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convince  説得する

convince 説得する

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

point out  指し示す

point out 指し示す

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

reset  リセットする

reset リセットする

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

eliminate  取り除く

eliminate 取り除く

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

assume  想定する

assume 想定する

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

pushy  大胆な

pushy 大胆な

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

receptive   受け入れる

receptive 受け入れる

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

unacceptable  受け入れられない

unacceptable 受け入れられない

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

meticulous  几帳面な

meticulous 几帳面な

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

relentless  厳しい

relentless 厳しい

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

needless  必要のない

needless 必要のない

November 29, 2016 ========= ☆   needless  必要のない ============================ Something that is needless is completely unnecessary. For example, “I don’t want to take any needless risks.” Or “The company is not growing at the moment, so hiring another staff member was needless.” There is another way to use this word, and that is in the phrase, “needless to say”. Have you heard of this? We use this phrase when we want to emphasize that what we are about to say is obvious and to be expected. It is similar to saying, “of course.” Here are some example sentences: Needless to say, he didn’t believe me.   Needless to say, I’m excited toRead more about needless 必要のない[…]

critical  重大な

critical 重大な

November 28, 2016 ========= ☆   critical  重大な ============================ If something is described as critical, it means that it is extremely important or crucial. For example, Environmentalists says that a critical factor in pollution is population increase. Or, Her boss says that setting priorities is critical to success.  Critical is also used to describe a person who is seriously ill. If you say that someone is in a critical condition in hospital, you mean that they are very ill and may not recover. It’s common to hear this in news reports about accidents. For example, The driver of the car is in a critical condition. When the person is in a criticalRead more about critical 重大な[…]

assumption  仮定

assumption 仮定

November 27, 2016 ========= ☆   assumption  仮定 ============================ An assumption is an idea or belief that something is true or will happen, that you accept without real proof. For example, yesterday, I was talking about writing my business plan for my studies. In my plan, I used the acronyms, ESL, TOEFL and TOEIC throughout my plan. I made the assumption that everyone reading my business plan would know what these words meant. It turns out that not many of my lecturers did know! So, I got in trouble for making that assumption, and then I had to go through my entire business plan and write in the meaning whenever these wordsRead more about assumption 仮定[…]

clarity  明晰さ

clarity 明晰さ

November 26, 2016 ========= ☆   clarity  明晰さ ============================ Clarity is the ability to think clearly, and something that has clarity is well explained and easy to understand. Clarity is so important for me right now! I have about one month left of my business studies, and then I will need to get started on really working my business plan. Writing down the business plan to be checked by my lecturers and mentor was a great way to get clarity – writing it down really helped me think clearly, and make the ideas easy to understand. What do you need clarity about right now? Is there something in your life that youRead more about clarity 明晰さ[…]

wild goose chase  無駄骨

wild goose chase 無駄骨

November 25, 2016 ========= ☆  wild goose chase  無駄骨 ============================ If you are on a wild goose chase it means that you waste a lot of time searching for something that you have not much chance of finding, because you have been given incorrect information. For example: We’ve been on a wild goose chase, looking for a café that has closed down! Don’t waste your money on that wild goose chase! I’m curious about the kanji for this translation. I can read this, and think it says “needless bone” is that right?? Sometimes the kanji for a word makes sense to me, but this doesn’t really make sense, in fact, tryingRead more about wild goose chase 無駄骨[…]

request  要求

request 要求

November 24, 2016 ========= ☆  request  要求 ============================ Request can be used as either a noun or a verb. When it is used as a noun, we can say that someone makes a request. For example: My friend made a polite request. I’m going to make a request that the meeting be postponed. You can say that someone makes a request “for” something. For example: My boss granted my request for leave over the Christmas holidays. She agreed to my request for help. The government made a request for the return of important missing documents. However, when request is used as a verb, you do not need to use “for” afterRead more about request 要求[…]

