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.
Seminar(noun); a conference or other meeting for discussion or training.
The seminar on ‘how to best market your company’ was very useful.
I want to go to a seminar in January about how to best protect yourself from hackers.
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.
Please fill out the questionnaire on about your daily habits.
I filled out a questionnaire on finances and I learned a lot from the results.
Q. Have you completed the questionnaire about environment issues? It’s kind of hard.
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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.
Apply(verb); make a formal application or request.
I applied for that banking job at SMBC. I hope I get it.
I need to apply to the Universities this weekend.
Q. Have you applied for that research position yet?
Certified(adjective); officially recognize as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards.
I’m a certified barista.
You need to be certified to teach English overseas.
Q. Are you certified to use that machinery?
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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.
Practice(verb); the customary, habitual, or expected procedure or way of doing of something.
I practice the piano every day.
I really need to practice my English pronunciation.
Q. Have you been practicing parking? Your driver’s test is coming up.
Confident (adjective); feeling or showing certainty about something.
I’m not so confident in my public speaking abilities.
I’m confident the party will go well.
Q. Are you confident that the experiment will work?
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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.
Expand(verb); become or make larger or more extensive.
We are hoping to expand our stores into Asia by next year.
That shopping mall is expanding and adding apartments.
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.
I want to help contribute something to the project.
Let’s all contribute ten dollars to the bosses gift.
Did you contribute to the design of the web page yet?
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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.”
Initiative(noun); the ability to start things on your own.
I took the initiative and ordered next week’s supplies.
Please take the initiative and get the project started.
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.
That Whiskey is of the highest quality.
Honesty is a desirable quality.
Q. Do you think Louis Vuitton bags are good quality?
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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.
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.
Trendy (adjective); very fashionable or up to date.
Crocs were very trendy sandals a few years ago.
People say that Naka Meguro is a trendy area in Tokyo.
Do you remember when Tamagotchi was popular ?
Customer (noun) a person who buys goods or services from a shop or business.
A line of customers were waiting to get into the ramen shop for lunch.
A few customers commented on how good our cakes were.
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.
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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.
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?
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