The SQ1 Monthly Round-Up

バックナンバー of the SQ1 Reader – Issue #5

From the Library

Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog and Other Stories, is a collection of short stories written by Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Perhaps you know him by his pen name, Mark Twain? (マーク・トウェイン) Or from his most famous literary works, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn?

Indeed, Huckleberry Finn is considered by many to be THE great American novel. I might be more surprised if you had not heard of him or his modern classics.

In addition to his fame as an author, Mark Twain was, and still is, a giant of American pop culture. He has been depicted in fictional form in art, film, comic books, literature, and television.

I think my own first encounter with him might have been in the science fiction TV show, Star Trek: TNG when I watched it as a child. At that age, I probably just thought he looked like the founder of KFC, Colonel Sanders.

This collection of short stories is a nice introduction to the famous author’s work. In particular, The Other Side of War, A True Story, and A Dog’s Life were very moving tales.

Mark Twain was a larger than life figure in American culture. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him yet, please do pick up one of his novels.

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SQ1 Original Content – Raining Cats & Dogs & Carp (CEFR B1 )

As I write these words it is bucketing down outside. It is pouring rain. The puddles on the road have joined together to form a small stream.

When it pelts it down (rain heavily) like this, a waterfall takes the place of the steep bit of road by my house. It resembles the Olympic Kayaking course. I am tempted to go for a paddle.

And though it is raining cats and dogs it’s another creature I worry about in this weather. I fear the koi carp might escape the local ponds and rivers. I worry they will escape to freedom down the highway. It happened once in Saga a few years ago, you know. The fish made a daring escape. They made a break for freedom.

Maybe someday, if there is a large enough downpour, the carp at Mishima Grand Shrine will swim all the way down the old Tokaido road on a big adventure. Pixar and Disney would probably make a movie about it, don’t you think?

Study Tips – Bilingual Websites

One thing that frustrated me a lot upon moving to Japan was that despite my best efforts to learn Japanese, my dictionary almost never gave me the word I was really looking for. It was good at telling me what a new word meant in English, but searching for a word I wanted to say in Japanese was, and is still, much harder. I believe my students often have the same frustration.

In such cases, we should rely on the hard work of others. In particular, the hard work of professional translators.

I sometimes read articles on

Or on

You can also visit and then switch to English for many articles.

Translators do much more than the typical language learner, they think carefully about how to convey the meaning of the words and the intentions of the writer in another language.

They do a lot of work so we don’t have to.

I guess I owe my translator friends a cup of coffee or two as a thank you.

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バックナンバー of the SQ1 Reader – Issue #4

From the Library

The Count of Monte Cristo, commonly known as 巌窟王 (The King of the Cavern) in Japanese, is considered to be a literary classic.

This edition from Pearson, at the A2 vocabulary level, and a mere 12,000 words, is perhaps stretching the truth a bit with its title.

The actual novel is a whopping 464,162 words long. Wikipedia even has a diagram of character relationships to help confused readers remember how everyone in the story is connected. The book in the Square One library is obviously much simpler!

Inevitably, trying to cram such an enormous story into such a small book is an impossible challenge. Consequently, with limited space, this version of the Count is much kinder and considerably less intent on revenge.

This short little novel really isn’t the real thing. Nonetheless, if you are a fan of the original story through movies, television or translation, why not give it a try? It is an important story in Western literature and has had a huge influence on many other writers.

Visit the SQ1 Library by clicking here.

SQ1 Original Content – Night Owls & Monsters (CEFR B1 )

Are you a lark or a night owl? Are you an early riser who wakes up with the sun? Or are you prone to oversleeping because the TV tempted you to stay awake late into the night? Do you find it easy to fall fast asleep? Or do you often find yourself wide awake late at night? Do you count sheep to try and drift off into the land of nod? Or do you pass out the moment your heavy head lands on your pillow?