commitment 約束

commitment 約束

November 23, 2016 ========= ☆   commitment 約束 ============================ If you make a commitment to do something, you promise that you will do it. This is a formal word, but you will still hear it used in everyday English. Here are some sentence examples: We made a commitment to keep working together. They made a commitment to peace. She made a commitment to study English for five minutes each day. 🙂 When I make a commitment to someone, I always feel obligated to fulfil it. Have you made a commitment recently? What was it? My friend recently started teaching personal training classes, and as it is near my house and before work,Read more about commitment 約束[…]

suggestion  提案

suggestion 提案

November 22, 2016     ========= ☆  suggestion  提案 ============================ A suggestion is an idea or plan that you put forward to someone for them to think about. For example, the doctor might give you suggestions on how to lose weight or improve your diet. Or, the local area government might ask the residents who live in that area to come up with suggestions on how to improve the area. Or, in this daily ezine, I sometimes offer suggestions on how to study English or learn new words more easily. One suggestion I often make is to find words with similar meanings. So, let’s do that today too, what are some alternativeRead more about suggestion 提案[…]

morale  士気

morale 士気

November 21, 2016     ========= ☆  morale  士気 ============================ “Morale” is the amount of confidence and cheerfulness that a group of people have. Interestingly, this word is often used when talking about groups that do NOT have good morale. For example, during the invasion of Iraq, US army troops suffered from low morale, but this morale was boosted by a visit from the President. Often groups of workers that work hard for little pay get demoralized and suffer from low morale. In Australia and the US, commonly this is teachers as their salary is very low compared to the work they do. Also, train drivers often go on strike in orderRead more about morale 士気[…]

sharpen  磨く

sharpen 磨く

November 20, 2016     ========= ☆  sharpen  磨く ============================ When we talk about sharpening our skills or understanding, it means that we are doing things that will improve our skills or understanding. In Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he talks about sharpening the saw. This is the 7th habit, the idea that we need to take care of ourselves (we are the “saw”) and we need to be continuously improving and growing; sharpening our skills. He suggests that we sharpen the saw in four areas: physical (eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest), social (making meaningful social connections with others), mental (lifelong learning) and spiritualRead more about sharpen 磨く[…]

classify  分類する

classify 分類する

November 19, 2016     ========= ☆  classify  分類する ============================ When you classify things, you divide them or sort them into groups of similar characteristics. Other words with a similar meaning are: categorize, arrange, catalogue, rank, and sort. One other word that has a similar meaning, but usually a negative nuance, is “pigeonhole.” If you pigeonhole someone it means that you decide they belong to a particular group or category, without really considering their abilities or characteristics. In the world of Hollywood, actors can get pigeonholed into certain types of movies, for example, “He was pigeonholed as a TV actor, so he couldn’t find work in movies.” The above example is notRead more about classify 分類する[…]

stick to  ~し続ける

stick to ~し続ける

November 18, 2016     ========= ☆  stick to  ~し続ける ============================ When you stick to something, you continue doing, using, saying, or talking about it, rather than changing to something else. There are a few common times when you would use this. For example, if you want to recommend that someone keep doing X, rather than quitting. A: I’m trying to get my book published, but no one wants to look at my draft. I’m thinking of quitting and working at a company. B: Don’t quit! You should stick to writing, you’re really good at it. You’ll find a publisher eventually. You might use it when you have quit and regret it.Read more about stick to ~し続ける[…]

resurface  再浮上する

resurface 再浮上する

November 17, 2016     ========= ☆   resurface  再浮上する ============================ Resurface can of course be used to talk about something that has been under the water and then comes back up to the surface again. For example, “he dived deep into the pool, and it was a few seconds before he resurfaced.” However, this word is also used to talk about ideas or problems that become important or noticeable again. For example, the useful phrase this week, “This problem keeps resurfacing at work.” This sentence could be referring to a problem that the manager thought was fixed, but it has happened again. In this situation, it could be a physical problem withRead more about resurface 再浮上する[…]

