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Today’s Word: ruminate

Today’s Word: ruminate

April 23, 2018 =========

☆  ruminate  熟考する

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This is the formal word for thinking about something very carefully. It is like you are thinking about it over and over – and so there is also one more meaning to this word and that is how animals eat! Cows ruminate – which means that they bring food back from the stomach to their mouth to chew it again. Very similar in meaning, right? Well, OK… kind of similar. 😀

Ruminate is a formal word (or technical term when talking about animals) so it isn’t used that often, but it can be used for serious topics, such as pollution, global warming, plastic waste in the oceanRead more about Today’s Word: ruminate[…]

Today’s Word: frustration

Today’s Word: frustration

April 22, 2018 =========

☆  frustration  欲求不満

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Another useful phrase for the week using today’s word: “Try not to let the frustration build up.” This is very true for learning and speaking English. Sometimes I see students try to think of the “perfect” word and the correct grammar, and of course, this leads to frustration – a lot of frustration.

Instead, just try to let the English flow… I know that’s not easy, but concentrate on being relaxed and present, rather than trying to find the best word. Sometimes, there really is a perfect word to use, but this is rare. So, let go of frustration and use the words you know!

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: real-life example

Today’s Word: real-life example

April 21, 2018 =========

☆  real-life example  実例

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This week’s useful phrase is a real-life example of the word, “real-life example” in use! Ha ha! It is “You need a real-life example to help you explain it better.” This is so true! Real-life examples really help. Recently, I’ve noticed a lot of “strange” English on the web. A lot of native speakers make mistakes between “you are” and “you’re” and “your”. And also, “their” or “there” or “they’re.”

However, something new that I have seen really confuses me! People have started writing “his” instead of “he is” or “he’s” … and to be honest, I’m not sure if it is an actual mistake, orRead more about Today’s Word: real-life example[…]

Today’s Word: humilation

Today’s Word: humilation

April 20, 2018 =========

☆  humiliation   恥

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Humiliation is the embarrassment and shame you feel when someone makes you appear stupid, or when you make a mistake in public… now hopefully this isn’t a feeling you have very often! Even if you don’t, it’s always good to know these kinds of words, so you don’t feel any humiliation by not knowing the word! 😉

Here are some example sentences:

The humiliation boiled up inside him making him feel angry and frustrated.
I tried to save him from such humiliation.
Even though she felt humiliation, she didn’t let it show.
I couldn’t believe how much humiliation I felt after the accident.

Can you make a sentence with humiliation?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: credibility

Today’s Word: credibility

April 19, 2018 =========

☆  credibility  信頼

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If someone has credibility, people believe in them and trust them. The most common time you’ll hear this word is during elections. People and journalists will talk about which politician you should vote for, and which politician has the most credibility. Unfortunately, in Australia, recently it’s been shown that most politicians are just good actors as opposed to having a credibility!

However, it’s not just politicians that need credibility. If you’re the boss at your company, having credibility will mean that people listen to you and trust you. At home, parents seem to have credibility with their kids when they are young, but once they reach aRead more about Today’s Word: credibility[…]

Today’s Word: attitude

Today’s Word: attitude

April 18, 2018 =========

☆  attitude 態度

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Late again! Did I mention it is school holidays here in Australia? You would think that would mean that my mornings are easier because there is no rush to make school lunches and take kids to school… but instead, it is more chaotic! Ha ha! In fact, this morning gave me a good example of today’s word!

Your attitude means the way you feel about something and how it shows in the way you behave.

However, it can also refer to someone as a having attitude, and this is usually used with kids. In particular, when kids are talking back to their parents and not doing as theRead more about Today’s Word: attitude[…]

Today’s Word: pride

Today’s Word: pride

April 17, 2018 =========

☆  pride  プライド

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Pride has two uses, a positive one and a negative one. A feeling of pride is the feeling of satisfaction that you have because you have done something good. For example, a sense of pride in a job well done. Or a company might pride itself on offering the best quality product. This kind of pride doesn’t really interfere with good communication.

