2018.10.13 Saturday: イディオムとボキャブラリー強化&Reading強化

14:00~15:00  2 students


1.I’m sure that he could make a better job of being prime minister any day of the week.
e.g. by all means, anytime, under any condition, no matter what, under all circumstances.

2.Don’t worry we pride ourselves on being helpful to all our customers and getting that booked for you is all in a day’s work for us.
e.g. it is a usual part of one’s job, perfectly normal.

3.Yes, we went away on holiday last week but it rained day in, day out.
e.g. every single day, done of happening every day for a long period of time.

4.You know what they said about radio that it had had its day but it’s still going strong.
e.g. stopped being popular, the period during which it was most successful or popular has now passed.

5.That last comment of yours won the day because nobody could possibly argue with you after that.
e.g. assured victory, triumph, to finally be successful in a discussion or argument.

6.We left the children playing in the park and they were as happy as the day is long.
e.g. very happy, extremely glad or happy, delighted, cheerful.

7.They got engaged about two years ago and at long last they have named the day.
e.g. said when they are getting married. To decide the date on which you are going to get married. (to specify the date something important will happen.)

8.I’ve been doing these exercises for two hours now and I think at long last I’m starting to see daylight.
e.g. see the end of the task. to progress to a point where completion of difficult task seems possible or probable.

9.I knew once the car didn’t start, saw it had a flat tyre and also that it had started to rain, that this was going to be one of those days.
e.g. a day when nothing goes right. a bad day, a day full of problems, difficult situation or unpleasant experiences.

Well done!


15:00~16:00  3 students

University to replace clapping with hand-waving. が今日読んだ記事のタイトルです。「拍手する動作を手を振ることに変えようとする大学?」なんのこっちゃですね!笑 しかし記事を読むとこれは深い内容で、個人的にはこういう人に優しくあろうとする活動が拡がる事には賛成です。

The University of Manchester Students’ Union voted to replace clapping with ‘jazz hands’. This is to respect people who are affected by loud noise. The ‘jazz hands’ wave is the British Sign Language’s form of clapping.



I won’t be able to make it to the next week’s lesson. Hope to see you at my lesson in two weeks.


Have a nice weekend!


2018.10.6 Saturday:イディオムとボキャブラリー強化&リーディング強化

14:00~15:00  3 students

Common English Idiomsという事で実際に英国の検定試験で出た問題から何問か一緒に考え、答えを探していきました。下線部を入れ替えられるのは(a)~(d)の中のどれでしょう?

He always took advice from his parents about being careful and never put all his eggs in one basket.

(a)  carried too much in one hand

(b)  relied too much on one plan

(c)  decided to do anything dangerous

(d)  planned anything exciting

Don’t worry we’ll see you’re all right.

(a)  look at you

(b)  look on you

(c)  look for you

(d)  look after you

What you need is something that will pick you up.

(a)  make you feel better

(b)  make you stand better

(c)  make you hold on better

(d)  make you stay on better

I simply can’t stand sugar in my tea or coffee.

(a)  can’t eat

(b)  can’t drink

(c)  can’t tolerate

(d)  can’t allow

I have a feeling that she’s taking you for a ride.

(a)  taking you in a car

(b)  pulling you along

(c)  trying to trick you

(d)  trying to push you

He’s always got his nose in a book.

(a)  hiding

(b)  reading

(c)  studying

(d)  looking

I think you’re asking too much of them as they are just children.

(a)  trying too much

(b)  saying too much

(c)  calling too much

(d)  expecting too much

If you want my opinion, I think this needs looking into.

(a)  examining

(b)  finding

(c)  searching

(d)  discovering

I think the time has come when you should put your toe in the water at least.

(a)  go for a swim

(b)  give it a try

(c)  feel the cold

(d)  give it a chance

答えは上から順番にb, d, a, c, c, b, d, a, dです。貴方は何問正解でしたか?



14:00~15:00   3 students

Can you imagine travelling to another country for work and then back to your home country every single day?


I hope you’re enjoying 3 day weekend. See you next week!

