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Conversation

  • You know what?
  • Where was I?
  • Where were we?
  • Sorry to interrupt, but…
  • Mind if I join the conversation?
  • You gotta be kidding.
  • Are you kidding me?
  • You must be joking.
  • Thanks anyway.
  • Thanks, but no thanks.
  • Don’t even get me started.
  • Just between you and me…
  • I might be wrong, but…
  • Not at all. Allow me.
  • I’ll see what I can do.
  • I can never figure that kind of thing out.
  • I’d like you to take the time to catch up on sleep.
  • I wouldn’t kid about something like this.
  • I bumped into him.
  • What I’m trying to say is…
  • I’ll think about it.
  • Come to think of it.
  • Far as I remember.
  • Ever since I could remember…
  • Take your time.
  • I’ll the best I can.
  • I’ll see what I can do.
  • I was thinking the same thing.
  • It’s too bad that you don’t like her, but to each their own, right?
  • Like I said.
  • I like the way you think.
  • I’m counting on you.
  • I got your back.
  • You are in good hands.
  • I’m done with this.
  • Do you mind asking that?
  • First off(First of all).
  • I hate to tell you this, but…
  • To change the subject…
  • Just in case.
  • I can’t really explain it though…
  • Time flies when you are having a good time.
  • Don’t pick on me.
  • Well, if you insist…
  • Oh, that reminds me…
  • Speaking of **** things…
  • It’s on the tip of my tongue.
  • I’m about to.
  • Whose side are you on?
  • It’s up to you.
  • After you.
  • Age before beauty.
  • Be sorry for nothing.
  • Why didn’t I think of like that?
  • Believe it or not…
  • Don’t be a stranger.
  • I’m used to do it.
  • You read my mind.
  • Not even worth talking.
  • Past tense.
  • I’m a man of my word.
  • Don’t flatter me.
  • Good guessing.
  • If only I had a skateboard.
  • Looking back on it now…
  • In my opinion…
  • The way I see it…
  • Get rid of that.
  • Don’t pay any attention, please?
  • I don’t belong here.
  • Leave it to me.
  • It’s a good thing that I wasn’t there.
  • Were I you, I’d tell him my feelings.
  • I don’t know the truth, nor do I want to.
  • I’m a stranger here myself.
  • My mind suddenly went blank.
  • It’s none of your business.
  • I cant stand it.
  • Just the two of us.
  • Just days after I went to NY.
  • You should already know that.
  • In the mean time.
  • Can you break a dollar?
  • Make a long story short…
  • I run into my friend.
  • We’re working on it.
  • It was a nice thought, but…
  • Tell me about it.(I understand you so much)
  • You don’t sound too enthusiastic about that.
  • I’ve been itching to go for a while.
  • He’s as stubborn as you are.
  • I’m on my way.
  • Never heard of.
  • In fact.
  • This is perfect, or what?
  • No matter what. (ex: No matter what he says, don’t go. No matter what, it’s always the same.)
  • Just for the fun.
  • Let’s get outta here.
  • Don’t dwell on it.
  • I’m having an affair.
  • It’s really coming down.
  • What I’,m trying to say is…
  • I’ve still got a ways to go.
  • No wonder.(ex: No wonder people have been looking at me.)
  • I made it.
  • I did it.
  • It’s killing me.
  • Get over it.
  • Not a man like you.
  • Don’t take this the wrong way, but…
  • You read my mind.
  • No sweat.
  • I was just leaving.
  • 24/7
  • Look, who’s talking.
  • In Japan we have a saying…
  • That’s my thing.
  • I hate to tell you this, but…
  • I love you for who you are.
  • You’re welcome to look at these documents while I’m gone.
  • I wonder how long it’ll last.
  • Let me get a coffee right away.
  • Beats me.
  • It’s written all over your face.
  • Refresh your memory.
  • Ever since I was ten.
  • Put it away.
  • You said it. / I said it.
  • You have spoken. / I have spoken.
  • That’s a relief.
  • You should eat less snacks.
  • Not even worth mentioning.
  • You seem a bit down.
  • You’d better get used to do it.
  • Hash words.
  • I’m stressing out that…
  • I was just making sure.
  • I’m working on it.
  • I can’t afford it.
  • Let’s get some fresh air.
  • Sorry about all that.
  • I can’t stand it.
  • Guess what it is.
  • My efforts are paying off.
  • We’ve split up.
  • Good guessing.
  • It was just a fluke.
  • I can’t wait to get started.
  • That’s highly unlikely.
  • Come on.
  • Gimme a break.
  • It doesn’t matter.
  • Jimmy’s taste in music is different from mine.
  • I have to figure out what this is all about.
  • Pull over.
  • I’m in kind of a hurry.
  • There’s nothing deeply.
  • Look at the time.
  • Suit yourself.
  • We called off the picnic.
  • Don’t flatter me.
  • I gotta get back to the grind.(ex:Man, I had a ball in Miami last week. I kicked it hard, but shit, I got to get back to the Grind now. Play time is over, there’s money to make.)
  • That’s what I said.
  • Think it over.
  • For instance,
  • Ta Da!
  • More or less.
  • More than some what.
  • Don’t pick one me.
  • I get it all the time.
  • I’m about to.
  • I think it’s gonna pay off.
  • On purpose.
  • All I know is…
  • I’ll be back late.
  • I don’t know what else to say.
  • I can do anything I want, and so can you.
  • Dont rush me.
  • I’m sick of it.
  • Just pull the plug.
  • I’m so glad that you made it.
  • I thought you’d say that.
  • I am very passionate about the planet.
  • Allow me.
  • I lost my train of thought.
  • I need it keep me going.
  • I don’t belong here.
  • I’m listening.
  • If you insist.
  • Apparently.
  • It was just like a fender bender.
  • It makes me wonder.

