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Restaurant English – Expressions waiters, and staff use

Restaurant English

When you go to a restaurant, you usually have a good idea of what’s going to happen. That’s because eating at a restaurant usually follows a set script. The waiters aren’t actually given a written script to memorize, of course. But even so, waiters and waitresses usually stick to a very narrow range of phrases. Here’s what you can expect when you go to a restaurant.

The host or hostess

When you first go in, the host or hostess will want to know how many people are eating with you. They might ask:

How many?

Or, in a fancier restaurant:

How many are in your party?

If they can see how many people walked in together, they might simply ask:

Two?

Some popular restaurants expect you to have a reservation before you come. In that case, the hostess might ask:

Do you have a reservation?

If the place is really busy, you might have to wait. They’ll say:

It’s going to be about a 15-minute wait.

If you decide to wait, they’ll write your name on a list:

Can I get your name?

And then, when it’s your turn to sit:

Mr. Knight, your table is ready.

The host or hostess will take you to your table with one of these phrases:

Right this way.

Follow me, please.

If it’s a nice restaurant, they may ask:

Would you like me to take your jackets for you?

And then they say goodbye:

Jacob will be your server tonight.

Enjoy your meal.

The waiter or waitress

The waiter will usually start off by introducing him- or herself:

Welcome to D’Angelo’s. My name is Rebecca.

Depending on the atmosphere of the restaurant, they may try to make some small talk:

How are you doing this evening?

If the restaurant has daily specials, the server will tell you about them:

Let me tell you about our specials today. We have a miso-glazed Chilean Sea Bass with a side of mashed sweet potatoes and sauteed spinach.

Then you’re expected to order drinks:

Can I get you something to drink?

If you’re not sure, the server will offer to come back again in a few minutes:

Do you need a little time to decide?

They’ll go around the table to each person, using phrases like these:

And for you sir?

And for you miss?

What can I get for you?

Then they’ll leave:

I’ll be right back with your drinks.

The main food order

When the waiter or waitress returns, he or she will ask you to order your food:

Are you ready to order?

If the dish you order has a choice of side dishes, they’ll offer to let you choose:

That comes with either fries or a baked potato. Which would you prefer?

Would you like fries with that, or a baked potato?

If you ask for something, the server will say:

Sure.

Or at a fancier restaurant:

Certainly.

But if you ask for something that’s not available, you’ll hear:

Oh, I’m sorry. We’re all out of the salmon.

When the waiter or waitress brings you your food, they’ll probably ask:

Can I get you anything else?

Would you like anything else?

After you’re finished eating everything, someone will come to collect your dishes:

Would you like me to take that?

Then the server will come out to ask about your meal and offer dessert:

How was everything?

Can I interest you in our dessert menu?

The bill/check

When you’re finished with your meal, they’ll offer to bring you the check:

I’ll bring the check right out.

And sometimes there are questions about the check:

Would you like me to split it?

Do you need any change?


May I help you?

How many people?

Are you ready to order?

Here is your menu.

Would you like another menu?

Are you finished with this?

Please use the buzzer when you are ready to order.

Smoking (kitsuen) or non-smoking (kinen) sections…

I’m very sorry that’s sold out.

#/trackback – The Art of Website Trackback Etiquette

The Art of Website Trackback Etiquette

Trackback Etiquette: Using trackbacking as a traffic building tool is a fine art. Many bloggers make the mistake of going trackback crazy before their blog has enough or even any content. This may bring new readers in but they will not stay long or bookmark your site as you don’t give them a reason to. It is also important to know your place in the blog hierarchy. The really popular bloggers are trackbacked constantly so you will not likely get their attention by trackbacking because you will be one of many. You need to carefully pick and choose who you trackback and when you trackback if you want to use it for building your blog traffic. Trackback spam is also a big problem nowadays, so when you receive a trackback to your blog, make sure you check to see the blog that initiated it, it could be a spam blog. You will know this because the blog doesn’t have any original content, it just republishes the content of other blogs. I suggest you delete any trackback spam and only let the real trackbacks from real blogs go through live on to your blog or website. Try some trackbacks today and see if it will open doors to new relationships with other bloggers. Here’s to your blogging success, Yaro Starak from Entrepreneurs-Journey Edited by Glen Rowell

What is a trackback link? Trackbacks, Pingbacks and Linkbacks

TrackbackTrackback Links

Trackback links are one of four types of linkback methods. They allow website companies or authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents. They enable them to keep track of who is linking to their articles. Some weblog software and content management systems, such as SilverStripe, WordPress, Drupal, and Movable Type, support automatic pingbacks. Pingbacks allow links in a published article to ping when published. Pingbacks are automated and don’t send any content. The term trackback is for any kind of linkback.

How To Send A Trackback

Each blogging software system handles trackbacks differently. Bloggers can also choose to switch them off or require every one be approved before going live, so don’t be surprised when you send a trackback and it doesn’t show up, it may have nothing to do with you. Some websites will trackback automatically, or attempt to, especially if they are the same format. For example a WordPress blog trackbacking a WordPress blog. In that case as long as you include a link to the other blog’s post your blog will attempt a trackback, sometimes called a pingback. Usually you have to manually enter a trackback URI into the blog entry you are creating. You can find the URI at the end of most blog posts (take a look at your blog posts for the term Trackback URI or similar). By the way – URL = Uniform Resource Locator, a fancy name for ‘Link’ URI = Uniform Resource Identifier, another fancy name for ‘Link’ I use WordPress and for each blog post I make there is a trackback input box section for entering trackback URIs. I copy and paste the trackback URI from the blog entry I want to link to and when I click publish my blog will send the trackback. My blog will also confirm when a trackback has been sent after publishing my post.

How To Get Traffic

If you follow someone else’s post you are leaving a link that points back to your blog. Someone who reads the article may click through from the link and visit your blog. In some cases, if they are not using the “nofollow” tag, you get some PageRank juice (not sure what PageRank is? Read this short introduction – https://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/275/pagerank-explained/) which will help your search engine rankings.

What Does “nofollow” Mean?

The “nofollow” tag is a line of code that some blogging systems, such as WordPress, implement automatically. The tag is added to every link left in comments and trackbacks so the search engines don’t follow the link (humans however view it like a standard link so can follow it like normal). Its supposed purpose is to stop people spamming blog comments purely for links but it really doesn’t work that well as a deterrent.  

Send Trackbacks For Traffic

Trackbacks are good because they bring traffic to your site when you trackback other blogs. Being the “victim” of a trackback is also good because it means another blogger has read your blog and deemed something you wrote worthy of including in their blog. There is a good chance if they trackbacked you that they also made a direct link to your blog too. This helps your social proofing because it provides evidence that other people are reading and responding to your blog articles. However the real power of trackbacking is an awareness building tool to get the attention of other bloggers. When you first start blogging not many people will know your blog exists. By trackbacking other bloggers you demonstrate interest in their content which is a surefire way to make them interested in you and your blog. It’s very likely that the blogger you trackbacked will follow the link and see what your site is all about. If you have been following my advice and have written some pillar articles your new visitor will like what they see, very likely subscribe to your blog and if you are lucky may even trackback you or mention your blog in a future entry on their blog. If nothing else, by trackbacking a blogger you will forever occupy some of their mind-space, which in the future may open up all kinds of doors and opportunities for traffic.

