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September 4 – daily

September 4 – daily

September 4, 2019 =========

☆  daily  毎日の

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If something happens daily, it happens every day. At the beginning of the year my friend announced on Facebook that she was going to run 5 kilometers daily. She would take a photo of her run, a runfie (instead of a selfie) and post it.

I was super impressed with her – at first, she actually did run 5KM daily! Sometimes she ran more, but never less than 5KM. But gradually, she has stopped posting every day. Work was busy, family life was busy, and so she wasn’t able to run daily. She was still running a lot, just not 5KM daily.

Running 5KM daily is a prettyRead more about September 4 – daily[…]

September 3 – barefoot

September 3 – barefoot

September 3, 2019     =========

☆  barefoot 裸足の

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My little girl loves to be barefoot. Inside the house, outside the house – in the mud, and rain, in the sunshine… it doesn’t matter. She loves being barefoot. At her baby-gym class, the teachers insist that all the kids wear no shoes and socks because being barefoot is much healthier for them.

I like going barefoot at the beach, but on grass and other surfaces, I’m not really that keen! I love the feel of sand on my feet, so I’ll always go barefoot at the beach, unless it’s too hot. Sometimes the sand in summer gets so hot, it’s actually impossible to go barefootRead more about September 3 – barefoot[…]

September 2 – unhealthy

September 2 – unhealthy

September 2, 2019      =========

☆  unhealthy   健康に悪い

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Unhealthy is the opposite of healthy. It can describe something that is likely to cause illness or poor health, such as cigarettes or too much alcohol. Or it can describe a person that is not healthy, meaning that you are not very fit or well. Here are some example sentences using both:

I try to avoid unhealthy foods like hamburgers and chips.
I always worked overtime at my last job, it was really unhealthy.
In the past, many people worked in coal mines, until they realized it was a very unhealthy environment.

I’m so unhealthy at the moment!
She looked really unhealthy, I hope she is OK.
When I feel unhealthy,Read more about September 2 – unhealthy[…]

September 1  – nature

September 1 – nature

September 1, 2019     =========

☆  nature  自然

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This month’s topic is “Spending time outdoors.” It’s a timely one for both you in Japan, and me in Australia. Is it still hot there? The end of summer and the beginning of autumn is one of the best times to be outside in nature in Japan, I think. How about you?

And, then in Australia, we are finally heading into spring and the warmer season. There are pretty almond blossoms to see, and lovely flowers and roses blooming. It’s not too hot and not too cold. I love being in nature during early spring and autumn.

How about you? Do you have a favorite season whenRead more about September 1 – nature[…]

August 31 – protect

August 31 – protect

August 31, 2019 =========

☆  protect 保護する

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The final sample answer for our monthly question of, “Have you ever had trouble while traveling?” is “I had to protect myself from a pickpocket!” I hope this has never happened to you! It has never happened to me, and hopefully never will.

These days, there is less need to carry money or even a wallet when we travel though, so I guess protecting our cash is not as important. What do I mean? I use my phone to pay for most things these days. In Australia, at least in the main cities, you can just carry a phone with your banking app on it, and neverRead more about August 31 – protect[…]

August 30 – entitle

August 30 – entitle

August 30, 2019 =========

☆  entitle 権利を与える

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If you are entitled to something, you have the right to have it or do it. Some sports clubs in Australia are affiliated with American sports clubs, so their members are entitled to use the gym in anywhere in Australia or America! That’s pretty cool, don’t you think? One of the things that is hard to do while traveling is keep fit, but if you are entitled to use the local gym, you could do your regular workouts without it costing money.

Of course, if you stay at a hotel, there might be a gym or pool you are entitled to use, but these days, a lotRead more about August 30 – entitle[…]

August 29 – rectify

August 29 – rectify

August 29, 2019 =========

☆  rectify (誤りなどを)正す

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If you rectify something that is wrong, you change it so that it becomes correct or acceptable. If you are traveling, there are all sorts of things that might need to be rectified.

For example, the spelling of your name on your passport. My sister changed the spelling of her name from Gill to Jill. The British spelling is Gill, but when we moved to Australia, she changed it. When she tried to get her passport, they didn’t believe it was her, because of the J and G difference. It actually took her quite a bit of time and effort to get it rectified to J onRead more about August 29 – rectify[…]

August 28 – overcharge

August 28 – overcharge

August 28, 2019 =========

☆  overcharge  (高値を)ふっかける

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Continuing with the Q&A for the month, “Have you ever had trouble while traveling?” the second sample answer is “I was overcharged at my hotel.” Has this ever happened to you? If so, what did you do?

I have no memory of ever being overcharged at a hotel, but I have definitely been overcharged when shopping while traveling. When I was in Thailand, the street vendors change the price depending on how much they think you will pay! I was charged $10 when my friend was only charged $5… was I overcharged by $5 or did my friend get a $5 discount? Hmm… not sure!

Bye,

Chris

August 27 – cancel

August 27 – cancel

August 27, 2019 =========

☆  cancel  キャンセルする

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This week, we have the end of month Q&A. The question is, “Have you ever had trouble while traveling?” and one of the sample answers was, “My flight was canceled suddenly!” Has this ever happened to you?

In Australia, there is an airline company and their international flights are great, and they partner with Qantas, so it’s safe, and if they cancel a flight, you get re-booked or refunded.

However, their domestic service is hit and miss. You can get great service one day, and your flight will be on time, and the staff are wonderful. Then on another day, your flight will be canceled suddenly, and theyRead more about August 27 – cancel[…]

August 26 – accept

August 26 – accept

August 26, 2019 =========

☆  accept  受け取る

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There are a few different ways to use today’s word, but this time we are talking about accepting an unpleasant fact or situation. In this case, it means that you get used to it or recognize that it cannot be changed.

Nothing to do with traveling, but last week was “Book Week” for Australia. It means that around Australia, all the elementary schools celebrate books. This is a great idea of course, but the one thing that I dislike is that they have a parade and the kids have to wear a costume of their favorite book character.

Every year, I say, “Let’s get your costume organized soon!”Read more about August 26 – accept[…]

August 25 – safety

August 25 – safety

August 25, 2019 =========

☆  safety  安全性

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When you travel and choose your destination, is safety one of the things you rate as important? And what exactly do you mean by safety? For example, when they do the country rankings according to safety, they are ranking according to things like the likelihood of terrorist attacks, political instability and the number of murders.

However, when I think about safety, I’m mostly thinking about whether or not the public transport is good, and OK for families to travel on, and whether or not there are a lot of areas where people are using drugs or homeless.

How about you? What does safety mean to you?

Bye,

Chris

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[…]