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Today’s Word: memory

Today’s Word: memory

July 20, 2017 =========

☆  memory  思い出

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The two main ways to use memory are firstly your memory is your ability to remember things. Secondly, a memory is something you remember from the past. That is the meaning we are looking at today. Most often, this word is used in plural form, as in “memories” however if you are talking about just one memory, then that is OK too. For example, “My earliest memory is of X.” Here are some common ways to use today’s word:

I can’t watch that movie, it brings back bad memories.
I have many happy memories of my childhood.
Thank you for the memories.
Collect memories not things.

And if you’re traveling somewhereRead more about Today’s Word: memory[…]

Today’s Word: tidbit

Today’s Word: tidbit

July 19, 2017 =========

☆  tidbit  豆知識

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A tidbit is an interesting piece of information. This word is commonly used to refer to gossip or hot information, and you might hear it used with “juicy” as in, “a juicy tidbit” meaning a scandalous piece of gossip / information.

However, it can also just mean interesting information. For example, if you are traveling somewhere and you have any friends who have already been there, you might ask them to share any tidbits of information about that place with you.

One other interesting definition of this word is that it means a small piece of tasty food… I wonder if that is why the word “bean” appearsRead more about Today’s Word: tidbit[…]

Today’s Word: request

Today’s Word: request

July 18, 2017 =========

☆  request  リクエスト

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If you make a request, you politely or formally ask someone to do something. So, this is a good word to use when you are traveling. It’s always good to be polite, and make sure that you treat people with respect, because that usually guarantees they will treat you with respect in return. Here are some ways to use request:

At a hotel:
Can I make a request for a room with a sea view?

At the airport:
Can I make a request for an aisle seat?

At a restaurant:
I’d like to make a request for all or meals to come at the same time, please.

Of course, if you want toRead more about Today’s Word: request[…]

Today’s Word: impression

Today’s Word: impression

July 17, 2017 =========

☆  impression  印象

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Your impression of a person or thing or place is what you think they are like. You usually form this impression after having seen or heard that thing. For example, I might say, “My impression of the Japanese public transport system is that it is very organized.” On the other hand, if you were visiting me in Adelaide, you might say, “My impression of Adelaide’s public transport system is that it is non-existent!” (In this case, of course we have public transport, but it is not very efficient, so ‘non-existent’ is being sarcastic.)

There is one other interesting way to use today’s word: in the phrase, “underRead more about Today’s Word: impression[…]

Today’s Word: dramatic

Today’s Word: dramatic

July 16, 2017 =========

☆  dramatic  印象的な

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Dramatic is similar to the word, intense, that we had earlier in the week, in that you can use it in a few different ways.

A dramatic change or event is something that happens suddenly and is very noticeable and surprising.
e.g. My company’s new policy has led to a dramatic decrease in overtime.

A dramatic action, event, or situation is exciting and impressive.
e.g. The bride and groom’s arrival was so dramatic!

A dramatic person is someone who is excited, filled with emotion and energy.
e.g. My mother was overly dramatic when I told her I was getting married, it was rather embarrassing!

Can you use dramatic in a sentence?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: gorgeous

Today’s Word: gorgeous

July 15, 2017 =========

☆  gorgeous  とてもきれいな

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Gorgeous is a bit like the word “love”, it might seem a little bit over the top or too extreme to use this word instead of just beautiful, but in English, in informal situations, it is very commonly used. Here are some examples:

The scenery was gorgeous.
I loved New York, it’s just gorgeous.
What a gorgeous day, the weather is great!
You look gorgeous, that’s a great dress.
The meal was gorgeous, I highly recommend that restaurant.

As you can see, you can really use it to describe anything you like! Just like I said earlier in the month, when I talked about love/like, don’t be afraid to use this wordRead more about Today’s Word: gorgeous[…]

Today’s Word: epic

Today’s Word: epic

July 14, 2017 =========

☆  epic  壮大な

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If you describe something as epic, you mean that it is very large and impressive. However, this is the strict dictionary meaning. These days, epic is used in a much more casual, slang way. Younger people – kids, teenagers, adults in their twenties, use “epic” to describe any situation, person, event, movie and so on. Most people would say that epic is now overused, and you shouldn’t use it. However, you will still hear people use it, so it’s a good word to know. Here are some examples you might hear (maybe in a movie, rather than real life):

That movie was epic!
Epic fail!
Listen to this song,Read more about Today’s Word: epic[…]

Today’s Word: intense

Today’s Word: intense

July 13, 2017 =========

☆  intense  強烈な

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Intense means that something or someone is extreme, powerful, passionate, or great. There are a few ways to use “intense.”

