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November 21 – domestic

November 21 – domestic

November 21, 2019 =========

☆  domestic 国産の

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I have a feeling that the Japanese translation is not quite right, today.

When we talk about domestic animals, we don’t mean animals that are from that country. For example, in Australia, we have koalas, kangaroos, and dingoes, but they are not domestic Australian animals. This is not the correct use of domestic. To describe that situation, you would say that koalas, kangaroos, and dingoes are native Australian animals, not domestic animals.

A domestic animal is one that is not wild, and is either kept on a farm to produce food, such as pigs and cows. Or, they are kept at a home as a pet, by theirRead more about November 21 – domestic[…]

November 20 – healthy

November 20 – healthy

November 20, 2019 =========

☆  healthy 元気な

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The American Heart Association say it supports research that says that owning a pet can decrease your risk of heart disease and keep you healthy. They say that owning a pet lowers cholesterol, stress, and blood pressure.

In addition, owning a dog will keep you healthy in another way, too. As dogs require regular walks, their human owner gets healthy from these regular walks, too! I believe this was true for me. Before getting dogs, I rarely did exercise. After getting dogs, I walked more, then started running, and now I am training for a marathon! Thanks to my dogs, I am very healthy!

Bye,

Chris

November 19 – clean

November 19 – clean

November 19, 2019 =========

☆  clean きれいな

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One reason I chose Italian Greyhounds for a pet was because they have a reputation as being very clean dogs. They are short-haired, so there is never much dog hair to vacuum up.

The breeder also told us that they tend to keep their sleeping area very clean, and never have accidents in their bed. I don’t know about other breeds; however, I would assume that most dogs would prefer a clean sleeping area and therefore do their best not to pee or poo in their own bed!

Do you have a pet? Are they generally clean and easy to keep clean?

Bye,

Chris

November 18 – playful

November 18 – playful

November 18, 2019 =========

☆  playful 遊び好きな

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Many people get a dog rather than a cat as a pet because they have the image of being more playful, I think. Puppies and kittens are both playful, but dogs tend to stay playful for longer, whereas once the kitten becomes a cat, they are generally less playful.

Sometimes I meet people walking their dogs, and even though the dog is old and grey, they are still playful with my younger dog. I love seeing animals being playful with each other. So much fun to watch!

If you were going to choose a pet to live with, would you look for a playful pet or a calmRead more about November 18 – playful[…]

November 17 – feed

November 17 – feed

November 17, 2019 =========

☆  feed 餌をあげる

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “How often do you feed him?” I have used this before, at the vet. I was taking my Italian Greyhound to see the vet, and there was a woman there with her true-size greyhound. The dog was so beautiful, but very big! 

So, I asked her, “How often do you feed him?” She replied, “It’s a she, not a he.” So, then I asked, “Sorry! How often do you feed her?” She said that she fed her cooked chicken breast three times a day. So, naturally I asked “How much do you feed her each time?” She said aboutRead more about November 17 – feed[…]

November 16 – vaccinate

November 16 – vaccinate

November 16, 2019 =========

☆  vaccinate 予防接種をする

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Interestingly, as I mentioned yesterday, although you can get a discount on your animal registration yearly fees if you have desexed your pet, there is no discount whether or not you vaccinate your pet.

I guess because most people will happily vaccinate their pet, to make sure that they don’t get sick, right? In Japan, our vet would send us reminders whenever our dogs were due to be vaccinated. However, in Australia, our vet has never reminded us, ever! It’s up to us, to vaccinate or not.

In order to bring the dogs to Australia, we had to show proof that they had been vaccinated, but once weRead more about November 16 – vaccinate[…]

November 15 – desex

November 15 – desex

November 15, 2019 =========

☆  desex 去勢する

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When you desex an animal, you take away it’s reproductive system so that it cannot have babies. One of the best ways to avoid the animal rescue shelters from becoming too full is to desex your pets so that only licensed breeders can produce puppies or kittens for sale.

