Business Idioms

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Business English Idioms ー ビジネス諺

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To bite the bullet – to force yourself to do something unpleasant or difficult, or to be brave in a difficult situation.

歯を食いしばって頑張るんだ。

You’re just going to have to bite the bullet and make the best of it.

 

Nothing ventured, nothing gained – if you don’t take risks, you’ll never achieve anything.

虎穴こけつに入らずんば虎児を得ず;思い切ってしなければ何も得られない。

I’ve decided I’m going to ask that girl out. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

 

To cash in on something – to get money or gain an advantage from a situation; to capitalize on

His hotel is now cashing in on the fact that a famous actor stayed there for one night.

 

 

Fill in the sentences with the correct idiom:

 

Employee 1: “Should I ask the boss for a promotion?” — Employee 2: “Go for it. ____________________”.

This is a good year for car stocks, and you can  _____________ it if you’re smart.

They decided to _____________________ and pay the extra to get the apartment they really wanted.

 

 

 

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Answers:

Nothing ventured, nothing gained – cash in on – bite the bullet

 

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Prepositions – a First Certificate exercise

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Prepositions in Use – prepare for the Cambridge First Certificate

Who doesn’t find prepositions difficult? However it’s the little things that really start to make a difference at higher levels and if you are preparing for the PET, FCE or CAE you will be expected to be proficient in this area of language. Let’s do a quick revision together.

前置詞は理解しにくい。より高いレベルでは非常に重要なので、一緒に学びましょう。これはケンブリッジ・ファースト・サーティフィケートの練習です。

Let’s practice!

Fill in each space in the following sentences with the correct preposition.

  1. I was tired …………. being a chef — I needed a change.
  2. The party has known ………….. the scandal for months.
  3. Why are you staring ……….. me like that?
  4. On Thursday we had a nice long discussion ………….. the wording of the proposal
  5. We’d like to discuss our contract with you and agree …………… new terms, if possible.
  6. It’s hard to see the difference …………….. the conservative and the liberal party.
  7. Sam is afraid ………… the dark.
  8. He’s an expert ………… rock music.
  9. The two brothers differed ………….. each other in many ways.
  10. I was ashamed ………….. having lied to him.
  11. I don’t think George is capable ………….. committing murder.
  12. My mother disapproves ……………. every girlfriend I bring home.
  13. I’ve applied ………. a new job but haven’t heard back from the company yet.

 

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  1. of
  2. about
  3. at
  4. about
  5. on
  6. between
  7. of
  8. in
  9. from
  10. of
  11. of
  12. of
  13. for

 

 

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*Staff’s Film Selection* Metropolis

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What is your favourite film of all time?

Our staff’s selection this week: Metropolis (1927)

German expressionist epic science fiction drama directed by Fritz Lang

Olga:

“My favourite movie of all time is Metropolis. I like the early 20th-century aesthetic and the political and societal topics raised.”

The famous film critic Roger Ebert noted that “Metropolis is one of the great achievements of the silent era, a work so audacious in its vision and so angry in its message that it is, if anything, more powerful today than when it was made.”

Check out the trailer here for this astonishing and unique movie:


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Best apps for English learners

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Hello all,

Today we’d like to present a selection of free mobile apps to learn English on the go. We all spend some time in transportation or waiting around, so why not take 5 minutes to boost your English?

1. Duolingo

Duolingo is one of the best free apps out there and makes learning really fun, it’s like a game and quite addictive! According to the forum, some teachers introduced it to their high school students to learn English and gradually the teenagers stopped playing Clash of Clans and were all on Duolingo at recess.

You can learn English and other languages on Duolingo. It’s got a very clever algorithm to make you revise words you might be forgetting or were weak on. Gradually you consolidate vocabulary, language chunks and grammar and you can quickly start reading and listening to content in your target language.

Overall Duolingo is an excellent app for beginners. I’ve learnt two languages from scratch with Duolingo so I can vouch for its effectiveness!

2. Memrise

Memrise is an app to help you learn vocabulary. It uses creative and funny ways to make you remember words and if you use it regularly it’s highly efficient. Again, I’ve tried, tested and loved it, and have been using it for the past 3 years. You can use it to learn many different languages as well as other subjects, such as art, history, science and so on.

3. LearnEnglish Grammar (British Council)

This app is specifically for English and is designed to improve your grammar through a series of interactive exercises. Available for different levels from beginner to advanced, this app has over 1,000 exercises for you to practice your English grammar on the go, and it’s completely free.

