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Yvonne:Where were you last night?
Rick:That's so long ago, I don't remember.
Yvonne:Will I see you tonight?
Rick:I never make plans that far ahead.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Leia:I love you.
Han:I know.

aesthetic (adjective) relating to visual beauty. The plot of the play was boring, but because of its fantastic sets and costumes it was an aesthetic success.

after After test-marketing in the major metropolitan areas, the company released 3G mobile phones under the XXX brand.

American The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep. Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

all All the more reason for studying it.

appetite Hey, now ....Hey! At last he stopped chewing up your clothes. He must be full. Ha ha. I just hope you didn't ruin your appetite there, Conie.

at At least one person, namely the President himself, supports the proposal for disarmament.

bacteria Bacteria are extremely small organisms. While we measure our own sizes in inches or centimeters, bacterial size is measured in microns. One micron is a thousandth of a millimeter; a pinhead is about a millimeter across. Rod-shaped bacteria are usually from two to four microns long, while rounded ones are generally one micron in diameter. Thus, if you enlarged a rounded bacterium a thousand times, it would be just about the size of a pinhead. An adult human magnified by the same amount would be over a mile (1.6 kilometers) tall.

be on pins and needles Sally: Who are those people in the next door? Betty: God knows. There are always riff-raffs gathering here. Sally: It's really unpleasant to have a neighbor like that. You feel frightened sometimes. Betty: That's for sure. You know that sort of feeling when you are at the sight of those shady-looking guys. They set you on pins and needles, you know.

begin to begin with. It has just begun to rain. He began to call her at six.

belong This camera belongs to Ken.

The Blonde Pilot A blonde went to a flight school, insisting she wanted to learn to fly that day. As all the planes were currently in use, the owner agreed to instruct her on how to pilot the helicopter solo by radio. He took her out, showed her how to start it and gave her the basics and sent her on her way. After she climbed 1000 feet, she radioed in. "I'm doing great! I love it! The view is so beautiful, and I'm starting to get the hang of this."

After 2000 feet, she radioed again, saying how easy it was becoming to fly. The instructor watched her climb over 3000 feet, and was beginning to worry that she hadn't radioed in. A few minutes later, he watched in horror as she crashed about half a mile away. He ran over and pulled her from the wreckage. When he asked what happened, she said, "I don't know! Everything was going fine, but as I got higher, I was starting to get cold. I can't remember anything after I turned off the big fan."

blow Mike blew his top when he found out what was going on.

blue I haven't seen my uncle for five years but yesterday he telephoned me out of the blue.

burn The Sun burns off and shrinks 5' per hour.

butt He's butt ugly! (to be extremely ugly)

call Call her! I want you to call her. I would like you to call her. I mean to call her. I want to call her. I hope to call her. I wish to call her. I have to call her. Don't forget to call her. Remember to call her!

can Can you fill him in on the details of yesterday's meeting?

charity Charity begins at home.

coffee A new study has found older women who drink more than three or four cups of coffee a day are more likely to experience bone loss than those who drink less.

computer virus A computer virus named after Osama bin Laden, the Saudi-born fugitive accused of masterminding the attacks on the United States, has surfaced in South Korea.

classify (verb) to organize systematically into groups. Biologists classify all life using the categories of kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.

Configuration Error The server encountered an error while processing your request. Please contact the administrator of the referring document and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

deposit (verb) to lay down. The Amazon River deposits millions of tons of silt in the Atlantic every day.

disagree Don't be ridiculous. We tried that before. It cost too much. It can't be done. That's beyond our responsibility. It's too radical a change. We don't have the time. That will make other equipment obsolete. We're too small for it. That's not our problem. We've never done it before. Let's get back to reality. Why change it, it's still working O.K. You're two years ahead of your time. We're not ready for that. It isn't in the budget. Can't teach an old dog new tricks. Let's form a committee. Too hard to sell. Top management would never go for it. We'll be the laughing stock. Let's shelve it for the time being. We did all right without it. Has anyone eles ever tried it? It won't work in our industry.

distraught I don't think he's distraught over my loss. I was a little distraught about my date last night.

do Do not think of your faults, still less of others' faults. In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong.

doctor It is a good doctor who follows his own directions. Physician, heal thyself!

