadium seats. At the end of the video, it shows how much money each of the 100 players made. There are even a couple players from Japan who won money at this competition! eSports are becoming bigger and bigger and more and more money is coming to this industry. Many people are very serious about eSports. The champion, Kyle Giersdorf practiced for eight hours every day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nq8Qxq4p3M .
Lithuanians win wife-carrying race (2019/7/21付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ In Finland, each year they hold a World Wife-Carrying Championship. The husband (or a man) must carry his wife (or someone's wife), through a 253.5-meter-long obstacle course. This looks like a fun competition for a husband and wife to work together. Although, if a married couple doesn't feel like training for this difficult looking competition, then maybe they can just go watch the event together. The winning prize for the fastest couple, is beer. However, you can only win as much beer as your wife weighs. For example, if your wife weighs 108 pounds (you can't weigh less than this to enter the competition), then you win 108 pounds (48.9 kg) of beer. Here's a video so that you can get a better idea of what it's like, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy9kKGpJKIo
ヒマラヤでイエティ？の巨大足跡発見 (2019/5/12付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ The yeti, or abominable snowman, is fun to think about. It looks like a big white bear, walking like a person. Maybe the legend or myth is true, or maybe it's not. No one has been able to prove if it's real or not. This is just like the legend of Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, which is a legend in parts of America and Canada. Instead of being a large white creature, it's a large brown creature that walks standing up, like a person. What do you think? Could there be a large creature we don't know about in our world?
World’s largest plane takes flight (2019/4/28-5/5付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ The world's largest plane flew! This airplane's wings, from one side to the other, measure 117 meters! This huge plane flew for 2 hours 29 minutes and reached an altitude of 4,600 meters! The company that built this was owned by Paul Allen, who was the co-founder of Microsoft. Mr. Allen died at the age of 65 years old on October 15, 2018, but his company continued the project and finally finished it. I can only imagine how expensive the gasoline must be. Here's a video link to see it in action,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hzIdDTqvP0.
Altruistic Kenyan schoolteacher wins prize (2019/4/14付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ This article gives us a reminder of how lucky we are to able to attend school and live where we do. Many students complain about school, but they don't realize how lucky they are to have this education. The article talks about how a teacher in Kenya has only one computer, about 30% of the children have just one or no parents and many die from no food nor water. Thankfully, this teacher has been gifted a lot of money, $1,000,000 to help with his efforts. We are lucky to live where we do. The Japanese Constitution says that all citizens living in Japan must go to school for nine years, six years for elementary school and three for junior high school. If you can read page 10 of this week's Asahi Weekly, there is an interesting article about Japan's school system. It's written in both Japanese and English.
U.K. town braces for‘royal’soccer match (2019/3/24-31付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I've never heard of this soccer/football game, where the goals are 4.8 kilometers apart and it's played for two days! It's a 900 year-old game played in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England twice a year and seems to be a mix of soccer, rugby and American football. One team, "Up'Ards," is for those born on the north side of the town river, and the other team, "Down'Ards," are for those born on the south side of the river. The game is played from 2 PM - 10 PM, for two days, or a total of 16 hours. There are not many rules, but here are the main ones: Don't kill anyone, or hurt anyone more than necessary; don't hide the ball, or put it in a car; don't play in church grounds, graveyards or the city memorial grounds; don't play after 10 PM; and to score a goal you must tap the ball three times against a stone structure. Here's a video link from last year's event,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdEAgaJWALY
China kicks off monthlong winter festival (2019/1/27付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I think every year we hear about the Harbin Ice Festival in China, or at least see some news about it on TV. However, this article talks instead about the swimming event earlier this month. I didn't know how many events they had, nor how many activities there are to do at the festival. The ice sculptures look absolutely amazing and even more stunning at night, but also the rides, sledding and other activities look like a lot of fun, too! I've included two videos, one which talks about the swimmer mentioned in the article, and the other showing ice sculptures, and other activities one can do at the festival. Video #1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXeh7cGlCxA Video #2https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgM2zdN0pQs
Homeless Muppet moves to‘Sesame Street’ (2019/1/1-6付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ The popular U.S. TV show called Sesame Street has added a new character. A 7-year-old homeless girl named Lily. America's homeless problem has been getting worse, but we don't hear much news about it. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness website, in 2017 about 60,000 families with children are homeless each night. That means that 7.4 out of every 10,000 families in America are homeless. That's sad enough, but even worse is that these children, if they go to school, are often teased and bullied by classmates. They're teased for many reasons, from jokes about their parents to how their clothes are not usually washed. It's a sad problem that many ignore in the U.S., so I'm really glad to see that Sesame Street is doing what they can to help.
