Yes, I’m a Yes (Wo)Man. 英会話・英語 アミック

I’ve often heard the term “Yes Man” used negatively. A “Yes Man” could literally be someone who is unable to say no to simple or grand requests, making them a total pushover. A “Yes Man” could also be someone who sucks up to their boss or coworkers by taking on all extra work. I’ve recently read a book that has positively changed the meaning of a “Yes Man” for me. Incidentally, this book is also called Yes Man. It was written by Danny Wallace and chronicles his adventures of saying “yes” to everything in an attempt to bring more openness and satisfaction into his life. Seriously, he says yes to every credit card offer, every invitation, every weekend outing, every. thing. Even an eventual marriage proposal! This newfound willingness to accept all offers leads him on a journey of self-discovery and overall life improvement. 

As someone who loves challenging herself personally, this book presented an experiment that seems right up my alley. Although I live in Japan, I speak and understand very little Japanese. I sometimes find myself saying “はい” to the cashiers at Fuji or 7-11 simply because it makes life easier than pantomiming what I really need. I can relate to this book because saying yes can have amazing results when you’re not 100% sure what the outcome of your “はい” will lead to. This book inspired me to say yes more often. So far, saying yes has gotten me: a free vanilla ice cream from 7-11, a point card to Fuji, and a spot on a relay marathon team. I hope to keep challenging myself to say yes to requests and events. What about you? Will you try to say “yes” more?



“Noid” by Yves Tumor「英会話・英語 アミック」

I just bought the new album “Safe in the Hands of Love” by Yves Tumor yesterday, and already it’s a masterpiece in my mind. He’s known for ambience, dissonance and unease, but here he unveils unprecedented energy via warped, up-beat pop tunes. This track “Noid” actually gives me goosebumps (or chills?) once the peppy strings and bass line transition into something more ominous and unsettling that better match the lyrical content: “I’m scared for my life/ They don’t trust us/ I’m not part of the killing spree/ A symptom, born loser, statistic”. The ambience, dissonance and unease never left after all. They’re just masked as more accessible. 



英会話・英語 アミック 運動会







アメリカの運動会は日本のものとは全く違い、『Field day』と呼ばれるイベントがあるそうです。このField dayは皆で練習を必要とする競技は無く、自由参加OKで、平日開催は当たり前で保護者が見に来ることもありません。














英会話・英語 アミック 英語のことわざ



石井校で水曜日に働いているアンドリュー先生が、授業で使う教材を印刷しようとしていたときのこと。設定がうまくいかなかったのか、1回目、2回目と思った通りにできず、いよいよ3回目というときになって、”Third time’s a charm.”と呟きました。これ、実は「3度目の正直」ということわざの表現なんです。日本語のものと少し違いますね。反対に、「2度あることは3度ある」は”Things come in threes.”と言ったりします。




① Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

② Time flies like an arrow.

③ Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.


(答え:①火のないところに煙は立たず ②光陰矢のごとし ③取らぬ狸の皮算用)


英会話・英語 アミック – Three ways to use ‘pick up’

Three ways to use ‘pick up’

‘Pick up’ is a phrasal verb. This means it is a verb (pick) followed by a particle (up). Phrasal verbs are tricky because they can have many different meanings depending on the context.

Learning something
We can use pick up to describe learning something

  • Children pick up languages very quickly. 
  • I picked up the guitar from spending time with musicians.

Buying something
We can use pick up informally to describe buying something.

  • I often pick up some milk on my way home.
  • She picks up lots of items in the Christmas sales.

Getting an illness
We can use pick up to describe getting an illness.

  • I think I picked up a cold.
  • He picked up the flu from his classmates.

6 More Words My Kindle Has Taught Me – 英会話・英語 アミック

Back in July, I praised my Kindle for all the new words it teaches me thanks to its convenient dictionary feature. Although I usually forget the meanings shortly after looking them up, here are six more words I’ve highlighted and ‘learned’ through reading over the past few months:

  • Akimbo: standing with your hand on your hip and elbow bent outward.
  • Cogent/Cogency: being appealing to reason or the mind.
  • Flotsam: the part of a ship’s wreckage and cargo found floating on the water.
  • Patina: a green film or crust that appears on the surface of old bronze or copper.
  • Regolith: the layer of loose dust, dirt, soil, etc. covering a planet. 
  • Welkin: the heavens or upper atmosphere. 

