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2020年3月1日15時 上級クラスレッスン内容予定
担当講師: Nicholas Richter 先生 (アメリカ出身)


新型コロナウイルスの影響の為、2020年3月中はお休み致します。
4月以降の開催は状況を見て決定します。


With the temperatures warming up, spring fever is in full swing and a couple of English idioms related to spring came to mind.

Spring is the season of activity and growth – as the weather warms up, trees and bushes begin to grow new leaves again and colourful flowers start to bloom. The days get longer, the nights get shorter, and most of us feel happier and more energised. It’s also a time that inspired many English idioms.

While you can find English idioms about every season, spring is the season with most English idioms. Most of the English idioms that are related to spring mirror the energetic and growing nature of springtime.

One of the best ways to remember English idioms is to put them in categories, so here are English idioms inspired by spring. Have you heard any of these English idioms before?

 

1.     No spring chicken (noun)

A person who’s not exactly young anymore. 

At 70, my grandfather’s knees hurt when he jogged because he wasn’t exactly a spring chicken anymore.

Have you ever felt like you weren’t a spring chicken anymore, or do you still feel young?  Do you think feeling young is more about how you take care of yourself than getting older?

 

2.     A spring in your (someone’s) step (noun)

An expression used to describe someone who seems to be happy and full of energy.

Takeshi was smiling this morning, and he had a spring in his step.  I think he got the pay raise he was asking for.

What puts a spring in your step in your everyday life?

 

3.     Like watching grass grow (simile-comparison)

An expression that is a simile, a comparison between two things using like or as.  It is used to describe something that is extremely boring or slow moving as watching grass would be. 

Many people enjoy watching soccer.  For me, though, watching a soccer game is like watching grass grow.

What activity for you is like watching grass grow?

 

 

4.     A social butterfly (noun)

A noun used to describe someone who likes to spend a lot of time with different people as butterflies like to spend their time flying around to many different flowers.

Miwako is a social butterfly at parties.  She likes to talk to as many people as she can.

Would you describe yourself as a social butterfly?  Why or why not?  If you would not, do you know someone who is a social butterfly?

 

5.     A wallflower (noun)

A noun used to describe someone who is shy and does not like to talk to people in social situations like parties.  This word is the opposite of a social butterfly.

If you would not describe yourself as a social butterfly, would you describe yourself as a wallflower?  Why or why not?  If not, do you know someone who is a wallflower?




2020年2月16日15時 上級クラスレッスン内容予定
担当講師: Nicholas Richter 先生 (アメリカ出身)




2020年2月2日15時 上級クラスレッスン内容予定
担当講師: Nicholas Richter 先生 (アメリカ出身)


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we thought we’d teach you some handy English idioms that are all about love and romance! Here are 10 phrases to help you charm someone you care about this February 14th.

1.To Fall in Love With/ To Fall For Someone

These phrases are both about the feeling people have when they start to be in love with someone. The idea is that it makes you feel a little bit out of control and a little bit vulnerable, as if you are falling. For example, “I know we haven’t been together very long, but I’m really falling for him.”  How old were you when you first fell in love with/fell for someone?  What did it feel like?

2.To Be the Apple of Your Eye

The apple of your eye is a person that you love or care about most in the world, and usually means that you think they are very special or even perfect. It doesn’t necessarily mean a romantic relationship, for example: “He was the apple of his mother’s eye.”. Who is or was the apple of your eye?  Why?

3.Head Over Heels

If someone is head over heels about someone or something, it means they are so excited that they feel as if they are doing cartwheels or flips. In other words, their head is going over their heels (the back of their feet). People also describe “falling head over heels in love”. Who is someone you were head over heels for other than a romantic partner?  OR What is something like a sports team or a band you have been head over heels for?

4.To Fancy Someone (UK)/To Have a Crush on Someone (US)

This is a very common expression in the UK/US that means that you’re attracted to somebody.  These phrases are not used to describe love. For example “She really fancies/has a crush on Ian from work, but she’s too shy to talk to him”.  Do you remember the name of the first person you fancied/had a crush on?  Did you go on a date with that person?

