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Today’s Word: quell

Today’s Word: quell

January 18, 2017 ========= ☆  quell  (不安などを)おさえる ============================ When you quell something, you stop it. This word is usually used when talking about feelings. For example, you can quell an unpleasant feeling such as fear or anger, and this means that you stop yourself (or others) from having that feeling. So, a parent might quell a child’s fear of the dark by talking sweetly to them and letting them have a night light on in their room. Or if you have an opportunity to speak English, but feel nervous about it then you could quell your fears of speaking English by practicing in advance. Or preparing a few key sentences toRead more about Today’s Word: quell[…]

Today’s Word: persist

Today’s Word: persist

January 17, 2017 ========= ☆  persist  やり抜く ============================ Persist means to continue, to carry on, to persevere. Last year I wrote an article about persisting and persevering. Strangely though, I spelled the word, “persevere” wrong Every Single Time!! How crazy is that! I kept trying to put in an extra “r” so I was spelling it “perseRvere” each time. The problem is that it sounds like there is an “r” in there, so I was spelling it how it sounded. This little lesson taught me that I was good at persisting! I really did persist until I had finished that article, even though it was difficult and annoying! It also remindedRead more about Today’s Word: persist[…]

Today’s Word: accept

Today’s Word: accept

January 16, 2017 ========= ☆  accept  引き受ける ============================ There are a couple of ways to use “accept” so let’s have a look at those today. If you accept something that you have been offered, then you agree to take it. For example, “He accepted the job offer and starts on Monday.” With advice and suggestions: If you accept someone’s advice or suggestion, you decide to do what they suggest. For example, “I hope my boss accepts my proposal.” With situations and people: If you accept a difficult situation, you recognize that it cannot be changed. For example, “She shouldn’t accept his terrible behavior!” However, we don’t say that we cannot acceptRead more about Today’s Word: accept[…]

Today’s Word: potential

Today’s Word: potential

January 15, 2017 ========= ☆  potential  可能性 ============================ Have you seen the movie, Eddie the Eagle? It is based on the true story of an Englishman who wanted from a very young age to be an Olympian. He didn’t care what sport, he just wanted to be an athlete and go to the Olympics. The problem was that he basically had not skill or potential in any kind of sport! The movie is about how he tries all kinds of sport and has no potential at any of them, but he chose to be a ski jumper, because Britain had no regulations about qualifying for that sport and there were noRead more about Today’s Word: potential[…]

Today’s Word: momentum

Today’s Word: momentum

January 14, 2017 ========= ☆  momentum  勢い ============================ If something gains momentum, it keeps developing or happening more quickly. Sometimes we talk about something gaining momentum, and use the saying, “full steam ahead” meaning that you are moving forward with a lot of energy, enthusiasm and momentum. When you give an engine “full steam” it will go at maximum power. So, how are you going with your English study so far in 2017? Is it full steam ahead for you? Have you gained a lot of momentum over the past two weeks? Or have you lost a bit of momentum since the New Year? My mom is doing great and willRead more about Today’s Word: momentum[…]

Today’s Word: headway

Today’s Word: headway

January 13, 2017 ========= ☆  headway  進歩 ============================ Oooh, Friday the 13th! Does Friday the 13th have any superstitions attached to it in Japan? In Western culture, it is considered by many to be an unlucky day, but no one is really sure why! So, today’s word, headway, is used in the sense of “make headway” which basically means to “make progress”. Here are some example sentences: He is disappointed that they haven’t made any headway in the case. The police are making headway in their investigation. Our company’s new product has been making rapid headway in the electronics world. How about you, have you been making steady headway towards yourRead more about Today’s Word: headway[…]

Today’s Word: exhilaration

Today’s Word: exhilaration

January 12, 2017 ========= ☆  exhilaration  ワクワクした気持ち ============================ Exhilaration is a strong feeling of excitement and happiness. What kinds of things give you a feeling of exhilaration? My list would look like this: Jet coaster / roller coasters Bodyboarding at the surf beach Japanese matsuri festivals during Obon season – I just love the music and the dancing, they really bring me a sense of excitement and happiness – and exhilaration. Swimming underwater – although, I’m not sure if this is exhilaration, or lack of oxygen. Ha ha 😉 What is your list of things that you feel exhilaration at? Bye, Chris