On the other hand, the second use of pride is the feeling that you are better or more important than other people. As you can imagine, this kind of pride will be a hindrance to good communication! It’s hard to communicate well when you feelRead more about Today’s Word: pride[…]

Today’s Word: honesty

Today’s Word: honesty

April 16, 2018 =========

☆  honesty  正直

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In the quote for the week, Brian Tracy says that, “Communication is a skill that you can learn.” What kinds of things are important for communication? Honesty, definitely, right? Imagine if at your work, or within your family, you couldn’t speak with honesty and integrity. It would be very hard to have good communication, right?

You can’t control how others communicate, but if you know that you value honesty in communication, then you will be able to speak with honesty even when it is difficult and a little “white lie” might seem easier. So, for me, honesty is critical as a communication skill. How about you?  

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: intriguing

Today’s Word: intriguing

April 15, 2018 =========

☆  intriguing  面白い

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If you describe someone or something as intriguing, you mean that they are interesting or strange. For example, an intriguing book, or an intriguing question. In fact, if you want to do a search on Google, you can find out about intriguing things! I did a search and found out many intriguing facts about the human body, including this one:

“The body can detect taste in .0015 seconds, which is faster than the blink of an eye.”

This one is intriguing for me, I never knew this! My son is always tasting dinner when I am cooking it and as soon as he tastes it, he responds immediatelyRead more about Today’s Word: intriguing[…]

Today’s Word: earnest

Today’s Word: earnest

April 14, 2018 =========

☆  earnest 真剣な

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If you are an earnest person, it means that you are very serious and sincere in what you say and do, because you think your actions and beliefs are important. I think being earnest is a good trait, what do you think?

Sometimes, when someone communicates in an earnest way, it might seem a bit too intense, but I would prefer someone to speak in a sincere and honest way, rather than not! For example, if you asked someone a serious question, you would want an earnest answer, right? You wouldn’t want an answer that was frivolous and not really considerate of your serious situation, right?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: reticent

Today’s Word: reticent

April 13, 2018 =========

☆  reticent  無口な

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Ooh, it’s Friday the 13th… 

Reticent isn’t a word you hear very often these days. Someone who is reticent does not tell people about things… so I guess it’s pretty hard to be reticent in the age of social media! Everyone tells everyone else about everything! I guess that’s not really true, people do still keep some things private, but I really do think that social media may be a reason why I don’t hear about people being reticent very often these days.

Other words that you could use instead of reticent are uncommunicative, quiet, reserved, silent, or tight-lipped. Is being reticent a common character trait in Japan?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: eager

Today’s Word: eager

April 12, 2018 =========

☆  eager  熱心な

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If you are eager to do something, you are excited and enthusiastic about doing that thing. In English, there is a fun phrase, “eager beaver” this describes a person who is very excited to do what they are doing. A person who is an eager beaver is a hardworking and eager person. For example, “She started her new job last week and she is a real eager beaver!”

The reason for this “eager beaver” phrase is of course because of the hardworking beaver, building their dams. The phrase is originally from Canada I believe. I guess because they have a lot of beavers there?! Have you everRead more about Today’s Word: eager[…]

Today’s Word: reproachful

Today’s Word: reproachful

April 11, 2018 =========

☆  reproachful  非難するような

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Wow, where did the time go this morning? I’m running a bit late with this email. I usually like to send them around 8am… I hope I don’t get any reproachful emails from readers for being late! 🙂

A reproachful remark or facial expression shows that you are disappointed, upset, or angry because someone has done something wrong. For example:

She gave him a reproachful look.
When he spoke to his staff his tone was very reproachful.

Have you heard of this word before? If not, try and use it in a sentence. You might also like to try these similar words: critical and disapproving.

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: obstinate

Today’s Word: obstinate

April 10, 2018    =========

☆  obstinate  頑固な

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If you think someone is obstinate, you have a negative image of them because they are determined to do what they want and refuse to change their mind or be persuaded to do something else. Other words with a similar meaning are: stubborn, inflexible, pig-headed, self-willed, strong-minded, and willful. These words all have a negative nuance to them.

On the other hand, when you think that someone being obstinate is a good thing, you can use words like determined, persistent or tenacious. I was once described as tenacious, and at the time, I thought it was just like being stubborn or obstinate, so I was offended!Read more about Today’s Word: obstinate[…]

Today’s Word: terse

Today’s Word: terse

April 9, 2018   =========

☆  terse そっけない

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A terse comment or statement is brief and unfriendly. Other words with a similar meaning are: curt, abrupt, short, and snappy. This is a negative word, and so although being brief and concise might be positives when you are communicating, being terse is not a positive thing!

