Finally, an answer to Queen’s query 英会話・英語 アミック

 Scientists have identified five communities where the citizens regularly live to be over ninety years old. The people of Okinawa, Japan, Sardinia, Italy, Nicoya, Costa Rica, Icaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California, USA are known to live longer lives than anywhere else in the world. Not only are they living longer, but they are also known to live healthier lives free of dementia or other general old-age illnesses.

What do these people do to live longer, healthier lives? It turns out they aren’t doing anything exceptional. Data has shown that these communities are more likely to eat a plant-based diet, do moderate exercise, and spend a lot of time with their loved ones. This means that these communities of elderly people are living semi-vegetarian lifestyles with diets rich in legumes. They most likely aren’t doing the latest HIIT workout, but probably going for regular walks and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. They are also spending time with their community and socializing. The families living in these communities are also usually multigenerational with children and elderly people living together. Engaging with others has been proven to increase happiness in people and to give life a “sense of purpose”.

It seems like living a long, healthy life is easier than we initially thought! 





やっと四国も梅雨入りしましたね梅雨 の画像梅雨 の画像

平年より8日程早いとのこと、今年は何もかもが早く、また暖かい溶ける の画像


国内の22の都市でこの夏の気温が50°近くになるという非常事態宣言が出ているそうですモジ顔だよ。恐怖 の画像

色々考えさせられますぐるぐる の画像


ところで、梅雨は漢字からも分かるように、梅の季節ですね笑顔 の画像

梅はアンズやスモモと複雑に交雑しているので、一般的にはJapanse plumやJapanse apricotと呼ばれますお弁当おかず の画像



やはり平年より2週間程早くではありますが、今年も鈴なりに実がついていて大収穫でした喜ぶ の画像

一瞬ブドウかと見間違えるほどパンダ++驚く の画像




梅干しや梅酒はもちろん、もう一つの楽しみは化粧水笑顔 嬉しい の画像



青梅(大) 5~7個

純米酒 600ml

グリセリン 60ml



青→黄色に変色したら梅を取り出し、グリセリンを入れて冷蔵庫に入れておけば1年は使用できます可愛い(●艸>зU*) の画像

梅の香りがいいのと保湿性が高いので、私は毎日使用していますパンダ の画像

注意 の画像お肌に合うかどうかは人によりけりなので、敏感肌の方はご注意ください。




英会話・英語 アミック Wish


‘Wish’ is a verb which talks about unreal or imagined situations. Because of this, it has some unusual verb patterns:

A present wish
When we want to make a wish about a present situation, we use wish and a past simpleor continuous verb. 

  • I don’t have my umbrella. I wish I had my umbrella.
  • She doesn’t know the answer. I wish she knew the answer.
  • You’re at work, but you wish you were playing football, right?

A past wish
When we want to make a wish about a past action or situation, we use wish and the past perfect – had + past participle verb.

  • I’m so tired. I wish I had slept for another hour last night.
  • She knows she made a mistake. She wishes she hadn’t been so silly.
  • You were right. I shouldn’t have quit my job. I wish I had listened to you.

American Colloquialism Calamity – 英会話・英語 アミック

A few years ago, a survey went around American Facebook circles asking simply what part of the country you live in, what you call certain objects, and how you pronounce certain words. After finishing, you saw a map of how people answered the same questions in different parts of the country.

For some questions, the answers were nearly the identical across the board except for one small hotspot (e.g. only in a small part of Pennsylvania and New Jersey do they call a long sandwich with meat and lettuce a ‘hoagie’, whereas everywhere else it’s called a ‘sub’). For other questions, the answers varied wildly; here are a few of my favorites:

These illustrations are from designer Joshua Katz’s book, “Speaking American” and based on a pre-Facebook study done by Cambridge’s Bert Vaux et al. To take a similar version of the survey, check out The Cambridge Online Survey of World Englishes (also being conducted by Vaux). 


Love vs. Lava: The Story of Harry R. Truman 英会話・英語 アミック

Mount St. Helens, a volcano in Washington, erupted  38 years ago on May 18, 1980. The eruption was so strong that it deposited ash in 11 U.S. states and 5 Canadian provinces. Sadly, 57 people lost their lives in the resulting landslides and lava flows.

Among the 57 people who perished was a man named Harry R. Truman.  During the 1930s, Harry opened a hotel at the foot of Mount St. Helens and ran it with his wife for over fifty years. Despite being made well-aware of the pending eruption, Harry was unwilling to evacuate to safety in the months preceding the volcanic explosion. He thought that geologists were being overly cautious and no actual harm would come to him if he stayed in his home at the base of the volcano. He loved Mount St. Helens and his home so much that he chose to stay despite the earthquakes that violently shook his home in the months preceding the eruption.

 Harry truly believed that the lava would avoid him and he could continue to live in the area with ease. Unfortunately, despite one more attempt to get Harry to leave his home, the volcano erupted, covering his home with layers of debris and ash. Harry became a local folk hero for his unwillingness to leave while the rest of the area was being evacuated. He is remembered today as a stubborn man with an undying love of the wilderness of  Mount St. Helens.


英会話・英語 アミック Must vs Have to

Must and have to

Both must and have to talk about obligations. Both are followed by an infinitive verb with no to.

Have to
Have to is used for obligations that others decide for us. These are often laws or rules and so cannot be changed.

  • We have to show our passes to enter the building.
  • You have to smoke outside. Smoking is not allowed inside.
  • She has to have a license before she drives.

We use must to talk about obligations we decide for ourselves or others.

  • You must be more organised.
  • must exercise more often.
  • We must clean the house today.

Memorial Day in America – 英会話・英語 アミック

This past Monday was Memorial Day in America. The national holiday always occurs on the last Monday of May and is in place to honor those U.S. military members that died while serving the country. Communities big and small mark the day by holding parades, special assemblies, and placing flags throughout local cemeteries. 

In addition to being a day of remembrance, the day has other cultural significance as well. Much of the country has the day off work, so a popular pastime is to get together with friends and family for outdoor picnics and BBQ. The long weekend is seen as the unofficial start to summer, so many also take the opportunity to travel to nearby beaches or lakes to enjoy water activities for the first time in months. Many community swimming pools also begin their seasons at this time. 

And for students, the day is a signpost that their school year is almost finished (if it hasn’t already!)


Toxe – Big Age 英会話・英語 アミック

So here’s Toxe from Sweden making me feel giddy, melancholic, introspective, outside, digital, in the flesh and very very something I can’t quite explain. She’s just that type of girl.


英会話・英語 アミック When I grow up…

When you were a child, what did you want to be?

When I was about seven or eight, my first dream was to become a butcher. Weird, huh!? After that, I wanted to become a primary school teacher, and then got into drawing and wanted to be an illustrator. My aspirations changed again, as a lot of children tend to do, which was to become an architect. Pretty set at that time, I took the necessary electives in secondary school to try and get closer to my so-called dream job. It wasn’t until the final year in high school I decided I wanted to become a humble artist. Fast forward to 2018 and here I am teaching.
I’m still in love with the idea of living in a self-designed home, on a farm, living off the land, in the country, painting, and making art. When I think about it, my dreams are still there, but life has taught me to take the scenic route to reach my goal.


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。