Asking

  • Do you need any help?
  • Do you have a minute?
  • Do you wanna come along?
  • Would you like a lift?
  • Could you give me a hand with this package?
  • Could you keep an eye on my things?
  • What are you up to?
  • Can I ask a favor?
  • Can you do me a favor?
  • I don’t suppose there’s anyway I could catch a ride to the airport.
  • If it’s not too much trouble.Don’t go to any trouble.
  • Can you hand me my bag, please?
  • Hand me the remote.
  • Can I take a look?
  • Can you tell me a little more about it?
  • What seems to be the problem?
  • How long should that take?
  • How long did it take?
  • What’s the use of it?
  • I’m working on it.
  • I can handle it.
  • Is there anything else I can do?
  • If there’s anything I can do, let me know.
  • What is that supposed to mean?
  • Do you have something to say?
  • What do you usually do in your free time?
  • Would you like a lift?
  • Could I get the past you?
  • How am I supposed to do?
  • Do you understand what SV stands for?
  • What’s eating you?
  • You need a help?
  • A little help?
  • Are you being helped?
  • Can I be excused?
  • What’s his relationship to you?
  • Would you mind asking that?
  • Do you mind asking that?
  • If you don’t mind my asking.
  • What’s on your mind?
  • The what?
  • What could that be?
  • Do something.
  • Give it a try. / Give it a shot.
  • Can I ask what do you do for a living?
  • What do you make of this one?
  • “N” as in “November”? Or “M” as in “Mike”?
  • Do you mind me saying that?
  • Do you mind me asking that?
  • I dare you to jump over there.
  • Keep me informed.
  • Why not exercise more?
  • Could you keep an eye on my things?
  • Is this way to the station?
  • What’s the use of it?
  • Get ready.
  • How long should that take?
  • That’s fishy.
  • What kind of childhood did you have?
  • How does Saturday sound?
  • Take a guess.
  • Someone like you?
  • I’d never dream of asking you, but…
  • Do you wanna come along?
  • What I do to learn how to fight?
  • How come?
  • Fill me in?
  • Do you have a time?
  • Do you have the time?
  • What have I done?
  • Let us know a little about yourself.
  • Do you know how to get to the station?
  • It’s on the tip of my tongue.
  • His father made what he is today.
  • Not what I heard.
  • I slipped my mind.
  • Step on it.
  • How long was I asleep for?
  • Whose side are you on?
  • Can I get your autograph?
  • What’s the point of doing this?
  • Going as planed?
  • Can you do me a favor?
  • Is that seat taken?
  • Hand me the remote.