Sometimes, when we’re in a hurry, for example, trying to get everyone ready for school in the morning, I definitely sound terse! I don’t really want to get angry or be terse with anyone, but no one seems to listen in my house unless I am! For example, when we’re not in a rush, I might say, “Alright, timeRead more about Today’s Word: terse[…]

Today’s Word: device

Today’s Word: device

April 8, 2018      =========

☆  device  (携帯などの)装置

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A device is an object that has been invented for a certain purpose, for example, our smart phones are devices created to help us communicate with each other in many different ways. Unfortunately, these devices have kind of stopped us communicating with each other in person, don’t you think?

I’m definitely guilty of communicating with my device rather than in person… for example, I’d rather send a text than make a phone call. That way, I can just wait for the other person to respond when they have time. When my phone rings, I usually answer it, which can disturb my concentration, so I much preferRead more about Today’s Word: device[…]

Today’s Word: disposition

Today’s Word: disposition

April 7, 2018 =========

☆  disposition 性質

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Your disposition is your character, the way that you tend to behave or feel. For example, she has an adventurous disposition. Or, he seems to have a nervous disposition.

Have you heard of the phrase, “resting bitch face” (or RBF)? It is a funny term that describes a facial expression which unintentionally makes it seem like the person is angry or annoyed. However, the person’s true disposition is relaxed and resting, and they are actually not expressing any emotion.

This article shows a few celebrities that have RBF, even though they actually have pleasant dispositions! https://www.refinery29.com/2016/03/101608/celebrities-resting-bitch-face?bucketed=true

Is RBF a thing in Japan, too??

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: skill

Today’s Word: skill

April 6, 2018 =========

☆  skill スキル

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Improving your communication skills can really help your English, however, have you ever wondered if there are some communication skills that can help specifically with your English? In other words, they are relevant to communicating in English, but maybe not to communicating in Japanese. Here are a couple of “skills” that I think are definitely important for English communication:

Speak loudly. I often say it’s important to speak loudly, because when people don’t feel confident they speak quietly, and that can make it difficult to understand them.

Speak slowly. If you speak more slowly, you’ll give yourself more thinking time. It really doesn’t matter if you make mistakes,Read more about Today’s Word: skill[…]

Today’s Word: theory

Today’s Word: theory

April 5, 2018 =========

☆  theory  持論

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If you have a theory about something, you have your own opinion about it, which you believe to be true, but cannot prove. So, if you wanted to talk about your thoughts on a certain matter, you could say, “My theory is …” You could also say “My opinion is….” Or even, “My hypothesis is….” Here are some example sentences:

It’s just my theory, but I think he really wants to ask her out on a date.
Her theory is that robots and AI will soon replace most of the people working at her company.
People often try to explain an event in a way that fits with theirRead more about Today’s Word: theory[…]

Today’s Word: curiosity

Today’s Word: curiosity

April 4, 2018 =========

☆  curiosity  好奇心

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Do you think technology has affected the way you communicate? I think being on social media, like Facebook and Twitter, has taken away some of the curiosity we have in other people and what is going on in their lives.

My friend often posts about where she is travelling for work and what she ate for lunch, and what exercise she did that day… so when I see her in person, I already know so much about her everyday life, my curiosity is gone! Ha ha! Not gone completely of course, but when she tells me something, I feel like, “Oh you already told me this.” ButRead more about Today’s Word: curiosity[…]

Today’s Word: obligation

Today’s Word: obligation

April 3, 2018    =========

☆  obligation 義務

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If you have an obligation to do something, it is your duty to do that thing. One of my favorite authors, Danielle Laporte, has an interesting blog article about obligations. She says that we all have so many obligations that we must do throughout the day – feed pets, go to work, care for elderly parents, saying thank you for a thoughtful gift even though you don’t like it, attending funerals and so on…

She says that when we have these obligations and don’t do them, we could be seen as heartless, irresponsible, out-of-integrity, but at the same time, there are many obligations that just makeRead more about Today’s Word: obligation[…]

Today’s Word: respect

Today’s Word: respect

April 2, 2018      =========

☆  respect  敬意

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “Respect for each other is so important in the workplace.” This is so true, but as I mentioned yesterday, I think respect needs to be across the board – as in, everywhere. We need to respect each other at the workplace, at home, at school, and online.

