イングリッシュファームは、他の英会話学校とここが違います。Read more · 続きを読む
How do you say 「元気そうですね」 in English? If your answer uses the word "fine", then you are making a common mistake.
When you started learning English, maybe you learned a basic conversation like this:
John: Hi. How are you?
Suzy: I'm fine. And you?
It might have been translated a little bit like this:
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Can you speak fluently and naturally about what your company does? To be prepared to explain and talk about what your company does, it's a good idea to write an introduction to your company and memorize it. You should also prepare questions to ask a person about their company. Because everyone's company is different, we recommend that you send Poligo a description of your company just to make sure you have it right.Read more · 続きを読む
A list of shortened words and phrases often used in casual English
This list will help you understand casual English abbreviations. These are often used on the web or in SMS messages and emails between friends. The written examples are all casual English. This way of writing is very informal, and some people think it is very bad. Use these kinds of abbreviations very carefully. Don't use them in business emails or with people you don't know very well. You'll make a bad impression.Read more · 続きを読む
Part Two of the TOEIC test is a listening exercise. You will hear a sentence. Then three responses are read. You have to choose the correct response. As with Part One, you cannot read the sentences, so you really have to listen carefully.
The instructions for Part Two say something like this:
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Part Two: Questions and Responses
In this part of the test, you will hear a question spoken in English, followed by three responses also spoken in English. The question and responses will spoken just once. They will not be written in your test book, so you must listen carefully to what the speakers say. Choose the best response.
There have been a lot of sports come and go at the Olympics over the years. Here are some of the stranger ones.
This was an event in the 1900 Olympics. It was won by Belgium. The winning jump was 6.10m.Read more · 続きを読む
ポリゴパッズルを解決してみれば、英語ボキャブラリーのベースをもっと強くできます。ポリゴパズルは英語の一番役に立つ単語と熟語のみで作られているので、パズルを解くことで英語の重要な言葉と表現が覚えることができます。Read more · 続きを読む
過去の習慣を表現する方法は、”used to” と “would”ですが、この二つの間に微妙な差があるのをご存じですか。
I was watching a new episode of one of my favourite TV shows, Weeds. There was a funny scene that satirizes the American health system. So you can understand the scene, let me explain what is going on. The main character is in hospital (she got shot), and the family is waiting to see if she will be OK. A hospital administrator comes in to discuss their payment. Take a look at the scene. Read along with the script and see if you can catch everything she says:Read more · 続きを読む
Part One of the TOEIC test is a listening exercise. You will see a picture and hear four sentences. You have to choose the sentence that matches the picture. You will only hear the sentences once, and you will not be able to read them.
The instructions in the test are something like this (we added bold to the key words):
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Directions: For each question in this part, you will hear four statements about a picture in your test book. When you hear the statements, you must select the one statement that best describes what you see in the picture. Then find the number of the question on your answer sheet and mark your answer. The statements will not be printed in your test book and will be spoken only one time.
You cannot cut so many words from an English sentence.
There is very important difference between Japanese and English. To put it simply, in Japanese, you can cut out a lot more words from your sentence when you speak. This is called "ellipsis". English is not as flexible as Japanese when it comes to cutting out words from your sentence. This difference is often the cause of many mistakes that Japanese speakers make when they speak English.
Consider this sentence in Japanese:
If I translate this sentence exactly, word for word, then in English you would be saying:
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You yesterday bank to went?
How to use adverbs in a sentence.
The location of an adverb in a sentence depends on what kind of adverb you are using.Read more · 続きを読む
Listen to Yasukochi-sensei's video about TOEIC and the TOEIC Speaking Test and try the listening comprehension questions afterwards. The video script is included below. Try to answer the questions first without reading the script.
Test technique tip: Before you listen, make sure you read all the questions first. Look for key words and expressions.
We have highlighted the key words and expressions in the questions to help you. If you want to check your answers yourself, we have highlighted the place in the text where you will find the answer to each question.
Everyone knows that when you meet a new person, you should introduce yourself. It's polite. However, many people do a bad job of this. In junior high school, they learned 自己紹介 — this is usually a speech about hobbies and so on. Sometimes these little speeches go on and on for a long time. This is how you might introduce yourself to a class or a group of new co-workers. However, in a business situation, it is often too much.
How should you introduce yourself? It's easy. It only takes three steps:Read more · 続きを読む
What is reality? How do we know that things are real?Read more · 続きを読む
Be sure to read the real-life version before reading this one.
This is the "textbook" version. Like many English textbooks, it shows a student who has perfect English, instead of a real student, like you, who is still learning.
JULIE and MOE walk into a beautiful office. A home-stay agent sits at a desk. The agent is talking on the phone.Read more · 続きを読む
Quite often, when I ask my students about why they are learning English, I get an answer something like this:
"I want to brush up my English skill."
It's a nice idiom, "brush up (on)", and it is a very common thing for Japanese people to say. However, I think that a lot of people are misusing it a little.Read more · 続きを読む
Learn how to use quotation marks correctly when you write.
One of the most difficult punctuation marks to use are quotation marks. These are sometimes called "speech marks", "inverted commas" or "quotes".
There are only five ways you can use quotes in English writing:
Some things happen while you are travelling that cause you hassle. When I was staying in Tokyo at one time, I washed my passport in the pocket of my jeans. The very efficient Japanese washing machine reduced my passport to some soggy lumps of paper. So I had to go to the New Zealand Embassy and the Japanese Immigration Department to get an Emergency Travel Document so that I could come home.Read more · 続きを読む
This week, Japanese people travelling in New Zealand were told by the Japanese Society of Auckland to avoid the centre of Auckland. The warning stated that the main street in the centre of Auckland, Queen Street, was dangerous at night.Read more · 続きを読む
How many is "few", "a few", "some", "several" and "many"?
For native English speakers, it is usually important to say how much or how many of something there is. We like to know. If you say "I have books" or "I have CDs", the sentence sounds unfinished. It's better to say "I have some books" or "I have a lot of CDs".
The question many people often ask is "How many is 'some'?" or "How many is 'few'?" Well, I don't know exactly either!
English speakers sometimes like to use words that are unclear. We might use words that express about how many of a thing we mean. Maybe we don't want to count, we don't know how many there are, or we don't want to say how many we are talking about. Whatever the reason, if you want to sound natural in English, it is a good idea to use words like this to talk about number.
Everybody is talking about consumption tax in Japan at the moment. So, what is consumption tax?
This is a tax that is charged on things that people buy, so prices of things are increased by the amount of the tax. It means that consumers (the buying public) are paying extra on everything they buy so that the government makes more tax revenue. The question that is asked is — how fair is this?Read more · 続きを読む
This is a story about a 23-year-old Japanese girl named Moe, who is living and studying in Canada. It's a chance to feel what it's like living in a foreign country, where English is your only choice. There are two versions of each episode: a real life version (this one) and a textbook version.
Julie and Moe walk into a small office. The home-stay agent sits at a desk. There is paper everywhere. The agent is talking on the phone.Read more · 続きを読む
シャドウィング(shadowing)は、元々通訳者の訓練に使われていたようですが、最近ちょっとブームになっている感じです。文字通り影のようにnativeのスピーチを真似てしゃべる手法です。これはlistening, speaking, さらにはreadingにも効果的だとか。
本当にそうなのかとふと疑問に思い私なりに文献やらサイトやらを調べてみたところ、確かに効果的なようです。英語をそのまま再生するので、自分の発音の癖を直すことができ、英語をチャンク（固まり）で処理するクセもつけられる。Read more · 続きを読む