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Today’s Word: complicated

Today’s Word: complicated

February 23, 2018 =========

☆  complicated  複雑な

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Love and life are often complicated, aren’t they? There are so many parts and aspects to it, that it can be difficult to understand or deal with. I often think my own life is complicated, but then I hear about other people’s situations and how they are juggling so many different things each day and I realize my life is pretty easy and not complicated at all!

Do you think that people attract complicated situations to themselves, through a kind of karma perhaps? My sister recently moved from New South Wales to Tasmania, and every possible thing went wrong! The moving company even lost their furniture!! ItRead more about Today’s Word: complicated[…]

Today’s Word: up-front

Today’s Word: up-front

February 22, 2018 =========

☆  up-front  素直に

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If you are up-front about something, you act or speak openly, so that people know what you are doing and what you believe. This is an informal word, and the more formal options are words like: direct, frank, honest, straightforward.

Do you think an up-front attitude or character is important in a person? In western culture, being up-front is generally a positive characteristic because people know what that you are being honest. However, sometimes if you are too honest or too up-front, it is easy to offend people. I think being open and up-front is important, so long as you can do it while still being kind.Read more about Today’s Word: up-front[…]

Today’s Word: underrated

Today’s Word: underrated

February 21, 2018 =========

☆  underrated  過小評価された

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Well, I guess it is easy to guess what today’s word means – if you read yesterday’s email 🙂

Underrated is the opposite of overrated, and it means that you do not recognized how clever, important or significant someone or something is. For example, in the past, companies would tend to underrate women and not give them jobs, even though they had the right skills. This still happens, but hopefully it is becoming less common!

And, in love, you might underrate someone you know and think they are not a good match for you, but if you just give them a chance, it can turn out to beRead more about Today’s Word: underrated[…]

Today’s Word: overrated

Today’s Word: overrated

February 20, 2018 =========

☆  overrated  過大評価された

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When you say that something is overrated, you mean that people have a higher opinion of that thing or person, that they deserve. For example, the useful phrase this week is, “Relationships are overrated!” This means that the speaker believes that being in a romantic relationship is not as important as most people think it is.

What other things about love are overrated? Well, many people in Australia think that Valentine’s Day is overrated – in other words, companies and advertising make it seem like Valentine’s Day is very important and you “need” to buy something to give to the person you love, and if you don’tRead more about Today’s Word: overrated[…]

Today’s Word: afraid

Today’s Word: afraid

February 19, 2018 =========

☆  afraid  恐れて

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If you are afraid of someone or afraid to do something, you are frightened because you think something unpleasant is going to happen to you. You are scared, apprehensive, fearful, frightened, or nervous.

When it comes to love, what kinds of things are you afraid of? For example, you could be afraid of asking someone on a date – you might be afraid that they will say no. Or you might be afraid of failing in love with someone and worried that they won’t love you back.

When it comes to love, is there anything that you are afraid of?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: expectation

Today’s Word: expectation

February 18, 2018 =========

☆  expectation  期待

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This week, one of our useful phrases is, “I don’t want to have any expectations of how the date will go.” You might wonder when you would use this kind of phrase. It is similar to the phrase, “I don’t want to get my hopes up.” They both meant not wanting to expect something great to happen, just in case you are disappointed.

So, in our example the speaker might be going on a first date with someone, and although she is excited and hopeful that everything goes well – and they go on a second date and more – she doesn’t want to have high expectations,Read more about Today’s Word: expectation[…]

Today’s Word: fantasy

Today’s Word: fantasy

February 17, 2018 =========

☆  fantasy 幻想

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There are two ways to use the word fantasy. The first is when you think about a pleasant or happy situation or event that you want to happen, but that is unlikely to happen. The second is when you have a story or situation that you create in your imagination, that is not based on reality, it is just a fantasy.

So, when we’re talking about one-sided love, a fantasy might be a situation that you imagine in your mind about the other person also being in love with you. This is the second usage, it is a fantasy, not reality. Or you might imagine how yourRead more about Today’s Word: fantasy[…]

Today’s Word: love letter

Today’s Word: love letter

February 16, 2018 =========

☆  love letter  ラブレター

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Is writing love letters popular in Japan? Actually, I wonder if writing love letters is even popular in any country anymore? It would more likely be a “love email” !! Ha ha! But it’s probably true, not many people actually write letters anymore – it’s mostly text messages and emails, right?

