KA Voicecast for Friday, February 15

KA Voicecast for Friday, February 15th

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KA News
English Rules
Aidan’s Chuckle
Life in the UK
WOW Words
Listening Comprehension
Let’s Get Quizzical

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KA NEWS for Friday, February 15th

KA will soon be starting a new, internet-based distance learning service for students residing abroad and outside of the Kanto area in Japan. It will be a writing course for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. KA teachers will check the essays submitted by the students and make corrections before returning them to the students with appropriate supplementary materials such as grammar worksheets that correspond to the student’s strengths and weaknesses. Please be sure to check the website and future episodes of KA Voicecast for updates and further information about this exciting new program.

Daitabashi School has now officially closed and the new KA Meidaimae opened its doors on Tuesday, February 4. The new school looks fantastic thanks to all the teachers and staff who helped get it ready for the opening. The Grand Opening of the new school will take place on March 5th. Please speak to one of your teachers or a staff member if you are unsure how the move will affect you.

The New Meidaimae School

In the past few months, KA students have seen amazing test results and have been accepted to many of the best schools in Tokyo. Not only has KA’s Junior High Juken program been successful this year, but High School Juken as well. In addition, some of KA’s non-Juken 6th grade students have done exceptionally well, passing entrance exams for several schools, thus showing how effective KA’s Tracks 5 and 6 Non-Juken classes have been. None of this would have been possible without the amazing teachers and staff at KA so everyone deserves a pat on the back. The Juken season is now over and we would like to say congratulations to all the students for their success. We are all very proud of your achievements.
The success of the KA winter courses have inspired the KA teachers to plan a variety of 1,2,3 and 4 day themed based Spring Courses the week of March 26 through 29th. Details will be available in future episodes.

English Rules!

In today’s English Rules, we look at some of the ways you can make a “grouch” happy on Do a Grouch a Favor Day. Look out for the synonyms for the words grouchy and grumpy.

Take your crotchety old neighbor lady some flowers or bring your prickly teacher an apple, not that there are any prickly teachers at KA. Share your lunch with the crabby boy who sits behind you in English class or fold an origami crane for a bad-tempered child. A disagreeable policeman would appreciate a hot can of coffee and I’m sure you can make any surly stationmaster less irritable by picking up some litter off the train platform and putting it in the bin. If your mom is feeling especially cranky, offer to help with the dishes and of course you can always just smile kindly to anyone who comes across as ill tempered or tetchy. In fact, smile at everyone you meet tomorrow because just because they may not look cross, it doesn’t mean they don’t feel peevish on the inside and a smile can really go a long way.

Aidan’s Chuckle

Mom, what do you call a grumpy cow?
I don’t know.

Before we listened to Aidan’s Chuckle, I gave you some examples of things you could do to make a Grouch happy on Do a Grouch a Favor Day. I used many different words to describe a grouch. How many can you remember?

If you were able to remember all twelve plus the one Aidan used in his joke, you were listening very carefully. Now, do you remember which of the words I used to describe an old neighbor lady?

Crotchety. And the word crotchety is an adjective so it is used in the same way you would use any adjective.

The crotchety old man never seemed to have anything nice to say and always carried himself in an unpleasant manner.

Can you remember what word I used to describe the policeman?

Disagreeable, which basically means not pleasant or enjoyable.

Henry will get sulky and very disagreeable if he doesn’t get his own way.

One more. What two words did I use to describe the stationmaster?

Surly and irritable. Surly is another way of saying bad-tempered and unfriendly and irritable means having or showing tendencies to be easily annoyed or made angry.

On a previous visit, I found Uncle George to be very irritable, but last night he was downright rude and surly!

Some of the other words I used in place of grouchy or grumpy were, prickly, crabby, bad-tempered, cranky, ill-tempered, tetchy, cross and peevish. And of course Aidan used the word Moody to describe a grumpy cow. It’s not important to learn all of the words, but using some colorful adjectives in place of the everyday ordinary ones will spice up your story or essay and make it much more interesting for your readers.

