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英会話・英語 アミック Do you eat breakfast?

There is a saying that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, a great many people do not eat it though! During my late teens and early twenties, I did not eat breakfast very often. I found that I had little time in the mornings and was too rushed going to school and later to work. Most of the time that I was at university I would eat breakfast, it becoming one of the only times that all of my flatmates were in the same place. We would enjoy catching up with each other as each of us ate different things. On special occasions we would indulge in a large cooked breakfast, a fruit salad and coffee.
I rarely have such a big breakfast these days! I adapt my regular breakfast to the country that I am living in. In the UK I would often eat porridge, in Thailand I would eat egg and rice and in Japan I usually have Miso soup. It really is delicious!
What do you eat for breakfast?

投稿日:2017年4月24日

英会話・英語 アミック Know Your Sleep Inhibitors

Caffeine is a big one. Most of us know not to drink coffee when bedtime nears. That’s because caffeine can stay in your bloodstream, actively inhibiting sleep, for six hours or more depending on your sensitivity. Caffeine is found in several foods and beverages, including tea, sodas, chocolate, and even some pain relievers.

Smoking is another sleep stealer. Like caffeine, nicotine is a stimulant that can make it hard to fall asleep or can also deliver a less restful sleep. So that’s another reason to quit smoking.

Alcohol before bed can also create problems. While alcohol might help you fall asleep, your increased blood sugar can actually cause you to wake up and make it more difficult to go back to sleep. Alcohol eliminates REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which occurs in the second half of the night. In other words, drinking will make you wake up very early and not get back to sleep. The general recommendation for alcohol use is no more than one drink a day for women and no more than two for men.
Eating too much or too heavy of a meal before bed or going to sleep hungry can disrupt your sleep as well.
And of course, while staying hydrated is a good thing, drinking too much water before bed will undoubtedly lead to waking up in the middle of the night for a bathroom run. This is especially the case as we get older. Aging is associated with decreases in both slow wave sleep and REM sleep, and the biggest culprit is our need to urinate in the middle of the night. So although you don’t want to go to bed thirsty, you might choose to suck on an ice cube rather than drink a whole glass of water in the hours before bedtime.

投稿日:2017年4月22日

「英会話・英語 アミック」No Plans

Golden Week is quickly approaching but I don’t have any big travel plans. It may sound funny but actually I couldn’t be happier. Typically, vacation brings to mind something a bit more exciting than staying at home for a week, but in my case I couldn’t imagine anything better right now. I have many personal goals for this break that I can only achieve alone so I will be busy in a different way than most others I assume. Of course, I do love traveling (and I will later this year), but a bit of solitude in the Iyo countryside is all I need at this time in my life.

Joe

投稿日:2017年4月20日

英会話・英語 アミック Drop bears

Have you ever heard of a bunyip or a yowie?
When I was in primary school we were taught about Aboriginal mythical creatures. The bunyip is a large swamp creature and the yowie a giant, ape-like creature. Having quite an imagination at that age, I believed in the tooth fairy, mermaids and unicorns. So, it wasn’t hard for me to believe the stories I was being told.
Recently, I’ve heard stories about drop bears. It is a vicious, flesh-eating koala (which in fact is not a bear, I might add) that weighs over 100 kilograms. Waiting in the tree tops, they attack people walking below by dropping on them.
Like other urban myths, such as Bigfoot and The Lochness Monster, the drop bear is a modern hoax designed to scare and amuse. Australian Geographic even ran a piece on April Fool’s Day claiming that drop bears preffered to attack people who didn’t have an Aussie accent.
So, if you ever decide to go to Australia and camp in the bush, you should protect yourself by smothering Vegemite all over your body…and don’t forget to look up!

投稿日:2017年4月19日

英会話・英語 アミック When and where would you go?

There are so many wonderful stories about time travel, the settings are throughout history and the future, describing utopias and devastation. The wonderful thing about this literature is that it is only limited by our imagination, we create the laws, rules and parameters that time travel follows. If it’s a person or vehicle that activates the shift, whether the experience is merely observation or interaction and the consequences of any interactions that may occur.