Greeting

  • Hi there.
  • I’m here to see you.
  • I don’t think we’ve met. I’m Toshiya.
  • I know we haven’t met. I’m Toshiya.
  • Good to see you.
  • Never better.
  • Okay, I guess.
  • Fancy that.
  • I’ve heard a lot about you.(All good things I hope.)
  • I’d like you to meet Mr. Higuchi.

Asking how people are doing

  • How ya doing?
  • How’s it going?
  • It’s been a long time. What’s it been?
  • What’ve been up to?
  • What are you up to?
  • You seem a bit down.
  • What’s wrong with you?
  • I don’t have anything left.

Answering how I am doing

  • Good. What about you?
  • Never better.
  • Pretty good.
  • Okay, I guess.
  • The usual.
  • Same old same old.
  • I’m stuck.
  • I’m exhausted.
  • Not really.
  • I think I’m coming down with something.
  • I’ve been so busy at work lately.
  • You really should get plenty of rest.
  • Are you alright? Can I get you anything?
  • Can’t complain.
  • We’re definitely on the right track.
  • We’ve still got a ways to go.
  • Better than none.
  • I’m doing the best I can.

Meeting / Hanging out

  • Fancy that!
  • I just came by to say hi.
  • How does two o’clock sound?
  • Where’s it gonna be?
  • Let’s pencil in a meeting for Thursday afternoon. You can text me and confirm.
  • Okay, for the moment in a meeting for Saturday morning…
  • You are welcome to look at these documents while I’m gone.
  • I know our meeting was supposed to be at 3 today, but I was wondering if we could push it back to 4 instead?
  • Thanks for meeting up.
  • Let’s stay here until they throw us out.
  • Just bring yourself.
  • Still on for Sunday?
  • Could I get the past you?
  • At the 10 o’clock on the dot.

Back-channelling

  • Wow.
  • Oh my god.
  • Uh-huh.
  • Yeah?
  • Is that so?
  • Is that right?
  • Seriously?
  • The what?
  • What’re you saying then?
  • Right.
  • Yup.
  • You’re right.
  • That’s right.
  • That’s true.
  • It is.
  • Indeed.
  • Totally.
  • Exactly.
  • Absolutely.
  • No doubt.
  • For sure.
  • Sure thing.
  • You bet.
  • Deal.
  • I see.
  • I see what you mean.
  • I don’t know what you mean.
  • What are you saying then?
  • I guess I can see that.
  • I’m not sure if I understand.
  • I understand.
  • I dunno.
  • I agree.
  • I’m down for it.
  • Fair enough.
  • I doubt it.
  • No wonder.
  • Why not?
  • How come?
  • I have no idea.
  • I have no clue.
  • Sounds good.
  • That sounds like fun.
  • That sounds like a good idea.
  • Make sense.
  • It doesn’t make any sense.
  • It doesn’t matter.
  • Like what?
  • Such as?
  • For example?
  • You never know.
  • Who knows?
  • Who cares?
  • That’s a hard one.
  • Cool.
  • Nice.
  • It could be.
  • And then?
  • So what?
  • For what?
  • You are kidding me.
  • You gotta be kidding.
  • No kidding?
  • I didn’t meant to.
  • Same here.
  • Me as well.
  • Likewise.
  • Well done.
  • Well said.
  • You said it.
  • You have spoken.
  • Jeez.
  • Not again?
  • Not really.
  • It can’t be.
  • Sort of.
  • Kind of.
  • Come on!
  • That’s insane.
  • That’s outrageous.
  • Whatever.
  • Yeah, blah-blah-blah.
  • Tempting.
  • Fascinating.
  • Interesting.
  • Irritating.
  • Typical.
  • Very impressive.
  • It depends.(Depends.)
  • More or less.
  • Sooner or later.
  • Nuff said.
  • Good for you.
  • That’s what I said.
  • That’s what’m talking about.
  • I was thinking the same thing.
  • That’s what I like to hear.
  • Now you’re talking.
  • That’s more like it.
  • That’s highly unlikely.
  • What’d you just say?
  • I guess I can see that.

Make people waiting

  • Just a sec.
  • Just a second.
  • Just a moment.
  • Give me a second.
  • Hang on a sec.
  • Hold on.
  • Hold on a moment.
  • Moment, please?
  • One moment, please?
  • Could you give me a minute, please?