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Dumas The Younger Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.

earthquake We had an earthquake last night.

embezzle embezzle public funds.

emit (verb) to send out (light or energy). The forest fire emitted a great heat that could be felt for miles.

Eric Hoffer You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

every Every dog has his/its day.

exploit (verb) to use for one's own personal benefit. The manager didn't want her employees to believe that she was exploiting them.

fix Now don't worry, dear. I'll have you fixed up in no time.

fool I was a fool to let you walk away.

force Japan deployed its forces along the border in a high alert and carried out atrocities a week later. The nation's forces waged an all-out {offensive} against the opponent forces.

fossil (noun) the remains of an organism from a previous epoch. Fossil fuels are hydrocarbon deposits, such as oil, derived from organic remains.

French She is a good speaker of French. She is a good French speaker. She speaks French well. She is good at speaking French. She has a good command of French.

get Oh, Make, get that dog out of here! Get out of here! Great. Now I've got to home and change. And I've got so much work to do. Now we're getting somewhere. She's really got somewhere with her science course. Sally's getting cold feet about the wedding. She isn't sure she loves him. When she dances, she really gets down! (to let oneself be unrestrained and wild). I have to go soon so let's get on with it, shall we?

give Could you give me a ride to the station? I'll give you a ring as soon as I know for sure. The giant panda at Ueno Zoo gave birth to a cub. Garlic gives off a strong odor. The doctor told Steve to give up smoking. He had given the ship up for lost and was surprised to hear she had reached port. Dad, can you give me a hand with this homework?

good Good morning, Mr Brown. I wish you a good morning. This is a good book for beginners to read.

gossip, scandal Got any new dirt to tell us?

halt (verb) to stop The judge forced the company to halt production because its product violated copyright laws.

he He never went abroad, that is, it is not recorded that he did. He admits that he took the book without permission. In other words, he stole it. He showed off his brand-new car in an attempt to draw her attention, but it fell flat.

hotel transient hotel. resort hotel. run a hotel. put up at a hotal. hotel rate/charge. What hotel are you staying at? I made my hotel reservations through my trave agent. I'd like to make my hotel reservation. He checked in at the hotel on Monday and checked out/left Thursday morning.

how How much do you weigh? How do the nubmers two and four sound in Cantonese?

humor "What do you love most about me," a husband asked his wife, "my tremendous athletic ability or my superior intellect?" "What I love most about you," responded the man's wife, "is your enormous sense of humor."

I I('ve) sprained my thumb. I had to tell some white lies to get you this date. I would like to test drive that car. I stepped aside for the old man to pass. I think we can offer you a service which can help you increase traffic and the number of visitors to your website. You'll be surprised by the low cost, and by how effective this website promotion method can be. I am not eating that stuff! It looks gross! (disgusting). I just can't hack it in Mr. I's lecture. It makes me bored to death! I love him all the better because he has faults. I can't read English, much less Spanish. I guess you were deep in thought. I'm a temporary worker from an agency. I had timpanitis when I was a kid.

I'll A: " I'll to meet Mr. Ken next Tuesday. Could you go over the final draft again and make sure all the data we used in the draft are accurate? You can ask Helen for help. Let Helen show the product first. I'd like to know how she reacts to it." B: " You'd like me to show Helen the product before she reads the draft. Correct?"

I read A: "I read that kids who are deprived of sweets and candies all the time, they get obsessed by it and they turn out to be obese." B: "So you are saying that children who don't get candies may be obsessed with sweets later in life and become fat(obese)." B: " You are saying it's better to give some candies so the children don't become obsessed with it." B: "It means that if I don't give candies to children, they become obsessed and then they may become fat(obese) later."

inn a country inn. My uncle runs/keeps an inn in Nara. hot spring, spa. inn/hotel at a hot-spring resort. This hot spring has an effect on almost all diseases.

it It is not easy to stop smoking. A: "It doesn't make any sense. Why should a department submit their order to two different departments for approval before they can actually order their supplies? " B: "Do you mean they need two different approvals for a single order?" "It was sheer luck that I got that much discount. I would have had to pay the full price if I had gone there an hour earlier."

irrigate (verb) to provide crops with water. Human groups all over the world have developed different techniques to irrigate their lands and increase crop yield.

