1月 30

okinawa_jan30_unsplash“I read every day. I’m sure I read more than you.”
“I may read less than you, but I still read a whole book every month.”

“I want this banana. It’s less green than that one.”

You have probably used “more” to make comparisons. “Less” is the opposite of “more”! So if this book is more interesting than that one, then that one is less interesting than this one.




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1月 27

jan27chapped“Chapped” skin means it is raw, sore, cracked, or rough, usually due to cold weather. When people are exposed to cold, they often develop chapped lips or chapped hands. It’s best to cover up to try to prevent getting chapped skin, but many people also try to use lotions, oils, and balms to soothe the skin once it is chapped.

皮膚が chapped とは、寒さで荒れたり、ひび割れしたりしたカサカサの肌です。寒いと、よく唇や手が荒れますね。荒れないように何かで覆うのが一番ですが、ローションやクリーム等で乾燥を防ぐ人が多いです。

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1月 23

okinawa_jan23_unsplash“The cat loves to eat fish.” “Many fish live in the lake.” “The lake is home to many fishes.”

In the first sentence, if the cat catches individual fish and eats them, “fish” is countable, but if the cat is given fish from a can, that fish is not countable.

In the second sentence, we know there are many fish but we don’t know if they are all the same kind or many different kinds. In the third sentence, there are many different kinds of fish, even if there are only a few individual fish. However, both individual fish and kinds of fish are countable!




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1月 20

jan20dimpleA dimple is a small depression in the skin or flesh. It is especially common to see them in some people’s cheeks when they smile. Most babies have dimples when they smile, and many consider them to be quite cute. If the dimple appears on a person’s chin and is permanent, it is also called a cleft or chin cleft.

Dimple は皮膚がくぼんだ所、つまり「えくぼ」です。笑うとよく顔にできますね。赤ちゃんはとくにdimple があってかわいいと思われています。顎の割れ目やくぼみは、cleft やchin cleft と言います。

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1月 16

okinawa_jan16“A lot of people live in this city.” “Different peoples live together in harmony here.” In the first sentence, we don’t know if the people are very different or all the same. In the second sentence, it’s not individual people but groups of people with different races and origins that live together.


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1月 13

okinawa_jan16To “have a go” at something means to try something, usually something involving an action or skill versus trying a food. Although this phrase can be heard in the U.S., it’s much more common in British English. Example: “You’ve learned several new art techniques. Now, have a go at creating a landscape setting.”

Have a goとは試してみることです。試食というよりも何かをやってみることです。アメリカでも使いますが、イギリスでよく耳にするフレーズです。例えば、「いくつかの新しい美術のテクニックが身についたはずだから、今回は風景画をやってみましょう。」

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1月 09

New Year キャンペーン1月7日~2月14日までNew Yearキャンペーン実施中です!
入会金 通常大人・高校生10,000円、中学生・キッズ8,000円ですがキャンペーン中にご入会の方は無料となります!

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1月 09

okinawa_jan9“What kind of food will you serve?”
“There will be many foods to choose from.”

Normally, “food” is an uncountable noun. “I think I ate too much food at the party.” However, it can be a countable noun when it refers to different types of food. If there is a lot of food, it might be all the same kind (e.g. five large pizzas), but if there are many foods, there are many different kinds (e.g. pizza, cake, chips, ice cream…).


「Food」は普段、数えない名詞です。「パーティーで食べすぎたと思う(たくさんすぎるfoodを食べた)。」ですが、料理、食べ物の種類を示すときは数える名詞になります。A lot of foodがあれば、5枚のピザなど同じものばかりかもしれませんが、many foodsがあれば、ピザとケーキとチップスとアイス等などたくさんの種類があるとわかります。

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