Our Christmas Party was wonderful!

We had so much fun at our Christmas party. Our students used lots of English, danced, played games, sang Christmas songs, ate turkey and stuffing and even got to talk to Santa Claus!   Thanks to everyone for coming and making it a fun Party!


Halloween is just around the corner — (coming soon)

The summer is finished. It feels like FALL is almost finished. It is so cold at night in Sapporo. And Halloween is only a few weeks away. Costumes! Candy! EVeryone likes Halloween! Now, what will your costume be this year? A ghost? A vampire? A robot? Maybe an English teacher! Happy Halloween Everyone!!

Happy July 4th!!

A big celebration day in America. It is the day America declared its independence from England, in 1776. Hamburgers, hot dogs, live concerts, and of course, FIREWORKS. It is also the weekend when the beach season really kicks off (starts). A great time to be at the Jersey shore, or in Philadelphia, where they signed the Declaration of Independence so many years ago. I miss it!!!

Thank you for your custom…

I received this note from a company the other day and thought the English was interesting.
Many thanks for your order. We’ve attached a PDF file with your order details. Please take a look and if there are any problems, please let us know straight away.

Your order is now being processed and should be with you in 7 working days from the time of your order. If there is a problem with your order that might delay your books getting to you, we will be in touch.

 Thanks for your custom!

Straight away (British English) – right away (American English) – as soon as possible. (ASAP)

Thanks for your custom is British English and where we get the term customer for people who shop at a store.  They give their custom to the store.  They exchange money for goods (as I understand it).

We will be in touch.  We will contact you (Via phone, e-mail etc.)  There are many “touch” idioms, such as – after college you hope to stay in touch or keep in touch with your classmates.  You might ask a friend to put you in touch with someone who can do a job for you. And a very popular tv ad for a long distant phone company (before e-mail and the internet) was “Come on, pick up the phone. Reach out and touch someone.”

Spring has sprung?

Spring has not yet sprung, but you can feel the change in the air.  The snow is starting to melt and the temperature is climbing above freezing more and more each day.  Spring will… spring on us very soon.  Then we can say, “Spring has sprung!”  I can`t wait!


Spring – noun – The season after winter and before summer.

spring – verb – Move or jump suddenly upward or forward.

sprung – past participle of the verb spring.  

It`s snowing like…

When the weather is rainy, I mean really, really raining, we can say “it is coming down in buckets” or “it is raining cats and dogs.” There is no such idiomidiom
➤ (n) a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
➤ (n) the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
➤ (n) the style of a particular artist or school or movement
➤ (n) an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
…by BeeDictionary.com
to describe the amount of snow Sapporo has gotten this winter. There are snow idioms, of course: “Snowed in” means you can`t get around, or are trapped due to the snow. A “Snow Bunny” is someone learning to ski or a cute girl at a ski lodge. To “snow” someone would mean to trick them, to lie to them. And “pure as the driven snow” means, very, VERY pure. So I guess we`ll just have to say we`ve gotten tons and tons and tons… of snow this year.

We are OPEN! – a note from Jeff

We have been working hard to make the school the perfect place to learn English. Our dream has come true. We love the school and are excited about teaching English to our new students in 2013! Ya know, I first arrived in Sapporo in February. I got married in February and now… Fantastic English has opened in February. I think it might be my favorite month of the year!

In the Beginning…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… or so they say.  All in just 7 days.  Creating a thriving English school in Sapporo, Japan, where the students enjoy their lessons and speak Fantastic English should be easy in comparison.  Just remember, you CAN speak Fantastic English.  Yes you can!!   Here we go…!!!