John F. Kennedy Ask not what your country can do for you.

Kyoto Kyoto is surely the best sightseeing city in Japan. It is not right to describe that many tourists visit Kyoto in cherry blossom and colored leaves seasons, there are too many tourists in every sightseeing area in such time and during famous three festivals(Aoi Matsuri,Giwon Matsuri,and Judai Matsuri).One may get sick of seeing many tourists though one is also a tourist.

Let him have it! I'm not familiar with this story, but often "Let him have it!" is used (in cartoons on TV /movies,etc.) because of the play on words. That phrase does carry the two meanings. 1) Give it to him. 2) Shoot him/hit him on the head with a very large hammer (cartoon version).

liable He is liable to catch cold.

LIFE LESSONS A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Life Lessons: 1) Not everyone who drops shit on you is your enemy. 2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend. 3) And when you're in deep shit, keep your mouth shut.

loan give a person the loan of. ask for the loan of. That bank lends/loans money at eight percent interest. May I have the loan of this book?

look Look at me!

made-to-order =tailor-made, custom-made. made-to-order house. furniture tailor-made for a small house. ready-made. used clothing, secondhand clothes. used clothing store/shop. used-clothing dealer. Fine clothes make the man.。

makeup remove one's makeup. She doesn't wear much makeup. She always wears heavy (light) makeup. She is making (herself) up. I'd like to adjust my makeup. cosmetic.

manage to I managed to find a job.

meat "Hands up everyone who thinks it's unsafe to refreeze meat that's been thawed. Well, you're wrong." At a forum, the meat question was the highest ranking food myth, believed by 85 per cent of 500 consumers surveyed.

mighty The pen is mightier than the sword. Once a mighty empire ruled the world. The mighty iceberg came into view. He thought himself mighty clever.

Mr.Miyamoto Mr.Miyamoto was born in Suou-Ooshima in Yamaguchi prefecture. The island where he was born was rather poor and it was common for the people to go outside. Before the WW2, one-fifth of the people there had experiences to work in Korea, Taiwan, Hawai or other places. So Mr.Miyamoto's grandfather, father and relatives had worked outside.

my My tooth hurts so much so that I can't chew anything.

noise Don't gimme that noise! (nonsense)

Northern Alliance Afghanistan's opposition Northern Alliance brought the capital, Kabul, under its control.

often He made mistakes, and that often.

Omizutori I visited Nara to see "Omizutori" with my friend last Sunday.I and my friend have lived in Kansai area, but we have not seen it. Of course though we are Kansai people, we have not experienced many events in Kansai area, but we felt it was pity not to see "Omizutori", a famous spring event in Nara, so we went to Nara.

one One of the values of learning a foreign language, which I think is often over-looked, is the training in logic which it affords. Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world.

Outrun you Two guys are out hiking. All of a sudden, a bear starts chasing them. They climb a tree, but the bear starts climbing up the tree after them. The first guy gets his sneakers out of his knapsack and starts putting them on. The second guy says, "What are you doing? He says, "I figure when the bear gets close to us, we'll jump down and make a run for it." The second guy says, "Are you crazy? You can't outrun a bear." The first guy says, "I don't have to outrun the bear... I only have to outrun you."

overwork work too hard. It is because you overwork that you are sleepy all the time.

overwork Judging from the sky, it is likely to rain.

paying a doctor's bill Mr. Clark, I'm afraid I have bad news," the doctor told his anxious patient. "You only have six months to live." The man sat in stunned silence for the next several minutes. Regaining his composure, he apologetically told his physician that he had no medical insurance. "I can't possibly pay you in that time." "Okay," the doctor said, "let's make it nine months."

pick one's way He picked his way carefully down the slippery steps.

pompous The school principal delivered a pompous speech on the matter.

predator (noun) an animal that hunts other animals. Lions are the most powerful predators in Africa.

precipitation (noun) a formal word for rain. There is very little precipitation in California in the summer months.

president No president of the United States was an only child.

prey (noun) an animal that is hunted by another animal. A lion's favorite prey is elk.

print This is clearly/neatly printed. This must be a misprint/typographical error. My book has gone to press. This letter has/did not come out well.

promise to He promised to agree the plan.

