KA Voicecast for Tuesday, January 15

KA Voicecast for Tuesday, January 15th

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KA News
Aidan’s Chuckle
English Rules
WOW words
Story Time:  Peter Pan and Wendy
Listening Comprehension
Let’s Get Quizzical

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The new issue of Kikokushijo Academy’s magazine, KA Voices will be out in February. Teachers are currently collecting material such as students’ essays, artwork and stories for the new issue. If you would like to submit your masterpiece, please speak to one of your teachers at your school.

Testing Week – February 5-10 Writing Tests for students in tracks 2-6 will take place during Testing Week, February 5-10.  The KA Progress test will also be administered to Junior High, High School and Foundation students at this time

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.

Many students will be taking their EIKEN on January 27th. On behalf of all the teachers and staff, we would like to wish everyone luck and encourage everyone to work hard and be as prepared as possible.



Mom! I’m trying to draw my shadow but it’s not working!

Why’s that??

My arm keeps moving.

English Rules!

In English Rules, we look at some of the many rules in the English Language and also sometimes discuss why English rules as a language.  You may want to refer back to the website for this section to read along with what is being said.  It is also possible to download a PDF on this lesson.

One of the things that make English such a difficult language to learn is that ONE WORD often has many different uses.

Take the word shadow for instance.   It can be used as a noun, a verb and even an adjective.

A shadow, in it’s most commonly used form, is of course,  a dark area or shape that is made by a body or object coming between light and a surface.  For example.


Trees cast long shadows at twilight.


If a groundhog pops its head out of its burrow and sees its shadow, it means that wintry weather will continue for six more weeks.

There are other similar uses such as

Justin Timberlake with a 5 o’clock SHADOW

Mary hasn’t slept for days.  Just look at the shadows under her eyes!


The argument cast a shadow on their friendship.

In both of these sentences, shadow implies darkness and in the latter, a gloominess.

Now listen to these sentences.

Michael was guilty of the crime, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

In this case, shadow means the slightest trace of something.   In other words, Michael was definitely guilty for the crime he committed.

Tom lived in the shadow of his father.

This means that Tom’s father is possibly a great man- say like a president of a company or a wonderful public speaker- and Tom is inferior to him and cannot surpass his father’s greatness.  Imagine for example, if Albert Einstein was your father.  It would be difficult to live up to his reputation as a great brain, no matter how smart you are.

Albert Einstein

And lastly.

Angela was a shadow of her former self.

Val Kilmer- A SHADOW of his former self.

In this sentence, shadow means an inferior form.  Which basically means that something happened to Angela that changed her and perhaps she is not as pretty or charming as she used to be.

In the aforementioned sentences, the word shadow is used as a noun.  Now let’s take a look at how it is used as a verb.

To shadow means to make dark, gloomy  or cloud.

For example,

We came across a lake, shadowed by tall trees.

But the verb form of shadow can also mean to follow closely or trail such as;

The police believe that the robbers shadowed their victims for days before the crime.


Your first weeks at the office will be spent shadowing one of our more experienced employees.

In sports, it can also mean to guard an opponent throughout the playing area.

Brian shadowed the opponent’s midfielder closely, throughout the game.

Finally, lets have a quick look at the word shadow when used as an adjective.

As an adjective, shadow means not having official status and is most commonly used in politics or government such as in;

shadow cabinet

A shadow cabinet is a group of senior members of the political party that no longer has power.

You don’t need to worry so much about that one, but just remember that there are many uses for a single word and knowing all of its uses is key to being a great English speaker and writer!


A nursery, as heard in the story, is a room in a house for the special use of young children.  A nursery, however, can also be a daycare center for children or a place where young plants and trees are grown for sale or for planting somewhere else.

rummaged or the verb to rummage means to search or look for something unsystematically and untidily through a pile or in something

exquisitely is an adverb that means extremely beautiful and usually delicate.  Other similar words include ornately, finely and magnificently

inclined, or to be inclined to or towards something means to tend toward something or be favorably disposed to someone or something

embonpoint is a French word meaning “in good condition” but it also describes the plump or fleshy parts of a person’s body, especially a woman’s chest

a ha’pence is short for half pence, which is a former British coin equal to half a penny.

to be appalled means to be horrified or outraged about something

A shudder is a shake, tremble or shiver that goes through one’s body, especially when one is afraid, extremely sad or feels a sense of disgust.


Peter Pan and Wendy

by J.M. Barrie

Come Away, Come Away!

For a moment after Mr. and Mrs. Darling left the house, the night–lights by the beds of the three children continued to burn clearly.  They were awfully nice little night-lights, and one cannot help wishing that they could have kept awake to see Peter; but Wendy’s light blinked and gave such a yawn that the other two yawned also, and before they could close their mouths all the three went out.

