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August 24 – surcharge

August 24 – surcharge

August 24, 2019 =========

☆  surcharge  追加料金

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A surcharge is an extra payment of money, in addition to the usual payment for something. It is added for a specific reason, for example, in Australia many restaurants have a surcharge on weekends, because they have to pay their staff higher wages on weekends.

Another common surcharge these days is for using a credit card instead of cash. Many small businesses charge a surcharge for using a credit card because the bank charges them a fee to allow credit cards to be used in their business. Many hotels charge a surcharge for an early check-in or a late check-out.

How about in Japan? Are the many placesRead more about August 24 – surcharge[…]

August 23 – surcharge

August 23 – surcharge

August 23, 2019 =========

☆  refund 返金

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One of the useful phrases for this week is, “Did you ask for a refund?” When would you use this? Can you imagine a situation? I haven’t used it that often, but mostly concerning food at restaurants.

Once, I remember being at a pizza café, and the staff brought my pizza. There was a very long hair on top of it!! Yuck!! Even thinking about it now, I feel a bit sick!! Ha ha. So, I told the staff, and she said she’d get me another pizza, and I said, “No thanks, I’d prefer a refund.” Seriously, I was no longer hungry and definitely not going toRead more about August 23 – surcharge[…]

August 22 – journey

August 22 – journey

August 22, 2019 =========

☆  journey 旅

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A journey is a trip, an excursion, an expedition, or tour. Generally, we talk about the difference between a trip somewhere and a journey somewhere as being that the trip is more lighthearted and fun, whereas a journey implies that the person is going on a journey and changing or developing themselves at the same time.

So, we can talk about a “journey of discovery” or an “inner journey” but we wouldn’t say, “trip of discovery” or “inner travel/trip”. You can also use journey when the trip you are taking is long or more difficult. For example, you might plan to take a journey across America. OnRead more about August 22 – journey[…]

August 21 – mishap

August 21 – mishap

August 21, 2019 =========

☆  mishap  災難

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A mishap is an unfortunate event that happens to someone, but it is usually not too serious. Other similar words are accident, misadventure, mischance and misfortune.

It’s interesting to look at the origin of this word. I always thought that it was a shortening “happening.” In other words, we add the prefix “mis” to make it negative. So, it was a bad happening, as opposed to a good happening… however, I have just learned something new! The word “hap” actually means “luck”! So, this word, mishap, literally means, bad luck. The word “hap” is very rarely used these days, except in this kind of word, like mishap.

Interesting!Read more about August 21 – mishap[…]

August 20 – reaction

August 20 – reaction

August 20 2019 =========

☆  reaction 反応

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Your reaction to something that has happened or something that you have experienced is what you feel, say, or do because of it. When traveling, your choice of reaction can make a big difference. If your flight is delayed, you have two reactions to choose from (well maybe more, but two main ones) – you can feel angry or you can feel calm.

If you’re on a plane with a screaming baby next to you, same kind of reactions, right? Calm or angry. If the hotel made a mix-up, or the airline lost your luggage….

It’s not always easy to choose the peaceful reaction, but if you haveRead more about August 20 – reaction[…]

August 19 – memory

August 19 – memory

August 19, 2019 =========

☆  memory  思い出

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One of the best things about traveling is the memories that you can make, right? And of course, hopefully they are all good memories! Although, I have the rather unfortunate memory of our travel in London, I do have some great memories of that trip, too.

For example, I have the memory of catching a taxi in Paris, and getting to use my very limited French language skills from high school! Ha ha, luckily the driver spoke English too.

I also have a hilarious memory of the memory of going to a famous horse race in America, and trying to place a bet. The staff couldn’t understand myRead more about August 19 – memory[…]

August 18 – hassle

August 18 – hassle

August 18, 2019 =========

☆  hassle  口論する

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If you hassle someone, you cause them problems by repeatedly telling them or asking them to do something – usually in an angry or annoying way. So, if you read yesterday’s email, I said there was a problem with the hotel rooms when my students and I went to London.

