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。...
2020/10/22
Today's phrase is about healing and feeling better. “On the road to recovery” is used to say when somebody is on the process of getting over a bad situation or showing progress in better health. For example: Doctor to his patient: “Your health is improving after the surgery. You're on the road to recovery and coming home soon!” It's been two months since the tragic accident, and Mr. Hans is still on the road to recovery....

2020/10/14
Hi everyone! Have you been well and healthy? Today’s phrase is “alive and kicking.” This is used to express that you’re lively, active, or full of energy. It is also often used to emphasize your good health or somebody’s recovery after an accident or trouble For example: “Grandma is definitely alive and kicking!” In fact, she’s running a marathon this Saturday. “Alive and kicking” also refers to something that is in good working condition. For example: “I’ve been using...

2020/10/08
Today's conversation phrase is “be careful not to…” We use this to caution or warn someone to not do something, usually to a friend or family member. Using this phrase shows concern. For example: If you know someone is leaving the house and there is ice on the ground, you can say to them “be careful not to slip on the ice.” 氷で滑らないように気を付けてね When your friend is visiting their family for a few days for the holidays, you can say, “be careful not to eat too...

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2020/09/28
こんにちは☆ 本日のブログはファストフード店で使える英会話となっております。 すごく使えて役に立つフレーズなので覚えてください♪ When you go to any fast food restaurant or coffee shop, you’ll hear the cashier ask for your order in many ways. The following are different ways for the cashier to take your order. They all mean the same thing. What can I get you? What would you like? Can I take your order? お伺いします。...

2020/09/23
Hi everyone! Today's conversation word is “absolutely.” When you want to emphasize your certainty about something, we use absolutely. This word makes your statement stronger! Here are some examples: (The second sentence is stronger in tone) “I didn’t study for the test. I’m sure I’m going to fail.” 私はテストの勉強をしませんでした。私は失敗すると確信しています。 “I didn’t study for the test. I’m absolutely sure I’m going to fail”....

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