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Snowboarding in Naeba by Dan-sensei

Dear All,

It has been a very warm winter so far, but with plenty of snow in places where it matters! Yes, winter is the season for skiing and snowboarding; relaxing in onsens, and eating delicious nabe!

Last season I went to Naeba、in Niigata-ken. I arrived on March 16th, stayed for one night and went home in the evening on the 17th. Though last season was not so good (snow conditions) overall, it snowed a lot in the morning of the 17th, so I managed to have a great time riding in fresh powder snow!

If you are interested in going on a trip to the mountains, I recommend staying at the Naeba Prince Hotel:

http://www.princehotels.co.jp/naeba/snow/

The chair lifts and gondolas are right outside the hotel, so you don’t need to carry your equipment very far. You can also get lift passes for a discounted price if you are staying at the hotel!

I heard it will be a good season this year, so get yourselves geared up and up to the top of a mountain!

Just some quick advice. If you are a beginner skier or snowboarder, don’t let your friend or partner teach you unless they’re instructors. It will take you forever to learn and it won’t be half as fun. It will cost a bit more money, but you should get a lesson from a qualified instructor. It will cost less in pain and frustration!!

Please tell me about your trips!

Dan

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National Public Radio

Today I’m going to share a good English news website to help improve your listening skills: NPR (http://www.npr.org/).

NPR (National Public Radio) is a non-profit news station based in the Untied States. It broadcasts news stories about various topics, such as international and business news, movie reviews, etc.

I always recommend this news site for listening because it has audio transcripts (a script of every word said in the audio) of all its radio programs. Another great thing about this website is it’s free to use!

My advice when using the radio programs on this website is to first choose a program that is about:
one minute long if you are a beginning English student
three minutes long if you are an intermediate student
four or more minutes long if you are an advanced student

Second, listen to the radio program no more than two times and make a list of the keywords you hear, then write a brief summary of the story. Finally, listen again while reading the audio transcript to check your understanding.

Here is the link to NPR’s search page

To use, type in the word transcript and a topic you are interested in. A list of radio programs with your topic will appear (for example: transcript Japan)

Select an article and you can either listen to the program online or download to your computer/mp3 player. The audio transcript is below the listening options on the page.

If you have any questions about this website and you see me at the school please don’t hesitate to come up me and ask…I don’t bite ;-) !

Lonnie

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