I find it really distressing to see people attack each other online, with violent words and hatred. So, I made a rule for myself that I wouldn’t read the comments on any articles, even if it was one that a friend shared or that I was really interested in.

Does this happenRead more about Today’s Word: respect[…]

Today’s Word: disagree

Today’s Word: disagree

April 1, 2018     =========

☆  disagree  賛成できない

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This month, we’re talking about How to be a great communicator. An important topic – no matter what language you are speaking! If you disagree with someone, you don’t accept or agree with what they are saying. Being able to disagree with someone in a positive way, without it becoming an argument is a really important communication skill.

Sometimes, when I read news articles online, and then read the comments by people, I am shocked at how badly people communicate with each other. For example, if you read a political article about Trump, there will always be people who agree with him, and those who disagree,Read more about Today’s Word: disagree[…]

Today’s Word: annoyed

Today’s Word: annoyed

March 31, 2018 =========

☆  annoyed  悩んで

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If you are annoyed, you are fairly angry about something. Last Thursday my son was sick in the evening, and so he stayed home from school on Friday. By lunchtime, he felt better, his fever was gone, and he was happy again. Over the weekend, he was fine, and he went to his soccer carnival, and his team won both games. He played in the backyard and was totally fine all weekend.

Then Monday morning came around… he felt a little tired. He went to school as usual, but at 9:15am the school called me to say he was feeling sick and could I come and collect him…Read more about Today’s Word: annoyed[…]

Today’s Word: irritating

Today’s Word: irritating

March 30, 2018 =========

☆  irritating  イライラして

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This months’ question is “What do you do when you are feeling anxious?” and one answer is to write down a list of everything that is irritating you at the moment. Usually it is suggested that you write down all of the things that you are grateful for, and of course, this is important to do to. However, for me, I find it helps to get all of the irritating things out of my head, and onto paper.

When I make a list of the irritating things in my life at that time, I feel a sense of relief because usually there are not as many asRead more about Today’s Word: irritating[…]

Today’s Word: anxious

Today’s Word: anxious

March 29, 2018 =========

☆  anxious  不安な

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If you are anxious, you are worried about something. You might also say that you are feeling uneasy, apprehensive, concerned, or tense. Feeling anxious includes a physical feeling, too, and can often be a very intense emotional and physical feeling.

Feeling anxious is a little different from feeling nervous. If you are feeling nervous about something, you are feeling a little frightened, but there is usually a good reason for feeling nervous, and it is a temporary feeling. When we feel anxious it can be difficult to really know what is making us feel that way, and we often feel anxious for a longer period of time,Read more about Today’s Word: anxious[…]

Today’s Word: flexible

Today’s Word: flexible

March 28, 2018 =========

☆  flexible  柔軟な

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Similar to yesterday’s word, a person who is flexible is someone who is able to change easily and adapt to different conditions and circumstances as they occur. Being flexible can really help when there are changes in our world that we can’t control, such as our company decides to restructure or a family member is sick and needs our help.

What other skills do you think are important for when there are changes happening in your life that you cannot control? Being flexible is one, what else? How about dealing with stress? Or being able to take action even when you feel worried about what might happen?Read more about Today’s Word: flexible[…]

Today’s Word: versatile

Today’s Word: versatile

March 27, 2018 =========

☆  versatile  多才な

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You can use versatile to describe people or a thing, such as a machine or tool. If a tool is versatile, it means that it can be used for many different purposes. I suppose a smartphone could be considered versatile – a phone, a camera, a reading device, a game device and much, much more!

If a person is versatile, it means they have many different skills. So, an athlete who is versatile is good at more than one sport. Within a company, versatile employees are valued because they can be placed in many different positions and still do the work effectively.

Would you consider yourself to beRead more about Today’s Word: versatile[…]

Today’s Word: somber

Today’s Word: somber

March 26, 2018 =========

☆  somber  陰気な

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So, when I checked my dictionary for this word, I couldn’t find it! Ha ha! Then I remembered that my dictionary is British English, and therefore the word is spelled sombre. It’s not such a serious or somber problem I guess, but it is amusing that even countries that use the same English language have different spellings!