Apologizes and excuses

  • I’m running a bit late. I probably won’t be there until 2:30.
  • I’m to blame.
  • I don’t blame you.
  • Don’t take this the wrong way, but…
  • No offense. but…
  • I can’t make it Friday night.
  • It completely slipped my mind.
  • I’ll make up to you.
  • I’m sorry to hear that.
  • Sorry to keep you waiting.
  • Sorry to bother you.
  • Sorry, it’s totally a reflex.
  • I’ll let you off the hook.
  • Do you mind asking that?
  • Be sorry for nothing.
  • I didn’t mean to.
  • Time flies when you are having a good time.
  • Up to four people can stay in this room.
  • Nothing’s easier.
  • It can’t just be a coincidence.

Permission

  • Do you mind if I have a look?
  • Mind if I join the conversation?
  • Is it okay if I sit here?

Declines

  • I have to take a rain check.
  • I’ll think about it. Thanks.
  • I’m really not that crazy about jet skiing.
  • Maybe some other time.
  • I don’t like the way it looks. I’ll think about it.
  • I don’t have any appetite.
  • I’m in kind of a hurry.

Calling

  • Hello, Fujii seed company Toshiya Takenaka speaking. How can I help you?
  • May I have your name, please, sir/miss?
  • I’m afraid, how do you spell your name?
  • Which company are you with?
  • Sorry, he’s away from his desk at  the moment.
  • Can I take a massage?
  • Could you send us an email?
  • Okay, I will let him know that you called, and he’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Could you say that again?
  • Could you be more specific?
  • Thanks for calling.
  • Have a nice day.
  • He’s no longer with us.
  • Who’s calling, please?
  • Sorry, I didn’t catch your name.
  • May I have your phone number, please?
  • Who would you like to speak?
  • Which section do you want?
  • This is he.
  • Yes, speaking.
  • I’ll get someone for you right away. Please hold on.
  • Let me put you though the section in charge.
  • Let me put you through the person in charge.
  • Sorry, he is away on a business trip now.
  • He’s off today. He should be back on next Monday.
  • He’s already left for the day.
  • He’s on another line at the moment, but I don’t think it’ll so long. Would you mind holding?
  • You have a phone call.
  • Just a moment.
  • One moment please?
  • Could you hold please?
  • Should I have him call you back?
  • Do you know when he is supposed to come back?
  • Do you know when she’ll be back?
  • Just tell him I called.
  • Okay, I’ll let him know.
  • Would you mind calling back?
  • May I speak to Mrs. Sandra, please?
  • I’m not sure who I should speak to, but…
  • Is there anyone else who understands the situation?
  • I’d like to speak someone in HR.
  • Could you have him call me back?
  • Could you tell him to call me back?
  • Could you tell him that I called?
  • I’ll get back to him.
  • I’ll have him return your call.
  • Sorry, you are breaking up
  • I can’t hear you.
  • Can you hear me?
  • Could you speak up a little?
  • I’m calling on behalf of Mr. Nagamatsu.
  • Do you still have the seeds in stock?
  • When will you have it in stock?
  • Could you send us an estimate?
  • How soon can you deliver the seeds?
  • How much does it cost?
  • What is the payment method?
  • All transactions are Japanese yen.
  • What payment options are available?
  • Do we need to pay a cancellation fee?
  • Can we reduce our order?
  • Could you look into this issue right away?
  • What are your business hours?
  • We got cut off. Sorry about that.
  • “Please give me a call when you can.”
  • Please keep me informed.
  • You have the wrong number.
  • If it’s not too much trouble…
  • Anytime after 3:00 is good for me.
  • Okay, I’ll let him know.
  • Here I come.
  • My battery was flat.
  • I’ll get back to you.
  • I’m on my way.
  • Just around the corner.
  • Here I come.
  • Thank you for your time.
  • You have the wrong number.
  • Gimme a call on my cell.

Mailling

  • Sorry for the late response.

Recommendation

  • What kind of place have you visited in Japan?
  • Don’t bother, it’s not very good.(I’ll take your word for it.)
  • Take my word for it.
  • You won’t regret it.
  • I promise.
  • You should definitely if you ever get a chance.
  • It’s addictive.
  • Is it worth going?
  • Okay, I’ll take your word for it.
  • I’d love to show you around Osaka if you ever get a chance.
  • I’ll look for somewhere else instead then.

