例えば、I got fired.だとちょっと響きがharshらしいです。そこでI was firedと言った方がやわらいそうな。といってもgetはOKとのことです。
あと、足がしびれるなどのしびれる、 go to sleep で通じるそうです。
Since my doctor told me that he could remove the pain only 30-50% by the epidural delivery, I haven't been able to sleep well.
Since my doctor told me that he could only remove 30-50% of the pain using the epidural delivery, I haven't been able to sleep well.
During night, I tend to suddenly
I'm so weak to pain, this is why I chose the painless delivery.
However, according to him, the pain of
It seems different from the one undergone in Western countries.
Now I feel as if I was deceived by the doctor. If the doctor could remove only 30-50% pain at the delivery, it shouldn't be called "painless delivery" but just "relatively painless delivery".
At this point, I can no longer change the hospital. I want to sue him.
I wish I could pass out and undergo C-section. I know after it my wound must hurt, but at least it will be less painful than severe
This morning I was reading an article from NEWSWEEK, which described the Syria civil war. Usually I know little
【！】always more than 1 international situations, can't use "the")
This article especially described the elegant life style of the president Asad and his beautiful, fashionable wife. I know it's a cliche, but I can't help thinking how come these stupid people can live such life while a lot of citizens are groaning under the oppression.
I’ve been working as a part timer since I quit my job as a regular worker on Aug.25th
Today, I’ve done the procedures for my resignation.
Today, I've completed the procedures for my resignation. <--- native
First, I went to a public employment security office near my office to get the certification that proves I really quit my job.
When September begins, I’ll have to go to the office near my house
and go through another procedure that
【！】Although "the" is specific, in this case your sentence is directly related to you, so it should be possessive.
I start getting my unemployment checks next week. possessive
I will apply for my unemployment checks. possessive
I need to apply for unemployment insurance. not possessive.
Secondly, I headed to a pension office to secede from the pension system.
As I do these procedures, my resignation seems real to me.
Today I taught my successor how to calculate employee's salary.
Like me, she seemed to have difficulties in calculating social insurance premium.
There are only 4days left
I've never had
【！】This is more as native sounding.
I went southern Osaka to get a used folding bed and dust box dedicated to diapers for my coming baby.
Every day, I check a web site for recycling, where I found them, to get baby goods more cheaply than buying new ones at shops.
I got them very inexpensively and the person who sold them to me was very nice.
She gave me a free gift, a baby dress for a ceremon
|Newsweek Asia August 6, 2012 (単号)|
今日はMIAのレッスンをキャンセルしたため、パートナーSとトーク。アメリカでしか上映されないと思うのですが、”2016: Obama's America”という映画を見てきたそうです。
2016: Obama's America
参考：Michelle Obama Loses Law License For Extortion!
*play the race card：窮地や法廷でなにか詰まったときに”人種差別”を切り札にして、（これは人種差別だと騒いで）うまくかわそうとすること。
I'm reading an English book "The Help", which describes the era hiring African‐American people as maids was common in the United States.
Honestly, at first, it wasn't interesting at all, but since
Still, this book is a bit hard for me on account of 2 reasons below.
First of all, the vocabulary used in it is relatively difficult.
This book is for native speakers, so it can be helped I encounter a lot of words that I don't know and can't even imagine from the rest of the context
【！】clue is not really correct correct as what you're reading isn't supposed to give clues. It's just text. Anyhow, I have to enhance my vocabulary to at least enjoy reading.
Secondly, this book seems to consist of 3 storytellers, 2 of whom are black people, and the black people's English looks incoherent
Today I had a maternity check-up. In the previous check-up, I was warned by my doctor because I'd gained too much weight
There are lots of stuff that I won't use anymore, so I've tried to sell some of them, which are still intact, through an auction.
The other day, I sold a deck of cards
【！】"by the auction" is ok, but native speakers say "on an auction".
Also you used "The" but there are many different auctions, such as Ebay, or auctions you actually go to, but didn't specify a specific one.
It was just cards and I got it for free, so I had thought no one might buy them or if not, they would be sold for at most 1,000 yen.
Astonishingly, however, a woman bought them for 6,000yen. What a rich woman she is!
Being made by a big name brand, I will never buy them for such amount of money!