2018.9.29 Saturday: イディオムとボキャブラリー強化&多読トレーニング

14:00~15:00 3 students

例;bored to death というイディオムを覚える時以下のように1ページに纏めてみます。

Bored to death
意味: Very bored

Death is the worst thing, so using it to compare how you feel is telling someone that you are very bored.

How it is used:
“I have nothing to do. I’m bored to death.”
“I hate it when I’m bored to death.”
“Would you rather be super busy or bored to death?”

A: “Hey Seth, what are you doing?”
B: “I’m reading a book. What are you doing?”
A: “I’m bored to death. Let’s do something.”
B: “Sure. Come over and we can play some games.”

Other related common sentences
“I’m so bored, I could die.”
“I‘m dying of boredom.” あまりにも退屈で死にそうだ。

He’s dying of cancer.  彼は癌で死にかかっている。

be dying for something / to do something :
意味 to want something very much

I’m dying for a cup of tea.
She was dying for him to leave so she could get on with business.
I’m dying to move to a bigger house.
I’m dying to relax on the beach.
I’m dying to expand my business.




15:00~16:00  4 students

We read the news article titled Former Morning Musume singer Yoshizawa indicted over hit-and-run incident.

Vocabularies for the day:
Indict, hit-and-run, prosecutor, alleged, allegedly, investigative sources, on suspicion of, pedestrian, flee, breath test, culpability, apply for bail, the Tokyo District Court, debut, a public relations ambassador, step down from.



Thank you very much for coming today. Hope to see you next Saturday.

2018.9.22 Saturday: イディオムとボキャブラリー強化&多読トレーニング

14:00~15:00  2 students

Common English Idioms for today

1. a piece of cake : A very easy task or accomplishment
You shouldn’t worry about the exam because you have prepared well and you’ll probably find it a piece of cake.

2.have your cake and eat it: Used for expressing the impossibility of having something both ways, if those two ways conflict.
The trouble with you is that you are a bit selfish and your sole philosophy is to have your cake and eat it.

3.To drop it like a hot potato.: to quickly stop being involved with someone or something because you stop liking that person or thing or you think they will cause problems for you
He dropped the plan like a hot potato when he realized how much it would cost him

4. a couch potato.: a lazy person whose recreation consists chiefly of watching television and videos (Slang)
He sits and watches TV all day and has turned into a veritable couch potato.

 5.in the soup : in trouble
Thanks to you we’re really in the soup now and I don’t honestly know why I ever listen to you.

6.cook the fatted calf: Prepare for a joyful occasion or a warm welcome
As he had been away from home for some years, they decided on his return to cook the fatted calf.

7. very fishy: Inspiring doubt or suspicion
There’s something very fishy about that story he told us because I can’t quite get to the bottom of it. (get to the bottom of it=真相が分らない)

8. like two peas in a pod.: very similar, especially in appearance
Their mother always describes her twin sons as like two peas in a pod.

9.have got egg on his face.: you look stupid because of something that you have done:
This latest scandal has left the government with egg on its face.



15:00~16:00  3 students

今日は英字新聞の記事から“Pricey new iPhones make debut in Japan”と題されたI-Phoneの最新モデル発売について書かれた記事を読みました。専門的な語彙はともかく、皆さんスムーズに読解されていきました! Good Job!

Vocab for today.
pricey, pricier, mobile carriers, processor, launch, eager buyers, retail outlets,
display, high-end, organic light-emitting diode display, respectively, affordable, liquid crystal display, dominant.

Thank you very much for coming today. Have a nice weekend.

2018.9.15 Saturday:イディオムとボキャブラリー強化

14:00~15:00  1 student

Common English Idioms for today.
1.to send the wrong message: to do or say something that communicates a meaning different or contrary to what one desires, either implicitly or explicitly.
This sort of behaviour sends the wrong message to young people.

2.be unveiling: to make (something secret or concealed) known or public; divulge; reveal
The government are unveiling plans today for a new tax system.

