Elephant communication

Elephant sanctuary staff believe that an elephant heard about their sanctuary from another elephant, and used that second-hand knowledge to seek help after being shot by poachers.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/shot-by-poachers-elephants-seek-human-help

Seth

How to move a temple

Here’s how they moved a 2000 ton temple in Shanghai.

Seth

If I ever found the base of a rainbow…

I would expect to find something like this.

Seth

Costco

Costco doesn’t put signs in their stores to indicate where different things are, and it’s on purpose. This idea is to make you walk around the store more and see more things that you might end up buying.

http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/09/25/443519599/episode-653-the-anti-store

Seth

Otter playground

If someone asked me what a playground for otters would look like, I would imagine something like this.

Seth

Dog’s first toy

This dog was rescued from an abusive home, and now he gets to pick his first toy for his new home! It looks like he’s taking the decision very seriously!

View post on imgur.com

Seth

Origami robot

Check out this tiny robot they made at MIT! They call it an origami robot, because it folds and unfolds by itself. Someone can swallow one and they can control it from outside with magnets. It can do some small kinds of surgery without any cutting.

https://futurism.com/httpnews-mit-edu2016ingestible-origami-robot-0512/

Seth

Funabashi festival

Last weekend I went to the Funabashi City festival, and had a really great time.

I started out the day by going to a café near my house. I go there pretty often and know the staff. They convinced me to rent a yukata for the festival, and I decided to give it a try since I hadn’t worn one before.

My friends showed up at the café a few minutes later and we all took turns getting our yukatas and kimonos put on. After we were all ready, we took a few pictures with other people going to the festival and with our friends at the café. After that we decided to head to the festival to get some food and see the portable shrines.

Although it wasn’t my first summer festival, it was the first time I had spent the whole day in a yukata, and it was really comfortable. I had such a great time, and got to try some festival food that I hadn’t eaten before. Plus, I really liked the atmosphere of the festival; everyone seemed relaxed and in a good mood. I’m thinking about going to another festival or two in Chiba before the summer ends.

Marshall

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Important memo

Please be informed that our office will be closed from Monday, August 8th to Sunday, August 13th, We will start operations from Monday, August 14th, 2017. If you have urgent business please leave a message with the voice mail system.  Any inquiries received during the closure will be responded to on Monday, August 14th, 2015.

Vocabulary

Informed (adjective); provided with information; made aware.

  • I was informed that you wanted to see me.

Urgent (adjective); requiring immediate action or attention.

  • I have urgent business in Osaka. I have to fly out as soon as possible.

Voice mail (noun); an electronic communication system in which spoken messages are recorded or digitized and stored for later playback to the intended recipient

  • I left a message about the party on your voice mail.

Inquires (noun); a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge.

  • I have made some inquires into the financial situation of the company.

Nik

Robot butler

Check out this robot butler at a hotel delivering some stuff. How long until The Matrix is real?

Seth

Robotic Fish

Check out this GIF of some robotic fish. This has to be the most lifelike robot I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t mind having some of these guys as pets. I’m sure they’re lower maintenance than the real thing.

Seth

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Jobs Ads

This week we will look at a job ad for a health consultant.

Let’s take a look at the requirements and expectations for the job.
Required Education Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred by many employers
Required Job Skills Effective communication, self-motivation, ability to handle stress

Healthcare Consultant: Job Description, Duties and Requirements

Job Requirements

The education requirements for a healthcare consultant vary based on the employer. Generally, the minimum amount of education needed is a bachelor’s degree. Many employers prefer healthcare consultants with a master’s degree, especially in private industries. Students interested in becoming healthcare consultants pick majors in management, marketing, economics, human resources or business. Additionally, choosing a minor or a specialization in healthcare is suggested.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a healthcare consultant must be self-motivated and work with minimal supervision since employers expect them to be experts at improving an organization. Having effective communication skills is needed to clearly express improvement ideas with a customer. The ability to handle stress and act responsibility is important, especially when healthcare consultants acquire more experience and are placed in charge of specific projects.

  1. Vary; verb– differs in size, amount, degree, or nature from something else of the same general class.
  2. Private industry; noun- the part of the economy that is controlled by individuals or private organizations and is not funded by the government.
  3. To pick; verb- choose (someone or something) from a number of alternatives.
  4. self-motivated; adjective– motivated to do or achieve something because of one’s own enthusiasm or interest, without needing pressure from others.
  5. Minimal; adjective– of a minimum amount, quantity, or degree.
  6. To handle; verb- manage (a situation or problem).
  7. Acquire; verb- learn or develop (a skill, habit, or quality).
Nik