5.Get Down on One Knee

This is another expression for asking someone to marry you. Traditionally, the person who proposes (usually the man, if it’s a relationship between a man and a woman) puts one knee on the ground and offers the other person an engagement ring. For example: “You’ve been together for ages! Are you going to get down on one knee anytime soon?”.  How do people propose in Japan?  If you have ever proposed, where was it? OR If you have never proposed or been proposed to, where would you like it to happen?





2020年1月26日15時 中上級クラスレッスン内容予定
担当講師: Nicholas Richter 先生 (アメリカ出身)


Sports Idioms

The ball's in your court now.

Here are some common idioms based on sport and sports. Each entry includes the meaning of the idiom and shows the idiom in context in an example sentence. Sports idioms generally originate from a specific sport such as baseball or sailing. Over time these phrases have come to mean something that can be used in everyday life. While most sports idioms can still be used when discussing sports, they are even more common in other areas of life, especially the business world. Try using some at work, school and social events. You will sound like a pro!

 

idiom
sport of origin

meaning

example sentence

blow the competition away
any sport

win easily

If you wear that dress to the beauty pageant you are going to blow the competition away.

front runner
track

one of the people who is expected to win

Angela is a front runner for the new supervisor position.

go to bat for someone
baseball

defend someone

Andy is asking for a salary increase, and I'm going to go to bat for him if the boss says no.

on the ball
baseball

ready and able

The new receptionist is really on the ball when it comes to answering the phone.

home team
baseball and other sports

a group of people you belong to because you are the same in some way

in sports, the team that is playing in its own area

Takeshi really won one for the home team when he negotiated the huge contract for his company.

 

 

1.     Blow the competition away-Was there ever a time when you blew your competition away? OR Was there ever a time when your favorite sports team or athlete blew the competition away?

2.     Front runner-What was a time in your life when you were the front runner for something (a job, a contest, etc.) OR Can you name a famous person who was a front runner in a competition or a sports game?

3.     Go to bat for someone-Have you ever gone to bat for someone? OR Has someone ever gone to bat for you?

4.     On the ball-When it comes to skills and abilities, in which ones are you on the ball? In which skills and abilities do you want to improve?

5.     Home team-What is/was a home team you belong(ed) to outside of sports?





2020年1月12日15時 中上級クラスレッスン内容予定
担当講師: Nicholas Richter 先生 (アメリカ出身)


6 Idioms For The New Year

by Nick Dale | 

 

The New Year is a time when many people set new goals, or intentions, for the
new year ahead.  These intentions or goals are called resolutions.  A related
word is the verb to resolve, which means to determine to complete something. 
Here are six idioms related to making New Year’s resolutions.


IDIOMS IN CONVERSATION: 

Michelle: So how did you ring in the new year Andy?

Andy: My friends and I went out on a boat and watched the fireworks in the city!
It was incredible!

Michelle: Wow, sounds amazing. My boyfriend and I went on a cruise to the
Bahamas. It was so nice to get away from it all.

Andy: Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?

Michelle: Well, we chatted about that. I’ve got lots of habits I want to kick. I want
to stop eating junk food and wasting my money on expensive clothes. So, I’m
thinking I’m going to turn over a new leaf for this year. A whole new diet and
budget plan. How about you?

Andy: I always set lots of goals and I do tend to bite off more than I can chew. This year I want to start a new online business, learn Italian, take guitar classes, buy a new house and find a girlfriend!

Michelle: Wow, that is a lot! Do you have experience with online business?

Andy: No. I’m going to have to start from scratch with it. But I’m meeting with
a friend this week who has his own business so he’s going to help me get the
ball rolling.

Michelle: Well, good luck with it

THE IDIOMS:

1.     TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR

This means to celebrate the new year at midnight on December 31. We often ask
people: “How did you ring in the new year?” which means “In what way did you
celebrate / How did you celebrate?”.

How do you usually like to ring in the new year? How did you ring in the
last new year?

We had a big party on the rooftop to ring in the new year. 

2. TO KICK A HABIT

This means to stop a habit, to quit doing something you often do.

What is a habit you have that you would like to kick? Which habit is
difficult to kick for you?