3.to hear what you are saying: to know what you are trying to say.
I hear what you are saying but I don’t agree with you.

4、she sticks to her guns: to continue to have your beliefs or continue with a plan of action, even if other people disagree with you
You must admire the way she sticks to her guns.

5.run that past or (by) me again.: Please repeat what you just said.; Please go over that one more time
I’m sorry I can’t follow that, run that past me again.

6.keep your spirits up: do not get depressed
Keep your spirits up, it may not be as bad as you think.

7.to shoot oneself in the foot: to damage or impede one’s own plans, progress, or actions through foolish actions or words.
I’m afraid he shot himself in the foot when he took that action

8.no mileage: (informal) no advantage that you can get from a situation,
no future
There is absolutely no mileage in pursuing that sort of discussion.





15:00~16:00  2 students

I think you all know what the biggest country in the world is , in term s of surface area. Yes! Russia.  Then, what is the second biggest country in the world?  Yes, it’s Canada.

We read the article on Canada today.

国民性の比較とか結構面白く読めた記事でした。少し量が多かったけど、最後に感想を話し合える時間を残せる範囲で読み終えられたのは、、Good Job!


Thank you very much for coming to my lesson today.
Enjoy your weekend and see you next Saturday.

2018.9.8 Saturday: イディオムとボキャブラリー強化&多読トレーニング

14:00~15:00  1 student

1. be up to ears in = fully occupied with, extremely busy with
e.g. He’s up to his ears in work and cannot possibly see you now.

2. give me a hand (lend me a hand) = to help someone with something
e.g. If you give me a hand, then I shall be able to finish more quickly.

3. face to face = directly, facing, in person
e.g. I prefer to talk to people face to face rather than to talk on the phone.

4. out of hand = at once, immediately, quickly
e.g. My boss dismissed the new proposal out of hand and said that it was not at all practical.

5. keep an eye on = watch someone or something carefully, observe
e.g. As she is new to the job I would ask you to keep an eye on her for the time

6. playing games = being light hearted, not taking things very seriously
e.g. The opposition in parliament accused the government of playing games and refusing to accept the seriousness of the situation.

7. talking through her hat = talking nonsense, to say foolish thing
e.g. He accused her of talking through her hat and refused to accept a word of
what she said.

8. out of harm’s way = away from danger, in a place where they cannot be hurt or
e.g. The police advised them to go down the cellar in order to be out of harm’s way.



15:00~16:00  2 students


leading currency, to put sanction on~, trade tariffs, imposed on, the International reserve currency, deficit, grave, abuse of, demise, emerging, trading currency, populous


Please stay safe!  See you next Saturday.


2018.9.1 Saturday: イディオムとボキャブラリー強化&多読トレーニング

14:00~15:00  2 students

Common English Idioms for today.

  1. pulling someone’s leg
  2. stick someone’s neck out
  3. stand someone up
  4. eat at
  5. to have a feeling in my gut
  6. get hitched or tie the knot
  7. turn me off
  8. ringing off the hook


1.pulling someone’s leg の場合は making fun of someone という感じになります。idiomの意味を理解するという事は単にイディオム辞典に書かれている解説を覚えるのではなく、英語で言い換えられるようにしましょう。

英語でのリフレーズ…結構面白かったですね! 今から来週のレッスンが楽しみです!


15:00~16:00  3 students (incl, 1 trial student)

I think that many people would like to learn how to play a musical instrument. Today, we read the article advising us how to choose the instrument to learn.

If you ask yourself about the following six questions, you might be able to find the right one.

  1. What kind of music do you like?
  2. Do you want to play with other people?
  3. Where are you going to practice?
  4. How much money can you spend?
  5. Are there any physical limitations?
  6. Still not sure.

Please feel free to contact me on every Saturday between 2 to 4 p.m.

Thank you very much for coming to my lesson today.
Hope to see you soon again.