Steve Jobs

Today I learned that Steve Jobs could have avoided a premature death from cancer by having it properly treated with modern medicine. He refused it for 9 months because he believed alternative medicine and diet would be better. It was one of his biggest regrets. I hope some people who are interested in alternative medicine find out about this famous case and realize the importance of modern medicine.
Here’s the wikipedia article that I read:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs#Health_issues

Seth

Dogs can tell when you’re laughing

I learned something really interesting about dogs today. Some scientists did some MRI scans on dogs to see how their brains responded to human voices. Apparently, the dogs’ brains responded to the voices in a similar way to humans’ brains. The scientists think that because dogs have lived alongside humans for so long, they have evolved to understand human emotions like happiness and sadness by listening to their voices. Here’s the full article if you’re interested, but it has a lot of scientific words in it:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-dog-can-tell-from-your-voice-if-youre-happy-or-sad-180949807/

English note:

“Dogs can tell when you’re laughing” means: dogs understand when you’re laughing.

Example:

Can you tell where he is from? (by hearing his accent)

Can you tell which way is north? (by looking at the sun)

I can tell he doesn’t like spicy food. (by looking at his face)

My mom can tell when I’m lying. (by looking at my face)

Seth.

Instant Regret

Here’s the top post from another one of my favorite subreddits called Instant Regret. This guy tries to get past a puddle without getting his shoes too wet.

http://i.imgur.com/z2xLUsH.gifv

I could not have anticipated this……..

Seth

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 7

Story

Frank’s changes to the training techniques were not drastic but were simply done for efficiency reasons.

The End

Vocabulary

Drastic (adjective); likely to have a strong or far-reaching effect.

Examples

  1. That is a drastic change of hair color you got.
  2. Sometimes sports teams make drastic moves to get better like trading players.
  3. Q. Do you think we need to get so drastic with the punishment?

Efficiency (noun); the ability to do something or produce something without wasting materials, time, or energy : the quality or degree of being efficient.

  1. That new computer upgrade definitely increased my computers speed and efficiency.
  2. There was an improvement in the efficiency of the engine. It seems to be working much better.
  3. Q. How can we improve the efficiency of our deliveries?

Nik

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 6

Story

Frank reviewed the timetable for his move to Osaka. He also looked over his documents streamlining some of the training techniques.

Vocabulary

To review (verb); to check something.

Examples

  1. I have to review my speech for tomorrow.
  2. Please review your lesson notes once a day.
  3. Q. Have you reviewed the proposal yet?

Streamline (verb);  to change something in order to make more efficient or simple.

Examples

  1. The company streamlined its customer services department to make things faster and easier.
  2. We need to streamline the way we do business so we will reduce the amount of paper we use.
  3. Q. Can you streamline the programs we use to make things more efficient?

Nik

Kitten’s in charge

It’s so funny how such a big dog is so scared of this little kitten. Some dogs are really nice to smaller cats and dogs or little kids. This dog seems like a total sweetheart.

Seth

Japanese workers

Someone made a gif of Japanese workers doing impressive things. I think for Americans, it’s really impressive to see stuff like this because we never see it in the U.S.

http://i.imgur.com/A10KI1M.gifv

View post on imgur.com

Seth

Nintendo’s President

I read about how the president of Nintendo cut his own salary in half after the company’s sales figures went down. It really stuck out in my mind because in the U.S., there are so many stories of companies firing workers to save money while the executives get paid millions. There’s such a big contrast. I wish more companies would be like Nintendo.

Seth

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TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 5

Story

The recent success of Benny Shoga’s advertising put the company in a good financial situation after a few tough years in the beginning. Employees were treated well and salaries reflected the company’s growth.

Vocabulary

Financial (adjective); the finances or financial situation of an organization or individual.

Examples

  1. His financial situation has improved since he begin investing.
  2. Subway (sandwich shops) is experiencing some financial decline.
  3. Q. Have you read the financial reports on the new startup companies?

Salary (noun); a fixed regular payment, typically paid on a monthly basis but often expressed as an annual sum, made by an employer to an employee.

Examples

  1. A lot of companies pay their salaries out every 2 weeks in Canada.
  2. In the U.S air traffic controllers make very good salaries.
  3. Q. What do you think about pro sport salaries?

Nik

Babysitting kittens

This dog is having a hard time babysitting these kittens! I wonder if it’s his first time.

https://i.imgur.com/kyWPF6s.gifv

Poor pup is in over his head at his new job.

Seth

Hydrodynamic levitation

I read an article about how this works, but I’m still not convinced that it’s not just magic.

http://i.imgur.com/bf5aUk0.gifv

Seth

Helpful elephant friends

Check out this elephant help a mother elephant save her calf after he falls in the water! The way they react and work together is so human!

http://i.imgur.com/qVANfM1.gifv

Elephants rush to rescue baby elephant that fell in pool

Seth

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 4

Story

Frank is most well known for his work on a project that involved promoting a travel company’s package tour that took tourists abroad. These tours emphasized a unique experience involving the locals in the area.

