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頻繁に使用される英国句 ~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “ASKING PEOPLE TO WAIT”

9-30-13 WAIT

Asking people to wait

Sometimes when you are very busy and somebody asks you to do something, you need to tell them to wait. Here are ten phrases for asking people to wait...


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Hang on a moment / a mo.
2) Give us a second.
3) Half a moment / a mo.
4) I'll be right with you.
5) Sorry, I'm a bit tied up right now.
6) Wait and see.
7) You'll just have to be patient.
8) Give me a chance.
9) Don't be so impatient.
10) We wish to apologise for the delay to...


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrases 1, 2, and 3 are quite informal but polite in tone. You are busy and expect to be able to help them quite soon.
2) Phrase 4 is especially useful in customer service situations where you want to ask a customer to wait for a few minutes.
3) Phrase 5 is really saying how busy you are but at the same time you are asking people to wait. It is quite polite.
4) Phrase 6 is refusing to tell somebody something about the near future. We often use it when we are preparing a surprise for somebody.
5) Phrases 7 and 8 are less polite and are suggesting that you think the other person is being too impatient.
6) Phrase 9 is more impolite and you are actually directly criticising the other person for being impatient.
7) Phrase 10 is a formal announcement that you might hear on a train or plane in the UK. It is followed by a noun phrase.

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “TALKING ABOUT GOOD IDEAS”

9-29-13 Good Idea

Talking about good ideas
With friends, at work and in many other situations we ask for ideas and respond to them. Here are some useful ways of saying you like someone's idea.


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) That's a great idea.
2) That's an idea.
3) Good idea!
4) What a great idea!
5) I think that's a fantastic idea.
6) I like that idea.
7) I like the idea of that.
8) That's not a bad idea.
9) You know what? That's a good idea.
10) Cool!


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) 1 and 2 are very common expressions. 2 has stress on THAT'S, and 1 can have double stress on THAT'S and GREAT.
2) 3 Shows more enthusiasm, which is why it is a short expression. You can also say 'Great/Fantastic/Wonderful idea, etc.
3) The structure in 4 is very useful: What a/an/- + adjective + noun: What a nice person/what a terrible mistake/What great shoes!
4) Adding 'I think' in 5 shows your personal appreciation, and we often stress 'I' to emphasise this.
5) 6 and 7 are similar, but we stress LIKE in 6, and normally IDEA in 7.
6) 8 is a variant of 6. We often use a negative structure (not + negative adjective: it's not uncommon, it's not impossible, it's not unlikely) for a positive effect for emphasis.
7) 9 uses a rhetorical question: You know what (I think)? And is a strong way of giving your opinion of something.
8) 10 is a common/informal way of saying you like an idea or suggestion.

Go out and let everyone know how GOOD their ideas are ~

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “SAYING SOMETHING IS EXPENSIVE”

9-28-13 Expensive

Saying something is expensive
The British are said to be a nation of shopkeepers and so in the UK you need to be careful to avoid getting ripped off and paying over the odds (too much).


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) That's a bit steep
2) That's a bit pricey
3) You paid a bit over the odds
4) That's a bit on the dear side
5) It cost me an arm and a leg
6) You're paying through the nose
7) That's exorbitant
8) It cost a fortune
9) That's daylight robbery
10) They must have seen you coming

How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrases 1, 2 and 3 suggest that something is a little more expensive than it should be.
2) Phrase 4 is slightly less strong than the first three.
3) Phrase 5 suggests that something was very expensive but not necessarily too much.
4) Phrases 6, 7 and 8 suggest that something costs a lot of money and is unfairly priced.
5) Phrase 9 suggests that the seller was dishonest to sell something for such a high price.
6) Phrase 10 suggests that the buyer was stupid to pay such a high price for something.

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “TALKING ABOUT BARGAINS”

9-27-13 BARGAINS

Talking about Bargains

Everybody loves a bargain. We like to feel we got something at a special price - that's why shops have sales, sometimes all year round!