Complementation

  • Look at you. You look beautiful.
  • It suit you. It looks so elegant.
  • I like the way you think.
  • You are very good at speaking Japanese.
  • That was really something.
  • You are really something.
  • So are you.
  • There you go.

Cheering people up

  • It happens all the time.
  • Accidents happen.
  • Don’t dwell on it.
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself.
  • Job interviews are really tough. You win some, you lose some.
  • I’m sure you’ll blow them away.
  • Nothing to worry about.
  • You are in good hands.
  • What’s done is done.
  • I got your back.

Joking / Making fun of people

  • What kind of childhood did you have?
  • Have you been drinking?
  • You’re actually smarter than you look.
  • Cut got your tongue?
  • Who do you think you are?
  • You’re weird, and this is a compliment.

Advises

  • You really need to cut back.
  • You should eat less snacks.
  • Cut it out.

Eating

  • I was wondering if you had plans for lunch today.(Nope, nothing so far.)
  • Do you wanna go grab something around 1:00?
  • Sure. Sounds good. Come by when you are ready to go.
  • I’d like a to make a reservation for tonight.
  • What name should I make the reservation under?
  • I’m not really in the mood for Chinese food.
  • To stay or to go?
  • Thanks for having me over for dinner.
  • Care for drink?
  • Would you care for something to drink?
  • I’m parched.
  • Do you know what they put in it?
  • Are you ready to order?
  • Could you give me a few more minutes? I’m still deciding.
  • Would you like a drink while you’re still deciding?
  • Can I get an orange juice?
  • Can I get a cafe latte and scone to go?
  • I can’t make up my mind. What do you recommend?
  • I wonder what it tastes like?
  • What does it taste like?
  • Do you have any vegetarian options?
  • That sounds delicious. I’ll have that, please.
  • On second thought. Could I have the lemon chicken instead?
  • Let’s dig in.
  • Can I get something to clean this up with?
  • That was a great meal.
  • Have another one?
  • No, I can’t eat another bite.
  • It’s just too full to finish this.
  • No, there’s no way we can finish that.
  • Excuse me? Could I get the rest of it to take home?
  • Could I get the rest to go, please?
  • Sure. I’ll put it in a container for you.
  • Are you paying together or separately?
  • Let me get it. I owe you. It’s on me.
  • You’ve done a lot for me.
  • No, let’s split the bill.
  • Okay. Can we pay separately?
  • What did you have?
  • That comes to $8.80.
  • Keep the change.
  • Do you have 5 single?
  • I can’t really explain what kind of taste it has.
  • Do you have 5 single?
  • Have another one?

Making out

  • What are you up to tomorrow after class?
  • Could you maybe meet up and go for a coffee or some?
  • I was wondering if you had plans for lunch today.(Nope, nothing so far.)
  • Do you wanna go grab something around 1:00?
  • Why don’t we go out for a drink tonight?
  • It’ll help you get your mind off your studies.
  • It might make you feel better.
  • How does 2:00 o’clock sound?
  • That’s sounds like a good idea.
  • When’s good for you?
  • I’m not in the mood for hamburger.
  • I got something for you. I hope you like it.(It’s just what wanted. Thank you.)
  • The usual spot?
  • I can take you there if you like.
  • See you in a few.
  • Do you mind if I sit here?
  • How about going to a cafe?
  • Are you seeing anyone at the moment?
  • I wish I had met you earlier.
  • Sit tight.
  • I love you for who you are.
  • Two for “Evil Dead”, please?
  • I can’t think anything, but you.

New York

  • I used to live in New York. I’d lived there for about a year and a half to study English.
  • I was able to talk with a really diverse group of people. You know, in New York, there are a lot of people who have different nationalities so. 
  • I’d lived in Harlem. Harlem is very famous for unsafe area.
  • Yes, I used to be a New Yorker, but it’s been about 4-5 years since I got back to Japan.

Emotions

  • I’m impressed.
  • I’m satisfied.
  • I’m worried.
  • I’m relieved.
  • I’m nervous.
  • I’m concerned.
  • I was embarrassed.
  • It’s embarrassing.
  • The thing I’m most worried about is..