Vocabulary

To promote (verb); support or actively encourage (a cause, venture, etc.); further the progress of.

Examples

  1. In Japan you can often see Pharmacy employees promoting sales outside the shop.
  2. Samsung is really promoting their new smart phone.
  3. Q. How would you like us to promote the new functions on the smart phone?

To emphasize (verb); special importance, value, or prominence given to something.

Examples

  1. I must emphasis how important safety is.
  2. My boss always emphasizes professionalism in everything we do.
  3. Q. Don’t you think they are emphasizing quantity over quality?

Nik

Today I learned (TIL) about Kaizen

I just read a really interesting article on reddit from the TIL (Today I Learned) subreddit. It’s about how Toyota helped the New York City food bank. The food bank serves food for free to a lot of poor people, so it’s really important for them. A lot of major companies donate money to the food bank, but Toyota offered Kaizen instead. Toyota engineers managed to reduce the wait time for people in line for food from 90 minutes to 18 minutes. I think it’s a great example of how you can help people by using creative thinking, and not just by spending money.

Here’s a link to the article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/nyregion/in-lieu-of-money-toyota-donates-efficiency-to-new-york-charity.html

Seth

ためになる英語97

今回のためになる英語は、” I can’t stand ~”で、日本語の意味は「~は我慢できない」、「~は耐えられない」となります。動詞 stand の「立つ」とは全く関係ない意味になりますので、こちらはフレーズとして覚えて下さいね。

A: Do you have any plans this summer ?
(今年の夏の予定はある?)

B:I’m planning on going to Karuizawa.
(軽井沢に行く計画をしているよ。)

A: Oh, yeah? That sounds very nice!
(そうなの?すごくいいね)

B: Summer in Tokyo is terrible. I can’t stand the heat in the city.
(東京の夏はひどいからね。都市の暑さには耐えられないよ。)

A: I know what you mean.
(それ、すごくわかるよ。)

(例文)

I can’t stand the smell of natto.
(納豆のにおいは我慢できないよ。)

I can’t stand the crowded trains in Japan.
(日本の満員電車には耐えられない。)

I can’t stand living downtown in a major city.
(主要都市の繁華街に住むのを我慢できないよ。)

Yuki
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Genki

Since I came to Japan, I’ve been studying Japanese using a textbook called Genki. I like it because it’s easy to understand and has a funny art style. Recently I was learning how to use しておくand I came across this funny example:

A famous prophet said that there will be a big earthquake next week. Tell what the people below will do in advance:

山下先生は家を売っておきます。

He really buys what the prophet said if he’s planning to sell his house!

Seth

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 3

Story

Frank has been working for Benny Shoga marketing company for over 20 years. He’s spent most of this time in the advertising department helping create Ads for various companies around Japan.

Vocabulary

Marketing (noun/ adjective); the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising.

Examples

  1. Coca Cola has changed its marketing strategy to a united global message. The new slogan is “taste the feeling.’
  2. Nike’s marketing has been so successful that it owns 96% of the basketball footwear market.
  3. Q. Have you ever seen the commercials for Boss coffee that have Tommy Lee
    Jones in them? Boss canned coffee has been using Tommy lee Jones as part of their marketing campaign since 2006.

Advertising (noun); the activity or profession of producing advertisements for commercial products or services.  Ad. (noun); an advertisement.

Examples

  1. I have heard that BIRDMAN is one of the most famous advertising companies in Japan.
  2. There’s a lot of advertising on You Tube nowadays. Often we have to watch an Ad before we can watch the video.
  3. Q. Have you seen the Amazon recommended ads that come up when you are doing searches on line? It’s kind of scary I think.

Nik

ためになる英語96

今回のためになる英語は、as far as~ is concerned です。日本語の意味は、“~となると、~に関しては” となります。自分の意見を言う時に使える表現です。

Tom: Hi, Nik. Did you watch the baseball game last night?
(やぁ、ニック!昨晩の野球の試合見た?)

Nik: No, i don’t usually watch baseball. As far as sports are concerned, I prefer watching ice hockey.
(見てないよ。僕、あんまり野球を見ないんだよね。スポーツといったら、アイスホッケーを見る方が好きかな。)

Tom:Oh, You are from Canada so that doesn’t surprise me.
(そっかぁ。君はカナダ出身だから、そんなに驚かないけど。)

(例文)

As far as my new apartment is concerned,  the location is great.
(わたしの新しいアパートに関して言うと、立地が素晴らしいです。)

As far as healthy food is concerned,  Japanese food is one of the healthiest.
(健康食に関して言うと、日本食は最も健康的な食事の一つです。)

Yuki
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ためになる英語95

今回のためになる英語は、”Keep  in mind that ….” です。

・・・(that 以下)は覚えておいてね。心に留めておいてね”という意味になります。

Teacher : It seems that we have to cancel the marathon today due to bad weather.