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) It was cheaper than usual.
2) It was discounted.
3) I got two for the price of one.
4) It was 20% off.
5) It was a real bargain.
6) It was on special offer.
7) They knocked £10 off the price.
8) It was reduced by £10.
9) It was in the sale.
10) I got it half-price


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) 1 doesn't give a lot of information about price, and suggests that you saved a little money and were happy with this - perhaps it was a surprise for you.
2) 2 is similar to 1, but a bit more formal.
3) 3 is a common marketing ploy in shops and supermarkets nowadays, but is better than 'three for the price of two' or 'buy two, get one free.'
4) 4 and 8 focus on the saving you made - we all like to save money!
5) 5 is common when we are really happy with something we bought because it was cheap. We emphasise REAL a lot.
6) 6 and 9 are similar - and are often used to justify buying something that maybe you don't actually need.
7) 7 means that the seller gave you a special deal for something and decided to reduce the price just for you. This can happen if you notice a slight problem with what you are buying.
8) 10 is like 5, and also like 3 - but the focus is on the saving you made, not the product.

Let’s go shopping and Save . . .

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “SURPRISE”

9-26-13 SURPRISE

Surprise

Sometimes you see or hear something that you were not expecting. Maybe it's an unexpected event or a piece of information. Here are ten expressions that show how surprised you are.


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Really?
2) What?
3) What a surprise!
4) Well I never! / Blimey!
5) That's the last thing I expected
6) You're kidding!
7) I don't believe it! / Are you serious?
8) I'm speechless!
9) I'd never have guessed.
10) You don't say!


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) We say phrases 1 and 2 with rising intonation. It is important to make your voice go up at the end. You are inviting the other speaker to give you more information.
2) Phrase 3 is a general expression of surprise.
3) Phrases in 4 are strong exclamations. 'Blimey!' is a little rude as it literally means 'God blind me!', however it is often used between friends and in casual situations.
4) We say phrase 5 when something is completely different to what you expected - after a surprising event.
5) Phrases in 6 and 7 are saying that we really don't believe the information.
6) Phrase 8 is saying that you are so surprised that you can't speak.
7) Phrase 10 is a little old fashioned. If people say this nowadays, they are probably being sarcastic and they really mean that it isn't surprising at all.


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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “SAYING THINGS ARE GOOD”

9-25-13 Good

Saying things are good.

Students who learn English sometimes use the words 'good' and 'nice' many times in their writing and speaking. It is much more interesting if you use different words. There are many ~ here are a few for you...

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) It's great.
2) It's fantastic.
3) It's excellent.
4) It's better than average.
5) It's not bad.
6) I'd recommend it.
7) I'm very impressed.
8) It's better than I expected.
9) It's the best I've ever seen / tasted
10) I could ___ till the cows come home.

How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrases 1, 2 and 3 are stronger ways of saying that something is good.
2) Phrases 4 and 5 are saying it's good but not very good.
3) Phrase 6 says that you like and you want other people to try it too.
4) Phrases 7 and 8 say that it's very good and you didn't expect that it would be that good.
5) Phrase 9 is saying that it is number 1 / the best.
6) Phrase 10 is very enthusiastic. You need a verb and an object. e.g. 'I could listen to Robin Williams till the cows come home.'

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “TALKING ABOUT THE TV”

9-24-13 TV

Talking about the TV
We all watch too much TV - if you are a 'telly' (TV) fan, now you can talk about it, too!


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) What's on tonight?
2) What's on the other side?
3) It's starting!
4) Where's the remote?
5) It's a repeat.
6) This is a load of rubbish.
7) Quiet! I'm trying to watch this.
8) Are you watching or can I turn it over?
9) I've set the video (DVR).
10) My programme's on in a minute.