London store selling Iron Man-like jet suit (2018/8/12付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ A British man created an Iron Man-like jet suit that really flies! It can fly up to a record speed of 51 kilometers per hour. This jet suit is now on sale for 49,000,000 yen. Does this mean that flying cars aren't the future, but instead a personal flying jet suit will be more useful? I think one might need a flying permit, or an airplane license if he or she wants to fly higher in the sky. I wonder if it's really loud to fly? I have many more questions, and hope those who read this (or watch the video) have some afterwards as well. Here's a video link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SIYUlFg90Q
タイ洞窟の救出劇、ハリウッドで映画化の動き (2018/7/22-29付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I think most everyone heard about this tragic, but amazing story that happened to the Thai soccer team and their coach. They were trapped for nine days in a cave before a rescue diver appeared. Wow, I couldn't even imagine that! After 18 days in a flooded cave, the last of them were rescued. Sadly, one rescue diver lost his life during a rescue. Due to all the brave divers, doctors, volunteers and so many more, the situation didn't become worse than it could of been. There are already companies who want to make their story into a movie. Will the Thai boys and coach make money from their frightening experience? Will the rescue workers and diver's family who lost his life attempting to rescue the children make money from the movie? I only hope that all are treated fairly and respectfully when the movie gets produced.
Koko, sign language speaking gorilla, dies (2018/7/8付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I find this article, or actually the gorilla, absolutely fascinating! If you're not familiar with Koko, the speaking gorilla, then I think you should read about her. Koko spoke with her hands, which is called sign language. She could speak about 1,000 words, but could understand about 2,000 spoken words from humans. Yes, she could communicate with humans, amazing! She taught the world that gorillas have many of the same feelings and emotions that we do, such as love, sadness, anger, etc... She even got her birthday wish, to be able to have a pet cat. Koko's story really makes one think about animals and how they feel. Interestingly, her full name is, Hanabiko (花火子) Koko. Although she was born in the USA on the Fourth of July, America's independence day where we celebrate with fireworks, she has a Japanese name. That's interesting! "I've included a short YouTube link, but it may be a little difficult to understand. If it helps, please turn on the subtitles/closed captions (cc). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sesspfZKsq0
ブラジル人サーファー、世界記録を樹立 (2018/5/13付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ A 24.38 meter wave! Wow! I like this article for four reasons which I think are amazing. 1) For nature to create something so large and powerful is truly amazing. 2) A person broke a world record, which is always amazing. 3) For humans to be able to surf on such an enormous wave, and not die, is amazing. 4) The person who surfed the wave in order to break the world record said that it was "a dream come true." How many of us have had a dream come true? I think it's amazing and wonderful that his dream came true. That's right, a man surfed this wave! If you watch this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u08sFYiaxJw, you can start to understand just how enormous and scary this wave is! That's why they call it a monster wave.
Runners brave cold for North Pole Marathon (2018/5/06付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ The "world's coolest marathon" is what the North Pole Marathon is called. That's right, the North Pole is basically the enormous piece of ice floating on top of the world. Did you know that since 2003, they have been having marathons there? This year, only 59 people were brave enough to try it. It looks incredibly difficult and cold, but amazingly beautiful. Here's a video, a little older, but it's the best I could find to capture the feeling of this race. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u08sFYiaxJw
米歌手マライアさん、そううつ病で治療中と明かす (2018/4/22付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Mariah Carey is a world famous singer, known for her amazing voice. She recently made the news after letting people know that she has bipolar disorder, a condition that can change your emotions from high to low and possibly even see things that aren't real. In America, many look at this condition as a problem, or someone that they should stay away from. So, it took a lot of courage for someone as famous as Mariah Carey to come out and tell the world of her bipolar disorder. She was worried about being judged as a sick person. I hope that as more people learn about this condition, they will understand it and be more accepting of it. Besides, there are many treatments available for people with bipolar disorder so that they may live a fairly normal life.
Finland tops U.N. report for happiest nation (2018/4/1付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ A happiest country report just came out for 2018. Finland won, for the happiest country in the world. Where did Japan rank among the 156 countries surveyed? Japan ranked 54th, according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Happiness_Report. Oh no! Why do you think Japan ranked so low? I could try guessing some of the reasons, but think it would be more interesting to create some reasons through a writing assignment, discussion or even a debate.