Actually, according the buyer, she'd been looking for them for a long time.
Anyhow, I was very happy.
revoltが起こると、政府（オバマ？）がMartial Lawを発令することができる。Martial Lawはconstitutionよりも権力がある、つまりオバマが独裁者っぽくなることができる。
It might be due to my short temper and I might be too much meticulous, but I don't like people who try to get in elevators
This morning, I was waiting for the elevator to come at 1st floor in the building where my office is located.
A Little while later, a middle aged guy joined me. To my surprise, he stood in front of me, in short, exactly in front of the elavator door.
Then, the elevator stopped at the floor, and he got in it earlier than I did as if it was normal.
It depends on the case, but personally, at least here in Japan, people who come later shoud
I really wanted to complain to him.
ところでインストラクタからのコメントの中の”command of language”ってなんやろ。と思って調べてみたら、言葉の言い回しのことでした。覚えよう~♪
|Newsweek Asia July 30, 2012 (単号)|
Yesterday afternoon, I had a lunch with my friend whom I met in the pre-mother class.
She carries her first baby like me, so our conversation was really animated and one of her topics especially caught my attention.
According to her, one of her friends is so addicted to smoking that she can't go cold turkey, even though she is pregnant now.
It is common knowledge that smoking might give fatal damage to fetuses. So normally, a lot of women tend to quit smoking when they get pregnant.
What's more, her friend isn't a teenager
【！】How can she be so foolish
【！】Why is she being so foolish
In my case, even though I don't smoke and have only
”She is 2weeks behind from me.”
”She is 2weeks behind me.”
he is a straight shooter:彼は正直
⇒これも使い易いけど、指摘もらったとおり、what's very importantの方がナチュラルかもなぁ。
以前までMIAは、何か質問するたびに、例を挙げて答えることを要求してきました。yes , noのみ、または”わたしはこう思います”だけではNGでした。当時は難しかった例作り、なんとか今はできてるようです。MIAに言わせると”最近は自分から例をあげるようになってきたわね、good job!”とのこと。
”I'm not satisfied with your answer!”と厳しく突き返されます。
These days my Canadian teacher's lessons have been getting more and more strict.
Actually she has really gotten demanding!
Until recently, when she threw questions regarding TED video,
she asked me to answer with examples, whatever the kind of the questions were.
For instance, if her question was
"Why can people who give someone else presents, in short, spend their money for someone else, not for themselves, later get more benefit?",
First, I had to answer the reason like
"Because in that case, we can feel more satisfied than when we spend on ourselves."
and second, add as in
"Imagine, when you give a flower to your female friend,
Always answering with examaples was difficult for me at that point, but now I can manage it.
Nowdays, however, she tends to ask me to express my thoughts with not only examples, but also
Then, in the case above, I have to add like
"It's a kind of raising vegetables. When we grow vegetables, we give them fertilizer or manure. Giving manure is the same as giving others presents here.
But later, they grow ripe, which means they provide us with a lot of foods.
【！】"with" isn't necessary but much more native sounding"
As a result, we benefit more than the fertilizer or manure that we have given them. "
Honestly, it is very hard for my poor noggin. Thinking up
Nevertheless, she continues encouraging me like "you can do it! Believe yourself!" every time, which pressures me more.
However, if I whine like "I can't, it's too tough, please lower the level", I am sure she
【！】"becomes" much more native.
According to her, most native speakers are talkative, I mean, they tend to talk, explain something more expressively than Japanese do. When someone asks Japanese something, they would answer as in, "Yes." That's it.
However, in case of Westerns, they would respond like, "Yes, because
She hopes not only that I can speak English fluently but also behave like Westerners, incorporate their culture into myself.
I can understand her intention and appreciate her enthusiasm, but it's too tough for me.
Today I went to a bank to change the last name of my bank account.
Actually, I should have done it right after I got married and my last name changed, but since it was troublesome, I procrastinated
【！】You can't really "procrastinate" anything. It is an "inaction" on someones part. So you just don't need the "it'
What’s worse, I lost both my bankbook and the seal that was associated with my bank account. Hence, the step at the bank took a long time, which made me irritated.
