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Death and Taxesタイトルをクリックしてください

As promised last week, here is part 2 of TAXTAXTAXTAXTAXTAX   Tax is used as a verb, a noun and an adjective.  Here are 10 common phrases using TAX.

  1.  Pink tax.  This is not really a tax, but it is the higher prices charged for the same amount of women's items, compared to men's.Image result for pink tax
  2. Sin tax.  This is the tax on harmful things, such as alcohol and cigarettes.Image result for sin tax
  3.   Tax and spend.  This is how we describe a government.  He was attacking the tax and spend policies of his opponent.Image result for tax and spend
  4.   Death and taxes.  Something that is certain.  Winter used to be as certain as death and taxes, but not this year.Image result for death and taxes
  5. Tax shelter.  This is a technique used mainly by rich people to avoid paying taxes. President Trump has many tax shelters in Panama.Image result for tax shelter
  6.   Taxing (adjective).  Something or someone that is difficult or strict.  My Junior High English teacher was a very taxing woman!Image result for a taxing woman
  7. No taxation without representation.  This was the rallying cry for the American Revolutionary War.  England was taxing the colonies, but they didn't have any representatives in parliament.Image result for no taxation without representation
  8.  File your taxes.  確定申告をする。We only have two weeks left to file our taxes.  Don't be late!Image result for file your taxes
  9. Tax return. 確定申告書 The forms used to file your taxes.  Have you finished filling in your tax returns?Image result for tax return
  10.   Death Tax.相続税 The final tax! An estate or inheritance tax.Image result for death tax
It's time for me to file my taxes.  I think I'll finally go this week.  Wish me luck!


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Before my computer crashed last year, I was planning on talking about the new 10% sales tax in my next post.  Unfortunately, my computer was down for three months, and now it's "old news".  Oh well, better late than never right? Image result for sales tax On October 1st, the Japanese sales (consumption) tax, went up from 8% to 10%.  I was wondering how this compares to other countries.  Here are  a few to compare.  For a complete list, look here. The highest is, Bhutan, 50%!!! The lowest is, Oman and the USA, 0%!!! (see below). These countries are all the same as Japan, at 10%: Afghanistan Australia Cambodia Comoros Djibouti Haiti Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Papua New Guinea Paraguay Solomon Islands Somalia South Korea Suriname Vietnam Here are some of the highest countries, at 24-27%: Hungary Croatia Denmark Norway Sweden Finland Greece Iceland While the USA doesn't have a national sales tax, there is a state sales tax that differs from state to state.  Click here to see a complete list. Alaska is 0%. (but there are some local taxes). California is the highest at 7.25%. My home state, Utah is 4.85%, confusing!! What do you think of the new tax?  More on this next week. Today's BGM, 

Taxman The Beatles One, two, three, four, one, two Let me tell you how it will be There's one for you, nineteen for me 'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman Should five per cent appear too small Be thankful I don't take it all 'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman If you drive a car, I'll tax the street If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet 'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman Don't ask me what I want it for (Ah ah, Mr. Wilson) If you don't want to pay some more (Ah ah, Mr. Heath) 'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman Now my advice for those who die (taxman!) Declare the pennies on your eyes (taxman!) 'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman And you're working for no one but me (taxman!)


Making a conch horn.タイトルをクリックしてください

As many of you know, I was born in Samoa.  Even though I don't have many memories, I feel a strong connection. I had a Samoan conch horn in my home in America.  I often blew on it.   A few months ago, I found this conch shell in a used shop in Akita, and decided to make my own horn.   After watching a few  "how to" videos on  YouTube, I started.   Cutting through the shell was much more difficult than I imagined. It took over an hour and I tried out many different kinds of saws.   Finally I was able to look inside.   Next I drilled out the core to make an opening.     Here is the final product.     [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://mj-eikaiwa.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/200125_1429325.mp4"][/video] So what do you think?  I'm satisfied.  I'm still practicing and getting better little by little.  I'll show you this week.    


Rats!!!タイトルをクリックしてください

As promised, Happy New Year, Part 2.  Rats. Image result for cute rats I found many more idioms about rats than mice.  Here are a few.

