よくある間違い Then vs Than

Than/Then:

Than” is used in comparisons (比較) “Then” is used to indicate something following something else in time, as in step-by-step instructions, or planning a schedule (“we’ll go to Umeda then eat lunch”).

How not to do it:

  • You are better at speaking Japanese then me.
  • I have more then enough plastic bags at home.
  • We'll go to dinner first, than go drinking!

How to do it properly:

  • You are better at speaking Japanese than me.
  • I have more than enough plastic bags at home.
  • We’ll go to dinner first, then go drinking!

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良くある間違い It's vs Its

It's/Its:

It’s” is only ever used when short for “it is”. “Its” indicates something belonging to something that isn’t masculine or feminine (like “his” and “hers”, but used when you’re not talking about a person).

How not to do it:

  • Its sunny and windy today.
  • That restaurant is famous for it's fried chicken.

How to do it properly:

  • It’s sunny and windy today.
  • That restaurant is famous for its fried chicken.

Honolulu Restaurant Recommendations (Part 2)

Although many people associate garlic shrimp with the north shore of Hawaii, some people can't make the journey out there just to eat garlic shrimp. There are some good restaurants serving garlic shrimp in waikiki also! The one that was my go to place when I didn't want to drive out to the north shore was:

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良くある間違い Your vs You're

Your/You're:

Your” indicates possession – something belonging to you. “You’re” is short for “you are”.

How not to do it:

  • Your Japanese right?
  • Do you know when your coming to Sunrise next?
  • Can you tell me who's you're favorite singer?

How to do it properly:

  • You're Japanese right?
  • Do you know when you're coming to Sunrise next?
  • Can you tell me who's your favorite singer?

感謝

感謝

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なかなかお別れを言うタイミングがなく(そして、お別れが辛いことと、また戻ってこられるかもしれないとの期待を込めて)、大変恐縮ですがブログで失礼いたします。
昨年の4月からここのスタッフとして働き始め、皆様とお会いでき、陰ながらサポートさせていただけたことを心から嬉しく有難く思います。ここで皆様から英語の話はもちろん、皆様のお仕事の話、学校、旅行、昔のことなどもお話しいただき、私自身も勉強させていただきました。ありがとうございました。

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英会話のコツ: Tag Questions

英会話のコツ: Tag Questions

When you think you know something but you are still not quite sure or when you want to start a conversation with someone, then the tag questions are undeniably useful. We make tag questions by taking the auxiliary (助動詞) verb from a normal sentence and put it in the opposite mood (negative becomes positive and positive becomes negative)

Lets make some examples:

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