Acid attack survivors shine in fashion show (2018/3/25付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ This article discusses something very scary, but true. An acid attack is where a man or woman throws acid, or a liquid that will eat through soft material, at another person. Sadly, these acid attacks are usually directed at the face of the victim. The acid eats through the skin, and leaves the victim with permanently damaged skin, eyes, ears, or even bone. In this article, 11 women from India who are acid attack survivors, performed in a fashion show to help bring awareness to violence against women. This was very bold of them, and I'm moved by their confidence. When researching this topic, I was surprised to learn that these acid-type attacks happen in way too many countries around the world. Not only women, but men too are the victims of acid attacks, including the United Kingdom and other developed areas. To truly understand acid attacks and its problems, I recommend doing some research on this frightening reality.
米長者番付、アマゾンCEOが初の1位 (2018/3/18付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ The richest person in the world is now Amazon's Jeff Bezos. I'm not sure how many know that Bill Gates has been the richest person for many years. Also, Bill Gates would still be the richest person in the world if he didn't donate billions to help fight disease, poor living conditions, health care, create a reusable energy group, try to build education and so much more. Plus, he's almost finished building a house in Karuizawa, Nagano! That means he's helping contribute to Japan's economy! Oops, I guess this article was about Jeff Bezos, not Bill Gates... Yet, I think it's fun information!
It’s official: It’s OK to eat fresh snow (2018/3/4付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Spring is arriving soon, but for some, there is still snow on the ground. Have you ever eaten snow, or ever had the chance to eat snow? When I was young, my brother and I would sometimes collect a small bowl of fresh snow and put maple syrup on it. I remember thinking it was great! Now that I'm older, it doesn't sound so good, nor healthy. However, it was fun at the time! I guess I've always just assumed that fresh snow was safe to eat, but never researched my assumption. Well, here's an article that proves fresh snow is safe to eat! Although, I'm guessing this test wasn't done in a large polluted city. Here's an interesting YouTube link showing a fun way to eat the snow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO_HBuHqvmU"target="
ソニーが新型の家庭用犬型ロボ「aibo」を発売(2018/1/21付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Aibo, the robot dog is back! After 18 years, Sony has brought back aibo, their robot dog. Of course the 2018 version is much more advanced than the older aibo. This robot dog can give various expressions, react to voice commands, recognize people, remember the layout of your house, connect to the Internet and a lot more. Perfect timing since it's the Year of the Dog! Here's a short video to see aibo in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhESLovHII4"target="
Ueno Zoo braces for giant panda cub frenzy(2018/1/1-7付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ The Ueno Zoo baby panda is now available to be seen. It sounds like many people want to see Xiang Xiang, the 6-month-old panda cub. When looking for information on pandas, I was surprised to learn how little I knew about pandas. I didn't even know there were pandas in the wild, living in nature. I thought all the pandas were captive, or cared for by humans. This worksheet is good to use for panda information, and the worksheet has many ion and learning "how" questions to review and answer.
曽我ひとみさん夫、ジェンキンス氏死去77歳(2017/12/24付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Some people here were surprised to learn that I had never heard of Charles Jenkins until last year. Maybe it was big news a long time ago in America, or maybe I just missed that portion of news if it was being reported. Either way, once I learned of his almost 40 years of living in North Korea, I had to read more. Mr. Jenkins made a mistake by crossing over the border to the North Korean side, and had to pay for his mistake for the next 39 years. Mr. Jenkins recently passed away, and his story is one I think all should hear. I think this article can lead to a larger discussion, especially since North Korea is in the news a lot these days.
米タイム誌、「今年の人」にセクハラ告発者たち選ぶ(2017/12/17付 朝日ウィークリー 3ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ This topic can be difficult for some, and easily talked about by others. Sexual harassment is a big deal in America now. Many women are coming forward and speaking out about how men have treated them in their past. Because of this, many men are being fired from their jobs, or are quitting on their own. I think this is great that women are finally able to become stronger and stand up to people who believe they can abuse others. Other countries' women are also starting to become bolder and speak about how they have also been abused. This is a big change in America, and a change I hope can build a more fair and equal world. As I said, it can be a difficult topic, but I think it's a very powerful and important topic that more should respect and understand, starting at a young age.