Unfortunately, many people in Australia don’t desex their animal, for some reason. Some say it is cruel, some want a “tough” dog, not a desexed dog, others worry that it will change their personality. So, to combat this, the government introduced higher registration fees for pets that have not been desexed. It’s quite an expensive fee to payRead more about November 15 – desex[…]

November 13 – adopt

November 13 – adopt

November 13, 2019 =========

☆  adopt 養子にする

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “My motto is ‘adopt don’t shop’” … the idea behind this is that it is better to adopt animal that doesn’t have a home, so that it doesn’t need to be put down by the shelter. So, instead of buying a new puppy from a pet shop, adopt a rescue dog instead.

What do you think of this idea?

I got my Italian Greyhounds from a breeder. That was his business, and he only bred this kind of dog. He also had a pet hotel so the dogs could stay with him if you needed to go away. And heRead more about November 13 – adopt[…]

November 12 – prepare

November 12 – prepare

November 12, 2019 =========

☆  prepare      準備する

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There’s a lot to prepare when you buy a pet and bring them home. First, they need a place to sleep. Then you need to prepare a place for them to eat and drink their food and water. If you’re getting a cat, you’ll probably need a litter-tray for their toilet, right?

When we got our dog, we prepared everything for him – a cute little bed, a nice place for him to sleep at night and during the day. However, from the moment we came home, there was no way he was going to sleep in his bed. He only ever wanted to sleep on myRead more about November 12 – prepare[…]

November 11 – groom

November 11 – groom

November 11, 2019 =========

☆  groom 毛づくろいをする

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If you groom an animal, you clean its fur, usually by brushing it. Oh my goodness, as you know from my other emails, we live near a big oval. So, a lot of people bring their big dogs to this park to groom them!

Some days, when it’s windy and someone has groomed their dog, you can see big lumps of dog hair blowing across the oval!! I’m not kidding! People bring their Malamutes, Golden Retrievers and other big dogs to the oval, sit on the bench and groom them… all of the hair falls out, and blows across the oval and playground!

I love dogs, but ummRead more about November 11 – groom[…]

November 10 – poisonous

November 10 – poisonous

November 10, 2019    =========

☆  poisonous  毒のある

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When I think about poisonous animals, I think of snakes and spiders, and I know that some people do like to keep these kinds of animals as pets. It’s crazy, I think, and dangerous for the owner, but also unfair to the animal.

However, living in Australia there is another poisonous animal that we have to think about. If you live in the countryside or on a farm, then there are likely to be many snakes, and many of them are poisonous to both humans and animals. Unfortunately, many dogs will chase a snake without realizing they are poisonous. It’s quite common for dogs to dieRead more about November 10 – poisonous[…]

November 9 – economical

November 9 – economical

November 9, 2019   =========

☆  economical            経済的な

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When I got my dogs, I never really thought about the costs, other than the purchase costs… but wow! There’s a lot to consider. Luckily, my dogs are a small breed, so they don’t need a lot of food, but that is the only thing about them that is economical, I think!

They get cold, so they need lots of blankets. The Italian Greyhound breed is well-known for their bad teeth, so we needed to get dental work done… that was definitely not economical! I did look into pet insurance, but it was more economical to save money by myself instead of paying a yearly insuranceRead more about November 9 – economical[…]

November 8 – loud

November 8 – loud

November 8, 2019      =========

☆  loud (声が)大きい

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My two dogs are Italian Greyhounds (yes, pure breeds and expensive!) I got them in Japan, but my next dogs will be rescue dogs from a shelter. The good news is that they were never loud. They don’t really bark and are happy to just play with each other and us.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned, I needed to have my older dog put down a few months ago. Since then, the younger dog has been very loud whenever he is alone. He barks if we leave him in his cage, he barks if we leave him out of the cage. I feel terrible for him asRead more about November 8 – loud[…]

November 7 – expensive

November 7 – expensive

November 7, 2019 =========

☆  expensive 高価な

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This week, the useful phrase is “A pure breed is always expensive.” In Australia, pure breeds are very expensive! In fact, most people tend to get their dogs from the rescue center, so they are not expensive, but still cost a little bit.

In the past, rescue animals used to be free to adopt. Unfortunately, people used to adopt the pet and then if they didn’t really like it, they would take it back to the shelter! So, the government decided rescue animals should also cost money, not just pet store animals. So, now you pay $300 or $400 to adopt a rescue dog or cat.Read more about November 7 – expensive[…]

November 6 – messy

November 6 – messy

November 6, 2019 =========

☆  messy めちゃめちゃな

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Since we are talking about living with animals, let’s talk about messy animals. The first dog I had growing up was so messy. We couldn’t leave him inside while we were out because he went through the trash and left us with a messy kitchen.