How about in your own experience? Have you ever written or received a love letter? What about a “love email” or a “love text”? Which would you prefer to receive, a letter or a text? A love letter seems so romantic, I think… do you think a text or email can be romantic? Is itRead more about Today’s Word: love letter[…]

Today’s Word: soul mate

Today’s Word: soul mate

February 15, 2018 =========

☆  soul mate  心の友

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When I checked my Japanese dictionary for this word, it said the English was either “soul mate” or “kindred spirit.” This interesting to me because in my mind, these are two different things.

A “kindred spirit” is someone that I have a lot of things in common with, we share interests and beliefs on a deep level. It could be a man or a woman, and I can have more than one kindred spirit.

On the other hand, my “soul mate” is my “one and only” – the person I was destined to be with forever (in a romantic relationship, not just friendship).

What do you think, areRead more about Today’s Word: soul mate[…]

Today’s Word: fate

Today’s Word: fate

February 14, 2018 =========

☆  fate  運命

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Did you give (or receive) any “giri-choco” today? I recently read a report that many Japanese women want to continue this custom of “giri-choco” because it means that they can actually give chocolates to the person they like, without being embarrassed! Is this true? In Australia, men and women both give chocolates on Valentine’s Day, but if you like that person, you give it anonymously, without leaving your name on the present.

At my first job, a girl gave chocolates anonymously to the guy that she liked in the office. And amazingly, he gave her chocolates – also anonymously. So they both received chocolates butRead more about Today’s Word: fate[…]

Today’s Word: coincidence

Today’s Word: coincidence

February 13, 2018 =========

☆  coincidence  偶然の一致

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A coincidence is when something happens at the same time, by chance without any planning. For example, you bump into someone at a café or shop. Now, if you always go to the same café in Shinjuku, and always bump into the same person at that café, it’s not really a coincidence. However, if you bump into that person at a café in Osaka, when you are both there for work, then yes, you could say, “What a coincidence!”

Sometimes, people say that a coincidence means that a romantic encounter is true love, they believe it is not a coincidence, but actually fate – you were meantRead more about Today’s Word: coincidence[…]

Today’s Word: adventure

Today’s Word: adventure

February 12, 2018 =========

☆  adventure  冒険

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So, last week I was talking to my boys about today being a public holiday, so they wouldn’t have to go to school… they were excited and we talked about the adventures we could possibly go on. Unfortunately, I soon realized I was looking at my Japanese calendar, not my Australian one!! Oh no! It is NOT a public holiday here in Australia today! And my boys are going to school and not going on any adventures… Two very disappointed boys. Oops!!

The good news is that you do have a day off, right? What are you planning to do today? Do you have any adventures planned?Read more about Today’s Word: adventure[…]

Today’s Word: hurt

Today’s Word: hurt

February 11, 2018 =========

☆  hurt  傷つける

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Hurt can be used to mean physical pain or emotional pain. In relation to this month’s topic, of course we are talking about emotional pain. In the useful phrases this week, we use this word in this way: “You really hurt my feelings.”

Some other examples are:

I never meant to hurt you.
If you are not careful, you’ll get (your feelings) hurt.

In the second example, you don’t need to say “your feelings” because the situation will imply that it is emotional pain, not physical pain. So, it’s OK just to say, “you’ll get hurt.” Of course, this could also mean physical pain, like a mother talking to herRead more about Today’s Word: hurt[…]

Today’s Word: compare

Today’s Word: compare

February 10, 2018    =========

☆  compare  比較する

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Today’s word is a sure-fire way to make a relationship disintegrate, don’t you think? Can you imagine, your current parent is always comparing you to their previous partner – sometimes they are comparing and saying you are better, and sometimes they are comparing and saying you are worse than their previous partner(s). Ouch! Nobody wants to hear how the previous partner was better than them, right?!

But I was thinking about it, and in fact, I don’t think you really want to be compared to the previous partner even in a good way… if your current partner is comparing you to the partners they had inRead more about Today’s Word: compare[…]

Today’s Word: disintegrate

Today’s Word: disintegrate

February 9, 2018   =========

☆  disintegrate  崩壊する

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Disintegrate is used to talk about a thing becoming weakened, divided or destroyed. It might seem like a harsh word to use for talking about love, but it is commonly used! For example, you might use it to talk about a marriage or a relationship that is disintegrating.