Promote your Site by Trading Links Links are what the web was built on, and they remain one of the best ways for people to find your site. The more sites that link to you, the more traffic you can expect to receive to your site.

put Put more effort into your studies.

prosperous (adjective) economically successful. Prosperous countries have a duty to help developing countries overcome environmental problems.

questionnaire fill out a questionnaire. We sent out questionnaires on household expenses to a hundred people.

ravage the ravages of inflation. The whole area was ravaged by forest fires.

red Dave saw red when his boss started criticizing his work. I knew my brother was using my Nintendo without asking me. Yesterday I came home and caught him red-handed, playing Biohazard.

reek The cheese reeks! (to stink)

reimburse Do you know which form I use so I can get reimbursed for my trip to Tokyo?

resolve (verb) to make a firm decision. After living in France for two years without learning French, I have finally resolved to take French classes.

Rocky Mountains The history of the Rocky Mountains begins even before they were formed. More than a half billion years ago, in the pre-Cambrian era, their hard core rocks were produced in ancient ranges. The core rocks consist of granites, schists, gneisses, quartzites, and slates. Erosion caused by wind and precipitation leveled these mountains. During the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras, about 75 to 540 million years ago, the ocean invaded the land and deposited sediments some 20,000 feet deep. They included sandstones, shales, and limestones.

At the close of the Mesozoic era, during the Cretaceous period about 75 million years ago, the growth of the Rockies began. There was a tremendous squeezing that uplifted the region in a great series of folds, like wrinkles in a carpet. After the arching, erosion carved away at the mountains. Some 10,000 feet of sedimentary rock were washed off the top of the arch, exposing the hard rock core. On the flanks of the core the sedimentary beds sloped outward. Great quantities of sand and clay were spread out on the bordering plains and plateaus. This was only one of the successive cycles of upheaval and erosion that have caused the area's elevation to fluctuate.

Near the end of the Eocene period, about 40 million years ago, the Rockies again rose several thousand feet. Volcanoes erupted, most extensively in the Yellowstone Plateau and the Absaroka Range. As the mountains were formed, streams eroded them. Thousands of feet of sediment spread out on plains and plateaus. Just before the Pleistocene period, about one million years ago, the region again uplifted. Streams flowed faster and began to cut canyons, and rivers ate deep gorges through the ranges. In the Ice Age, snows accumulated on the mountains. Glaciers formed and moved down the valleys, further eroding the mountains. The Rockies are still undergoing sculpting by rain, wind, and ice today.

roof Dad's going to go through the roof when he sees what I've done to his car!

same I feel bored and sleepy in Mr. Brown's lessons, since he is always using the same material.

scowl scowling face. "Answer me!," the Russian inspector said, scowling.

scamper scamper about on the beach.

scarcely We have had scarcely any news from them since about two o'clock.

scruple She had no scruples; she would do whatever she wanted to.

see See things as they are and think of yourself.

Self Help I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman where the Self Help section was. She said if she told me it would defeat the purpose(Dennis Miller).

send Send Today's Cool Reading to your pals & get popular! Print Daily Cool Reading everyday and collect them. It will improve your sense of humor and English!

set off We are ready to set off now.

she She unknowingly fixed him a tomatoes salad every night which was his dislike.

short (adj) not long, high, or tall. The short man couldn’t reach the top shelf. Philadelphia is a short distance from New York. These pants are too short(The Newbury House Dictionary of American English).

sink or swim Let's sink or swim.

so So far, so good.

some Some are rich, and others/some are poor.

someone Someone (most likely you) has requested that your account password be changed.

Sony: New hues on PlayStation 2 Having celebrated the sale of its 20 millionth PlayStation 2 console, Sony used the Tokyo Game Show -- which has closed on Sunday -- to unveil versions of the console in a range of colors. Sony is launching versions of the PlayStation 2 in "super red," "metallic silver," "astral blue," "snow white" and "light yellow." The question is, how tired are you of black? Because those colors will cost you.

sophisticated (adjective) highly developed and refined. Most fashion designers have very sophisticated taste in clothes.

sour The stock market went sour.