Townspeople slip and slide at Maltese festival (2017/9/10付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I had never heard of this festival, so I looked it up on YouTube. For more than 100 years, a small town's local people have run up a long, slippery pole and tried to grab a flag at the top, or end of the pole. It's dangerous, but entertaining to watch. I included the video link, which also makes the article easier to understand. It's an interesting tradition that's done every year at a St. Julian's, Malta festival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6pj9FlX6-8"target="
Japan reveals plan to land astronauts on moon (2017/7/23-30付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Japan has decided to send a man, or woman, to the moon around the year 2030! Why has Japan, USA, Russia, China and India started to become so interested in the moon in the last 10 years or so? There are many theories, but maybe the answer is simple. Perhaps it's because many countries now have the technology, and it's the closest place to send a spacecraft for space studies. However, Japan intends to top all of this by sending a human to the moon. Wow! Here's a video from the Japanese Kasuga lunar orbiter. It shows an amazing view of the moon! You might even be able to click on the "live" button at the bottom, for a real time view. It's a fascinating view, but sometimes YouTube advertisements do pop up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzkns8GfV-I"target="
Prince Harry ‘wanted out’ of royal family (2017/7/9付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ This is a 100 word article, so it's short, but it has a lot of information. It's about Prince Harry from the British royal family and how he admits that he didn't want to be a prince. I think it's interesting how so many of us are jealous of a king, queen, prince and princess' lifestyle. Living in a royal family is like a dream to many! However, if one of us really were part of a royal family, we might not like it as much as we think. I think I read where a prince once said that his life is like he's living in a glass prison.
$1 million flying car goes on show in Monaco (2017/5/7付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ A flying car will be available to drive, or fly, starting in 2020! Is this the beginning of a new mode of transportation? In the future, will this be a common sight? How will the air traffic be controlled? Are big car companies working on creating their own flying cars? I have many questions about flying cars that may only be answered in the future. One question I had that has been answered, is that the driver/pilot of the flying car will need both a driver's and pilot's license in order to operate it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7cN6Q2lqAw"target="
フィギュアスケート 浅田真央さん 現役引退表明(2017/4/16付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I think most everyone in Japan knows that Mao Asada is retiring, but I still thought this article was good to read in English. Before I moved to Japan, I didn't really follow figure skating. Yet, after watching Ms. Asada and recently even Yuzuru Hanyu, I've become a figure skating fan! I just wish I knew more about the technicalities of it. Figure skating must be incredibly difficult, because each skater strives to be perfect. I'm sure we all wish Ms. Asada the best with the next chapter of her life.
Pastor finds mammoth 706-carat diamond (2017/4/2付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ A man found a huge 706-carat uncut diamond in the country of Sierra Leone! He wants the money from the sale of the diamond to go back to help his country, but he will also receive money. Sierra Leone happens to be one of the poorest countries in the world, even though they have many diamonds in the country. Sierra Leone is one of the countries that has used money from selling diamonds to buy weapons in order to fight war. This is where the term "blood diamonds" comes from, which is quickly mentioned in the article. In fact, there was a movie about this starring Leonardo DiCaprio that won many awards. The movie, Blood Diamonds, does a good job of explaining this term as well as including the children soldiers problem that 50 countries still allow to fight, according to"https://www.child-soldiers.org/where-are-there-child-soldiers"This is an article that has much to learn from."
Saudi king arrives for first visit to Japan in 46 years (2017/3/26付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I was really surprised to read this article. The king from Saudi Arabia visited Japan, and he brought more than 1,000 people with him! They required 1,200 luxury hotel rooms and 400 limousines. I didn't even know that Tokyo had 400 limousines. If not, then maybe more "limos," as we call them, needed to be brought in from other cities around Japan. Regardless, the king and his group really travel in style and luxury!"
French artist emerges ‘dazed’ after week living in a rock (2017/3/19付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ This is a strange, or interesting article. An artist named Abraham Poincheval lived in a rock for a week. Yes, that's right! He lived in a big stone, or boulder, for an entire week! It's not the first time he's done things like this. He lived inside a hallowed out bear while only eating worms and beetles, lived on a platform on top of a 20 meter pole, lived underground like a mole, lived like a Stone Age man and several more interesting challenges. His next goal is to sit on a dozen eggs for 20 days to hopefully hatch them. This link provides some visual entertainment about the rock he lived in, but it may be a little difficult to understand. " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhVIQAQ1vn8."