I guess the good news about having different ways to spell the same word is that if you get the spelling wrong, you can always say, “Oh, I thought that was the American spelling…” Ha ha! Do you know any other words that are spelled differently in American English comparedRead more about Today’s Word: somber[…]

Today’s Word: vex

Today’s Word: vex

March 25, 2018 =========

☆  vex  困らせる

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If someone or something vexes you, they make you feel annoyed, puzzled, and frustrated. Does learning new English words vex you? If so, try writing sentences using the word, and of course check your dictionary for words that have a similar meaning, too.

So, for vex, other words that have a similar meaning are annoy, bother, distress, exasperate, plague, trouble, upset, and worry.

And some sentence examples:

Everything about the situation vexes me!
I think she did it just to vex him…
Don’t vex me, I’m in a bad mood already!

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: reflect

Today’s Word: reflect

March 24, 2018 =========

☆  reflect  内省する

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When I told my running friend about my broken ankle, she said it was the universe telling me it was time to reflect on my running goals and to make sure that they are in alignment with being a new mum… it’s true I guess, but to be honest, I’d rather be running than reflecting on the topic of not running! Ha ha!

Jokes aside, reflecting on changes and events that are happening in your life is a good way to get a deeper understanding of what is happening and how you feel about it. For me, reflecting on not running is showing me that running isRead more about Today’s Word: reflect[…]

Today’s Word: subside

Today’s Word: subside

March 23, 2018 =========

☆  subside  落ち付く

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When something, such as your feelings or emotions, subsides, they become less strong or less intense. The useful phrase this week is: Don’t make a decision until your feelings subside. In other words, if you have a tough decision to make, you are probably feeling lots of strong emotions. If you make a decision while you are feeling all these strong emotions, it’s easier to make the wrong decision, so it’s best to wait until those strong feelings subside before making your decision.

What do you think of this advice? Are you the sort of person who makes their best decisions while you are feeling emotional, orRead more about Today’s Word: subside[…]

Today’s Word: recuperate

Today’s Word: recuperate

March 22, 2018 =========

☆  recuperate  回復する

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I can’t remember how long you are supposed to recuperate after giving birth in Japan, is there a set time? In Australia, it is quite strict, and you must recuperate for six weeks after having your baby – during this time, it’s OK to walk, but you’re not supposed to do any other exercise until you have fully recuperated.

So, I was doing the right thing, only walking sometimes, no running or anything, and then a couple of weeks ago, when I was walking with Sofie in her stroller, I tripped over and actually broke my ankle!! It was five weeks and four days after she wasRead more about Today’s Word: recuperate[…]

Today’s Word: believe

Today’s Word: believe

March 21, 2018 =========

☆  believe  信じる

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If you believe a person it means that you accept that what they say is true. If you believe that a situation is the case, then you believe that situation is true. When dealing with change, what you believe can make a big difference to how you cope, wouldn’t you agree?

For example, if you believe that the change is happening because you did something wrong, you are more likely to feel stress. However, if you believe that the change is happening for positive reasons, then you are more likely to feel happy and cope with the changes well.

For me, I like to believe that anything isRead more about Today’s Word: believe[…]

Today’s Word: make headway

Today’s Word: make headway

March 20, 2018 =========

☆  make headway  前進する

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If you make headway, then you progress towards achieving something. This verb is often used when the thing the person is doing is tough or difficult, or likely to take a long time. So, this week’s useful phrase is: Are you making any headway?

You could use this phrase in many different situations. For example, if someone is working on a difficult project you could ask, “How is it going?” or you could use this question, “Are you making any headway?” Or maybe they are writing a report, or your child is doing their homework.

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: counter

Today’s Word: counter

March 19, 2018 =========

☆  counter  反対する

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If you do something to counter an action or process, you do something which makes it less effective. I was looking online for some example sentences, but all I could find were sentences about kitchen counters and bar counters! Ha ha, a good adjective to describe that would be that my actions were “counterproductive.” In other words, it achieved the opposite result from the one I wanted, so as you can see, it’s similar to our verb, “counter.”

