Sep 28

秋分の日は日本の休日です。昼(明るい)と夜(暗い)の時間が12時間ずつで等しいから英語でequinoxと呼びます。太陽が天の赤道を渡る日です。冬には空の南半球にあります。九月は秋の月ですが、厳密にいうと秋分の日が秋の始まりです。あなたは今、秋だと感じていますか?今までの九月はどうでした?

The autumnal (fall) equinox is a holiday in Japan. It’s called the equinox because the day (light) and night (dark) are equal—both are twelve hours long. That means the sun crosses the celestial equator; in winter it will be in the southern half of the sky. September is a fall month, but the fall equinox is officially the beginning of fall. Does it feel like fall now to you? How about earlier in September?

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Sep 14

“Keep going! You’re almost at the finish line!” 「走り続けろ!もうすこしでゴールだ!」

“Keep the dog from going in the kitchen, please. I’m washing the floor.” 「犬を台所に入れないでね。床の掃除中なの。」

Keepは色々な使い方があります。続けていることや何回も起こることを表します:「練習を続ければすぐに上手になるよ」「いつも車のカギをなくしている」。でも、誰かが何かするのを止めるという意味もあります:「赤ちゃんが携帯を噛まないように」「犬はリードを引っ張ったけど道路に飛び出すのを止めた」。

“Keep” can be used in different ways. One way is to show that an action continues or happens over and over. “Keep practicing and you’ll be able to do it in no time.” “I keep losing my car keys.” But it can also mean stopping someone from doing something. “Keep the baby from chewing on my phone.” “The dog pulled on the leash, but I kept him from running into the street.”

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Sep 07

“He pulled the heavy door with all his might, and it creaked open.” 「すべての力で重い扉を引っ張たら、キィーという音でゆっくり開いた。」

“Playing tug-of-war is easy. Just pull with all your might!” 「綱引きは簡単な遊びだ。全力で引っ張るだけ!」

Mightはpowerやstrengthと同じく「力」という意味です。引っ張る、掴む、走るなど物理的なことをすごく頑張る人を表すときによく使うフレーズです。

“Might” is another word for “power” or “strength”. When describing someone trying very hard at a physical task such as pulling, holding on, or running, we often say they did it “with all their might”.

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