WOW Words

jogged or to jog means to nudge or knock slightly

To lay the blame on (someone or something) is to say or accuse someone or something of being responsible for something that is often unpleasant or faulty

beheaded or to behead someone means to cut off someone’s head, typically as a form of execution

Something that is unjust is unfair or undeserved

A courtier is a person who attends a royal court as a companion or adviser to the king or queen

To be ornamented means to be decorated or to make something appear more attractive by adding decorations

Something that is crimson is of a rich, deep red colour

A procession is a number of people or vehicles moving forward in an orderly fashion, like a parade and it is usually as part of a ceremony or festival

Fury is a surge of wild or violent anger.  Other words that have similar meaning include outrage and wrath

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

The Queen’s Croquet Ground

From Chapter Eight

A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. Alice thought this a very curious thing, and she went nearer to watch them, and just as she came up to them she heard one of them say, ‘Look out now, Five! Don’t go splashing paint over me like that!’

‘I couldn’t help it,’ said Five, in a sulky tone; ‘Seven jogged my elbow.’

On which Seven looked up and said, ‘That’s right, Five! Always lay the blame on others!’

‘YOU’D better not talk!’ said Five. ‘I heard the Queen say only yesterday you deserved to be beheaded!’

‘What for?’ said the one who had spoken first.

‘That’s none of YOUR business, Two!’ said Seven.

‘Yes, it IS his business!’ said Five, ‘and I’ll tell him–it was for bringing the cook tulip-roots instead of onions.’

Seven flung down his brush, and had just begun ‘Well, of all the unjust things–‘ when his eye chanced to fall upon Alice, as she stood watching them, and he checked himself suddenly: the others looked round also, and all of them bowed low.

‘Would you tell me,’ said Alice, a little timidly, ‘why you are painting those roses?’

Five and Seven said nothing, but looked at Two. Two began in a low voice, ‘Why the fact is, you see, Miss, this here ought to have been a RED rose-tree, and we put a white one in by mistake; and if the Queen was to find it out, we should all have our heads cut off, you know. So you see, Miss, we’re doing our best, afore she comes, to–‘ At this moment Five, who had been anxiously looking across the garden, called out ‘The Queen! The Queen!’ and the three gardeners instantly threw themselves flat upon their faces. There was a sound of many footsteps, and Alice looked round, eager to see the Queen.

First came ten soldiers carrying clubs; these were all shaped like the three gardeners, oblong and flat, with their hands and feet at the corners: next the ten courtiers; these were ornamented all over with diamonds, and walked two and two, as the soldiers did. After these came the royal children; there were ten of them, and the little dears came jumping merrily along hand in hand, in couples: they were all ornamented with hearts. Next came the guests, mostly Kings and Queens, and among them Alice recognised the White Rabbit: it was talking in a hurried nervous manner, smiling at everything that was said, and went by without noticing her. Then followed the Knave of Hearts, carrying the King’s crown on a crimson velvet cushion; and, last of all this grand procession, came THE KING AND QUEEN OF HEARTS.

Alice was rather doubtful whether she ought not to lie down on her face like the three gardeners, but she could not remember ever having heard of such a rule at processions; ‘and besides, what would be the use of a procession,’ thought she, ‘if people had all to lie down upon their faces, so that they couldn’t see it?’ So she stood still where she was, and waited.

When the procession came opposite to Alice, they all stopped and looked at her, and the Queen said severely ‘Who is this?’ She said it to the Knave of Hearts, who only bowed and smiled.

‘Idiot!’ said the Queen, tossing her head impatiently; and, turning to Alice, she went on, ‘What’s your name, child?’

‘My name is Alice, so please your Majesty,’ said Alice very politely; but she added, to herself, ‘Why, they’re only a pack of cards, after all. I needn’t be afraid of them!’

‘And who are THESE?’ said the Queen, pointing to the three gardeners who were lying round the rose tree; for, you see, as they were lying on their faces, and the pattern on their backs was the same as the rest of the pack, she could not tell whether they were gardeners, or soldiers, or courtiers, or three of her own children.

‘How should I know?’ said Alice, surprised at her own courage. ‘It’s no business of MINE.’

The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, screamed ‘Off with her head! Off–‘

Let’s Get Quizzical


Question from the February 1st episode:

Can you name at least four of the nine films nominated this year for Best Picture (Academy Awards)?

And the nominees are…

Life of Pi    

Silver Linings Playbook   

Les Miserables  

Django Unchained  

Zero Dark Thirty 

Beasts of the Southern Wild 




This week’s question:

Which 5 International Airports were ranked as the busiest airports, in terms of total number of passengers in 2012? 

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