So here are some better sentence examples using the word counter as a verb:

The government needs to do something to counter the effects of rising prices.
We might be ableRead more about Today’s Word: counter[…]

Today’s Word: potential

Today’s Word: potential

March 18, 2018 =========

☆  potential   可能性

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Potential can be used in two main ways, the first way is talking about someone’s potential, or their capability of becoming something in the future. The second way – and today’s meaning – is about the potential for something to happen.

For example, if you are attending a job interview, you might want to ask about the potential for travel, or the potential for using English in the position. Or if you’re brave you might even ask about potential pay rises once you have shown you have a good ability for the job. And, if you’re looking at the job for career advancement, then of course youRead more about Today’s Word: potential[…]

Today’s Word: momentum

Today’s Word: momentum

March 17, 2018 =========

☆  momentum  機運

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Today is St. Patrick’s Day, is this day celebrated in any way in Japan? In Australia, it is celebrated, but it isn’t a public holiday. It is mostly a chance for people to celebrate their connection to Ireland (if they have one) and of course, it’s a great way for pubs and restaurants to get customers, because they have a “green” event of some kind – people might dress up in green for example.

It’s interesting to see these kinds of events and celebrations gain momentum over the years. Halloween is another one, in Australia when I was growing up, it was never celebrated. And when IRead more about Today’s Word: momentum[…]

Today’s Word: foresight

Today’s Word: foresight

March 16, 2018 =========

☆  foresight  洞察力

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Foresight is your ability to see what is likely to happen in the future and to take appropriate action. Oh, can you imagine if you’d had the foresight to invest in companies like Apple and Amazon many years ago?! Wow! Ha ha…

Anyway! Back on topic, the opposite of foresight is hindsight, which is the understanding of a situation or event only AFTER the event has happened. In other words, foresight can help you predict changes that might be coming, and hindsight can help you make sense of the changes if you didn’t see them coming!

I’d rather have great foresight than hindsight! How about you?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: precipice

Today’s Word: precipice

March 15, 2018 =========

☆  precipice   危機

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A precipice is a very steep cliff on a mountain, however, when we talk about someone being on the edge of a precipice (in other words, on the edge of the steep cliff where they could easily fall) we mean that they are in a dangerous situation and are close to disaster or failure. For example, “He finally admitted to himself that his marriage was heading toward the edge of a precipice.”

When you are on the edge of a precipice, you probably need to make some big changes to avoid disaster! Have you ever been on the brink of a precipice? What did you do toRead more about Today’s Word: precipice[…]

Today’s Word: fear

Today’s Word: fear

March 14, 2018 =========

☆  fear 恐れ

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Have you heard of or read the book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers? It was first published in 1987, 31 years ago and it is still a best seller! It’s interesting that this book is still so popular. I wonder why people have a lot of fear about doing certain things. 

Susan Jeffers says that our fear is mostly from conditioning, for example, our parents always say, “Be careful!” rather than, “Take risks!” Ha ha, that’s true for me, I’m always saying be careful to my kids… I don’t know what would happen if I stopped saying this! I think they mightRead more about Today’s Word: fear[…]

Today’s Word: situation

Today’s Word: situation

March 13, 2018 =========

☆  situation 状況

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You use the word “situation” to talk about what is happening at that time, or what is happening to you. For example, “he is in terrible situation.” Or, “If you want to improve your situation, you need a positive mental attitude!”

Or, the useful phrase this week, “We have to make the most of the situation.”

This was my situation yesterday! For me, it was a regular work day, but my kids had a school closure day, so they were at home, which of course means I can’t work. How did I make the most of the “bad” situation? Well, firstly, I had to change my mind –Read more about Today’s Word: situation[…]

Today’s Word: change

Today’s Word: change

March 12, 2018 =========

☆  change  変化

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If there is a change in something, it becomes different. This month, we’re talking about change, and coping with change. Do you think you are good at coping with change? I generally think I am good at coping with change, but in fact, I don’t like small changes, I like big dramatic changes!

Let me give you some examples, I was a lawyer, but I decided I wanted a change, so I quit, then studied to become an English teacher, and then moved to Japan! It was a very big change! But it was exhilarating and fun!