At the time, I thought I was doing the right thing, talking with the staff in order to get the problem sorted out. However, now looking back, I can see clearly that I was hassling the staff, and arguing pointlessly with them. There was no solution to the mix up that they had made, but they didn’tRead more about August 18 – hassle[…]

August 17 – embrace

August 17 – embrace

August 17, 2019 =========

☆  embrace 受け入れる

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If you embrace something, it means that you accept it, or come to terms with it. (You might know that it also means to hug someone, but not in today’s situation.)

What kinds of things might you have to embrace while traveling?

Delays? Plans being rescheduled? Hotel booking mix-ups? When I went to London with my English students many years ago, there was a big mix-up with the hotel room booking. We had a big group, and so I had to negotiate with the hotel staff. They were being very unhelpful, and so I got angry – unfortunately a lot angrier than was necessary. I apologized, but stillRead more about August 17 – embrace[…]

August 16 – request

August 16 – request

August 16, 2019 =========

☆  request 依頼する

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If you request something, you ask for it politely or formally. While traveling, if you run into trouble, being polite and requesting help – rather than just asking – can mean that people are more likely to help you. So, what is the difference between requesting some help and asking for some help?

The main difference is in your intonation and choice of words. If you are asking for help, you’d probably speak more casually and whereas when you are requesting help, you’d be more likely to use soft intonation and polite words, just as a simple example:

Asking for help: Hey, can you help me?

Requesting help: ExcuseRead more about August 16 – request[…]

August 15 – reschedule

August 15 – reschedule

August 15, 2019 =========

☆  reschedule  計画を変更する

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If you reschedule something, it means that you have to change your plans in regards to the time which something was supposed to happen. If it’s just a dinner date with a friend, it’s pretty simple to reschedule, just send a text with an apology and suggestion of a different date, right?

But, how about if you need to reschedule your travel plans? That can be time-consuming, and expensive! Airline tickets usually charge a fee to reschedule dates or times. Hotels are the same – they keep a certain percentage of your payment, or they keep the deposit. Ouch!

Have you ever had to reschedule your travel plans?Read more about August 15 – reschedule[…]

August 14 – delay

August 14 – delay

August 14, 2019 =========

☆  delay 遅らせる

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Once when I flew from Japan to the USA with a couple of Japanese clients, we were caught up in a big pilot strike, so there were not as many flights taking off as usual. It was very bad timing and we were delayed and rerouted through a different city, too!

The airport staff didn’t seem to care that we were heading to a seminar in Atlanta, they rerouted us through a tiny city way up north even though we landed in San Francisco. And, because our flight was delayed, we missed the connection to Atlanta! In the end, we made it to the seminar, but onlyRead more about August 14 – delay[…]

August 13 – refuse

August 13 – refuse

August 13, 2019 =========

☆  refuse 拒む

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One of the useful phrases this week, is “I would refuse to pay the extra charge.” What could this situation be? For example, a tax on your hotel or dinner that you weren’t told about. Or it could be travel insurance that you didn’t agree to pay for.

If you are planning to travel to another country it’s a good idea to learn some basic phrases so that you can confidently refuse things. You can probably find an app that would help you, but some basic phrases are also good to know, such as:

Sorry, I didn’t order that. (to refuse food at a restaurant)
Sorry, this seat isRead more about August 13 – refuse[…]

August 12 – hitchhike

August 12 – hitchhike

August 12, 2019 =========

☆  hitchhike  ヒッチハイクをする

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Have you ever hitchhiked? I did while traveling in Japan when I was younger, but I was always with a group of other girls. There were three of us trying to hitchhike and get a ride to the next city. It was surprising how many people stopped to help us… although only one person actually offered us a ride! Ha ha. It was a woman in her twenties who was confident in her English, so we had a lovely chat.

However, I would never, ever, hitchhike in Australia. And I certainly wouldn’t recommend to my kids to ever hitchhike – anywhere – not just in Australia, butRead more about August 12 – hitchhike[…]

August 11 – grumpy

August 11 – grumpy

August 11, 2019 =========

☆  grumpy  気難しい

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Someone who is grumpy is bad-tempered and miserable. You will mostly hear this word used to describe old men! For example, “Don’t worry about my dad, he’s just a grumpy old man.” This can be said in a humorous or serious way, the nuance will be different depending on the person’s intonation – and of course, the dad – maybe they really are grumpy! Maybe not.