先生:(天気が悪いから今日のマラソンは中止しなくちゃだね。)

Student : Yay, we don’t have to run! Running is the worst.

生徒:(やったー!走らなくていいって。走るの一番嫌だもん。)

Teacher : Okay, but keep in mind that you are going to have to run sometime next week.

先生:(オッケー、でも来週のどこかで必ず走らなきゃいけないことは覚えておくように。)

下記の例も音読して、今日中に使い方を覚えてしまいましょう^^

Keep in mind that you have to bring your own food and drinks to the potluck party.

(ポットラックパーティーには自分の食べ物とドリンクを持ってこなきゃいけないの覚えていてね。)

Keep in mind that you have to finish the report by noon Friday.

(金曜の正午までにレポートを完成させなきゃいけないこと覚えておく必要がある。)

Keep in mind that you need a Visa to travel to Brazil.

(ブラジルに行くのにビザが必要なのを覚えておくように。)

Yuki
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TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 2

Story

The Osaka branch needed some help with their training and Frank was the best choice to go,  as he was a training consultant. His job was to go there and help with the evaluation and training of new employees in the Kansai area.

Vocabulary

Consultant (noun); a person who provides expert advice professionally.

Examples

  1. A health consultant came to our school today to talk about nutrition.
  2. I have to call an investment consultant about that investment I made last week.
  3. Q. Did you call the small business consultant to ask about that license that we need?

Evaluation (noun); to judge or calculate the quality, importance, amount, or value of something.

Examples

  1. We passed the safety evaluation and everything is safe to move ahead.
  2. The school did an evaluation and they think we need to work on our exam preparation skills.
  3. Q. Did the inspector call you about the evaluation results on the machinery evaluation?

Nik

A subreddit about dogs

I was showing Chika some posts on reddit yesterday and we came across a subreddit called RarePuppers. I had never seen the word “pupper” before, but it’s clear that it means puppy, or dog in general, since the subreddit is all about dogs.

Someone posted this gif, of a dog helping with a garden:

https://i.imgur.com/0pR9iqc.gifv

This is the thing I love about reddit. There are always new and interesting subreddits to discover.

Nik

Evangelion Karaoke

Recently I went out for karaoke with some friends in Shibuya, and we noticed they had an Evangelion room. It cost a little more, but we were curious, so we tried it out. The walls were completely covered with images from Evangelion. I saw the movies a while ago, so I thought it was pretty cool, but some of my friends were really big fans of the show, so they loved it.

9/10 would do Evangelion Karaoke again.

(For reddit posts it’s common to end a story by rating your experience out of 10 and saying whether you would do it again)

Seth

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Welcome to the fourth installment of the TOEIC vocabulary practice.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Part 1

Story

Frank was searching on-line for some affordable places to live in Osaka. Last week he was told that he was being transferred to the Osaka branch.

Vocabulary

Affordable (adjective); inexpensive; reasonably priced.

Examples

  1. That is an affordable ticket to Bangkok I think I’ll go.
  2. Toronto is looking at building some affordable housing next year.
  3. Q. Have you ever found affordable hotels in Kyoto?

Transfer (verb); a person who transfers or is transferred from one school, post, position, etc. to another.

Examples

  1.  I was transferred to the Tokyo branch a few years ago.
  2.  I think we have a few transfers coming in from Sapporo this April.
  3. Q. Have you ever been transferred overseas for work?

Nik

Reddit: My favorite website

Hey everyone, I wanted to share my favorite website with you. It’s called reddit. It’s a website where people cast make posts about any kind of subject in different subcategories which they call “subreddits.” Reddit is basically a big internet content feed.

The most common subreddits are for things like videos, news, music, and cute animals. But there are also tons of subreddits for very specific interests, like specific bands, TV shows, languages, health advice, objects that look like people, and thousands of others.

One of my favorite subreddits is called “mildlyinteresting.” It’s a subreddit where people post pictures of things that they found mildly interesting. Not boring, and not too interesting, just mildly interesting. Here is a link to some of the best posts on /r/mildly interesting: https://www.reddit.com/r/mildlyinteresting/top/?sort=top&t=all

As with all reddit posts, it’s important to understand the title before clicking the link, so make sure you read it if you check this out!

Seth

ためになる英語94

今回のためになる英会話は、What’s it like? (What is it like? / what was it like ?の短縮形 )、日本語の意味は “それ、どんな感じ?・どんな感じだった?” となります。it の部分は他の名詞に置き換えができます。(下記、文中でではfood)

話し手が言った物や、事に対して漠然とした印象を聞くときなどに使える表現です。

A: Where did you go on your vacation?
(休暇中はどこに行ったの?)