To describe something as intense, meaning it is great or extreme.
e.g. He was sweating from the intense heat.

To describe an activity as intense, you mean it is very serious, and you might have to do a lot in a short time.
e.g. The tennis game last night was really intense!
e.g. My short trip to New York was so intense.

To describe someone as intense, you mean that they appear to concentrate very hard on whatever they are doing, and show their emotions in an extreme way.
e.g. She was alwaysRead more about Today’s Word: intense[…]

Today’s Word: urgent

Today’s Word: urgent

July 12, 2017 =========

☆  urgent  緊急の

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If something is urgent, it needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. If you’re traveling, what sort of situations might be urgent? Perhaps you lost your wallet, so you need to make a lot of urgent phone calls to your insurance company and travel agent, and maybe even the police. You might even need to make an urgent business trip somewhere. Or you might need to speak to someone about something that is urgent.

Here are some simple ways to use today’s word:

Can I speak with you, it’s really urgent.
It’s not urgent yet, but the deadline is soon.
I sent an urgent message, but still haven’tRead more about Today’s Word: urgent[…]

Today’s Word: blurry

Today’s Word: blurry

July 11, 2017 =========

☆  blurry  ぼやけた

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This week’ useful phrase is: “I’m so disappointed, all my photos are blurry.” This might sound like something you would have said many years ago, when we used film cameras rather than digital cameras and smartphones, but it still happens a lot.

Smartphones especially, are not very good in low light, so it’s hard to get a sharp picture, and so any nighttime photos will usually be blurry. And of course, if you’re taking photos of things that move, like animals or children, then blurry photos are quite common. At least with digital photos we can just delete the bad photos and keep only the good ones!

DoRead more about Today’s Word: blurry[…]

Today’s Word: active

Today’s Word: active

July 10, 2017    =========

☆  active  活発な

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Someone who is active is moves around a lot, or does a lot of things. They are energetic, lively, always on the go, and lead a full life. One of the things I love about Japanese people is that they are so active, especially as they get older. Japanese people tend to live long and active lives (is this still true, or am I stereotyping?? I hope it is still true!)

On the other hand, in Australia, because people usually drive everywhere rather than use trains, buses, or bicycles, they are not very active. As a consequence, when they get too old to drive, they endRead more about Today’s Word: active[…]

Today’s Word: venture

Today’s Word: venture

July 9, 2017   =========

☆  venture  思い切って~する

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Today’s word is mostly used in written English, so you’d find it in novels or stories, rather than in every day conversation. It means to go somewhere, but it has a feeling of risk or chance or daring associated with it. You may have heard this used as a noun, in business, as in a “joint venture” or a “new business venture”, so in this usage it is easy to see the idea of chance or risk in it, right?

But, what about the useful phrase for this week, “It’s time to venture outside!” Why would there be any feeling of risk or danger when youRead more about Today’s Word: venture[…]

Today’s Word: organize

Today’s Word: organize

July 8, 2017      =========

☆  organize  計画する

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When you travel, do you tend to organize everything in advance or do you prefer not to plan things? When I went to Hawaii for the first time, I went with a friend who didn’t like to organize things… I’m a planner, so it was tough for me not to organize everything in advance but we just got on the plane and flew to Hawaii then on to Kauai island… and when we arrived at the small airport we looked at the noticeboard there to find our accommodation!

We didn’t organize a hotel or a car or anything really! It was a great trip and weRead more about Today’s Word: organize[…]

Today’s Word: accompany

Today’s Word: accompany

July 7, 2017 =========

☆  accompany   一緒に行く

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The word accompany is the formal way of saying “go/come with” someone. If you’re just talking with someone then of course, you would say, “Shall I go with you?” Or “Do you want me to come with you?” However, in a more formal situation such as work, it would be more usual to use “accompany.”

Here are some examples:

Ken accompanied me on my business trip last month.
She asked me to accompany her on a trip to Hokkaido.
His was accompanied by his older brother.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Tokyo mayor.