 

Which apps do you use? What’s your experience with paid apps? Which would you recommend? We look forward to hearing about your experience in our Comments section!

 

 

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What Is Task-Based Learning?

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Teaching English: Task-based learning

英語指導者向けワークショップ#6 タスク型英語教授法

What is task-based learning?

Alex explains:

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*Staff’s Film Selection* Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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What is your favourite film of all time?

Our staff’s selection this week: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Directed by Thomas Alfredson

“Tinker, tailor,
soldier, sailor,
rich man, poor man,
beggarman, thief.”

Alex:

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy might be my favourite film, not just because it’s got you-know-who in it [for those of you who don’t know, Alex is a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch], but because it’s a really tense atmospheric movie. The story is really compelling and the filming is beautiful. It was also written by a real ex-MI6 guy, so, compared to James Bond, it’s much more realistic and grounded.”

Check out the trailer! The film features an all-star cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch…!

Compare with the wonderful 1979 BBC version:

And why not read the breathtaking 1974 book by John le Carré?


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Pronunciation Problems – 2 “EA”

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English pronunciation can be difficult!

One good example of this is the letters “EA”.  It’s a very common spelling combination (here’s a list of 4000 words with EA).  But what makes it tricky is there is no one way of pronouncing the letters.  What’s more some similar words can have different pronunciations.   Take “breath and breathe” for example.  The first is said with a short e sound and the second with a much longer sound like fed and feed.

There are in fact at least 6 common ways of pronouncing the letter combination EA.  Today in this mini-lesson we will be taking a look at these ways.

The 6 most common pronunciations

/i:/ or “ee”

This is the long “e” sound, like in sheep.  You can see it in words like increase and cheap.

/e/ or “eh”

This is the short “e” sound, like in red.  You can see it in words like heavy and sweat.

/ɜ:/ or “er”

This is another long sound, like in bird. You can see it in words like Earth and learn.

/eə/ or “air”

This is diphthong (2 sounds together), like in rare.  You can see it in words like  swear and yeah.

/Iə/ or “ear”

This is another diphthong, like in beer.  You can see it in words like fear and disappear.

/eI/ or “A”

This is our final diphthong, and it sounds like the name for the letter “A”, or like Cake.  You can see it in words like great.

Activity – Sorting words by pronunciation

Here are some common words with ea.  You need to divide them in to the different pronunciation categories.

beat hear dead pearl steak head bread please read (present) read (past) wear bear earn idea break dear meat early lead (verb) lead(metal) peace mean tear (verb) tear (noun) near cheat heat

Sort them into the categories below
You can see the answers at the bottom of the page.

/i:/ /e/ /ɜ:/ /eə/ /Iə/ /eI/
beat

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The answers

/i:/ /e/ /ɜ:/ /eə/ /Iə/ /eI/
beat
cheat
heat
please
read (present)
meat
lead(verb)
peace
mean
dead
head
bread
lead (noun)
read (past)
pearl
earn
early
bear
tear
wear
hear
idea
near
tear (verb)
steak
break

 

*Staff’s Film Selection* The Shawshank Redemption + This Beautiful Fantastic

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What is your favourite film of all time?

Our staff’s selection this week: The Shawshank Redemption & This Beautiful Fantastic

Rie:

“My favourite film of all time is The Shawshank Redemption (1994), directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. This movie made a lasting impression on me. I have seen it many times. Every time I watch it, I feel good!”

“Thinking about recent movies, I have really enjoyed This Beautiful Fantastic (2016). I thought it was very British. The story was heartwarming. I liked hearing the British accents and expressions. Tom Wilkinson made me laugh. He also reminded me of Michael’s English School’s owner Michael… :P”

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Camping vocabulary

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Let’s go camping! キャンプの英語

MES staff went camping in Nara-ken!

camping nara

Here are some of the words we use to talk about camping:

First of all, the place where you pay for a camping spot is called the campgrounds.

 

 

to put up a tent (open and install the tent)

to take down a tent (put it away after you’re finished camping)

 

the ground sheet

a sleeping bag:

 

 

a sleeping mat:

 

 

Don’t forget to bring a torch (flashlight AmE)

 

and insect repellent to keep the mosquitoes away!

 

Can you make a fire?

And do you like to stargaze?

 

Tell us about your best and worst camping trips in the comments!

 

 

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Saturday Night Curry!

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Curry

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