FLUENT ENGLISH

Let's enjoy English!

~ Back to Business ~



Most people have been away on holiday somewhere outside of Japan, but now that the summer is drawing to a close and everyone is heading back to 'regular-life', it is time to start re-inputting English into your daily schedule.

Yes, a lesson once in a while is very important (the more the better) ~ having a native speaker go over things with you and correct you when necessary is an important thing. However, speaking with non-Japanese people is a great way to practise, also writing an English diary, reading (aloud), and singing with you favourite bands are all very useful things, too.

Read through my Blog to get more ideas:

BACK TO ‘BASICS’ THAT REALLY HELP ... 1 (1-7)

Let’s get you back into the routine of ‘fun English practising’ ...


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~ “Translate” ~

8-30-13 translate

Though they sound similar, there is a BIG difference between the words ‘translate’ and ‘interpret’, read on ...

British English and American English use them for two (2) different situations.

translate
restate (words) from one language into another language

Did you catch the important word, “(words)”? Speaking ‘words’ sounds a little odd, as we normally write them. Therefore the British English meaning of ‘translate’ is used when writing from one language to another language, whereas in American English it is used for both, but mainly for speaking. This can be confusing at times.

For example, I may be “interpreting” for someone or a group of people (Japanese <-> English) but an American may say “Oh, you are ‘translating’ “ - no, I am interpreting but then they may say “Oh, it’s the same thing”. NO, IT’S NOT!

So confirming which they mean using gestures of writing or speaking helps to clear up any misinterpretation of the situation.

Hopefully that helps clarify things ~ let me know if you have any questions ...

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~ “Interpret” ~

8-29-13 interp

The meaning of “interpret” and “misinterpret” are quite often misinterpreted - ha ha.

When you “interpret” something, you make sense of it. You could interpret a graph, a foreign language, or even Mona Lisa's odd smile.

If you're ordering food in a foreign land, you may need someone to interpret the menu for you. When you get tripped up or struggle to understand a subject even in your own language — like calculus, for example — sometimes you can find meaning, or interpret it for yourself. Or sometimes you'll need a teacher to work on the problem with you, showing how to interpret the mathematical language.

Definitions of “interpret”
make sense of; assign a meaning to
“How do you interpret his behaviour?”

restate (words) from one language into another language
“Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?”

give an interpretation or rendition of something

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On the other hand, when you misinterpret something, you get it wrong. If you misinterpret another driver's wave as a friendly hello, you're probably missing the fact that he's trying to tell you one of your headlights has blown.

Misinterpreting can be fun or embarrassing on a personal level - you can misinterpret a boy's interest in your friend, and think he wants to go out with you. But it can be devastating on an international level; During the Cold War, the US and the USSR had to be very careful about sending signals about nuclear readiness -> the cost of misinterpreting could be a nuclear war!

Definitions of “misinterpret”
interpret wrongly

Synonyms:
misread

interpret in the wrong way
“Don't misinterpret my comments as criticism”


So always be careful how you ‘interpret’ things, just in case you are “misinterpreting” the story ~

There is a BIG difference between the words ‘translate’ and ‘interpret’ but we’ll go into that tomorrow ...


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~ Bright and Beautiful ~

8-28-13 Blog

Who knows the saying - “All Things Bright and Beautiful”? That actually comes from a hymn in the Bible but then became a story in the James Herriot book/TV series “All Creatures Great & Small” (if you love animals and the English countryside, then you have to watch this -> taken all around the area I was born).

All Creatures Great And Small - history

Watch the first show

On the sign-post at the beginning, you will see the name of the town “BARNARD CASTLE”, which was where I was born.

The phrase “All Things Bright and Beautiful” has changed over the years to be more of a casual-saying -> “bright ‘n beautiful”, meaning someone is bright/jolly/happy. As you can see in today’s photo, I am “bright” (not sure about ‘beautiful’ - ha ha), as even though it is rather warm, the humidity-level is a whole lot less, making it much more bearable. This makes me feel jolly and up-spirited, as beautiful Autumn will soon be around the corner.

I hope you are also being “bright ‘n beautiful” and enjoy the lovely weather ~


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~ And She Cried ...

8-27-13 cry

and cried and cried ...

“WHAT? YOU MADE A GIRL CRY?? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING???”