As you can see, in the case of “accompany” it is almost like the person whoRead more about Today’s Word: accompany[…]

Today’s Word: pass

Today’s Word: pass

July 6, 2017 =========

☆  pass  遠慮する

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I’m sure you know the word “pass” but have you seen it used in this context? This is about saying no politely to something. For example, if you are traveling and someone offers to buy you a drink, you might be better off saying no and getting your own drink or even leaving, so you could say something like, “No thanks, I’ll pass.” If you wanted to, you could add an excuse, “I’m tired.” Or “I don’t drink.”

You can also say this when someone offers you food that you don’t want to eat – each culture has some weird food that the only locals consider toRead more about Today’s Word: pass[…]

Today’s Word: travel

Today’s Word: travel

July 5, 2017 =========

☆  travel  旅行する

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How often do you travel? Once a year? Twice a year? Rarely or not at all? For me, I guess it depends on how you define “travel.” I used to think that only international trips could be counted, so I would have to say that I rarely travel. However, if all trips are included, then now that I am back in Australia, I travel a lot – but only locally or within Australia – for camping trips and running events.

How about you? How often do you travel? Would you like to travel more? (I would!) How often would you like to travel, if you could chooseRead more about Today’s Word: travel[…]

Today’s Word: memorize

Today’s Word: memorize

July 4, 2017 =========

☆  memorize   覚える

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I’m sure the idea of memorizing English words and their translations is nothing new to you, but have you ever thought about using this skill for travel? How? Well, when I’m travelling, I hate to look like a tourist – firstly it attracts the attention of people who might want to scam you (for example, when I travelled in New Orleans, everyone approached me and offered to show me where the good sights were – for money of course!). Secondly, if you have to keep looking at a guidebook, then it takes away from the fun you could be having while travelling.

So, instead I memorize myRead more about Today’s Word: memorize[…]

Today’s Word: love

Today’s Word: love

July 3, 2017     =========

☆  love  愛する

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In English, I think we tend to use the word “love” when most other cultures would probably just use “like”. Do you agree? For example, it’s really common to say something like “I love travelling.” or “I love learning about new cultures.” In Japanese, you’d be more like to use the verb, “like”, is that right?

In English, if you love something or love doing something, then generally you are more passionate about that thing than you would be if you just said that you like it or like doing it. You could definitely say that someone who loves travelling enjoys it a lot more thanRead more about Today’s Word: love[…]

Today’s Word: sights

Today’s Word: sights

July 2, 2017      =========

☆  sights  名所

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When we talk about the “sights” of a place, we are talking about the famous locations in that area. Generally, these sights are places that are manmade – for describing natural locations, you’d say scenery, landscapes, views. Here are a couple of ways to use today’s word:

I can’t wait to get out and see the sights of London today!
Can you tell me the top ten sights to see in New York?

In fact, if you are traveling somewhere, and want to know what sights to go and visit, then a popular Google search is “Sights to see in X” and just change the X to yourRead more about Today’s Word: sights[…]

Today’s Word: heart

Today’s Word: heart

July 1, 2017     =========

☆  heart  心

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This month we’re talking about travel and the joy of travelling. Do you travel much? I must admit, now that I am based in Australia, I don’t travel as much as I did when I lived in Tokyo. Tokyo was a great place to be based for all travel – great prices and not too far from anywhere. Now, it’s just so expensive to leave Adelaide!! And, it’s actually a very cool place, so there’s no real reason to leave. Ha ha 😉

Have you heard of the saying, “Home is where the heart is” – it basically means that your home will always be theRead more about Today’s Word: heart[…]

Today’s Word: different

Today’s Word: different

June 30, 2017 =========

☆  different 異なる

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If two things are different, they are not like each other in one or more ways. Do you have any habits that are different from your friends or family? I think my “last three digits” habit is different from what anyone else in my family does!

What about habits between different cultures? Do you think that there are habits in Japanese culture that are different from western culture? Obviously bowing as a greeting rather than shaking hands is a different habit. Anything else? One “habit” I thought of was the habit of slurping ramen noodles! Ha ha! This is a habit that is very different from western culture,Read more about Today’s Word: different[…]

Today’s Word: frequently

Today’s Word: frequently

June 29, 2017 =========

☆  frequently 頻繁に

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If you do something frequently, you do it often, habitually, and repeatedly. There is really no difference between “often” and “frequently”, however, in American English it is more common to say “often” whereas in British English, frequently is more commonly used.

