Jun 14

“She pointed out an error in his logic.” 「彼の論理のミスを指摘した。」

“Can you point out any typos you notice?” 「入力ミスに気づいたら教えてくれる?」

人の注意を何かに向かせるときは人差し指でそれを指します。身体ではなく言葉で注意を向かせるときにもpoint it outと言います。

If you want to draw someone’s attention to something, you might point at it with your index finger. Even if you bring it to their attention with words rather than physical gestures, we can still say that you “point it out”.

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Jun 07

“Can I have one of those cookies?” 「そのクッキー食べてもいい?」

“Be my guest.” 「ご自由にどうぞ」

Be my guestとは「どうぞ」と言う意味です。何かをする許可を与えるフレーズです。家にお客さんが来たなら、欲しいものをすべて与えるべきです。そのイメージからして、「お客さんになって」と言ったら、好きなものをとっていいという意味になります。ディズニー映画「美女と野獣」の曲にもこのフレーズのバリエーションが聞こえます。

“Be my guest” means “go ahead”. We use this phrase to give permission to someone to do something. If a guest is visiting your house, you should give them everything they want. So when you tell someone to “be my guest” you’re saying they can have what they want. You can hear a version of this phrase in the Disney’s Beauty and the Beast song “Be Our Guest”.

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May 31


Macaroni and cheese is a popular dish in the USA. Perhaps it fills a similar role as gratin, which is less well-known. Mac ‘n’ cheese consists of macaroni noodles and cheese sauce, usually baked in an oven. You can add other ingredients such as bread crumbs or vegetables. The recipe came from Europe originally but became popular in the US around the year 1800 thanks to President Thomas Jefferson. It is a comfort food for many people who loved it as children.

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May 24

“The man who went to jail hadn’t committed any serious crime; he was just a scapegoat.” 「刑務所に入った男は大した罪を犯していなかった;ただの贖罪のヤギさ。」


Long ago, people transferred their sins onto a goat, and then let it go into the wilderness. The goat didn’t do anything wrong, but it carried away all the people’s sins. It was a scapegoat. “Scape” sounds like “escape”—you can imagine that a scapegoat helps you escape from the consequences of your actions. A scapegoat isn’t an actual goat anymore, but a metaphor: it’s a person who is blamed and takes punishment for bad things that someone else did.

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May 17

“The painting on the wall is upside down. Can you turn it right side up?” 「壁にかかっている絵がさかさまになっています。直していただいていいですか?」

Right side upはさかさまという意味のupside downの反対です。さかさまになっていることのほうが珍しいから「さかさま」という単語のほうをよく使います。普段はさかさまになっていなければ何も言う必要はありません。

“Right side up” is the opposite of “upside down”. We probably use “upside down” more often because it’s unusual. Most things are usually right side up, and we don’t need to say anything about it!

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Apr 26

“You have to play with the hand you were dealt.” 「配られたカードでやるしかない。」


In a card game, you receive a certain number of cards at random. You can’t do anything to change which cards you received. You have to play the game using the cards that you have. This is a metaphor for life. You can’t change circumstances of your life, such as where you were born or who your parents are. You have to live your life using what you have.

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Apr 23






4月25日(日)~5月11日(火)の間、東京・大阪・京都・兵庫に緊急事態宣言が発令されました。元々の教室のお休み期間と重なるため、期間中のレッスンは数日間となりますが、モダンイングリッシュでは引き続き感染拡大防止対策を徹底の上、これまで通り対面レッスンを継続致します。 緊急事態宣言の延長や内容の変更などが政府より発表された場合は、今後の対応策をお知らせいたします。



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Apr 19


The tomato comes from South America and was first used in cooking by the Aztecs. The Spanish brought tomatoes to Europe. At first Europeans didn’t want to eat tomatoes, because they thought they were poisonous, like other nightshades, relatives of the deadly nightshade or belladonna. In Britain, tomatoes remained unpopular even after they were accepted in Spain and Italy.

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Apr 14

“The famous explorer was immortalized in a well-known poem.” 「有名な探検家は有名な詩の中で永遠に生き続けた。」

Mortalなものはいつか死にます。Immortalなものは決して死にません。人を不死化することはimmortalizeと言います。人間はいつか死ぬものですが、末永く記憶されている人がいます。石造が建てられた、書いた小説がずっと読まれているなど、覚えられているから不死化していると表現することがあります。 Something that is mortal eventually dies. Something that is immortal never dies. If you make someone immortal, you immortalize them. All humans are mortal, but some people are remembered for a very long time. We sometimes say they are immortalized because they are remembered, for example, through a statue built in their honor, or a beloved novel that they wrote.

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Apr 05

“I got 100% on my math test!” 「数学のテストで百点とったよ!」
“Good for you!” 「よかったね!」

Good for youは気軽に「おめでとう」と伝えるフレーズです。子供によかったねと言うのに丁度良いです。友達の幸運がうれしいときにも使えます。大人に使うと子供っぽい、上から目線と聞こえる場合があります。

“Good for you” is an informal way to say “congratulations”. It’s a great way to congratulate a child. If you feel happy for a friend, you can use it then too. But sometimes it sounds childish or condescending when speaking with adults.

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