Many therapists and psychologists use this verb to describe a relationship that is ending. A common topic is about why a relationship or marriage disintegrates and how to stop that from happening. When a marriage starts to disintegrate or break down, couples in western society tend to try going to “couples therapy” to get help to save theRead more about Today’s Word: disintegrate[…]

Today’s Word: search for

Today’s Word: search for

February 8, 2018      =========

☆  search for  探し求める

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If you search for something or someone, you look carefully for them. This word is often used when talking about romance and love. It seems like people are always searching for true love!

Here are some example sentences:
Despite another failed relationship, he continued to search for true love.
I don’t understand people that search for the perfect person; the perfect person doesn’t exist!
I’m not married yet because I’m still searching for Mr. Right…

Can you use “search for” in a sentence, on the topic of love or romance?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: eavesdrop

Today’s Word: eavesdrop

February 7, 2018 =========

☆  eavesdrop  聞き耳を立てる

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To eavesdrop on someone means that you secretly listen in on what they are saying. When I was younger, I used to love doing this at cafes – to eavesdrop on the people at the table next to me. Then, based on the one or two sentences that I had overheard, I would make up a story about them using my imagination about who they were, what they were doing with their lives and so on.

Have you ever done that kind of thing? I don’t tend to eavesdrop on people anymore, but I still like to make up stories about people that I see whenRead more about Today’s Word: eavesdrop[…]

Today’s Word: take a chance on

Today’s Word: take a chance on

February 6, 2018 =========

☆  take a chance on  〜に賭ける

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Today’s phrase is used in the useful phrases, “I wish she’d take a chance on me.” We use this phrase when we want to take a risk, or we want someone to take a risk. As I’m sure you know, falling in love with someone can be a big risk, who knows if they will love you back, or if it will be one-sided. So, in this case, the speaker wants the woman to risk falling in love with them, because they already like (or love) that woman.

Have you ever taken a chance on someone and asked them out on a date orRead more about Today’s Word: take a chance on[…]

Today’s Word: avoid

Today’s Word: avoid

February 5, 2018 =========

☆  avoid  避ける

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We use “avoid” in three main ways. Firstly, to talk about avoid something unpleasant that might happen, by taking action to prevent it from happening. For example, “Drive carefully to avoid accidents.”

Secondly, you can avoid doing something, which means that you choose not to do it or you make sure you are in a situation where you don’t have to do it. For example, if you see someone often, but then you don’t see them as much, you might ask them, “Have you been avoiding me?”

Thirdly, you can avoid a person or a thing or topic, meaning that you keep away from that person, thing orRead more about Today’s Word: avoid[…]

Today’s Word: perfect

Today’s Word: perfect

February 4, 2018 =========

☆  perfect 完璧な

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Ooh, this is the perfect word to follow on from yesterday… so thinking about the character traits you’d like in a partner, do you have an image of your perfect partner in your mind? Why are they perfect? What do they look like, what do they act like?

Of course, if you are already married or in a relationship, you’ve already found the perfect partner, right? In that case, what makes them the perfect partner for you? I think that’s important to remember – nobody is perfect, but they might be the perfect person for you.

How about taking a few minutes to think about the perfect partnerRead more about Today’s Word: perfect[…]

Today’s Word: consistent

Today’s Word: consistent

February 3, 2018        =========

☆  consistent  着実な

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Today’s word is the opposite of yesterday’s word; someone who is consistent behaves in the same way. They are steady and dependable. You can be sure of how they will act in any situation, as they are always true to who they are. Those all sound like great character traits to have in a partner, don’t you agree?

Have you ever thought about what character traits you want in your partner? Is being consistent one of the traits you like or would like in your partner? If not, why not? For example, would you rather your partner was more spontaneous (or flighty!) instead of being unchanging andRead more about Today’s Word: consistent[…]

Today’s Word: flighty

Today’s Word: flighty

February 2, 2018      =========

☆  flighty  気まぐれな

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Thanks for your messages about my exciting news yesterday. 🙂

So, this month, we’re looking at one-sided love… have you ever felt that way about someone? I think everyone has, right? Today’s word is used to describe someone who often changes partners (or ideas, or activities.)