When traveling, it’s easy to become grumpy if you run into trouble. Someone noisy next to you on the plane, so you can’t sleep. Your train is late, so you miss your connection to the next city. You couldn’t speak theRead more about August 11 – grumpy[…]

August 10 – anxious

August 10 – anxious

August 10, 2019    =========

☆  anxious  気がかりな

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If you are anxious you are nervous or worried about something. Do you travel outside of Japan often? I know a lot of my students really wanted to learn English, in order to travel to other countries. They felt anxious that they wouldn’t be able to travel without fluent English.

Believe it or not though, lots of people feel anxious about traveling, and not just related to language differences. People all around the world feel anxious about things like flying, what to eat, the weather and what clothes to pack, and of course, whether or not you have your passports and the right visas.

There are manyRead more about August 10 – anxious[…]

August 9 – unfortunate

August 9 – unfortunate

August 9, 2019   =========

☆  unfortunate 不運な

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Today is my sister’s birthday. I hope nothing unfortunate happens to her, and that she has a fortunate day! I haven’t talked about this in a while, but a simple way to increase your vocabulary is to learn prefixes, like today’s “un”. By adding “un” to words, you turn them into the negative of the original word. So, instead of saying something like “that is not fortunate.” You can say something much more natural and native-like, by saying, “That is unfortunate.”

There are lots of “un” words that I’m sure you know. Here are some:

unfair
unclean
unclear
unhappy
undated
unloved
unfazed
unsavory

Can you add any other “un” words to this list?

Bye,

Chris

August 8 – desperate

August 8 – desperate

August 8, 2019      =========

☆  desperate 絶望的な

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There are three ways to use “desperate”. Firstly, you can be desperate. If you are desperate, then you are in a bad situation, and you are willing to try anything to change it. For example, “I was desperate to find my lost passport, so I called the hotel where I had stayed last week.”

Secondly, you can be desperate “for something” or “to do something”. You want or need something very much. In this situation, there can be some nuance of desire, not hopelessness. For example, “I’m desperate to visit Tokyo during the Olympics next year!”

And, thirdly, you can be in a desperate situation, a situationRead more about August 8 – desperate[…]

August 7 – surprising

August 7 – surprising

August 7, 2019 =========

☆  surprising 意外な

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Today’s word reminded me of a surprising travel experience I had in the USA. I was traveling on a small taxi bus with some other people I didn’t know. And we crashed! Our minibus was hit by a car that went through a red light. It wasn’t a bad accident and no one was hurt, but my friend and I were in a hurry to get to the airport!

The police arrived and took our information and checked we weren’t hurt, and then we told the Texan policeman that we needed to get to the airport quickly. The first surprising thing was that he said heRead more about August 7 – surprising[…]

August 6 – terrifying

August 6 – terrifying

August 6, 2019 =========

☆  terrifying  恐ろしい

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The second useful phrase for this week is, “That must have been terrifying.” Have you ever had a terrifying travel experience? I have! It was actually so terrifying, that sometimes when I think about it, I wonder how my friend and I didn’t get ourselves killed!!

Once, in Nagoya, my friend and I got separated from our group of friends. It was late, and my friend had drunk too much wine. She walked off with three Japanese men, maybe in the 50’s, with lots of tattoos. She got in a car with them, and no matter how much I tried, she wouldn’t get out… so I gotRead more about August 6 – terrifying[…]

August 5 – frustrating

August 5 – frustrating

August 5, 2019 =========

☆  frustrating イライラした

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Today’s word, frustrating, means that something annoys you or makes you angry because you cannot do anything about the problems it causes. This week’s useful phrase is “How frustrating!”

So, in terms of troubles while traveling, what situation might cause you to say, “How frustrating!”?

How about when the airline company loses your luggage? Or when your train is late and you miss your connection? Or when you arrive at the museum only to find that it is closed for the day? Or … what else? Can you think of any frustrating situations you might have while traveling?

