Feb 28

“Don’t worry about anything, just go for it! We’ve got your back!” 「心配しないでやってみろ!見守っているから!」

“I can focus on studying because my family has my back.” 「家族がサポートしてくれるから勉強に集中できます。」


Imagine a soldier. He can advance more easily if his allies protect him from attacks from the rear. They “have his back”. In many other areas of life, we can be more confident and focused if we know our friends will protect us from unexpected problems.

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Feb 21


Did you give or receive any chocolate last week? Cocoa comes from the cacao bean, which grows on trees. In 1900 BCE, cacao beans were used as money by the Aztecs and Mayans. Although it first appeared in South America, today most cocoa comes from Africa. Chocolate is one of the most popular treats for humans, but it’s poisonous to pets including dogs, cats and parrots.

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Feb 14

“I’m anxious to get on the road. Hurry up and get in the car!” 「早く出発したい。急いで車に乗って!」

“I’m anxious about speaking in front of an audience. Do you have any advice?” 「人の前でスピーチするのが不安です。アドバイスはありませんか?」

“I’m anxious about my test next week. I’d better study.” 「来週のテストは心配だ。勉強しなければ。」

Anxiousとは緊張、心配、不安な気持ちです。Anxious toプラス動詞の場合はそれをしないことが不安にさせる、つまりそれがしたい。Anxious aboutの場合は、あまりしたくないことが不安や、するのが怖いから緊張しているという意味です。

If you are anxious, you feel worried or nervous. But if you’re anxious to do something, you want to do it. You’re worried about not doing it. If you’re anxious about something, you probably don’t want to do it, or are scared of doing it.

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Feb 07

“Where are the band-aids?” 「バンソウコウはどこ?」

“Did you fall out of that tree?” 「あの木から落ちたのか?」

“Yes.” 「うん。」

“I told you so!” 「だから言ったじゃない。」

注意が無視されたときに「ほら、言った通り」「だから言ったじゃないか」という意味で「I told you so」と言うことがあります。例えば、子供に危ないことをしないように言ったのに、それをして怪我をしたとき、勉強しないと悪い成績とってしまうと注意したのに、本当にそうなってしまったときなどなど、「I told you so」と言う権利があります。少し失礼なことですので、「I told you soと言わないでおいてあげる」なども言います。注意を無視したのが恥ずかしい友達は「I told you soは言わないで!」と頼むかもしれません。

People say, “I told you so,” when their warnings have been ignored. If you tell your child not to do something dangerous, and they get hurt, or warn them that they will get a bad grade if they don’t study, and it happens, you can say, “I told you so.” It is a little rude, so sometimes we say, “I won’t say I told you so,” instead. If your friend has ignored your warning and feels embarrassed, they might say, “Don’t say ‘I told you so’!”

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