How to Study in Six Simple Steps

How to Study in Six Simple Steps

Space (1)

How to Study: It is easier to study when you are in a comfortable space. Make room, mentally and physically, for studying. Take a deep breath and pause for a moment before you start. Remember the types of things that make you comfortable.

Place (2)

Personalize your workspace.

Pace (3)

Notice the way you like to work, and adjust your pace accordingly. If you work slowly just allow more time to study. 10 minutes break for 30 minutes study works for a lot of people.

Memory (4)

Our brains are wired to remember the first and last things best. So use this to your advantage by putting the most important bits of information there.

Method (5)

It’s always good to have a plan. However big or complex your task may look at first sight, with a feasible plan you can always find a way to manage it. When studying, break your biggest goal into smaller chunks or tasks. It’s best if each of these chunks consists of a single topic. Often, you’ll discover one or two key elements that stand out and get fixed in your mind. You can then use those as building blocks. Classic tricks used by memory professionals include ‘the house of memory’ where you place everything you want to remember in unique locations in the house. It’s also useful to use humor — play with your key-words and make them funny or outrageous. You’ll be surprised at how much easier they are to memorize.

Mind maps (6)

mind map is rough diagram that you can make to visually outline information. You can create a mind map by starting with the primary word or phrase of a topic in the center, with related, lesser categories branching out from it. Subcategories of these are on smaller branches, still. Your categories can consist of anything you think is important; they can be important terms, ideas, or tasks to complete — whatever you need to help you study or organize the information. Mind maps are easy to master if you don’t use them already, and you’ll discover they help you remember masses of information much more efficiently than conventional lists. If you’re not satisfied with your current note-taking skills, try building a mind map during your next class or lecture and see if you find it more helpful.

The EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency – Second Stage

A sample of the 2nd part of the EIKEN test

The speaking test:

EIKEN Test Sample

The EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency – Second Stage


Sample Topic: Practical Skills

Today, practical skills such as using computers and speaking foreign languages are regarded as important. As a result, many schools are offering classes for these skills, and learning them gives students more opportunities to find jobs. However, some teachers say that students are losing interest in traditional subjects like math and history. Practical skills are useful, but studying traditional subjects is also important.


 

Eiken Questions with Sample Answers

Question: According to the passage, how does learning practical skills help students?

 

Sample Answers:

1. By giving them more opportunities to find jobs.

2. By giving students more opportunities to find jobs.

3. Learning practical skills helps students by giving them more opportunities to find jobs.

 

Pronunciation points:

Take care when saying words that begin with TH sounds like them. A common mistake is to make the TH sound sound like long Z. If you do this, the word them will sound like you are saying zem. Also take care when saying the second last syllable of the word opportunities.

 

Answer: Audio Sample 1

 

Answer: Audio Sample 2

 
The EIKEN Test: One day, Mr. Suzuki was asked something in English by a customer at his bookstore. He said to the customer, “I don't understand English.” A few seconds later, a worker at the store talked to the customer in English for him. Mr. Suzuki felt a little embarrassed that he could not help the customer himself. One week later, Mr. Suzuki started attending an English language class. He hoped that he would be able to speak with customers in English in the future.

EIKEN Test 2-1

Question: Now, please look at the picture and describe the situation. You have 20 seconds to prepare. Your story should begin with: “One day, Mr. Suzuki was asked something in English by a customer at his bookstore.”

Please begin.

Answer: One day, Mr. Suzuki was asked something in English by a customer at his bookstore. He said to the customer, “I don’t understand English.” A few seconds later, a worker at the store talked to the customer in English for him. Mr. Suzuki felt a little embarrassed that he could not help the customer himself. One week later, Mr. Suzuki started attending an English language class. He hoped that he would be able to speak with customers in English in the future.

Now, Mr. / Ms. ___, please turn over the card and put it down.


EIKEN Test 2-2

Question: Some people say that, because of computers, people spend too much time alone. What do you think about that?

Answer: I agree. People don’t have to talk to others while using computers. They should have more face-to-face communication with others.

Answer: I don’t think so. Actually, computers make it easier for us to communicate with our friends. We can e-mail them and arrange where to meet.


EIKEN Test 2-3

Question: Today, many schools in Japan have stopped having classes on Saturdays. Do you think this is good for students?
Yes. → Why?
Answer: Students have more time to spend with their friends. They also have time for volunteer and club activities.
No. → Why not?
Answer: Schools should give more lessons to their students. Students need to study hard to pass exams and to get jobs.


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Navigation

If a navigation bar is the roadmap to a website, it’s probably best to show every page there, right? That way people are sure to find what they need… Actually, not so much. Many people take the “more is more” approach to their top (or side) navigation menu—the logic being that if visitors need to find something, at least they’ll be able to find it in the main menu. The thing is, navigation menus work best when they are short and sweet. There’s a few reasons for this:
  • User experience: A short menu is easier and faster for people to read through—if they have to hunt through lots of options, they are more likely to bounce.
  • Search engine optimization (SEO): A short, clear menu makes it easier for search engines to navigate, understand, and index your site.
  • Design: Most website templates are designed with one line of navigation in mind. Adding more than that can make your navigation look crowded, hard to read, and in some cases “break” the style of your website.

Does the navigation bar need help?

One way to assess a website is to simply count the number of menu items in the navigation. A good rule of thumb is to keep it to no more than seven choices. Any more than that, and you may be stretching your readers’ attention spans. Another sign is if you see the navigation breaking onto two lines. If this is happens, it’s a good idea to reconsider the presentation of pages.    

DCW (Digital Camera Warehouse) Offers Great Discounts to Students

DCW Sapporo

DCW Discount

DCW (Digital Camera Warehouse) is offering English students great discounts on cameras and also photography lessons. If interested, contact their stores in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. *Free delivery of products, Australia wide. Glen (^-^)v Sapporo Eikaiwa AGREATDREAM

DWC FAQs

Buying from Us

How can I contact you or buy from you?

We have 4 stores (Brisbane, Melbourne and 2 in Sydney). Plus we have a contact centre available during the same trading hours as all of our stores. Call us on 1300 365 220. You can also order right here on our website 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our prices are the same in our stores, over the phone and online.

Are the prices you advertise (online and in-store) the best price you can do?

