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Today’s Word: nutrient

Today’s Word: nutrient

September 22, 2017 =========

☆  nutrient   栄養物

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Do you know what an essential nutrient is? It is one that the body cannot create on its own, or cannot create enough of, so we must get these nutrients from our food. These essential nutrients are necessary for our bodies to function properly. Do you know what the six essential nutrients are? They are carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water.

I found it interesting that carbohydrates are listed as essential because there are so many diets and experts that say a low-carb diet is best for us. However, it also seems that carbs are the main energy source for our brains… this might explain whyRead more about Today’s Word: nutrient[…]

Today’s Word: variety

Today’s Word: variety

September 21, 2017 =========

☆  variety   種類

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One thing we do have in Australia, even though I don’t think we really have any “delicacies” as I said yesterday, is variety. There is so much variety in the types of food you can eat here, due to the high level of immigration. You can get good old British fish and chips to eat at the beach, or you can walk to the café next door and have Mexican food.

Recently, vegan restaurants have been increasing, so there is a lot more meat-free variety available too. I think Japan has a lot of variety, nowadays, too, but when I first came to Japan (back in theRead more about Today’s Word: variety[…]

Today’s Word: delicacy

Today’s Word: delicacy

September 20, 2017 =========

☆  delicacy  珍味

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A delicacy is a rare or expensive food that is considered especially nice to eat. I think that Japan is a country filled with delicacies, don’t you? The food that you can eat at when you travel to local areas are always so impressive. I just love the fact that most areas of Japan have their local delicacy… and when you eat it at that location, it always tastes so much better than if you bought it at a supermarket and ate it at home!

One disappointing thing about Australia is that we don’t tend to have this kind of local delicacy culture. As there are soRead more about Today’s Word: delicacy[…]

Today’s Word: practice

Today’s Word: practice

September 19, 2017 =========

☆  practice  習慣

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When I was in high school we had a subject called “Home Economics” which was once a week, and we practiced things like sewing and cooking, and skills related to running a household. Boys and girls took part in this class, no discrimination! Unfortunately, as we were all teenagers, no one really cared about cooking or sewing, so I don’t think we learned much!

All I really remember from the class is practicing to make toast! Unbelievably, a lot of people managed to burn their toast, and the kitchen room smelled like it was on fire! We obviously needed more practice! Do Japanese school have this kindRead more about Today’s Word: practice[…]

Today’s Word: concoction

Today’s Word: concoction

September 18, 2017 =========

☆  concoction  調合

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A concoction is something that has been made out of several things mixed together. So for example, your breakfast might be a “concoction of yogurt, oats, and apples, with honey.” One good thing about making a “concoction” for your dinner (or breakfast or lunch!) is that you can just throw together the ingredients that you have, there’s no need to go out and buy more.

If you search on the Internet, you’ll find lots of cooking sites devoted to helping you make concoctions out of what you have in your pantry. This also means, that you are generally eating fresh, in-season ingredients, which is always much healthier,Read more about Today’s Word: concoction[…]

Today’s Word: canned

Today’s Word: canned

September 17, 2017 =========

☆  canned  缶詰の

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It’s interesting, but as with anything health-related, you can find “experts” who say canned foods are good to eat, and “experts” who say we shouldn’t eat canned foods, and instead choose fresh or frozen.

When canned foods are made, they are processed, sealed in the can, then heated to kill bacteria and to prevent the food from going bad. Interestingly, there are some foods that become even better for us after they have been canned. For example, apparently, when tomatoes and corn are heated they release more antioxidants, so eating canned tomatoes or canned corn can be a good source of antioxidants.

How about in Japan? Are cannedRead more about Today’s Word: canned[…]

Today’s Word: dried

Today’s Word: dried

September 16, 2017 =========

☆  dried  干した

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A few years ago, I got very interested in preparing my own dried foods, such as fruit and vegetables that my kids could eat as snacks. I decided that if I made my own, they’d be healthier than the shop-bought ones. So, I got all the books and bought some camping nets that are usually meant for drying dishes, but can also be used to dry foods.

