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Today’s Word: photography

Today’s Word: photography

May 25, 2017 =========

☆  photography  写真撮影

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Photography is definitely a hobby for me. How about you? I actually have a very good DSLR with fancy lenses, but unfortunately the camera I use the most is my iPhone camera! The cameras on our smart phones are so good these days, that for most people’s photography hobby, they are more than good enough.

The other thing I love about photography is that you can basically teach yourself. I started doing a “365 Project” in March 2010… so that means I’ve been taking a photo a day for more than seven years! Wow!! I guess you could say photography really is a hobby for me –Read more about Today’s Word: photography[…]

Today’s Word: DIY

Today’s Word: DIY

May 24, 2017 =========

☆  DIY  日曜大工

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When I was younger, I used to think one of my hobbies was doing DIY stuff around the house. For example, fixing up an old table, sanding it and repainting it. It was fun, but it always took longer than I was expecting! So, after a few years of starting these projects but never really finishing them, I realized that I like DIY when *other* people do it, not me. Ha ha 🙂

How about you? Is DIY a hobby of yours? If so, what kind of things do you like to make or fix?

Do you fix things around the house or hire someone to do itRead more about Today’s Word: DIY[…]

Today’s Word: jigsaw

Today’s Word: jigsaw

May 23, 2017 =========

☆  jigsaw  ジクソーパズル

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One of this week’s Useful Phrases is the very simple phrase, “I love doing jigsaws.” This is a simple sentence, but you can use it any time, very easily, to describe your hobby or what you do in your spare time. “I love doing X” is so easy, right? Have you ever made a list of your hobbies? This would be a good phrase to use to make the list. Why not try it? Like this:

I love reading.
I love running.
I love taking photographs.
I love going to the movies.
I love having coffee with friends.
I love learning new things.

It’s a pretty simple list, but thinking about this listRead more about Today’s Word: jigsaw[…]

Today’s Word: pleasure

Today’s Word: pleasure

May 22, 2017 =========

☆  pleasure   楽しみ

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If something gives you pleasure, you get a feeling of happiness, satisfaction, or enjoyment from it. For example, “Watching his favorite baseball team play live gave him great pleasure.” Or, “She gets a lot of pleasure from her volunteer work.”

What gives you pleasure? A lot of things give me pleasure, but one funny thing is watching my younger son eat. He takes pleasure in eating, and so it a pleasure for me to watch him. He just loves to eat and will usually try anything. It gives me pleasure and satisfaction to watch him eat. Just don’t ask me about my very fussy older son!!

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: binge-watch

Today’s Word: binge-watch

May 21, 2017 =========

☆  binge-watch  (テレビ番組など)一気に見る

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I rarely watch TV, so it’s even more rare for me to binge-watch something. We do have Netflix, but it’s mostly so that we can watch a movie on the weekend or the David Attenborough nature TV shows.

However, a few weeks ago, my friends were talking about a Netflix series called 13 Reasons Why. Have you heard of it? It sounded interesting, so I decided to watch the first episode. Oh my goodness! It was so captivating from the very beginning, that I had to binge-watch it – I had to know what happened in the end! It took me three nights, with not much sleep,Read more about Today’s Word: binge-watch[…]

Today’s Word: read

Today’s Word: read

May 20, 2017 =========

☆  read  読書をする

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This is definitely my hobby! I love to read in my spare time. One good thing about living in Australia for me, is that now I have access to a library with English books in it! When I lived in Tokyo, there were only a few English books in the library near me, and they were mostly Sidney Sheldon books!! I like to read many different genres, but I’ve still never read a book by him. Ha ha!

Do you like to read in your spare time? Do you prefer books or eBooks? Kindles and other devices are so handy for train travel. You don’t have toRead more about Today’s Word: read[…]

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May 18, 2017 =========

☆  garden  園芸をする

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Today’s word (like Tuesday and Wednesday’s too) is actually more commonly used as a noun, “gardening” (writing, inventing). However, it is important to know the verb form, too. Depending on the sentence structure and grammar pattern you want to use, you will need to decide on using the verb or the noun.

For example, a common way to answer the question, “What’s your hobby?” is to reply, “I like to X (verb) in my spare time.” You could also say, “My hobby is Y (noun – usually ‘ing’ form.)”