Then I got a cat, and she was never messy. Just quiet and reserved, and friendly when she wanted to be.

My current dog is never messy, never tries to eat rubbish from the bin, doesn’t dig in the garden. He’s only messy when he drinks water – he tends to spill it all over the place!

Do you have a pet? Are theyRead more about November 6 – messy[…]

November 5 – intelligent

November 5 – intelligent

November 5, 2019 =========

☆  intelligent 知能がある

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A person or animal that is intelligent has the ability to think, understand and learn things. Do you think that animals are intelligent? Are all animals intelligent or just some?

I guess it depends on what we believe “intelligent” means, right? If you need language and to speak, then no we cannot say other animals are intelligent like human beings. But, if we just mean they are intelligent because they can learn things and be trained by humans, then yes, maybe many animals are intelligent. Actually, if we look at the way many animals in the wild hunt together and live in groups to help them survive,Read more about November 5 – intelligent[…]

November 4 – kid-friendly

November 4 – kid-friendly

November 4, 2019 =========

☆  kid-friendly  子供にやさしい

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When you have kids, they generally ask for a pet at some stage, right? I was lucky, because I already had two dogs, my kids didn’t ask for a pet – they already had a pet.

If they do ever ask for a pet, I might consider something other than a dog… What kinds of animals would be kid-friendly? In Australia, the most common choice is either a dog or cat. Cats and dogs are a big responsibility and they live a long time, so I wonder what other choices there are…

I found a list of 10 kid-friendly pets. Number one on the list was a cat.Read more about November 4 – kid-friendly[…]

November 3 – advice

November 3 – advice

November 3, 2019      =========

☆  advice 忠告

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Do you have a pet? If so, what sort of advice would you give to someone considering getting a pet? Would you say, “Yes! Do it!” Or would you suggest that they think more about certain things?

A few of my friends have said that they are planning to get dogs. They weren’t asking me for advice, but I gave them some anyway! Ha ha. I told them that if they like camping, then please think before getting a dog. Most camping places in Australia won’t let you bring a dog because of the danger of dogs attacking the wildlife. So, you always have to goRead more about November 3 – advice[…]

November 2 – attention

November 2 – attention

November 2, 2019      =========

☆  attention 注目

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “A dog needs a lot of attention.” As the owner of dogs, I’d have to say this is true. My dogs definitely didn’t want to be alone, and that is why we got two. So that they could keep each other company.

When I was growing up, I had a cat. She was an awesome pet, and for a cat, surprisingly friendly and affectionate. However, she did not need attention! If she wanted to be near you, she would come. If you went to her, and she didn’t want the attention, then she would leave and go somewhereRead more about November 2 – attention[…]

November 1 – pet

November 1 – pet

November 1, 2019     =========

☆  pet ペット

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This month, we are looking at the topic of Living with animals. A very simple word to start with!

Do you have a pet? I had two dogs, but this year, one of them was too sick so we decided to put him down. He was 16, so he had a great life – some years in Japan, and some in Australia! Lucky pet!

Sadly, one of the hardest things about owning a pet is that eventually you have to say goodbye. But life with a pet, or pets, is great, and I wouldn’t change a thing!

Bye,

Chris

October 31 – professional

October 31 – professional

October 31, 2019 =========

☆  professional プロの

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And, that’s all for this month on our topic of Sports is entertainment. I was talking recently with my son about the athletes at the Olympics, and how they are amateurs, not professional athletes. He asked me what the difference between an amateur athlete and professional athlete was. I explained that amateurs were not paid to do their sport, but professional athletes earn a salary for playing their sport.

However, the more we talked about the different sports that are in the Olympics, the more I realized that there are many professional sports people competing. So, I needed Google to help answer his question! Turns out, throughoutRead more about October 31 – professional[…]

October 30 – athletic

October 30 – athletic

October 30, 2019 =========

☆  athletic 筋骨隆々の

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An athletic person is fit, and able to perform energetic movements easily. Would you describe yourself as athletic? Obviously professional sports people are athletic and look fit and healthy. However, it’s common to describe general people who are not athletes as athletic. For example:

She is tall, with an athletic build.
He is almost 60 years old, but he’s so athletic that he looks a lot younger.
Both of them are very athletic.
His athletic career was over very quickly, unfortunately.