Today’s Word: aptitude

Today’s Word: aptitude

January 11, 2017 ========= ☆  aptitude  才能 ============================ Speaking of foresight from yesterday, I wish I’d had the foresight to write these daily emails in advance! Oh well! So, today’s word is aptitude, and it refers to someone’s ability to learn an activity quickly and do it well. Other words with a similar meaning are: gift, ability, intelligence, and talent. Do you know any others? What do you have an aptitude for? I feel that I have an aptitude for photography, but I’ve only ever done it as a hobby. But, just recently one of my photographs was used in a Buzzfeed article, so I was pretty happy about that! HasRead more about Today’s Word: aptitude[…]

Today’s Word: foresight

Today’s Word: foresight

January 10, 2017    ========= ☆  foresight  展望 ============================ Someone’s foresight is their ability to see what is likely to happen in the future and to take appropriate action. So, I have some sad news, but it does relate to today’s word. Last year, my mother had an operation to fix her broken arm. She had the foresight to write out a plan about what she would want to happen to her if something went wrong. She had the foresight to make a plan that said she didn’t want to have any artificial machines keeping her alive if she got sick. Unfortunately, yesterday she had a heart attack. Luckily, she wasRead more about Today’s Word: foresight[…]

Today’s Word: mark

Today’s Word: mark

January 9, 2017   ========= ☆  mark  目標 ============================ When we talk about a “mark” we are aiming for, we mean our target, our goal, our objective, our purpose. It is more common to use this word in business, to describe the mark you are aiming for, whereas in your personal life you would more likely talk about goals. This week’s quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and he has good advice on how to reach your mark or goal: “We aim above the mark to hit the mark.” This is so true, don’t you think? When we aim to hit our mark, we sometimes don’t reach it, however, if weRead more about Today’s Word: mark[…]

Today’s Word: grounded

Today’s Word: grounded

January 8, 2017      ========= ☆  grounded  しっかりした ============================ Depending on the dictionary you use, you might not find this word in it. You’ll most likely find “ground” and see that “being grounded” means a ship that is stuck and has hit the bottom of the sea and cannot move, or a plane that is grounded, meaning that it is stuck on the runway, waiting to be allowed to take off. In fact, a more common, everyday usage of this word is to describe someone who is sensible and has a good understanding of what is really important in life. So, do you know anyone you would describe as being grounded?Read more about Today’s Word: grounded[…]

Today’s Word: energetic

Today’s Word: energetic

January 7, 2017 ========= ☆  energetic  活動的な ============================ So, this is kind of funny, or ironic. Yesterday after sending you the “lofty” email, my friend messaged me to say she was feeling energetic and did I want to join her for a run in the hills. I said yes, so she picked me up and we drove about 30 minutes to our run start location… can you guess where she drove us? That’s right, the bottom of Mt. Lofty! Ha ha! It was a hot day (we are finally getting summer days here) and we ran 23 km around the hills near Mt. Lofty – we didn’t actually go toRead more about Today’s Word: energetic[…]

Today’s Word: lofty

Today’s Word: lofty

January 6, 2017 ========= ☆  lofty  (目的が)高い ============================ When we describe something as “lofty” we meant that it is an important, admirable, or high goal. Do you have any lofty goals for this year? What are they? On a different topic, in South Australia, where I live, the most famous “mountain” is actually called Mt. Lofty!! The funny thing is though, it is one of the highest mountains in South Australia, but it is just 727m high! That is about 3,000m lower than Mt. Fuji! Some people have the goal of hiking up Mt. Lofty – but to be honest, this isn’t really a “lofty” goal, is it? 😉 Bye, Chris

Today’s Word: curious

Today’s Word: curious

January 5, 2017 ========= ☆  curious  好奇心のある ============================ Would you describe yourself as a curious person? I like to think that I am curious, but I’m not sure if I really am anymore. My kids are definitely curious, they are always asking me strange and unusual questions – sometimes I feel like I am their Google!! Do you know the song “The twelve Days of Christmas”? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGtAa3klQNk Most people think that the 12 days of Christmas are in December before the 25th Christmas day. However, my mum always said they started on Christmas day, and finished today, January 5th. I was curious to see if this was true or not –Read more about Today’s Word: curious[…]