To be honest, a native speaker is much more likely to say, “I like to garden in my spareRead more about Today’s Word:[…]

Today’s Word: invent

Today’s Word: invent

May 17, 2017 =========

☆  invent  発明する

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Like yesterday, I feel like this might be an odd hobby – I don’t know many people that say they like to invent things in their spare time… but in fact, I do know at least one person who loves to do this! In their spare time, they spend a lot of time inventing and designing new things. Mostly they are alternatives to things that already exist, like a picnic table – but one that folds up and is small enough to carry in a backpack.

If you can invent the “right” thing as your hobby, you could become very rich! Right now in Australia, Bey BladesRead more about Today’s Word: invent[…]

Today’s Word: write

Today’s Word: write

May 16, 2017 =========

☆  write  書く

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Do you know many people that say that they like to write as a hobby? I know a lot of people, including myself, that say they like to read books during their spare time, but to be honest, I don’t think I know anyone who likes to write in their spare time. I think most people who write want to do it for a living – such as publishing a book, fiction or non-fiction.

But as a hobby? I’m not sure… I have once met someone who said they wrote poetry as a hobby. That’s the only person I can think of. How about you? Do youRead more about Today’s Word: write[…]

Today’s Word: reveal

Today’s Word: reveal

May 15, 2017 =========

☆  reveal  明らかにする

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This week’s quote, “In our leisure time, we reveal what kind of people we are.” (Ovid – Roman poet) This is quite similar to last week’s quote about the intelligence test, isn’t it.

These days, I’ve been so busy that if I ever had free time, I’d like to take a nap! Ha ha! I wonder what kind of person that makes me?? Lazy or intelligent??

If you have free time, how do you spend it? Do your actions reveal the kind of person you are? Do your actions reveal that you are someone that loves hiking or being outdoors? Or that you are someone that loves toRead more about Today’s Word: reveal[…]

Today’s Word: outdoor

Today’s Word: outdoor

May 14, 2017 =========

☆  outdoor  アウトドア

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Are you celebrating Mother’s Day in Japan? I’m trying to – and I’m spending quite a bit of the day outdoor, too! Luckily, even though it’s almost winter for me, it’s not toooooo cold yet.

I’ll be at one of my kids’ outdoor soccer game later this morning. Unfortunately, it’s not indoor soccer! Then afterwards, we’ll meet up with friends and head to the hills, to see the autumn leaves. That time will mostly be outdoor too… hopefully there will be a café with a warm fire and hot chocolate! I love being outside and doing outdoor sport – but I also love being inside and warm,Read more about Today’s Word: outdoor[…]

Today’s Word: distraction

Today’s Word: distraction

May 13, 2017 =========

☆  distraction  娯楽

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Good afternoon!

Well, I had so many distractions throughout the morning, that I totally forgot to write and send this email to you! Usually, distractions can be fun; a relief, a diversion, some form of leisure or amusement. But the distractions for me this morning were kid-related.

Usually on a Saturday morning, my kids go to Japanese school, to learn the language and culture. However, recently, they have changed teachers, and the class is now “boring” and “too easy” or “too hard.” Of course, I want them to learn Japanese, but it’s tough to motivate them to go on a Saturday. I think I might have to motivateRead more about Today’s Word: distraction[…]

Today’s Word: cards

Today’s Word: cards

May 12, 2017 =========

☆  cards  トランプ

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I’ve always wondered why the Japanese katakana word for cards is “trump”… do you know why?

In English, the trump card is the winning card. Many hundreds of years ago, there was a card game called “triumph” which go shortened to “trump”. So I guess that is where the Japanese word came from? Do you know if this is right or not? If you know, please let me know on Facebook!

So, basically, if you said to someone “Do you want to play cards? / Do you want to play a game of cards?” it would be fine. However, if you said, “Do you want to play trump?”Read more about Today’s Word: cards[…]

Today’s Word: hiking

Today’s Word: hiking

May 11, 2017 =========

☆  hiking  ハイキング

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Hiking! Now this is a hobby that I can understand (much easier to understand for me than knitting! Ha ha) Lots of people go hiking in Japan, right? It seems like a popular hobby, in particular with older people – I guess because they have more time after retiring?

I love hiking, but in my hometown, there aren’t many hiking spots – it’s more like walking trails through the hills, there’s no need for any special hiking gear really.