Sovereign David Post, Anarchy, State, and the Internet: An Essay on Law-Making in Cyberspace, 1995 J. ONLINE L. Art. 3; Johnson & Post, Law and Borders: The Rise of Law in Cyberspace, STANFORD L. REV. (forthcoming 1996).

Spain This country has about 20% unemployment but the tourist industry brings high seasonal employment. The people often borrow money but rarely borrow to buy houses. Many, however, have second holiday homes. They like low-alcohol drinks.

Speech Cass R. Sunstein, The First Amendment in Cyberspace, 104 Yale L. J. 1757 (1995); Edward A. Cavazos, Computer Bulletin Boards and the Rights of Reply: Redefining Defamation Liability for a New Technology, 12 REV. LIT. 231 (1992); Eugene Volokh, Cheap Speech and What It Will Do, 104 Yale L. J. 1805 (1995); Laurence H. Tribe, The Constitution in Cyberspace: Law and Liberty beyond the Electronic Frontier, Keynote Address at the First Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (Mar. 26, 1991), reprinted in THE HUMANIST, Sept./Oct. 1991, at 15; Marshall Wallace, MArketing Dreams, WIRED 4.11 at 157.

spider A spider spins its web in a window frame. Each day, it spins an area equal to that of the amount already completed. It takes 30 days to cover the entire window frame. How long would two spiders take? (In the case of two spiders, each of them spins an amount equal to the area of the existing part of the web made by that particular spider.)

29 days. One spider would have covered half of the space on the 29th day, and on the 30th day would repeat what had been done, covering the space completely. Two spiders would each have covered half of the space in 29 days, therefore covering the entire area.

spoil (verb) to ruin. She spoiled the movie for him by telling him all the details of how it ended.

Spum Cyber Promotions, Inc. v. AOL, 948 F.Supp. 436 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 4, 1996); CompuServe, Inc. v. Cyber Promotions, Inc., ___ F. Supp. ____ (S.D. Ohio Feb. 3, 1997).

stamp rubber-stamp affairs. stamp one's seal mechanically (on documents) (without reading the contents).

stand one's chance They must stand their chance.

stand up for If you don't stand up for your rights, no one else will do it for you.

standstill The work has come to a standstill.

start Our school starts/ begin in April.

stick A: Stop running! You look like you're going to faint. B: I can stick it out a few more minutes. Be careful dealing with him. He'll stick you at the first opportunity.

stipendiary stipendiary magistrate.

storm Hikaru Utada's first album took the music charts by storm.

stuck-up That pretty girl is rather stuck-up.

stupid I knew a blonde that was so stupid that she sold her car for gas money.

Stylish Whoa! Ha ha. Stylish! But I told you.

Sydney Sydney or the bush!

Taizoin Taizoin is a subtemple in the Myoshinji complex of Zen temples. It is famous for its gate, its garden and its inkpainting, which depicts a man trying to catch a catfish with a gourd.

take Take it, or leave it. Take it easy.

tea ceremony Last Sunday. I attended City Festival as a member of tea ceremony groups. The main reasons why I practice tea ceremony are to learn how to treat good (precious or expensive) tools and to sharpen my awareness for others. I don't say tea ceremony is "very refined" or "it materializes Japanese traditon" which some Japanese tend to explain because I am not sure it is true or not. I don't think there are so many thinking for serving and receiving tea, which people tend to twist to some difficult thinking from Buddhism or so other things. From learning how to serve and receive a cup of green tea, I want to be more sensitive for others if I can, or at least I want to know how to behave neatly more because I am rather rough and I am ashamed of it.

In these days, tea ceremony is old fashioned and youngers prefer learning more practical skills like "English conversation", "computer", or so. I think their tendency has a reason. Therefore my teacher doesn't have so many students and I am still youngest and perhaps I will be the youngest though in common society I am not so young.

However, though I say tea ceremony is old fasioned and maybe minor, some people in local (I use "local" words to mean the area where old families and houses still remains) still see tea ceremony as one of Japanese sociable place and female had better learn though it is not practical. Then I, who is not from old family in this area has got to know so called people in old houses, maybe it is a by-product in learning tea ceremony.