Today’s Word: meticulous

Today’s Word: meticulous

January 4, 2017 ========= ☆  meticulous  几帳面な ============================ If you describe someone as meticulous it means that they are very careful and pay attention to detail when they do things. Other words with similar meanings are: thorough, precise, well-organized. Naturally, being meticulous or well-organized can help you reach your goals. When you set out your plan to reach your goal, having a detailed plan of what to do and when to do it can really help. Just so long as you are not too meticulous; you need to be able to change the plan if necessary.   Bye, Chris

Today’s Word: monotonous

Today’s Word: monotonous

January 3, 2017          ========= ☆  monotonous         変化のない ============================ Something that is monotonous is very boring because it has a regular, repeated pattern, which never changes. We usually use monotonous to talk about jobs, such as factory work or routine office work. However, it could also be related to your goals. For example, do you have an English goal this year? Is it the same or different from last year? Most people have the goal of wanting to “speak better English” (or something like that), but if you have that goal, year after year, it will be monotonous for sure! If your goal is the same as last year, try toRead more about Today’s Word: monotonous[…]

Today’s Word: apprehensive

Today’s Word: apprehensive

January 2, 2017      ========= ☆  apprehensive  心配な ============================ OK, so yesterday we talked about what areas of your life you want to grow in 2017. Today, let’s think about what you might feel apprehensive about in terms of those goals. When you feel apprehensive about a goal, you feel anxious, or nervous, or worried that it might not happen, that something might stop you from reaching that goal. If you can list out what you are apprehensive about, it’s easier to find solutions. One of my goals is to run the 100km trail run that I tried two years ago, and I’m apprehensive because I failed in my first attemptRead more about Today’s Word: apprehensive[…]

Today”s Word: grow

Today”s Word: grow

January 1, 2017     ========= ☆  grow  成長する ============================ Hello!! Happy New Year! So, is 2017 going to be your year? I plan to make it my year of growing – both myself and my business. Just like this month’s topic, I plan to “go beyond my limits.” I have a goals planer, and it has 12 sections in it: physical health, mental health, spiritual health, personal growth, marriage/partner, family & friends, career, home, joy, adventure & travel, community, and finances. I love the idea of “joy” being a goal, don’t you? My main focus for 2017 will be physical health, career, and adventure. How about you? What are your plansRead more about Today”s Word: grow[…]

embark  乗り出す

embark 乗り出す

December 31, 2016 ========= ☆   embark  乗り出す ============================ Oh my goodness, it’s the end of 2016 already! As I talked about earlier in the month, a lot of the people around are very happy to see the end of 2016 and to embark on a new year, with new goals and opportunities. So, what are you excited about for 2017? What are you going to embark on? A new job? A new location? A new goal for English? It’s summer holidays (not winter!) for us in Australia right now, so I guess we will be going camping and to the beach, but hopefully I’ll also have time to embark on aRead more about embark 乗り出す[…]

emulate  真似る

emulate 真似る

December 30, 2016 ========= ☆   emulate  真似る ============================ To emulate someone or something means that you imitate them because you admire them a lot. This is a formal word, and you’d hear it in news reports or read it in books, rather than use it in every day English. The very simple word to use instead of emulate if you are speaking, is “copy.” You could also use “imitate” however, copy is more common. Here are some example sentences using emulate. She tried to emulate the recent success of her friend. Please just be yourself, don’t try to emulate me. He attempted to emulate his boss, in order to get aRead more about emulate 真似る[…]

fall into place  うまくゆく

fall into place うまくゆく

December 29, 2016 ========= ☆   fall into place  うまくゆく ============================ “Fall into place” is an idiom that means that means that everything in a situation happens satisfactorily, without any problems. For example, if a project is well-planned, then everything should fall into place. Next March, one of my clients will be coming to Australia to give his workshop in English, to entrepreneurs and small business owners here. It’s a big project for us, but everything is falling into place and I think it will be a huge success. I’m hoping that this is not the first and last time for this kind of event. If everything does fall into place, thenRead more about fall into place うまくゆく[…]