Do you like hiking? If so, what is your favorite hiking spot? Why? What do you love about it? And if you don’t like hiking, why not?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: knitting

Today’s Word: knitting

May 10, 2017    =========

☆  knitting  編み物

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Is knitting a popular hobby in Japan? My mother was always knitting when I was growing up. All of my jumpers (Australian word for sweaters!) were knitted by her! These days, I don’t know many people who say that knitting is their hobby but I must admit that recently it is making a comeback!

In particular, a few of my friends have recently started to crochet scarves and blankets! Crocheting is a little different from knitting (apparently! I don’t really know!) but it is in the same genre of knitting, and requires wool, and a lot of time!

So, do you like knitting? If so, what kindsRead more about Today’s Word: knitting[…]

Today’s Word: adventure

Today’s Word: adventure

May 9, 2017   =========

☆  adventure  冒険

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Last weekend, my running friends went on an adventure. They attempted a 100-mile (160KM) run in the Flinder’s Rangers, which is a mountain range in the north area of South Australia. To them, it was an adventure, but of course, to most people around them, it was just crazy to even attempt something like that!

Unfortunately, they didn’t make the cut-off time at the halfway point, as they had gotten lost – this was all part of the adventure I guess! However, they were extremely disappointed because they “only” managed to run 83KM…. crazy! And of course, amazing! The power of the human body and mind…Read more about Today’s Word: adventure[…]

Today’s Word: intelligence test

Today’s Word: intelligence test

May 8, 2017      =========

☆  intelligence test  知能検査

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I love the quote for this week. “The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.” This is by Laurence J. Peter, a Canadian educator (1919 – 1990). What does this mean to you? To me, it means that since we have to work to get money, the most important thing to our overall happiness is what we do when we don’t have to work – in other words, what we do with our leisure time.

To be honest, often when I have free time, I spend it looking at Facebook and Instagram. I’d actually rather be reading a book, playing with myRead more about Today’s Word: intelligence test[…]

Today’s Word: extreme

Today’s Word: extreme

May 7, 2017 =========

☆  extreme  過激な

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Extreme sports are sports that are considered risky. They often involve speed, high places, and a high level of physical exertion. It used to be that only people who were a “little bit crazy” did extreme sports, but now many extreme sports are actually quite mainstream.

One funny thing I found when I searched Google for a list of extreme sports was unicycling! In Australia, I guess this might be an extreme sport, but in Japan, it’s one that many children learn, right?? Even things like snowboarding and mountain biking are listed as extreme sports!

Have you ever done anything that would be considered an extreme sport?Read more about Today’s Word: extreme[…]

Today’s Word: interactive

Today’s Word: interactive

May 6, 2017 =========

☆  interactive  双方向の

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A lot of people play video games as a hobby, right? In the past, these games were only one-way, and not interactive at all. If you invited your friend over to your house, you could play together, but that was the limit.

Nowadays, you can play interactive games with people over the internet, and you may not even know who the other people are, right? Is this common in Japan? In Australia, teenagers tend to play with their friends online, but it is possible to play with complete strangers… I’m not sure how I feel about this! I don’t think I want my kids playing video gamesRead more about Today’s Word: interactive[…]

Today’s Word: expensive

Today’s Word: expensive

May 5, 2017 =========

☆  expensive  高価な

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One of the funny everyone says about running is that it’s a very cheap sport; you just need shoes and shorts and a shirt. But of course, like any sport, once you start really getting into it, it is actually a very expensive sport! For women, you need a good sports bra, which are very expensive. You also need expensive shoes, and technical sportswear. Oh, and a GPS watch. Ouch! Those are expensive too. Then, of course, if you’re running long distance, you need your backpack or water belt and so on… Yes, running has been one of the most expensive “cheap” sports I’ve ever done.Read more about Today’s Word: expensive[…]

Today’s Word: risky

Today’s Word: risky

May 4, 2017 =========

☆  risky  冒険的な

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Alright, time to talk about our topic of Entertainment and Leisure! Do you like risky sports? Risky adventures? Risky hobbies? What would you consider to be a risky hobby?

I like trail running, and I’ve never had any problems, but some people consider it very risky. In Australia, you might come across snakes. You might fall over stones or tree branches and hurt yourself, and I guess there is a chance you might get lost too! Because it is a little risky, most people run with others rather than alone, which makes it a little less risky.

