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

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。)

 

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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

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

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

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

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