B: I went to Costa Rica for 4 days.
( コスタリカに4日間行ってきたよ。)

A:Wow, I’ve never been there. What was it like ?
(えぇ、私行った事ないんだけ、どんな感じだった?)

B:It was like we arrived in a jungle . The scenery was amazing and we saw a lot of interesting animals.
(なんかジャングルに来ちゃった感じだったよ。景色がすごくきれいだし、おもしろい動物をいっぱい見てきたよ。)

A:What was the food like there ?
(食べ物はどんな感じ?)

B: It was like Mexican food. there were a lot of rice,beans,salsa and cilantro.
(メキシコ料理みたいな感じかな。お米、豆類、サルサ、パクチーが使われてた。)

A: That sounds very good.
(いい感じだね!)

Yuki
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TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 8

Story

After returning from her trip Kathy successfully applied for and entered The Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking Program to become certified. She studied for almost two years in Seattle, Washington.

Vocabulary

Apply (verb); make a formal application or request.

Examples

  1. I applied for that banking job at SMBC. I hope I get it.
  2. I need to apply to the Universities this weekend.
  3. Q. Have you applied for that research position yet?

Certified (adjective); officially recognize as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards.

Examples

  1. I’m a certified barista.
  2. You need to be certified to teach English overseas.
  3. Q. Are you certified to use that machinery?

Nik

Golden week in Kansai

I spent 4 days travelling around Kansai in Golden week.

I went to one of my favorite places to take pictures: Fushimi Inari.

I love all the red gates (torii)  lined up the path. There are so many they just keep going.

Near the entrance of the area they always cook sparrow (Suzume 雀 ) on a barbecue. It’s interesting but I don’t think I’ll try it. Anyhow, it was a great trip.

Nik

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 7

Story

Kathy had wanted to start her own dessert shop ever since she visited one in Paris a few years ago. Since that trip she’s been practicing making all kinds of desserts. She’s tried making everything from Italian Tiramisu to Guava ice cream from South Africa. Now, she’s very confident in her ability to make great desserts.

Vocabulary

Practice (verb); the customary, habitual, or expected procedure or way of doing of something.

Examples

  1. I practice the piano every day.
  2. I really need to practice my English pronunciation.
  3. Q. Have you been practicing parking? Your driver’s test is coming up.

Confident (adjective); feeling or showing certainty about something.

Examples

  1. I’m not so confident in my public speaking abilities.
  2. I’m confident the party will go well.
  3. Q. Are you confident that the experiment will work?

Nik

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 6

Story

Kathy and Samantha have been talking about expanding their chocolate cake selection for some time now.

They were looking for a part timer to help out around the store. They were also hoping to find someone with some knowledge of cake baking that could contribute by adding to their dessert line up.

Vocabulary

Expand (verb); become or make larger or more extensive.

Examples

  1. We are hoping to expand our stores into Asia by next year.
  2. That shopping mall is expanding and adding apartments.
  3. Did you know that a lot of English Premiership football clubs are expanding their stadiums?

Contribute (verb); give (something, especially money) in order to help achieve or provide something.

Examples

  1. I want to help contribute something to the project.
  2. Let’s all contribute ten dollars to the bosses gift.
  3. Did you contribute to the design of the web page yet?

Nik

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 5

Story

As Kathy finished up on the phone her associate Samantha walked into the shop.

“Morning Kathy! How’s everything? I hope you don’t mind but I took the initiative and scheduled the interview with that new girl for tomorrow.”

“Morning Sam. Yeah everything is good. Okay that’s great. What time is she going to come by?”

“I told her to come here at 2 pm. I hope she’s good. Her knowledge of baking seems good and her recommendations are of the highest quality.”

Vocabulary

Initiative (noun); the ability to start things on your own.

  1. I took the initiative and ordered next week’s supplies.
  2. Please take the initiative and get the project started.
  3. Q. Are you good at taking initiative when things need to be done?

Quality (noun); the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind.

  1. That Whiskey is of the highest quality.
  2. Honesty is a desirable quality.
  3. Q. Do you think Louis Vuitton bags are good quality?

Nik

Daily dose of cute 面白いビデオ

 Here is your daily dose of cute!

Which clip is your favorite? (The girl trying to hula hoop without the hula hoop made me laugh.)

For students, “dose” is usually used when talking about medicine. An example:

“He took a dose of cough medicine.”

Minimalism ミニマリズム 映画

Yesterday I finished watching an interesting documentary called Minimalism.

Here’s a link to the movie on IMDB (Internet Movie DataBase):

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3810760/

The guys that made the movie have a website:

http://www.theminimalists.com/

Here’s how they describe minimalism:

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.