For 1st time, CoverGirl ads feature a woman wearing a hijab (2016/11/27付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I really like this article, because it comes at a time when America is pretty divided and confused after the election of our next president. Our next president, Trump, has been known to discriminate against different cultures, groups and more. Discrimination is terrible, of course. Discrimination can come in all different types, different levels and is a problem all over the world. I like this article because it shows how a company is working hard to represent different groups in America. Muslims are sometimes thought of as only terrorists, which is sad. CoverGirl is making a great start to help clear up some of these cultural misunderstandings.
Teacher wins California's annual giant pumpkin weigh-off (2016/10/23付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ It's Halloween time! This article is about a pumpkin-weighing contest in California. The winning pumpkin weighed about 860 kilograms! Wow! That would make a lot of pumpkin pies, or pumpkin soup, or an enormous jack o' lantern! I think this article is also interesting because the lady who won this competition is a school teacher. Happy Halloween!
Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town awash in red pulp (2016/9/18付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I have always found Spain's tomato throwing festival interesting. I've heard that "Tomatina" is a fun event to attend, and my father has even attended a couple of them. Yet, I also think that it's a terrible waste of food. Each time I hear of this festival, it makes me embarrassed and sad that many of the rich countries can waste so much food, while 795,000,000 people in the world do not have enough food to have a healthy active life ("https://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats"). I'm sure Spain's event has good intentions, but I can't help think of those who need the tomatoes more. I think this is an interesting article, but it's also an article that helps us remember that there are so many who need our help.
Cambodia imposes dress code for visitors to famed Angkor Wat (2016/8/7付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I've always wanting to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Although now I won't be able to wear shorts. That would be difficult for me in Cambodia's hot and muggy summer weather. Since August 4th, Angkor Wat has started a dress code. Tourists must now wear pants or skirts below the knees and shirts that cover their shoulders. It's a new rule to respect the temple holiness.
Woman pulls 5-year-old's head out of mountain lion’s mouth (2016/7/3付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ This article is scary, but it has a happy end to it. In the U.S. Rocky Mountains a woman's son was attacked by a mountain lion, but she pulled the mountain lion's mouth open and saved her son! Wow! Mountain lions are very good hunters, so they can sneak up on humans quite easily. Luckily, they don't often attack. Although when they do, they usually try to grab pets such as dogs or cats, or sometimes even small children, like this article. When I lived in central Washington, USA sometimes we would have mountain lion warnings, which meant that we should always be with our pets or children if they're outside. We have many names for a mountain lion, including cougar, panther and puma (like the sportswear company).
Graffiti writers told to clean up their act on Tottori Sand Dunes (2016/6/26付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Some Japanese students and foreign tourists were caught writing graffitti on the Tottori Sand Dunes. Last year about 250 people were caught writing or drawing designs on the sand dunes in Tottori. I want to point out that the title of this article is clever. "Clean up your act," is a common phrase heard by those who are trouble makers. It means that they should be better, or stop causing trouble. Once a trouble maker has become better, then it is said that the person "cleaned up his/her act." In this title it also has a different meaning. It means that the people who drew/wrote on the sand dunes need to take care of their graffiti, or clean it up. The students need to clean up their writings, or the actions that they did. The title is a great use of a well-known phrase English. If interested, here is a 2 minute video about Tottori with some English captions.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlbXu4_Rj2M
Retired school backpacks to get 2nd life in Afghanistan (2016/4/17付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Here is some enjoyable, feel-good news. Japan has been donating used backpacks to Afghanistan children for many years now. So far they've donated over 100,000 backpacks! I think it's kind acts like this that help us appreciate what we do have in life, while also making those who volunteered in this program feel good about what they've worked towards. Many countries need help, but this is a great example of one way we can help!
Pooch monitoring via smartphone to hit shelves soon (2016/4/10付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ This article is a great idea for dog lovers! The Wandant 2, by Fujitsu Ltd., is a service for smartphones that helps you track your dog and see how your dog is feeling. If this service can really understand your dog better, then I'm sure it will sell well! Next may be a similar service for cats!
After a year in space,astronaut complains of aching joints (2016/3/20付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Scott Kelly is an NASA astronaut, and maybe one of the most popular in America. This last stay in space has been his longest, for almost one year! After recently returning to earth, he's been experiencing some interesting pains. Does this mean that humans aren't meant for space? Will the Mars One mission be postponed? If you're not familiar with the Mars One mission, it's a plan to send people to live on Mars in the year 2026. I find this quite interesting! Perhaps Scott Kelly's recent pains might change the goals of living in space a little.