And then summer started. And we had rain, and more rain, and unbelievably even more rain! It was the wettest summer in a long time – and I only got to have dried apples once! Just one day, when theRead more about Today’s Word: dried[…]

Today’s Word: fermented

Today’s Word: fermented

September 15, 2017 =========

☆  fermented  発酵した

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Recently, in Australia, there has been a huge boom in the fermented foods industry, and there are a lot of new experts and gurus telling us that fermented foods are the best way to heal our gut, and if we can heal our gut, then we can live a long and healthy life.

One of the biggest recommendations is to drink “Konbucha” and so if you go to health food stores and even some cafes, you can find bottles of Konbucha for sale… it is *nothing* like the kombucha I used to drink in Japan! It’s so strange, in order to sell it to the western world,Read more about Today’s Word: fermented[…]

Today’s Word: well-balanced

Today’s Word: well-balanced

September 14, 2017 =========

☆  well-balanced  バランスのとれた

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I always thought I ate quite healthily, and a good mix of all the recommended five food groups. In Australia, unfortunately, we don’t have the “ningen-doc” system that you have in Japan, so if you want to check your health, you need to be proactive about it, and ask your doctor to do it.

So, I did and the blood tests showed my iron as a bit too low. My doctor recommended eating more red meat. Now, I’m not a vegetarian, but I also try not to eat a lot of meat. I think that too much meat is not really a well-balanced diet. My doctor recommendedRead more about Today’s Word: well-balanced[…]

Today’s Word: bland

Today’s Word: bland

September 13, 2017 =========

☆  bland  さっぱりとした

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Food that is bland has very little flavor. This is definitely an insulting thing to say to someone who has cooked you a meal, so be careful! If the chef asks you what you think of the food, it’s probably best not to say, “It’s a little bland.” or “It’s too bland for my taste.” Unless your job is working as a food critic, this is a word that you should only use when you are talking with people who didn’t cook the food!

Another thing to be aware of with this word, is the spelling! If you get your “r” and “l” mixed up then you’llRead more about Today’s Word: bland[…]

Today’s Word: scrumptious

Today’s Word: scrumptious

September 12, 2017 =========

☆  scrumptious  とても美味しい

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Scrumptious is an informal word for “delicious”. Something that is scrumptious, either looks or tastes extremely good. When learning an informal word, it is a good chance to learn words with similar meaning. Obviously, you can learn the formal word, which as I said, is “delicious.” However, if you check your dictionary, you might find other informal words you might like to add to your vocabulary. For example:

appetizing
delectable
mouthwatering
succulent
yummy

Do you know any other words that you could add to your scrumptious list?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: fragrant

Today’s Word: fragrant

September 11, 2017 =========

☆  fragrant  よい香りの

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Something that is fragrant has a pleasant, sweet smell. You might think this word is mostly used for flowers, or things like essential oils, however foods and fruits, and of course herbs can all be very fragrant too.

In Australia, if you are trying to sell your house, the agent will often recommend that you bake bread or cookies, on the day when the house is open for buyers to come and look at it. The fragrant smell of freshly baked bread is one of the most potent smells for western people! The smell can help sell your house, because people are attracted to the smell ofRead more about Today’s Word: fragrant[…]

Today’s Word: provide

Today’s Word: provide

September 10, 2017    =========

☆  provide  提供する

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If you provide something that someone needs or wants, you give it to them or make it available to them. Similar to enriching foods that we talked about earlier in the week, often food producers include additives in foods to maintain the food’s nutritional value. These additives are supposed to provide nutrients, and can help the food stay fresh for longer.

Even though these additives may provide benefits, I still think it is better to get these nutrients and benefits from unprocessed foods. What do you think? Do you agree? Are processed foods popular in Japan? In Australian supermarkets, most of the things you can buyRead more about Today’s Word: provide[…]

Today’s Word: combine

Today’s Word: combine

September 9, 2017   =========

☆  combine  混ぜる

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Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t out train a bad diet”? It means that no matter how much exercise you do, if you are eating a poor diet every day, then you will never be truly healthy. In other words, you can really only reach your fitness goals by combining a healthy diet with exercise. A healthy diet is key, but on its own, it’s still not enough, you need to exercise too.