2018.8.25 Saturday:イディオムとボキャブラリー強化&多読トレーニング

14:00~15:00  2 students

Appearances can be deceiving.
deceivingは「欺く」,「だます」の意味なので,Appearances can be deceiving.は「見かけは人をだますことがある」という意味になります。

He seems nice, but appearances can be deceiving.

Don’t judge a book by its cover. (使用頻度は高いです)
You can’t judge a book by its cover.も同様な意味です.

in light of …/  in the light of …
in(the)light of~ に照らせば、~の観点から、~の視点から見ると
in(the)light of~〔得られた情報などを〕考慮して、踏まえると


They need to seriously think about it in light of the current situation.
In (the) light of new evidence, we will have a new trial. :


I’m not much of a ….

I’m not much of a meat eater. 私はあまり肉を食べる人ではない」→「私は肉はあまり食べない。」
I’m not much of a one for dancing. 私はダンスはあまり得意じゃない

I’m not much of a drinker.「私はあまりお酒は飲みません」
I’m not much of a talker.「私はあまりお喋りではない」
I’m not much of a cook.「私は料理は得意ではない」

I’m tipsy. /  I feel tipsy.  /  I get tipsy.
ほろ酔い気分だわ。ちょっと酔ったほろ酔い気分の時に使います.ほろ酔い程度の時はtipsyで,ほんとうに酔っぱらった時はdrunk。Don’t get drunk! lol

I’m tipsy.は「私がほろ酔いの状態にある」,
I feel tipsy.は「私がほろ酔い気分に感じる」,
I get tipsy.は「私がほろ酔いの状態になった」,

I get tipsy after one glass of wine. ワイン一杯でほろ酔い気分だわ。
She is walking with tipsy steps. 彼女は千鳥足で歩いている。

“I get tipsy after one glass of wine.” Appearances can be deceiving.”



15:99~16:00  4 students

We read the article about YOGA. I’m sure that some of you are practicing yoga. Did you know that International Yoga Day is now celebrated on 21 June.


Whatever kind of yoga you choose, there are definitely some health benefits, and you should have fun too.

Thank you very much for coming to my lesson. See you next Saturday.

2018.8.18 Saturday: イディオムとボキャブラリー強化&多読トレーニング

14:00~15:00  3 students

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world~~~♪


1. go-getter:
someone who is very energetic, determined to be successful, and able to deal with new or difficult situations easily.
非常に精力的で、成し遂げるぞという堅い意志を持ち、新しい事、困難な事を簡単にこなしてしまう人。= 敏腕家、野心家、すご腕、やり手とかという意味です。

A:This client is moody and the deal itself is very complicated.
B:You can count on our sales rep. She’s a real go-getter.

2. stick with:
to continue doing something or using someone to do work for you, and not stop or change to something or someone else:

A: Would you like some coffee?
B: No, thank you. I’ll stick with tea as usual.
A: コーヒーはいかがですか?
B: いいえ、結構です。いつものように、紅茶を飲みます。(“いつもの~にします” という意味でも使われます)

Don’t give up. Music is your #1 thing. Stick with it.

3. bottom line
A: the last line of a financial statement, used for showing net profit or loss.
B: the deciding or crucial factor.
本来の “bottom line” は会計用語でA:「最終的な収益」を指しますが、それが転じてB:「もっとも肝心なポイント」の意味で使われます。

The bottom line is that your girlfriend didn’t like your vacation plan.

4. have a crush on you
To have a romantic infatuation with someone, especially unbeknownst to that person.

I’ve had a crush on Tommy for years. もう何年もトミーに夢中なの。
Do you have a crush on someone? 誰か好きな人いるの?
I have a little crush on you. ちょっとだけあなたのことが好き
Does my crush like me? 好きな人は私のこと好きかな?
He’s my crush, not my boyfriend. : 彼は私の好きな人[片思いの相手]です。私のボーイフレンドではありません。

最後の例は crush = 片思いの相手、(一時的に)夢中になっている人という意味になります。


15:00~16:00  4 students

One English girl took a solo trip to Chicago during summer break and it got her thinking about the many positives of travelling alone. Then she posted the article titled “Three benefits of solo travel”.