As for the small changes, things like changes to my kids’Read more about Today’s Word: change[…]

Today’s Word: persistent

Today’s Word: persistent

March 11, 2018 =========

☆  persistent 持続する

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You can describe things as persistent, but it often has a negative nuance. For example, a persistent cough or the persistent rain. However, if you are a persistent person, it is generally a good thing. If you describe yourself as persistent it means that you continue trying to do something, even though it is difficult or other people are against it.

For example, you might be persistent in your English studies, even though it’s difficult, or you might feel like you are not improving, you are persistent and keep going. Good work! Or talking about change, you might be going through a tough time, but by beingRead more about Today’s Word: persistent[…]

Today’s Word: meticulous

Today’s Word: meticulous

March 10, 2018    =========

☆  meticulous  几帳面な

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If you are meticulous it means that you do things very carefully and with great attention to detail. Would you describe yourself as being meticulous? I would say that I am meticulous in some areas of my life, but not all…

Do you think it is a positive character trait or not? I was wondering about this, and I actually think I can be meticulous in some situations where it is not helpful! For example, I like my desk and work area to be clean and I am meticulous about everything in my office. The problem is though, that when the area is not clean, IRead more about Today’s Word: meticulous[…]

Today’s Word: exhilarating

Today’s Word: exhilarating

March 9, 2018   =========

☆  exhilarating 気分の上がる

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When you describe something as exhilarating, you mean that it makes you feel very happy and excited. So, on this month’s topic of coping with change, if you were able to find change exhilarating, then it would be much easier to cope with it, right?

In fact, there is an interesting quote by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor and she says, “Change is disturbing when it is done to us, exhilarating when it is done by us.”

This is so true, don’t you think? If you got fired from your job, that change would be disturbing and difficult to cope with. However, if youRead more about Today’s Word: exhilarating[…]

Today’s Word: defiant

Today’s Word: defiant

March 8, 2018      =========

☆  defiant  挑戦的な

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If someone is defiant, then they are showing aggression or independence by refusing to obey someone… hmm.. that sounds like my kids! Ha ha! Funnily enough though, I’m not the only one that feels that way – if you search for the word “defiant” in Google images, 90% of the images are children in defiant poses!

So, in western culture, the adjective defiant is most commonly used to describe children, but mostly they are just learning about the world and boundaries, and what they can and cannot do. How about in Japan, is defiant a word often used when describing children?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: apprehensive

Today’s Word: apprehensive

March 7, 2018 =========

☆  apprehensive 恐れて

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If you are feeling apprehensive, it means that you are fearful about the future. I was recently talking with a client, and he said that he was surprised to learn that most Americans could not survive for more than two to three months if they lost their jobs… in other words they have almost no savings to use in case of emergency. And yet, they are mostly happy and not apprehensive about the future.

On the other hand, he said that most Japanese people have enough in savings to not have to worry about losing their job. And yet, he said that most Japanese people areRead more about Today’s Word: apprehensive[…]

Today’s Word: uncomfortable

Today’s Word: uncomfortable

March 6, 2018 =========

☆  uncomfortable 気まずい

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The two most common ways to use “uncomfortable” are to describe an emotional feeling and a physical feeling (when something makes you feel a slight pain or physical discomfort.) Today we are talking about the emotional feeling, it means that you are worried or embarrassed and not relaxed and confident. Here are some example sentences:

I’m feeling uncomfortable about the whole thing. (from the Useful Phrases)
I need money, but I’m uncomfortable asking my parents for help.
I wanted to help my coworker, but I felt uncomfortable lying to my boss about the situation.

Can you use uncomfortable in a sentence?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: quickly

Today’s Word: quickly

March 5, 2018 =========

☆  quickly 素早く

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When you do something quickly, you do it swiftly, briskly, fast, hurriedly, rapidly, soon, or speedily. When you learn new adverbs, a mind map or even just a list of similar words is a great way to increase your vocabulary – quickly!  🙂

So, since we’re talking about change this month, if you have never tried a vocabulary mind map, you could make that kind of change to your study methods, and try to make a mind map of words related to quickly. You can include similar words, and also words that have the opposite meaning. One good thing about a mind map is that it letsRead more about Today’s Word: quickly[…]