No, it’s not like that. I don’t go around making girls cry ~ that is definitely NOT what I do. This was a continuation of yesterday; listening, discussing, listening, listening, listening ~ and then lots and lots of tissues!!

I hope her heart feels a little c l e a r e r ~

Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On (TITANIC)

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When it’s over, IT’S OVER!!

8-26-13 JB2

I hope you are enjoying the “cleansing rain” we are having tonight. Besides the dry ground needing a lot of rain/moisture, there is a deeper meaning as to why it is bucketing-down (raining cat and dogs)

I have been borrowing the ‘cleansing-power’ of the heavy rain to help a friend “clean her heart” of past experiences, instead of dragging them along with her, year after year, person after person...

"Let bygones be bygones!"

When you have separated from someone, YOU ARE SEPARATED - finished, finito, finit, fertig, acabado, kumaliza, gotov => おわり!

Listen to her lift-up song: Josh Groban


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~ Stimulating Sunday ~ 'THE POWER OF LOVE"

8-25-13 HL

I hope you had a good Sunday ~ I want to close this week of romantic songs with more of an ‘upbeat’ yet meaningful song ~ I hope you enjoy this, too...

Huey Lewis - "The Power Of Love"

The power of love is a curious thing
make a one man weep, make another man sing
Change a hawk to a little white dove
more than a feeling that's the power of love

Tougher than diamonds, rich like cream
Stronger and harder than a bad girl's dream
make a bad one good make a wrong one right
power of love that keeps you home at night

[Chorus 1:]
You don't need money, don't take fame
Don't need no credit card to ride this train
It's strong and it's sudden and it's cruel sometimes
but it might just save your life
That's the power of love
That's the power of love

First time you feel it, it might make you sad
Next time you feel it it might make you mad
But you'll be glad baby when you've found
that's the power makes the world go'round

[Chorus 2:]
And it don't take money, don't take fame
don't need no credit card to ride this train
It's strong and it's sudden it can be cruel sometimes
but it might just save your life

They say that all in love is fair
yeah, but you don't care
But you know what to do
when it gets hold of you
and with a little help from above
you feel the power of love
you feel the power of love
Can you feel it?
Hmmm

[Chorus 3:]
It don't take money and it don't take fame
don't need no credit card to ride this train
Tougher than diamonds and stronger than steel
you won't feel nothin' till you feel
you feel the power, just the power of love
That's the power, that's the power of love
You feel the power of love
you feel the power of love
feel the power of love

I hope you enjoyed this week’s bunch of songs ~ learn the lyrics and practise singing, as it not only helps your ‘Karaoke’ ability but it also really helps with your natural speech ability, too!

Enjoy "The Power Of Love" by Huey Lewis and The News

See you next week for another great theme . . .



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~ Spicy Saturday ~ “SIGN YOUR NAME”

8:24:13 TTD

Another day full of feelings and thoughts and ... listen to the song with your Heart and enjoy the emotions ~

Sign Your Name

“Sign Your Name” by Terence Trent D’Arby

Fortunately you have got
Someone who relies on you
We started out as friends
But the thought of you just caves me in
The symptoms are so deep
It is so much too late to turn away
We started out as friends

Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my baby
Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my lady

Time I'm sure will bring
Disappointments in so many things
It seems to be the way
When your gambling cards on love you play
I'd rather be in Hell with you baby
Than in cool Heaven
It seems to be the way

Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my baby
Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my lady

Birds never look into the sun
Before the day is gone
But oh the light shines brighter
On a peaceful day
Stranger blue leave us alone
We don't want to deal with you
We'll shed our stains showering
In the room that makes the rain

All alone with you
Makes the butterflies in me arise
Slowly we make love
And the Earth rotates
To our dictates
Slowly we make love

Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my baby
Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my lady

Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my baby
Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my lady

Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my baby
Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my lady

Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my baby
Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my lady

Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my baby
Sign your name
Across my heart
I want you to be my lady

Listen and enjoy ~ Sign Your Name

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~ Fabulous Friday ~ “JUST THE WAY YOU ARE”

8-23-13 Bruno Mars

It’s a fun, fantastic, fabulous Friday, so I thought I’d share one of my favourite songs with you ~ a comes-from-the-heart, thinking-with-the-heart song...

"Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars


Ohhhhh ohhhhhh ohhhhhh ohhhhhhh

[Verse 1:]
Oh, her eyes, her eyes
Make the stars look like they're not shinin'
Her hair, her hair
Falls perfectly without her trying
She's so beautiful
And I tell her everyday
Yeahh

I know, I know
When I compliment her she won't believe me
And it's so, it's so
Sad to think that she don't see what I see
But every time she asks me "Do I look okay? "
I say

[Chorus:]
When I see your face (face face...)
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)
And when you smile (smile smile...)
The whole world stops and stares for a while
'Cause girl you're amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)
Yeah

[Verse 2:]
Her lips, her lips
I could kiss them all day if she'd let me
Her laugh, her laugh
She hates but I think it's so sexy
She's so beautiful
And I tell her everyday

Oh you know, you know, you know
I'd never ask you to change
If perfect's what you're searching for
Then just stay the same
So don't even bother asking if you look okay
You know I'll say

[Chorus:]
When I see your face (face face...)
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)
And when you smile (smile smile...)
The whole world stops and stares for a while
'Cause girl you're amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)

The way you are
The way you are
Girl you're amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)

[Chorus:]
When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
Cause you're amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you're amazing
Just the way you are

Yeah

Enjoy "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars


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~ Thrilling Thursday ~ "WHATEVER HAPPENS"

8-22-13 MJ

It is so hard to believe that the “King of Pop” died over 4 years ago (25th June 2009) ~ I remember still living in Florida at that time and a friend called me ‘crying her eyes out’ ~ “Robin, turn on the TV -> MJ is dead!”

I have been playing a lot of his songs over the last few days, so wanted to share one today...


"Whatever Happens"

He gives another smile, tries to understand her side
To show that he cares
She can't stay in the room
She's consumed with everything that's been goin' on
She says

[Chorus]
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand

Everything will be all right, he assures her
But she doesn't hear a word that he say
Preoccupied, she's afraid
Afraid what they've been doing's not right
He doesn't know what to say, so he prays
Whatever, whatever, whatever

[Chorus]
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't you let go of my hand

Don't let go of my hand
Don't let go of my hand

He's working day and night, thinks he'll make her happy
Forgetting all the dreams that he had
He doesn't realise it's not the end of the world
It doesn't have to be that bad
She tried to explain, "It's you that makes me happy,"
Whatever, whatever, whatever

[Chorus]
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
See, whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
See, whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
See, whatever happens, don't you let go of my hand

See, don't you do it baby
I said yeah
Don't you let go baby
See, you
Don't you do it

Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't you let go of my hand

Don't you let go baby
Don't you, don't you let go
I said yeah
Can I get how it feels baby
Don't you let go baby
Yeah
Oh
Whatever happens, just don't let go of, my hand.

[Carlos Santana:] Thank you, man!
[Michael Jackson:] Thank you, Carlos!


Listen and enjoy ... WHATEVER HAPPENS

“Whatever Happens, Don’t Let Go of My Hand” ...

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~ Wonderful Wednesday ~ "ALL I DO IS DREAM OF YOU"


Hey, outside it might be thundering with lightening strikes but here is a sweet and melodic song to liven your spirit ‘inside’.

Michael Buble’s English is easy to understand and pleasant to the ears, too ...

"All I Do Is Dream Of You"

All I do is dream of you
The whole night through
With the dawn I still go on
Dreamin' of you

You're every thought, you're everything
You're every song I ever sing
Summer, winter, autumn and spring

And were there more than twenty-four hours a day
They'd be spent in sweet content just dreamin' away

When skies are grey, when skies are blue
Morning, noon and night-time, too
All I do the whole day through is dream of you

Oh slow down
When sky's are grey, even when they're are blue
And were there more than twenty-four hours in a day
They'd be spent in sweet content dreamin' away
When sky's are grey, When sky's are blue, in the morning

All I do the whole day through
Is dream of you

When sky's are grey, when sky's are blue
In the morning (and night-time too)
All I do the whole day through is dream of you

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Sing along to ~ DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY ~



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou8hdqyCRBE

This is a simple, yet GREAT song to cheer you up, learn a few new words AND sing-along to, in order to help with your pronunciation ~ enjoy yourself . . .

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~ Late Monday ~

8:19:23 work

No, I wasn’t late for work but I am late with my Blog ...