Personally, I am very jealous of natural early risers. By nature I am a night owl. My own body clock, my circadian rhythm, does not fit with my work schedule. When I wake up in the morning, I am not bright eyed and bushy tailed. I am a zombie in search of black coffee. I need my morning caffeine boost like a vampire craves blood. I am a grumpy little goblin man until I get my first cup.

The world is not kind to us night owls. Society is built for larks and run by them. So if you happen to be a lark who lives with a night owl, please be kind to them. Put a pot of coffee on when you wake up, it will soothe the monster for a little while… until the next morning if you are lucky.

Study Tips – Steal from TED Talks

When I teach my Presenting Skills class at university, the main thing I have my students do is watch TED talks. What better way to learn how to present in English than to watch what professionals do?

Despite my warnings, my students often make a mistake about what to focus on in their first homework. They focus on the big, long, academic words used by the presenters. They watch scientific presentations and come to class with serious sounding words that I have heard before, but don’t know well at all; because I am not a neuroscientist or astrophysicist.

The mistake they make is overlooking the little words. More specifically the chunks of little words.

I looked at a very popular TED talk and found these great chunks of language:

“But what if we could…?”

“So what have we learned?”

“The clearest message that we get from this is…”

“… keep us happier and healthier.”

“I’d like to close with a quote from…”

Plagiarism is often a problem because nervous students steal without thinking. It’s not a problem when they steal the right stuff, the stuff they can recycle again and again and again and… you get the idea.

Quotes from this TED talk.

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バックナンバー of the SQ1 Reader – Issue #3

From the Library

Great Crimes, by John Escott, immediately caught my eye when I was searching through the library.

The reason it got my attention is that it contains 11 famous crime stories that I only half knew.

Bonnie and Clyde? I knew they were American outlaws. They appear in pop culture all over the place. They are part of American-English language. If you say, “they are like Bonnie and Clyde!” I immediately think, “Oh ok, outlaw couple”. But did I know their story? Not really…

Charles Ponzi? Sure, that’s the most famous example of a Ponzi scheme. I mean, it’s named after him! I know what that is. But, what did hedo exactly? Ummm… let me ask google.

The Great Train Robbery? Sure, sure, I know that story… they robbed a train and… ok, that’s about all I know.

It’s a level 4 book from Oxford with 15,000 words at the B1/B2 level. It should take you around 2 hours to read, but you can split that up very easily as the book has 11 different crime stories. Pick it up, put it down, take your time.

SQ1 Original Content – Am I a Smartphone Addict? (CEFR B1 Level)

Everyone is a little bit addicted to their smartphones, right?

It’s so easy to get hooked. To be dependent on the little computer in your hand, to be obsessed with checking your email, your Instagram, or whatever your digital drug of choice is.

Curious about this topic, I asked my new students this week, is this sentence true for you, “I am addicted to my smartphone.”

Most students wrote that it was about 70% true for them. They told me they sometimes spent more than 8 hours on their phones.

It sounds shocking, right? But if we unpack it a little, it isn’t quite so scary.

Their smartphones are their primary source of visual entertainment. They are a replacement for movie theatres and televisions. Indeed, many students told me they don’t even watch TV, they only watch Youtube on their phones.

It’s also how they listen to music, it’s how they play video games, and of course it’s how they take those endless selfies.

But it’s also how they do research for homework, and it’s how they contact their friends, their family, and even their teachers. It’s their one screen for absolutely everything.

My smartphone usage isn’t like that. I don’t watch Youtube much, but I do watch my TV.

When I work from home, I avoid my smartphone, but I dowork at my desktop.

When I read a book, I try to read a paperback, but more often than not I doread books on my kindle.

So, am I any less of a smartphone addict than my students?

Of course I am! I’m not a smartphone junkie… but only because I can afford to buy more screens than them.

Study Tips – Google Books Ngram Viewer

In my work as a proofreader for education publishers I am often asked to decide whether a phrase is natural sounding. Would a native speaker of English really say or write this?

The problem is, something that sounds natural to one person, doesn’t always sound natural to another person.

