2019/08/21
Many trees are full of green leaves now but one thing that does not grow on trees is money. Have you ever heard the expression, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” This means that money is hard to come by or isn’t easily acquired. Parents will often say to their children when their children are being wasteful that money doesn’t grow on trees. For example, parents yelling at their children for using the air conditioner too much during summer might say, “Turn the air conditioner off. Do...

2019/08/17
Hi, everyone! Today’s Conversation Starter is ‘What time ~?’ We use this to ask for the time of many things. Example: A: What time is it? B: It’s 8 o’clock. A:何時ですか? B:8時です It is also used when asking what time someone works or what time something starts. Example: A: What time do you work tomorrow? B: 8 a.m. A:明日は何時から仕事ですか? B:午前8時です A: What time does the movie start? B: At 9. A:映画は何時から始まりますか?...

2019/08/10
Hello! Today’s phrase has the word summer in it but it actually happens during autumn. Do you know what an Indian summer is? An Indian summer describes a period of warmer than usual weather during autumn. It may only last a week or two. The next time you’re experiencing warmer than usual weather during autumn, you can say to your friend or co-worker, “It feels like we’re having an Indian summer.” Another example: John: It’s November but it feels like summer right now. Adam: Yeah,...

2019/08/07
Our conversation starter for today is ‘Where’s ~?’ (Where is ~?) This is very useful for asking for the location of something, especially when travelling. For example: Ex1, A: Where’s the grocery store? B: It’s in Squirrel Hill on Lincoln Ave. A: Thank you. Ex2, In a grocery store A: Excuse me, where’s the tofu? B: It’s in the produce section. We also use ‘Where is ~?’ to ask where someone is. Ex3, A: Where’s John? B: He’s in the bathroom. 【日本語訳】...

2019/08/03
Good day all! It’s getting hot isn’t it? Have you ever heard of ‘beating the heat’? ‘Beat the heat’ means to do something during summer to stay cool, like swimming, eating ice cream, or going somewhere with air conditioning. 【Example】 Adam: What are you doing this weekend to beat the heat? John: Saturday I’m going to get some ice cream then Sunday I’m going swimming. Adam: Can I come? John: Sure. ●日本語訳:「暑さをしのぐ」という意味です。

2019/07/31
Hello! Now that it is summer, let’s enjoy the sun. Do you want to go to the beach to catch some rays? I know I do! 'Catch some rays’ means to lay out in the sun tanning. ‘Rays’ refers to rays of sunlight. 【For example】 Mary: What are you doing today? John: I’m going to the beach to catch some rays. Mary: Don’t forget sunblock or else you’ll burn. John: Thanks. ●日本語解説:「日光浴をする」という意味です。

2019/07/27
限定プランのご紹介です。 ★学生限定、夏の短期集中プラン★ 期間は8・9月の2ヶ月のみになります。 一回50分のレッスンで全5回のコースです。 ●レッスン料金:15,000円(税込み) 受講期間は2ヶ月ですが、最短で1ヶ月以内でも履修できます。 外国人講師とマンツーマン形式のレッスンになっており、レッスン日時は...

2019/07/24
Today’s conversation starter is What’s ~? (What is ~?) Use ‘What’s ~?’ to ask about someone or something. For example: A: What’s your name? B: My name is John. A: What’s your favorite movie? B. It’s Seven Samurai. Asking about something; A: What’s this? B: It’s an electric toothbrush. A: What’s your plan for the weekend? B: I’m going surfing in Okinawa. Want to come? 【日本語訳】 A:あなたのお名前は? B:私の名前はジョンです。...

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。

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