In this way, I am satisfied with just learning tea ceremony. But sometimes I need to attend some tea ceremonies which are held in City Festival, Community Hall Festival and other private tea ceremony. For me, there are large possibilities that I make mistakes there, but it is a kind of lesson to serve tea in front of strange people and I attend such tea ceremony in some occasions. Well, there are 3 types tea ceremony.

1 Casual tea ceremony. Usually it is held in a lobby of hall. And tickets are 250-300 (I mean 250 - 300 guests are guessed to visit a day) There are some stools covered red clothes and people who buy a ticket can sit any tools. Then female in kimono will bring them Japanese sweets at first, and after a while when one almost finish their sweets, she bring a cup or green tea. She don't make a cup of tea in front of them, but people who don't wear kimono (of course there are people who wear kimono) make cups of tea. It is a kind of "Japanese cafe" and the woman in kimono just brings Japanese sweets and green tea. It is called "Takidashi". Just because females in kimono give some showy mood to visitors, these kind of tea ceremony is often held and you may have already experienced this. As it is casual, people who don't know anything about tea ceremony can enjoy.

Of course there are some people who want to see how to make a cup of green tea, and for such people, hosts sometimes do "Bon Ryaku Demae ("Bon" = a tray,"Ryaku"=simplicated "Demae"="Temae" =to serve. Almost everything which are needed for making tea are placed on a tray)" , "Hako Demae ("Hako"=a box .Almost everything which are needed for making tea are placed in a decorative box. It is originally a way for outdoor tea ceremony) or "Ryu Rei ("Ryu"=stand "Rei"=way". A way to serve tea on non-tatami floor. Usually with using chair and desk for tea serving) or so.

2 Simple tea ceremony. It is held in Japanese room. A presentation by tea ceremony club prefers this style. And tickets are about 150-200. It is not too casual and he guests are, or a leader of guests ("Shou Kyaku" =main guest) is requested to master or know about tea ceremony. But usually people who visit the room wait in the next room till there are enough people (8-10) and then enter the tea room, so guests don't know each other and hosts don't know who comes,either. One tea ceremony with 8-10 people needs 20-30 minutes. And usually 15-18 ceremonies are held a day.

3 Official tea ceremony. When you read about the tea ceremony in a book. There are some pages about how to attend tea ceremony. Usually the host invents some guests and all guests are known each other before the tea ceremony. For the tea ceremony, the tea room in a beautiful Japanese garden or in some old houses where one can not visit freely. All decoration from the gate to the tea room, in the room is arranged very carefully and guests are requested to master tea ceremony and have much knowledge not only tea, but also arts, history, literature or other many things. Of course not all people don't have such deep and wide knowledge, but at least it is requested. And there are only one tea ceremony a day.

The tea ceremony which I attended on the day is type 1. So I wore kimono(to tell the truth, I don't have occasion to wear kimono and maybe wear it once or twice a year--so I can not wear kimono by myself, though I should wear kimono by myself), bring Japanese sweets and tea to the guests. And sometimes, I serve tea with "Ryu Rei" when some important guests like mayor came (It didn't mean I was chosen because of my skill , but just others could run away and I could not as I was devoting to place Japanese sweets on a small plate and didn't see who came).

However, though I said that it is not requested to guests to know some about tea ceremony, but it is better to know when you enjoy tea ceremony, or at least you had better treat tea cup with some care. At the tea ceremony, a young mother enjoyed tea and she wanted her little (two years old) boy to enjoy tea. Though tea itself is a kind of medicine (or kind of herb?), I don't think it is good for little child to drink strong tea like green tea in general. And as such a little children doesn't know how to treat things rightly. Yes, the boy dropped the cup and cup was broken. I think it is natural that children felt the cup heavy and dropped it, and it might be our mistake to serve tea for such a little child. Fortunatelly the cup didn't hurt the boy and we cleaned perfectly. But the mother never said "sorry", which made us feel little bad.

Then what we could say to the person who kindly offered her tea cups for tea the ceremony? Of course we thought about such accident and the good point of such casual tea ceremony is that various people visit freely, enjoy tea and maybe touch the mood of tea ceremony, we don't think about the profit for it. But I still feel the woman was rather illmanner. Maybe I am narrow-minded. Anyway, when you unfortunatelly make serious mistake like break tea cup, drop Japanese sweet, get females' kimono dirty, please say "sorry". We don't complain about such mistakes because they are possibles, and if you show your feeling, we never mind.

