My class teacher from high school was an English teacher and we all loved him very much both then and now because he always tried harder than other teachers to understand us (He loved us too, although he never said that kind of thing because he didn’t want other students to feel bad. Still, we all knew that we were his favorites. We could feel it. lol).
Even though we graduated years ago, our class has a ★reunion at least once a year -- not only some groups of students but “everyone” is invited, including the teacher, every time or we often call him ★to catch up when a few students get together.
This summer another student and I had a chance to see him. We talked a lot about what we had been doing and recalled tons of things from our school days. It is always heartwarming to have such a reunion.
At that time, I remembered one thing that he told me when I was a student learning English from him; “What you can’t explain exactly in Japanese, you won’t be able to say in English, so please remember to speak Japanese with accuracy all the time.”
I was not convinced about that at school, but now I believe he was quite right and how important it was.
This situation reminds me to talk ★properly and consciously so that I can be better at English too, hopefully.
By the way, I am pleased to still be friends with my teacher and hope this friendship will ★last forever and ever!
It is *customary for a teacher to begin a lesson by asking some simple questions, such as “How was your weekend?” or “What was the movie like?” Usually the student will answer with a simple, “Good”, or perhaps the little more exciting, “Great!”
“Good” is good response and “great” is a bit better, but there are so many fantastic adjectives in English that you should try to vary your responses. You will sound more natural and interesting.
Here is a list *off the top of my head of just some of the adjectives that you could choose from:
Some of these will work in all situations while some are saved for special occasions. So, choosing the best word can be difficult for a learner. Try copying another person in the group, or just try using a word you like. If it doesn’t fit, other people in the conversation will let you know.
Everybody has their personal favorites, which are influenced by age, upbringing, friends, and culture. This makes for some wonderful variety!
Here are my personal top 3 words that are better than great:
#1: Sensational: I just like the way you can emphasize different parts of the word. “Wow! This meal is sen-SA-tional!”
#2: Awesome: I use this word a lot in conversation because it was popular when I was younger. It continues to be used, but be careful because it can sometimes sound too casual. “Man! What an awesome day!”
#3: Cracking: I like this slang term because it is a term used often in Australia, and so it is part of my *cultural identity. “This has been a cracking match!.”
*customary：習慣的な、通例の、慣例で *off the top of one’s head：よく考えないで、即座に *cultural identity：文化的アイデンティティー
Imagine this situation – you have been walking around in the hot summer sun, your mouth and throat are very, very dry. Then your friend gives you an ice-cold refreshing bottle of water. How good does that feel?! In cases like this, when something you eat or drink is extremely satisfying, you can say, “That hit(s) the spot!”
This saying means that the food or drink was exactly what you needed. Look at these examples: 1. You were very busy all day and didn’t eat lunch. After finally eating dinner, you say, “Yum! That pizza really hit the spot!”
2. After work, you open a cold beer and take your first big drink. You say, “Ah…That really hits the spot!”
この状況を想像してみてください－太陽の日差しの強い暑い夏の日、口も喉もカラカラです。その時友達がキンキンに冷えた水をくれたら。その時のうれしさと言ったら？！こんな時、食べ物や飲み物が最高に満足のいくものだった時＂That hit(s) the spot!”が使えます！
The best way to achieve a high score is to be prepared. And this means knowing what your interviewer is looking during your interview. Understanding the marking guide will help you prepare better and perform to your best.