Bye,

Chris

August 4 – attack

August 4 – attack

August 4, 2019 =========

☆  attack 攻撃

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An attack could be an assault on you physically or verbally. I hope you have never experienced an attack while traveling – or in fact, I hope you’ve never experienced an attack ever!

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were the victim of an attack while traveling? For women traveling alone, the risk of an attack is unfortunately higher than for men traveling alone, however, we should all be prepared and alert for danger while traveling.

My Japanese friend told me that once when she was traveling in Italy, a pickpocket stole from her handbag – lucky for her, they didn’t get herRead more about August 4 – attack[…]

August 3 – compensation

August 3 – compensation

August 3, 2019            =========

☆  compensation 賠償

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Compensation is the money you receive when you suffer a loss, in the case of our topic, you usually receive that compensation from a travel insurance company. However, you could receive compensation from your employer or the government, or if you are in a car accident, possibly from the other person’s insurance company.

In the case of our running stroller, we were so lucky that it was just a damaged wheel, and we received compensation quickly and easily. However, you often hear of people who have gotten sick overseas, and need the compensation to pay their medical bills but the insurance company says they will notRead more about August 3 – compensation[…]

August 2 – damage

August 2 – damage

August 2, 2019      =========

☆  damage 損害

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Today, we have another of the useful phrases for the week: How bad was the damage? This was one of the questions the insurance company asked us when we asked for the money to replace the running stroller I mentioned yesterday. The company wanted to know if the damage was so bad that we needed a replacement, or whether they could just buy a replacement wheel.

In fact, the damage wasn’t so bad that we needed a new stroller, it could still be used… however, in the end, it was the same price to replace a wheel and axle from the US as buying a newRead more about August 2 – damage[…]

August 1 – insurance

August 1 – insurance

August 1, 2019     =========

☆  insurance 保険

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This month our topic is “Troubles while traveling” and the useful phrase is “You should definitely get travel insurance.” What do you think about this? Do you usually get travel insurance?

I very rarely buy travel insurance – it seems like an expense for something I never need… however, one time when I was flying back to Australia, for some reason, we decided to get insurance. We were lucky we did! On our arrival at Sydney airport we discovered that Qantas had damaged our expensive running stroller wheel, so we couldn’t use it anymore. Luckily the insurance paid for a replacement stroller.  

How about you? DoRead more about August 1 – insurance[…]

July 31 – modify

July 31 – modify

July 31, 2019 =========

☆  modify  修正する

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Continuing on from yesterday, if the fortune teller had told me it was bad timing to move back to Australia, then I would definitely have modified my plans. That might sound crazy, to adjust my plans on the basis of what “might” happen, right? But, I do really trust this person, and I had consulted her many times before this time in 2011.

If you were given insight or advice about your future, and it was different to what you were planning or thinking of doing, would you modify your plans? Would you take different actions? Or would you just thank the person for the information andRead more about July 31 – modify[…]

July 30 – complicate

July 30 – complicate

July 30, 2019 =========

☆  complicate 複雑にする

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If you complicate something, you make it more difficult to understand or deal with. In some cases, knowing the future might actually complicate things, right? For example, if you were planning to move overseas for work, and a fortune teller told you that you should stay in Japan for the next few years… what would you do? Would this complicate your decision?

For me, it definitely would! Of course, I would want more information about exactly why moving to another country was not a good idea at that time… but if I believed in the accuracy and integrity of the person telling me, then it would definitelyRead more about July 30 – complicate[…]

July 29 – conceptualize

July 29 – conceptualize

July 29, 2019 =========

☆  conceptualize (将来を)思い描く

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If you conceptualize something, you form an idea of it in your mind. In other words, if we conceptualize our future, we visualize our future. When we conceptualize something, it involves lots of ideas and elements. So, it is not simply wanting to live in a big city, or wanting to be an author – it involves conceptualizing all of the different parts of that idea – what city? What kind of dwelling? Who with? And so. Or for the author – what kind of genre? Who is your ideal reader and publisher?

Interestingly, conceptualizing the future is something that marketers need to be good at –Read more about July 29 – conceptualize[…]

July 28 – accuracy

July 28 – accuracy

July 28, 2019 =========

☆  accuracy 的確さ

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The accuracy of information is the degree to which it is true, even in the small details. So, a fortune teller could be rated on their accuracy for example. Naturally, if you are going to spend time and money to hear about your future, you want a high degree of accuracy, right?!