accelerate  加速する

accelerate 加速する

December 28, 2016 ========= ☆   accelerate  加速する ============================ If a process or rate of something accelerates, it gets faster and faster. You have probably heard of something called, accelerate learning. This is where the way that we learn things is faster and speeds up. PhotoReading and Mind Mapping are a couple of great ways to accelerate your English learning. What other ways are there to accelerate your English learning? Some of the ways I recommend is to find out what your preferred learning style is and then learn using the techniques that suit your natural learning style. Using mnemonics is another way to accelerate your learning. Mnemonics are a memory toolRead more about accelerate 加速する[…]

run up against  衝突する

run up against 衝突する

December 27, 2016 ========= ☆   run up against  衝突する ============================ This word is used when you are talking about problems. When you “run up against a problem” you start to experience that problem. This is the more informal, everyday word that you can use instead of “encounter” as in “encounter a problem.” Here are some example sentences: My ideas ran up against a lot of opposition at the meeting. We have run up against technical difficulties, so there will be a delay in production. By the way, it is important not to forget the “up” because if you “run against” someone it means you are competing or working against them toRead more about run up against 衝突する[…]

mention  言及する

mention 言及する

December 26, 2016 ========= ☆   mention  言及する ============================ When you mention something, it means that you say something about it, but just briefly. For example, “When she gave him the CD he mentioned that he didn’t really like pop music.” It is often used with words like “forget”… as in “Sorry, I forgot to mention that I had to leave early.” It is also used in the phrase, “don’t mention it.” “Don’t mention it”, is a polite reply to something who has just thanked you for doing something. It’s an alternative to saying, “You’re welcome.” For example: A: Thank you very much. B: Don’t mention it. Bye, Chris

complex  複雑な

complex 複雑な

December 25, 2016 ========= ☆   complex  複雑な ============================ Merry Christmas! As you may have guessed, I’ve written this a few days early. Actually, it’s a kind of complex situation, because I’m not religious, but I do have a holiday and celebrate Christmas, so I had to write this email early. Another situation that is complex around Christmas time, is about Santa. I asked you earlier in the month if Japanese kids believe in Santa. In western culture, most kids start to wonder if Santa is real or not around the age of eight or nine years old. I recently read a lovely article about how to explain Santa to kids thatRead more about complex 複雑な[…]

delicate  繊細な

delicate 繊細な

December 24, 2016 ========= ☆   delicate  繊細な ============================ Delicate can be used in a few different ways. Firstly, it can describe something that is small and beautifully shaped. For example, “She has very delicate hands.” Or “I love the cherry blossom flower, it is so delicate.” It can also describe something that has a color, taste, or smell which is pleasant, and not too strong or intense. For example, many people think that Japanese food has a very delicate, subtle flavor (I think so, too!) If a thing is delicate, then it is easy to break or damage and needs to be treated carefully. For example, the coral in the GreatRead more about delicate 繊細な[…]

indirect  ひねくれた

indirect ひねくれた

December 23, 2016 ========= ☆  indirect  ひねくれた ============================ When someone is indirect, they suggest or refer to something without actually mentioning or stating it clearly. I often feel that the Japanese language is very indirect, and that communication goes in an indirect way before getting to the final point. Is this true, or is it a stereotype that I have believed by mistake? I found this interesting article about cultures and direct versus indirect communication styles: https://www.watershedassociates.com/learning-center-item/direct-communication-vs-indirect-communication.html It even has tips for direct people and indirect people for talking with others, which could be helpful if you do feel that you use an indirect style but have to deal with otherRead more about indirect ひねくれた[…]

dynamic  活動的な

dynamic 活動的な

December 22, 2016     ========= ☆  dynamic  活動的な           ============================ Someone who is dynamic is full of energy or full of new ideas. Do you know anyone you would describe as dynamic? I have a neighbor who I often run with who is full of energy, but I’m not sure that I would describe her as dynamic, I think in her case I would say she is energetic. Even as a native speaker, I’m not really sure why I would say she is energetic rather than dynamic – my dictionary lists them as having the same meaning. However, I think the difference is that someone who is dynamic has a lot ofRead more about dynamic 活動的な[…]