Now, of course, this isn’t really the sort of person you want to fall in love with, right? Someone that changes partners quickly and easily! Um, maybe no thanks! However, I was thinking that someone who is flighty, might actually be quite easy to fall in love with, unfortunately! When you think about it, if they are flighty, they are probablyRead more about Today’s Word: flighty[…]

Today’s Word: exciting (Open up to read my exciting news!)

Today’s Word: exciting (Open up to read my exciting news!)

February 1, 2018     =========

☆  exciting  刺激的な

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Hi everyone! Can you believe it is February already? I certainly can’t!

But!! I have some exciting news to share with you today – and luckily it means that I can use today’s word, too. That’s handy! 🙂

So, what is my exciting news? Well, my very exciting news is that I had a little baby girl last month! Our baby girl was born on January 18th this year. She is tiny, and very cute! (Of course, I think she is cute, but other people say that too!)

So, that’s my exciting news – my family is now two little boys, and their new baby sister, Sofie.

Do youRead more about Today’s Word: exciting (Open up to read my exciting news!)[…]

Today’s Word: compassion

Today’s Word: compassion

January 31, 2018 =========

☆  compassion 思いやり

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So, we have reached the end of January, already!! Is it too soon in the year to say, “Time flies!” ha ha, probably it is too soon! How have you gone with your English study? And your New Year’s resolutions or goals? Did you stick to them and work towards them?

One thing to remember is that it is important to show compassion toward others, but also toward yourself. If you haven’t stuck to your resolutions or goals, or if you feel like you haven’t made progress on your English, don’t give up! Now is the time to show compassion toward yourself, and keep going. Be kindRead more about Today’s Word: compassion[…]

Today’s Word: commitment

Today’s Word: commitment

January 30, 2018 =========

☆  commitment  責任

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A commitment is something that regularly takes up some of your time because of an agreement you have made or because of responsibilities that you have. For example, “I can’t go this weekend as I have another commitment.” Or, “My work commitments mean I’ll have to move cities in the New Year.”

This week’s Q&A is, “What do you do when you can’t follow through on a commitment to someone?” There are three sample answers, do you agree with any of them? What would you do in this situation? When you can complete a commitment that you know you should?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: muscle

Today’s Word: muscle

January 29, 2018 ========
☆ muscle 筋力
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Of course, you know this word is relating to the body, and it is the tissue that connects two bones so you can move. However, did you know that it can also be used to describe someone who has power and influence, which enables them to do difficult things?

For example, a politician might use their muscle to persuade the government to change the law. Or, “It’s true that many banks have the financial muscle to enable them to survive non-repayment of debts in some cases.” Or, “It’s important to plan your day so that you can make the best use of your self-control muscle.”

Have you everRead more about Today’s Word: muscle[…]

Today’s Word: let go

Today’s Word: let go

January 28, 2018 =========

☆  let go  解放する

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Sometimes in order to reach our goals, we need to let go of some things, for example the expectations that we set ourselves. Have you heard of the Canadian artist, Agnes Martin? She said that “The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea.”

I think this idea is true for all our goals, really. When we have expectations about how much weight we will lose, or about what score we will get on the TOEIC test, then when we don’t reach that exact weight or score, we feel disappointed and like it was all a failure! Of course,Read more about Today’s Word: let go[…]

Today’s Word: boost

Today’s Word: boost

January 27, 2018 =========

☆  boost 強化する

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If one thing books another, it causes it to increase, improve, or be more successful. For example, the government might take action to boost the economy. Or an author might do some marketing to boost the sales of their book.

You could also take action to boost your confidence when speaking English. What kinds of things could you do? Here are some ideas I think you can use to boost your confidence when you speak in English:

Use your body language! Stand up straight, use eye contact, smile, and speak at a good volume (rather than too quietly.)

Maybe you worry that your pronunciation isn’t great, you can boostRead more about Today’s Word: boost[…]

Today’s Word: regret

Today’s Word: regret

January 26, 2018 =========

☆  regret  後悔する

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It’s interesting, whenever young people talk about regret, they talk about regretting something they have done. In other words, they wish they hadn’t done it. For example, they regret quitting their job, or not finishing university, or drinking too much at the office party! Ha ha.