The quote from this week is by Sir Terry Pratchett, an English novelist; “Ordinary fortune-tellers tell you what you want to happen.” I think this is true of many fortune tellers – without thinking about accuracy, they ask a few questions and learn enough about the person to tell them what they want to happen.Read more about July 28 – accuracy[…]

July 27 – incident

July 27 – incident

July 27, 2019 =========

☆  incident 出来事

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An incident is something that happens – usually just one time, and it is often unpleasant. When we use this word, it is generally a formal situation, such as a news report. However, it can be used in any personal situation too, especially when you don’t want to mention exactly what happened. Here are some examples to illustrate that:

The incident didn’t change her plans.
Their relationship was never the same after the incident.
He was worried that everyone knew about the incident.
She couldn’t get the horrible incident out of her mind.

So, as you can see, there is no specific information about the incident, so if someone said thisRead more about July 27 – incident[…]

July 26 – mood

July 26 – mood

July 26, 2019 =========

☆  mood  気分

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Your mood is your state or frame of mind. Your mood can change often, so it’s important to have some adjectives to describe the mood you are in. Here are some commonly used ones:

good mood
foul mood
aggressive mood
positive mood
unhappy mood
bad mood
festive mood

Do you think your mood affects your life in a big way, or are you able to be in control of your mood in general, and not let it change your day?

Bye,

Chris

July 25 – fantasy

July 25 – fantasy

July 25, 2019 =========

☆  fantasy  空想

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One of this week’s phrases is “It’s just a fantasy, it’ll never happen.” What do you think about this statement? Do you think that it’s true, and the good luck you are hoping or wishing for won’t happen because it is just a fantasy or dream?

Or are you more likely to believe in the Law of Attraction (LOA) style of thinking? In other words, it might be a fantasy or a dream, but you feel positive that it might happen, and that you can attract it?

I heard a good comment about the LOA: the law of attraction doesn’t work if you don’t. In other words, justRead more about July 25 – fantasy[…]

July 24 – sense

July 24 – sense

July 24, 2019 =========

☆  sense 感覚

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If you have a sense of something, you have that feeling. For example, you think that something is true, without having clear evidence for this belief. So, fortune tellers work a lot with “sense”… they might read our palm, or do a Tarot card spread, and get a sense of what might happen to us in the future.

They have no real evidence, it is based on their sense or feeling. In fact, I tend to make a lot of decisions this way! A few years ago, when I was flying back to Japan, I had a feeling or a sense that something was wrong, so IRead more about July 24 – sense[…]

July 23 – attitude

July 23 – attitude

July 23, 2019 =========

☆  attitude 心構え

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Your attitude is the way that you think or feel about something. So, if you think that fortune tellers are all fake and you don’t believe in them, then this would show in your attitude toward them – you wouldn’t visit fortune tellers, you wouldn’t believe it when others tell you about what they learned or heard from one.

On the other hand, if your attitude toward fortune tellers is more open, and you are prepared to believe what they tell you then, then your attitude would be quite different. You might own your own Tarot cards, or you might visit a fortune teller every so often.Read more about July 23 – attitude[…]

July 22 – turn of events

July 22 – turn of events

July 22, 2019 =========

☆  turn of events 物事の節目

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A “turn of events” is a new development or a change in a situation.

This week’s useful phrase is “What a happy turn of events” meaning that there was a new development or a change in the situation which was happy or pleasant for the people involved. For example, maybe someone who was sick got better when they weren’t expected to. Or maybe you got a new job or a pay rise, when you were feeling down about your work situation. So, the “happy” part means that there was a change from the sad or negative situation you were in.

You can also use adjectives suchRead more about July 22 – turn of events[…]

July 21 – unexpected

July 21 – unexpected

July 21, 2019 =========

☆  unexpected 予想もしない

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Every year, there are festivals for various things in my city. Just like in Japan; food festivals, music festivals, art festivals and so on. One of the funniest things I’ve seen regarding a festival was the sign for the Psychic and Fortune Telling festival. There was a big poster advertising the festival, and then over the top of the poster, there was another small poster saying that the festival had been canceled.