As for habits, something that you do frequently is much more likely to become a habit, right? So, if you want the habit of learning new English words, then it’s a good idea to read this email magazine frequently, rather than just once a week. Ha ha 🙂 If you want to get fit, it is better to exercise frequently for short periods of time, than onceRead more about Today’s Word: frequently[…]

Today’s Word: novel

Today’s Word: novel

June 28, 2017 =========

☆  novel 今までにない

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A novel idea or thing is a new and different idea, different from anything that has been done or experienced up to now. Some other words you could use with a similar meaning are: new, fresh, different, innovative, original, strange, uncommon, unfamiliar, unusual.

Have you ever thought about picking up some new and novel habits? I found a list of 203 habits that can help energize your day and some of them were quite novel. For example:

Ask someone for a hug – one person a day! (to be happier)
Sniff lavender essential oil (to destress)
Do a set of pushups every morning, and increase the number each week. (fitness)
Introduce yourselfRead more about Today’s Word: novel[…]

Today’s Word: annoyed

Today’s Word: annoyed

June 27, 2017 =========

☆  annoyed イライラして

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If you feel annoyed, you feel irritated or angry about something. Have you ever wondered if you have habits that make others feel annoyed? I haven’t thought about this much, but there are definitely habits that other people have that irritate me, or make me feel annoyed.

This biggest one, is interrupting. I always feel so annoyed when people interrupt me when I’m talking. I have a friend who always talks over the top of me. I don’t even think she realizes she’s doing it, it’s just “her personality” and I don’t think she realizes I feel so annoyed about it. Maybe I should tell her?!

What habits orRead more about Today’s Word: annoyed[…]

Today’s Word: rewarding

Today’s Word: rewarding

June 26, 2017 =========

☆  rewarding やりがいのある

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An experience or action that is rewarding gives you satisfaction, it is worthwhile, beneficial, and fulfilling. We usually talk about our work or career being rewarding. However, our habits can be rewarding too. Can you think of any?

Some that I thought of were things like getting a massage. Getting a regular massage is a great habit, and very rewarding. It feels great at the time, and it’s healthy for our body too. Another rewarding habit is saving money. Whenever my bank account has a number in it that isn’t an exact dollar, I transfer the extra to a savings account. I call it my “last three digits”Read more about Today’s Word: rewarding[…]

Today’s Word: trigger

Today’s Word: trigger

June 25, 2017 =========

☆  trigger きっかけ

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If something acts as a trigger for another thing, it is the cause of that second thing. Charles Duhigg wrote the book The Power of Habit, and in it he talks about triggers being part of the Habit Loop that we can follow to create a new habit. First the trigger (the event that starts the habit), then the routine (the new habit) and then the reward (the benefit of the new habit.)

So what kinds of things can be triggers? Here are some common ones:

Time – for example, a “morning” habit
Location – for example, a bad habit of eating snacks, whenever you are in the kitchen (location)Read more about Today’s Word: trigger[…]

Today’s Word: routine

Today’s Word: routine

June 24, 2017 =========

☆  routine 日課

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In the useful phrase this week, it says, “Including them in your daily routine can really help with new habits.” In other words, if you make a new habit part of your daily routine, it’s much easier to integrate them. So, if you want to drink a glass of water when you wake up, then you can add this new habit to your morning routine, and that will make it easier to keep going with it.

In Australia, most schools don’t have a school lunch system, so all the kids bring their own lunches. So, every morning, part of my routine is to prepare lunches and snacks forRead more about Today’s Word: routine[…]

Today’s Word: assumption

Today’s Word: assumption

June 23, 2017 =========

☆  assumption 思い込み

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An assumption is an idea or a belief. When you “make an assumption about something” it means that you believe something is true or something will happen, usually without proof. Here are some example sentences:

She bought a new car on the assumption that she would get a pay raise soon.
Our boss made the assumption that we agreed with his suggestions.
I wish he’d stop making assumptions about me!
Your assumption that it was my fault is wrong.

Can you use assumption in a sentence? Try and connect it to a situation in your own life, where you or somebody else made an assumption. If you can personalize it, you’ll rememberRead more about Today’s Word: assumption[…]

Today’s Word: patience

Today’s Word: patience

June 22, 2017 =========

☆  patience  我慢強さ

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The habit of patience is one that I would LOVE to develop more! Sometimes I have patience, but other times, nope! Not at all! Of course, I’m sure you can guess that the time when I have the least patience is when I have already told my kids to do something three times, and they still aren’t doing it!!