However, if you ask older people – retirees or people close to dying – they always say that they regret the things they didn’t do. They regret not travelling more, or they regret not staying in touch with their friends.

I wonder if it is just something about the “wisdom” we gain as we get older about what is or isn’t reallyRead more about Today’s Word: regret[…]

Today’s Word: fight

Today’s Word: fight

January 25, 2018 =========

☆  fight 闘う

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If you fight for something, you try in a determined way to get it or achieve it.  A second way of using the word is if you fight something unpleasant, you try in a determined way to prevent it or stop it happening.

Examples of the first usage:
He had to fight hard to keep his job during the company restructuring.
Our soccer team fought its way to the finals.

Examples of the second usage:
She is fighting to end discrimination against women in the workplace.
He has spent his lifetime fighting against racism and prejudice.

Can you use “fight” in a sentence?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: bite the bullet

Today’s Word: bite the bullet

January 24, 2018 =========

☆  bite the bullet  歯を食いしばって頑張る

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“Bite the bullet” is often used in journalism; news reports, newspapers, magazines and so on. For example, if a company is not doing many sales, the news report might say, “The XYZ company may be forced to bite the bullet and cut prices.”

However, you can also use it to describe your own situation – when you accept that you have to do something that is unpleasant and you don’t want to do it, but you realize that it is necessary. For example, if you have an English examination coming up and you have started studying, then you could say, “It’s time to bite theRead more about Today’s Word: bite the bullet[…]

Today’s Word: meditate

Today’s Word: meditate

January 23, 2018 =========

☆  meditate 瞑想する

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Have you ever tried meditating? I have a client who meditates every day, and says it has been the best habit he ever started. For me, though, I always think “I should meditate” but I never do it more than once! But I was recently reading about the benefits of regularly meditating, and one is that it has anti-aging effects! The scientists don’t know why, but if you regularly meditate, it seems that you have longer telomeres (the ends of your DNA strands), and longer telomeres are associated with a younger biological age (rather than the age of when you were born.)

So! I think I mayRead more about Today’s Word: meditate[…]

Today’s Word: smile

Today’s Word: smile

January 22, 2018 =========

☆  smile 笑う

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What kinds of things make you smile? Have you ever thought about your top ten reasons for smiling? If you search on the Internet you can find so many articles about the top ten reasons for smiling, or 50 things that will make you smile, and so on. I sometimes read these articles, but must admit I have never thought about my own person list. Have you?

What would you put on your lists of things that make you smile? For me, my top ten would have things like hearing my kids laugh, running with friends, walking my dogs on the beach, and having coffee with friends.Read more about Today’s Word: smile[…]

Today’s Word: self-control

Today’s Word: self-control

January 21, 2018 =========

☆  self-control 自制心

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Self-control is the ability to not show your feelings or not do the things that your feelings make you want to do… for example, study English when you’d rather watch TV! Do you have a lot of self-control, or do you wish you had more? Most people (in Australia and the US) wish they had more self-control when it comes to eating healthily and exercising. How about in Japan?

Do you think it is possible to increase your self-control? Research seems to say that self-control and willpower are like muscles, you can strengthen them, but they also get tired and weak when we use them a lot…Read more about Today’s Word: self-control[…]

Today’s Word: single-mindedness

Today’s Word: single-mindedness

January 20, 2018 =========

☆  single-mindedness 一心不乱

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If you show single-mindedness, it means that you have only one aim or purpose and you are determined to achieve it. My friend recently started running, and she told her husband that she wanted to run a half marathon (21k) event later this year. Her husband laughed and said she’d never be able to run 21k! How rude!

The good news is though, that this has given her the resolve, the determination, and the single-mindedness to reach her goal of 21k and prove her husband wrong! I wonder if that was secretly his goal? Maybe he thought that if he just said, “Great, good luck!” then sheRead more about Today’s Word: single-mindedness[…]

Today’s Word: determination

Today’s Word: determination

January 19, 2018 =========

☆  determination 決意

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Oh! This is the word that I said was similar to “resolve” yesterday. As I said, resolve is like the formal version of determination. Determination is the quality you show when you have decided to do something and you will not let anything stop you. Here are some example sentences:

Everyone involved in the event showed great courage and determination.
She reaffirmed her determination to tackle the problem.
There was a look of fierce determination on his face.
The truck driver in the Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead documentary acted with amazing determination to reach his goal of losing over 200 pounds!