つまりalmost native となると評価は9以上になります。
comprehensionについては以前はよく”what does this mean?”と聞いていましたが、それがあきらかに減ったとのこと。comprehensionはlisteningとはちがって、聞き取れていても、よくわからないことがあるのです。
listening skillに関しては"slow down"とお願いすることが減ったこと。彼は早口ではないのですが、それでもリエゾンのせいか聞き取りにくい時があります。
This afternoon, one of my friends came by my house. （1）It'd been raining since this morning, so I worried about whether I should suggest cancellation of this meeting or not. Fortunately, the rain stopped before
At my house, we caught up with each other because we hadn't met for 3 months due to my pregnancy. (2)Way back, we used to meet once a month.
She seemed busy with her work these days, but she looked the same as before, so I was relieved.
【！】I have made some minor changes just to make the diary better. There are three indexes I haven’t changed as they are correct but I would like to suggest alternate expressions and words -
（1)It'd been raining since this morning, so I worried about whether I should suggest cancellation of this meeting or not.–--＞ You can also say, ‘Since it’d been raining since this morning, I was worried if we would have to cancel the meeting’
(2)Way back–--＞You can also use the word, ‘Earlier’
(G_)She asked me a lot of things about my pregnancy –--＞You can also say, ‘She had a lot of questions about my pregnancy’
She is an only sibling.彼女は一人っ子。
いや～この言い方は知らなかったなぁ・・フツーにShe has no sibling.しか思いつかんかった。
bug spray (for fly, roach などなど )虫用スプレー
ところでなんだかんだ言って日記を毎日書いていろんなところで添削してもらってます。今日は修正多かったです。添削はパートナーＳ。一応native sounding を目指しているため、自然な言い回しを教えてもらってます。
Finally my Bon-holiday finished.
Finally my Bon-holiday is over. <---- more native sounding
My Bon-holiday is finally over. <----- even more native sounding.
【！】By saying "finally" over, it sounds like you are saying you are glad, or happy it is over. As if the holiday was hard on you or you simply just didn't enjoy it.
My Bon-holiday ended today. <--- this version, just means it's over, you're not happy or sad about it.
Sadly my Bon-holiday ended today. <--- this version means, you are not happy it is over.
I have to work again starting today.
It's tiring, but there are 2 advantages.
One is when I work, I can be in a cooler place than when I'm off.
I hardly use the air conditioner at my house, because I hate expensive electricity bill.
Here in my office, I can use it since I don't need to concern about the bill.
Here in my office, I can use it since I don't need to be concerned about the bill.
OR (both are very native sounding)
Here in my office, I can use it since I don't need to worry about the bill.
The other is my work makes me easily keep good life rhythm.
The other is my work makes me motivated. <---- native.
I think I can say this for almost all people, being busy makes me spend days more efficiently,in short, I can discipline myself better. For example, I tend to study more than during my days off.
Today was the day my July'sTOEIC score was announced.
It was just 900 again. AGAIN=(!!!
I remembered that time.
Ordinarily, I have a little time to carefully read my answer sheet again before I hand in it, but that time, I didn't.
What's worse, I was sure I hadn't done well in the listening section.
So, I thought my score would be around 850.
Taking these things into account, my 900 score was better than I had expected.
However, last March's score was 900 and June's was 895.
These obviously indicate that my English hasn't improved.
I want to blame being pregnant for this poor score, but of course, it's a lame excuse.
No improvement means no improvement.
Anyhow, since this afternoon, I have been so shocked.
I have to find a breakthrough solution, immediately.
I shouldn't do quick-fix learning that is only aimed for TOEIC.
I have to drastically ameliorate my English ability.
【!】Just a note, you will never hear anyone use "ameliorate". It is a 25cent word, and 99% of Americans won't even know what it means... ; )
So I re-programmed my learning schedule.
This afternoon I had lunch with my friends from my university.
The restaurant where we went was located in the center of Osaka and very nice, so I had wanted to go there for a long time.
It had 4 kinds of lunch sets, which included bread eating as much as we like.
I shouldn't have eaten a lot of carbohydrates, but I did, since I love bread and the bread it served looked so delicious.
I swore I would restrict the amount of meal starting tomorrow.
Today while I took my dog for walk, I passed by the house that had a shiba, which was known for its violent nature and tendency of easily barking. Actually it often barks
"Toward" is ok, however it is not a natural word to use, "at" is native sounding.