Yes they are. We have the same price in-store, online and on the phone. Every customer has the same opportunities to get a great price regardless of where they shop. Our sales teams in our stores and on the phone talk to our customers about product, not price. No haggling, no deals. Just real customer service. The first priority of our sales team is to listen, then to ask relevant questions to find out what our customer needs in a camera or accessory. And then our sales team can help narrow down the search and make sure our customer gets the right product. That’s our priority.

Are there any extra charges for using my credit card?

There is no charge when using MasterCard or Visa credit cards. Amex cards incur a 2% surcharge.

Shipping and Handling

Will you ship my order?

Yes. We ship anywhere in Australia. If any part of your item is temporarily out of stock we will ship what we have and ship the rest as soon as it comes in. You will only be charged one delivery fee.

How much will shipping and handling cost?

Shipping and handling is a one-off charge. The shipping and handling charge on orders up to $200 is $11 and for orders over $200 the shipping and handling charge is $19. The cost of shipping and handling on items that are bulky (some printers, scanners, backpacks, tripods, multiple cameras etc) will be charged at a higher rate if necessary and we will contact you to inform you of shipping and handling costs. Some smaller, lower cost items may be shipped via Australia Post. Your invoice will reflect this once your item has been despatched.

Is my order insured in transit?

Yes. Your order is fully insured for damage or non-delivery (lost in transit).

Tourist Refund Scheme/Duty Free

Can I buy Duty Free cameras from you?

Yes. Under the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) travellers can claim a refund, subject to conditions on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on goods bought in Australia.

If you’re going overseas you can purchase from one of our stores or order online and we will provide you the required tax invoice when you receive your camera.

For further information on how to claim your duty free refund through the TRS, visit http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Tour

Privacy

How can I be sure you do not pass on my personal details to a third party?

We take our responsibilities with your personal details seriously. We only give out your details to the credit company to process your order and the couriers to deliver it.

Returns

Faulty Products

At Digital Camera Warehouse (DCW) we hope that you never have a faulty product, however we understand that sometimes this can happen. We will work within Australian Consumer Law guidelines to obtain the best outcome for you. If the product you purchased from us has a fault, you can return it to any one of our four stores (you will need Photo ID with you) or you can contact Customer Service for advice:
  • Call Customer Service on 1300 365 220 to discuss the issue and obtain a Return Authority (RA) number
  • E-mail us at customerservice @ digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au to communicate the issue and to obtain a Return Authority number. Without a Return Authority number the item may be refused
  • Return any faulty items with their original accessories and components; we will process this with the Australian Supplier on your behalf.
In the event a refund is applicable, a credit to the card or account originally used to pay for the goods will be processed by DCW within 7 days of the matter being resolved.

Incorrect Choice

We are happy to look at individual customer situations and exchange or refund incorrectly ordered products (unless they are special order items). Obviously the item must be in a saleable condition for an exchange or refund to occur e.g. no signs of physical damage and in original packaging. We will need you to return the item to one of our stores. If you are unable to get to one of our stores, please contact us on 1300 365 220 or email us at customerservice @ digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au to discuss return via registered post. If you need to return a product for any other reason please contact our Customer Service team on 1300 365 220 or email us at customerservice @ digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au

Warranty

Is my camera covered by an Australian warranty, as supplied by the Australian wholesaler/distributor?

Yes. All cameras come with a back to base warranty with the official Australian camera distributor. This means your camera is fully protected by the Australian distributor. All camera repair and warranty work takes place in Australia through the official distributor. Australian Manufacturer’s warranties also entitle you to claim supplier redemptions, cash back bonuses and other great promotions and competitions.

Can I get extra protection through you?

Yes. Extra protection is available if you buy your camera from us. Please contact us on 1300 365 220 for further information.

Are your cameras ‘grey market’?

DWC has not, does not and will not sell ‘grey cameras’.

Top 10 Study Tips + How to Study English Effectively

Top 10 Study Tips study-skills-how-to-study Top 10 Study Tips – Below are a few ideas from Kenneth Beare on studying English effectively. Thanks Kenneth.
There are many ways to study English, but many students ask which is the most effective. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a single answer that is right for every student. However… I can certainly give advice. Here are some helpful guidelines as to how to study that should help. Warming-up to Study English Just as there are exercises to help you warm up before you play some basketball or other sport, there are exercises which can help you warm up to study English. Here are some simple exercises to help you warm up. Top 10 Study Tips
  • Study English I: Activating Your Vocabulary Activate your vocabulary by thinking or speaking briefly about the subject you are about to work on. For example, if you are going to study English on topics that focuses on vacations, take a moment to think about your last vacation, what you did, what you enjoyed, etc. This simple exercise will help your brain warm-up to vocabulary that you are likely to encounter as you study English about this particular subject.
  • Study English II: Activating Your Grammar Activate your grammar by thinking about the general grammar area before you begin to study. For example, if you are going to study English grammar focusing on the past, stop to think about what you did last weekend, where you went, etc. to help activate what you already understand about using the past. As with activating vocabulary, you’ll help your brain bring up what it knows about the past simple in an easy way before you begin to focus on studying English grammar in detail.
  • Study English III: Singing a Song Before class begins, or before you sit down to study English sing a song in English to yourself. Make sure to use a song that you understand and know very well. This short and fun exercise will help your brain focus on the English language in a relaxing manner. It’s important to be relaxed when you study English! Singing a song also helps activate the creative side of your brain which can help you come up with more examples as your practice conversation or do some creative writing.
  • Study English IV: Typing a Short Paragraph in English If you going to study English at your desk, begin by typing a simple paragraph in English. You can type about your day, your hobbies, your friends, etc. Anything will do. Typing helps activate the kinetic part of your brain that helps improve learning through physical activity. I also recommend typing while you study your English grammar. This will help solidify your knowledge with movement.
  • Study English V: A Thousand Words … As the saying goes in English: A picture is worth a thousand words. Help activate the creative side of your brain by trying to describe a photo or other image. You can combine use this also to activate your vocabulary by choosing a picture that has something to do with the subject your are going to study in English.
Study English – Tips for Success Here are some study for success to help you as you study English.
  • Study English Every Day It’s important to study English every day. However, don’t exaggerate! Study for thirty minutes every day instead of two hours once a week. Short, steady practice is much better for learning than long periods on an irregular basis. This habit of studying English every day will help keep English in your brain fresh.
  • Study English Using Different Methods to Learn Don’t just use one way to study English. Use a variety of methods which will help all the parts of your brain (multiple intelligences) help you. For example, if you are learning new vocabulary, create a word map, describe a picture, make a list and study that, type out the words five times. All of these methods together help to reinforce your learning.
  • Study English by Finding some Friends There is nothing like having a few friends to study English together. You can practice the exercises together, have conversations together (in English!), and, as you study English together, help each other with exercises you may not understand.
  • Study English by Choosing Topics that Interest You One of the most important things to do is to study English using topics that you like. This will help motivate you because you will also be learning about a topic you find interesting while you study English.
If you are in Sapporo, Hokkaido and interested in face-to-face English lesson, feel free to contact us any time. We also offer online lesson to people living outside Sapporo.  

