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 …

"Go over" Phrasal verb

In English phrasal verbs are very common in conversation. A verb that we may know can have a different meaning if it is followed by another word, usually a preposition. (in, on, up for example) “Look out” is a common phrasal verb. We know “look” means to actively see, but if you add “out” to make the phrasal verb “Look out” …

"End up" Phrasal verb

“End up” is a phrasal verb that can be confusing for some, so lets look at it today. End up means: become eventually, happen in the end. Lets look at some examples. “We thought about many places to go on our vacation, but we ended up staying in Tokyo during our holidays.” We considered many places to visit but eventually, finally we stayed …

Google Translate

Any new words in my Blogs? Not sure of the meaning? Try Google’s translate, it’s free!!! Google Translate Cut and paste any word to check the meaning in your own language. I often use it in my own study for new Japanese words. Try these! Elephant Shoehorn Bulldozer

"It’s looks…" "It looks like…"

We use these phrases when we use any of our senses (see, touch, taste, smell etc.) to describe something. When we use an adjective we do not add “like.” “This soba tastes delicious!” (Not …tastes likedelicious.) “That roller coaster looks scary!” (Not …looks like scary.) The first examples uses adjectives to describe nouns, delicious soba and a scary roller coaster. We use …

"Convince"

Today let’s look at the word convince and some ways to use it. “Convince” is a verb that means to persuade someone to do something or to cause someone to believe that something is true. Look at the following examples: “At first I didn’t want to practice yoga but my wife told me that it is good exercise and that it …

What little I had…

Let’s look at the meaning of the expression “what little I had…” using some examples with an explanation. “I spent what little money I had on a new car.” This expression is most often used when talking about money so we will start with this simple example. When we say “what little money I had” we are saying that I …

Relative Pronouns

Please don’t worry too much about the title “Relative Pronouns.” This is just a name for a group of words that have a certain function or job in English. Relative pronouns are used to relate one thing to another to give more information about the person or thing being spoken about. The most important thing is to know how to use these …

"I used to" and "I’m used to"

“I used to” and “I’m used to” can be easy to confuse. What’s the difference? Good question. Let me explain with some examples… We say I used to when we talk about something that we we did in the past, but now we don’t.“I used to ride the Chuo line everyday.” This means that I rode the Chuo line everyday in the past, …