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“Torn” is a song which was sung by Ednaswap. Ednaswap is an American rockband and this song is in their debut album “Ednaswap”. Torn was written by ScottCutler, Anne Preven and Phil Thornalley, and the lyrics were written by Preven. Manypeople covered this song, and Australian pop singer Natalie Imbruglia’s cover is themost famous one. Her cover went to number one on singles charts in many countries. In1997, she covered this song for her debut album “Left of the middle”. She recorded thiscover in Kilburn, London with lead guitar David Munday, bass and rhythm guitar PhilThoronally, drums Chuck Sado, drum programming Sam Hardaker and backgroundvocals Katrina Leskanich, and released it as a single then it became worldwide hit. Shereceived a Grammy nomination for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

This song’s lyrics make me sad. In these lyrics, a woman seems to be tired of loving her boyfriend. I don’t know why she is torn, but we can feel how she is sad and miserable by lyrics, because these lyrics are all negative.

In this video, Natalie Imbruglia is singing in a house and a man who seems like her boyfriend comes to the house. At first, the two are getting along well each other and enjoy being together. But they stop kissing and there are many scenes where the distance between them is great. I think these imply that they are tired of being together. At the last part of this video, the house is broken down. The house is just a set, and the two are just performing in some play. I think the relationship of the couple sung in this song is just a performance, too. I got a big impression that she is singing this song without laughing. It helps me to understand her sadness.

Every Breath You Take

“Every Breath You Take” is sung by The Police. This song is on their album“Synchronicity” written by Sting. This song’s single got the to 36 in the U.K. Thissong is very popular in Germany and U.S.A.

In this song, a man shows his love to his ex-girlfriend. This song’s title“Every Breath You Take” is translated in Japanese “見つめていたい (I want to stareat you)”. This title tells us how deeply he loves his ex-girlfriend. We can understandhis love from this lyric, but the ex-girlfriend’s feelings are not written. I think thepart of lyrics; “Every move you make Every vow you break Every smile you fakeEvery claim you stake I’ll be watching you” make me feel he is like a stalker. Butmake, break, fake, stake are rhyme so I like this part.

This song’s video is monochrome so it is very impressive. Background is allblack and The Police’s members are playing their instruments. The rhythm ofdrums and base are very simple so the vocalist’s singing voice is conspicuous. Theyare very cool and I like this song.





My school life

It has past half of my university school life and my volleyball game is in second set now. I lost the first set, and now 15-15 in the second set.

I entered this school and my studying hours decreased. When I was a high school student, I studied hard to enter this university. But I entered here, and I started a part time job and I entered a circle. I enjoyed my hobbies in my free time. I lived a full life but I didn’t study. I think studying is our duty as a student, so I lost the first set.

When I became a sophomore, I realized that I must study to improve my English skills. I decided to go abroad to study during summer vacation. It is a very good chance to improve my English skills. We have a lot of time in summer vacation, so I can make good use of my time by going abroad. In addition, I started as a part time of a tutor. The work is very difficult and hard. It is difficult to teach English for people who are not good at English. They don’t like English but I want them to like English. I prepare my classes for a long time and try to make my classes easy to understand. The classes are for my students, but it is good study for me, too. Then my time of studying English is increasing.

But I often oversleep and I am late for my classes. I’m not good at getting up early. In addition, I often hand in my homework after the deadline. So the second set’s score is tied now. If I overcome getting up early and hand in my homework perfectly, I will get this set. When I become a junior and a senior, I’ll study more and more, and do my best for job hunting. Then, I’m sure to win this game.


I made three new metaphors; encyclopedia, white bear, and the sun.

An encyclopedia means a person who has a wide knowledge of many things. We can use this word when we praise the speaker’s knowledge.

A white bear means the people who has white skin and big body. It includes the meaning of the power of a bear.

The sun means the people who have passion and enthusiasm. In addition, the people who has beautiful smile or popular person are also called the sun.

Beautiful Soul

I’ll introduce a song whose name is “Beautiful Information” and I’ll talk about information about the song. This song was sung by Jesse McCartney in America, and released on September 28, 2004 as his first studio album. The album was a success in the United States, Italy and Taiwan, and sold about a million and a half CDs in U.S.

Next, I’ll explain the meaning of the lyrics. This song is about a man’s love to a woman. He is mad about her, but his love doesn’t reach her. The part of lyrics; “I don’t want another pretty face. I don’t want just anyone to hold. I don’t want my love to go to
waste. I want you and your beautiful soul” shows his love clearly and directly, and the phrases are easy to sing and remember because they used the same word “ I don’t want”.

Then, I’ll talk about the song’s video. In this video, two men, including Jesse
McCartney and two women enjoy driving, and we can know the woman he loves because he sometimes glances at the woman with singing. When they are just the two of them, he tries to get close to her and kiss but a friend calls and interrupts, so he fails. But she seems that she doesn’t accept him and she goes away from him in a hurry, so I think this scene shows his love doesn’t reach her.

I like this song and video because I can feel his deep love to her and this song’s melody is beautiful. In addition, this song shows Jesse’s attraction very much. I think they are like more than just a friends but less than lovers, and this song make me want
to be in love with somebody.


His name is John Simmons, and his hometown is New York. He was born in 1977, and he is 37 years old now. His father is a company employee and his mother is stay-at-home housewife.

He entered an elementary school near his home and when he was an elementary school student, he liked math. He didn’t have good grades, but they were also not so bad. He didn’t like to study so much and he loved play outside. He played baseball and soccer and other sports with his friends after school every day. He was very active boy.

When he become a junior high school student, he wanted to be an enginner. He was interested in math and technical arts and at the same time, he become a member of the baseball club at his school. He was very popular person in school, so he had many friends.

