- Meaning: Be very busy doing many different things
- Example: I’ve been running about all week getting everything ready for the holidays.
- Meaning: Cross by running
- Example: The police ran across the bridge to catch the criminal.
- Meaning: Find or discover by chance
- Example: While I was cleaning the kitchen cupboards, I ran across Mother’s recipe for Cornish game hens.
- Meaning: Chase
- Example: That dog will get hurt if he continues to run after cars.
- Meaning: Make a determined effort to win someone’s affections
- Example: She runs after any man in uniform!
- Meaning: Oppose, make difficulties.
- Example: Luck is really running against you tonight!
- Meaning: Leave; to make one’s way somewhere else
- Example: Well I must be running along now or I’ll be late for supper.
- Meaning: Be very busy doing many different things
- Example: I don’t want to run around all week getting everything ready for the holidays.
Run around after
- Meaning: Spend a lot of time doing things for another person or group of people
- Example: I have spent all morning running around after the kids.
My students always laugh when they learn how the names of popular Japanese media have been translated into English.
Some are extremely literal—the famous 1997 Studio Ghibli film, for example, is Mononoke-hime in Japanese and Princess Ehime in English. The names of most Dragon Ball characters in the English adaptation have stayed faithful to their Japanese origins, too: Kuririn is Krillin, Freeza is Frieza, Buruma is Bulma, Bejita is Vegeta, Torankusu is Trunks, and so on.
However, importers of other Japanese media have taken much more creative license with their naming; here’s a list of 10 Japanese media things and their English counterparts:
|Film||Hauru no Ugoku Shiro||Howl’s Moving Castle|
|Children’s show||Sūpā Sentai Shirīzu||Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers|
|Game show||Fūun! Takeshi-jō||Most Extreme Elimination Challenge|
|Anime||Hagane no Renkinjutsushi||Fullmetal Alchemist|
|Film||Kaze Tachinu||The Wind Rises|
|Manga||Shingeki no Kyojin||Attack on Titan|
October is one of my favorite months, in my favorite season. The weather is finally getting cooler, delicious fall flavors are appearing on cafe menus, and it’s nearly time for my favorite holiday, Halloween. Right now I’m trying to decide on a fun new costume for our Halloween week celebrations. In previous years I’ve been a ghost, a horse, and a Star Wars character. What should I be this year? What would you like to see? I’d love to hear any suggestions or requests, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s costumes!
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?
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.
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。
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）
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.
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.
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.
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.