英会話・英語 アミック – Phrasal verb with “run” (part 2)

Run away

  • Meaning: Flee by running
  • ExampleThe crowd had to run away from the burning structure with only the clothes on their backs.

Run away

  • Meaning: Leave home
  • ExampleThe little boy was unhappy about having to take a bath every day and decided to run away from home.

Run away with

  • Meaning: Leave secretly with another person
  • ExampleShe ran away with my best friend.

Run away with

  • Meaning: Steal and get away with it
  • ExampleThe robber ran away with some valuable paintings.

Run away with

  • Meaning: Be misled
  • ExampleDon’t run away with the idea that this money will solve all your problems.

Run away with

  • Meaning: Overwhelm, get the better of
  • ExampleHe allowed his emotions to run away with him.

Run away with

  • Meaning: Be superior or outstanding in something
  • ExampleTeam USA ran away with the medal count.

Run back

  • Meaning: Take someone home by car; to give someone a lift to their house
  • ExampleIf you can wait a couple of minutes, I’ll run you back.

Run back

  • Meaning: Rewind a film or cassette
  • ExampleCan you run it back to the beginning, please?

Run by

  • Meaning: Inform someone briefly of the main points of an idea
  • ExampleLet me run that idea by the board before we spend too much time on it.

Run by

  • Meaning: Briefly stop at a location for a particular purpose
  • ExampleCan you run by the store for milk?

RUN DOWN meaning – Phrasal verbs with RUN

Run down

  • Meaning: Hit someone with a car or other vehicle and injure or kill them
  • ExampleHe was run down while crossing the main road.

Run down

  • Meaning: Criticize someone or an organisation, often unfairly
  • ExampleMy sister is always running me down in front of my friends.

Run down

  • Meaning: Find something or someone after searching for a long time
  • ExampleI finally managed to run down that report. I had filed it incorrectly.

Run down

  • Meaning: Lose power slowly
  • ExampleIf you don’t switch off the car lights, you will run the battery down.

Run down

  • Meaning: Read quickly a list or other short text
  • Example: Running down the list of suggestions, I can see three we can discard immediately.

Run down

  • Meaning: Reduce the size or stock levels of a business, often with a view to closure
  • ExampleThe board of directors have decided to run down the stocks held in storage prior to offering the company for sale.

Run for it

  • Meaning: To run very quickly in order to escape from someone or something
  • ExampleAs soon as he looked the other way, we ran for it.

Better Than Fiction: 5 Fantastic Documentaries 英会話・英語 アミック

My favorite film genre is probably the documentary. In particular, I like ones that introduce me to some sort of underground world or subculture I didn’t previously know about, or those that take some everyday thing I’ve never really thought about and explain its history.

I don’t watch them as often as I’d like, but here are some of the most memorable docs I’ve watched over the past few years:

A Map For Saturday (2007)

There was a time in my life when I was obsessed with the idea of quitting my job and going backpacking around the world by myself. Around that time, I watched A Map For A Saturday, an indie documentary that prepared me for the realities of long-term travel: the ups and downs of making new friends then having to say goodbye, the lack of a real sense of ‘home’, and the difficulties in navigating a place where you don’t speak the language. Having now done this type of trip, I appreciate the film even more as it paints an incredibly accurate picture of the backpacker lifestyle (and is a great way to relive it when it you can’t get back out on the road). 

Icarus (2017)

I love documentaries that seem to start down one road then take a completely unexpected turn down another. In Icarus, filmmaker Bryan Fogel enlists the help of Russian doctor Grigory Rodchenkov to try and win a challenging amateur cycling race by using undetectable performance-enhancing drugs. Shortly after, Rodchenkov reveals he was the mastermind of a state-sponsored doping program that allowed dirty Russian athletes to go undetected at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. From there, the film shifts from sports doc to geopolitical thriller as Rodchenkov spills the details of the scandal while trying to avoid being ‘silenced’ by the Russian government.

I Know That Voice (2012)

It’s basically 90 minutes of voice actors doing their characters’ voices on camera. For that reason alone, it’s awesome. 