10 Characteristics of The Company Car Accelerates at a phenomenal rate. Has a much shorter braking distance than the private car. Can take speed humps at twice the speed of private cars. The battery, radiator water, oil and tires never have to be checked. It can be driven up to 60 miles with the oil warning light flashing. It needs cleaning less often than private cars. The suspension is reinforced to allow for the weekend loads of bricks, concrete slabs and other building material. Unusual and alarming engine noises are easily eliminated by turning up the radio. It needs no security system and may be left anywhere, unlocked and with the keys in the ignition. It is especially sand and waterproof for barbeques and fishing expeditions on remote beaches.

Ten Things to Help You Live Longer 1. Drink as much water as you can. 2. Protect your eyes from the sun: Wear sunglasses or a hat. 3. Take the stairs instead of the lift whenever possible. 4. Don't eat junk food and fast food. 5. Stop smoking now! 6. Eat fruit or vegetables three times a day. 7. Walk more and drive less. 8. Don't fry food. Grill or steam your food instead. 9. Always wear sunscreen. Use sunscreen marked SPF 15 or SPF 30, even in the winter. 10. Visit your doctor for a check-up every year.

that That was a close call - you were lucky he didn't see you.

The Telegram A German Shepherd went to a Western Union telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote: "Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof." The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog, "There are only nine words here. You could send another "Woof" for the same price." "But," the dog replied, "That would make no sense at all."

the best of both worlds Her living room provides the best of both worlds, with an office at one end and comfortable sofas at the other.

the world is someone's oyster You're young, you've got a lot of opportunity. The world is your oyster.

they They are enjoying themselves, rather, they appear to be.

thing See things as they are and think of yourself.

this This is a good method to increase traffic to your web site. This flag serves as a symbol of this nation's strength, of our resolve, of our determination to fight for freedom. This is the big development we've all been waiting for a DVD recorder at an affordable price.

Thomas S. Szasz, American Psychiatrist People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.

there There are only four words in the English language that end in"-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

to think on your feet You really need to think on your feet in this job.

TOEIC A level words department; credit; be pleased to; customer; insurance; as of; issue; available; take over; board of directors; recently; according to; purpose; acquire; real estate; bankruptcy; enclose; be disappointed with; stuff; staff; drop off; support; leave; be destitute of; per; conference; pay back; fee; check; make sure to; corporate; provide; due to; discount; bill; turn in; increase; decrease; bring back; advertisement; ad; be pleased with; page; area; be dedicated to; exploit; annual; paid leave; include; contract; around the clock; application; policy; supply with; offer; publication; at any time; charge; recommend; make use of; survey; personnel; inform 〜 of …; subscription; contradict; convince 〜 to …; dismiss; major

TOEIC B level words righteous; watch out for; wiring; rigid; what is worse; solicit; relate; to make matters worse; route; robust; accuse 〜 of …; steady; reveal; blame 〜 for …; sufficient; competitor; charge 〜 with …; agent; simultaneous; at hand; obligation; steep; at the risk of; rapid; exclusive; at will; fare; departure; attend on; brief; host; be absorbed in; generate; praise; be ignorant of; appraisal; motorcycle; be liable to; district; ward; be possessed of; preference; relocate; be weary of; consecutive; queer; before long; extreme; sterile; behind the times; commend; rule; bring oneself to; category; founder; by degrees; renovation; debt; by far; circumstance; placement; come across; amusement; suit; for the time being; inquiry

TOEIC C level words yield to; transition; susceptible; at ease; wheat; upset; at one's earliest convenience; satisfactory; wastage; be characteristic of; subtle; vast; be tied up; anticipate; strenuous; beef up; strengthen; underestimate; come about; specialty; stimulate; bring about; stockholder; storage; by and large; trial; vacancy; by word of mouth; reunion; sightseeing; conform to; viable; verify; do away with; similarity; sophomore; file a claim for; solely; physician; keep down; thin; thick; make both ends meet; vague; neighbor; a case in point; weep; wail; at stake; doubt; suspect; bail out; draft; detach; be convinced of; destroy; destruction; be endowed with; scheme; desperate; be relevant to; doctoral; discourage; call forth; disaster; disastrous; come down on; diploma

toss-up It's a toss-up.