So how was your day? Was today also your first day back at work after your summer holidays or are one of the lucky ones and still enjoying some peaceful rest days?

That was me heading to work in my business suit ~ unless I have an important meeting with a company president etc., ‘the suit’ stays in the cupboard at home.

What kind of attire (clothing) do you have to wear for work? Hopefully you can also choose what you want to put on ~ enjoying ‘work’ is so much better don’t you think?

Have a wonderful evening and keep up the good work ...


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”いらしゃいませえええええ” 〜 ”おいしいソフトアイスいかがですかあああああ” 〜 “Come and get your delicious Soft Ice Cream heeeeere” ~ ”ラムネーラムネーラムネーラムネーラムネエエエエエエ〜 あります!” 〜 ”コローコローコローコローコローコローCoronaaaaaaa〜あります” And I was just getting started ...!!

Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 10

So who has seen me being “peppy”? Who knows the meaning of “peppy”? Who ever uses the word “peppy”?

This is for you ‘dictionary fans’:
peppy [ˈpɛpɪ]
adj.
Informal full of vitality; bouncy or energetic

There was a small local event going on ~ the first ever event ~ so I asked my friend if he “needed a hand”?

No, we’re fine but do ‘pop-in’ around noon and ‘say hello’ if you can.

So with that in mind, I are dressed VERY casually, as I was imaginging that I would be helping my friend ‘set-up shop’ for a little while, then checking out what is going on and then heading off. But THAT is not what he had planned for me . . .


We walked by his Cafe “NAYA” www.naya-cafe.comKasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 02
(in Kasukabe) on the way to the river, where the event was being held.

Upon arrival, we saw all the City Workers starting to set up tents and stalls etc for the event. I saw my friend unloading a freezer and ice cream and other things, so we went over to help.

Guys, please watch these while we go and get another load - we’ll be right back.” It was 12:15...

An hour later and with me still guarding-the-goods, someone plucked-up courage to ask me what I was doing and who I was with. Not knowing what company name Ken used for registration, I said “NAYA” ~> “NAYAはあそこの五番テントです〜よろしくおねがします”。

So we moved everything to the right place and then Ken finally came back. There was a lot more ‘setting-up’ than I had anticipated, and in the 35C heat is was rather warm, to say the least!

We finally got things ready by the 3:00pm start-time AND THEN HE SAID...

You’ll need to put the apron on!

“Errr, what?”

If you can ‘Welcome’ everyone and hand me drinks when they order them, that will be great.

“Sure, okay!”

Ken cuts the bottom from a large paper cup, so I can use it as a ‘megaphone’. So here is this あやしいガイジン (me) continually shouting:

”いらしゃいませえええええ”
”おいしいソフトアイスいかがですかあああああ”
“Come and get your delicious Soft Ice Cream heeeeere”
”ラムネーラムネーラムネーラムネーラムネエエエエエエ〜 あります!”
”コローコローコローコローコローコローCoronaaaaaaa〜あります”
“Ebisu生ビールいかがですかああああああ”
“Ebisu draft beer - the best beer in Japan”
“Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for delicious ice cream!
“おいしいーおいしいーおいしいソフトアイスcome and get itttttttttttttt!”


AND MANY, MANY MORE THINGS!

Yes, that’s me ‘blending-in with the moment’ and being appropriately “peppy” for occasion.

It was so funny looking at all the other vendors and guests STARING AT ME ==>> “Who is that!?!”

Check out some of the photos and do come along to NAYA ~ you’ll love it there; Cafe NAYA
Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 06
Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 15
Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 07
Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 08
Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 12
Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 19
Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 22
Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 20
Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 24
Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 25
Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 26
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Kasukabe event 17th Aug 2013 - 36


Back to work tomorrow ~ for me, too ~ let’s have another great week . . .

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~ Sassy Saturday ~

Sassy 8:17:13

I hope you also had a terrific day. Tomorrow I’ll give plenty of information about “Sassy Saturday” and what went on at the event I was at ~ quite hilarious seeing a ‘gaijin’ screaming his lungs out for 5 hours straight!!!!!

Look forward to the whole story tomorrow ...



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~ Fresh Friday ~

RO GO 8-16-13

It’s a fabulous Friday; the sun is shining :-) there’s a nice breeze, I got some snazzy-shirts for next week (something happening -> will tell you another time ... ) AND, as you can see =>> I have a FRESH haircut ~ what do you think of it?