After he entered high school, he decided to go to a university after graduation. At the time, he wanted to be a head of company. He thought being the head of a company would be the coolest job at this was the only reason he wanted to be the head of a company. So he studied hard to enter an ecomonics department. He didn’t like study, so it is not easy for him, but he managed to pass the exam, and he entered New York university.

While he was a university student, he studied about economics and social sciences. He worked part time jobs and learned social systems. Then, he noticed the challenges of social systems and realized it is vety difficult to manage a company. But he really wanted to be the head of a company and want to devote his life to his family. He was very outgoing, ao he had many friends in university. Then, he decided to estblish a toy company with a friend of him, Tom, who also wanted to establish own company.

After graduation from university, they developed some touys, and visited many toy shops and asked them to sell thier goods. Thanks to his outgoing personality, he aould sell many toys. Finally, after 10 years, their toys are in fashion among children.



New Animal

I’ll introduce “eleffe”, which is a combination of an elefphant and giraffe. They have an elphant’s head, trunk, and feet, and a giraffe’s horns, neck leggs. Thier entire body is gray, with a giraffe’s pattern, and they bark like dogs.

They live in Africa, and feed only on grass, but we can see them in the zoo. They are quiet and composed, but very dynamic, so they are popular in the zoo. However, their looks are a little strange, because their necks are very slender, but thier heads are very big and their trunks are very large, but their legs are very thin. So some people think they are a repulsive animal.

They have some good points. First, they can run faster than elephants or giraffes. Elephants are not good at running, and giraffes can run 50 kilometers per hour. On the other hands, eleffe can run fater than 50 k.p.h, because they have the speed of giraffes and the power of elephants.

Second, they are the second biggest animal in the world (the biggest is the blue whale). They are very strong, so they are seldom attacked by other animals. In addition, they have a good immune system to diseases, they usually live a long life. So they can have a large number of young, so the number of eleffes is increasing now.

I like feeding them grass in the zoo. They are very friendly, so I like them. If you go to a zoo, why don’t you try feeding them?


              I’ll introduce you to my younger brother. My brother is seventeen years old and a third-year student at high school. He is a member of the baseball team, so he has a shaven head. He is tall, he has about 180 centimeters. He has poor eyesight, so he always wears glasses. I think he is not handsome, but he is not plain. He has ordinary looks. I think if he let his hair grow and took off his glasses, he would become a good looking guy!

              He is a very shy boy, especially when he meets a person for the first time. He is kind and hardly makes any noise, so when he plays baseball, he can speak in a loud voice, I think. And he is stubborn and straight. But he is too straight. In addition, he tends to think negatively. I think he should more relaxed and take it easy. On the other hand, my way of thinking is always optimistic. Many people say I look like him in appearance, but I don’t have the same character as he does. I agree with this.

              He is very considerate of our parents. When my mother or father catch a cold, he always notices that first, and he helps them. He is at a difficult age and there are many fights between him and our parents, but he is kind at heart. Now, he is a student preparing to take an examination, and he has his last baseball game as high school baseball club’s member in summer. So I and my parents support him and cheer for both his study and baseball practice. I want him to enjoy the end of his last high school life.


          I’ll introduce to you the peacherry. It is combination of a peach and a cherry.

          First, the good point of the peacherry is that its shape is very cute. A Pair of cherries are connected to the top of upside-down peach. The upside-down peach looks like a heart. Many women like the heart mark, and peach’s pink color and cherry’s red color are favorite colors of many girls. So the peacherry is popular with women. The second good point is the peacherry is a good omen: the couple that eats a peacherry together can be in love with each other forever, so the peacherry is popular and useful as a wedding gift.

          But there are some bad points. First, when we ship them, it is difficult to keep their right shape. A connection of peach and cherry’s combination is fragile. Second, we can’t eat the peach part and cherry part together. Usually we eat it separately, so we can enjoy just the peach’s taste and just the cherry’s taste.

This product grows on a tree. We can get many peacherries from one peacherry’s tree. The peacherry have a sweet smell, so we can enjoy the harvest season. And desserts with peacherry are in fashion now. Many popular restaurants and cake shop sell peacherry desserts.

I recommend you to try peacherry. If you like sweets, I’m sure that you like it. Why don’t you try one?


Dear hostfamly,

          Hello, my name is Anna. I’m from Los Angeles. L.A. is in California in the USA. California has many very famous places, so there are many tourists from foreign countries. Desneyland and Hollywood are always bustling. Of course, many Japanese tourist visit L.A, so I have come to be inteested in Japan.

          This homestay is my first visit to Japan. I’ll visit Japan to study Japanase and Japanese culture. I have studied Japanese since I was a junior high school student. I study hard in school and by myself, but my Japanese skill doesn’t improve very much so I decided to visit Japan and stay with you. I want to be able to speak Japanese more fluently and want to know about Japanse lifestyles, social customs and so on… I am grateful to you for giving me this homestay’s opportunity.

          I’m looking forward to visit Japan, and meeting you. But I don’t know about Japan well, so I have some questions. Is there anything I need to bring with me for the homestay? I’m especially wondering about clothing(Should I bring a jaket?). And do you have any suggestions for sightseeing? The main purpose of homestay is improving my Japanase skill, but I want to enjoy famous Japanese places. And I like Japanese unique cultures, Samurai or Bushi, so if you know somewhere I can see them, please tell me! Now, I plan to visit a temple and a shrine. I think these places show me Japanese culture. But I don’t know about the manners in temple or shrine. I wish to visit there with you so you can teach me the correct manners and how to pray. If you have any information I should know beforehand, let me know.

        I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Please say hello to your family for me.