Trademark Trademark Searching: A Practical and Strategic Guide to the Clearance of New Marks in the United States, Gundersen, 1994, International Trademark Association, N.Y., N.Y.; Trademark Registration Practice, Hawes, 1997, West Group, Chapter 2; Trademark Law: A Practitioner's Guide, Kane, Second Ed., 1997, Practicing Law Institute, N.Y., N.Y., Chapter 3.

Trademark & Domain Name Intermatic, Inc. v. Toeppen, 947 F.Supp. 1227 (N.D. Ill. 1996); David Loundy, A Primer on Trademark Law and Internet Address, 15 JOHN MARSHALL J. OF COMPUTER & INFO. L. 465 (Spring, 1997).

travel space travel. start on one's travel. be on one's travels. He has traveled throughout/all over Japan. I have never traveled abroad/overseas; out of Japan. Have you traveled anywhere in Japan? Did you travel by air or by land?

try try one's luck. I will try to be home by five.

tuft tuft of hair. We saw a rabbit on a tuft of grass.

turnoff The evening was a real turnoff.

Two Cows Two cows were looking over a gate. One said to the other, "What do you think about this mad cow disease?" The other cow looked over and replied, "Why should I care? I'm a helicopter."

U.S. Planes Bomb a Red Cross Site for Second Time, NY Times, Oct 27, 2001. American forces bombed and largely destroyed the same Red Cross complex in Kabul that they struck 10 days ago.

venture venture on an ambitious program of reform.

Vitamins may slow vision loss High doses of antioxidant vitamins plus the mineral zinc can slow or even prevent vision loss in people with macular degeneration, an age-related eye ailment that affects more than 7 million Americans, a government study found.

wanna Wanna master the most essential American idioms?

wane (verb) to lose strength or influence. Huge at the end of the 19th century, the power of the British Empire waned over the next 100 years.

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What the doctor says - what the doctor means 1. "Well, what have we here....?" Since he hasn't the foggiest notion of what it is, the Doctor is hoping you will give him a clue. 2. "We'll see." "First I have to check my malpractice insurance." 3. "Let me check your medical history." "I want to see if you've paid your last bill before I spend anymore time with you." 4. "Hmmmmmmmm." Since he hasn't the faintest idea of what to do, he is trying to appear thoughtful while hoping the nurse will interrupt. 5. "Let's see how it develops." "Maybe in a few days it will grow into something that can be cured."

WHAT WAS THAT YOU JUST SAID, GENERAL "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..." Killed in battle during US Civil War. --General John Sedgwick, Union Commander, d. 1864.

where Where are you going? I'm- going to London. Who's going with you? My father is. When-are you going? At twelve o'clock.

which Which is heavier, a full moon or half moon?

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With With so many million people living in a tiny area, they have learned from experience that they must be easy-going with each other if they are to get on at all. Don't speak with your mouth full.

you You got misty-eyed. You take Spanish.

You know you are having a bad day when: Your twin sister forgets your birthday. You have to sit down to brush your teeth in the morning. Everyone avoids you the morning after the company office party. You wake up and your braces are stuck together. Your blind date turns out to be your ex-wife/husband. You put both contacts into the same eye. Your doctor tells you that you're allergic to chocolate. People think that you're 40 and you're only 25.

your Your voice is hoarse.

Your husband gets it double This woman's husband was cheating on her. The woman and her husband got a divorce and the woman went on with her life hating her ex-husband. One day she found a beautiful lamp lying in the streets. She picked it up and rubbed it a little bit. Suddenly, a geenie popped out of the lamp! The geenie said that it would grant her 3 wishes & that with every wish her husband gets the same thing only double!

So, the woman thinks of a first wish... "I want to be rich!!!" So, the woman became rich, and the husband became twice as rich! So, the woman thinks of a second wish... "I want to be beautiful!!" So, the woman became beautiful, and the husband became twice as beautiful. "Okay", the geenie says. "This is your last wish so be careful what you wish for!" The woman thinks real hard and finally comes to a decision. "I Want You To Scare me HALF To Death !!"



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