So what have you been up to on this Obon-TGIF?

Traffic on the roads is smooth (for once ;-) there’s enough room for everyone to take a seat on the train, and the shops aren’t too crowded ~ IT’S A GOOD DAY!

I hope you are also having a fabulous Friday ~ what did you do???


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What’s the Buzz?

8:15:13 buzz

So how is this ‘summer heat’ treating you? Are you coping with the temperature and humidity? How about the ‘mozzies’ (mosquitoes)? And what about all the other bugs that come out to play?

Talking about ‘playing’ ~ I was out with a friend yesterday and we met a couple of young girls having fun but then they suddenly started to scream;

Ahhhhhhhh!

There it is again!!

It’s a WASP!

Seeing if we could help, she thought she had got a ‘splinter’ from a piece of wood she was touching, only to realise that the ‘wasp’ had stung her.

My friend helped her to squeeze-out the venom, which also helped reduce the pain and swelling. I hope that she is doing fine today ~

Hopefully you are having a great time and enjoying your summer ~ remember to keep practising your English (singing, reading, speaking, writing a diary etc. - it all helps), take care, have fun and stay cool ...


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~ Obon ~

8:14:13 Obon

Obon” is a very special Cultural Festival, as you well know. In England, we do not have any such ‘festival’ or ‘event’ commemorating our ‘ancestors’, it is up to the individual when to do this.

However, at various ‘Japan towns’ or ‘Japanese museums’ around the world, they do have such events.

When I lived in Florida, I was lucky to have the ‘Morikami Museum’ close by, so I would often go there for festivals or just to get away and have a bit of ‘peace’ and sit in the tranquil gardens.

Enjoy the video:

Morikami Obon Festival

and have a special Obon ~

Yes, it REALLY works!

idea 5
I wanted to share this happy news with you ~

For those of you who have been reading my Blog for quite a while now ~ by the way, “Thank You” ~ will know that I have a ‘theme’ each week. Back in January (14th Jan. 2013) that week’s theme was “Great Study Ideas That Really Help”.

One of my students - a pianist and jazz singer - has her own music school where she teaches children with disabilities. One of her students - who has difficulty with his speech - was feeling ‘down’, as no matter what he did he could not extend his voice to be able to sing.

Shiori (my student) told him to try the “Warm-up” exercise that I get my students to do, as it helps a LOT to immediately improve voice-clarity. They did it together and IMMEDIATELY his voice was stronger and clearer, and he was able to sing!

He was soooo happy that he could sing and so now does this exercise every time before he wants to sing.

Checkout this exercise and try it yourself ~ it works really well!!

http://robinlemare.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-241.html

Speak clearly, speak well, and make your English practising FUN ~


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Sirens ~

Ambulance 8:12:13

Today is going to be short ‘n sweet, as it is late in the evening but I wanted to share this with you and get your feedback ...

Seeing an ambulance darting down the road (driving fast) reminded me of the BIG difference between “sirens” used in the UK and in Japan.

In England when an Ambulance or Fire Engine or Police car turns on its “siren”, you can hear it a long, long way away, as it is very loud and piercing; “WEEE-WAAA-WEEE-WAAA!!”. But Japanese sirens are polite and sound like they have a ‘cold’ or a ‘stuffed nose’, so the noise is a lot quieter; "waa-waa-waa-waa”.

What do you think?


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"UK & USA Differences" ~ #7

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I wanted to start the week off with this, as it is the BIGGEST confuser of all UK & USA words, but thought I would save the best until last ~ “Trousers” and “Pants”.

I know the meaning but it still surprises me, as “pants” in the USA means ‘trousers’, whereas in the UK it means ‘underwear’! So (like the image), when someone says they like my ‘pants’, I think; “You can see my underwear???” compare 15

                  UK and USA Differences

Trousers- Pants
Braces (elastic clipped to the top of the trousers and worn over the shoulders to hold trousers up - instead of a belt) 

 --> both countries use the same term to straighten teeth <--
- Suspenders (used to hold up ladies' stockings)
Lounge- Living room
Cling film- Plastic wrap/Saran wrap
Banger

In the UK we also use the term "old banger" when talking about a clapped out car.
- A big/thick/fat ‘Sausage’
Porridge- Oatmeal
White sauce- Gravy  (in the U.K. gravy is usually brown as it originated from meat juices whilst cooking)
Bap- Hamburger bun
Candy floss- Cotton candy
Sultanas- Raisins (in the U.K. we have sultanas, raisins and currants)


Add these to your vocabulary list, as you never know when you’ll need them ~

I hope you enjoyed this week’s UK & USA differences ~ now you’ll know the correct meaning of what your friends are saying.

