Many are Still in Green in the Garden on May 16th

It is cloudy today. So the color of the photographs are not vivid.


Pink Azalea among white one. It is amazing that part of branches has flowers of different color.


Even in one flower, two colors are co-existing.



Will I be able to eat sweet peaches in summer? I should not expect much. In Japanese, if you have a wish that you are expecting in future, it is said that “A devil is laughing at you”. This tells you that you shouldn’t expect too much in the future because it is uncertain.



I didn’t expect the silver berry to have fruits because there is no other silver berry tree for pollination. So, of course, this is only one or two fruits on the tree and it is likely that it will fall without growing.



I planted two kinds of prunes for pollination each other. However, there are very few numbers of fruits are on two trees. One tree has two fruits and the other has none. When it successfully turns to be purple, I will put the photo of it, if it happens.



They are Tsugaru-Apple. This shows another issue to me. I’ve got to reduce the number of the fruits for the better harvest. I don’t know exactly but it should be one fruits with 20-30 leaves.



Strawberry is still green, too.



This is just a weed.

If my work for online teaching is not so heavy, I would like to go outside and have a fun in this comfortable season. It is not because of corona virus, but heavy duty for the online teaching that prevents me from living healthy life.

Online Teaching for Class 1837 (Conversation) on May 15, 2020

Date: May 15th on Friday, 2020 from 13:40 to 15:10 (14:40 – 16:10 in JST)

Course: Japanese Conversation 4

Used app: Streaming on DingTalk, Presentation by Powerpoint with 61 slides

Numbers of Students: 24 of 28, 4 were recorded as completely absent

Fully attendant for 90min : 19

Shorter signing-in: 60, 15, 2, 1 and 1 minutes.

Responses onto the BBS:

– Attendance check by a student his/herself: 24. One of 24 was recorded as completely absent by the system. Another student came late.

– 1st Quiz: 22 students responded. The quiz was to find a right combination for particles “-nara” and “-tara” in the sentence to stop drunken drive.

– 2nd Quiz: 22 students responded. The question was to select one of “-to”, “-ba”, “-tara”, and “-nara” for a sentence about one-time event in the past.

– 3rd Quiz: 21 students responded. The question was to find an erroneous sentence that was a suggestion but using the conditional conjunctive particle “-to”.

– Attendance check at the end: 18 students responded. Students had to choose one of four conditional conjunctive particles for a poem written by Shuntaro Tanikawa.


– Some important expressions not only conditional conjunctive particles but also auxiliary verb “-youda” that appeared in the conversation between Park-san and Chin-san.

– Practical applications of conditional conjunctive particle “-tara” in conversations such as “V-tara doudesuka” using the textbook.

Homework Assignment:

– Short test was assigned as a homework that was about conditional conjunctive particles “-to” and “-tara”.

– Six students were asked to send a voice mail by speaking the script of conversation of two part time job workers; Park-san and Chin-san.

Issues and Problems:

I have to explain a lot about how to differentiate usages of four conditional conjunctive particles because the textbook is dealing with those four almost at the same time. I don’t think it is good because the students must be confused.