Introducing myself

  • I’m addicted to playing with cats.
  • It helps me to relax.
  • I’ve been to Florida***********************
  • My father used to pull it on me all the time.
  • I had a ball in Miami.
  • I’m Toshiya in the Product Department. My job is like to manage and organize the stock in the warehouse such as ordering, receiving, cleaning and sending the seeds. Also supporting the farmers to make their vegetables in good condition.

Others

  • Computer illiterate
  • Athletically challenged
  • Directionally challenged
  • Addictive.
  • Make a complaint.
  • Late August / Early March.
  • Newlywed(people who got married lately)
  • I’m optimistic / pessimistic.
  • Self-centered.
  • It’s nice and crisp.
  • left brain / right brain(ex: I’m a right brain)
  • to throw someone off(ex: to make someone confused or disappointed).
  • It really turned me off.
  • By the time I was seventeen.
  • cardio(walking, swimming, hiking).
  • ding-dong-ditch.
  • Nature calles.
  • back to back (= doing sth continuing    ex:We played two games back to back. Back-to-back typhoon. )
  • Potluck party
  • On alternate days.
  • On alternate weeks.
  • On alternate months.
  • On alternate Monday.
  • every other day.
  • every other week.
  • every other month.
  • every other Monday.

About Japan

  • In Japan, we have a saying…
  • Zan-shin
  • 911 and 119
  • Ame-otoko
  • Awaji-shima.

Differences

  • How’s your project coming along?(You are working on that project together) vs How’s your project going?(personal question)

May 7, 2017

Things I want to talk about.

  • 🙅Back pain
  • 🆗Soccer
  • 🆗What I like to focus on
  • 🆗The reason why she chose Japan?
  • 🆗Zan-shin
  • 🆗911 and 119
  • 🆗Ame-otoko
  • 🆗Illinois Foundation Inc
  • Awaji-shima
  • 🆗Upsetting things
  • 🆗Free time
  • 🆗Food/soba
  • That was really something
  • 🆗If seeing anybody
  • 🙅Ashley in kanji
  • 🆗Money things
  • 🆗Next meeting
  • [Awaji-shima] Last time we talked about what is the best place to travel or to live in Japan. I recommend you to go to Awajishima. Awaji-shima is an island that is very close to here like it takes two hours by car or bus. There’re a lot of beautiful scenery cause it’s an island like  I said you know what I mean? and lots of good food too. What’s more, you can see the longest suspension bridge in the world like 1,200 miles. 
  • 🆗[Why’d choose Japan?] No offense, but you could’ve studied biology like you said before, right? in any other countries, not only Japan. You gotta be kidding. Seriously? Wow, you made me surprised. Come to think of it, I remember the last time we met. And after the meeting, just after saying good bye with each other, and you were looking at me until I leave. That’s Japanese people usually do, to respect people. Have you ever heard of a word “Zanshin”? Zanshin is a Japanese word that is origin from Japanese traditional martial arts like Samurai culture and traditional performing arts like Sa-do, have you ever heard of it or have you ever tried it? like having a tea ceremony. This originally means concentrating on what you’re doing until you finished. For instance, even if a soldier is killed by others, the dead body might be pretending to be dead, and he might start attacking us. Which means, you must concentrate on what you are doing and prepare for the next. Or, in situation of saying good bye, it’s better to look at people you said good bye until he or she leaves. It means you enjoyed the time so much, you want to see him or her again. Also, when you close the door, when you hang up a phone. You can enjoy bathing in the afterglow, you know what I mean? That is the way of thinking of Zanshin.
  • 🆗[Money things] I’ve been thinking that 2,500 yen for you lesson per hour is a little bit too much cheap. You deserve to get 3,000 yen. So I can give you 3,000 yen. Or what do you make of this one? 3,000 yen for one hour. 5,000 yen for two hours. So which means, the more I take your lesson, the more I can get a discount a little bit. What do you think? Cause I feel sorry even though you come over, pay for your commute and a coffee.
  • 🆗[Upsetting] When was the last time you got upset? Cause you are so kind and calm. So I was just curious what kind of things make you get upset.
  • 🆗[Free time] What do you do in your free time? Like I said, I like cats. Playing with cat’s is addictive. I live with a cat, but my mother takes care of 14 cats in her place. And a dog. She loves taking care of animals.
  • 🆗[Soccer] I saw you on facebook and you made me surprised. I thought you like watching soccer games, but you actually do soccer. Wow, very impressive. How long have you been playing soccer? I’m not good at soccer, why don’t you teach me also soccer if you ever get a chance?
  • 🙅[Back pain] Okay, I guess. I mean my back is killing me. I must have injured when I was running three days ago. You know, I realized that I’m getting old, not like you.
  • 🆗[Expo-city] Have you ever been to Expo-city? It’s a huge shopping mall that is very close to here. You can shop, eat, watch movies, go and see animals at the zoo. There’s a white tiger.
  • 🆗[911] You guys call 911 when somebody got injury, right? Here in Japan, we call 119. Do you know why we call like this number? We used to use phones which have dials. And then, when we call, we turn the dial, then it returns automatically, 1 is closest to the original position, but 9 and 0 are the farthest. So you turn the 9 it needs the longest time than others, so you can get chill in the mean time. 
  • 🆗[Ame-otoko?] Have you heard about the word “Ame-otoko”? Like a person who always brings rain clouds. Like rain clouds are always following that person. It’s called Ame-otoko for men. Ame-onna for women.
  • 🙅[亜朱李] Has anybody put the Japanese character for your name? Okay, I can do that. It’s kinda difficult even though I started saying like that. How about this? This sounds like A like America. This character means red color. And this one means a plum, the fruit.
  • 🆗[Boyfriend] Are you seeing anybody? If you don’t mind my asking.
  • [That was really something] What kind of timing I can use like “That was really something” “You are really something” those are kind of compliments, right?
  • 🆗[Illinois Foundation Seeds Inc]I was wondering if you have heard of “Illinois Foundation Seeds Inc”? That company is very close to Illinois University, and we work together actually. Have you ever seen them?
  • 🆗[Food/soba] What kind of Japanese food do you like the most? Have you ever tried soba? Soba is a kind of Japanese noodles that are made from buckwheat. Do you know what the buckwheat is? Buckwheat is a plant that we usually import from Russia and China. When you eat soba, you gotta drink the water that the noodles have been boiled. It’s very nutritious, and it’s very good to keep your skins healthy. You should try once. I’m sure you won’t regret it. Take my word for it.
  • 🆗[What I like to focus on] Listen, last time we talked about what I want to focus on, right? Then I said to you like “I haven’t decided yet.” So I’ve been thinking that I wanna focus on speaking the most. I can learn reading, writing and listening by myself, but speaking. I need somebody who listens to me, who I talk to. So you can fix what I said at the moment of afterwards.
  • 🆗[Next meeting] Meeting at the same place always is kinda boring. Don’t you think? Even though you are going to leave on this August. You gotta go and see many places as much as possible.

