Welcome to Darlo's Diary!

皆が英語を習うには、このブログは簡単な英語で書かれる。頑張ろう!Darlo comes from the UK and lives in Japan. He lives in Funabashi, which is in Chiba prefecture. What is he doing?


Even though I loved Frozen (アナと雪女王), I do not like cold weather. I love Summer. I enjoy hot weather. Japan's winter is not colder than England's winter, but sometimes I miss England's winter. Isn't that strange?

In the UK, the weather gets cooler in September. It gets cooler gradually (だんだん). When it becomes winter, you are already used to (慣れている) the cold weather. The time between summer and winter is called Autumn. (英語はAutumnだが、米語はFallだ)

In Japan, many people enjoy watching leaves (葉) change colour in Autumn. This is called Kouyou (紅葉). The leaves are very beautiful.

But the temperature (温度) changes too quickly.

In early November, you will go to bed. It will be quite warm. But when you wake up, you will feel very cold. When you went to bed, the temperature was between 25 and 30 degrees (度), but when you woke up it was only 18 degrees.

Even though 18 degrees is not very cold, you will feel very cold. In England the temperature goes down gradually so you do not feel too cold.

Sometimes I miss English winters.

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In the UK, VAT (消費税) is 20%. For a long time is was 17.5%. In Japan it was 5%, but recently it rose to 8%. Because I was used to a high VAT rate (消費税率) I didn't think 8% was too bad.

But I do have a problem. I don't know many prices now.

Before, the price of an item is the price you must pay. If a t-shirt has a price tag (値札) with 1,500 yen, you will pay 1,500 yen. It was easy. England has the same system (制度/方法).

But now shops have two systems.

System 1. Show the price with tax (税込) and without tax (税抜). This is helpful because you can understand how much you must pay. I think that this system is good. Unfortunately (残念ながら) many shops use System 2.

System 2. Show the price without tax and say "Plus Tax" (+税金). This is not very helpful because it is difficult to understand how much you must pay. If you are not good at maths (算数に上手くない) you must wait until you go to the register (レジ).

I want to know how much I must pay before I go to the register. If I have to look through my wallet (財布) to find money, it wastes (浪費する) time. If there are other customers waiting, it wastes their time too.

Oh! Everything at the 100 yen shop is now 108 yen. The change (おつり) is such a pain!

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I like karaoke. I'm not a very good singer, but it is fun to sing. Sometimes I go to karaoke by myself (一人で). I don't think that it's embarassing.

Have you ever tried Wankara (ワンカラ)? Wankara is a mix of the words "One" and "Karaoke".

At normal karaoke, you have a party room. But at Wankara you have a small room. It looks like a recording studio. The activity is the same as normal karaoke, but it feels more special (特別).

Other people can't hear you because the walls are soundproof (防音). You can only hear with your headphones. This means you don't feel self-conscious (自意識).

If you like singing or karaoke, I recommend Wankara. It can be good practice. You can also buy a CD of your songs.

But how does it sound? I made a video of my singing. The song is called "When a Man Loves a Woman". You can only hear my voice.

I'm sorry! It was very bad!

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