So in order to double-check my own judgements about language I often use Google Books Ngram Viewer. Essentially, what Google Books Ngram Viewer does is scan its database to see how popular or common a word or phrase is over time.

In the example below you can see that Sherlock Holmes suddenly became more popular around 2010. The Benedict Cumberbatch effect, perhaps?

This is also a really good way to check whether a specific phrase is more common than another.

For example, which is better to use, surf the web or use the internet?

An easy win for use the internet. Retirement for you surf the web.

So if you are worried that your dictionary’s suggestion might be too old fashioned, please give Google Books Ngram Viewer a try! 

Or just use it to see who gets more book mentions, Superman or Spiderman.

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バックナンバー of the SQ1 Reader – Issue #2

From the Library

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories is a wonderful first step into reading gothic literature. Retold by Adrian Kelly, these tales are still as spooky as Poe intended.

Illustrations also help the reader to get a better picture of some of the scenes described.

It’s a level 3 book from Pearson written at the A2 CEFR level, that means it is suitable for beginners and lower intermediate students.

It’s 11000+ word count sounds like a lot, but it would only take a student an hour or so to read. As it is actually 5 short stories it’s a nice choice for reading just 1 story a day.

SQ1 Original Content – Losing your Cool (CEFR B1/B2 Level)

Losing your cool is an English idiom. It means that you fail to stay calm and controlled. It means you got angry. It means you lost your temper. It means you snapped.

Will Smith lost his cool at the Oscars when he slapped comedian Chris Rock in the face live on international television.

It was a huge shock to everyone involved. The audience were not sure whether it was real or not. They probably assumed it was a bit, a comedy routine, that was part of the show. When Smith continued to shout after returning to his seat it was clear this was no performance. This was real life.

In real life, if you slapped a comedian on stage you would be thrown out of the venue and most likely arrested. Indeed, you probably wouldn’t be able to reach the stage before a security guard tackled you. In Hollywood the rules are different for A-List celebrities. What security guard would want to tackle Will Smith?

An hour or so later, after refusing to leave the venue voluntarily, Smith won an Oscar for his performance in the movie King Richard. The crowd even applauded his acceptance speech. It was a truly bizarre moment.

A man violently assaulted another person because of a joke. He then received a prize. It was a deeply embarrassing night for most of Hollywood, but it was a shameful night for Will Smith.

Study Tips – Mini-Dictionaries

Sometimes dictionaries are not very helpful. They give you a long list of words and you don’t know which one is the best fit. When you are a language learner it’s really tough to pick the right word for the right place and the right time.

Topic dictionaries can help you. A topic dictionary is a mini-dictionary. It collects the most common words you might need and arranges them by theme or topic.

They also tell you what level the word is. If it’s an A1 word you definitely need to know that as soon as possible. If it’s a C2 word you can avoid studying that until later if you want.

The Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries website has a collection of topic dictionaries you can use for free. Please give them a try!

Visit the topic dictionaries page by clicking here.

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See you next Monday!

Matt Keighley

Representative Partner @ Square One Japan Ltd.

バックナンバー of the SQ1 Reader – Issue #1 ー American Life

From the Library

American Life by Vicky Shipton was first published in 2001. It has had some small updates since then, but some of the information inside will not be recent. However, it is a really good book for seeing how much America has changed over 20 years.

It’s a level 2 book from Pearson so students can probably finish it in about 30 minutes. It’s around 3000 words long and has 26 pages. The book is full of photos and illustrations, in addition to lots of fun facts and bits of history.

If you don’t know much about America this little book is a really nice place to start.

SQ1 Original Content – The Opioid Crisis in America (CEFR B1/B2 Level)

In America, there is currently a big problem with people misusing painkillers and becoming addicted to them. In one 12 month period between 2020 and 2021 more than a 100,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. However, many of these people are not the stereotyped drug addicts we see in movies and TV shows. These are everyday people who became addicted to prescription painkillers after getting a prescription from their doctors. In particular, many people blame big pharmaceutical companies for aggressively and irresponsibly marketing very powerful painkillers for ever day use. It is a real tragedy that affects many communities across the US to this day.

