Aug 31

Teenager: “I’m going to be an artist!”

Parent: “You’ll never make a living doing art!”

Making a living is earning enough money to live on. If someone has a job that they do not enjoy, but it makes them enough money to pay all their bills, they might say, “Eh, it’s a living.”



「Make a living」は暮らしていけるだけのお金を稼いでいくことです。仕事が楽しくなくても、暮らす為の費用をすべて払えるだけのお金を稼いでいたら、「ま、これで生きていける」と言うかもしれません。

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Aug 30

The substance rise in prices has affected our profit margin.

Find the mistake:
A. substance
B. rise
C. affected
D. margin






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Aug 29

If you were born in late August or early September, you are a Leo. Leos are said to be confident, ambitious and loyal, but also stubborn and melodramatic. They are passionate and like to show off to others. Do you believe in horoscopes? Do you think Leos are always like that?


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Aug 28

“This project is way behind schedule. If we don’t catch up, management is going to pull the plug on it.”

Pulling the plug on something means ending it. If you pull the electrical plug of a computer or other machine out of the wall socket, it will shut down. If you pull the plug on a project, it is finished and nobody can work on it anymore.


「Pull the Plugプラグ(電気コード)を抜く」は、終わりにするという意味です。コンピューターなど機械のコードをコンセントから抜くと電源が切れます。プロジェクトを中止すると、それは終了してしまって、もう誰も手を付けることはできません。

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Aug 27

A peach is a sweet fruit that comes in yellow or white, with pink skin. The skin is fuzzy. The English word “peach” comes from “Persian apple” although it may actually have first appeared in China. White peaches are more common in Japan, and yellow in Europe and North America.

ピーチ(桃)は甘くて黄色または白いフルーツで、皮がピンクです。皮が薄い毛に覆われてふわふわしています。英語の「peach」という単語は「Persian appleペルシャのリンゴ」からきていますが、どうやら桃は中国が原産らしいです。日本では白桃が一般的ですが、ヨーロッパや北アメリカでは黄桃が多いです。

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Aug 26

In Japan, August is hot. But in the southern hemisphere, August is winter! Some nice cold snow would be great right about now.


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Aug 24

“You sure are crabby today. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed?”

The story is that if you get up on the wrong side of the bed, you will be in a bad mood for the rest of the day. It is not clear which side of the bed is wrong. If you are grumpy all the time, maybe you should try getting up from the opposite side.



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Aug 23

Please check in to report your progress _______.

A. periodically
B. terminally
C. everyday
D. always


「定期的に」なので、答えはAです。なぜCの「everyday」ではダメなのかというと、間にスペースが入っていないからです。「Every day」だったら「毎日」という意味ですが、「everyday」は実は「日常的」という意味の形容詞です。ネイティブスピーカーでもよく間違えます。

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Aug 22

What do you do when you lose a tooth? Many English-speaking children put the tooth under their pillow at night. During the night, the Tooth Fairy comes and takes the tooth away. The Tooth Fairy leaves a little money in exchange for the tooth.

子供の歯が抜けたらその歯をどうしますか?英語圏の子供は抜けた歯を枕の下に置いて寝ます。寝ている間に歯の妖精(Tooth Fairy)が来て歯を持っていきます。妖精は歯と引き換えにお小遣い(小銭)を置いてくれます。

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Aug 21

“You’ve only written five pages?”
“Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know. These things take time.”

Rome is a big, elaborate city. It took a long time to build. Just as it took more than one day to build Rome, it takes time to do a large project well.



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