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。)

 

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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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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。)

 

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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!)

 

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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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