After barking, it seems that it is reprimanded by its owner. Basically, I like seeing someone or something be in trouble, which makes me laugh. When I got to the house it was sleeping. So I pinched my dog's ear, which made her bark. Then hearing the roar, it woke up. Sure enough, it started barking
|Newsweek Asia July 30, 2012 (単号)|
Yesterday,I went to the hopistal for
This time, the ultrasound should be done more accurately than usual, so I had to head to the department ofradiology instead
Then, to my surprise, the nurse working there was one of my neighbors. I knew she was working at this hospital, but I had never dreamed of meeting her there. She also noticed me and we bowed each other. I was a bit embarrassed because I had her move my underwear and look at my belly for the preparation.
I would be more specific as to why they were "moved" maybe.
ex.The nurse had to move my underwear a little out of the way of the ultrasound
I think people should
Yesterday I went to the ATM to check my bank account balance. The bank had only 1 ATM machine, so as usual, I had to wait for a while. There was one person in front of me and I was waiting for him to finish his procedure.
Then, the sound of the machine stopped, so I thought finally my turn came. However, the person didn’t try to leave at all. It was obvious he had already done his transaction. Actually, he was dawdling by putting his money
It was very disgusting because except me, there were some people who were waiting by standing in a line.He could have done
Every time I see
Also, just so you know, EVERYONE in America, will put their money in their wallet, before they ever turn around.... no one wants the 'bad guys' see you leave with cash. I do this myself. Get cash, immediately put in wallet, then turn to leave. We don't do anything else, but men and women alike.. aren't going to budge until any cash they have is safely out of site. :P
Everytime he did so, I got a craving for urination,
What's worse, now it's hard for me to move, especially
Although I have heard
These days it's getting harder for me to go upstairs. After getting off the train at the closest railway station to my office, I've to go up the stairs that
What's worse, at the exit of the stairs, there're always people who're distributing ads, who try to give
At this moment, I'm already
This morning I got up at 5:50, much later than I do on weekdays. These days it's been very hot especially in the afternoon, so I try to study in the early morning.
Anyhow, I totally forgot having reserved an English lesson with a teacher at 6, so I
He was a certified TESOL teacher from Texas and spoke much slower than my Canadian teacher does, so it's very easy to catch what he was saying.
The reason I reserved him was his low fee. Normally, native teachers' lessons, especially certificated ones, are above 700 yen per hour.
But in his case, it's less than 500yen. According to him, he aims not to earn a lot from teaching, but to put the money aside for learning French for himself.
Now, for me, practicing daily conversation is the most needed.
Day to day conversation is the skill that I really want to enhance, because sometimes I break into a cold sweat when my students ask me
because sometimes I break into a cold sweat when my students abruptly ask me questions that are a little difficult to answer..
(Abruptly is fine at the end of the sentence, it is a little more native sounding in this example.)
After the acupuncture treatment, I went to a thrift shop that I have never been to before.
The shop was splendid, it
【"Really" is not needed here. To say "carried a "lot" of things is already emphasizing so many things.This needed to be rephrased, and also, to native speakers 'stuff' often refers to, lesser quality things. But, it is ok to use because you prefaced that with "good quality". However "things" just sounds better than "stuff". We usually refer to stuff as what we find at places like yard sales.】
For instance, I got a juicer, that I had wanted for a long time because I love fresh fruit juice,
If I bought this new, it would cost 8,000yen.
If I buy the same one new, it would cost 8,000yen.
I really took a fancy to this shop, so shortly I will go there to sell my unnecessary clothes that I can't wear anymore due to being fat!
”最後の一文はいただけないよ。赤ちゃんはいつも一番じゃないと。。。People will think lowly of you if they read this.”
These days I'm busy with buying goods for my baby who will be born this coming September.
Actually, I'm trying to get them through thrift shops on the internet. I want to buy them as cheap as possible and I don't care whether they are new or used, because we use baby goods for only a short time.
So far, I cheaply got a child seat, a lot of baby wares, a baby stroller and so on.
People say I should buy new ones because especially this is my first baby, but I don't care.
I want to save money as much as possible and put it aside for my learning English. For me, baby is not top priority.