move forward  行動する

move forward 行動する

November 16, 2016     ========= ☆  move forward  行動する ============================ Today’s word is can mean just moving in a forward direction, but it can also mean not just about physically moving, but also to make progress or advance something. After the recent US election, this phrase has been used a bit in the news. Here are some examples I found: “Buffett willing to help Trump, says US will move forward.” Tim Cook, Apple CEO, send an email to employees, “Regardless of which candidate each of us supported as individuals, the only way to move forward is to move forward together.” Tim Cook also referred to this famous quote by Martin LutherRead more about move forward 行動する[…]

apply  当てはまる

apply 当てはまる

November 15, 2016     ========= ☆  apply  当てはまる ============================ Today’s word has a few different ways you can use it, but the meaning today is that if something such as a rule or principle applies to a person or a situation, then it is relevant to the person or the situation. For example: You can apply this principle to all aspects of your life. This law only applies if the CEO also owns stock in the company. I don’t think this applies to us. The product recall applies to all products sold during October 2016. Other words you could use instead of apply are: be relevant, be applicable, be appropriate, fit,Read more about apply 当てはまる[…]

recognize  (顔を)覚えている

recognize (顔を)覚えている

November 14, 2016     ========= ☆  recognize  (顔を)覚えている ============================ When you recognize someone, you know who that person is. I am generally good at recognizing people when I see them, even if I haven’t seen them for a long time. As you know I do a lot of running events, but the running community in my hometown is quite small, so I often see the same people at events. I always recognize them, but sometimes it’s strange because I don’t actually know them – I’ve just seen their name and face on Facebook so I recognize them! It’s a weird feeling! It’s hard to know whether you should say hello orRead more about recognize (顔を)覚えている[…]

obligated  必須の

obligated 必須の

November 13, 2016     ========= ☆  obligated  必須の ============================ Although it’s not part of the word, today’s word is generally used with “to” as in, obligated to… If you feel obligated to do something, you feel that it is your duty to do it. If you are obligated to someone, you feel it is your duty to look after them. For example: Her host mother felt obligated to take her to all the sightseeing spots in Tokyo. If you don’t want it, don’t feel obligated to take it. He felt obligated to protect her somehow. I believe the government is obligated to protect its citizens. I’m feeling much better now, soRead more about obligated 必須の[…]

fundamental   基本的な

fundamental 基本的な

November 12, 2016     ========= ☆  fundamental   基本的な ============================ Fundamental can be used in a couple of ways, but the main meaning is: essential, basic, key, or primary. Here are some example sentences: This is a fundamental human right. All artists need the fundamental technical skills to create great art. We believe in the fundamental principles of democracy. Another common way to use fundamental is when it means describes something that exists at a deep and basic level and is therefore likely to continue. For example: There are many fundamental differences between Trump and Clinton. The court case result shows that there are fundamental flaws in the justice system. Can youRead more about fundamental 基本的な[…]

common  よくある

common よくある

November 11, 2016     ========= ☆  common  よくある ============================ If something is common, it happens a lot or is found in large numbers. For example, Suzuki is a common name in Japan. Or earthquakes are not common in Australia, however they do happen. One thing that many students confuse is “popular” and “common”. For example, we talk about colds being common during wintertime, but obviously, colds are not popular, just common! Some things could be both common and popular. For example, in Australia, during November, it is common for men to grow a moustache or beard to raise money for charity (for men’s health), this event is called “Movember”. It startedRead more about common よくある[…]

clear  明らかな

clear 明らかな

November 10, 2016     ========= ☆  clear  明らかな ============================ When something is clear, it is obvious and impossible to be mistaken about. Something that is clear is obvious, blatant, plain, apparent, and unmistakable. So this week’s useful phrase, “We need to make our priorities clear” could be something that a boss says to his staff so that everyone knows what the priorities are for the company. “We need to make our priorities clear” could be something that parents say to each other when talking about their teenagers. For example, it is a priority to them that their kids go to the top university? Or that they play sport? Or that theyRead more about clear 明らかな[…]

