今回のためになる英語は、友達との日常会話から① let  ②makeの使い方を学びましょう。


letは、let +(A)+動詞の原型で「(A)に~をさせる」という意味で、許可する、というイメージです。

逆にmakeは、make +(A)+動詞の原型で、(A)がしたくない事を半ば強制的にさせる場面に使います。


A: I got home late last night and my mom was very angry.  She lets me stay out until 10pm but I got home at 11pm.


B: Oh really. My mom lets me stay out until 11:30pm.


A: You’re lucky! Do your parents make you do chores?


B: Yeah. Sure. They make me vacuum the house.



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TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Part 2


Kathy turned on the lights and hung up her jacket. She turned on the ovens in the kitchen area and grabbed the clip board that had the list of all the stock needed for the month. This month would be a busy one and Kathy was pleased that their reputation was growing.


Stock (noun); The goods or merchandise kept on the premises of a shop or warehouse and available for sale or distribution.

Q. How many iPhone 7s  do we have in stock?

We have 14 silver ones left in stock.

Our stock is mostly kept in the warehouse due to the fact that our store is so small.

That coffee shop is out of soy milk. They have none in stock.


Reputation (noun); The beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something.

Q. Does that player have a reputation for being very aggressive?

Jabble has a great reputation for teaching and using natural English.

Sony has a reputation for quality electronics.


TOEIC Vocabulary practice

Welcome to the third installment of the TOEIC vocabulary practice.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Part 1


Kathy  opened the door to the store with the newly hung up sign saying ‘La Maison de Chocolat.’ As she entered the sweet and bitter smelling shop she was thinking about this month’s mortgage payments. She shook her head to try and put that aside. Her associate would be coming in any minute.


Mortgage (noun);  is a loan taken to purchase property and guaranteed by the same property.

The bank holds a mortgage on his building.

More and more people are falling behind in their mortgage payments.

Q. How much is your mortgage costing you per month?


Associate (noun); a partner or companion in business or at work.

Q. How many associates do you work with at your office?

My associate and I have been running this business for over 20 years now.

Our associates are working hard to see that the department is ready for the changes.


World Baseball Classic

I went to a World Baseball Classic game on Sunday.

I saw Israel vs Cuba. Israel is a surprise this year as they beat Korea and Taipei. Well they beat Cuba in this game too 4-1. They will play the Netherlands next.

The Dominican Republic look like the team to beat!


TOEIC Vocabulary Practice

Part 10


Brog hurried past the small side streets and alleys of the city. With time running out he suddenly spotted a human male walking a dog in a dark alley. Brog followed closely. It was Brog’s lucky day. It was a poodle. But how to get the dog away from the human thought Brog. There was no time to waste. Brog ran up behind the man as quietly as possible. He grabbed the leash as hard as he could hoping to surprise the human. The man felt the leash being tugged and turned around quickly. Brog realized he had to do something. Withdrawing a small device from a pouch at his side Brog brought the device up to the man’s chest and flicked a small lever. The man shrieked in pain and fell to the ground. Brog hurriedly picked up the poodle and ran back to his space craft.


Waste (verb) use or expend carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.

Don’t waste your money on pachinko!

I think that people in the West often waste food. They should be more aware of the portions.

Q. Have you ever wasted an entire weekend just staying in bed?


Withdraw (verb) remove or take away (something) from a particular place or position.

Hang on guys. I need to withdraw some money from the ATM.

They are withdrawing troops from the border.

Q. Have you withdrawn your application to that art school overseas yet?




「Find」は何か物や人を“見つける” 場面だけではなく、I find it +形容詞で「Think」と同じ “~と思う” という意味を持っています。※自分の経験に基づく感想や意見を述べる時など


A: Is Japanese easy for you?
B: No. Actually, I find it very hard.

A: Do you like hot springs?
B: Yes, they are great. I find them really relaxing.

A:Do you find stand-up comedy funny?
B: Yes, I find it really funny.

A:Was the book interesting?
B:No. To be honest, I found it boring.


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TOEIC Vocabulary Practice

Part 9


It was getting late and Grog needed that poodle. The probability of finding one decreased every hour that passed.


Probability (noun) ; The extent to which something is likely to happen.

Q. What is the probability of a meteor hitting earth?

I would say the probability of me dating her is very low.

Many people believe the probability of alien life is very high.


Decrease (verb);  Make or become smaller or fewer in size, amount, intensity, or degree.

The government is making efforts to decrease the crime in the city.

My doctor told me my cholesterol was high and that I should decrease the amount of salt I consume.

Q. Do you know why they decreased the number of exports last year?


TOEIC Vocabulary Practice

Part 8


After about approximately 7 hours, Grog had collected most of the items. He still needed a poodle. It was crucial to the mission.


Approximately (adverb); used to show that something is almost, but not completely, accurate or exact; roughly.

Q. How many delivers does your company do a year, approximately?

Approximately 200 hundred people are coming to the party.

We have known each other for approximately 14 years.


Crucial; (adjective) decisive or critical, especially in the success or failure of something.

It’s crucial that you check the oil and washer fluid before your big road trip.

Many people believe that finding other planets to inhabit is crucial to our survival.

Q. Do you think it’s crucial that I backup my computer regularly?



今回のためになる英語は、間違えやすい「neither of ~」 と「none of ~」の違いについてです。


「neither of~」は2者間の場合に使い、「none of ~」は3者以上の場合に使います。


※「neither of~」、「none of~」を使う際は、すでにこの2つで否定を意味するので、動詞を否定形にしないようにお気をつけくださいね。



①【Neither of 】2者間 

My nephews, John and David are playing a video game, neither of them want to go to bed.


I went to 2 restaurants in Hawaii,  neither of them were expensive.


Nik and I don’t work tomorrow, however neither of us are going to the farewell party tomorrow night.




②【None of 】3者以上

There are 20 students in my class, none of them know the answer to the question.


I work with 3 other people, none of us are going to go abroad during the Golden Week Holidays.


My friend and I went to three restaurants in Chicago. None of them were good.




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