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) This is the most useful question about the programmes on TV tonight.
2) We use this expression to see if there is a better programme on another channel.
3) We use 3 to warn someone that a favourite programme is about to start.
4) 4 is a common way of asking for control of the TV. Another question is "who's got the remote?"
5) We use 5 when we have seen the programme before. This happens more and more.
6) 6 is a useful negative comment on a programme or film you don't like.
7) This is useful if someone is making noise while you are trying to concentrate.
8) If a boring programme is on and you want to change it, you use 8.
9) 9 tells someone that you are recording a programme, now or in the future.
10) We often refer to our favourite programme as 'my programme.'


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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “SAYING SOMEBODY’S HAPPY”

9-23-13 HAPPY 2

Saying somebody’s happy

There are many phrases in English that we can use to say that somebody is enjoying a situation or is happy as a result of something that just happened. Here are ten of them.


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) She's absolutely delighted.
2) He's over the moon.
3) I'm (dead) chuffed.
4) He couldn't be happier.
5) We're very pleased.
6) She's on cloud nine.
7) I'm having a whale of a time.
8) He's loving every moment of it.
9) She's having the time of her life.
10) We're (most) satisfied.


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrases 1, 2 and 3 are saying that somebody is extremely happy about something that has happened.
2) Phrase 3 is very informal / colloquial and phrase 2 is a little more informal than phrase 1.
3) Phrase 5 is less strong than the first 4 phrases.
4) Phrase 6 is saying that somebody is so happy that it is like being in heaven.
5) Phrases 7, 8 and 9 are saying that somebody is really enjoying an event or situation. It is usually used for describing enjoyment during an extended situation.

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “FORGETTING THINGS”

9-21-13 FORGOT

This happens to all of us at sometime or other ~ “Oops, I forgot!”

Forgetting things
Sometimes we can't remember things from the past and sometimes we forget to do important things in the present. We can use these ten phrases for these situations...

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) (I'm afraid) I can't remember.
2) I've completely forgotten.
3) My mind's gone blank
4) (Sorry) I have no memory of...
5) (I'm afraid) it doesn't ring a bell.
6) I have no recollection of...
7) Sorry, I forgot.
8) I simply forgot to do it.
9) What was I thinking of?
10) Oh no, it completely slipped my mind.


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrases 1 - 6 are for things in the past that we can't remember.
2) Phrases 7 - 10 are for things that we forgot to do in the present.
3) Phrase 3 gives the idea that I don't remember now but I might remember some time later.
4) Phrases 4, 5 and 6 mean that you don't even remember that you knew the information at one time in the past.
5) Phrase 5 means that a name, place or face is completely unfamiliar when you see or hear it again.
6) Phrase 9 suggests that the speaker is angry with himself or herself for forgetting to do something.

DON'T FORGET TO DO IT ...

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “EXPRESSIONS WITH ‘ONE’ ”

9-20-13 ONE

‘One’ often hears English people (me included) use this word in our speech and when writing, too. Read on to see a few commonly-used expressions ‘one’ often uses...


Expressions With ‘One’
In the English language there are many phrases and expressions that use numbers. Here are ten phrases with the number one.

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) One of these days...
2) That's one way of putting it.
3) It's one thing to say it...
4) One by one...
5) I'm not one to complain, but...
6) He's got a one-track mind.
7) A one-off payment
8) A one-hit wonder
9) The one and only (David Beckham)!
10) He's a right one!

How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) We use phrase 1 with an intention when we haven't decide when to do it although we are quite certain we will do it. Follow it with going to + infinitive.
2) We use phrase 2 to say that we don't really agree with another person's opinion or assessment. It can sound a little rude / dismissive of the other person's view.
3) We use phrase 3 to say that it's easy to talk about an action, but more difficult to do it.
4) We use phrase 4 as an adverb to show that people or animals performed the verb individually, not as a group.
5) People often say phrase 5 to introduce a complaint and to give the idea that their complaint is more serious.
6) We say phrase 6 to criticise a person (he or she) because they are always thinking about the same subject, with no variety.
7) In phrase 7, a one-off payment is an amount of money that we only have to pay once. This is the opposite to paying 'in instalments'.
8) We use phrase 8 to talk about a pop singer or group who only make one famous song and then stop being famous.
9) We use phrase 9 to introduce somebody famous to a group / crowd. We are saying that he is unique and special. It is usually said with strong exaggerated intonation.
10) We use phrase 10 to be very critical of a person's character. He is probably very annoying. This phrase is very informal.