incredibly  ものすごく

incredibly ものすごく

November 9, 2016     ========= ☆  incredibly  ものすごく ============================ Most of the words in the Eigo Techo fall into one of three groups; adjectives, nouns, and verbs. However, sometimes we have an adverb. An adverb, as you know, is a word that adds information about the action, event or situation. Adverbs in English, are mostly formed by adding -ly, such as today’s word, changing incredible to incredibly. Let’s look at a good example of why you would use the adverb and not the adjective: He is incredibly handsome. (Adverb) His handsomeness is incredible. (Adjective) It was incredibly hard work. (Adverb) The hardness of this work is incredible. (Adjective) In the adjectiveRead more about incredibly ものすごく[…]

dedicated  献身的な

dedicated 献身的な

November 8, 2016     ========= ☆  dedicated  献身的な ============================ You can use dedicated to describe someone who enjoys a particular activity very much and spends a lot of time doing it. In other words, they are devoted, committed, single-minded, and enthusiastic when it comes to that particular activity. Here are some example sentences: She works at the dog shelter and is a dedicated volunteer. He is a dedicated follower of classical music. He was so dedicated to his work; I rarely saw him. She’s a really dedicated mom. Do you know anyone that you would describe as dedicated? What are they dedicated about? Bye, Chris

precise  ぴったりの

precise ぴったりの

November 7, 2016     ========= ☆  precise  ぴったりの ============================ Something that is precise is exact and accurate in all its details. Have you heard of this word? It isn’t used that much in everyday conversation, however, it is a common way to describe someone’s language. For example, “She speaks very precise English.” Or, “He doesn’t talk very much, but what he does say is very precise and to the point.” My two sons speak very differently. My 8-year-old son speaks very vague English, and always uses words like “thing” or “this”, as in, “remember that thing we saw yesterday.” Of course, I cannot remember that “thing” we saw!! What are youRead more about precise ぴったりの[…]

miscommunication  誤解

miscommunication 誤解

November 6, 2016     ========= ☆  miscommunication  誤解 ============================ A lot of my friends here in Adelaide are Japanese. Mostly Japanese women, who have married men from Adelaide. Usually, they are communicating in English with their husbands as they met here, or even if they met in Japan, their husband doesn’t speak a lot of Japanese. Of course, using two different languages as a couple can be very difficult and easily leads to miscommunication. But, I was actually thinking about this the other day. When both people speak the same language, there is still miscommunication, right? And in fact, when someone speaks a different language to us, we expect to haveRead more about miscommunication 誤解[…]

catalyst  きっかけ

catalyst きっかけ

November 5, 2016     ========= ☆  catalyst  きっかけ ============================ A catalyst can be a thing or a person, and it is what causes an event or change to happen. In the business, or even politics, you might hear that people hope “XYZ will be a catalyst for change.” In this case, they might be talking about a new product, or a new CEO, or in the case of politics, a new policy or a new president. In my life, there have been a few quite big catalysts! The biggest catalyst would have to be the teacher that I had in high school that suggested I apply for a home stay duringRead more about catalyst きっかけ[…]

grit  根性

grit 根性

November 4, 2016     ========= ☆  grit  根性 ============================ Happy birthday to me 🙂 I wonder if people would describe me as having grit?! Maybe… Someone who has “grit” has the determination and courage to continue doing something even though it is very difficult. In Australia, we have an obstacle challenge that is based on the training that people in the army do, and it is called, True Grit. It involves lots of running and climbing and mud, basically! And to finish, obviously you need to have a lot of grit. I guess this event is similar to the Saskue/American Ninja style obstacle courses, but much easier as most people haveRead more about grit 根性[…]