Things what I learned on May 7th 2017

FYI × (Sounds like sassy) Difference between “sassy” and “sassy”?
Just for your information

sarcastic = ironic, but could be positive sometimes.

quick-witted = smart, someone who can understands the situation and can take action quickly.

meme = an idea, belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture. ex: internet meme. anything else that I can use meme?

road rage = aggressive or angry behavior by a driver which include rude gestures, verbal insults, physical threats and so on.

compassionate = able to understand people’s feelings.

gnarly(nar-lee) = almost same as “radical”(←old), extremely cool, awesome. Don you have any example that I can use gnarly? ex: He’s f**kin’ gnarly.

a kid at heart = a person who acts or becomes very youthful or possibly childish. ex: You are such a kid at heart.

procrastinate / procrastinating =  a person who can’t concentrate on things that s/he has to do. Then he does something different even tho he has something to do.

immature = not fully developed.

childish = just like a child. almost all the time negative I think, but could be positive sometimes. But a kid at heart almost all always positive.

settle down = getting married. Can I say going to tie the knot?

May 13th, 2017

  • Difference between ”saucy” and “sassy”.
  • [review] Why don’t we review what I learned from you last time? Is it natural if I say the word “review” in this case? Or do I have to say like “go though”? ”go over”?
  • [A kid a t heart] I’m sure I’m a kid at heart ‘cause I watch TMNT Mutant Tattles every morning. I need it keep me going.
  • Awaji shima
  • Zanshin
  • 119
  • food
  • that was really something / you are really something
  • Ame otoko
  • Farewell party. We were having a farewell party for our co-worker. She’s been working for our company for 4-5 years. But it seems she’s sick of it. She doesn’t like her boss who is not my boss though. Actually, she is much more skilled than her boss, but she has to do anything that the boss says to her. So she’s sick of it.

