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Happy New Year, plus events in January

Happy New Year to you!

Welcome to my blog in 2015 with a new title image and pages now in Japanese to help you get around the site.

Coming up at NELS this month is our New Year Party on Jan 17th. Click here for more information in Japanese.

Check out photos from last year’s party.

Join us for more mulled wine and fun and games!

Also, I’ll have my monthly pronunciation lesson on Jan 25th. This month the focus is on the sounds /f/, /h/ and /w/. Find out more here.

I hope to see you soon at NELS!

Thanks to all the lovely ladies who came to my loan words lesson recently. I hope you enjoyed the class and learnt lots about how to use Japanese loan words in English.

Here are my answers to the homework I gave you: (If you are coming to the lesson this week, don’t look yet!)

Notice the difference in the number of syllables (word sounds) between the Japanese and English words.

Japanese

No. of syllables

English

English pronu-nciation

No. of syllables

Changes needed

コーヒー

2

coffee

ˈkɔfiː

2

ヒto /f/

ホテル

3

hotel

hoʊˈtel

2

ル to /l/

テニス

3

tennis

ˈtenəs

2

cut ウofス

ラブレター

4

love letter

ˈləv ˈletər

3

ラ、レto /l/,ブto /v/

スクリーム

6

ice cream

ˈaɪs ˈkriːm

2

cut ウofス, blend cr, cut ウof ム

トンネル

4

tunnel

ˈtənəl

2

/ə/, ルto /l/

アース

2

earth

ˈərθ

1

アー to /ə/, ス to /θ/

マウス

3

mouth

ˈmæʊθ

1

ス to /θ/

フリー

2

free

ˈfriː

1

blend fr

トラック

3

truck

ˈtrək

1

blend tr, ラッ to/ə/, cut ウof ク

 

 

 

Japanese

No. of syllables

English

English pronunciation

No. of syllables

Changes needed

イングランド

6

England

ˈɪŋglənd

2

/ŋ/, blend gl, ラto /l/, cut オof ド, /ə/

アイルランド

6

Ireland

ˈaɪrlənd

2

cut ル, ラto l, /ə/, cutオof ド

スコットランド

6

Scotland

ˈskɑtlənd

2

スコto sc, ラto /l/, cut オof トandド, /ə/

ウェールズ

3

Wales

ˈweɪlz

1

ウェto /w/, ル to l, cut ウofズ

カナダ

3

Canada

ˈkænədə

3

/ə/

アメリカ(合衆国)

4

(The United States of) America

(ðiː jʊˈnaɪtɪd ˈsteɪts əv) əˈmerəkə

America 4

/ə/

ニュージーランド

5

New Zealand

ˈnuː ˈziːlənd

3

ジ to ziː, ラto /l/, cut オof ド

オーストラリア

6

Australia

ɔˈstreɪljə

4

cut ウof ス, cut オof ト、リto /l/

ヨルダン

4

Jordan

ˈdʒɔrdən

2

ヨto /dʒɔ/, cut ウof ル, /ə/

オランダ

4

Holland (The Netherlands)

ˈhɑlənd

2

オ to /h/, ラto /l/, /ə/, cut ア of ダ

ドイツ

3

Germany

ˈdʒərməniː

3

Change the word!

ベルギー

3

Belgium

ˈbeldʒəm

2

Change the word!

 

p,b,d,t,k,g pronunciation class homework answers

I have finally managed to solve the problem I had uploading the answers to my last pronunciation class, so, better late than never, here they are:

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Which sport are you made for?

I found this fun and interesting quiz today about which sport your body is best suited to. You just have to rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 in 13 categories.

It has some great expressions and idiomatic phrases in, so why not kill two birds with one stone and take the quiz? You’ll not only find out which sport you are best suited for, but you’ll also be studying English at the same time!

I got squash, weightlifting and judo. What about you? Do the think the results are accurate?

Take the quiz here.

Click here to find out more about NELS classes.

Collocations with the word ‘goal’

To commemorate the end of the World Cup, let me share with you a page where you can learn some great collocations using the word ‘goal’.

As I’m sure you know, goal has two meanings: one in sport and the other with a more general meaning.

Learn 20 collocations with ‘goal’ here.

To find out more about NELS courses, please visit our homepage here.

A, an, the or nothing?

These tiny little words are not only quite important in English, but also quite confusing for many English language learners, right?

You will learn about them in our A2 General English course. To find out more about our 英会話 courses, click on the link.

For a guide in how and when to use  a, an, the or nothing, check out this video.

 

Reading in English

So, you want to read books in English but you don’t know how to find ones which are at the right level for you. You tried reading English children’s books but realised that they were actually too difficult. Don’t worry, I can help you.

A student has just told me about the website he uses to find his English books. He can read reviews of the books in Japanese, find out how difficult the book is, and how long it is. He can then order the book on-line for about 500yen and read it on his i-pad. He says he has read about 25 books in English just this year! Well done Y!

If you want to find out more, click here.

You CAN understand the news in English!

Understanding the news in another language can be difficult, right? But what if you got a little help with vocabulary? And what about if you could listen to the text too? And how about if you could do a quiz about what you had read? That would make it not only easier, but more interesting and fun too, right?

Well check out this article about super giant squid by the BBC Learning English website, and enjoy understanding the news in English.

You need to be able to understand text like this for 英検 and TOEFL. For more information about NELS classes, click on the links.

Irregular plurals of nouns

 

If you would like to find out more about NELS in 日本語, click here.

Now I’m sure you all know that to make most nouns plural (more than one) you just add -s, right? One pen, two penS. Easy, isn’t it? And I’m sure you know that after one potato, you get two potatoES. Also, that man becomes mEn, and  woman becomes womEn (be careful of the pronunciation though – /ˈwɪmɪn/), and a child becomes childREN.

But do you always remember what happens to  a sheep, a deer and a mouse?

And what about more uncommon words like fungus and crisis? And actually, WHY do they have special plural forms?

Find out here, and you can also practice your pronunciation too.

 

Five out of four!

This week has been NELS most successful week ever! Today we had another trial lesson and we got another new student. This week we’ve enrolled four new students and, as one of them signed up for two courses, have five new enrollees. Yay! That’s a 100% success record – so, if you try our FREE trial lesson with our bi-learning system from a native English teacher and a Japanese English teacher, you too can find out why our potential customers become NELS members.

By the way, how do you write five out of four in numbers? I know it’s different from the Japanese way, so send me your answers!