courage   勇気

courage 勇気

November 3, 2016     ========= ☆  courage   勇気 ============================ Courage is the quality of deciding to do something difficult or dangerous, even though you might be afraid. There can be many levels of courage, and it might be different for different people. For example, it might take a lot of courage for you to speak English, but for your friend, maybe they don’t need courage. Do you ever feel like you have more courage to speak English after drinking alcohol? When I lived in Tokyo, if I caught the late-night trains home, there were often many people who spoke English to me! I think it was because they had more courageRead more about courage 勇気[…]

combination  組み合わせ

combination 組み合わせ

November 2, 2016     ========= ☆  combination  組み合わせ ============================ A combination of things is a mixture of them. You can use positive or negative adjectives with combination. For example: interesting, fascinating, terrible, awkward, bad, beautiful, good, and so on. For example, “I love his art work as he always has a fantastic combination of colors.” Or “Her high school provides a good combination of science and art as part of the curriculum.” As you know, I do a lot of running, so I tend to think I am pretty healthy and fit, but I only run, so the other day when I tried a strength training class, I almost died –Read more about combination 組み合わせ[…]

ability  才能

ability 才能

November 1, 2016     ========= ☆  ability  才能 ============================ It’s my birthday month! And the topic for November is “Make each day count”… that sounds like a good topic for the month. 🙂 Your ability is the quality or skill that you have that makes it possible for you to do something. We usually talk about this kind of ability in terms of things like sport or music or art. However, what about this month’s topic and making each day count – do you think this is a skill that we possess when we are born, or something that we can learn? Do you think some people naturally have the abilityRead more about ability 才能[…]

alleviate  緩和する

alleviate 緩和する

October 31, 2016 ========= ☆   alleviate  緩和する ============================ If you alleviate pain, suffering, or an unpleasant situation, you make it less intense, or less severe. This is a formal word, and you’ll often hear it used by doctors, who might tell their patient ways that they can alleviate pain. You might also hear it in political news, such as the government is trying to alleviate the problem of poverty or unemployment. It is a formal word, but you can still use it in everyday English. However, if you’d like an alternative word, it would depend on the situation, but you could use any of these: ease, lessen, lighten, reduce, relieve orRead more about alleviate 緩和する[…]

reputation  名声

reputation 名声

October 30, 2016 ========= ☆   reputation  名声 ============================ There are three ways to use today’s word. Firstly, to “have a reputation” for something means that you are known or remembered for that thing. This can be a good or a bad thing. For example, “Sarah has a reputation for always being late.” Or “Barcelona has a reputation for being a design-conscious, creative city.” Someone or something’s reputation is the opinion people have about that person or thing. For example, “Harvard University has a good reputation.” Or “After the company went bankrupt, his reputation as a good CEO was ruined.” And finally, if you “know someone by reputation” it means that youRead more about reputation 名声[…]

relationship  人間関係

relationship 人間関係

October 29, 2016 ========= ☆   relationship  人間関係 ============================ There are three words that you can used to refer to people or to the connections between people: relationship – relation – relative. A relationship between two people or groups is the way that they are connected, or the way that they feel about each other. For example, Australia and New Zealand have a friendly relationship. Or, we resumed our relationship easily after many years of not seeing each other. You can use “relations” in a similar way: to refer to the contact between people or groups and the way they behave toward each other. For example, the East-West relations continued to deteriorate.Read more about relationship 人間関係[…]

originality  創造性

originality 創造性

October 28, 2016 ========= ☆   originality  創造性 ============================ Originality is the ability to think independently and creatively. We often talk about people being able to write with originality, meaning that their writing is creative and inventive. I like to take photographs, and many years ago I started a “365 Project” which was to take one photo a day. After the 365 days, I kept going, and now I am on day 2,899. Wow! But taking a photo every day for such a long time, means it can be hard to find originality in the things I am photographing. However, last weekend I went on a night photography field trip and tookRead more about originality 創造性[…]