savvy  抜け目ない

savvy 抜け目ない

December 21, 2016     ========= ☆  savvy  抜け目ない ============================ This is an informal word, but it is often used in everyday English. You can describe someone as “being” savvy or as having “savvy.” If you describe someone as “being” savvy, it means you think that they show a lot of practical knowledge. For example, “His wife is a very savvy woman.” On the other hand, describing someone as “having” savvy means that you think they have a good understanding and practical knowledge about something. For example, “He is known for his business savvy and strong management skills.” On other words, when someone is savvy, it is talking generally about all theirRead more about savvy 抜け目ない[…]

perceptive  敏感な

perceptive 敏感な

December 20, 2016     ========= ☆  perceptive  敏感な ============================ When I was writing this email this morning, I wrote the English word as “perspective” and then when I looked at the Japanese translation, I thought something seemed wrong. And that made me re-check my copy of the Eigo Techo, and that was when I realized that I had written the wrong English word. That was very perceptive of me, don’t you think?! 🙂 Someone who is perceptive is good at noticing or realizing things. Of course, we usually say someone is perceptive when they notice things that are not so obvious, so perhaps me realizing that I had written the wrongRead more about perceptive 敏感な[…]

skeptical  疑い深い

skeptical 疑い深い

December 19, 2016     ========= ☆  skeptical  疑い深い ============================ If you are skeptical about something, you have doubts about it. Other adjectives that have similar meanings are: doubtful, cynical, dubious, incredulous, unconvinced, and disbelieving. What kinds of things do you feel skeptical about? For me, it is the obvious things like advertisements that say you can “get rich quick” or “lose weight fast.” But, to be honest, I’m also skeptical when my kids tell me that they are going to clean their rooms! Lol. By the way, skeptical is the American spelling. In Australia and the UK, we spell it with a c not a k, as in sceptical. If youRead more about skeptical 疑い深い[…]

advice  アドバイス

advice アドバイス

December 18, 2016     ========= ☆  advice  アドバイス ============================ Advice is guidance, help, opinions, recommendations and suggestions that you give to others when they ask for help. I’m curious about why this word is in Katakana. I always thought that katakana words were for words that didn’t originally exist in the Japanese language. In other words, I learned that katakana was for foreign words that the Japanese language adopted. But, surely the word advice already existed in Japanese, right?? So why would this kind of word be in Katakana? Can you give me some advice on this? You may have noticed that these emails are automatically being uploaded to the FacebookRead more about advice アドバイス[…]

trust  信頼

trust 信頼

December 17, 2016     ========= ☆   trust  信頼 ============================ Trust is another word that is commonly used as a verb as well as a noun. As a verb, to trust someone means that you believe in the, that you know you can depend on them. As a noun, trust can also mean: confidence, assurance, belief, certainty, expectation, and faith. Your trust in someone or something is your belief and confidence that they will not deliberately do anything to harm you. If you betray someone’s trust it means that you have done something – usually deliberately – to harm them or the way. On the other hand, if someone has complete trustRead more about trust 信頼[…]

strategy  戦略

strategy 戦略

December 16, 2016     ========= ☆   strategy  戦略 ============================ Your strategy is your plan to achieve something, in particular, something that may take a long time to achieve. So, when we set mid- to long-term goals, we usually decide on our strategy, plan, approach, or procedure, to get us to our goals. Here are some example sentences: The government will meet to decide on a strategy for reducing unemployment. What do we want our marketing strategy to achieve? Involvement of everyone in the department is important to the company’s strategy. Have you started thinking about your goals for 2017? What is your strategy for reaching them? Bye, Chris

influence  影響

influence 影響

December 15, 2016     ========= ☆  influence  影響 ============================ Be careful with today’s word. It is most commonly used as a verb, but today’s usage is as a noun. You use influence as a noun to talk about the power that someone or something has to affect people’s behavior or decisions. For example: His wife had a lot of influence. Its’ an old book, but it still exerts a strong influence on people who read it. When you want to talk about the person or thing that is affected, we use “on”. For example: He was a bad influence on my friend. In class today, we will be looking at theRead more about influence 影響[…]