How have you acted with determination recently?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: resolve

Today’s Word: resolve

January 18, 2018 =========

☆  resolve  決心

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Resolve is the determination to do something, the determination to do what you have decided to do. It is a formal word, and you are more likely to see it in print, than hear it, but you can still use it in every day conversation, or you can use words like: determination, resolution, or willpower.

In the documentary I talked about yesterday, the Australian guy met an American truck driver who was also very overweight and dealing with the exact same illness as him. The Australian guy offered to help him if he wanted to try a juice diet to lose weight and get healthy. About twoRead more about Today’s Word: resolve[…]

Today’s Word: lack

Today’s Word: lack

January 17, 2018 =========

☆  lack  不足

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Have you heard of the documentary, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”? It’s about an Australian guy who has been sick for a few years and the doctors can’t help him, except to give him more medicine. So, he decides to travel to America and spend 60 days on a juice diet (I’m not sure why he couldn’t do that in Australia, but anyway!)

One of the things I was most impressed with was how many overweight and obese Americans said that it was their responsibility that they were overweight and that it was the lack of willpower that made them keep eating unhealthy foods. I don’t knowRead more about Today’s Word: lack[…]

Today’s Word: impulse

Today’s Word: impulse

January 16, 2018 =========

☆  impulse 衝動

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An impulse is a sudden desire to do something. When you are setting goals you can use this word to talk about things you need to resist, in that way, it is similar to yesterday’s word. For example, if you are trying to eat healthily, you might need to resist the impulse to buy a donut!

Or if you are trying to study English in the evening after work, you might need to resist the impulse to check social media.

For me, I love exercising and running in the morning, mostly because I know if I don’t do it in the morning, I won’t get a chance toRead more about Today’s Word: impulse[…]

Today’s Word: temptation

Today’s Word: temptation

January 15, 2018 =========

☆  temptation  誘惑

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If you feel you want to do something or have something, even though you know you really should avoid that thing, you can refer to that *feeling* as temptation. You can also refer to the actual *thing* that you want to do or have as a temptation. So, how do you resist temptation?

When there is something you want to buy, but know you really shouldn’t / don’t need to buy it, how do you resist the temptation to buy it?

What about when there is something you want to eat or drink, but really should avoid, how do you resist the temptation? For this one, recently myRead more about Today’s Word: temptation[…]

Today’s Word: unpredictable

Today’s Word: unpredictable

January 14, 2018 =========

☆  unpredictable  予測できない

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If you describe someone or something as unpredictable, you mean that you cannot tell what they are going to do or how they are going to behave. It’s the middle of summer in Australia right now, but the weather is so unpredictable! Last week, we had some days of 41 degrees in Adelaide! My friend who was camping a few hours north of Adelaide said it was “47 degrees in the shade!” Oh my goodness!

And yet, the very next day it was back down to a cool and comfortable 27 degrees! So unpredictable! But, I guess for you in Japan, as it’s mid-winter, it must beRead more about Today’s Word: unpredictable[…]

Today’s Word: short-lived

Today’s Word: short-lived

January 13, 2018 =========

☆  short-lived  長続きしない

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Something that is short-lived doesn’t last very long. So, an example is this week’s useful phrase, “Well, that resolution was short-lived!” In other words, even though we are only just 13 days into January, the resolution to do X is already gone or finished.

You can also talk about a short-lived romance, a romance or relationship that might have only lasted a few weeks. Or someone might have short-lived success at work or their business, which means that they had a big, but brief success. Or a short-lived friendship: a seemingly strong friendship that ends suddenly and quickly.

Did you set resolutions at the beginning of January? AreRead more about Today’s Word: short-lived[…]

Today’s Word: intentional

Today’s Word: intentional

January 12, 2018 =========

☆  intentional 故意の

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If you do something that is intentional, then it is a deliberate action. If you planned to do it, meant to do it, and it was a willful action – it was intentional. The best thing you can do to help keep your willpower strong to reach your goals and resolutions, is to be intentional about everything you do.