It had been canceled due to “unexpected circumstances.”

Ha ha! Do you see the funny side of that? If they are really true psychics and fortune tellers then they should have known about the circumstances, soRead more about July 21 – unexpected[…]

July 20 – miraculous

July 20 – miraculous

July 20 2019 =========

☆  miraculous  奇跡的な

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Last month, we had to put down our 16-year-old dog. He had lived a long, and miraculous life, but it was time for him to rest. You might be wondering how his life was miraculous… well, he was a dog, but it was like he had nine lives, like they say a cat does.

Five years ago, our friends looked after him while we were away, and he escaped – he was blind in one eye, but he managed to run across a very busy road and not get killed! Miraculous!
Four years ago, he had a stroke and couldn’t walk… the next day, when we were aboutRead more about July 20 – miraculous[…]

July 19 – lucky

July 19 – lucky

July 19, 2019 =========

☆  lucky 幸運な

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Someone who is lucky seems to always have good luck. Do you think you are lucky? If a fortune teller told you that you were going to be very lucky in the future, would you believe them?

I remember a client of mine talking about his mentor who was in the business of “Luck management” … it was an interesting concept – that you could manage your life and determine events so that you could be lucky in the future. Of course, it wasn’t talking about being lucky and winning the lottery, but more about attracting happy and lucky events in to your life.

I want to beRead more about July 19 – lucky[…]

July 18 – underlying

July 18 – underlying

July 18, 2019 =========

☆  underlying  潜在的な

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This week’s useful phrase is “What is the underlying problem?” The underlying features of something are not obvious, and it may be difficult to discover them. However, without revealing the underlying problem or underlying cause, it can be difficult to solve the problem or change the situation.

For example, if you want to work in a company where you can use English, but you haven’t been able to find a job, you might feel like the underlying problem for you is a lack of English skills. However, the interviewer might think the underlying problem is a lack of experience. So, as you can see, you need toRead more about July 18 – underlying[…]

July 17 – present

July 17 – present

July 17, 2019 =========

☆  present 現在の

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We can use the word present to describe something that is existing here and now, for example this present moment, or current moment. You probably know this word from learning English grammar, talking about the present tense, however there are many other ways to use it:

Our present method is not working, we need to make some changes.
We are still looking for her; her present whereabouts are unknown.
Our present life is all that matters.
I don’t want to discuss it while you are in your present frame of mind.
The present moment is all we have.
If you are not happy with your present situation or present life, then it’sRead more about July 17 – present[…]

July 16 – memorable

July 16 – memorable

July 16, 2019 =========

☆  memorable  忘れられない

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Something that is memorable is likely to be remembered because it is special, or there is something unusual about it. For me, my visit with the fortune teller during my university days was memorable just because she said I’d visit Spain… and I still haven’t! Ha ha.

I think it is kind of interesting what our brains choose to remember, don’t you? I wonder how we decide what is memorable and what is not? I have some events in my life that I remember very well, that I don’t consider to be special or unusual, and yet my brain remembers them clearly! Strange!

How about you? What kindsRead more about July 16 – memorable[…]

July 15 – specific

July 15 – specific

July 15, 2019 =========

☆  specific 具体的な

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Do you think that a fortune teller than can give you more specific information is more believable? For example, if they said “you will move house in the future”, this is not very specific and could easily come true. However, if they said, “you will move house before the end of the year” and it is already the middle of July… that’s much more specific and if you weren’t thinking about moving house, this might be shocking to hear!

I think I’d prefer to get specific information. Anyone can give out vague and general information about “the future” but information that is specific to me, would beRead more about July 15 – specific[…]

July 14 – insight

July 14 – insight

July 14, 2019 =========

☆  insight  洞察

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So, it might sound like I don’t really like fortune tellers, but that is not true! And if you do or don’t like them, that’s OK with me too! What I don’t like is the fake ones that try to scam people out of their money promising to tell them their future.

