2021/05/19
Hello everyone! Hope you guys are doing fine despite everything that’s going on. Our Basic Conversation phrase for today is “I need to…” You use this to say that you have something very important to do. For example, let’s say you open your closet… only to see that there are no clothes. All of your clothes are dirty and are in the hamper. You can say… “I need to wash my clothes. 私は私の服を洗う必要があります Or, if someone in your house has been in the toilet for...

2021/04/30
Hi everyone! This is Tamara. Introducing yourself is the best way to start letting people know more about you when they meet you. There are two general ways you can introduce yourself: casually or formally. カジュアルな自己紹介と、フォーマルな自己紹介についてです。 A. Casual introductions are done with people who are with friends or family. This is the general pattern when you’re introducing yourself to a group of people: (Greeting) + I am/My name is (name). I...

2021/04/22
It’s a deserted dessert in the desert! What? (in other words, we can also say ‘Somebody left their ice cream in the desert!’) Hello everyone! Today we’re going to be talking about a type of word in English where two words look the same but have different meanings and pronunciation. This word is called a ‘Heteronym’. Confusing, isn’t it? Let’s look at our heteronym for today, ‘desert’. So how can you tell which is which? You need to know what type of word it is (noun, verb,...

2021/04/12
Hi everyone! Tamara here. It’s spring again! There are many beautiful flowers blooming and it’s a nice break from the stresses of daily life, especially during the pandemic. It’s a good reminder that there are still things to be happy and thankful about.

2021/04/06
Good day everyone! How are you doing? The phrase we have for today is “to spring something on someone”. We use this phrase when we want to talk about a request that was given to us with no warning. We often use this when talking about tight deadlines or last-minute requests from other people. For example: “I have to work overtime today because my boss suddenly sprang this report on me.”...

2021/03/15
There are many types of restaurants and it sometimes feels overwhelming if it's your first time to order food in a foreign country. In this topic, we will teach you some phrases that you need to say or some questions that waiters or servers commonly ask in fast food restaurants, regular sit-down restaurants, and fine dining restaurants.

2021/02/05
Hello everyone! It’s winter again, and a lot of snow is falling in Japan. When it’s very cold, we usually tell people ‘bundle up!’. ‘Bundle up’ means to tell someone to wear extra layers to keep themselves warm. We usually use this phrase with people we know and we use this in casual conversation. Example #1 Anne: I’m going to buy some fruit at the supermarket. Mark: Okay. It’s snowing outside, so you better bundle up! Anne: Oh you’re right! Let me get my scarf and gloves....

2021/01/12
Happy New Year everyone! Tamara here. It’s hard to believe that New Year celebrations were completely different just last year. New Year countdowns, catching up with friends and travelling during winter vacation were all gone in 2020. Parties and countdowns went online and travelling became staycations. It was pretty much the same for me. Because of this, I suddenly had more time for myself. I spent my time learning how to make some Japanese dishes and reading non-fiction books. I also...

2020/11/06
Today’s useful phrase is, “Is it okay to. . .?” This is used to ask for permission to do something, similar to “may I?” For example: Your wife or husband is reading in the living room. You want to watch TV, so you ask, “Is it okay to turn on the TV?” パートナーがリビングルームで読書をしています。 テレビが見たいときに、【テレビをつけてもいいですか?】と尋ねるときに使います。 You’re in a Starbucks looking for a place to...

2020/10/29
こんにちは☆ みなさま体調崩したりされてないですか? VOSSのスタッフはみんな元気にしています! 突然のお知らせになるのですが、今までは毎週、月曜日を休校とさせていただいていたのですが、 12月より、月曜日に加え毎週日曜日も休校とさせていただくこととなりましたのでご了承ください。...

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