The good news is that I’m not the only one with not much patience, if you do a Google search for how to develop patience, there are more than 50 million results!! Wow! That’s a lot of people wanting to develop the habit of patience!

Do you have patience? HowRead more about Today’s Word: patience[…]

Today’s Word: integrity

Today’s Word: integrity

June 21, 2017 =========

☆  integrity  正直

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Stephen Covey, who I mentioned the other day, talks about integrity, and says that integrity means being honest and living according to your principles. You are loyal to your own beliefs.

He believes that we lose integrity when we make a choice or decision because we start thinking about whether we are being loyal to a person, or to our company, instead of deciding whether we are being loyal to our beliefs and principles. We think that it is important to prioritize the relationship and therefore lose integrity. In fact, this loss of integrity eventually has a negative effect on that relationship anyway, so it is betterRead more about Today’s Word: integrity[…]

Today’s Word: credit

Today’s Word: credit

June 20, 2017 =========

☆  credit 信頼

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If someone has credit, it means that other have belief and confidence in them. They are trusted by others, and people are happy to rely on them. You’ll probably hear this word mostly used in verb form, as either “give credit” or “take credit.”

When you “take credit” for something, you allow people to have the belief that you did something, whether that is true or not. So you might take credit for a good result at work, and in this case, the good result might be because of your hard work (great!) or because of someone else’s hard work (which you are letting people believe is yourRead more about Today’s Word: credit[…]

Today’s Word: wishful thinking

Today’s Word: wishful thinking

June 19, 2017 =========

☆  wishful thinking 希望的観測

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If you say that an idea, wish, or hope is wishful thinking, you mean that it has failed to come true, or is unlikely to come true. You will find people using the term wishful thinking when they are talking about their lives, relationships, jobs, and even politics! Here are some example sentences:

She imagined her ex-boyfriend coming back to her, but she knew it was just wishful thinking.
You should have warned me of the dangers of wishful thinking!
It is wishful thinking to expect the government to make any real changes.
I’d love to get the promotion, but it’s really just wishful thinking.
He wanted to be a pro-basketballRead more about Today’s Word: wishful thinking[…]

Today’s Word: congruent

Today’s Word: congruent

June 18, 2017 =========

☆  congruent 一致した

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You may have heard this word in mathematics class, but the motivational speaker Tony Robbins, is most famous for using it to talk about self-development. The meaning of congruent is that things are in agreement. Someone who is congruent, acts and lives their life in direct accordance with their dreams, desires, beliefs and values.

Human beings naturally want to be congruent, and act in a way that is consistent with their actions and beliefs. However, many of us don’t know what our true beliefs and values are. Most people haven’t spent much time thinking about these things, and so it is a bit hard to live a congruentRead more about Today’s Word: congruent[…]

Today’s Word: ineffective

Today’s Word: ineffective

June 17, 2017 =========

☆  ineffective  効果的でない

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As you may know, Stephen Covey wrote a book called the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Well, this is the exact opposite of that idea, not effective, but ineffective. And the funny thing is that you can find various different versions of this 7 Habits idea, based on “Ineffective People”!

Each of the 7 Habits of Ineffective people lists that I found was a little bit different, but one habit really struck me. It was the habit of finishing everything on your To Do list each day. This is an ineffective habit the article said. I was surprised at first. However, the writer’s reasoning was thatRead more about Today’s Word: ineffective[…]

Today’s Word: superficial

Today’s Word: superficial

June 16, 2017 =========

☆  superficial 表面的な

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A person or a thing can be superficial. If a person is superficial, it means that you disapprove of them because they do not think deeply, and have little understanding of anything serious or important. If a thing (such as an action, feeling, or relationship) is superficial, it means that it is simple and obvious, and doesn’t require much effort to understand. Here are some example sentences:

He is a superficial guy and doesn’t care about anyone else.
The book is negative and superficial; it doesn’t go into the real issues.
My roommate was pleasant on a superficial level, but we don’t keep in touch anymore.
I really only have aRead more about Today’s Word: superficial[…]

Today’s Word: responsible

Today’s Word: responsible

June 15, 2017 =========

☆  responsible 責任のある

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If someone or something is responsible for a particular event or situation, they are the cause of it or they can be blamed for it. I am currently reading a book about Rich Habits, by Tom Corley, he calls himself an expert on habits. He says our daily habits are responsible for our success or failure in life.