True health comes from combining good eating habits and good exercise habits. Is this a common idea in Japan too? I love running and exercising, but I’m not sure my eatingRead more about Today’s Word: combine[…]

Today’s Word: repair

Today’s Word: repair

September 8, 2017      =========

☆  repair  治療する

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We usually use “repair” to talk about things, but you can also use it to talk about body parts – especially if you do a sport where injuries are common. For example, in running, you might say that you are “taking time off from running to wait for my knee injury to repair itself.” Other examples are:

The doctor suggested surgery to help repair my torn ligament.
The best method to repair damaged muscles is the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate.
Given my age, it might take longer for my injury to repair itself.
By eating the right foods, you can help your body repair itself.

Take note,Read more about Today’s Word: repair[…]

Today’s Word: boost

Today’s Word: boost

September 7, 2017 =========

☆  boost  引き上げる

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There are a few different ways to use “boost” but today’s example is that you can boost or increase, or improve something. For example, the useful phrase example, is “I need to boost my metabolism.” In other words, the person wants to increase or raise their metabolism.

If you do a search for ways to boost metabolism, there are quite a few results! There’s even a book that is called 100 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism. Obviously, it is a topic that many people want to know more about. One of the main ways is to move more – so if you are doing a jobRead more about Today’s Word: boost[…]

Today’s Word: enrich

Today’s Word: enrich

September 6, 2017 =========

☆  enrich  栄養価を高める

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When you enrich something you improve its quality, usually by adding something to it. These days, in Australia, so many foods have been enriched with various nutrients to make them “better for us” that I really wonder if it’s true. In Australia, the most common foods that are enriched are things like bread and milk.

The crazy thing is that the foods lose vitamins during food processing, so they are enriched with the vitamins that they originally had, but then lost when it was made – so for example, turning wheat into flour loses vitamins and nutrients, so the bread needs to be enriched with these lostRead more about Today’s Word: enrich[…]

Today’s Word: waft

Today’s Word: waft

September 5, 2017 =========

☆  waft  漂う

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If a smell wafts through the air, it moves gently through the air. So, for example, when you walk past a bakery, the smell of freshly baked goods might waft through the doors to the street pulling you in to the store buy the donuts… What? That doesn’t happen to you? Must just be me then. Ha ha 🙂

It’s amazing how smells can affect us, sometimes in the morning as I head to work, the freshly ground coffee bean smell wafts through the air from the café, and even though I have already had a coffee, I find myself “needing” another one!

What smells affect you? DoRead more about Today’s Word: waft[…]

Today’s Word: influence

Today’s Word: influence

September 4, 2017 =========

☆  influence  影響を与える

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Another great quote this week, this time by Deepak Chopra, “The way you eat can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.” That is a bold statement, don’t you think? I guess most people think that eating better could influence their life by a few years, but 30 to 50 years is a long time!!

Do you agree? Do you think it is possible to eat in such a healthy way that it influences your life and health so much that you live for an extra 30 or so years? Or do you think he is saying it influences your life, not so much in theRead more about Today’s Word: influence[…]

Today’s Word: withdrawal

Today’s Word: withdrawal

September 3, 2017     =========

☆  withdrawal  禁断症状

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Withdrawal is the period of time during which you feel ill after you stop taking something, such as a drug, that you were addicted to. In fact, it doesn’t have to be an illegal drug, it could be things that we don’t really consider drugs, such as caffeine, alcohol, or even carbohydrates!!

Have you ever tried to quit carbohydrates? If you stop eating them altogether, in the first few days it is common to have flu-like symptoms, such as body aches, headaches, nasal congestion, sore throat, and even nausea! That’s a pretty tough withdrawal! It might be better just to reduce carbs, rather than cut themRead more about Today’s Word: withdrawal[…]

Today’s Word: good health

Today’s Word: good health

September 2, 2017      =========

☆  good health  健康

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What does “good health” mean to you? Yesterday I introduced the quote from Buddha, about it being our duty to keep ourselves in good health, but I guess that might mean something different to everyone, right? It’s a bit ambiguous, like the word, “rich” or “happy” – everyone has their own definition or meaning for these words.

For me, good health means being able to run and exercise easily, and being at a weight that is not over- or underweight for my body. Good health means not getting sick and being able to recover naturally, if I do get sick, without needing medicine or toRead more about Today’s Word: good health[…]

Today’s Word: duty

Today’s Word: duty

September 1, 2017     =========

☆  duty  義務

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This month we are looking at the topic of eating healthy and living long. Sounds good to me! In fact, the quote this week is from Buddha, saying, “To keep the body in good health is a duty.” What do you think of this idea? I love it! I really think that we have to keep ourselves in good health – not just for our own enjoyment of life and general happiness, but for those around us too.