Do you like doing something that others think is risky? IfRead more about Today’s Word: risky[…]

Today’s Word: exciting

Today’s Word: exciting

May 3, 2017    =========

☆  exciting  面白い

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Another important point for learning new words is that it is exciting for you. If you just learn random words from a list for a test or an exam, it is probably not going to be particularly exciting!

On the other hand, learning words that you can use to talk about something that you like or that you find exciting, will be much more motivating. Of course, you’re also more likely to remember those words – even if you’re learning the words for work rather than pleasure, it can still be exciting. How? Well, if you are learning words you will need to use, then youRead more about Today’s Word: exciting[…]

Today’s Word: specific

Today’s Word: specific

May 2, 2017      =========

☆  specific  特殊な

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Carrying on from yesterday, useful words would be words that allow you to speak about a specific situation or specific topic that is important to you. For example, when talking about your leisure time, if you like playing a certain sport, then you should learn the vocabulary that is specific or special to that sport. Although most words might be similar, there are also words that you use when talking about American football, that you wouldn’t use if you were talking about cricket in Australia.

So, when choosing words to learn, it’s OK to start off with the Japanese words that you would use when talkingRead more about Today’s Word: specific[…]

Today’s Word: useful

Today’s Word: useful

May 1, 2017     =========

☆  useful  役に立つ

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This month’s topic is “Entertainment and Leisure”… and I hope you’ll find a lot of “useful” words in our daily word section. What kinds of words are useful? For me, I believe that the most useful English words are the words that you actually use!

The school system in Japan tends to make people study lists of words that they won’t need or use except when they take an exam… is that useful? Not really! Useful words would be ones that you use when you want to talk about yourself, or your work, or whatever you need to talk about in English. Not just a randomRead more about Today’s Word: useful[…]

Today’s Word: cheerful

Today’s Word: cheerful

April 30, 2017 =========

☆  cheerful  明るい

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And our final word for the month and this week of personality adjectives. The Question this week is “How would you describe your personality?” We’ve had a few words over the month that you could use, so let’s recap:

headstrong, polite, idealistic, romantic, likeable, reserved, cheerful, ambitious, chatty, considerate, sociable, decisive, reckless, independent.

So, using these words and any others you want, why not try answering the question (How would you describe your personality?) in as much detail as possible! Come and share your words on the Facebook post if you’re feeling brave enough!

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: reserved

Today’s Word: reserved

April 29, 2017 =========

☆  reserved  遠慮がちな

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Someone who is reserved keeps their feelings hidden. They might seem uncommunicative, shy, standoffish, or even secretive. Personally, I don’t think this is such a negative personality trait. Someone who is reserved is generally a good listener and a good observer of people and situations.

In fact, there’s even a book about the value of introverts and reserved people in modern society. The book is called, Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. In the book, she talks about how the modern office is designed for extroverts, with too much emphasis on group work and noise. Introverts andRead more about Today’s Word: reserved[…]

Today’s Word: likeable

Today’s Word: likeable

April 28, 2017 =========

☆  likeable  人に好かれる

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Someone that is likeable is pleasant and easy to like. Some words with a similar meaning are attractive, agreeable, charming, engaging, nice, and personable. Have you ever thought about what kind of people are likeable? I haven’t really thought about it, but the UCLA (Uni of California, LA) did some research on it a few years ago, and came up with a list of things that make people likeable. Here are some of those:

– They ask questions.
– They put away their phones when they are talking with other people.
– They are genuine and honest.
– They don’t seek attention, they are simply friendly and considerate to others.
Read more about Today’s Word: likeable[…]

Today’s Word: romantic

Today’s Word: romantic

April 27, 2017 =========

☆  romantic  ロマンチックな

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So, just like yesterday’s word, this can have a different meaning depending on the context and the way you look at it. You might describe someone as romantic if they say or do things that make their partner feel special and loved. For example, “He’s so romantic and is always surprising me with little gifts and flowers.”

However, on the negative side, you could say that someone is a romantic or has romantic views meaning that you are critical of them because their view or attitude is unrealistic and they think something is better or more exciting than it is. For example, “He’s a hopeless romantic, andRead more about Today’s Word: romantic[…]

Today’s Word: idealistic

Today’s Word: idealistic

April 26, 2017 =========

☆  idealistic  理想主義的な

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When I saw today’s word, I thought this describes me and my older son very well. We are both idealistic and have lofty goals of helping others… sounds great, right? Well, then I checked my dictionary, and it says that someone who is idealistic is unrealistically aiming for perfection!

