今回のためになる英語は、” I can’t stand ~”で、日本語の意味は「~は我慢できない」、「~は耐えられない」となります。動詞 stand の「立つ」とは全く関係ない意味になりますので、こちらはフレーズとして覚えて下さいね。

A: Do you have any plans this summer ?

B:I’m planning on going to Karuizawa.

A: Oh, yeah? That sounds very nice!

B: Summer in Tokyo is terrible. I can’t stand the heat in the city.

A: I know what you mean.



I can’t stand the smell of natto.

I can’t stand the crowded trains in Japan.

I can’t stand living downtown in a major city.


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今回のためになる英語は、”Keep  in mind that ….” です。

・・・(that 以下)は覚えておいてね。心に留めておいてね”という意味になります。


Teacher : It seems that we have to cancel the marathon today due to bad weather.


Student : Yay, we don’t have to run! Running is the worst.


Teacher : Okay, but keep in mind that you are going to have to run sometime next week.




Keep in mind that you have to bring your own food and drinks to the potluck party.


Keep in mind that you have to finish the report by noon Friday.


Keep in mind that you need a Visa to travel to Brazil.



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今回のためになる英語は、It’s  surprising ~(~の部分はhow +形容詞+主語+動詞になります。) “~(Surprising以下)には驚く。”という意味になります。


A: Hey, Tom, how are you? How’s Paul and Chris ?


B: Hi, I’m good and they are turning 12 this month. It’s surprising how fast kids grow up.


A: That’s true. How’s their school going?


A: It’s good. It’s surprising  how easy kids can remember new things.



下記の例も音読してみてくださいね。It’s ~の~部分を変えて、Surprising 以外でも同じように使えますので、応用してみてください。


It’s surprising how fast the weather changes in Guam.


It’s amazing  how fast houses are built in Japan.


It’s annoying how slow this computer works.



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Golden week in Kansai

I spent 4 days travelling around Kansai in Golden week.

I went to one of my favorite places to take pictures: Fushimi Inari.

I love all the red gates (torii)  lined up the path. There are so many they just keep going.

Near the entrance of the area they always cook sparrow (Suzume 雀 ) on a barbecue. It’s interesting but I don’t think I’ll try it. Anyhow, it was a great trip.