Hey, it’s show number 75, and here’s what you’ll hear:
- What hiking gear should you bring and NOT bring?
- A discussion from the top of 1,928m Mt. Hachibuse.
- Language lesson: accepting an apology, expressing forgiveness
- music by Martin Chenhall
- full transcript (below)
An early, early, early start. My friends and I. A beautiful spring day. The mountain. Smelly socks. An mp3 player/recorder. What connects them all? What connects them all?The English Teacher John Show of course, number 75.
Welcome everyone to the English Teacher John Show. I’m John Koons and I produce and host this English learning podcast right here in Matsumoto, Japan. In today’s short episode, you will join us at the top of Mt. Hachibuse, which is a small mountain close to Matsumoto. It’s 1,928 meters high, and recently, my friends and I hiked up to the top. It’s about a 2-1/2 to 3 hour hike and up at the top the view is spectacular, wonderful. You can see the full Northern range of the Japanese Alps, and you can also see snowy peaks in the Central and Southern Japanese Alps as well. On most days you can see Mt. Fuji. On our hiking day, we could just barely make out Fuji-san through the haze.
In today’s show, we talk about hiking gear in the first segment. You’ll hear my friends Charlie, Yasuko, Thomas and Sean. Sean is a couch surfer who we all just met. You can find out more about that at couchsurfing.org, and their slogan is “Participate in Creating a Better World, One Couch At A Time.” After that, the second segment is a language segment. You’ll learn about the English to use when accepting apologies, or forgiving.
Alright … here we go!
I apologize for some of the wind noise that you hear at the top of the mountain in our discussion. Even English Teacher John can’t stop the wind! So, sorry about that audio quality.
SEGMENT: DISCUSSION – Hiking Gear – What to bring
John Koons: Alright, a beautiful day on Mt. Hachibuse. A pretty good hike coming up? What do you think about that hike?
Amazing! I agree with that.