privacy  プライバシー

privacy プライバシー

December 14, 2016     ========= ☆  privacy  プライバシー ============================ When you have privacy, it means that you are in a place or situation which allows you to do things without other people seeing or disturbing you. When we talk about people disturbing that privacy, we usually use the verb, “invade.” Invade is used to describe when armies attack other countries. So, as you can see, invading someone’s privacy is a pretty bad thing to do! Just like starting a war!! This is describing the situation in western culture; privacy is highly valued and invading someone’s privacy – interfering in their life without permission – is considered a terrible thing to do.Read more about privacy プライバシー[…]

environment   環境

environment 環境

December 13, 2016     ========= ☆  environment   環境 ============================ This month we’re talking about reaching for the stars, I take this to mean reaching for your goals and doing your best to achieve them. Of course, if we’re reaching for the stars these are not easy goals, but ones that challenge us to do our best and become the best we can be. So… how important is your environment to this kind of thing? Does your work or home environment affect whether you reach your goals or not? For me, it does. I don’t like clutter, and when there is too much clutter in my home or work environment, I can’tRead more about environment 環境[…]

ambiguity  曖昧さ

ambiguity 曖昧さ

December 12, 2016     ========= ☆  ambiguity  曖昧さ ============================ If there is ambiguity in something, it is unclear or confusing. Sometimes English sentences have a lot of ambiguity. Here are some fun examples for you to look at: “I saw a man on a hill with a telescope.” Can you see that this sentence is unclear, and has a lot of ambiguity about the meaning? It could mean, “the man is on a hill, and I saw him through my telescope.” Or it could mean that “I can see a man, who is on a hill and has a telescope with him.” Or, it could even mean, “I can see aRead more about ambiguity 曖昧さ[…]

backfire  裏目に出る

backfire 裏目に出る

December 11, 2016     ========= ☆   backfire  裏目に出る ============================ When a plan or a project backfires, it has the opposite result to the one that you intended. As you know, it’s Christmas season here, and so everyone is in a frenzy, shopping for presents. Rather than guess what my mom wanted, I asked her. Unfortunately, the plan backfired on me! She wanted a Fitbit. That’s OK, but it was more money than I was planning to spend – since it is just Christmas, not her birthday. Then after buying it for her, she said she’d like it now, rather than at Christmas time, so she can start using it… so nowRead more about backfire 裏目に出る[…]

enable  可能にする

enable 可能にする

December 10, 2016     ========= ☆  enable  可能にする ============================ If someone enables you to do something, they give you the opportunity to do it. For example: The new test should enable doctors to detect the disease early. We have a new training program to enable new recruits to make the most of their potential. As you can see, to enable someone to do something, or to enable something to happen is a positive thing, right? However, recently, this word has been used by doctors and psychologists to been used to describe negative behavior. When someone tries to help another person, who has a problem such as gambling or alcoholism, they mayRead more about enable 可能にする[…]

convince  説得する

convince 説得する

December 9, 2016     ========= ☆    convince  説得する ============================ When you convince someone of something, you make them believe that it is true or that it exists. For example, “He tried to convince his boss to give him a raise.” Or, “The police were not convinced that he was innocent.” Another way that this word is used is to mean, “persuade” as in you convince (persuade) someone to do something. For example, “Her mother convinced her to marry him.” Interestingly, this word is mostly used by Americans in this way. If you are talking to a British (or Australian) they would use “persuade” instead. Bye, Chris

point out  指し示す

point out 指し示す

December 8, 2016     ========= ☆   point out  指し示す ============================ There are two ways to use this word. Firstly, if you point out something, you make people look at that thing, or show them where it is. For example: We drove through my old neighborhood so I could point out where I grew up. While on vacation, my friend kept pointing out things I should photograph. The second way is to point out a mistake or a fact. This means that you want to tell someone or draw their attention to that mistake or fact. Luckily, he pointed out that my calculations were wrong, before I submitted the report. Before weRead more about point out 指し示す[…]

reset  リセットする

reset リセットする

December 7, 2016     ========= ☆  reset  リセットする ============================ Although “reset” is generally used to talk about computers and other similar devices that you can adjust back to the original settings, or factory settings so that it works again, we can also use reset to talk about our own “system.” When we try to reach for the stars, as in this month’s topic, we may need to reset our lives. It’s hard to do this, but some things that you can do are eliminate things in your life that do not bring you joy. Breaking bad habits is another way to reset your life. And perhaps one of the best waysRead more about reset リセットする[…]