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “BEING LUCKY”

9-19-13 Lucky

Being Lucky
Sometimes a small chance event or decision can make the difference between a happy ending and an utter disaster. For such situations, here are ten expressions that you can use:

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) It's a good thing (that)...
2) It's just as well...
3) Fortunately, / Luckily,
4) As luck would have it...
5) That was a stroke of luck.
6) It's lucky...
7) It's very/most fortunate (that)...
8) That was a close thing / near miss!
9) It must be your lucky day!
10) You lucky thing!


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) We use phrases 1 and 2 when something has prevented a disaster. We follow the phrases with a clause that describes the fortunate action or circumstance. They are both fairly informal.
2) We use phrases 3 and 4 when we are retelling a story and they are followed by some aspect of the situation that prevented a disaster from happening.
3) Phrase 5 is often used to react to a lucky story that somebody has told you. You can also use it to comment on your own good fortune at the time it occurs.
4) We use phrases 5, 6 and 7 in a similar way to phrases 1, 2 and 3. For example 'It's lucky you weren't wearing your best clothes when you fell over'.
5) We use phrase 8 when we have experienced a near disaster that was only just avoided.
6) Phrases 9 and 10 are used to say that you think another person has been lucky.

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “BEING AN EXPERT IN ENGLISH”

9-18-13 Expert

Being An Expert in English

We've all met people who know lots of things on certain topics. Here are ten expressions that we can use to describe these people ~ you can use them regarding cooking, music, diving, travel, English, Japanese, health food ~ anything...

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) He knows all about photography.
2) He's a camera expert.
3) He's an expert on digital cameras.
4) There's nothing he doesn't know about X
5) He knows photography inside out.
6) You wouldn't believe what he knows about X
7) He's a walking encyclopaedia about X
8) Photography's his subject.
9) He knows it from A - Z.
10) He's an authority on digital cameras.


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) We use phrase 1 to say that a person knows a large amount on a certain topic.
2) Phrases 2 and 3 use the key term 'expert' in different ways. Phrase 2 is slightly stronger.
3) Phrase 4 is using an exaggeration to say that another person is very knowledgeable.
4) Phrase 5 is a common expression. You can also use it to say that somebody knows a place very well.
5) Phrase 6 is a stronger version of phrase 4, and implies that it is incredible that he knows so much.
6) Phrase 7 is a humorous expression to use when someone knows a lot about a subject.
7) Phrase 8 is quite a general comment. It implies you like it - but you may not be an expert.
8) Phrase 9 shows that another person knows a subject completely from beginning to end.
9) Phrase 10 is quite a formal phrase, and is often used in an academic context.

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “ADVICE AND SUGGESTIONS”

9-17-13 ADVICE

Being able to give advice and suggestions when we are asked for help is good but how do we say it ...

Advice and Suggestions
Sometimes other people don't know what to do and they ask us for some advice. Here are ten phrases you can use when you are making suggestions;

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) I reckon you should stop now
2) Why don't you stop now?
3) How about stopping now?
4) If I were you, I'd stop now.
5) I suggest you stop now
6) You'd (really) better stop right now.
7) I would strongly advise you to stop
8) My advice would be to stop now
9) It might be a good idea to stop
10) You might try stopping


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrases 1, 2, 3 and 4 are quite informal. Phrases 2 and 3 are more tentative (you are trying not to be forceful with your ideas).
2) Phrase 4 is more forceful than the first three suggestion phrases.
3) Phrase 5 is neutral and can be used formally and informally. Using more stress on 'gest' of 'suggest' makes it more tentative and more stress on the main verb makes it more forceful.
4) Phrase 6 is quite forceful and gives the idea that not following the advice will have a negative result.
5) Phrases 7 and 8 are quite formal in tone. Phrase 7 is really quite forceful and phrase 8 less forceful.
6) Phrases 9 and 10 are the most tentative phrases (least forceful). Phrase 10 sounds more informal than phrase 9.