Study Tips

Marty Lobdell – Study Less Study Smart

Data from the University of Michigan and the University of Hawaii

   

 Thomas Frank: Study Less Study Smart, A 6-Minute Summary of Marty Lobdell’s Lecture – College Info

   

Josh Kaufman: How to Learn Anything Fast

   

Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques

Hokkaido Explorer ・ 北海道エクスプローラー (hokkaidoexplorer.com)

Hokkaido Explorer: If you are in Hokkaido and looking for English travel information check out this new website. It has stories and videos about food, drinks, famous places and people around Hokkaido.

Hokkaido Explorer ・ 北海道エクスプローラー

hokkaidoexplorer.com Hokkaido Explorer

Hokkaido Tour Guide

If you are looking for hotels or information on Hokkaido, another website you can check out is https://a4jp.com/1/advertshops  It has hotel and event information mainly for East Hokkaido.

The North Island

Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is known for its volcanoes, natural hot springs (onsens) and ski areas. Daisetsuzan National Park is home to steaming, volcanic Mount Asahi. Shikotsu-Tōya National Park contains caldera lakes, geothermal springs and a Mount Fuji look-alike called Mount Yōtei. If you are looking for a popular ski resort you can visit areas like Rusutsu, Furano and Niseko, also smaller ski areas like Onze and Bunkei too.

Hokkaido Explorer

Area: 83,450 km² Weather: 0°C, Wind NW at 6 m/s, 77% Humidity Population of Hokkaido: 5,381,733 (Oct 1st, 2015, Census) Older Population of Hokkaido: 5.474 million (Mar 31, 2012, Wiki), 5,506,419 (Oct 1st, 2010, Census)… Capital: Sapporo Peak: Asahi-dake Formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso… It ranks first in national production of agricultural products: including beef, corn, wheat, soybeans, potatoes, sugar beet, onions, pumpkins, and raw milk. Hokkaido also accounts for 22% of Japan’s forests with a sizable timber industry. Japan’s coldest region, Hokkaido has relatively cool summers and icy/snowy winters. Snowfall varies widely from as much as 11 meters (400 in) on the mountains adjacent to the Sea of Japan down to around 1.8 meters (71 in) on the Pacific coast.

Education

Hokkaido has 37 universities (7 national, 5 local public, and 25 private universities), 34 junior colleges, and 5 colleges of technology (4 national and 1 local public colleges). Colleges and Universities: Hokkaido University, Hokkai Gakuen University, Hokkaido University of Science, Hokkaido University of Education, Sapporo Medical University, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido… Population of Japan: 127,094,745 (Oct 1st, 2015, Census)  

Emulate – Vocabulary

Emulate: To strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation

Emulate – Vocabulary

ˈɛmjʊleɪt/ verb: emulate; 3rd person present: emulates; past tense: emulated; past participle: emulated; gerund or present participle: emulating Match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation. “most rulers wished to emulate Alexander the Great”

Synonyms

imitate, copy, reproduce, mimic, mirror, echo, follow, model oneself on, take as a model, take as an example; imitate. “hers is not a hairstyle I wish to emulate

Computing

reproduce the function or action of (a different computer, software system, etc.). “The adaptor is factory set to emulate an NVidia graphics board.”

Other Examples

Charleston wants to emulate Manhattan’s selfie-ready linear park but avoid the displacement it wrought. Is that possible? Published in 1991, it’s not the oldest emulation that’s on offer but it’s probably the best for feeling like you’re using a full computer setup. The Philadelphia 76ers should be looking to emulate the San Antonio Spurs and their success statistically in almost every season. Gandhi Sangrahalay director Razi Ahmad on Thursday called upon the students to emulate the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin aemulat- ‘rivalled, equalled’, from the verb aemulari, from aemulus ‘rival’.

Japanese

1. 倣う (narau): imitate 2. 競う (kisou): to compete with 3. 傚う (narau): imitate; follow 4. エミュレート (emyure-to)
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DLS… What does it mean? Dirty Little Secret, Dynamic Light Scattering

DLSWhat does DLS mean?


Web Acronyms: DLS The meaning of DLS (acronym/abbreviation/slang word) Ever wondered what DLS really means?
Slang words, abbreviations and acronyms are listed here on the Sapporo Eikaiwa AGREATDREAM Internet Slang Dictionary. Your resource for web acronyms, web abbreviations and netspeak.
The DLS Definition The definition of DLS is “Dirty Little Secret” slang dictionary DLS is an acronym, abbreviation or slang word that is explained above where the definition is given.
The All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret – Music Video with Song Lyrics
Song Lyrics: Let me know that I’ve done wrong When I’ve known this all along I go around a time or two Just to waste my time with you Tell me all that you’ve thrown away Find out games you don’t wanna play You are the only one that needs to know [Chorus] I’ll keep you my dirty little secret (Dirty little secret) Don’t tell anyone, or you’ll be just another regret (Just another regret, hope that you can keep it) My dirty little secret Who has to know When we live such fragile lives? It’s the best way we survive I go around a time or two Just to waste my time with you Tell me all that you’ve thrown away Find out games you don’t wanna play You are the only one that needs to know [Chorus] Who has to know The way she feels inside (inside)? Those thoughts I can’t deny (deny) These sleeping thoughts won’t lie (won’t lie) And all I’ve tried to hide It’s eating me apart Trace this life out I’ll keep you my dirty little secret (Dirty little secret) Don’t tell anyone, or you’ll be just another regret (Just another regret) [Chorus] Dirty little secret Dirty little secret Who has to know? Who has to know?
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What are Verbs?

Verbs describe the way someone or something does something. They describe the action. They are actions. Eat, sleep, love, study, any word that involves motion or physical activity is considered to be a verb. Verbs

Verb List(動詞リスト)

Verbs beginning with the letter A

accept add admire admit advise afford agree alert allow amuse analyse announce annoy answer apologise appear applaud appreciate approve argue arrange arrest arrive ask attach attack attempt attend attract avoid

Verbs beginning with the letter B

back bake balance ban bang bare bat bathe battle beam beg behave belong bleach bless blind blink blot blush boast boil bolt bomb book bore borrow bounce bow box brake branch breathe bruise brush bubble bump burn bury buzz

Verbs beginning  with the letter C

calculate call camp care carry carve cause challenge change charge chase cheat check cheer chew choke chop claim clap clean clear clip close coach coil collect colour comb command communicate compare compete complain complete concentrate concern confess confuse connect consider consist contain continue copy correct cough count cover crack crash crawl cross crush cry cure curl curve cycle

Verbs beginning with the letter D

dam damage dance dare decay deceive decide decorate delay delight deliver depend describe desert deserve destroy detect develop disagree disappear disapprove disarm discover dislike divide double doubt drag drain dream dress drip drop drown drum dry dust