Want to Learn more? – Book Recommendation for Advanced Students and Teachers

If you are interested in learning more, the book Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe is a fascinating non-fiction account of the history of the Sackler Family. This comment sums it up beautifully,

“A brutal, multigenerational treatment of the Sackler family… Keefe deepens the narrative by tracing the family’s ambitions and ruthless methods back to the founding patriarch, Arthur Sackler…His life might be a model for the American dream, if it hadn’t arguably laid the foundations for a still-unfolding national tragedy.” – Brian Mann,

Study Tips – Anki Software

When I came to Japan I didn’t speak any Japanese at all. I wasn’t a fan of manga or anime either. As a result, I hadn’t had much exposure to Japanese language and I found it really, really hard to learn and remember new words. Kanji was especially tough.

I often went to cafes to study for two or three hours at a time. However, hours later I could not remember most of the new words I had learned. Writing was a big help, and so was watching western TV with Japanese subtitles turned on. The biggest help though was learning about the software application called Anki. It’s free software, although on a smartphone or tablet it costs about 3000 yen.

Anki is memorization software. It is popular with language learners and medical students in particular. Here is a youtube introduction for Japanese speakers.

I still use Anki today and I find it very helpful for picking up new vocabulary. The main benefit of Anki is its use of spaced repetition (click the link for the Japanese wikipedia page). This approach is now used in many different learning applications. If using Anki seems too difficult for you, please try a simple vocabulary application that makes use of spaced repetition.

Words you might like to know

This evening I enjoyed a short three-page essay by Haruki Murakami titled 真っ白な嘘 (mashiro na uso – White Lies) . I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it was in the original Japanese. As the book had furigana, a CD attached, and translation notes it wasn’t such hard going. Here are some words from the essay that students of Japanese/English might enjoy learning:

でたらめ – nonsense

でっち上げ – fabrication, hoax

でまかせ – speaking without thinking

世間を惑わせる人 – people who disturb the public order

例によって – as usual, as is one’s habit, as per usual, just like always

It was a playful and witty little essay. Give it a read. You’ll enjoy it.

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~ 今月のおすすめ記事 5選 ~

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2. “Japan’s young adults get a lesson in how to be savvy consumers”


3. “The possibilities (and perils) of Japan’s youth spending more time online”

現代では、身近にネット環境があり、You Tubeに動画をアップしたり、インターネットで動画を観たりすることができます。教育現場でもiPadを使う教育が行われています。今のネット社会について、皆さんはどのように考えますか?



5. “Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness”


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~ 今月のおすすめ記事 5選 ~

Hello, everyone!

学校や職場で新学期や新年度が始まっているかと思いますが、いかがお過ごしですか? SQ1も新年度が始まっています。オンラインでの授業が継続していますが、新しい生活様式に沿いながら、SQ1としてできる限りのサーポートを続けていくつもりです。お困りのことやご要望がございましたら、ご遠慮なくご連絡ください。

1.’No singing, eat in silence’: How Japanese schools have stayed open despite the pandemic


2. BBC News “Prince Philip: A life in pictures”


3.“Disaster Education in Japan: Preparing for Natural Disasters to Protect Kids’ Lives”


4. “Japanese Style Hospitality – Cleanliness is Key”


5.“4 reasons to learn a new language”


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~ 今月のおすすめ記事 5選 ~

Hello, everyone!