There are many places and times that I would be interested in visiting if it were possible to travel through time and space. I am fascinated by the ancient Egyptians, intrigued by dinosaurs, curious about the beginning and end of the universe. I think I would prefer the encounters to be observational, at least for the trip to see the dinosaurs!

Would you prefer to travel forward or backward in time?

投稿日:2017年4月17日

英会話・英語 アミック Hay fever

Hay fever is a common condition that shows signs and symptoms similar to a cold with sneezing, congestion, runny nose and sinus pressures.
Hay fever is caused by an allergic response to airborne substances, such as pollen – unlike a cold which is caused by a virus.
The time of year in which you get hay fever depends on what airborne substance you are allergic to.
The substance that causes an allergic reaction in hay fever is called an “allergen”. For the majority of people, those who do not get hay fever, these substances are not allergens, because their immune system does not react to them.
What causes hay fever?
Hay fever occurs when the immune system mistakes a harmless airborne substance as a threat. As your body thinks the substance is harmful it produces an antibody called immunoglobulin E to attack it. It then releases the chemical histamine which causes the symptoms.
There are seasonal hay fever triggers which include pollen and spores that will only cause symptoms during certain months of the year.
The following are some examples of hay fever triggers:

Tree pollen – these tend to affect people in the spring.
Grass pollen – these tend to affect people later on in the spring and also in the summer.
Weed pollen – these are more common during autumn (fall).
Fungi and mold spores – these are more common when the weather is warm.

投稿日:2017年4月15日

「英語・英会話 アミック」ミスユニバース

ミスユニバースの愛媛県代表に選ばれた福岡佳奈子さんは、全国大会に向けて今様々なレッスンをされていますが、アミックでも英会話をサポートさせて頂いています(o^^o)v

今週からは東京に拠点を移しての活動になるとのことで、今後はスカイプレッスンに切り替えての指導になります。

医師でもある佳奈子さん。美貌と知性を兼ね備えて、尚且つ努力を惜しまないその姿勢は素敵です。

レッスンの様子は、本日14日夕方6時15分からの南海放送ニュースCh.4の中で放送されるそうです。

ぜひ、皆さんも佳奈子さんを応援してくださいね(^_^*)/

投稿日:2017年4月14日

「英会話・英語 アミック」Snapchat

I’m definitely not one to endorse (or condone) using any form of social media, but I will admit that I’ve been having fun keeping in touch with a small group of friends back in the United States by communicating through Snapchat. If you’ve never used this application, basically you mostly communicate by sending very short videos (I believe 10 seconds is the limit) and you can also do a bit of private messaging. The interesting thing is that all of your video uploads can only be viewed and then replayed once, and all of your messages will disappear after the window is closed. It may sound strange, but it’s refreshing in an age of endless digital content uploaded on a daily basis. It’s also fun just to see a little moment of a person’s life instead of a long-winded video that no one has time to view anyway. It’s been my favourite way to communicate online recently because it connects me to people that I really miss but not in an overwhelming way.

Joe

投稿日:2017年4月13日

英会話・英語 アミック Thai New Year

When I lived in Thailand a few years back, I always got excited about celebrating Songkran. Songkran is celebrated on April 13th and marks the Thai New Year. Depending on the location, it is usually a three-day holiday that is famous for its water festival.

In the morning, families visit temples and offer food and new robes to monks. Water is poured over Buddha statues which symbolizes cleansing and washing away bad luck. The main water festival is most popular amongst young people. In the past, the custom involved sprinkling scented water on people. Nowadays, it is basically a huge water fight! Streets are lined with people ready to drench you with water pistols, cups and buckets of water and even low pressure hoses. They put wet, chalky powder on your face as a blessing and for protection against bad luck.

When I first experienced Songkran, I had a blast…the first two days. By the third day, I had had enough and was using the back streets and alleys, dodging people to try and avoid getting soaked. But, wherever I turned there was always someone with water waiting to bless me!

