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2020/03/18
Today`s conversation phrase is “don`t.”  When you want to tell someone not to do something, you can say, “Don’t ~.” Be careful when using this phrase because it can sound strong. This is best used from a parent to a child or teacher to a student or friend to friend. Examples: “Don’t use your phone in class.” 授業中に電話を使ってはいけません “Don’t be late.” 遅れないで “Don’t come on Saturday.” 土曜日に来ないでください

2020/03/13
When you’re in a new city and need to know where something is, you can ask anybody, “Where is the nearest ~?” This simple phrase can you used with anyone you meet. If you want to be more polite or get someone’s attention before asking, say, “Excuse me,” first. Examples: “Where is the nearest Starbucks?” いちばん近いスターバックスはどこですか? “Where is the nearest train station?” いちばん近い駅はどこですか? “Where is the nearest...

2020/02/12
Today’s useful phrase is about people. You’ll sometimes hear others say that someone is a bad apple. This means that the person is a bad influence. Parents will often say or think this phrase about their children’s friends. Examples: Mother: I don’t like my son’s friend, Tommy.     He’s a bad apple. Teacher: That girl is a bad apple.      I’m worried about her future. Father: I don’t want you hanging out with Mike.       He’s a bad apple....

2020/01/29
Hello! Have you heard the phrase, “Not out of the woods yet?” To be “out of the woods” means to be safe or finished with something difficult. If you’re “not out of the woods yet” it means that you’re not safe yet or not finished with something difficult. Examples: Mary: John, how was your interview? John: I passed the first interview, but I’m not out of the woods yet. I have two more to go. The surgery went well but she’s not out of the woods yet. We’ll have to watch her...

使えるフレーズ · 2020/01/08
Have you ever done something that is wrong or made an incorrect assumption? If so, then you were barking up the wrong tree. This phrase comes from a dog chasing an animal up a tree. The animal escapes to a different tree but the dog is still barking up the same tree, even though it’s empty. You’re likely to hear this phrase in police dramas. Examples: The police thought they were pursuing the correct suspect, but they were barking up the wrong tree. If she thinks I’m going to help her,...

使えるフレーズ · 2019/12/11
Hello! Autumn is here and autumn is the season for nuts. If you really like something or someone, you can say that you are nuts about it. Examples; About something: “Have you tried these new chocolate cookies from Hokkaido? I’m really nuts about them.” About someone: “I recently starting dating this woman and I’m nuts about her.” ●日本語訳:『~に夢中』という意味です

使えるフレーズ · 2019/11/13
Hello all! Now that fall is here, let’s learn a phrase related to the autumn season. When you hear about something from someone else, you can say that you got wind of it. Examples: Mary: Did you hear that Bill got fired? John: Yeah, I just got wind of it five minutes ago. In this example, John just heard that one of his colleagues was fired, so he says, “I just got with of it.” Mary: John, don’t tell anybody I’m looking for a new job. I don’t want our boss to get wind that I’m...

使えるフレーズ · 2019/10/30
Hello! Today’s useful English expression is really easy. When you want to ask someone the time or date of something, you say, “When is ~?” or “When are ~?” Examples: Tammy: When are you going to Korea? John: I’m going August 30th. John: When is the movie tonight? Jen: It is at 8:00. John: Okay. Let’s meet at the theatre at 7:30. Mary: When is Halloween this year? John: It’s Thursday. ●日本語訳:『いつ~するの?』という意味です

使えるフレーズ · 2019/10/23
Hello! Do you like things to happen quickly? If so, you can use the expression, “As soon as possible,” to tell someone to do something very quickly. You can also use it to tell someone you’ll do something very quickly. Examples: Girl: Do you want to have a drink with me this Sunday? Boy: I might be busy. I’ll let you know as soon as possible if I’m free. A husband calling his wife: Hello Alice. Please call me as soon as possible. Adam: John, please get here as soon as possible. John:...

使えるフレーズ · 2019/10/16
Greetings all! Today’s useful expression is: “What do you think?” Use this expression to ask for someone’s opinion. When we use this expression, we say, “What do you think of ~? Examples: Wife: What do you think of this dress? Husband: I don’t like the color. Young Girl: What do you think of this music? Old Man: It’s okay but I prefer jazz. You can also use the past tense with this expression. Examples: Ayu: What did you think of the movie? John: It was awesome! Boy: What did you...

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