‘Booked-up’ budget hotel a dream for bedtime readers (2015/11/22付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I think that Japan has so many interesting options for places to stay at night. This one adds another to my list. It's a capsule-type hotel, but the people staying are encouraged to read. The rooms have books just outside of their bed space. This way they can easily choose a book to read in bed! It sounds really relaxing! I like the title too. Using the word, 'booked-up' usually means that a place is full, there are no more rooms, no more seats at a concert, no more dinner reservations available, etc... So using this term for a place with many books is a clever way to use it!
Tokyo recommends 5more sports for 2020 Games (2015/10/11付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ This article is about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and some of the extra sports that have been recommended by the Tokyo organizers. I have played and done all sports that they have listed in this article, and greatly enjoy them all! So, I really hope that these sports are allowed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics! The article itself is difficult, but if the reader can understand even a small amount, it's great! Actually, it's amazing, because this is a real English article!
Tokyo overcomes deficit,takes Little League title (2015/09/13付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Congratulations Japan! I was very excited that the elementary school (Little League) baseball world series was won by the Tokyo team! Yes, I cheered for Japan! I remember watching these world series games when I was younger. Every year, it's always exciting to see how talented these younger teams around the world are. These Japanese students are in elementary school, but did a great job introducing themselves in English! Here is the link if you'd like to see it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUwWgm-C84Q . One of the students even lived in America for a while! He speaks in this video with perfect English. Great job Japan! Congratulations on the win!
Oldest captive giant panda celebrates with bamboo, cake (2015/08/16付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ This article is about the longest living panda ever. She is 37 years old! That's truly amazing to think of a panda being this old. She has outlived the 20 year old average that most pandas are expected to live. I hope she can stay healthy for another few years or so
Nobel winner Malala opens school for Syrian refugees. (2015/07/26付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I really like Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot for trying to help girls get an education. I think it's articles like these that really remind us how lucky we are, not only to have a good education system, but to live in a safe environment. I wish her best of luck as she continues to her fight for education…
Granny‘idol group’from Okinawa snatches spotlight. (2015/07/19付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I loved learning about this group called KBG84! No, it's not an AKB48 group, but instead a group of ladies from Okinawa who are around 84 years old. They sing and dance and have some videos out! The article is difficult, but the questions are easier in order to motivate and feel good that one can understand some from a real English newspaper. Watch one of their videos called, "Come and Dance" I also included this link on the worksheet.…
Hit manga ‘One Piece’enters the record books. (2015/06/28付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ "One Piece," is another great example of a Japanese comic book spreading around the world. Even though I don't read this comic, I still know some of the character names. I see "One Piece" collectables everywhere! This article also uses a lot of present participles, so it's a great review or introduction to it.…
92-year-old becomes oldest woman to complete marathon (2015/06/14付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ This is a motivating article about a 92-year-old lady who has worked hard to complete a marathon. That's right, a 92-year-old lady walked and ran 42 kilometers! That's amazing! I hope I will be in half as good of shape as her when I get older! …
Hold onto your futon when disaster strikes home (2015/03/22付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ I thought this article presented an interesting idea/product that could save lives. It's a futon that floats on water! I'm not sure how many of these futons they'll sell, but I like their style of thinking. It's little ideas like this that could make a huge difference in someone's life! If I lived near the ocean, I might just purchase one of these futon mattresses …
1,585 snowmen line Nagano field in world record
スノーマン作り 1時間に1585個でギネスブック記録更新 (2015/03/01付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Nagano Prefecture broke the Guiness World Record! They made 1,585 snowmen in one hour! The reason I like this article is because it shows the difference in culture, even in a snowman. In Japan, a snowman is typically made with two snowballs, but in western culture, it's made with three. I find this interesting. Nagano broke the record, but it was already beat by Drama 24 Unhandy Handyman (Japan) at Zuriyama Observation Field, in Akabira, Hokkaido, Japan, on 28 February 2015, according to the Guinness World Records website as of 3-11-2015. …
Convenience store offers multilingual bank services
セブン銀、コンビニ内に外国人向けの有人店舗を設置 (2015/02/15付 朝日ウィークリー 2ページ) ★★★
★初級者用のページから★ Japan comes up with many good ideas, so I'm really curious to see if this idea spreads. A Seven-Eleven convenience store in Fukuoka started offering banking services in multiple languages. Personally, I think it's great! It's convenient, especially for those of us who don't speak Japanese well! …
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