สวัสดีปีใหม่ - Sawadee Pee Mai! (Happy New Year!)
投稿日:2017年4月12日

【趣味で英語力アップ】好きな事を英語で検索してみよう!

みなさま、こんにちは!
急にお味噌汁が恋しくなり、スーパーに買いに走ったお~じろうです(*・ω・)ノ

なぜだかわかりませんが、年に1度はこういう事があります。。。純日本人ですね><

さて、本日は趣味とネット検索を活かして英語力アップしてみよう!というお話です。

お~じろうは音楽好きなのですが、
特にジャズやドラムについて海外のサイトをチェックします。

例えばJazz Timesという下記のサイト
https://jazztimes.com/
最近の海外のジャズミュージシャン情報を知るのに重宝しています。
よく贈り物でJazzのCDをあげる際にも参考にしています。

下記のNewsなどを読めば単純にTOEIC対策にもなります。
https://jazztimes.com/news/ethan-iverson-leave-bad-plus/

TOEICのテキストばかりでは飽きてしまう方には
こういったリーディングはとてもオススメです。
自分の知りたいことなので、読んでいても疲れません。

TwitterなどのSNSは利用していないお~じろうですが、
ネットでいろいろなミュージシャンのウェブサイトをチェックしたり、
Youtubeでインタビュー動画を観たりするのは大好きです。

例えばジャズドラマー ケンドリック・スコット
http://kendrickscott.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9SxDV2SJAU

例えばジャズコンポーザー マリア・シュナイダー
http://www.mariaschneider.com/default.aspx
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl7ngJ6Tnnk

これだけでもかなりリーディング、リスニングのトレーニングになります。

日頃から英語試験のために英語学習をがんばるのは目標があっていいのですが、
それだと息切れしてしまう方もたくさんいると思います。

まずは自分の好きな事を英語で少しだけ検索してみてはいかがでしょうか?

中高生や大学生、大学院を目指す社会人の方なら、
興味のある大学のウェブサイトをチェックしてみるのも面白いですし、
モチベーションアップにつながります!
https://www.stanford.edu/
https://www.cam.ac.uk/
https://www.berklee.edu/  (←密かに母校を入れてみる。。。><)

その他、憧れの海外の企業を検索したりするのも良いですよ!

それ以外にもちょっと語彙力が必要になりますが、
健康に関する記事なども話のネタになるので時々読んでいます。
http://time.com/section/health/
https://www.nytimes.com/section/health

難しい経済や政治の話が得意な方はいいですが、
TimeやNew York Timesなども上記のように自分と関係の近い記事なら面白く読めると思います。

ぜひ、夢中で読んだり聴いたりできるサイトを見つけてみてください><
英語力アップ間違いなしです!

あとは、自分の趣味について英語で語りたくなったらアミックの無料体験に来てくださいね(*・ω・)ノ

それではみなさまHave a nice day!!

投稿日:2017年4月11日
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アミック・イングリッシュセンターは、1998年に愛媛県重信町(現東温市)で英会話スクールとして創業し、愛媛県松山市と東温市を中心に、これまで18年間誠実に英語を教えて参りました。最近のグローバル化に伴い、英会話スクールの必要性はますます増加しております。特に、スピーキング・リスニング・ライティング・リーディングの4技能をバランスよく持つ人材が必要とされており、英検など4技能対応型の試験への期待も高まっております。小学校の英語必修化や資格試験を重視する大学入試の大幅な変更もすぐそこに迫って来ている中、 アミック・イングリッシュセンターとしては、英検やTOEICの対策にも力を入れており、優秀な外国人及び日本人講師を積極的に採用しております。

特にお伝えしたいアミック・イングリッシュセンターの魅力は、「英語を教える外国人講師及び日本人講師が極めて優秀である」「英語教授法により、効果的に英語力を向上させるカリキュラムが組まれている」「愛媛の松山・東温に地域密着型で英会話スクールを運営し、地域の英語力向上に貢献してきた」「初心者にも優しく、かつ通訳という高い英語力が必要な指導も可能な英会話スクールである」という4点です。

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