Sure enough, when I checked for synonyms, words with similar meanings, perfectionist was the first word that came up! Hmmm… yes, it’s true both my older son and I are perfectionists, but I had never really connected this trait of idealistic with being a perfectionist! I always thought that I was being romantic and optimistic and visionary… butRead more about Today’s Word: idealistic[…]

Today’s Word: polite

Today’s Word: polite

April 25, 2017 =========

☆  polite  礼儀正しい

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Someone who is polite has good manners and behaves in a way that is socially correct and not rude to other people. We sometimes talk about the idea of “polite conversation” and this is the type of conversation that you just make small talk and chat with someone in order to not be rude.

For example, when you are introduced to someone new at work or at a party, and then you stay with them for a while – what do you talk about?? The weather, the job, anything that is not really personal – and this is basically “polite conversation.” My chatty, sociable friend is greatRead more about Today’s Word: polite[…]

Today’s Word: headstrong

Today’s Word: headstrong

April 24, 2017 =========

☆  headstrong  頑固な

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This final week of April, we have seven adjectives to describe people and their personalities. I wonder if you’ll find one or two that describe you!

Today’s word, headstrong, and it is generally used in a negative way to describe someone you are critical of because they are determined to do what they want. Someone who is headstrong might also be called stubborn, willful and obstinate.

It is often used to describe teenagers who won’t listen to their parents! As in, “He’s young and very headstrong, but he’s a good kid underneath.” In this case, “underneath” means the feelings and emotions that people hide and don’t show inRead more about Today’s Word: headstrong[…]

Today’s Word: conflict

Today’s Word: conflict

April 23, 2017 =========

☆  conflict  口論

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Conflict is a serious disagreement or argument about something important. If two people are in conflict, they have had a serious disagreement and have not yet reached an agreement. Here are some example sentences:

If you are getting divorced and have children, then people always recommend that you keep any conflict between you and your ex-partner to a minimum, but it is very hard!
My coworkers and I are in conflict with the company president over all the job cuts.
Our neighbors came into conflict last month over some silly incident and they are still arguing!

Have you ever experienced a serious conflict with someone? How did you resolve it?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: enthusiasm

Today’s Word: enthusiasm

April 22, 2017 =========

☆  enthusiasm  熱意

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Is enthusiasm a good personality trait to have in Japan? In Australia, it is definitely a positive trait – to have enthusiasm for your work and your life is something that many people admire. For example, with the useful phrases this week, one is:

“I admire your enthusiasm.”

This nuance of this would depend on the tone of voice of the speaker, and also the context. If the job is one that the speaker doesn’t want to do, then the nuance is that they admire you because they don’t have or couldn’t imagine having any enthusiasm for the situation. On the other hand, if there is a positiveRead more about Today’s Word: enthusiasm[…]

Today’s Word: banter

Today’s Word: banter

April 21, 2017 =========

☆  banter  ひやかし

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Banter is a teasing or joking conversation that is amusing and friendly. It can be a noun or a verb. For example, as a noun, “I could hear a lot of laughter and banter coming from inside the house.”

Or it can be a verb, and when you banter with someone, you tease them or joke with them in an amusing, friendly way. For example, “She bantered with the host for a while when she arrived at the party.”

Have you ever heard of this word? Can you use it as a noun or verb in a sentence?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: character

Today’s Word: character

April 20, 2017 =========

☆  character  性格

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The character of a person is the qualities that make them distinct and different from others. A person’s character is their nature, their disposition, their personality, or their temperament.

There are a few other ways that you can use “character.” One common way, is this informal way to mean that someone is interesting, unusual or amusing. For example, “Bill changed departments last week, I miss him; he was a real character.” In this example, it means that Bill was a funny and amusing person (character) and you miss working with him.

You can also use it to say what kind of person someone is. For example, “He’s aRead more about Today’s Word: character[…]

Today’s Word: respect

Today’s Word: respect

April 19, 2017 =========

☆  respect  尊敬

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If you have respect for someone, you have a good opinion of them, and their character. If you like karaoke, you’ll find lots of songs on this topic of respect! You can even learn to spell the word, if you want to sing along to Aretha Franklin’s song, Respect. In those lyrics, she spells it out for us! “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”

Do you ever sing English songs at karaoke? It’s really a good way to get your mouth muscle used to pronouncing English, and it’s fun, too! Unfortunately, not many of my Japanese friends were brave enough to sing English songs when they went to karaoke with me, soRead more about Today’s Word: respect[…]

Today’s Word: power

Today’s Word: power

April 18, 2017 =========

☆  power  体力

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In yesterday’s email, we talked about power, and that meaning was about control and authority over others. However, today’s power is the idea of strength, brawn, energy, muscle and might.