Verbs beginning with the letter E

earn educate embarrass employ empty encourage end enjoy enter entertain escape examine excite excuse exercise exist expand expect explain explode extend

Verbs beginning with the letter F

face fade fail fancy fasten fax fear fence fetch file fill film fire fit fix flap flash float flood flow flower fold follow fool force form found frame frighten fry

Verbs beginning with the letter G

gather gaze glow glue grab grate grease greet grin grip groan guarantee guard guess guide

Verbs beginning with the letter H

hammer hand handle hang happen harass harm hate haunt head heal heap heat help hook hop hope hover hug hum hunt hurry

Verbs beginning with the letter I

identify ignore imagine impress improve include increase influence inform inject injure instruct intend interest interfere interrupt introduce invent invite irritate itch

Verbs beginning with the letter J

jail jam jog join joke judge juggle jump

Verbs beginning with the letter K

kick kill kiss kneel knit knock knot

Verbs beginning with the letter L

label land last laugh launch learn level license lick lie lighten like list listen live load lock long look love

Verbs beginning with the letter M

man manage march mark marry match mate matter measure meddle melt memorise mend mess up milk mine miss mix moan moor mourn move muddle mug multiply murder

Verbs beginning with the letter N

nail name need nest nod note notice number

Verbs beginning with the letter O

obey object observe obtain occur offend offer open order overflow owe own

Verbs beginning with the letter P

pack paddle paint park part pass paste pat pause peck pedal peel peep perform permit phone pick pinch pine place plan plant play please plug point poke polish pop possess post pour practise pray preach precede prefer prepare present preserve press pretend prevent prick print produce program promise protect provide pull pump punch puncture punish push

Verbs beginning with the letter Q

question queue

Verbs beginning with the letter R

race radiate rain raise reach realise receive recognise record reduce reflect refuse regret reign reject rejoice relax release rely remain remember remind remove repair repeat replace reply report reproduce request rescue retire return rhyme rinse risk rob rock roll rot rub ruin rule rush

Verbs beginning with the letter S

sack sail satisfy save saw scare scatter scold scorch scrape scratch scream screw scribble scrub seal search separate serve settle shade share shave shelter shiver shock shop shrug sigh sign signal sin sip ski skip slap slip slow smash smell smile smoke snatch sneeze sniff snore snow soak soothe sound spare spark sparkle spell spill spoil spot spray sprout squash squeak squeal squeeze stain stamp stare start stay steer step stir stitch stop store strap strengthen stretch strip stroke stuff subtract succeed suck suffer suggest suit supply support suppose surprise surround suspect suspend switch

Verbs beginning with the letter T

talk tame tap taste tease telephone tempt terrify test thank thaw tick tickle tie time tip tire touch tour tow trace trade train transport trap travel treat tremble trick trip trot trouble trust try tug tumble turn twist type

Verbs beginning with the letter U

undress unfasten unite unlock unpack untidy use

Verbs beginning with the letter V

vanish visit vote vomit

Verbs beginning with the letter W

wail wait walk wander want warm warn wash waste watch water wave weigh welcome whine whip whirl whisper whistle wink wipe wish wobble wonder work worry wrap wreck wrestle wriggle
Please wait here. Walk through the park if you want to get there quicker.

Verbs beginning with the letter X

x-ray xeroxed
They had to x-ray her arm.

Verbs beginning with the letter Y

yank yawn yell
You don’t need to yell that loud.

Verbs beginning with the letter Z

zip zoom

Common Spelling Mistakes Made In English

Common Spelling MistakesCommon Spelling Mistakes

English spelling can be tricky, even for English speakers! This is because English is not 100% phonetic and also because there are so many exceptions. 間違いやすい綴りの英単語の一覧 Below is a list of common spelling mistakes made in English

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M |

N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z


Misspelt word X

Correct Spelling 


X abberration aberration
X accomodation / acommodation accommodation
X acheive achieve
X adress address
X alot a lot or allot
X alterior ulterior
X athiest atheist
X beggining beginning
X beleive believe
X catagory category
X Caucasion Caucasian
X cemetary cemetery
X committment commitment (but committed, committing, committee)
X concensus consensus
X concieve conceive
X copywrite copyright
X Dalmation Dalmatian
X decaffinated decaffeinated
X decathalon decathlon
X definately, definetly, definatly, definantly, definently, defiantly… definitely
X dependance dependence
X dessicate, desicate… desiccate
X desireable desirable
X diarhea diarrhoea
X dissapoint disappoint
X dispell dispel
X embarass embarrass
X enviroment environment
X expresso espresso
X facist fascist
X Febuary February
X fivety fifty
X fluoroscent fluorescent
X flouride fluoride
X forteen fourteen
X fourty forty
X freind friend
X geneology genealogy
X Gren, Gran, Glan Glen
X goverment government
X grammer grammar
X hampster hamster
X harrass harass
X hemorage haemorrhage
X heros heroes
X hight height
X hygeine hygiene
X hypocracy hypocricy
X independance independence
X inate innate
X innoculate inoculate
X intresting interesting
X juge judge
X knowlege knowledge
X lazer laser
X libary library
X lightening lightning
X managable manageable
X millenium millennium
X mischievious mischievous
X mispell misspell
X missle missile
X monestary monastery (remember that “monastic” is not “monestic”)
X monkies monkeys
X morgage mortgage
X mountian mountain
X neccessary necessary
X neice niece
X nickle nickel
X nineth ninth
X ninty ninety
X noone no one or no-one
X noticable noticeable
X occured occurred
X occurence occurrence
X oppurtunity opportunity
X opthamologist ophthalmologist
X paralell / parallell parallel
X pasttime pastime
X pavillion pavilion
X peice piece
X percieve perceive
X perserverance perseverance
X persue pursue
X posession possession
X potatoe potato
X preceeding preceding
X pronounciation pronunciation
X privelige privilege
X publically publicly
X quew queue
X rasberry raspberry
X recieve receive
X reccomend recommend
X rediculous ridiculous
X reguardless regardless
X restrant, restarant, restorant, restoront… restaurant
X rythm rhythm
X shedule schedule
X seige siege
X sentance sentence
X seperate separate
X sieze seize
X sincerly sincerely
X speach speech
X stragedy strategy
X supercede supersede
X suprise surprise
X thier their
X tommorrow, tomorow tomorrow
X tounge tongue
X uneform uniform
X vaccuum, vaccume vacuum
X vegeterian, vegitarian vegetarian
X Wendesday, Wensday Wednesday
X wierd weird
X writen written
X writting writing
X yact; yaght yacht

Healthy Zucchini (Courgette) Snacks

zucchiniHow to prepare and cook the zucchini

  1. Cut a zucchini into 5mm thick circles.
  2. Put the cut zucchini into a bowl, with just enough water to cover it.
  3. Put a microwave safe lid on the bowl.
  4. Microwave at 500W for 5 minutes and 30 seconds.
  5. Eat after it cools down a bit.