So, my original question, would you describe yourself as athletic? Me? Maybe… I am training for a marathon, so maybe a little bit athletic!

 

Bye,

Chris

October 29 – excited

October 29 – excited

October 29, 2019 =========

☆  excited 興奮した

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This month’s Q&A is “Do you like to watch professional sports?” and one of the sample answers is, “Yes, I’m always excited when we have a home game.” Why do you think that would be? Well, I’m not sure about Japan, but in Australia, to travel from one city to another, in order to see your team play an away costs a lot of money – and you need to fly, for at least 2 hours!

So, a home game means that you can travel by public transport, or even drive to the stadium. The only cost is your entry ticket and food and drinks. That’s whyRead more about October 29 – excited[…]

October 28 – intense

October 28 – intense

October 28, 2019 =========

☆  intense  強烈な

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Although my boys train a lot, it doesn’t sound as intense as my friend’s kids in Japan. They are early teens, and want to play professional baseball. He said they have training all day on the weekend! All day?? That is intense! Our soccer training is a maximum of 75 minutes!

He also said that they train no matter what the weather. And they are not supposed to take drink breaks. He said that Japanese baseball is very intense, and that it still follows the culture of training from many, many years ago, of “no pain, no gain.”

Is that true? If so, it’s sounds a bit tooRead more about October 28 – intense[…]

October 27 – train

October 27 – train

October 27, 2019 =========

☆  train 練習する

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We are a soccer-loving family, both my sons play for their school team and a club team, too. So, during winter we have soccer five days a week! They train three days a week, and play games two days a week. We are so busy with soccer.

And then suddenly, at the end of September, soccer finishes for the season. They don’t need to train three times a week. And no games on the weekend either. For the past few weeks, we have had nothing to do! It’s strange to have so much free time.

However, it won’t last long, because they are “bored” and want to train,Read more about October 27 – train[…]

October 26 – shout

October 26 – shout

October 26, 2019 =========

☆  shout 叫ぶ

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When we first moved back to Adelaide, I used to go to the Adelaide United soccer games. I used to go to the FC Tokyo games at Ajinomoto stadium, and it was such a big stadium, that even if you shouted a lot, no one could really hear you because everyone else was also shouting.

However, as I mentioned, the Adelaide United stadium is tiny compared to FC Tokyo’s and so when you shout, everyone hears you! I would often shout at the players and umpires, trying to tell them what to do. Ha ha… so after a while, I decided I should probably watch the gamesRead more about October 26 – shout[…]

October 25 – provoke

October 25 – provoke

October 25, 2019 =========

☆  provoke 挑発する

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If you provoke someone, you deliberately annoy them and try to make them behave aggressively or badly. In sport, this is unfortunately a tactic that many players use to try and win. They try to provoke the opponent so that they make a mistake and therefore miss or make a foul.

A lot of the time, in team sports like rugby, American football and so on, the referees can’t really hear what is going on, so players often verbally provoke their opponents. When you suddenly see a player attacking another player for what looks like no reason, you can usually assume that they have been verbally provoked.Read more about October 25 – provoke[…]

October 24 – tackle

October 24 – tackle

October 24, 2019 =========

☆  tackle タックルする

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “Did you see him tackling the other player?”

You could use this phrase in various ways. Firstly, it could be something that you say to the referee or coach at your kid’s game, when you want to say that the umpire should have stopped it or given a foul.

Another way might be if you are watching a professional game with friends, you might use your intonation to express surprise at the way the player tackled the other player. Or you might use your intonation to express respect because you thought the player tackled well.

What other situations might you useRead more about October 24 – tackle[…]

October 23 – spectate

October 23 – spectate

October 23, 2019 =========

☆  spectate 観戦する

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To spectate means to watch an activity, generally a sports event, without taking part. So, for the Olympics next year, there will be lots of people spectating at all of the events. For the triathlon and things like the marathon, will there be places along the course, where you can spectate for free? Or will it all be closed to the public and you need to have a ticket?