In fact, it is more common to use the word strength than power when talking about someone’s physical energy, but you could use either. For example:

I admired his immense strength. (Obviously means his physical power.)
I admired his immense power. (Could mean his physical power or his authority, political power etc.)

Since it is easy to get these meanings mixed up if the context is not right, I would actually recommend using the word “strength” to refer to someone’sRead more about Today’s Word: power[…]

Today’s Word:  knowledge

Today’s Word: knowledge

April 17, 2017 =========

☆  knowledge  知識

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This week’s quote is from Bruce Lee, “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” What do you think about this idea? Would you rather have power or respect? Or perhaps both!

Actually, I’m not that interested in using my knowledge to gain power, but I would like to use it to help others. So, perhaps to me, having a good character and being respected is more important than having a lot of knowledge and power.

How about you? Do you agree with Bruce Lee, does a good character or personality automatically get you respect? Will it also get you power? 

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word:  joke

Today’s Word: joke

April 16, 2017 =========

☆  joke  冗談を言う

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Today’s word can be a verb or a noun. As a noun, a joke is something that is said or done that makes you laugh, for example a funny story. As a verb, if you joke, you tell funny stories or say amusing things. For example, “I really like where I work, it’s so relaxed and everyone is always joking and laughing.”

One thing I remember from when I was a kid was that my dad was always joking and telling funny stories at dinner time. When I was little, I tried to copy him, and while we ate dinner, I was always joking about something thatRead more about Today’s Word: joke[…]

Today’s Word: imply

Today’s Word: imply

April 15, 2017 =========

☆  imply  ほのめかす

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“What are you implying?” is one of the useful phrases this week, and it really is useful! When you imply something, it means that you are saying something about a situation in an indirect way. It is usually used in a negative way. So the question, “What are you implying?” means that someone has said something to you that feels like an attack or criticism of you, and you want them to be more honest and direct and tell you the truth.

Here are some examples of this word:

Are you implying that the mistake is my fault?
My boss always tries to undermine me and implies that theRead more about Today’s Word: imply[…]

Today’s Word: classify

Today’s Word: classify

April 14, 2017 =========

☆  classify  分類する

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To classify things means that you divide them into groups or types of things with similar characteristics. Other words with a similar meaning are: categorize, arrange, rank, and sort. You could also use the word pigeon-hole. Have you ever heard of this word?

When you pigeon-hole someone, it means that you classify them into a certain category without considering their other characteristics.  For example, you might see a non-Japanese person in Tokyo and pigeon-hole them by thinking that they do not speak or understand Japanese. Similarly, native English speakers might not give the job to a Japanese person, because they have pigeon-holed them into the group ofRead more about Today’s Word: classify[…]

Today’s Word: differentiate

Today’s Word: differentiate

April 13, 2017 =========

☆  differentiate  識別する

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If you differentiate between things you recognize that there is a difference between them. For example, a young baby cannot differentiate one person from another. Young children cannot usually differentiate between his imagination and the real world.

You can also use it to meant that you can show that there is a difference between things. For example, in Australian national parks, volunteers are trained to differentiate between imported and indigenous (Australian native) plants, so that the imported plants can be removed and destroyed.

Also, one way that a child learns language, and also to describe things is when adults, mainly their parents, help them to learn from experiencesRead more about Today’s Word: differentiate[…]

Today’s Word: badmouth

Today’s Word: badmouth

April 12, 2017 =========

☆  badmouth  否定的に話す

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If you badmouth someone it means that you criticize them when they are not around. In other words, you say negative things about them to other people, when they do not have a chance to defend themselves. This is a fairly simple word to remember right, it’s like “bad” things come out of your mouth, you are saying bad things about others. Here are some examples:

You really should stop badmouthing your ex-boyfriend; it’s over, just move on.
No one will give you a job if you badmouth your previous employer in the interview!
I try not to spend time with him anymore, as he’s always badmouthing someone he’sRead more about Today’s Word: badmouth[…]

Today’s Word:  acquiesce

Today’s Word: acquiesce

April 11, 2017 =========

☆  acquiesce   黙従する

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This is a formal word, meaning to give in or submit. If you acquiesce in something, you agree to do what someone wants or you accept what they do, even though you don’t agree or don’t want to. Because this is a formal word, you’ll most likely see it in books; novels and non-fiction and also in news reports and journalism.