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “TALKING ABOUT RAIN”

9-16-13 RAIN

Talking About Rain

England is famous for having lots of rain. In fact, many countries have more rain than we do but people still have an image of the UK as a wet place.



Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Is that rain?
2) It's only a shower.
3) It's pouring.
4) It's bucketing down.
5) We'd better run for it.
6) It's been raining all day.
7) I'm soaked to the skin.
8) I'm drenched.
9) Looks like rain.
10) We could do with some rain.

How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) We say 1 when we feel the first drop of rain, before it starts to rain hard.
2) We say 2 if we think it's going to stop raining soon.
3) 3 and 4 are talking about really heavy rain.
4) 5 is a suggestion to run somewhere to get out of the rain.
5) With 7 and 8, we are saying that we are very wet or our clothes are very wet.
6) 9 is something we say when we think it is going to rain soon. The speaker is probably looking at big black rain clouds.
7) We say 10 when we want it to rain soon. Nowadays, many parts of Britain don't have enough rain. Farmers and gardeners often say this.

Stay dry and safe in this typhoon-weather we’re having ~


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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “ENCOURAGING”

9-15-13 Encourage

Encouraging
Everyone likes to be encouraged. Here are some phrases for encouraging.


Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing;
1) You're coming along well
2) Keep up the good work
3) That's a good effort
4) That's a real improvement
5) You're on the right lines
6) Keep going
7) Come on, you can do it
8) Give it your best shot
9) What have you got to lose?
10) If at first you don't succeed...

How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrases 1 to 4 are often used to encourage someone who is working and doing well.
2) Phrase 5 is used to say someone is not exactly right but could get it right if they tried again.
3) Phrases 6 and 7 are general ways of encouraging and can suggest that the person should not stop.
4) Phrases 8 and 9 can be used to encourage someone to try something new.
5) ...try and try again. The first half of this phrase can be used to encourage someone to try again, even if the first attempt was unsuccessful.

Encouraging people is a great thing to do ~ keep learning and practising, as you are doing so well...!!


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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “BEING SURE / CERTAIN”

9-14-13 Sure

Being sure / certain

Sometimes we know that we are right about something. When we feel confident of our facts, then we show other people how certain we are by using one of the following ten phrases.

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) I'm quite sure...
2) I'm absolutely positive...
3) I'm fairly / quite certain...
4) It must be right.
5) I know...
6) It's definitely...
7) You can be sure...
8) I've no doubt at all that...
9) I'm a hundred percent certain that...
10) I'm (utterly) convinced...


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) All phrases are followed by a sentence or clause.
2) Phrases 1, 2, and 3 are very strong and show that you really are certain.
3) Phrase 4 is a little less strong than the others. There is just a little doubt in the speaker's mind.
4) Phrases 7 and 8 are used especially for reassuring other people who don't believe.
5) Phrases 9 and 10 are saying that there is no doubt at all. What you are saying is a fact.

Use them to show your confidence ...


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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “SUPERMARKET PHRASES”

9-13-13 Supermarket

These are really useful, as we all go there and use them...


Supermarket phrases
In the UK, people spend a lot of time in supermarkets. Here are some things that you often hear people say while shopping there - some phrases are used by customers and some by staff;

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Where can I find the (Rich Tea Biscuits)?
2) They're on aisle 7 (next to the cakes).
3) Sorry, it's out of stock at the moment.
4) I'm afraid it's been discontinued.
5) How would you like to pay?
6) Do you need any help packing?
7) I can manage myself thank you.
8) Do you want any cash back?
9) Please enter your PIN number.
10) Would you like a receipt?


