Moon eating

Or “moon being eaten”. That’s how you say “lunar elipse” in Japanese: 月食。It was pretty spectacular, though my iPhone certainly doesn’t do it justice. It looked like you could pick it out of the sky with a pair of chopsticks.

At about 9 pm, just starting to “be eaten”, though it’s hard to tell from this photo. It was a very, very bright moon.

An hour later, orange and very 3D:

And here are some more profesional photos and captions for your reading practice:

“See it! Super Blue Moon eclipse photos” (from Earth Sky)

“Tokyo’s View of the Total Lunar Eclipse” (from Japan Forward)


The best of 2017, part 2

Yesterday was a list of the best news of last year. Today is a challenge to find the best photo of 2017. Here are some places to look (via

The Atlantic: Top 25 News Photos of 2017, 2017 in Photos, Hopeful Images From 2017
The New York Times: The Year in Pictures 2017
National Geographic: Best Photos of 2017
Agence France-Presse: Pictures of the Year 2017 (part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5)
Reuters: Pictures of the Year 2017
Associated Press: The Year in Photos 2017
Time magazine: Top 100 Photos of 2017
CNN: 2017: The Year in Pictures
Petapixel: The Top 15 Photos on Flickr in 2017

A few of the ones I really liked / found intriguing:


#10: Yasin Akgul / AFP / Getty

#1: “Say Goodbye…” by Iwona Podlasinska

#19: Jorge Silva / Reuters

#18: Reuters

Animating the past

The GIFs by French photographer and animator Nicolas Monterrat on this Tumblr include some funny, creative, and sometimes very spooky images (via Colossal). Many of them take old photos and animate them in unexpected ways. Not much English input today, but plenty to try to explain and express your opinions about. You could even turn these GIFs into a story.



I’m a big fan of noticing … noticing how language is used by native speakers (and then using it yourself as much as you can) is the best way to become more fluent.

This is a different kind of noticing: paying attention to things around you and noticing similarities.

Here’s the whole (short) video:

It’s a great photography prompt. Take a walk around your neighborhood or look around your room at all the objects. What do they remind you of?

For example: a cat in my neighborhood looks like a kangaroo:

(kangaroo photo source)