factor in, intrigue but whilst (while), giraffe, attendee, last but not least, tangible,
taking the leap,

今日の文中に from time to timeという表現が出てきました。効率の良い学習方法で同じ意味の違う表現を並べて勉強するという方法があります。同時に「偶には」とか「時々」の頻度をより分かり易く数字化してみましたので、ご参考に!

from time to time = once in a while = occasionally の意味で 40%位。

occasionally = from time to time = now and then = at time 等もあります。

Always = 100% of the time
Frequently = about 90% of the time
Usually = about 80% of the time
Often = about 70% of the time
Sometimes = about 50% of the time
Occasionally = about 40% of the time
Seldom = about 20% of the time
Rarely = about 10% of the time
Never = about 00% of the time


Thank you very much for coming to my class today.
Hope to see you next Saturday.


2018.8.11 Saturday: イディオムとボキャブラリー強化&多読トレーニング

14:00~15:00  4 students

Obon holiday has just started today!  There are some people who think it’s a good chance to concentrate on studying English without being disturbed.

I had 4 those students today for improving your idioms and vocabularies class and 6 students for reading class. Let’s give it our all today

1.don’t sweat

Mr. A: I have to prepare my presentation for new project ASAP.
Mr. B: Don’t sweat it. The deadline is next month. You have enough time to prepare.

“don’t sweat  =汗をかかないで“ って意味ですね、つまり「焦らないで」「落ち着いて」の意味や、「心配するな、思い悩むな」という意味にも使われます。Don’t worry about it. です。

ASAPはas soon as possible の略ですが、日常会話でもそのまま“エイエスエイピー”と発音されています。

2. my bad

Mr. A: My boss told me to attend a sales meeting on Monday. Did you know that meeting?Mr. B: Oh my bad. It’s actually on Tuesday, but I gave him the wrong date.

A: 月曜日の販売会議に出るようボスに言われたけど、そんな会議知ってた?
B: あちゃ~!私のミスだ!実は火曜日なのにボスに間違った日を伝えた~!

my badは深刻な失敗よりどちらかと言うと「単純なミス」を表す時に使われます。同僚間で使うのはOKですが、会議の席とかでは my mistake と言う方が良いでしょう。

3. do one’s homework

Mr. A: That president candidate didn’t know what he was saying about the immigration issue.
Mr. B: He needs to do his homework before he speaks in public.

A: あの大統領候補は移民問題について、自分が何を言っているのか分かってなかったよ。
B: 人前で話す前に準備しておくべきだね。

homewok = 宿題ですが、仕事や生活のあらゆる面における「準備」や「下調べ」を意味します。子供に向かって言うと、文字通り「宿題をしなさい」の意味です。

4. at the end of the day

A:The couple has been discussing their honeymoon for a whole month!
The bride wants   to go to Jamaica but the groom wants to go to Japan.
B:At the end of the day, he’ll back off.

A:あのカップルは丸一ヶ月もハネムーンについて話し合い続けてる! 新婦はジャマイカ、新郎は日本に行きたくてね。

“at the end of the day = 一日の終わり” には何事も結着をつけなければならないことから、「結局は」「最終的には」の意味で使われます。

back off: 後ろに下がる、後ずさりする 他に似た表現で、 back out : 手を引く、約束を破る、back down ; (主張・意見などの)取り消し,撤回., (議論での)敗北を認めること,手を引くこと


I will back off from that business. その商売から手を引く。

You can’t back out of your responsibilities. 責任から逃れようことはできない。

It’s too late now. You can’t back down. もう手遅れだ.あとには引けないよ。


We still have a lot more to learn, but let’s call it a day.


15:00~16:00  6 students

France bans smartphones in school.と題された記事を読みました。

Vocab for today.
ban, lawmaker, overwhelmingly, device, addiction, campaign promise, public health crisis, phenomenon, disabilities, curricular, publicity stunt, cyber addiction, sleep disruption, bullying, opponent, backward step.


Enjoy your summer holiday and see you next Saturday.