However, even the fake ones can have some insight, I think. If you seek help from anyone, a fortune teller, a counselor, your boss, or a friend, just having a chance to talk about the situation, can help you think things through – and from that chance, you can gain insight into your situation muchRead more about July 14 – insight[…]

July 13 – relationship

July 13 – relationship

July 13, 2019 =========

☆  relationship  人間関係

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So, once you’ve heard about your love, your career, and your success in the future, it’s only natural that you’ll want to ask about your relationships, right? Ha ha. This might be a tricky one for fortune tellers to answer.

Imagine if they told you that your relationship with your spouse will come to an end. Or that you will have a big fight with your best friend and the relationship will be over. It would be devastating to get this kind of information from someone who says they can see the future!

Bye,

Chris

July 12 – success

July 12 – success

July 12, 2019 =========

☆  success 成功

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Another popular question for the fortune tellers! Will I have success in my life? This might actually be a difficult question to answer, because really, success is different to each of us, right?

For some people, success might mean lots of money, for others success might mean travelling the world and living in different places. And for others it might be a happy family, with a few children, and good friends. Or it could mean all of these things!

I guess that is actually why fake fortune tellers can be believable – because although the small details of success are probably very different, the big picture of successRead more about July 12 – success[…]

July 11 – career

July 11 – career

July 11, 2019 =========

☆  career  キャリア

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This week’s useful phrase is, “Will I have success in my career?” What would you do if the reply was “no”? Would you ask for more information, such as “should I change careers?” or “Why not? What will go wrong?”

Or maybe, you’re not in a career that you like right now, so a “no” would be a good result, because it would mean that you could focus on changing careers.

When the fortune teller I saw years ago said I should go to Spain, I went to Japan as an English teacher instead… I wonder if I would have had the same career if I had goneRead more about July 11 – career[…]

July 10 – family

July 10 – family

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☆  family 家族

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Another popular topic for the future is family. Will I have a family? How many children will I have? How about my parents and siblings, will they be healthy and live long lives?

What sorts of questions would you ask a fortune teller? If you knew they were authentic and not fake, what sorts of things would you want to know about your family’s future? About your love life? What topics interest you for the future?

Bye,

Chris

July 9 – love

July 9 – love

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☆  love 愛

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I think love is probably one of the most common questions that people ask fortune tellers! Will I find love? Will I be successful in love? What is my love fortune?

Did you know that instead of paying money for advice from a fortune teller, you can look online for free fortune tellers on any topic? I found a funny one, which was a “fortune cookie” like the Chinese fortune cookies, except it was just an image of a fortune cookie, and you click on it, and it gives you a fortune about your love. Mine said, “Open your mind and your heart to good things.”Read more about July 9 – love[…]

July 8 – future

July 8 – future

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☆  future 未来

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The future is the period of time that comes after the present. This can be the immediate future, or more long-term, but anything that is not “now” or in the “past” is technically the future.

If, like last week’s phrase, you believe that your actions can influence your future, then it is important to actually take time out to think about what the future holds for you, and what you want from the future. Once you have done this, you can make plans for your future – and become your own fortune teller! Take action and see how accurately you can predict your own future!

Bye,

Chris

July 7 – evoke

July 7 – evoke

July 7, 2019 =========

☆  evoke 喚起する

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To evoke something, such as a memory, an idea, emotion, or response, means to cause it to occur. I once heard that fake fortune tellers evoke a sense of trust by telling us things that are true about ourselves, before they move on to telling us about our future.

For example, they “read” our situation and tell us we have a happy marriage, or are not happy in our job, and so on. These suggestions evoke a response from us – a nod of yes, or a shake of the head for a no. And this is the clue for the next thing for them toRead more about July 7 – evoke[…]

July 6 – take care

July 6 – take care

July 6, 2019 =========

☆  take care 気をつける

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Have you ever been to a fortune teller or psychic? Did what they tell you change how you acted or make you take care in a situation which you might not normally have taken care? That is definitely one benefit from seeking advice or counseling from this type of person, don’t you think?

If they suggest that you might get sick in the future, then you might take care of yourself better. Or if they say the house you live in is not safe, then you might do some work or renovations and take care to make it safer. And, then those actions will definitely influenceRead more about July 6 – take care[…]