Plans / A Plan

Hi again! Sorry I haven’t written a new blog in a few weeks 🙁  My summer cold became a summer flu so I have been sick for almost 5 weeks! I will try and get some extra blogs up in the next few days 🙂 “Do you have any plans for the weekend?” is a very common North American phrase that …

English expression – Just in case

Just in case   Recently was I asked about the English expression “just in case” and I thought it would make a good blog post.Please look at the following example:  “I don’t think it will rain today, but I will take my umbrella with me to the store, just in case.” Just in case means “IF something happens” then you want …

Out of the Blue

“Yesterday I got an email from an old friend out of the blue!” I got an unexpected email, from an old friend. The email came suddenly, I was surprised. Can you guess the meaning of out of the blue? When something happens suddenly, unexpectedly (we are not prepared for it) we say it happened out of the blue. This idiom comes from …

English idiom ~ go "Cold turkey"

English idioms ~ go “Cold turkey” Did you ever have a bad habit? Did you used to smoke? (Did you smoke in the past but not anymore?) How about drink too much alcohol? Do you still have a bad habit? My bad habit recently has been drinking too much coffee.  My main problem was that I would go to Mister Donut …

Using “BASE words” to EASILY find meaning

One of my students told me about his daughter staring at a frog during a recent trip to a farm. She couldn’t stop focusing on it. I taught my student a new word to describe this situation, captivate. His daughter was captivated by the frog. Captivate is a verb that means : to hold the attention of, by beauty or excellence. As …

"Sweating Buckets!"

Hi everyone! Sorry it’s been a few weeks! Today is July 16, summer is here and Tokyo is very HOT! The hot weather is my excuse for not writing a new blog post for 2 weeks, but maybe I am a little lazy too 😉 Today’s idiom is “sweating buckets” and I have been sweating buckets since the beginning of …

Countable nouns pt.2

We learned from the last blog that we don’t use A or AN with uncountable nouns. But don’t forget that we can’t use a countable noun by itself the same way we can for an uncountable noun. For example: “My friend takes the bus everywhere, he hasn’t got car.” INCORRECT“I need some more water.” CORRECT Water is not countable so we don’t need to use …

Countable and Uncountable nouns

In an earlier blog I talked about how to use A, AN and THE. We learned that A and AN mean 1.A banana = 1 banana      An apple = 1 appleWe use A and AN with nouns we can count (bananas, books etc.), but we don’t use them with nouns we can’t count. (water, music etc.) Today I …

Study Tip

Here is study tip that I hope will be helpful for you when studying English with this blog.  It is good to use any new words or phrases as soon as possible after you learn them. If you don’t have many chances to speak English you can write some practices sentences with any new words.  It is also good to …

"Play" "Do" and "Go"

Remember that we use play for games (like chess or PS3) and for sports that use a ball.  “I play baseball every Sunday afternoon.”  “Will you play tennis tomorrow after work?” “I like to play poker online.” BUT We don’t use play for sports that don’t use a ball. We use the verb do. “I do Kendo after school on Wednesdays.” (not I play Kendo…) AND we don’t use play with sports or activities that end with …