2019/07/17
Hello everyone! Here’s another summer phrase that is useful even if it is not yet summer: like watching grass grow. You can use this phrase to say that something is very boring or uninteresting. For example: A: Me and my husband have a date tonight, so can you watch the baby for us? B: Sure! It’ll be fun! A: Thanks! Later, while the baby is sleeping... B: I thought it would be fun playing with the baby, but the baby has been asleep the entire time! It’s like watching grass grow. Another...

2019/07/13
Greetings all! Today’s phrase is ‘dog days of summer.’ The ‘dog days of summer’ refers to the days of summer that are the hottest. When it’s really hot outside, you only want to lie around like a dog doing nothing. 【Example】 John: Did you see the weather forecast for next week? Looks like the dog days of summer are here. Mary: Yeah, it’s going to be really hot next week. ●日本語解説:「真夏、盛夏」という意味です。

2019/07/10
Hello everyone! Have you got “itchy feet?” “To get itchy feet” has something to do with one’s desire to leave a place and when someone feels the need to travel. It can also be used to describe someone’s eagerness to make a change or to do something new. 【For example】 ex1. I get itchy feet everytime I watch travel videos on YouTube. ex2. My sister never stays in a job long. She gets itchy feet after one or two years....

2019/07/06
Greetings all, I hope you’ve been well! Some of you may know that I dance salsa and for those of you that don’t, I dance salsa. I recently went to Bangkok, Thailand to do a dance performance with my dance team. I was supposed to fly Wednesday night but when I got to the airport, I forgot my passport! Oh no! I changed my flight to Thursday morning.

2019/07/03
Hello everyone! The rainy season is going to start soon! Here’s a useful phrase you can use: To take a rain check. You can use this when someone invites you to do something but you are busy and have to reschedule for another time. For example: A: There’s a new apple café in Kobe! B: Really? Do you know if their drinks taste good? A: I don’t know, but since there’s always a long line, maybe it’s delicious! B: Really? A: Yes! Are you free tomorrow afternoon? We can try it for...

2019/06/29
Hello everyone! Here we have another conversation starter for today: How about...? We use this question starter to give suggestions and advice. It is a polite way of suggesting something. For example: A: I want to take a vacation this summer. B: How about going to the beach? A: But it’s going to be so crowded! B: How about travelling to New Zealand? A: But it’s too troublesome to travel with winter clothes when it’s summer! B: How about doing some research on what you can do without going...

2019/06/26
Hello everyone! Our useful phrase for today is " next to nothing." When there is a very small amount of something, very little, almost nothing, you can say it is next to nothing. It is very often used about money or when you want to say that something is extremely cheap. 【For example】 ex1. A: How was your Thailand trip? B: Oh, it was great! I loved Thai food. It is very delicious and cost next to nothing. ex2. A: Hey, how did your team’s presentation go? B: It was ok, but Tanaka-san who...

2019/06/15
こんにちは☆ 今年もVOSS恒例のBBQ Partyを開催いたします!!! たくさん食べて楽しみましょう♪ Date 2019年9月15日(日) Time 17:00~20:00 Fee 3,500円(施設料、フード・ドリンク代込み) Place 大蔵海岸BBQ ZAZAZA ★16:45 JR朝霧駅 改札口集合★ -注意事項-...

2019/06/12
Hi everyone! Our conversation phrase for today is “It’s difficult to (do something).” “Difficult” means something is not easy to do or to understand. A person can also be difficult if he or she is hard to deal with or not behaving well. For example: A: Hey! How’s your trip to France? B: I had a great time, but I had some trouble ordering food there. A: Why? What happened? B: It’s difficult to read the menu. It was only written in French. A: That’s too bad. B: Yeah, the waitress...

2019/06/08
Hi everyone! Have you hit the road recently? “To hit the road” means to travel somewhere, especially on a road trip. It can also mean to leave for home. For example: I’m sorry I can’t stay out tonight. I’m hitting the road to my parents’ hometown early in the morning. We’d better hit the road before rush hour. ●日本語訳 「出かける」という意味です。

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