I can’t remember if I told you or not, but back in January, my mother got very sick – from not eating well – and we actually spentRead more about Today’s Word: duty[…]

Today’s Word: turmoil

Today’s Word: turmoil

August 31, 2017 =========

☆  turmoil  騒動

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Turmoil is a state of confusion, disorder, uncertainty, or great anxiety. Other words with a similar meaning are: confusion, chaos disorder, upheaval. It isn’t a formal word, but you might not hear it so much in every day conversation. Here are some examples of how you might use it in relation to our Work-Life Balance topic:

Our company is in turmoil right now, after our manager quit suddenly!
Overwork and emotional turmoil is causing me a lot of stress and anxiety at the moment.
I just want the turmoil at work to be over, so we can relax and focus on work again!
We are facing a bit of financialRead more about Today’s Word: turmoil[…]

Today’s Word: viewpoint

Today’s Word: viewpoint

August 30, 2017 =========

☆  viewpoint  観点

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Someone’s viewpoint is the way that they think about things in general, or the way they think about a particular thing. So, this week’s Q&A is about paternity leave, which we looked at yesterday. “What is your viewpoint on paternity leave?”

So, how do you feel about paternity leave? Is it a good idea? Do you think it will encourage Japanese people to have more children? Did you realize that fathers could take a whole year of paid paternity leave, like I talked about yesterday? What is your viewpoint, paternity leave – good or bad? Necessary or unnecessary? What are the benefits and disadvantages?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: paternity leave

Today’s Word: paternity leave

August 29, 2017 =========

☆  paternity leave  父親の育児休暇

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A friend of mine from the UK lives in Japan, with her American husband, and he is currently taking paternity leave. It’s paid – not full pay from the company, but the government subsidizes it so that you can take a full 12 months of paid leave – the mother and/or father! Did you know that?

I didn’t know that! I also didn’t know that Japan is 2nd highest in the world for the length of paid paternity leave. In Japan, the father can take 52 weeks of paid leave. The top spot goes to South Korea, which is 53 weeks of paid leave. Wow! IRead more about Today’s Word: paternity leave[…]

Today’s Word: issue

Today’s Word: issue

August 28, 2017 =========

☆  issue  論点

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An issue is an important subject that people are arguing about or discussing. It is often used with words like “raise the issue” or “key issue.” Here are some example sentences:

I’m planning to raise the issue of unpaid overtime at the next meeting.
One of the key issues in work-life balance is knowing what your priorities are.
I don’t want to confuse the issue any further.
There was no need to bring up that issue in the meeting.
We never discussed the issue, but I still think about it a lot.

Can you use “issue” in a sentence?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: suffer

Today’s Word: suffer

August 27, 2017 =========

☆  suffer  耐える

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We usually use “suffer” to talk about someone enduring or going through pain. However, you can also use it to talk about suffering an unpleasant experience. Now, that experience doesn’t need to be that unpleasant… for example, have you ever been to a meeting which was kind of pointless? A meeting which was too long, or could have been talked about via email rather than in person? In that situation, you could use “suffer” for example:

I had to suffer through another pointless meeting at work today!

Another common way that suffer is used, is in the idiom, “suffer in silence” this means that you suffer or areRead more about Today’s Word: suffer[…]

Today’s Word: engage with

Today’s Word: engage with

August 26, 2017 =========

☆  engage with  触れ合う

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If you engage with something or with a group of people, you get involved with that thing or group, and feel that you are connected with it. One of the things that I found really helped my Japanese language learning when I was living in Japan was engaging with the local community. I could have spent all my time with other foreigners, but that would have meant I spoke English all the time. What a waste!

So, instead, I made sure that I went to local community events and tried to communicate with the locals. I lived in Mitaka, and there was a society called, MishopRead more about Today’s Word: engage with[…]

Today’s Word: impact

Today’s Word: impact

August 25, 2017 =========

☆  impact  強い影響を与える

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If something impacts a situation, process or person, it affects them. Throughout our lives we make decisions, many of which impact our lives in ways that we couldn’t imagine at the time. For me, the decision to apply for a homestay when I was 16 impacted my life greatly. I’m sure I’ve already told you, but when I was 16, I applied for a homestay in Japan – even though I was studying French at the time!