He can’t seem to kick his habit of eating chocolate every night

3. TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF 

We say this when we want to change our habits and act in a better or more
responsible way. It means to start again with a new attitude or perspective.

When was a time that you turned over a new leaf? What did you change?

I’ve wasted my life playing too many video games. It’s time to turn
over a new leaf and get a new hobby!

4. TO BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW

To accept too many tasks and responsibilities, more than one can handle. 

Have you ever bitten off more than you could chew? When was a time
that you did this?
I think she’s biting off more than she can chew by taking three jobs
and studying full time!
5. TO START FROM SCRATCH

To start from the very beginning, with nothing. We often say this when we want to
start a new project or task with the basic, raw materials.

Tell me something that you started from scratch.

We built this house from scratch. We used brick and stone and did it
with our own hands.

 

6. TO GET THE BALL ROLLING 
To begin a process. To start taking action. 

What do you need to get the ball rolling on? (What project or task do you need
to start doing?)

I felt so much better once we got the ball rolling on the project and
everything was happening.

 





2019年12月15日15時 中上級クラスレッスン内容予定 担当講師: Nicholas Richter 先生 (アメリカ出身)

Students will be introduced to four or five American idioms (common language expressions) and how they are used in everyday speech. Students will also learn how these idioms are related to American culture such as food, holidays, and clothing.
                  

Christmas Idioms and Expressions

1.    Christmas comes but once a year-people say this when they want to do too much of something, like eat too many sweets or buy expensive things.  They say it because, like Christmas, they only mean to do this thing once in a while. Whenever my dad eats too many cookies, he always says, “Christmas comes but once a year!”

2.    Naughty list-Santa Claus has two lists for Christmas-the good list is for good children who will get presents, and the naughty list is for bad children who will get nothing.  Someone who is on the naughty list has done something wrong.  It is usually used as a joke.  I forgot my wife’s birthday.  I’m on the naughty list.

3.    The holiday spirit/the Christmas spirit- excitement about the Christmas holiday. Decorating my home always gets me into/puts me into the Christmas spirit.

4.    White Christmas- people use this expression to talk about their idea of a perfect Christmas, one in which there is a little snow outside, making everything white and beautiful.  It comes from a very popular song about a man’s ideal Christmas when he was a child.  My favorite Christmas as a child was always a white Christmas.  I would make a snowman with my sister and brother.

5.    Christmas came early this year- people say this when they receive unexpected good news, like if Christmas were to be celebrated earlier than usual.  Did you hear about Takeshi’s promotion?  Christmas came early for him this year!

Discussion Questions

1.     Is there something you like to do too much of?  What might you say “Christmas comes but once a year” for?

Whenever I eat too much/buy too many/watch too much/________________, I say Christmas comes but once a year!

2.     Who would you put on a naught list?  Why?

               OR

   Were you ever on someone’s naughty list?  Why?

My boyfriend was on my naughty list because he ___________________.

3.     What activity puts you in the Christmas spirit?

              OR

   What activity puts you in the holiday spirit for a Japanese festival?

________________________ really puts me in the Christmas spirit.

________________________ really puts me in the New Year spirit.

4.     Do you want a white Christmas?

            OR

   What kind of weather do you like to have for a Japanese festival?

I want/don’t want/don’t care about a white Christmas.

I like _______________ for __________________.

5.     When did Christmas come early for you or someone you know? 

Christmas came early for me when ____________________.

In many parts of the world, Christmas is the day when people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem two thousand years ago. People who remember Christmas as a religious holiday celebrate the birth of Jesus and his coming into this world. To them, he is recognized as the Son of God and the Savior of the world. According to the Bible, Jesus was born in a stable because there was no room for him and his parents, Mary and Joseph, in an inn. Today, people often go to church, organize family gatherings, and decorate their homes and businesses with real or fake Christmas trees. People feel the giving spirit and donate their time and money to worthy causes, or provide volunteer service to the needy.  Family and friends also wrap up gifts in beautiful paper and exchange them on or near Christmas day. Christmas is also celebrated as a secular holiday when parents and children talk about Santa Claus and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.  Parents tell their children that Santa gives good children presents, and he gives lumps of coal to naughty children. 










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