4月になり、季節はすっかり春ですね。新年度や新学期がスタートした方もいらっしゃるかと思います。新たな目標を立てて、新しい事に挑戦してみるのも良いですね。英語学習や学習教材についてのご質問・ご相談も随時受け付けています。新年度もSquare Oneをよろしくお願いいたします。



2.Nara JALTのブログです。イベントなどの情報のほか、投稿の中には動画もあるので、専門家のリモートでのやり取りを視聴できます。

“Nara JALT”



4.Nikkei Asiaのサイトからの記事です。テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパスの学部長が日本の教育について話しています。

“New school for thought”

5. ビジネスシーンでは、言いたいことを論理的に的確に相手に伝えることも大切となってきます。その様な場面では、PREP法が役立ちます。PREP法の解説や英文例が載っています。日本語の記事です。


Bilingual Book Review: 3フレーズでOK!メール・SNSの英会話

Book title: 3フレーズでOK!メール・SNSの英会話

著者:David Thayne (デイビッド・セイン)


2017年2月10日 第1刷発行


本の前半には、“Would you like to …?” や “I was wondering if …”といった12の基本フレーズが載っており、その使用例も書かれています。後半では、基本フレーズを基に、具体的な場面でのフレーズの使い方が解説されています。基本フレーズを使った実際のメールのやりとりも載っているのでわかりやすいです。


Do you sometimes have the opportunity to send emails or Line messages in English? When we use Line or SNS we send lots of short sentences. During such conversations do you ever worry about what you should say or how you should say it? Well, this book was written so that when you message in English you will be able to write clear, simple and easy to understand English.

The first half of the book covers 12 foundational phrases, like, “Would you like to…?” and “I was wondering if…” and examples of how to use them. The second half builds on those foundational phrases to explain other practically useful expressions. There are even examples of real online conversations using those key phrases in the book so it’s very easy to understand.

Even those who don’t have many opportunities to send messages in English will find lots of everyday English conversation expressions in the book. They ought to be of real help to anyone studying English. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, why not give it a try?

Buy the book here.

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~ 今月のおすすめ記事 5選 ~

Hello, everyone!




“Can a robot pass a university entrance exam?”





4.2021年の節分は124年ぶりに2月2日でした。「鬼」の文字に関連する漢字や苗字、ことわざが、例を交えながらJapan Timesの記事に載っています。

“Casting the demons out with some fiendish Japanese idioms”


“Learning with Candy”

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~ 今月のおすすめ記事 10選 ~

Happy New Year! What is your New Year’s resolution?


2021年が皆様にとって素晴らしい一年となるよう、Square Oneも英語学習のサポートを続けたいと思います。本年もどうぞよろしくお願いいたします。


“How to wash your hands”


“Fake or fir? Your Christmas tree’s carbon footprint”

3.Ellaという女性がイギリスへのstudy tripの思い出を語っています。リスニングの練習になります。問題を解いて自分の理解度を確認してみましょう。

 “A study trip to the UK”

4.2021年の干支(zodiac)は60年ぶりのMetal Ox(辛丑:かのとうし)です。古くからの暦や歴史における牛との関わりが解説されています。

“After a year of anxiety, what can we expect from the Year of the Ox in 2021?”

5.Cambridge University Press ELTによる授業動画です。教師と学習者のinteractionを通して学習者の理解を深めるリーディング指導方法の紹介です。10分程の映像となっています。

“Developing Reading Skills”


“Japanese style’ train culture booming in Jakarta”


「お正月を英語で説明 お正月休みの10の行事や風習を10の例文で紹介」

8.English Journal on line からの記事です。「自粛」という日本語は英語でどのように表現できるのでしょうか。様々な例文が紹介されています。



“Japan Emperor Naruhito thanks medical staff battling virus pandemic”

10. “corn dog”とは何の食べ物でしょうか? 映像を観ながら、なるほど!となるでしょう。

「星星のベラベラENGLISH : corn dog」

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~ 今月のおすすめ記事 10選 ~

Hello, everyone!

2020年も間もなく終わりを迎えようとしています。みなさんにとってはどのような一年でしたか。2021年も、Square Oneは皆さんの英語学習を全力でサポートいたします。新年にはNew Year’s Resolution(新年の抱負)をたてて、またSquare Oneと共に新たな一年を一緒に歩みましょう!来年もどうぞよろしくお願いいたします。

1.BBC Learning ENGLISHホームページより、映像で英文法の基本を学べるサイトのご紹介です。

“The Grammar Gameshow: Test your grammar knowledge”

2.好きなクリスマスソングは?と聞かれたら、みなさんはどの歌を思いつきますか? このサイトでは12の世界のクリスマスソングを紹介しています。その歌の説明も英語で書かれています。

“12 best Christmas songs from around the world”


“10 English slang terms you need to know in 2021”

4.NIKKEI ASIAのホームページからの記事です。

“What can we hope for in 2021?