He says that there are 10 Keystone Habits that are responsible for creating a happy, successful life, and he calls these the Rich Habits. In his research, he also discovered Keystone Habits that are responsible for creating an unhappy, unsuccessful life, and he calls these the Poverty Habits. He believesRead more about Today’s Word: responsible[…]

Today’s Word: addicted

Today’s Word: addicted

June 13, 2017 =========

☆  addicted 中毒の

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Ha ha! Have you seen the second useful phrase for this week? It is, “I feel like I’m addicted to running!” Ha! I guess I thought that was a good phrase to show the usage of addicted! Of course, it is a good phrase – and you can alter it very easily; you don’t need to say that you are addicted to running, like me!

So, the base of the sentence is, “I feel like I’m addicted to …”

What else could you put in there? Here are some examples:

I feel like I’m addicted to him (For example, if you are in a relationship and you have very strongRead more about Today’s Word: addicted[…]

Today’s Word: tremendous

Today’s Word: tremendous

June 14, 2017 =========

☆  tremendous とてつもない

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Tremendous is an informal word that you can use to emphasize how strong a feeling or quality is or how large an amount is. For example, “There was a tremendous amount of tension between my mother and father when I was growing up.” Or “The teacher gave us a tremendous amount of homework to do over the holidays.”

You can also tremendous to describe someone or something that you think is very good or very impressive. For example, “He was a tremendous person.” Or, “I thought the movie was tremendous!”

Can you use tremendous in a sentence?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: thoughtful

Today’s Word: thoughtful

June 12, 2017 =========

☆  thoughtful 思いやりのある

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Someone who is thoughtful is someone that tries to remember what other people want, need, or feel, and try not to upset others. In other words, they are considerate, attentive, caring, helpful, and kind. This week’s useful phrase is, “You’re so thoughtful.”

Here are some other example sentences:

He could be tender and thoughtful, as well as charming.
Her remarks are always thoughtful and intelligent.
She said her new boss was quite thoughtful and sensitive to the needs of the staff.
My thoughtful neighbor looked after our dog while I was sick and couldn’t walk him each day.

Can you use thoughtful in a sentence?

Bye,

Chris

Today’s Word: concentration

Today’s Word: concentration

June 11, 2017 =========

☆  concentration 集中力

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Concentration on something means giving all your attention to it. When I watch my sons play soccer with their club teams, I am always amazed at their concentration. They are so young, but so focused on the game, and playing well. All the kids are the same; total concentration on the game. Whenever the parents say, “Did you hear me cheering you?” they usually answer no, because they say they can’t hear anything because they are just thinking about the game! I wish I could have that kind of concentration in my daily life!!

Are there times when you notice your concentration is really good, or not soRead more about Today’s Word: concentration[…]

Today’s Word: hindrance

Today’s Word: hindrance

June 10, 2017    =========

☆  hindrance  障害

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A hindrance is a person or a thing that makes it more difficult for you to do something. When you are building a new habit, what kinds of things might be a hindrance to you being successful? For me, I’m trying to wake up early, but the weather is a real hindrance!! I know it’s probably warm where you are, but it’s winter here and the mornings are soooo cold! It’s really hard to get up early.

And, we had friends come over for a “winter BBQ” yesterday, one of the guests brought a cheesecake with her for dessert – there was some left, so she leftRead more about Today’s Word: hindrance[…]

Today’s Word: spontaneity

Today’s Word: spontaneity

June 9, 2017   =========

☆  spontaneity 自発性

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Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough spontaneity in your life? A while ago, I discovered a habit that was good or spontaneity though! It’s the habit of saving money!

I saw a suggestion on the Internet, that you have a “spontaneity bank account.” The idea was that whenever you had some spare cash, you put it into this savings account, and let it build up. Then when you had an idea or wanted to do something suddenly, you used that money. Many times, when the idea of spontaneity hits us, we don’t follow that idea because we don’t have the time or the money.Read more about Today’s Word: spontaneity[…]

Today’s Word: base

Today’s Word: base

June 8, 2017      =========

☆  base  基礎

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A base is like your starting point; your place to start building from. So, if you wanted to lose weight, you might set up some habits as your base to start from. If you have these habits as your base, then whenever you get off track – for example, if you’ve been away on holiday and eaten too much! – then you case use these as your base, to get back on track. Can you think of any habits that might be good to have as a base?