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) We use phrase 1 when we can't find something. Just look for a member of staff and say this phrase to them.
2) Phrase 2 is asking where something is. An 'aisle' is a corridor between shelves of products. They usually have numbers - often hanging from the ceiling above them.
3) Phrase 3 means that the supermarket doesn't have your product today but they will have it another day - maybe tomorrow.
4) Phrase 4 means that the supermarket has stopped selling the product that you want. Try looking in a different supermarket.
5) When you are paying, the shop assistant asks you the question in phrase 5. You can pay 'in cash' or with a credit card.
6) Phrase 6: Some supermarkets will put the things you bought into the carrier bag for you. They will ask you this question first.
7) You can use phrase 7 if you don't want somebody to do something for you. It's a useful answer to the question in phrase 6.
8) If you pay with a credit card, the shop assistant will ask you phrase 8. If you say 'yes ten pounds please' the assistant will give you ten pounds and take the money from your credit card.
9) The assistant will say phrase 9 if you are paying by credit card. You must enter the card's secret number in a special machine. You cannot pay without doing this.
10) Some supermarkets ask you the question in phrase 10. If you say no, they will not give you a receipt. This saves paper.

Happy shopping ...

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “EXCUSES FOR BEING LATE”

9-12-13 LATE

Yes, it happens to all of us at sometime, so what is the best way to apologise? Read on ...

Excuses for being late
It happens. We are late for something. That's when we say sorry and normally give a reason - our excuse for being late.

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Sorry - I didn't hear the alarm clock.
2) The alarm didn't go off.
3) I slept right through the alarm.
4) I had to wait ages for a bus.
5) The bus was late.
6) The traffic was terrible.
7) I couldn't find a parking space.
8) The roads were chockablock.
9) I got lost coming here.
10) It's not an easy place to find.


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) 1, 2 and 3 are all about problems waking up. We blame the alarm clock. 2 shows there was a problem with the alarm clock. 3 shows you were so tired that the alarm didn't wake you up.
2) The traffic is often responsible for us being late. 4 says that the bus is responsible - it didn't arrive when it was supposed to. 5 is similar.
3) 6. Here we are saying the traffic in general was responsible. You can use this if you are driving or travelling on the bus.
4) 7 and 8 are common problems for drivers. 7 means that it was difficult to park.
5) We use 8 to say the roads were full of traffic, like when there is a traffic jam.
6) 9 and 10 are used when you are visiting a place for the first time and don't know the way.

Use the phrases, as they are very useful ...


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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “GIVING AN OPINION”

9-11-13 Opinions

Giving an opinion
It is very important to show people when you are giving an opinion and show that it is not a fact. Giving an opinion as a fact, is not very polite in the UK but more people are sharing their opinions these days, in order to make a conversation 2-way ~

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) I reckon...
2) I'd say...
3) Personally, I think...
4) What I reckon is...
5) If you ask me...
6) The way I see it...
7) As far as I'm concerned...
8) If you don't mind me saying...
9) I'm utterly convinced that...
10) In my humble opinion...

How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) We follow all the phrases with a sentence or clause that shows the speaker's opinion.
2) Phrases 1 - 3 are really quite informal. You can use these phrases when you are discussing something with friends or people who you know well.
3) In phrase 1, 'reckon' is a very common word in the UK today. It means 'I think' but British people use the word 'reckon' much more often than 'think'.
4) Phrases 5, 6 and 7 are all quite polite and show clearly that the statement is only an opinion.
5) Phrase 8 is more polite because it says to the other speaker that they might not agree with what you are saying.
6) Phrase 9 shows a very strong opinion. The speaker has no doubt at all that it is true.
7) Phrase 10 is the most polite expression of the ten. It is often written on the Internet as the abbreviation 'IMHO' or 'imho'.