Things what I learned on May 12th, 2017.

  • to threw someone off / to be thrown off
  • left-brain / right-brain(a person who always uses left/right brain. ex: I’m a right brain.)
  • passive agression
  • street-smart / book-smart(A person who learned how to live by reading books, or on the street)
  • juicy
  • “Kermit”(One of the meme TVs)
  • cheesy(poor quality, tasteless, unstable)
  • corny(too old-fashioned, not cool / nice ex: That’s such a corny song. Bakers field.).
  • Deuces (= goodbye)
  • fam(family, buddy, close friends…etc ex: How ya doing, fam?)
  • jaywalking(ignoring traffic signals during the walk)

What I want to ask on May 18th, 2017

  • [high-tension] (Japanese people usually say “high-tension” when they get high, when they get excited, but I don’t think it’s in use in the U.S. How do you say when you get high)
  • [guys] I usually use “guys” like “How do you guys usually say?”. “Hey guys.” Is it okay if I say guys even if you are not a guy, or if there’s no guys in a place?
  • 🆗[Awaji-shima] The time before the last or maybe more, but we have talked about where’s the best place to travel in Japan, right? How about going to Awajishima? It’s an island and it’s not so far from here. You can eat a lot of seafoods like Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco. Of course there are a lot of beautiful scenery ‘cause it’s an island like I said. I went to Awajishima in the winter before last. We ate oysters, octopuses, an onion burger ‘cause Awajishima is famous for onion, and akashiyaki too. Have you ever eaten Akashiyaki? It’s very similar to Takoyaki, not exactly. Actually, Takoyaki is origin from akashiyaki. Much more softer than Takoyaki, you can almost drop from your chopsticks. You can eat akashiyaki with a soup, you can dip with the soup. It tastes like udon soup. It’s very delicious. You should try that once., alright?
  • 🆗[corny] corny is like too old-fashioned, not too cool, not too nice like “That’s such a corny song, a corny movie, a corny place” like a Bakers Field maybe. a bit cute.
  • [That was really something / You are really something] When you say like, “That was really something”, “You are really something” is a kind of a compliment, right? What kind of situation I can say like this?
  • 🆗[Going to tie the knot] To settle down has some meanings, right? Like calm down chill out, or getting married. Can I say I’m going to tie the knot? Too much old-fashioned?
  • 🆗[Running] I usually go for running as workout, but I don’t run long-distance, only short distance, fast and again and again. How can I say when I run fast in short distance again and again? Sprint? Anaerobics? Just dash?

Things what I learned on May 18th, 2017

  • “horse shoe”= An Illinois soul food that has cheese on many fried potatoes
  • chubby = a bit obese
  • curvy = a person who has a sexy and curvy body.
  • attractive =  a good looking guy, girl who you are interested in.
  • fit (super thin) – in shape(normal) – built(macho)
  • batter = mixture of eggs, milk and flour.
  • out-dated = no longer useful because of being old-fashioned.
  • pass out = to be unconscious(I passed out on the train)
  • faint= to be unconscious (ex: go off in a faint, recover in a faint)
  • prom = a dance party that hold when the time before high school students graduate.

Things what I want to ask

  • high-tension
  • guys
  • [That was really something / You are really something] When you say like, “That was really something”, “You are really something” is a kind of a compliment, right? What kind of situation I can say like this?
  • [“Drop me a line.” “Drop me a facebook?”] What I ask people to text me when they can. “Drop me a line.” “Drop me a fcebook.” instead of “Text me”?
  • [guys] I usually use “guys” like “How do you guys usually say?”. “Hey guys.” Is it okay if I say guys even if you are not a guy, or if there’s no guys in a place?
  • [high-tension] (Japanese people usually say “high-tension” when they get high, when they get excited, but I don’t think it’s in use in the U.S. How do you say when you get high)

 

You’ve already sent an email to Takayoshi, but you haven’t got any reply from him, right?

Well, I asked him yesterday and he said that he’s already read your email, but he’s been thinking if he can arrange his schedule for you. You know, especially these days, he’s been busy so. So I have a question. By when should he get back to you? By tomorrow? or by next week? or by the end of this month?

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