My Japanese friend who lives in Adelaide with her Aussie husband said that she wants to go to Japan to spectate and experience the atmosphere of the Olympics. She wants to take her kids, so they can experienceRead more about October 23 – spectate[…]

October 22 – scream

October 22 – scream

October 22, 2019 =========

☆  scream 叫ぶ

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “I lost my voice from screaming at the referee!” Ha ha, this reminds me of a great commercial for Ajinomoto stadium from years ago. I wonder if you know it?

In the advert, a young guy has moved to Tokyo to live. He is surprised by all the pretty girls in Tokyo. Then when he hears the girls speak, he is surprised again, because they all have very husky voices. In the end, he meets a girl with a feminine voice, and she explains that she doesn’t go to the soccer games at Ajinomoto stadium.

The final scene is ofRead more about October 22 – scream[…]

October 21 – coach

October 21 – coach

October 21, 2019 =========

☆  coach  指導する

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When you coach a person or a team, you help them to become better at a particular sport. Have you ever played a sport and had someone coaching you? Sometimes if you don’t have a good relationship with the person coaching you it can make it really hard to have fun and improve.

When I was young, although I don’t remember the woman who was coaching my netball team, I do remember that we didn’t get along. She never chose me for the team! She was coaching us like she thought we were Olympic athletes! We were just 10-year-old girls!

Luckily, now as a runner, I don’t needRead more about October 21 – coach[…]

October 20 – packed

October 20 – packed

October 20, 2019 =========

☆  packed 満員の

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This week’s useful phrase is, “The stadium is packed.” Our local soccer team is Adelaide United, and their home stadium is tiny. It can fit 15,000 people maximum. It’s great for watching soccer, because you are so close to the pitch. But, even at a busy popular game, there is only about 8 or 9,000 people there. So, yes, you could definitely not say that it was packed! Ha ha.

How about at sporting events in Japan? Are the arenas and stadiums usually packed for things like baseball and soccer? Or does it depend on the team? I guess the Olympics will sell out of tickets, right?Read more about October 20 – packed[…]

October 19 – visionary

October 19 – visionary

October 19, 2019 =========

☆  visionary 先見の明がある

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A visionary is someone who has strong, original ideas about how things could be different in the future, in particular, about how things might be improved. I’m not sure who you could describe as visionary in the topic of sports… Do you?

I think the people who originally thought of the game or sport, and the rule makers would definitely have to be considered visionary. But, how about the athletes themselves? Is there anyone in Japan that comes to mind, that you feel is a visionary?

In commonwealth countries, cricket is very popular. The game of cricket has not really changed, but there have been new styles ofRead more about October 19 – visionary[…]

October 18 – gripping

October 18 – gripping

October 18, 2019 =========

☆  gripping 人の心をつかむ

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Something that is gripping is fascinating, compelling, engrossing, riveting, spellbinding, thrilling, enthralling, and exciting! So many words to choose from!

This week, there is a useful phrase, “What a gripping finish!” When might you use this kind of sentence? You might use it if you are watching the marathon event at the Olympics, and there are two or three runners that are in the lead and keep changing positions from first, second, or third.

Or it might describe a team sport, where there is not much time left and the score is even, for example in soccer, the penalty shootout to decide the winner, is especially gripping! It’sRead more about October 18 – gripping[…]

October 17 – engaging

October 17 – engaging

October 17, 2019 =========

☆  engaging  魅力的な

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An engaging person or thing is interesting and entertaining. As I mentioned, my kids love to watch YouTube videos of other people playing soccer and doing tricks. For them, it is completely engaging, and they find it hard to stop watching when I ask them to!

For me, though, I’m not much of a fan of watching sport. I don’t really find many sports that engaging. I much prefer to be playing the sport instead of watching it. One sport I do find engaging to watch though, is the marathon in the Olympics. It’s so amazing to me how fast they can run, and they make itRead more about October 17 – engaging[…]

October 16 – legendary

October 16 – legendary

October 16, 2019 =========

☆  legendary 伝説的な

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If you describe someone as legendary, you mean that they are famous and there are many stories told about them. Are there any Japanese athletes that could be described as legendary? Perhaps Ichiro? And definitely within Japan, some Sumo wrestlers would be considered legendary, right?