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “ASKING FOR INFORMATION” ~

9-10-13 Ask

Asking for information
Sometimes you want to ask English people for information, it is not very polite to start a conversation with a direct question. For this reason we have a number of phrases to use:

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Can you tell me...?
2) Could you tell me...?
3) I'd like to know...
4) D' you know...
5) (Got / Have you) any idea...?
6) Could anyone tell me...?
7) (Do / Would) you happen to know...?
8) I don't suppose you (would) know...?
9) I wonder if you could tell me...?
10) I wonder if someone could tell me...?


How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrases 1 - 10 are all followed by indirect questions. So 'What's the time?' becomes 'Can you tell me what the time is?'.
2) Phrase 2 is a little more formal and polite than phrase 1.
3) Phrases 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are polite and are good to use if you are asking a stranger or you are asking at a public information desk.
4) Phrase 4 is more informal.
5) Phrases 5 and 7 are more informal if you say them with out the part in () brackets.
6) Phrases 9 and 10 are very formal and in an informal situation some people may react strangely if they think that you are being sarcastic.
7) By using phrases 1 to 10, we make it easier for the listener to say 'Sorry I don't know'.

More useful phrases tomorrow ...

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~ Useful English phrases to know and use ~ “APOLOGISING”

9-9-13 Apologise

This week I will start going through different phrases that can and are being used daily ~ in regular conversation and at work ~ to help you increase your vocabulary knowledge...

Apologising
Everybody makes mistakes sometimes. When it happens, we need a phrase to tell the other person how really sorry we are and stop them from getting upset or angry. Here are ten phrases;

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing
1) Sorry.
2) I'm (so / very / terribly) sorry.
3) Ever so sorry.
4) How stupid / careless / thoughtless of me.
5) Pardon (me)
6) That's my fault.
7) Sorry. It was all my fault.
8) Please excuse me
9) Please don't be mad at me.
10) Please accept our (sincerest) apologies.

How To Use These Phrases In Your English
1) Phrase 1 is a general short apology. We use this when we bump into people on the street. At other times, it sounds too weak.
2) In phrase 2, we use 'so', 'very' and 'terribly' to make the meaning stronger. 'Terribly' is the strongest. If we use one of the words in brackets, it is stressed.
3) Phrase 3 is quite formal but it's a stronger apology than just 'sorry'.
4) We use phrase 4 to criticise ourselves and the mistake that we have just made.
5) We use phrases 6 and 7 to take all the responsibility for what happened. Phrase 7 is a little stronger.
6) We use phrase 8 to apologise for our lack of knowledge or ability.
7) Phrase 9 is asking the other person not to get angry. The tone is quite informal.
8) Phrase 10 is often used in formal letters. The word 'sincerest' makes the apology very strong and very formal.
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~ Pitter-patter ~

9-8-13 PITTER-PATTER

As the week draws to an end, we are hearing the “pitter-patter” sound of rain again. Plus it has cooled down a lot ~> even more so tomorrow, so don’t forget to pull-out a long-sleeved shirt or light jumper (sweater) tonight before you go to bed, as it may be a little nippy (chilly) in the morning compared to what we have been used to, of recent.

Stay dry and enjoy this nice change ~ at least it is not boiling hot any more!
9-8-13 RAIN
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~ YOSAKOI Dancing Competition ~



I thought this was simply a ‘regular’ Dance Event, but I was very wrong ~ it was a competition with 40 teams!

Watch the videos and you will see what I mean...

WINNING TEAM -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR3KgjRDxGA


ALL TEAMS AT CLOSING -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_hOdLmtlmY


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~ “LIVE HOUSE” ~

9-6-13 LIVE

Better late than never ~ right!?!

I was invited to go out tonight -> little did I know it was to go to a “Live House”.