  1.  Rat on someone.  Tell someone  about bad things you know.
I can't believe you ratted on me like that to mom and dad—I'm never telling you anything ever again!Image result for ratted out cartoon 2.  Rat race.  A competition for power or money. After becoming an adult today (Jan. 13th), many are stuck right in the rat race.Happiness Cartoon Rat, From Here To Eternity, Cheap Rv Living, Rat Race, Consumerism, Life Learning, Time Of Your Life, Around The Corner, Live Free 3.  Smell a rat.  To suspect something wrong. When the caller asked me to go to an ATM and send money, I smelled a rat.Image result for smell a rat cartoon 4.  Like rats leaving a sinking ship.  To leave something that is about to collapse. Our employees have been quitting our company like rats leaving a sinking ship.Image result for cartoon rats leaving a sinking ship 5.  Pack rat.  Someone who hoards or collects too many things. He can't throw away anything.  he's a real packrat, you can't even move in his house.Image result for packrat cartoon 6.    Rugrat.  A baby or toddler who is still crawling. There were three rugrats crawling around my feet during New Years.The Wole Rugrats Main Character cast 7.  Look like a drowned rat.  Someone who gets caught in the rain and is soaking wet. I forgot my umbrella yesterday, and came home looking like a drowned rat.Idiom Definition - look like a drowned rat 8.     Rathole.  An old or dirty home, or dwelling. I went to my son's apartment to help him clean.  It was beginning to look like a real rathole!Image result for dirty apartment 9.  Labrat.  Someone who agrees to let others test something on them. Would you mind being my labrats for this new English teaching technique?Image result for labrat cartoon 10.  Rats!!!  An expletive used in place of a curse word. Trump is still President of the USA??  RATS!!!Image result for trump rat cartoon Image result for charlie brown rats! Today's BGM:  Ben, Michael Jackson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxv0ZNXvmqk


Year of the Mouse . . . or Rat?タイトルをクリックしてください

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I hope you are enjoying this holiday with your family and friends.  I am. 2020 is the year of the mouse/rat.  I've noticed it's described differently in different places.  Which is correct? This is a mouse: Image result for mouse This is a rat: Image result for rat In any case, we have many phrases about both in English.  Here are five about mice.   Next week, rats
  1. Are you a man or a mouse? 
It's time to propose!  Are you going to be a man or a mouse? Image result for a man or a mouse 2.    When the cats away the mice will play.  Hey the boss is home for the holidays!  Let's have a party!   You know what they say, "when the cats away the mice will play". Image result for cats away mice will play 3.    As quiet as a mouse. The baby is finally sleeping, if we want to sleep, we'll have to be as quiet as a mouse. Image result for As quiet as a mouse 4,   Play cat and mouse with. He has been talking to her about marriage for years.  I think he's just playing cat and mouse with her. Image result for Play cat and mouse with 5.  As poor as a church mouse. All my New Year's expenses and shopping, have left me as poor as a mouse. Image result for As poor as a church mouse


I'm back at last.タイトルをクリックしてください

So sorry for the long absence, my old computer started dying in October, and was completely dead in November.  It has taken this long to buy and learn to use my new computer.  I'm beginning to look like this: Image result for crazy man But at least I'm back.  Thanks for waiting. So, since last time, Happy Halloween: Happy Thanksgiving: Image result for happy thanksgiving meal Merry Christmas: Happy Star Wars: Image result for the rise of skywalker And finally, Happy New Year! Image result for happy new year 2020   Hope next year is wonderful for all of you, and for Japan . . . OLYMPICS!! Next year I will keep up my phrase page much better.  I promise!


Rugby: Japan VS Samoaタイトルをクリックしてください

Image result for japan ireland rugby Congratulation to Japan on their unexpected victory over Ireland last Saturday! The next game is Japan VS Samoa.  As some of you know, I was born in Samoa . . . long ago.  Although I don't have any memories from that time.  I always have a soft spot in my heart for the land of my birth.Flag of Samoa.svg So with this in mind, I will be cheering for Samoa this Saturday.  Good luck to both teams.  May the best team win! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC8MiS-0zbY A few beautiful photos of Samoan landscape. Image result for samoa landscape Image result for samoa landscape Image result for samoa landscape Image result for samoa landscape

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