I ended up staying for six weeks in Okayama, and the impact that had on my life was immense! Firstly, I finished high school and then decided to study JapaneseRead more about Today’s Word: impact[…]

Today’s Word: forget

Today’s Word: forget

August 24, 2017 =========

☆  forget  忘れる

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Today’s word is an easy one! The useful phrase is also appropriate for the topic of work-life balance. “Don’t forget to get some rest.” You might think that you only forget “things” but it is fine to use today’s word with more abstract concepts like taking a break, or getting some rest, or practicing self-care.

Sometimes we can be so busy with everything we need to do at work and home, we forget to rest! Does that ever happen to you? My friend at my early morning run group said this morning that if I had some free time, I should watch a TV program that sheRead more about Today’s Word: forget[…]

Today’s Word: extend

Today’s Word: extend

August 23, 2017 =========

☆  extend  延長する

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If you extend something, you make it last longer than before, or end at a later date. Usually you’d talk about extending deadlines, but you can also extend business hours or opening hours. In fact, in Australia, during December, the shops extend their business opening hours a lot – so that everyone has enough time to spend all their money on Christmas presents!! Ha ha

Are there any times of year when the shopping hours are extended for a special event? For example, New Year? Are the opening hours extended for Christmas? I can’t imagine that they would be, but maybe Christmas is becoming more popular soRead more about Today’s Word: extend[…]

Today’s Word: get away with

Today’s Word: get away with

August 22, 2017 =========

☆  get away with  罪を逃れる

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If you get away with something, it means you do it without suffering any punishment or bad consequences. This is usually used in the situation where you have done something wrong or risky, but you could also use it in a work situation. For example:

I was supposed to go to a work dinner last night, but I got away with not going.
This week I’ve gotten away with not doing any overtime!
I can’t believe she got away with that, the boss should have punished her.

Have you gotten away with something recently? What happened?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: address

Today’s Word: address

August 21, 2017 =========

☆  address  取り組む

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If you address a problem or a task, you try to understand it or deal with it. You concentrate or focus on the problem, and you definitely don’t ignore it.

One of the useful phrases this week is “I think we need to address this problem right away.” Using the daily word in a sentence is always a great way to learn and remember new words. Even if the word is one you already know, putting it into a sentence makes your brain think the word is important to you, so you’re more likely to remember it – and use it – than if you just lookRead more about Today’s Word: address[…]

Today’s Word: deadline

Today’s Word: deadline

August 20, 2017 =========

☆  deadline  締め切り

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A deadline is the time or date by which a task must be finished. Other words with a similar meaning are: time limit, cutoff point, limit, target date. I don’t really like long-term deadlines as I find it easy to get distracted! However, I found this interesting article a while ago, about how to use deadlines effectively.
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/22-tips-for-effective-deadlines.html

These are a couple of the ideas I liked:
Find the Weak Link – the author says we need to find out what part of the task might delay or ruin the whole project and do that first.
and
Mark Excess Baggage – identify areas or tasks of the project that could beRead more about Today’s Word: deadline[…]

Today’s Word: pressure

Today’s Word: pressure

August 19, 2017 =========

☆  pressure  プレッシャー

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If you are feeling pressure from the people around you, or from life in general, it means that you feel you must do a lot of tasks or make a lot of decision in a short amount of time. Or you might be feeling pressure because people expect a lot from you. For example, if you start a new job, you might feel pressure to perform at a certain level so that you can create a good impression.

You might feel pressure if your job means that you need to make a lot of decisions in a very little time. Or you might have a deadline approachingRead more about Today’s Word: pressure[…]

Today’s Word: workaholic

Today’s Word: workaholic

August 18, 2017 =========

☆  workaholic  仕事中毒

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This is an informal word, and you wouldn’t really use it in a business situation. You’d use it to talk to friends for example. So, a workaholic is someone who works most of the time and finds it difficult to stop working, so they don’t have much time to do other things, like their hobby and fun things in life. I guess if their work is their hobby, then being a workaholic might not be too bad, but really, everyone needs a break and rest sometimes.

