1月 29

Jan 29A “household name” is a company’s brand name that people commonly use to refer to a generic product. So, instead of tissue, it is common to ask for a Kleenex, a popular brand name for tissues. People also say “Xerox” for photocopy and “Rollerblades” for inline skates. “Hotchkiss” is a Japanese household name for what English speakers call a stapler.

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1月 25

jan25“We live in an apartment over a bowling alley.”

“The horse jumped over the fence and escaped.”

“Over” usually means “above”. Sometimes it refers to things that don’t move: “The UFO hovered over the house.” Sometimes things move through the space above something: “The ball went over the fence and into the woods.”




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1月 24

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1月 22

Jan 22At the start of the New Year, it is customary for some people to create New Year’s resolutions. These are personal goals, and are something a person wants to do differently or better. For example, many people have the resolution to lose weight, so gyms are the most crowded in January. Other popular resolutions include eating healthier and quitting smoking.


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1月 18

jan18“The baby likes the toy shaped like an elephant.”

“Like” is a common word in English because it has several meanings. As a preposition, it means “similar to” or “the same as”: “The toy looks like an elephant.” However, another “like” with the same pronunciation and spelling means “prefer” or “enjoy”: “The baby likes the toy.”



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1月 15

Jan 15How did you celebrate New Year’s this year? In some English-speaking countries, like the U.S. and England, people celebrate by counting down until midnight on New Year’s day, then hugging, kissing, and drinking a glass of champagne. Champagne glasses are thinner than wine glasses, and even have a special name. They’re called flutes, the same word for the musical instrument.


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1月 11

jan11“I am going to the movies with Jerry.”

This usage of “with” is to show that two things or people are together. However, “with” has many other meanings as well. For example, it can show the materials or tools used to do or make something: “I made this model with clay.” “I hit the nail with a hammer.”



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1月 08

cognates and false cognates “Cognates” are words from different languages that sound the same and have the same meaning. On the other hand, “false cognates” are two words from different languages that sound the same, but have different meanings. For example, the word for “mechanical pencil” in Japanese sounds like “sharp pen,” but English speakers don’t use this term at all for mechanical pencil.

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