Are We Off To A Good Start?

Hello there, I hope you are doing well.

Happy 2021! Unfortunately, the year has already started facing a lot of terrible news from several parts of the world. Let’s start with local news.

Before 2020 ended, PM Suga has announced stricter rules with regard to incoming travelers. Only those from selected countries can enter the country AND they must either have a permanent or a working VISA. From tonight onward, Tokyo, together with other neighboring cities, are again, under a state of emergency. This state of emergency is less strict compared to the one last year, however, shops and restaurants are asked to close at 8 PM. Also, schools and universities are not asked to close. According to this news website, those who will follow would be able to receive a compensation of up to 60,000 yen, and those who don’t will be publicly announced. What do you think of the PM’s current decision?



Today’s Fill-In-The-Blanks Quiz: 

Here’s last week’s song:

(Fast forward to 0:09)


A little chance encounter, Could be the one you’ve waited for

Just squeeze a bit more

Tonight we’re on a mission, tonight’s the casting call

If this is the real audition, oh, God, help us all


Here’s this week’s song:

(Fast forward to 02:30)


I _____, too slow; Out of the door to your house

I ____ you ____; That this way _____ me out

Outside, too ______; You’re ________ I’m without

You’re _______




Today’s Youtube Recommendation:



For today, my recommendation is a channel called “JCS – Criminal Psychology”. This video has easy to moderate vocabulary, but the speaking speed is natural, so it is quite fast. I suggest going through the difficult parts several times to be able to understand completely what they’re saying. In this channel, the narrator talks about different convicted people who are guilty of varying crimes. It talks about their interview, different verbal  and non-verbal cues, mannerisms, etc. It’s very interesting, especially because you get to understand how different people communicate when they feel guilty or anxious.

This is what I most recently saw:


Good luck!



Today’s Column:

This just in, a lot of Trump supporters have breached privacy by forcefully going in The Capitol, which is the meeting place of the US’ legislative branch. The reason for their action is because they don’t believe in the election results. Instead, they believe that the results were unfair and unjust. This link shows the distinction/differences between the protest that happened earlier today and the one for Black Lives Matter back in June. There are pictures on the link showing how the government has treated the two protests differently. What do you think?


Remember to take care of yourself and stay safe.