I’m not sure, but I think one habit that would be good would be making sure you are drinkingRead more about Today’s Word: base[…]

Today’s Word: requirement

Today’s Word: requirement

June 7, 2017 =========

☆  requirement 必要条件

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A requirement can be one of two things. Firstly, it can be the quality or qualification that you must have in order to be allowed to do something or to be suitable for something. It is common to talk about this kind of requirement when you are applying for a job. For example, “I have met all the legal requirements to qualify for the job.” Or, “Concentration and focus are the main requirements for learning.”

The other type of requirement is the things that you need. This is the formal use. For example, “This supplement provides 100 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C.” Or, “OurRead more about Today’s Word: requirement[…]

Today’s Word: paradigm

Today’s Word: paradigm

June 6, 2017 =========

☆  paradigm 枠組み

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If you look in your dictionary, it will most likely tell you that a paradigm is a typical example or pattern of something. A good example of a paradigm would be a way of thinking, a method, or an idea that is generally accepted by society or a community.

You might not hear this word very often in everyday English, but it is often used to talk about a paradigm shift – in other words, not to talk about the actual idea or pattern, but a shift away from that idea or pattern.

If you’ve ever studied the PhotoReading system, there are a lot of paradigm shifts in thatRead more about Today’s Word: paradigm[…]

Today’s Word: harm

Today’s Word: harm

June 5, 2017 =========

☆  harm 害

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This week’s useful phrase is “There’s no harm in trying.” This is a common phrase to use when you are not sure if doing something will be helpful or not, but since it is not likely to cause problems or do “harm” then you might as well try it.

So, for example, you might decide that a good habit for you is getting up earlier. Even though you’re not confident that you can actually get up earlier each morning and continue the habit, there’s no harm in trying – because if you do manage to get up early, then you’ll get the benefits of getting up earlier, andRead more about Today’s Word: harm[…]

Today’s Word: supersede

Today’s Word: supersede

June 4, 2017 =========

☆  supersede 取って代わる

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If something is superseded by something newer, it is replaced because it has become old-fashioned or unacceptable. Usually this word is used to describe things like laws (a new law supersedes the old laws) or things that are no longer efficient, such as hand-built cars were superseded by machines and factories building cars.

However, you can also use it to describe a new habit that has superseded an old one. For example, you might usually get up at 7am in the morning, but your new habit of getting up at 6am will supersede that habit. This article (https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/287250) suggests 9 habits that will supersede any habits you alreadyRead more about Today’s Word: supersede[…]

Today’s Word: nurture

Today’s Word: nurture

June 3, 2017   =========

☆   nurture 育てる

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One of the useful phrases this week is, “It’s important to nurture new habits until they stick.” Do you agree with this? Do you think that some habits just stick automatically without needing to nurture them? What kind of habit would that be?

To be honest, I can’t actually think of one! I think all habits need to be nurtured and reinforced in some way, until they are automatic.

For me, one of the best ways I have found to nurture a habit is to keep a tally – each day I do the habit, I mark an “X” on my calendar, and so I continue to nurtureRead more about Today’s Word: nurture[…]

Today’s Word: help

Today’s Word: help

June 2, 2017      =========

☆  help 手伝う

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Do you think we should have the habit of helping others? I found an article online about a man who lost his job in his fifties and he was a bit confused and worried about the rest of his life. He realized that up until then he had placed too much emphasis on his career and had not spent enough time helping others. So, he decided to focus on helping other people, in order to gain more satisfaction with his life outside of his job/career.

He decided to do the following things:

Keep a journal of the small things he did to help other people (so thatRead more about Today’s Word: help[…]

Today’s Word: tell

Today’s Word: tell

June 1, 2017     =========

☆  tell 話す

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This month our topic is Making a Habit. And our first quote is by Ralph Marston, an American writer, born in 1955. There is not enough space in the actual planner to include the full quote, so let me tell you it here, as it’s really worth thinking about.

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”

What do you think of that? I think the habit of tellingRead more about Today’s Word: tell[…]