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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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。)

 

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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

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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