What about someone who does overtime every night at their company, would you consider them to be a workaholic, or isRead more about Today’s Word: workaholic[…]

Today’s Word: burnout

Today’s Word: burnout

August 17, 2017 =========

☆  burnout  燃え尽き症候群

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Today’s word is a noun, but you could also separate the words, to “burn out” which means that you make yourself exhausted or ill by working too hard. So, the noun, then, is the state of “burnout” where you are exhausted or ill as you have worked too hard.

Have you ever experienced burnout? How or why did it happen? Was it due to working too hard at your job or at home? You can also experience burnout just from having too much to do in general. Do young people – as in school age kids – in Japan experience burnout? I imagine their schedules are soRead more about Today’s Word: burnout[…]

Today’s Word: workload

Today’s Word: workload

August 16, 2017 =========

☆  workload  仕事量

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Your workload – or the workload of your company or organization – is the amount of work that you have to do. This word is most commonly used when the workload is too much, or too heavy. For example:

Mr. Suzuki had to cancel his trip due to his heavy workload.
We are hiring more staff in order to cope with the extra workload.
I wish I could change to a job that didn’t have such a heavy workload.
Since Kate left, we’ve all noticed an increase in our workload.

How is your workload? Is it too much or, just right? Do you wish you had more work or less?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: lifestyle

Today’s Word: lifestyle

August 15, 2017 =========

☆  lifestyle  ライフスタイル

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Your lifestyle is the living conditions, behaviors, and habits that you typically choose. Back in the late 1980’s and 1990’s there was an American TV show called, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” The TV show featured the extravagant lifestyles of wealthy actors, athletes, and business multimillionaires.

I guess this was one of the first “reality TV” style shows. Was that ever on TV in Japan? Did you watch it? Would you be interested in watching a TV show about the lifestyle of someone rich and famous? How would it make you feel? Would you feel jealous that your lifestyle was not as extravagant or would youRead more about Today’s Word: lifestyle[…]

Today’s Word: part

Today’s Word: part

August 14, 2017 =========

☆  part  役割

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This week’s quote, “Work is just a part of our life, not vice versa.” Now, in this quote, the word “part” means a piece or a bit of our life. In other words, work is one bit of our life, and we must make sure that our life doesn’t just become a small bit / part of our work.

Today’s word “part” means character or role. We each have many different roles or parts in our life, such as daughter, wife, mother, staff, coworker, friend, sister and so on. Balancing all these parts is the key to a happy life, right? Have you ever sat down andRead more about Today’s Word: part[…]

Today’s Word: balance

Today’s Word: balance

August 13, 2017 =========

☆  balance  バランスをとる

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If you balance one thing against another, you consider its importance in relation to the other. In other words, looking at our topic for the month, we are balancing our work and our life. We are balancing our time spent at work or on business and our time spent on personal pleasures and hobbies.

If you are looking to balance work and life, you might also look at the conditions of your job, for example, balancing out the working hours versus the time off. Or balancing the salary and the overtime you might need to do. What other things might you have to balance in order toRead more about Today’s Word: balance[…]

Today’s Word: encourage

Today’s Word: encourage

August 12, 2017 =========

☆  encourage  励ます

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If you encourage someone, you give them confidence. You can encourage them by letting them know that they are doing a good job and tell them not to give up. For example, my father always encouraged me to be whatever I wanted to be.

You can also encourage someone to do something, which is a little different – it means that you are trying to persuade them to do something. Naturally, you are encouraging to do something that you think would be good for them: such as encouraging someone to apply for a job, or to eat more vegetables, or to join a sports team. You areRead more about Today’s Word: encourage[…]

Today’s Word: manage

Today’s Word: manage

August 11, 2017 =========

☆  manage  なんとかする

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There are a few different ways to use the word, manage. You have most likely used it when talking about managing an organization or people. Or of course, managing time, money, or other resources. However, today’s meaning is a little different, it is similar to the meaning of “cope” or “carry on” in a difficult situation. In other words, if you manage, it means that you can cope or succeed in a difficult situation. Here are some examples:

Thanks for waiting, sorry I didn’t’ manage to get away from the office on time.
Don’t worry about me, I’ll manage somehow.
She lost her job last month, but she isRead more about Today’s Word: manage[…]

Today’s Word: delegate

Today’s Word: delegate

August 10, 2017    =========

☆  delegate  委託する

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If you delegate duties, responsibilities, or power to someone, you give them those duties, those responsibilities, that power, so that they can act on your behalf. Delegating to others most commonly happens at work: you can delegate work to someone else so that you have more time to do the work that only you can do.