Health benefits of zucchini (courgette)

  • Only 17 calories per 100g, so they are used in weight reduction and cholesterol control programs.
  • They Contain no saturated fats or cholesterol.
  • The peel is good source of dietary fiber which offers some protection against colon cancers and helps reduce constipation.
  • Relatively moderate source of folates, consists of 24 mcg or 6% of RDA per 100 g. Folates are important in cell division and DNA synthesis.
  • When taken adequately before pregnancy, it can help prevent neural tube defects in the fetus.
  • Very good source of potassium which is a heart friendly electrolyte and important intra-cellular electrolyte; helps reduce blood pressure and heart rates by countering effects of sodium.
  • Fresh zucchinis are rich in vitamin A; provide about 200 IU per 100 g.
  • Golden skin zucchinis are rich in flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as carotenes, lutein and zeaxanthin.
  • These compounds help find and remove harmful oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) from the body that play a role in aging and various disease process.
  • Fresh pods, are good source of anti-oxidant vitamin-C. They provide about 17.9 mcg or 30% of RDA per 100g.
  • Good in B-complex group of vitamins like thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and potassium.

The history/origin of the question mark – Where did it come from?

Question Mark

The question mark (?; also known as an interrogation pointinterrogation markquestion pointquery or eroteme), is a punctuation mark that replaces the full stop (period) at the end of an interrogative sentence in English and many other languages. The question mark is not used for indirect questions. The question mark character is also often used in place of missing or unknown data.

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Origin: Long ago when scholars wrote in Latin, they would place the word questio – meaning “question” at the end of a sentence to indicate a query. Soon questio was shortened to qo to save space when writing, but this caused a different problem – readers might mistake it for the ending of a word. So they squashed the letters into a symbol (a lowercased q on top of an o). Over time the o became just a dot and the q changed into a squiggle, giving us our current question mark.

Question Mark (?)

 * Try not to use question marks with other marks. It is considered bad to use a question mark in combination with other marks. In Japan, you may see this type of usage in manga books. Especially when translated from Japanese into English → !?

Question marks can be used with other marks in informal prose to convey complex tones though: He told you what!? This combination (or similar combination) of punctuation marks is sometimes called an interrobang. The interrobang currently has no role in academic prose though.

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Beef Stir-Fry Recipe

beef stir-fry recipe

Beef Stir-Fry Ingredients

• 250g dried medium egg noodles • vegetable oil • 350g steak, thinly sliced • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced • a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced • 1–2 large fresh red chillies, finely sliced • 200g peanut shoots or bean sprouts • soy sauce • sesame oil • juice of ½ a lime • 1 large red pepper, deseeded and finely sliced • a handful of snow peas, finely sliced • a handful of baby corn, quartered lengthways • 6 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced • a bunch of fresh coriander, leaves picked and roughly chopped • cos lettuce leaves, to serve

Method

Cook the egg noodles in boiling salted water until just tender. Drain, place in a bowl and set aside. Heat a large wok or a heavy-based frying pan until very hot. Add a splash of vegetable oil, then stir-fry the beef slices with the sliced garlic, ginger and chillies until just cooked. Add the shoots or bean sprouts, a good splash of soy sauce and sesame oil and the lime juice for the last 30 seconds of cooking. Tip the contents of the wok into a large bowl, including all the lovely juices. Put the wok back on the heat, add a splash more vegetable oil and all the vegetables. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the cooked noodles and toss well over the heat. Divide the fried vegetables and noodles between 4 plates. Return the beef and juices to the wok and stir-fry until heated through. Add the coriander and toss until well mixed with the beef. Arrange on top of the noodles and garnish with a cos lettuce leaf.

Chef Ramsay How to Stir Fry Beef

Step Up for Cancer in Colorado: Bright Ideas

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ONE CAUSE, ONE COMMUNITY

Step Up for Cancer in Colorado: Giving a few hours of your day can give years to someone else’s life!

Over two years, more than 400 participants have helped raise $215,000 for the local cancer community in Colorado. And last year, one very special yes made a life-saving bone marrow match.

When you Step Up, you’re teaming up with the community in the fight against cancer. Take to the stairs at your own pace as you listen to live music. Wander the concourse and learn about cancer prevention, detection, treatment and more from over 40 non-profit cancer organizations. Stop by the kids zone, get a massage or try some yoga. Because no matter how you Step Up, you’re speaking up.

Step Up for Cancer in Colorado: Bright Ideas


Why running?

Running improves aerobic fitness, also it is a great way to improve cardiovascular health. Plus, it burns calories and can build strength. There is also a long list of psychological benefits you can gain from this sport, also physical and mental health benefits.

Running makes you happier.

If you work out regularly, you’ve already discovered it: No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. And it goes beyond just the runner’s high —that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids. In a 2006, a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise, like 30 minutes of walking on a treadmill, could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order. In a May 2013, study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in which rats and mice got antidepressant-like effects from running on a wheel, researchers concluded that physical activity was an effective alternative to treating depression.

Even on those days when you have to force yourself out the door, exercise still protects you against anxiety and depression, studies show. Moderate exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress even after they are done working out, according to a 2012 study published in Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise. A 2012 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health proved that just 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day.

Ever heard someone call running their drug? Well, apparently, it actually is pretty similar. A 2007 study in Physiological Behavior showed that running causes the same kind of neurochemical adaptations in brain reward pathways that also are shared by addictive drugs.

Bat Cupcake From Woman’s Day With Blue Frosting & Sprinkles

Bat Cupcake

Bat Cupcake From Woman’s Day

Plain cupcakes take flight once decorated with blue frosting and sprinkles, dark chocolate wings and sugar-spun eyes and fangs.

Recipe courtesy of Mark Ferri
Serves: 12
Total Time: 1 hr Prep Time: 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 12  baked and cooled cupcakes
  • 1 can(s) (16 oz) vanilla frosting
  • Wilton royal blue icing color
  • Blue Jimmies (sprinkles)
  • Wilton jumbo confetti and
  • Halloween confetti sprinkles
  • 1  tube black decorating frosting
  • White fondant
  • Wilton dark chocolate candy melts

Directions

  1. Tint the frosting of the bat cupcakes with blue icing color. Then spread the cupcakes with the frosting and sprinkle with blue Jimmies (blue sprinkles). Use jumbo confetti and Halloween confetti sprinkles for eyes if available. Attaching them with a small amount of frosting.
  2. Pipe on black frosting for the mouth. Pinch fondant with fingers and cut it into 24 triangles for fangs.
  3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Melt some candy melts as package directs and transfer to a ziptop bag with a small hole snipped in one corner. Pipe 24 (4×2-in.) wings and 24 (1/2-in.) eyebrow shapes onto a prepared pan. Refrigerate them for 10 minutes. Pipe the candy melt lines onto wings; refrigerate. Peel the wings and eyebrows off wax paper. Insert the wings and eyebrows into cupcakes as liked. Add the fondant fangs.
  4. Eat the delicious bat cupcakes ;)