However, you could use it in a business situation. For example:

I acquiesced to my boss’s suggestion that I take on an assistant.
I’ve never seen him acquiesce to our customers; the situation must be pretty desperate!

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: capitalize

Today’s Word: capitalize

April 10, 2017    =========

☆  capitalize  投資する

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You might think this word is only used in business situations, but it’s very common to use “capitalize” in personal situations, where you use a situation to gain some advantage for yourself. Of course, if you do a Google search for information about “capitalize” it will most likely tell you the grammar rule of using “A” instead of “a” at the beginning of a sentence!

That’s not the same capitalize we’re talking about! Here are some examples:

We have a staff member from the US at our company, so I’m capitalizing on every opportunity to learn English from him!
When I graduate from university, I’m going to capitalizeRead more about Today’s Word: capitalize[…]

Today’s Word: independent

Today’s Word: independent

April 9, 2017   =========

☆  independent  独立心のある

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If you say that you are independent, it means that you do not need help or money from anyone else. I recently met a Japanese woman who has been living in Australia and studying and working on her own for five years. She wants to get her permanent residence and live here, so of course many people suggest that she finds an Australian husband!

However, she is very independent, and of course she’d be happy to get married if she found the right guy, but she still wants to get her permanent residence visa by herself, so that she is not relying on anyone else inRead more about Today’s Word: independent[…]

Today’s Word: reckless

Today’s Word: reckless

April 8, 2017      =========

☆  reckless  向こう見ずな

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When you describe someone as reckless, you mean that they act in a way that shows they do not care about the danger, or about the effect that their behavior will have on other people. It is generally considered to be a negative personality trait. For example, “He is such a reckless driver.” Or “She’s been acting very reckless recently; I’m worried about her.”

Other words with a similar meaning are: careless; hasty; thoughtless, wild, rash, and impulsive. Would you describe yourself as reckless or careful? Has there ever been a time in your life when you were reckless and regretted it?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: decisive

Today’s Word: decisive

April 7, 2017 =========

☆  decisive  決断力のある

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If someone is decisive, they have the ability to make quick decisions in a difficult or complicated situation. Being decisive is considered to be a good personality trait to have. Being able to make a decision and not waver or change your mind is important to success and achieving goals, don’t you think?

Would you describe yourself as decisive? I would say that when it comes to big life-changing decisions, that I am very decisive – for example, to quit my job as a lawyer and start studying to become an English teacher was very easy for me! However, I find it impossible to be decisiveRead more about Today’s Word: decisive[…]

Today’s Word: sociable

Today’s Word: sociable

April 6, 2017 =========

☆  sociable  社交的な

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Sociable people are friendly and enjoy talking to other people. Sometimes when I am with my chatty friend, I think, “Wow! She is so sociable, I wish I were more sociable. People must think I am very anti-social.” Anti-social is the opposite of sociable.

However, I am actually pretty sociable in reality, but in comparison to my chatty friend, I seem very shy and anti-social. In fact, there’s an idiom that is used in this situation, when someone is so chatty, that other people (like me!) don’t get a chance to say anything, we say, “I couldn’t get a word in edgeways!” Have you ever heard thisRead more about Today’s Word: sociable[…]

Today’s Word: considerate

Today’s Word: considerate

April 5, 2017 =========

☆  considerate  思いやりのある      

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Someone who is considerate pays attention to the needs, wishes, or feelings of other people. For example, you might describe your husband or wife like this, “I think he’s(she’s) the most considerate man (woman) I’ve ever known.” And you might describe Japanese society as one where people are considerate of each other.

The opposite of considerate is inconsiderate. When you accuse someone of being inconsiderate, you think they are being thoughtless and not taking enough care over how their words or actions will affect other people. In Australia, this word is most often used to describe drivers! Drivers are often very inconsiderate to pedestrians and cyclists. HowRead more about Today’s Word: considerate[…]