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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...

2019/08/10
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,...

2019/07/31
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。

2019/07/17
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...

2019/07/10
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....

2019/07/03
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...

2019/06/26
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...

2019/06/08
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。

2019/05/22
Hello everyone! Today’s useful phrase is, “I’m afraid I can’t.” Use this phrase when you want to politely decline an invitation. <<Example>> A: Would you like to come to my hanami party on Saturday?” B: “I’m afraid I can’t come. I have other plans.” A: “Let’s go to the movies tonight at 7.” B: “I’m afraid I can’t go. I’m working late tonight.” ●日本語解説:「残念ですが~できません」という意味です。

2019/05/18
Hello everyone! Our conversation starter for today is ‘Let me...’. It is a more natural way of saying ‘I will do this for you’. 【Example 1】 When helping someone with something heavy A: The delivery for the new table has just arrived! I’ll carry it inside. B: Let me help you carry it in. C: Let me open the door for you. 【Example 2】 When responding to an invitation A: The new Avengers movie is showing in the cinemas!  Are you free tomorrow evening? B: Let me check my schedule....

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