Pleasant Surprises

Pleasant SurprisesPleasant Surprises – I got a pleasant surprise a few day back when I got into the lift. A lady, I had never met before, greeted me in English and for some reason, it felt like I was back in Australia again. Her pronunciation was so nice. I wonder if she was born in Japan. I’ll have to ask her next time… Japan has changed a lot in the past 10 years and it won’t be long until more people start using English in these day-to-day situations. Glen AGreatDream.com
japantoday.com You Really Don’t Need Japanese, Do You? “Of the roughly 20 countries I’ve been to, Japan is probably the most set up to accommodate people who don’t speak the local language. Many people live here with no more than a handful of simple phrases and do just fine. Lots of signs and menus are in English, and the entire population has received at least six years of English education. Even if you try to speak Japanese, it may not work. Sometimes no matter how perfectly you ask a question in Japanese, you’ll get an answer in English, or at least dumbed-down Japanese. Contrary to many countries that demand you speak the local language, Japan sometimes seems to prefer you don’t speak Japanese.”

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Qq Quickly quickly QUICKLY

List of Words Starting with Qq Quickly quickly QUICKLY

Qq - Words starting with the letter q
quickly  比 more quickly  最 the most quickly 副 速く急いで素早く 1. Come here quickly. (急いでここに来なさい。) 2. You should get there as quickly as possible. (できるだけ急いでそこにいくべきです。) タグ:quickly

7 Letter Words

Word, Scrabble Points, Words With Friends Points

quizzed 35 36 quizzer 34 35 quizzes 34 35 quickly 25 27 quezals 25 27 quetzal 25 27 quokkas 24 25 quicken 22 25 quacked 23 25 quicker 22 24 quaking 21 24 quickie 22 24 quipped 21 24 quixote 23 24 quippus 20 24 quakily 23 24 quibble 20 24 quaffed 23 24 quipper 20 23 quavery 22 23 quaffer 22 23 qualify 22 23 quivery 22 23 qubytes 21 22 quondam 19 22 qabalah 21 22 quiches 21 22 quirked 21 22 quantum 18 22 quahaug 20 22 quaichs 21 22 quamash 21 22 queenly 19 21 quantic 18 21 quavers 19 21 quayage 20 21 quintic 18 21 quinces 18 21 qiviuts 19 21 quahogs 20 21 quadric 19 21 queuing 17 21 quivers 19 21 quaggas 18 21 quaighs 20 21 quomodo 19 21 qwertys 22 21 quakers 20 21 quorums 18 21 quakier 20 21 quohogs 20 21 quinary 19 20 quoting 17 20 quartic 18 20 quangos 17 20 quelled 17 20 quiring 17 20 quietly 19 20 qabalas 18 20 quashed 20 20 quality 19 20 quadded 19 20 queerly 19 20 quilled 17 20 qurshes 19 19 quinela 16 19 quilted 17 19 quillet 16 19 quinols 16 19 quintal 16 19 quintan 16 19 quintin 16 19 quoined 17 19 quinone 16 19 quinoid 17 19 quinine 16 19 quinins 16 19 quinnat 16 19 quinina 16 19 quillai 16 19 queller 16 19 quailed 17 19 quantal 16 19 queened 17 19 quanted 17 19 quashes 19 19 quasher 19 19 quintes 16 18 quintet 16 18 quarrel 16 18 querida 17 18 queered 17 18 quitted 17 18 quadrat 17 18 quartan 16 18 quoited 17 18 qindars 17 18 quintas 16 18 quassin 16 18 quirted 17 18

6 Letter Words

Word, Scrabble® Points, Words With Friends® Points queazy 27 27 quezal 24 26 quacky 24 25 quartz 24 25 quippy 22 24 quokka 23 24 quicks 21 23 quacks 21 23 quippu 19 23 quirky 22 22 qualmy 20 22 quiffs 21 22 quench 20 22 quaggy 20 22 quaffs 21 22 qubyte 20 21 quitch 20 21 quaich 20 21 quiche 20 21 quaked 20 21 quaker 19 20 quaver 18 20 qiviut 18 20 quirks 19 20 quorum 17 20 quaigh 19 20 quipus 17 20 qualms 17 20 quagga 17 20 quahog 19 20 quarks 19 20 quiver 18 20 quohog 19 20 quakes 19 20 quince 17 20 quinic 17 20 qwerty 21 20 qurush 18 19 quango 16 19 qabala 17 19 qubits 17 19 quinsy 18 19 quinol 15 18 quills 15 18 queued 16 18 quinin 15 18 queasy 18 18 quolls 15 18 quells 15 18 quarry 18 18 quotha 18 18 quails 15 17 quinoa 15 17 quired 16 17 quinte 15 17 quinta 15 17 quints 15 17 qindar 16 17 queuer 15 17 queens 15 17 quilts 15 17 queans 15 17 quants 15 17 quanta 15 17 quelea 15 17 quoted 16 17 quaint 15 17 qualia 15 17 querns 15 17 queues 15 17 quoins 15 17 quotas 15 16 quotes 15 16 quoits 15 16 quoter 15 16 qanats 15 16 quaere 15 16 quasar 15 16 quarts 15 16 quarto 15 16 quarte 15 16 quatre 15 16 queers 15 16 quires 15 16 qintar 15 16 quiets 15 16 quests 15 16 quirts 15 16

5 Letter Words

Word, Scrabble® Points, Words With Friends® Points quack 20 22 quick 20 22 quaky 21 21 quiff 20 21 quaff 20 21 quake 18 19 qophs 19 19 qualm 16 19 quipu 16 19 quark 18 19 quirk 18 19 qubit 16 18 quips 16 18 query 17 17 qursh 17 17 queys 17 17 quoth 17 17 quays 17 17 quoll 14 17 quill 14 17 quell 14 17 quash 17 17 quags 15 17 quins 14 16 quale 14 16 quant 14 16 quint 14 16 quail 14 16 quads 15 16 quoin 14 16 quods 15 16 quids 15 16 quilt 14 16 quern 14 16 quean 14 16 queue 14 16 queen 14 16 quoit 14 15 quasi 14 15 quart 14 15 quass 14 15 quota 14 15 qaids 15 15 qanat 14 15 quote 14 15 quits 14 15 quite 14 15 qadis 15 15 quiet 14 15 quate 14 15 quais 14 15 queer 14 15 quirt 14 15 quare 14 15 quire 14 15 quest 14 15

4 Letter Words

Word, Scrabble® Points, Words With Friends® Points quiz 22 23 qoph 18 18 quip 15 17 quey 16 16 quag 14 16 quay 16 16 quod 14 15 quid 14 15 quin 13 15 quad 14 15 qaid 14 14 quit 13 14 qadi 14 14 quai 13 14 qats 13 13

3 Letter Words

Word, Scrabble® Points, Words With Friends® Points qua 12 13 qis 12 12 qat 12 12

2 Letter Words

Word, Scrabble® Points, Words With Friends® Points qi 11 11

Extra TOEIC Quizzes

Extra TOEIC Quizzes

Extra TOEIC Quizzes Extra TOEIC Quizzes I have made and uploaded a few new TOEIC quizzes for registered members. Check them out if you have time. You can see a sample of the TOEIC quiz if you click on the link above. Don’t forget to register if you want to see more ;) Sapporo Eikaiwa and Language School AGreatDream Glen
The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is “an English language test designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment.”

