May 28

uehonmachi_may28“It will likely rain today.” 「今日は雨が降りそうだ」

“He’s likely to forget if you don’t remind him.” 「思い出させないと忘れてしまうだろう」

“She’s unlikely to agree to that.” 「それに同意する確率が低い」




If something is “likely”, the odds that it will happen are high. “Likely” can be an adjective or an adverb. We can also use “unlikely” to describe something that probably won’t happen.

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May 21

uehonmachi_may21“Which movie do you want to see?” 「どの映画がみたい?」
“I don’t know.” 「わからない」
“Well, make up your mind so I can look up the showtimes.” 「上映時間調べるから決めて頂戴」

Make up your mindとは何かを決めることです。もう決めたから何を言われても気が変わらないという時はI’ve made up my mind/ My mind is made upと言えます。

To “make up your mind” is to decide something. When you have decided, and cannot be persuaded to change your mind, you can say, “My mind is made up.”

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May 14

uehonmachi_may14“You’re the best cook in the universe.” 「宇宙一の料理人だよ」
“Thanks, but don’t you think you’re laying it on a little thick?” 「ありがとう。でもちょっとお世辞が過ぎない?」

「Lay it on thick」とは気持ちを大げさに表現することです。例えば、コーヒーがなくなったのであまりの悲しみに床に倒れこみます。お世辞についてよく使うフレーズです。人に言うお世辞がトーストに塗るジャムやピーナッツバターだと想像しましょう。薄くてもいいのに、厚く塗ってしまいました。

To “lay it on thick” is to exaggerate a feeling. For example, you could collapse on the floor in sadness because you are out of coffee. This phrase is commonly used with flattery. Imagine that compliments given to a person are like jam or peanut butter spread on toast. You only need a thin layer, but sometimes you might lay it on too thick.

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