Of course, you can also delegate tasks and responsibilities at home, too. My “birthday present” to my son on his 7th birthday was a washing basket and a camping washing line! The idea was that I would delegating his washing to him – of course, I would teach him andRead more about Today’s Word: delegate[…]

Today’s Word: prioritize

Today’s Word: prioritize

August 9, 2017   =========

☆  prioritize  優先する

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Are you good at prioritizing? I think being able to prioritize is one of the most important things for work-life balance, don’t you? Actually, the fact is, we’re always prioritizing the things we have to do and want to do. The question is whether we are prioritizing the right things!

The problem is that most of the time when we prioritize something it is an unconscious decision. What do I mean? Well, at night, I like to read novels as I’ve been reading business related stuff during the day, and yet, I have no time! However, I do have time to check Facebook and watch theRead more about Today’s Word: prioritize[…]

Today’s Word: neglect

Today’s Word: neglect

August 8, 2017      =========

☆  neglect  なおざりにする

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I recently read a blog post by a “guru” whose articles I like to read. She was talking about self-care and how recently she’d been neglecting her own self-care. Like the useful phrase says, “It’s easy to neglect your own care when you are busy.” In the blog post, she talked about ways that people (women in particular) neglect their self-care. Some of her examples were:

Skipping meals and using coffee to get you through the day
Not getting enough sleep
Giving up hobbies because you’re too busy at work
Feeling like you need to do everything, rather than asking for help or delegating.

What doRead more about Today’s Word: neglect[…]

Today’s Word: confuse

Today’s Word: confuse

August 7, 2017 =========

☆  confuse  混乱させる

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This week’s quote is from Hilary Clinton, saying, “Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.” I think this is really interesting, don’t you? I mean, her career and her attempts to become president of the US, must take up so much of her time, it is hard to imagine that she really has a lot of “spare time”…

To be president of the USA would be quite a career achievement, but I think it would be easy to confuse that achievement with “having a life.” Do you think that when she says, “having a life” she means this is the sign of success, andRead more about Today’s Word: confuse[…]

Today’s Word: flexible

Today’s Word: flexible

August 6, 2017 =========

☆  flexible  融通が効く

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If something is flexible, then it is able to change easily, and adapt to different conditions and circumstances easily, whenever they occur. So, your job might be flexible if you are able to take time off easily, if something happens that means you can’t work.

What is important to you in a job or career? Do you want flexible working hours? Is it possible to find a job in Japan that pays well but is also flexible? For many people, this would be the ideal job, right? Having enough time and money to do the things you want to do with your life, by having a jobRead more about Today’s Word: flexible[…]

Today’s Word: stressful

Today’s Word: stressful

August 5, 2017 =========

☆  stressful  ストレスの大きい

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If a situation or experience is stressful, it causes the person involved to feel stress. For example, you might have a stressful job, or a stressful situation at work, or a stressful relationship with your parents.

If you look online, you can find lists of the top ten most stressful jobs. The lists are all a bit different, depending on who is doing the survey, but taxi driver seems to come up in all of them! I always thought this would be an OK job – but actually, driving in a lot of traffic can be stressful, and if your customer is in a hurry or rudeRead more about Today’s Word: stressful[…]

Today’s Word: off-balance

Today’s Word: off-balance

August 4, 2017 =========

☆  off-balance  バランスの崩れた

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Usually when we talk about someone or something being off-balance, we mean that they can easily fall or be knocked over because they are not standing firmly. However, another way to use this word is when you talk about your life being unbalanced, so your work and life style are off-balance. You might be working too much, or even too little, so your life is off-balance.

Interestingly, there is a book called Off Balance, by Matthew Kelly, and in it, he says that striving for work-life balance is a mistake. He says we don’t actually want balance, we want satisfaction. And if we have personal and professionalRead more about Today’s Word: off-balance[…]