そんな時、日本語は一つ一つの文字が一つの音を持っていますから、声を出さず、口の形を見せたり、「丸くて、硬くて、小さくて、甘くて．．．。」などと分かりにくくしたりしますが、英語はアルファベットの組み合わせによって音が変わりますし、アルファベットの文字一つ一つに名前が付いていますから、”Does he eat C-A-N-D-Y?” と聞いたりします。子供に聞かれたくない言葉はもちろんのこと、たとえ大人でも言うと失礼な言葉など、このように綴りを言うことがあります。私が初めてこの暗号（？）を聞いたときは頭の中でとっさにその単語を完成させるのに時間がかかりましたが、今では、ほとんど何でも食べられ、大食いの4歳の息子の前では暗号だらけになってきました．．．。その単語の綴りを覚えられてしまったら最後ですが…＾＾:
There are many applications available to help you learn English words. They are easy to download for free or for a small fee. The great advantage of these apps is that you can study vocabulary anywhere anytime, so instead of playing a mindless game on your 12-minute subway ride to work, you can use that time to improve your English skills. If you study 10-15 minutes a day, you will see some positive results very quickly.
The one negative point is that there are literally thousands of these apps. So, it can be difficult finding one that best suits you and your needs. To help, here are my Top 3 vocabulary building applications.
#1 – WordWise: This is a simple, yet effective application – with a great name! (haha) Even though it is not connected to us here at Wordwise, I recommend it because it uses a fun, game-style approach where you can gain points as you build your vocabulary. It is also a great application for improving your spelling, too!
#2 – MyWordBook: This is a great app developed by the British Council and Cambridge Publishing. It uses ★interactive activities, such as flashcards, and focuses on the most important English words. There are tests and review exercises, too, so you can check your progress. The application’s only ★downside is that after you learn all the vocabulary that come with the app, you will need to purchase more “word packs” to match your level and interests.
#3 – Allen IELTS Prep TestBank!: This app is ★specifically for students preparing for the IELTS test (although there are similar apps for the TOEFL and TOEIC tests). As everyone studying for the IELTS test knows, to get a good score you need to study vocabulary – a lot! The app costs a small amount (~120 yen) to purchase but provides you with over 1000 test questions, so you can get some great practice doing the various question types.
These are just a few of the many great applications to choose from. If you have any other great suggestions of applications to improve vocabulary, please let us know by adding a comment.
I lived in Melbourne for about 6 years when I was at university and fell in love with the city. The city is famous for its unpredictable weather and for weeks before my recent trip many people had said the weather was terrible – cold and dark and wet – after all it was the middle of winter. Imagine my surprise when each day of my recent trip was warm (15-16 degrees) and sunny. Melbourne . . . go figure★!
The city has change quite a bit since my university days (about a 100 years ago). Many new buildings have been erected in the city center and they have spoiled★ the old-fashioned charm of the place somewhat. However, I really like the entertainment complex on the south bank of the Yarra river, the river running through the center of the city.
This complex, Southgate, lines the river and offers a great selection of restaurants and bars. My first morning was spent at one restaurant … and it was my most enjoyable morning for years. Not only was the service excellent and waiting staff polite, but the weather was brilliant and the food terrific. I would like to enjoy many more such mornings in the future.
Of course, I visited a lot of my favourite places during my trip: St Kilda Beach and Acland Street (famous for its continental cake shops and fish and chips), The Italian precinct★ based around Lygon Street (famous for its Italian restaurants) and the Greek precinct on Lonsdale Road (my favourite restaurant, Tsindos, is still doing business there).
I guess the best change I noticed was the transportation system. Melbourne has a fantastic and convenient tram system and the city center is well-serviced by a number of tram lines. The city center is not so large but walking around all day can be tiring for an old man like me. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that a “free travel” zone has been established, and you can now ride the trams free of charge in the city center … maybe this is why there is a growing obesity★ problem in the country.
Anyway, if you like good food and a relaxing meal by the river, visit Melbourne and maybe you’ll meet me there someday!
先日「Freudian slipって知ってる？」と友人に聞かれました。「知らない」と答えると、わかりやすい例を挙げて説明してくれた後、ある文章を見せてくれました。その中には「The experiments were curried out in India.」とありました。正しくは「carried out」で「その実験はインドで実施された。」となるはずですが、インドという文字についおいしそうなカレー(curry)を思い出してしまったのでしょうね＾＾ （はからずも）本音が出てしまうフロイト的失言という意味のFreudian slip。つい出てしまった経験はありますか？