In Australia, cricket is a popular sport, and Don Bradman is one of the most famous players ever. In fact, he is described as the “greatest batsman of all time.” He is legendary, without a doubt, and even though he died in 2001 at age 92, many of his batting records are still unbeaten!

Is there anyone with that kind of legendary statusRead more about October 16 – legendary[…]

October 15 – brilliant

October 15 – brilliant

October 15, 2019 =========

☆  brilliant  素晴らしい

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In sport, a play or performance, or person that is brilliant is extremely clever or skillful. You could say something like, “Nagatomo is a brilliant soccer player.” Or, “Did you see that serve? It was brilliant!” Or, “She deserved to win after such a brilliant performance.”

These days, my kids love watching YouTube videos of other people performing soccer skills. Some of the people are brilliant, and yet they look like ordinary people, as opposed to professional athletes. There are even videos of young kids doing brilliant tricks with the soccer ball. It’s amazing to watch. I wonder if people are getting more and more skillful becauseRead more about October 15 – brilliant[…]

October 14 – inspiring

October 14 – inspiring

October 14, 2019 =========

☆  inspiring 奮い立たせる

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I think athletes are very inspiring, don’t you? Although, I think a lot of them are paid waaaaay too much money for their salary!! Obviously, there is a reason why they are earning so much just for playing sport – they are champions at the sport, the best of the best and that is very inspiring to watch.

This week, we have a quote from Billie Jean King, American tennis player, says, “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” I think this is what makes athletes inspiring. The real champions are the ones that just keep going and going, until they get it right – whetherRead more about October 14 – inspiring[…]

October 13 – perform

October 13 – perform

October 13, 2019 =========

☆  perform  行う

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Today’s word is interesting, because it is not often used before an event. An aggressive coach might say, “Get out there and perform!” before a game. However, it’s more likely to be used after a game in this way:

You performed really well, today, I’m proud of you.
You guys didn’t perform as a team today, what’s going on?

And of course, a good coach would use it during the break time or time out, to coach their team to keep performing well, and win the game. Or if the team is performing badly, the coach will give them pointers and advice on how they can perform better inRead more about October 13 – perform[…]

October 12 – draw

October 12 – draw

October 12, 2019 =========

☆  draw 引き分けになる

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This is actually mainly a British word, but it’s the word I always use. It means that in a game or competition, if one person draws with another, or if two teams draw, they have the same number of points or goals at the end of the game.

Do you know the American word for the same meaning? In America, they tend to say, “tie.” Here are some examples:

England and France drew one-one.
They drew with Ireland in the first game.
The two teams tied, and it went into a penalty shootout.
I couldn’t believe it that both teams were tied for first place!

Of course, in the Olympics, tying orRead more about October 12 – draw[…]

October 11 – defend

October 11 – defend

October 11, 2019 =========

☆  defend 守る

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In sports, you can use the word “defend” in two ways. Firstly, an athlete who has previously won an event, will be defending their title, the next time the play that event. You will often hear this in tennis, for example, when players defend their titles. Last July, the news report from Wimbledon was, “Novak Djokovic defends Wimbledon title in five-set thriller.”

Secondly, you can use it to talk about what a player is doing. For example, “The goal went in, because there was no one defending or helping the goal keeper!” Or “You are good at defending, so I want you to play in the secondRead more about October 11 – defend[…]

October 10 – compete

October 10 – compete

October 10, 2019    =========

☆  compete 競争する

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If you compete in a contest or game, you take part in it. So, “The athletes will be competing in the Olympics next year” is a simple example of how to use this word. The hard thing for the athletes though is that they have to compete against their team mates if they want to be on the Olympic team.

For Japan, as the host nation, I guess it will be easier to send many athletes to compete in the games. It will cost a lot less money, right? Whereas, in Australia, there is not a lot of budget to use to send athletes to theRead more about October 10 – compete[…]

October 9 – beat

October 9 – beat

October 9, 2019   =========

☆  beat 打ち負かす

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In sports, if you beat someone, you defeat them and you win the game or completion. This week, there is a useful phrase: “I don’t’ think they’ll beat them.” We were saying this about my son’s soccer team quite a bit this season! Not because we didn’t think his team was any good, but because they were younger kids playing in an older league.