The Barkley Marathons: The Trail That Eats Its Young (2014)

There’s nothing like watching a movie about insanely fit people while you sit on your couch eating snacks. The Barkley Marathon is an invitation-only ultramarathon that consists of five 20-miles laps through the hilly and wooded Tennessee countryside, all in less than 60 hours. The race’s charm comes through its quirks: the race’s entry fee is $1.60, a personal essay, and a license plate from the runner’s home; the waypoints hidden along the course are old paperback books the competitors must tear the assigned page out of; and the run is initiated by race founder Gary Cantrell lighting a cigarette. The race is so difficult that in its 32-year history, only 18 runners have finished in time. 

The Search for General Tso (2014)

In America, there’s probably not a town of decent size without at least one Chinese restaurant. The reason why I had never really thought about, but after watching this film I learned the interesting history of how Chinese food (well, the Americanized version) spread throughout America, the history of the fortune cookie, and why you’ll never find General Tso’s chicken served anywhere in China. 




Hold on! Keep up! Go go! Let’s go! Good job! Well done! Good on you! 
Moshi moshi🤣

Play me a sad song, ‘cause that’s what I wanna hear 英会話・英語 アミック

I usually troll the main page of Wikipedia to find inspiration for my weekly blog post. Today, I felt totally uninspired while clicking through articles. I’ve been working on a list of sad songs, because sometimes you just want to listen to a sad song and have a good cry. Sadness can be evoked by different things in different people, but some things are universally tragic: heartbreak, death, rejection, loss, loneliness, the list goes on and on. What I’ve noticed about my top favorite sad songs is that despite having an upbeat melody, the lyrics tug at the your heart in a way that only truly poignant words can. 

Manu Chao- Dia Luna Dia Pena (“Moon Day Pain Day”)

Radiohead- How to Disappear Completely

No sad song list would be complete without a song from Radiohead.

Florence + The Machine – Ship to Wreck

Kings of Convenience- Toxic Girl

Scandinavian melancholy at its finest.

Sufjan Stevens – A Loverless Bed (Without Remission)


Of course, these all are open to interpretation. What makes me want to curl up in a ball and wail won’t necessarily make you feel the same way 😛 What is your favorite sad song?


英会話・英語 アミック – Phrasal verb with “run” (part 1)

Run about

  • Meaning: Be very busy doing many different things
  • ExampleI’ve been running about all week getting everything ready for the holidays.

Run across

  • Meaning: Cross by running
  • ExampleThe police ran across the bridge to catch the criminal.

Run across

  • Meaning: Find or discover by chance
  • ExampleWhile I was cleaning the kitchen cupboards, I ran across Mother’s recipe for Cornish game hens.

Run after

  • Meaning: Chase
  • ExampleThat dog will get hurt if he continues to run after cars.

Run after

  • Meaning: Make a determined effort to win someone’s affections
  • ExampleShe runs after any man in uniform!

Run against

  • Meaning: Oppose, make difficulties.
  • ExampleLuck is really running against you tonight!

Run along

  • Meaning: Leave; to make one’s way somewhere else
  • ExampleWell I must be running along now or I’ll be late for supper.

Run around

  • Meaning: Be very busy doing many different things
  • ExampleI 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
  • ExampleI have spent all morning running around after the kids.

Japanese Things In English – 英会話・英語 アミック

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:

Thing Romaji English
Film Hauru no Ugoku Shiro Howl’s Moving Castle
Pokemon  Lizardo Charmeleon
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
Pokemon Pippi Clefairy
Mario character Kinopio Toad
Manga Shingeki no Kyojin  Attack on Titan



I love fall

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!


英会話・英語 アミック You and I need to remember…

An easy way to remember whether to use “you and I” or “you and me” is to replace it with either “we” or “us”.
Here are some examples.
You and I (We) have known each other for a long time.
You and I (We) need to catch up.
My student made this cake for you and me (us).
Let’s keep this secret between you and me (us).
Hope that helps!

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. 




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。