attitude  姿勢

attitude 姿勢

October 27, 2016 ========= ☆   attitude  姿勢 ============================ Did you see my Facebook page? I posted a couple of photos from my 57km running event last Saturday. Good news! I completed it! This was my second year, and although it was hard, I was able to complete the distance in the time that I wanted, and part of the reason was my attitude. Your “attitude” to something is the way you that you think or feel about that thing. Although it is possible to tell people how you are feeling – and therefore indicate your attitude toward the situation. However, mostly, you show people your attitude in the way that youRead more about attitude 姿勢[…]

requirement  必需品

requirement 必需品

October 26, 2016 ========= ☆   requirement  必需品 ============================ “Requirement” can be used in two ways. Firstly, a requirement is a thing that you need. For example, food labels often show what percent of our daily food requirement that the food provides. Or a program might be able to be “arranged to suit your requirements.” The other way to use this word is to refer to a quality or a qualification you must have in order to be allowed to do something. For example, a driver’s license is a legal requirement to be able to drive. Or in Australia, in order to become a teacher, the minimum requirement is a graduate degreeRead more about requirement 必需品[…]

worry  不安

worry 不安

October 25, 2016 ========= ☆  worry  不安 ============================ Today’s word can be used as either a verb or a noun. Today’s “worry” is a noun, meaning anxiety, fear, trouble, uneasy or concern. Worry is the start or feeling of anxiety and unhappiness caused by the problems you have or by thinking about unpleasant things that might happen. In fact, a lot of our worry comes from thinking about things that might happen… Mark Twain has a fantastic quote that I love: “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” This is so true; don’t you think? Imagine if we concentrated on the present and didn’tRead more about worry 不安[…]

fatigue  疲労

fatigue 疲労

October 24, 2016 ========= ☆  fatigue  疲労 ============================ Ha ha! Today’s word is another relevant word to describe my weekend! I am feeling a lot of fatigue right now!! On Saturday, as you know I ran a 57km ultra marathon event. Then Sunday morning, I got up early to take my sons to their registration day for the soccer club season for 2017. Then I went to a Japanese cooking class for four hours. After that I went to a Night Photography workshop for three hours! My goodness! So busy! But it’s all been fun. 🙂 And, hopefully my fatigue will have lessened by the end of this week. How aboutRead more about fatigue 疲労[…]

practical  現実的な

practical 現実的な

October 23, 2016 ========= ☆  practical  現実的な ============================ Today’s mini mail has been written in advance… Why? Because I had to be practical! As I said in yesterday’s email, I was running a 57km event on the 22nd of October. It’s a very hilly course, and I was expecting to take about 10 hours (Hopefully much less! Check on Facebook to see how I did). So knowing that I would be exhausted this morning, I decided to be very practical and write this email last Friday! A practical person is someone who makes sensible decisions, deals effectively with problems, or uses methods that are likely to be effective or successful inRead more about practical 現実的な[…]

competent  優秀な

competent 優秀な

October 22, 2016     ========= ☆  competent  優秀な ============================ Someone who is competent is efficient and effective. They have the skills, abilities, or experience necessary to do it well. Do you remember around this time last year, I posted on Facebook and in this newsletter that I was going to attempt my first 100km ultra marathon? I had trained hard, and was feeling competent, and was sure that I would make the distance. Unfortunately, on the day, many things happened – blisters and sore feet, very hot weather, and a friend was in trouble and so I stopped to help, and therefore missed the cut-off time, so I couldn’t finish theRead more about competent 優秀な[…]

proud  誇りとする

proud 誇りとする

October 21, 2016     ========= ☆  proud  誇りとする ============================ If you feel proud, you feel pleased about something good that you did or someone close to you did. For example, you can feel proud of your hard work at your job, or you can feel proud of your child’s effort at school. You can also feel proud to be a certain thing, such as a nationality. You might hear people in the USA say, “I’m proud to be American.” Of course, it’s perfectly fine for you to say you are proud to be Japanese, too! Proud is usually used in a positive, complimentary way. For example, “She is a proud, hard-workingRead more about proud 誇りとする[…]