That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately.

Well I thought it was pretty interesting. Check it out if you have a chance. If any of you have Netflix, you can watch it (with Japanese subtitles) there.

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 4

Story

Kathy and her friend opened ‘La Maison de Chocolat’ in a pretty trendy neighborhood. They became popular quickly. Their customers were typically women in their 30’s and 40’s who were looking to buy something special for their parties.

Vocabulary

Trendy (adjective); very fashionable or up to date.

Examples

  1. Crocs were very trendy sandals a few years ago.
  2. People say that Naka Meguro is a trendy area in Tokyo.
  3. Do you remember when Tamagotchi was popular ?

Customer (noun) a person who buys goods or services from a shop or business.

Examples

  1. A line of customers were waiting to get into the ramen shop for lunch.
  2. A few customers commented on how good our cakes were.
  3. Do you know how many customers came in yesterday? A. We served around 220.

P.S. A customer is defined as ’someone who buys goods or services from a store or business.’ A client is also a type of customer. In business, the two terms are often used differently based on the types of relationships built. Customers are generally people who come to you mainly to buy products or services you supply. Clients buy your advice and solutions personalized to their particular needs.

Nik

Chidorigafuchi Hanami 千鳥ヶ淵 花見

Yesterday Dave and I headed to Yasukuni Shrine to see the cherry blossoms.

Across the street from Yasukuni Shrine, I’d always seen lines of people waiting to see the cherry blossoms at Chidorigafuchi, but I’d never actually walked through the area myself.

Well yesterday, after fourteen and a half years in Japan, I finally did it.

Here is a selfie!

Hawaii ハワイ

I wanted to share a quick photo of my trip to Hawaii back in February.

Here is a photo of Don, Ryan, Dave, and I. It was really great getting to see Ryan after over a year.

Can anyone spot what’s funny about this photo?

Well, three out of the four people in it are wearing Hawaiin shirts! I guess I didn’t get the memo! Ha ha!
(“I didn’t get the memo” is slang for “No one told me.”)

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TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 3

Story

Kathy checked the list and put down the clip board. She picked up the phone and dialed the number to the supply company. She had a contract with a local supplier. Since a small café had opened down the street she had to be smarter with her orders. The competition was putting pressure on her shop.

Vocabulary

Contract (Noun); a written or spoken agreement, especially one concerning employment, sales, or tenancy, that is intended to be enforceable by law.

I have a new contract with Softbank. I can use 20 GB of internet.

My current work contract is finished this spring. We will have to talk about an extension.

Q. Did you see Masahiro Tanaka’s contract? It’s a seven year, and 155 million dollar contract.

Competition (Noun); the activity or condition of striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others.

The competition for dentists in Kanto is pretty strong. I’ve heard there are more dentists than convenience stores in Japan.

I have a swim competition next weekend. I have to train a lot.

Q. Have you seen the competition for the science fair?

Nik

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ご迷惑をおかけいたしますが、何卒よろしくお願い申し上げます。

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千葉校・船橋校・新宿校: 2016/08/05( 2016/08/12()

新橋校: 2016/08/7() 2016/08/14()

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2016/04/29( 2016/05/06()

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TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 10

Story

Samantha unlocked the door to the shop as Kathy counted the cash for the register.

The neighborhood was starting to become active and it looked as though it would be a nice day.

The End

Vocabulary

Cash (noun) ; money in coins or notes/bills.

Examples

  1. I need to get some cash from the ATM.
  2. I wonder how much cash I should bring to Rome.
  3. Q. How much cash is in the register?

Neighborhood (noun); a district or community within a town or city.

Examples

  1. My neighborhood is a very quiet place.
  2. There are a lot of small summer festivals in neighborhoods’ around Japan.
  3. Q. Have you even had a neighborhood garage sale?

Nik

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 9

Story

Kathy met Samantha at a seminar on how to start a small business. They sat next to each other filling out a questionnaire. While they were filling out the papers they started talking about the seminar and found out that they were both interested in starting a dessert shop.

Vocabulary

Seminar (noun); a conference or other meeting for discussion or training.

Examples

  1. The seminar on ‘how to best market your company’ was very useful.
  2. I want to go to a seminar in January about how to best protect yourself from hackers.
  3. Q. Have you ever seen one of seminars on TED talks? They are very informative and interesting.

Questionnaire (noun); a set of printed or written questions with a choice of answers, devised for the purposes of a survey or statistical study.

Examples

  1.  Please fill out the questionnaire on about your daily habits.
  2.  I filled out a questionnaire on finances and I learned a lot from the results.
  3.  Q. Have you completed the questionnaire about environment issues? It’s kind of hard.