Why should you do the TOEIC test?

It is a globally recognized assessment to evaluate the English skills of non-native English learners.o It is increasingly being demanded by business corporations that seek individuals that are highly competent in English to support international projects and overseas business expansions. In this world of globalization, you will be able to gain more linguistic skills to communicate effectively both in the work place and in your private life. As we are well-aware, the job market is highly competitive and you need a competitive advantage to be distinct from other job applicants. Getting a high TOEIC score will support you to be highlighted from other job applicants, so that will be noticed by hiring managers. A high TOEIC score will demonstrate to your hiring managers and superiors at work that you have made an effort to improve your skills and to achieve self-development. It will enhance your image and lead to better career prospects.

How should you prepare for the TOEIC Test?

The above key points will undoubtedly motivate you to get a high score on your TOEIC test. Although there might be many methods to improve your skills, here are some ways that can help you to get a high TOEIC score. Learn new vocabulary: set a goal of learning 10 new words each day. After you understand the meaning of the words, apply them in a sentence. See whether you can make grammatically correct sentences with them. Read the business news section of newspapers and renowned business magazines each week, and become familiar with the business terms used in corporate settings. Listen to English news and other English programs on TV or on the web to improve your TOEIC listening skills. Do many TOEIC practice tests every day under time restrictions. If you get a low score in a specified area of the TOEIC test, concentrate on improving that area more. Do many questions related to that question style. Gain more knowledge of English grammar rules and commonly used English phrases. Listen to the key information of the TOEIC listening tests such as Who? What? When? Where? Why? Most of the questions will be based on the answers to these questions. Maintain a high motivation and have confidence that you can get a high score in the TOEIC test! Our objective is to provide you with resources and mock TOEIC tests so that you will be fully prepared to face the actual test without any fear. Also in the future, we hope to add more articles and tips on how to get a high score.

New English/Japanese Textbooks and Resources

advanced-vocabulary7 new Eiken books, one English Q&A book and 3 piles of mixed booked (^-^) These new textbooks/books will be a nice addition to the ever expanding library.  I just need to index what is in them now. It’s amazing how heavy 3 piles of books can get. I must have been lifting 30 kilos or more. Our online English study project/competition will be starting soon. Feel free to start now if you like. * Touch typing / study software * Glen Sapporo Eikaiwa AGreatDream.com

Effective textbook reading

Effective textbook reading is a key study skill for student success. Nearly every class makes you read them. “Makes” is the right word here. “Requires,” “forces,” or “insists” will also work. Few people read textbooks unless they have to. If you read textbooks for fun, shoot me an email. I need to interview you, because I don’t think you exist. Reading textbooks is weird. That’s right – weird. Granted, we all have to read them. But even you bookworms – the kinds of people who devour the Twilight books in one week, or Harry Potter, or the Hunger Games books – know that textbooks are a bit weird. Think about it. Textbooks are the only books you read today that have pictures on nearly every page (Dr. Seuss fans excluded). In fact, should you be forced to read a textbook without pictures, you are in real trouble. Those books get seriously tough. Nevertheless, understanding how to read a textbook is vital. The goal of a textbook is simple: inform and educate. The goal of the Harry Potter books is very different. Novels tell stories. Textbooks communicate ideas through explanations of information. Because of this, you need a different strategy for reading textbooks. Follow these four easy steps to get on your way.

1. Don’t read front to back (aka, READ BACKWARDS)

Reading a textbook chapter front to back ensures that you will waste time. I know it’s counter-intuitive to not read a book front to back, but don’t do it. Mystery novels stink when you read the back first, as do good thriller movies. If you read the last page of a Sherlock Holmes novel before you read the story, it’ll be lame. If you know Bruce Willis is dead, don’t watch the 6th Sense. But textbooks are rarely building to a suspenseful twist at the end. I promise. I’ve read a lot. They don’t come with surprise endings. “And then, Abraham Lincoln dodged the bullet!” Yep, that’s never going to be in a textbook. Want to try this strategy? Try reading your textbook chapter in this order: Go to the questions at the end first. Read them, answer them to the best of your ability, and then begin your actual reading strategies. This will sort of “prime the engine” of retention. Next, read the final summary of the chapter. This will give you a general background as to the Big Ideas in the chapter. Third, look at the headings and subdivision of the chapter. Fourth, read the chapter introduction. From that point you can then work through the chapter from front to back. By taking this out-of-order strategy, you are focusing not on the chronological order, but rather connecting the ideas found in the chapter together. This is infinitely more important than reading things in the order they were written.

2. Read for Big Ideas

Textbooks are extremely thorough. You, while needing thoroughness, are not going to be able to absorb every tiny detail found in a chapter. You have to focus on what’s most important. See our posts on filtering for more info on this. Textbooks are great because they explain those Big Ideas in context, but make sure you don’t get lost in the minutiae. Read for the Big Ideas first and foremost and you’ll be able to sift through the mountain of information available. In textbooks, Big Ideas are easy to spot because they are often in bold print or section headings. Look for the complete sentence thought that summarizes and drives each subdivision and you’ll have identified the Big Ideas.

3. Read for Key Details

Big Ideas need support. Otherwise they’re just opinions. After you identify each Big Idea, make note of the supporting details that fill out and help the Big Idea make sense. While this looks different in each subject, they should be relatively easy to pick out. Key people, places, and events often make up the key details in history books. Grammar rules are the important details frequently in grammar books. For languages, vocab are some of the most important key details of the chapter. Check your notes against the questions at the end of the chapter. If they reflect the same key details, you know you are barking up the right tree.

4. Read the book once but your notes multiple times

You should never have to read a chapter more than once (in theory). If you’ve done your reading well and taken notes as you read, you have a record of the thoughts being communicated. Granted, it takes a while to adapt to this approach. Don’t be upset if you have a time of adjustment before being able to read a chapter only once. But if you put in the work now to get used to reading a textbook more effectively, consider the time you’ll save in the long-run. We promise you’ll see the benefits quickly. For those of you who are already using this type of active textbook reading strategy, congratulations on making the honor without losing your social life. Well done.