Look forward to next week’s theme . . .


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"UK & USA Differences" ~ #6

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The fun American-term “TGIF” is over and we are now in the midst (middle of) a rather ‘warm’ weekend. If you are outside in the blistering-heat, please make sure you have lots and lots of water to drink (or pour over yourself) to cool you down ~


So, what words do you already know and what are ‘new’ from today’s list???

                  UK and USA Differences

Sleeping policeman- Speed bump
Solicitor- Lawyer/attorney
Snooker- Billiards/pool
Tap- Faucet
Tin- Can
Torch- Flashlight
Trainers- Sneakers
Treacle- Molasses
Vest- Undershirt
Waistcoat- Vest
More REALLY confusing clothes-terms tomorrow...!


Add these to your vocabulary list, as you never know when you’ll need them ~


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"UK & USA Differences" ~ #5

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You can see the picture and see the words ~ these are more differences between the UK and the USA  ...

                  UK and USA Differences

Estate agent  - Realtor
Jacket potato - Baked potato
Jam -  Jelly
Jelly - Jello
Lead - Leash
Mac or mackintosh (not a computer) - Raincoat
Peckish - Hungry
Football - Soccer
Garden - Yard
Postal cost/post code - Zip code
Plug/socket - Electrical outlet/outlet
Pub - Bar
To be made redundant - To be laid off/loose your job
Sacked - Get fired, get a pink slip
Rucksack - Back pack
Sellotape - Scotch tape

Add these to your vocabulary list, as you never know when you’ll need them ~


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"UK & USA Differences" ~ #4

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So, do you know these English and American differences?


        UK and USA Differences

Angry - Mad
Mad - Crazy
Taxi - Cab
Dustbin - Garbage can
Single ticket - One-way ticket
Shop - Store
ill - Sick
Timetable - Schedule
Ring (telephone) - Call
Biscuit - Cookie
Jumper - Sweater
Nappy - Diaper
Caravan - Trailer (or motor-home)
Chemist - Pharmacist
 Plaster- Bandaid 


Add these to your vocabulary list, as you never know when you’ll need them ~


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"UK & USA Differences" ~ #3

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Let me give you a few more words to help you understand the differences between British-English and American-English:


           UK and USA Differences

Pram - Stroller
Chips - Fries
Crisps - Potato Chips
Boot (car) - Trunk
Bonnet (car) - Hood
Ground Floor - First Floor
Autumn - Fall
Dummy - Pacifier
Underground - Subway
Tights - Pantyhose


Hopefully you will now understand what your British friend or American co-worker is saying ~


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"UK & USA Differences" ~ #2


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There are so many different words that are used on ‘both sides of the water’ (UK and USA) that have the same meaning but are very different, so knowing them both is a good thing. Here are a few more ...

           UK and USA Differences

Petrol Station/Garage- Gas Station
Petrol- Gas
Pavement- Sidewalk
Clothes Peg- Clothes Pin
Castor Sugar- Baker's Sugar
Minced Beef - Ground Beef
Mohican (haircut)- Mohawk
Mobile- Cellphone
Roundabout- Rotary/Traffic Circle
Holiday- Vacation 


It’s not that we mean to confuse you - ha ha - we just use different words ~ knowing them all will help you a lot ~


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"UK & USA Differences" ~ #1

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Well, let’s start the week with something good.

Yes, it is the beginning of another (probably busy week), and yes it is the middle of summer - rather HOT ‘n sticky, to say the least. But it could also be worse; raining and cold and just feeling ‘down’, so let’s be grateful for what we do have, appreciate all the special people around us, and enjoy each and every minute, as they won’t ever come back again...!