Nik

ためになる英語93

今回のためになる英語は、It’s  surprising ~(~の部分はhow +形容詞+主語+動詞になります。) “~(Surprising以下)には驚く。”という意味になります。

A: Hey, Tom, how are you? How’s Paul and Chris ?

(やぁトム、元気?ポールとクリスはどうしてる?)

B: Hi, I’m good and they are turning 12 this month. It’s surprising how fast kids grow up.

(元気だよ。彼らも今月で12才になるんだよ。子供の成長の早さには驚くよ。)

A: That’s true. How’s their school going?

(本当だよな。学校の方はどう?)

A: It’s good. It’s surprising  how easy kids can remember new things.

(順調だよ。子供たちが簡単に新しいことを習得するのには驚くよ。)

下記の例も音読してみてくださいね。It’s ~の~部分を変えて、Surprising 以外でも同じように使えますので、応用してみてください。

It’s surprising how fast the weather changes in Guam.

(グアムの天気が変わる速さには驚くよ。)

It’s amazing  how fast houses are built in Japan.

(日本の家が建つ早さには驚くよ。)

It’s annoying how slow this computer works.

(このコンピューターの遅さにはイライラしちゃう。)

Yuki
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TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 8

Story

After returning from her trip Kathy successfully applied for and entered The Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking Program to become certified. She studied for almost two years in Seattle, Washington.

Vocabulary

Apply (verb); make a formal application or request.

Examples

  1. I applied for that banking job at SMBC. I hope I get it.
  2. I need to apply to the Universities this weekend.
  3. Q. Have you applied for that research position yet?

Certified (adjective); officially recognize as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards.

Examples

  1. I’m a certified barista.
  2. You need to be certified to teach English overseas.
  3. Q. Are you certified to use that machinery?

Nik

Golden week in Kansai

I spent 4 days travelling around Kansai in Golden week.

I went to one of my favorite places to take pictures: Fushimi Inari.

I love all the red gates (torii)  lined up the path. There are so many they just keep going.

Near the entrance of the area they always cook sparrow (Suzume 雀 ) on a barbecue. It’s interesting but I don’t think I’ll try it. Anyhow, it was a great trip.

Nik

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 7

Story

Kathy had wanted to start her own dessert shop ever since she visited one in Paris a few years ago. Since that trip she’s been practicing making all kinds of desserts. She’s tried making everything from Italian Tiramisu to Guava ice cream from South Africa. Now, she’s very confident in her ability to make great desserts.

Vocabulary

Practice (verb); the customary, habitual, or expected procedure or way of doing of something.

Examples

  1. I practice the piano every day.
  2. I really need to practice my English pronunciation.
  3. Q. Have you been practicing parking? Your driver’s test is coming up.

Confident (adjective); feeling or showing certainty about something.

Examples

  1. I’m not so confident in my public speaking abilities.
  2. I’m confident the party will go well.
  3. Q. Are you confident that the experiment will work?

Nik

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 6

Story

Kathy and Samantha have been talking about expanding their chocolate cake selection for some time now.

They were looking for a part timer to help out around the store. They were also hoping to find someone with some knowledge of cake baking that could contribute by adding to their dessert line up.

Vocabulary

Expand (verb); become or make larger or more extensive.

Examples

  1. We are hoping to expand our stores into Asia by next year.
  2. That shopping mall is expanding and adding apartments.
  3. Did you know that a lot of English Premiership football clubs are expanding their stadiums?

Contribute (verb); give (something, especially money) in order to help achieve or provide something.

Examples

  1. I want to help contribute something to the project.
  2. Let’s all contribute ten dollars to the bosses gift.
  3. Did you contribute to the design of the web page yet?

Nik

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 5

Story

As Kathy finished up on the phone her associate Samantha walked into the shop.

“Morning Kathy! How’s everything? I hope you don’t mind but I took the initiative and scheduled the interview with that new girl for tomorrow.”

“Morning Sam. Yeah everything is good. Okay that’s great. What time is she going to come by?”

“I told her to come here at 2 pm. I hope she’s good. Her knowledge of baking seems good and her recommendations are of the highest quality.”

Vocabulary

Initiative (noun); the ability to start things on your own.

  1. I took the initiative and ordered next week’s supplies.
  2. Please take the initiative and get the project started.
  3. Q. Are you good at taking initiative when things need to be done?

Quality (noun); the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind.

  1. That Whiskey is of the highest quality.
  2. Honesty is a desirable quality.
  3. Q. Do you think Louis Vuitton bags are good quality?

Nik

Daily dose of cute 面白いビデオ

 Here is your daily dose of cute!

Which clip is your favorite? (The girl trying to hula hoop without the hula hoop made me laugh.)

For students, “dose” is usually used when talking about medicine. An example:

“He took a dose of cough medicine.”