My friend’s brother was playing, so he asked me to come along, but he didn’t tell me where we were going to...

Upon arrival at the location -> “Oh, it’s a Live House”, I said.
“Yes, my brother is playing here tonight. There band is called ‘Majestic Circus’ - I’m sure you’ll like them. My brother plays the guitar -> he used to play for ‘Kitaro’ .”
“THE Kitaro?”
“Yes, that’s right.”
“Wow, he must be pretty good then!?!”
“Yep, he’s been a professional guitarist for 20 years now.”
“WOW!”

As you can imagine, I was flabbergasted!

Anyway, the first band that played were okay ~ a neat keyboardist, the second group (see photo) were from Australia and played Reggae ~ they were a lot better! Then came my friend’s brother’s band ~> were they good or what!!??!! They were the first band to bring ‘Fusion’ to Japan.

If you get a change to see them in Tokyo or at the Fuji Music Festival, definitely go ~ they are really good!!


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~ Light At The End Of The Tunnel ~

9-5-13 light

I am sure that you have heard that phrase before ~ meaning that even though you may be going through some tough (dark/hard) times right now, just a little bit further down the path there is ‘light’ waiting for you. The ‘light’ meaning better times, better things, better people, better work etc., so keep pushing through where you are, and remember there IS a “Light At The End Of The Tunnel” waiting for you...


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~ Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Back Another Day ~

9-4-13 rain

Boy did it ‘bucket-down’ early this morning! Not just raining “cats ‘n dogs”, it was more like ‘bears & elephants’ - ha ha! By the way, there’s no such phrase ‘bears & elephants’, so don’t get confused with that now ~ it’s just silly-old-me playing around with words.

We do however use “it’s raining cats ‘n dogs” when it rains heavily. Some people like to use the phrase, “the heavens opened” - meaning it is pouring down!

Whatever the phrase may be, make sure you have a ‘brolly’ (umbrella) with you today ...



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~ What a nice cuppa can do ~

9-3-12 cuppa T

Have you heard this before? When things are difficult or going wrong, sit down and have a nice cuppa tea, as “a nice cuppa is the answer to every problem!”

In Britain, a cup of tea is the answer to everything:

* You fell off your bicycle? Have a nice cup of tea.
* Your house has been destroyed by a meteorite? Have a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.
* Your entire family has been eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex? Sit down and have a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake. (Possibly a savoury option would be welcome here too, such as a Scotch egg or a sausage roll.)

The whole idea is that you sit down, have a rest and a cuppa tea will help resolve the situation.


Do you know this Japanese Proverb about tea?

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. 



Let's sit down and have a cuppa ~ I have some bikkies (biscuits) if you want ~


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~ TORNADO!! ~

9-2-13 tornado

I am in Kasukabe and at around 2:00pm today we saw a LOT of lightening, very loud thunder, and then sudden heavy, very heavy rain - like a hurricane/typhoon was passing overhead (that story is for another time - “Hurricane in the Bahamas”).

After about 30 minutes, the wind and rain stopped and we had a lovely clear blue sky but were left without power for over an hour ~ very unusual for here in Japan.

The tornado went through Koshigaya and surrounding areas ~ have a look at the NHK World News to see more:

NHK World News -> Tornado

I hope everyone is okay ~


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~ Back to School ~



Ahhh, it’s not as bad as it sounds! Getting back with your friends, seeing the teachers you like and putting your thinking-cap back on again will be a nice change.

Make things FUN ~ make your English practising FUN; watching English TV programs that are interesting, reading (ALOUD) books and magazines and comics that you like, singing along with songs that you enjoy, using English everyday at home and school; “Good morning”, “Hello”, “It’s great seeing you again!”, “Let’s go out and play”, “I’m hungry, how about you?”, “I’m home ~ what’s for dinner?”, “This tastes really nice!”, “Thank you”, “I’m going to bed ~ good night” etc. etc.

It’s really easy and fun, and will help you a LOT!

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