There was another light in the room now, a thousand times brighter than the night-lights, and in the time we have taken to say this, it has been in all the drawers in the nursery, looking for Peter’s shadow, rummaged the wardrobe and turned every pocket inside out.  It was not really a light; it made this light by flashing about so quickly, but when it came to rest for a second you saw it was a fairy, no longer than your hand, but still growing.  It was a girl called Tinker Bell exquisitely gowned in a skeleton leaf, cut low and square, through which her figure could be seen to the best advantage.  She was slightly inclined to embonpoint.

A moment after the fairy’s entrance the window was blown open by the breathing of the little stars, and Peter dropped in.  He had carried Tinker Bell part of the way, and his hand was still messy with the fairy dust.

“Tinker Bell,” he called softly, after making sure that the children were asleep.

“Tink, where are you?” She was in a jug for the moment, and liking it extremely, she had never been in a jug before.

“Oh, do come out of that jug, and tell me, do you know where they put my shadow?”

The loveliest tinkle as of golden bells answered him.  It is the fairy language.  You ordinary children can never hear it, but if you were to hear it you would know that you had heard it once before.

Tink said that the shadow was in the big box.  She meant the chest of drawers, and Peter jumped at the drawers, scattering their contents to the floor with both hands, as kings toss ha’pence to the crowd.  In a moment he had recovered his shadow, and in his delight he forgot that he had shut Tinker Bell up in the drawer.

If he thought at all, but I don’t believe he ever thought, it was that he and his shadow, when brought near each other, would join like drops of water, and when they did not he was appalled.  He tried to stick it on with soap from the bathroom, but that also failed.  A shudder passed through Peter, and he sat on the floor and cried.

His sobs woke Wendy, and she sat up in bed.  She was not alarmed to see a stranger crying on the nursery floor; she was only pleasantly interested.

“Boy,” she said courteously, “why are you crying?”

Peter could be exceedingly polite also, having learned the grand manner at fairy ceremonies, and he rose and bowed to her beautifully.  She was much pleased, and bowed beautifully to him from the bed.

“What’s your name?” he asked.

“Wendy Moira Angela Darling, “she replied with some satisfaction.  “What’s your name?”

“Peter Pan.”

She was already sure that he must be Peter, but it did seem a comparatively short name.

“Is that all?”

“Yes,” he said rather sharply.  He felt for the first time that it was a shortish name.

“I’m so sorry,” said Wendy Moira Angela.

“It doesn’t matter,” Peter gulped.

She asked where he lived.

“Second to the right,” said Peter, and then straight on till morning.”



 Listening and Reading Comprehension Questions

This passage was taken from the third chapter of Peter Pan and Wendy and it is only the beginning of the adventure for Wendy and her two little brothers.  If you would like to read this book, please be sure to check it out of the KA library.

Let’s listen to a short passage from the story again.

The loveliest tinkle as of golden bells answered him.  It is the fairy language.  You ordinary children can never hear it, but if you were to hear it you would know that you had heard it once before.

What does this passage imply?

Yes.  It is implying that perhaps you are now too old to remember, but it is possible that when you were very very small, you too had heard the tinkle of the fairy language.  Keep in mind that this story is about growing up and the conflict between the innocence of childhood and the responsibilities of adulthood.  My little girl is 4 years old and she believes in fairies, and I suspect that she will for a long time.

Why was Peter Pan crying?

That’s right.  He was crying because he and his shadow were separated and he could not get his shadow to stick to him.

Why did Wendy “reply with satisfaction” when she told Peter Pan her name?
Wendy’s full name is Wendy Moira Angela Darling- an impressive name, if you ask me.  And perhaps she believes that having a long name, with multiple middle names and being able to say it, is a sign of being grown up or being ‘posh.  Moments later, when Peter tells her his name is Peter Pan, she says, “Is that all?”, implying that his full name is rather short, and if you remember, he reacts to this rather sharply.
If you’ve already read the book or seen one of the many films about Peter Pan, I would like to recommend a movie for you to watch.  It is called Finding Neverland and it is based on the writer, J.M. Barrie and his friendship with the family that inspired him to write Peter Pan and Wendy.  The movie stars Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp and although there are parts that are quite sad, it is a really lovely film.

Let’s Get Quizzical!

Previous Question:
On what date will United States President Barak Obama be inaugurated for another term in office?

President Obama

The answer is, Monday January 21st.  The official inauguration day is actually January 20, but this year, the 20th falls on a Sunday so Barak Obama’s public swearing-in ceremony will be held on the 21st.  It is estimated that nearly 2 million people will be in Washington D.C. on this day to watch President Obama being sworn-in for another 4 year term as America’s leader.   Best wishes for Mr. Obama and his lovely family.
This week’s question:
As mentioned earlier in English Rules, when the groundhog pops its head out of its burrow and sees its shadow, it means we will have winter weather for six more weeks.  This legend refers to a certain holiday celebrated in America on February 2nd.
Can you name this silly holiday and in which state does the official ceremony take place?
Again, you will have to do some research to find the answer, but when you do, be sure to send them in by using the Got Something To Say comment box or by email to comments@kavoicecast.com

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