Minimalism ミニマリズム 映画

Yesterday I finished watching an interesting documentary called Minimalism.

Here’s a link to the movie on IMDB (Internet Movie DataBase):

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3810760/

The guys that made the movie have a website:

http://www.theminimalists.com/

Here’s how they describe minimalism:

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.

That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately.

Well I thought it was pretty interesting. Check it out if you have a chance. If any of you have Netflix, you can watch it (with Japanese subtitles) there.

Nailed It!

TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 4

Story

Kathy and her friend opened ‘La Maison de Chocolat’ in a pretty trendy neighborhood. They became popular quickly. Their customers were typically women in their 30’s and 40’s who were looking to buy something special for their parties.

Vocabulary

Trendy (adjective); very fashionable or up to date.

Examples

  1. Crocs were very trendy sandals a few years ago.
  2. People say that Naka Meguro is a trendy area in Tokyo.
  3. Do you remember when Tamagotchi was popular ?

Customer (noun) a person who buys goods or services from a shop or business.

Examples

  1. A line of customers were waiting to get into the ramen shop for lunch.
  2. A few customers commented on how good our cakes were.
  3. Do you know how many customers came in yesterday? A. We served around 220.

P.S. A customer is defined as ’someone who buys goods or services from a store or business.’ A client is also a type of customer. In business, the two terms are often used differently based on the types of relationships built. Customers are generally people who come to you mainly to buy products or services you supply. Clients buy your advice and solutions personalized to their particular needs.

Nik

Chidorigafuchi Hanami 千鳥ヶ淵 花見

Yesterday Dave and I headed to Yasukuni Shrine to see the cherry blossoms.

Across the street from Yasukuni Shrine, I’d always seen lines of people waiting to see the cherry blossoms at Chidorigafuchi, but I’d never actually walked through the area myself.

Well yesterday, after fourteen and a half years in Japan, I finally did it.

Here is a selfie!

Hawaii ハワイ

I wanted to share a quick photo of my trip to Hawaii back in February.

Here is a photo of Don, Ryan, Dave, and I. It was really great getting to see Ryan after over a year.

Can anyone spot what’s funny about this photo?

Well, three out of the four people in it are wearing Hawaiin shirts! I guess I didn’t get the memo! Ha ha!
(“I didn’t get the memo” is slang for “No one told me.”)

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2017/04/28( 2017/05/05()

お問い合わせの受講生様・お客様は弊社HPの『お問い合わせ』ページより希望校を選択の上、メッセージをお送りください。営業再開日以降に担当スタッフよりご連絡させていただきます。

大変ご迷惑をおかけいたしますが、何卒よろしくお願い申し上げます。

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TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 3

Story

Kathy checked the list and put down the clip board. She picked up the phone and dialed the number to the supply company. She had a contract with a local supplier. Since a small café had opened down the street she had to be smarter with her orders. The competition was putting pressure on her shop.

Vocabulary

Contract (Noun); a written or spoken agreement, especially one concerning employment, sales, or tenancy, that is intended to be enforceable by law.

I have a new contract with Softbank. I can use 20 GB of internet.

My current work contract is finished this spring. We will have to talk about an extension.

Q. Did you see Masahiro Tanaka’s contract? It’s a seven year, and 155 million dollar contract.

Competition (Noun); the activity or condition of striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others.

The competition for dentists in Kanto is pretty strong. I’ve heard there are more dentists than convenience stores in Japan.

I have a swim competition next weekend. I have to train a lot.

Q. Have you seen the competition for the science fair?

Nik

冬季休校のお知らせ

いつもJabbleでご受講いただきましてありがとうございます♪

誠に勝手ではございますが、下記の期間を冬季休校とさせていただきます。

千葉校・船橋校・新橋校・新宿校:2016/12/23(金)~2017/1/6(金)

お問い合わせの生徒様・お客様は弊社HPの『お問い合わせ』ページより希望校を選択の上、メッセージをお送り下さいますようお願い致します。営業開始日以降、担当スタッフよりご連絡させていただきます。

ご迷惑をおかけいたしますが、何卒よろしくお願い申し上げます。

”May your home be filled with the joy of the Christmas season. Here’s wishing you a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!”

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千葉校・船橋校・新宿校: 2016/08/05( 2016/08/12()

新橋校: 2016/08/7() 2016/08/14()

お問い合わせの受講生様・お客様は弊社HPの『お問い合わせ』ページより希望校を選択の上、メッセージをお送りください。営業再開日以降に担当スタッフよりご連絡させていただきます。

大変ご迷惑をおかけいたしますが、何卒よろしくお願い申し上げます。

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誠に勝手ではございますが、下記の期間をゴールデンウィーク休校とさせていただきますのでお知らせいたします。

2016/04/29( 2016/05/06()

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