So, all the other teams were bigger and stronger and had one more year of experience. Naturally we thought it would be unusual for them to beat the other teams. However, they proved us wrong! They didn’t beat the teams in theRead more about October 9 – beat[…]

October 8 – root for

October 8 – root for

October 8, 2019      =========

☆  root for 応援する

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If you are rooting for someone, it means you are cheering them on. You are supporting them while they are doing something difficult or trying to win a game. Rooting for someone is basically the informal way of saying cheer someone on.

However, cheer on is usually only used for sports. On the other hand, you can use root for in many different situations. For example, if someone you know is trying to get a new job and has an interview, you might say, “Good luck, I’ll be rooting for you.” Or if you are watching a movie, you might be rooting for one ofRead more about October 8 – root for[…]

October 7 – cheer on

October 7 – cheer on

October 7, 2019 =========

☆  cheer on 声援を送る

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When you cheer someone on, you shout loudly in order to encourage them. Who will you be cheering on during the Olympics next year?

In the swimming, hopefully Kyle Chalmers, the Australian swimmer will be taking part. He won a couple of gold medals in 2016. I’ll be cheering him on for sure – his swim club is just a 10-minute walk from my house! Earlier in the year, there was a swimming event held at the center, and we went to see him swim and cheer him and the other swimmers on. They are so fast!

Bye,

Chris

October 6 – course

October 6 – course

October 6, 2019 =========

☆  course コース

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In sport, a course is an area of land where races are held. For example, the marathon course refers to the route and the land where the runners will race. Some other examples:

The Tour de Frances is a course of over 2,000 miles.
Tom is currently in fourth position on the Boston (marathon) course.
What part of the marathon course do you like the best?

It can also refer to a golf course, too. Will the Tokyo Olympics have a golf course? Where will it be? Golf has been included again since 2016, right? I’d like to know where the course in Tokyo will be – many people willRead more about October 6 – course[…]

October 5 – position

October 5 – position

October 5, 2019 =========

☆  position ポジション

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On the topic of sports, there are a couple of ways you can use the word, position. Firstly, it can describe the position you are in relation to other players. For example, in the grand prix, Honda is currently in ninth position. Or in tennis, Sampras is hoping to win the world No. 1 position.

It can also mean the place or location where you are watching the sport from. For example, I got to the game early, to get a good spot / position to see all the action.

And finally, it is used to describe your place in the team, you might be the goal keeper,Read more about October 5 – position[…]

October 4 – arena

October 4 – arena

October 4, 2019 =========

☆  arena 競技場

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An arena is a place where sports, entertainment, and other public events take place. It can also be a called a stadium. So, what is happening for the Olympics next year? Are they building a new arena? I haven’t really followed the developments that much, so I’m not sure what is being planned.

I just looked on Wikipedia, and it says the old arena was demolished, and a new one is being built and almost finished. Is that right?? Wow, that’s a big thing to do for a one-time event! Obviously, the plan is to use the arena for lots of other events, right, but Wikipedia saysRead more about October 4 – arena[…]

October 3 – talent

October 3 – talent

October 3, 2019          =========

☆  talent 才能

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “He’s got such a lot of talent.” Who might say this? When might they say it? If you are watching the high school baseball on TV in Japan, you might say it about one of the young players. I know that the Koushien attracts young players with a lot of talent, many hoping to play professionally.

A coach might say it to a parent, in fact, they might use it to imply that he has a lot of talent, but he is wasting his talent. The child might not be training at home, or might not be focusingRead more about October 3 – talent[…]

October 2 – opponent

October 2 – opponent

October 2, 2019      =========

☆  opponent  対戦相手

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In a sporting event, your opponent is the person or team you are playing against. I think that’s one of the reasons I like running – the only real opponent is me! Did I run better than yesterday? Am I running better or faster or stronger than me a few weeks or months ago? And, even if the answer is no, I’m a pretty friendly opponent, and don’t get mad at myself. Ha ha.

In my son’s soccer games, though, it’s much more important! His coach checks out who the opponent will be each week, and gets ideas and tips on how to win against differentRead more about October 2 – opponent[…]