Halloween costumes「英会話・英語 アミック」

Now that October is approaching and Halloween along with it, I’ve begun to seriously think about my costume for my favorite holiday. It’s not an easy process especially after the scary success of my Sadako last year. I try to do something new every year and mostly stick to the horror side of things but since I love some anime and just enjoy role-playing in general I guess I am open to new ideas as well. 



The “Curse” of the Hope Diamond

The innocently named Hope Diamond has a sordid history. Although no one knows where it was discovered, it is believed to have been mined in India in 1666 and then sold to King Louis XIV of France. Many have possessed this large, icy-blue diamond for a period of time before succumbing to an unnatural fate. I initially wanted to write about the scandalous, deathly mishaps of each owner, but realized Amic prefers teachers not to speak about gruesome topics, no matter how interesting they are. Long story short, the diamond exchanged hands and seemingly everyone who came in contact with the stone met their demise either at their own hand, by someone close to them, or simply by an act of God.  In reality, the Hope Diamond is just that, a very large, beautiful diamond that is decidedly not-cursed. The curse came about as a selling point from diamond dealers and jewelers to make the Hope Diamond seem more interesting to buyers. A simple google search will prove that the majority of the owners lived long full lives and the diamond changed owners only after the previous owner’s death. That being said, while a few of the owners were bankrupt and forced to sell the diamond to pay off their loans, we can blame this on poor financial skills (like buying a massive diamond instead of focusing on prior debt). Others, sadly, met their fate at the guillotine, but then again the French Revolution was in full swing, so again, no curse, just bad timing. A quick google search of one of the supposed victims of the Hope Diamond curse reveals nothing, except that no character by that name existed or was affected by a malevolent diamond. Today, the Hope Diamond resides in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C, where the curator says that it has been “nothing but good luck” for attendance levels.



アミックブログを訪れていただきありがとうございますハート 気づく の画像
雨の日(タイトルなし) の画像が続き外に出る気がしなかったので、久しぶりに映画をこれでもかというくらい鑑賞してみましたてへぺろ の画像
そういった表現はその映画の内容に大きく影響を受け、そういう形で知った表現というのは忘れないだけでなく、それを使用した時(相手もその意味を知っているのが前提ですが)相手も同じ映像を思い浮かぶという意味で相手と繋がれる感覚は素敵だな〜と思います☆ の絵文字
私がずっと気になっていた言葉は「Sophie’s Choice」。
ある時アメリカ人がこの表現を使用し、私ははてな? の画像
後で辞書で調べてみると「Sophie’s choice refers to an extremely difficult decision a person has to make. It describes a situation where no outcome is preferable over the other. This can be either because both outcomes are equally desirable or both are equally undesirable.」とあります。
なるほど意味は分かりましたびっくり の画像
しかし、なぜCatherineでもEmilyでもなくSophieなのかはてな の画像
私の英語習得方法として一番大事だと思っているのは「真似て自分のものにする」ですが、この「Sophie’s Choice」はすぐには自分のものにはなりませんでした。
wikipediaにも力を借りて調べてみると『Sophie‘s Choice(ソフィーの選択)』という同名の映画があることを知りました。
初めは普通のドラマとして淡々と話が進むので、いったい何が選択なの?と思ってしまいますが、物語が核心に近づくにつれラストでソフィーが真実を話したとき、最大の“選択”が明らかになりますびっくり の画像
注意 の絵文字この言葉は、アメリカでは私たちの親世代(60~70代)は使用することもあるそうですが、若い人たちは意味は分かるけども、映画自体も鑑賞したことがない人の方が多いようです。
言葉は生きているので、時代によって変化していくというのは常ですねぶーっ の画像
色々な方法を試してみて、楽しく英語を身に付けていけるといいですね~顔文字 笑う の画像

英会話・英語 アミック – ‘No’ vs ‘not any’ vs ‘none’

Do you have any change?

No + noun
We can use the verb + no + a noun 

  • Sorry, I have no change
  • I have no idea what you mean.

Don’t + verb + any + noun
We can use the negative don’t + the verb + any + the noun.

  • Sorry, I don’t have any change.
  • He doesn’t have any time to speak.

We can use none without a verb or a noun. It’s a short answer.

  • Sorry, none at all.


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。