eliminate  取り除く

eliminate 取り除く

December 6, 2016     ========= ☆  eliminate  取り除く ============================ Today’s word means to remove something that you do not want or need. It is a formal word and often heard in the news, politics, or meetings. For example: The new legislation does not completely eliminate discrimination in employment. Our company is down-sizing and eliminating some departments that are no longer profitable. You might also hear it used by doctors or dieticians, for example, in order to create a healthy diet, you might need to eliminate certain foods or drink from your diet. For me, right now, it’s Christmas time, and everyone is going crazy spending lots of money and buying soRead more about eliminate 取り除く[…]

assume  想定する

assume 想定する

December 5, 2016     ========= ☆   assume  想定する ============================ I’m fairly sure I’ve told you this in a previous year, but for our new readers, and as a reminder for you, here’s a great way to remember “assume”. When you “assume” something, it means that you imagine it to be true, without actually confirming that it is true, and usually it is not. So, here is how we remember this word: To “assume” something is to make an “ass out of u (you) and me” and in this case “ass” means fool. So when we assume something without checking if it is true or not, we (you and me) are fools.Read more about assume 想定する[…]

pushy  大胆な

pushy 大胆な

December 4, 2016     ========= ☆  pushy  大胆な ============================ Today’s word is an informal word, to describe someone who tries to get things done in a forceful way. For example: My old boss was so pushy, I’m glad he quit. My mother encouraged me, but she was never pushy. I really hate pushy salespeople! Do you know anyone who is pushy? Is pushy a characteristic of Japanese people generally? What country would you most associate pushy people with? Come and tell me on Facebook. Bye, Chris

receptive   受け入れる

receptive 受け入れる

December 3, 2016     ========= ☆  receptive   受け入れる ============================ A person who is receptive to new ideas or suggestions is prepared to consider them or accept them. For example, you might talk to your boss about your ideas and he might seem receptive to your ideas, meaning that he will consider them. Sometimes a word might seem hard to remember, in that case, it’s always a good idea to list up some alternative words you could use instead. This is a great way to increase your vocabulary, too. So, get out your thesaurus and check for words with a similar meaning. Here are some: open interested open to suggestions sympathetic DoRead more about receptive 受け入れる[…]

unacceptable  受け入れられない

unacceptable 受け入れられない

December 2, 2016     ========= ☆  unacceptable  受け入れられない ============================ If something is unacceptable, you disapprove of it and feel it should not be allowed to continue. We can describe the following kinds of things as being unacceptable: behavior, conduct, actions, and situation. When we talk about something being “socially unacceptable” we mean that it is not OK to do that thing in social situation. This is interesting for different cultures, for example, foreigners living in Japan might do something that is socially acceptable in their home country, but totally unacceptable in Japan. Can you think of any behavior that is unacceptable in Japan that might actually be acceptable in another country?Read more about unacceptable 受け入れられない[…]

meticulous  几帳面な

meticulous 几帳面な

December 1, 2016     ========= ☆  meticulous  几帳面な ============================ Welcome to December! How has 2016 been for you? Many people around me have been saying 2016 was a terrible year and they can’t wait for 2017… I’m happy to wait – I don’t want to miss out on Christmas! 🙂 Today’s word is meticulous. If you describe someone as meticulous, you mean that they do things very carefully and with great attention to detail. So, speaking of Christmas, my kids still believe in Santa, and they keep asking me questions about him and how he knows where everyone lives and what presents to give them and so on… I guess IRead more about meticulous 几帳面な[…]

relentless  厳しい

relentless 厳しい

November 30, 2016 ========= ☆   relentless  厳しい ============================ You can use “relentless” in two ways. Firstly, to describe something that is bad, that never stops or never becomes less intense. For example, “The pain in my leg was relentless.” However, a more positive way to use this word, is to describe a person who is determined to do something and refuse to give up, even if what they are doing is unpleasant or hard. For example, in the Q&A at the end of this month, the question is “How do you make each day count?” One answer is “I am relentless when working on my goals.” In other words, they keepRead more about relentless 厳しい[…]