This week I will be going through a whole load of words that mean difference things in England and in the USA. Here are a few:


                                    UK and USA Differences

Toilet or Lavatory  ~ Loo or Bog (slang)* Restroom/Bathroom
Lorry  Truck 
Wardrobe Closet 
Postman/Postwoman Mailman/Mailwoman
Courgette Zucchini 
Film Movie 
Flat Apartment 
Lift Elevator 
Cinema Movie-house/theater
Shoelace Shoestring 
Spanner Wrench 
Silencer (on motor vehicle) Muffler 
Headmaster/Headmistress Principal 
Bottom/Bum/(slang)/Backside  Glutes - usually used in 'gyms' ~ Butt
Roll or Bap Bun
CV (curriculum vitae) Resume 
Bun (a sweet individual cake) Muffin
Biscuits  Cookies -> "Biscuits" in America are unsweetened dinner or breakfast pastries.
Queue Line
Rubber Eraser



There are hundreds and hundreds of these words that we use everyday that have different meanings and sometimes cause a little confusion. The best thing is to be aware of both, so when you hear them being by a Brit ~ they mean this, and when spoken by an America ~ they mean that. You will get to understand their correct meanings ~

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? #14

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UK & USA の違いの終わり&始まり。。。

Do you know this phrase? ~ “Every ending has a new beginning.”

My use of it today is this ~ I am finishing this week’s theme with a couple of easy ‘differences’ but it is also the ‘start’ of next week's theme ~ "UK & USA Differences".

Most of you probably already know that there are several words in the English language that are spelt differently in these two countries. These particular words have the same meanings but as they are spelt differently, it can sometimes be confusing since people often mix them up in the same sentence when they write.

UK
* colour
* favour
* flavour
* Mum
* calibre
* centre
* theatre
* practise
* catalogue
* summarise

US
* color
* favor
* flavor
* Mom
* caliber
* center
* theater
* practice
* catalog
* summarize

There are a whole bunch more but these “u” and “re” and “se” differences (in the UK) are the main ones. Knowing the differences is very useful, as mixing them up in the same sentence is not good.


I hope you now understand the differences ~

Next week I will be taking this further with UK & USA words that have different meanings ~ look forward to that ...

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? #13

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今日言葉の違いは。。。?
‘So what are today’s differences, Robin?’, you ask.
Well, they have to do with fixing, repairing and solving problems or situations.

Do you know these commonly used phrases? What is similar and what is different? “It will all workout” and “You can figure it out”.

Yes, they both use the word ‘out’ - that’s right - and they both talk about fixing/solving/repairing/understanding something.

Quite often they are misused, so here are a couple of examples to help you 'figure' them out:

“I know they are having difficulties, but it will all workout” -> “Yes, I hope things will workout for them, as they are such a lovely couple.”

“This question is really difficult Mum, I can’t figure it out!? -> “You are a smart kid, you’ll figure it out.”


As usual, for the Dictionary-fans;

Work out for the best

* [for a bad situation] to turn out all right in the end. Don't worry, everything will work out for the best.

Work out
* (of an equation) be capable of being solved.
* (work out at) be calculated at:the losses work out at £2.94 a share
* have a good or specified result:things don’t always work out that way
* engage in vigourous physical exercise: they regularly walked, danced, ran and worked out at the gym


Figure something out
* informal solve or discover the cause of a problem: he was trying to figure out why the camera wasn’t working
* an understanding of the causes or basis of a problem. (*Typically: determine ~; figure out ~; find ~; get to ~; get at ~.) It will take a little more study to figure out the root of the problem.



I hope you now understand the differences ~


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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? #12

8-2-13 finally

今日の違いは何でしょ。。。

Finally”, Friday is here -> “at last” I can enjoy the weekend.

Yes, ‘finally’ & ‘at last’ do sound fairly similar but they actually have slightly different meanings. Read on ...

Finally” is used relating to a ‘time-frame’ - as I wrote above - ‘finally’ it is the end of the week. “At last” is used when something can/will happen, as the result of something finishing.


Here are some Dictionary meanings for you English-buffs out there ~

Finally
adv
1. after a long delay; eventually
2. at the end or final point; lastly
3. completely; conclusively; irrevocably
4. in the end; finally, he put his tie on
5. as the last or final point: linking what follows with the previous statements, as in a speech or argument; “And finally, I would like to say...


At last - as the end result of a succession or process; "at last the winter was over"

Idioms:
at last
After a considerable length of time; finally.


I hope you now understand the differences ~

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