For example, instead of just picking up the Eigo Techo and checking the word of the day, be intentional about your action and decide what you are going to do with the word of the day. Will you write or create your own sentence with it? Will youRead more about Today’s Word: intentional[…]

Today’s Word: optimal

Today’s Word: optimal

January 11, 2018 =========

☆  optimal 最善の

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For today’s word, you can use “optimal” or “optimum”, they mean the same and are the formal word for “ideal”. The optimal level or state of something is the best level or state that it could achieve. For example:

According to health guidelines, for optimal health, you should aim to exercise three times a week.
We must try to create optimal conditions for us to reach our goals.

What are the optimal conditions you need for reaching your English goals? For example, what are the best, ideal, optimal conditions for studying English for you? Do you like a quiet place on your own? Do you like to be inRead more about Today’s Word: optimal[…]

Today’s Word: sheer

Today’s Word: sheer

January 10, 2018    =========

☆  sheer  完全な

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Have you heard this word before? It is not used that often, but it means total, absolute, complete, and pure. It is used to emphasize that a state or situation is complete, and does not involve anything else. You will usually hear it in this kind of way:

sheer determination (nothing but determination)
sheer chance (it happened purely by chance)
sheer desperation (when someone takes desperate action, they feel they have no other choice)
sheer delight (just simply delightful)

In other words, it is used to emphasize words where that is all that is involved. Can you use sheer in a sentence?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: purposeful

Today’s Word: purposeful

January 9, 2018   =========

☆  purposeful  目的をもった

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This word is similar to yesterday’s. If you take purposeful action, you have a definite aim, and a strong desire to achieve that aim. The opposite of this is “aimless” and obviously you don’t want to be taking aimless action towards your goals, right?

Thinking about your English goals for 2018, how can you be more purposeful about those goals? Like I suggested yesterday, can you set an intention to study each week. In other words, decide when and how long you will study – and of course, it’s a good idea to decide in advance exactly what you will study. If you do these things,Read more about Today’s Word: purposeful[…]

Today’s Word: deliberate

Today’s Word: deliberate

January 8, 2018      =========

☆  deliberate 意図的な

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If you do something deliberate, you planned or decided to do it in advance, rather than doing it by chance. It is an intentional action. I read an interesting article about the difference between willpower, motivation and deliberate action. There were three groups, the first group just had to track how much they exercised. The second group watched a motivational video about exercise, and had to track their exercise. The third group, watched the same video, but also had to make a deliberate plan each week, for example, “I will exercise on (day) at (time) for (time) minutes.”

The results showed that the third group exercisedRead more about Today’s Word: deliberate[…]

Today’s Word: deplete

Today’s Word: deplete

January 7, 2018 =========

☆  deplete 使い果たす

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If you are feeling depleted, you could also say that you are feeling exhausted, burnt out, drained, or empty. Of course, it’s only January 7th, so I really hope you are not feeling this way about 2018 just yet!!

I love spending time with friends and family, but if I don’t get time alone to recharge, then I can really feel depleted. It’s often hard to find time alone, but that is one of my goals for 2018, to find more time for me, so that I can feel refreshed rather than depleted.

How about you? What kinds of things make you feel depleted? How can youRead more about Today’s Word: deplete[…]

Today’s Word: change

Today’s Word: change

January 6, 2018 =========

☆  change  変える

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There are a few different ways to use the verb, “change”. When something changes, or you change it, it becomes different. For example, “After finding a new job, she has now changed into a happy, self-confident woman.” Or, “The Internet is changing the way we do business.”

You can also use “change” to mean that you replace something with something new or different. For example, “I’m thinking of changing doctors, as I don’t really feel comfortable with my current one.” Or, “My iPhone stopped working, but it was still in warranty, so the store changed it for a new one.”

And, of course, you can use “change” toRead more about Today’s Word: change[…]

Today’s Word: lack

Today’s Word: lack

January 5, 2018 =========

☆  lack 不足している

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Lack can be used as either a noun or a verb. Today we’re using it as a verb, meaning that someone or something lacks a quality – in other words they do not have it. Here are some example sentences:

She is a great person, but for some reason she lacks self-confidence.
I need to find a new job; my current one is repetitive and lacks variety.

When you use lack as a noun, for example, there is a lack of something, it means that there is not enough of that thing or it doesn’t exist at all. For example:

I hated the lack of privacy of sharing a roomRead more about Today’s Word: lack[…]