Many reasons to believe next year will be better than 2020”





7. カリフォルニア大学が運営するテレビ番組です。芸術や科学、医学といった大学ならではの専門的な内容の番組や講義なども視聴できます。



“Teachers as materials writers: some considerations”


“Hand Luggage Only”


 “Mr. Evineの使える英文法指導”

Oda Nobunaga 織田信長 ― 夢幻の如く

Oda Nobunaga 織田信長ー夢幻の如く

Book title: ラダーシリーズ「Oda Nobunaga  織田信長 ― 夢幻の如く」

著者:Coen Nishiumi (西海コエン)


2019年9月8日 第1刷発行

レベル:Level3(英検準2級・TOEIC500~600点・iTE:2.0– 3.0)



日本語で織田信長相関図や年表が載っており、またWord Listも付いているので英単語や文中に出てくる英語表現を確認することができます。歴史好きな方や英語で歴史本を読んでみたいと思っている方にとっては、織田信長の人生を英語で楽しめる一冊となるでしょう。

Find out more at the IBC HP

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~ 今月のおすすめ記事 10選 ~

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2. “Children clean classrooms to save a Devon school money”


“Japan’s original stamp rally is a godly one”


4. “‘Demon Slayer’ destroyed box-office records despite the pandemic, but why?


5. “Masks in Japan Are Everyday Items


6.NHK BS1「攻略!ABCニュース英語」


7. “Project Britain: British Life and Culture”


8. “This decade calls for Earthshots to repair our planet”

ウィリアム王子が世界の環境問題を解決しようとする団体に授与する“Earthshot prize”を創設しました。TED talksのホームページより、ウィリアム王子の話をきくことができます。

9.「星星のベラベラENGLISH “充電切れ”」


10.“40 Common English Idioms”


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~ 今月のおすすめ記事 10選 ~

Hello, everyone!

秋の風が心地よく感じられ、過ごしやすい季節になりました。読書の秋ですね。Fall is a good season for reading. 多読は英語学習にはとても有効です。ぜひ時間を見つけて英語の本を読んでみましょう。Square OneではBook Libraryを備えております。当校ホームページにも様々な本の紹介が載っていますので、この英語の本を読んでみたい!と思った際にはいつでもご連絡ください。

1.“Talking English With Native Speakers (stand by)”

 “stand by”は色々な使い方ができる単語です。キャンセル待ちという表現にも使えます。例文も載っているので、機会があれば使ってみましょう。

2. “Yoshihide Suga elected Japan’s new prime minister succeeding Shinzo Abe”


3. “Transport businesses innovate to survive”

コロナ禍で鉄道やバスといった交通機関業界では新たな取り組みや感染症対策が行われています。NHK World JapanのHPからの英文記事です。

4. “English Journal on line:“I will do my best.”はNGワード?日本人が使いがちな危ない英単語【ビジネス英語の絶対ルール】”


5. “Online English level test”

British Councilのホームページの中には、簡単な英語レベルチェックができるサイトもあります。

6.“Learning English: Teaching Word Stress”


7.“High Schoolers’ Opinions on Japan’s School Closures”


8. “Who wants to own a bit of airline history?”


9. “大島希巳江の英語コラム:都合のよい言語を使うコード・スイッチング”


10. “Japan Video Topics (Web Japan)


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1.子供向け絵本の一冊に「3びきのくま」は有名ですが、そのストーリーを英語で聞いてみましょう。British Councilのキッズ向けホームページです。 

“Goldilocks and the three bears” 

2.British Councilのホームページより、スウェーデンの環境活動家グレタ・トゥーンベリさんの動画です。動画を観た後に、TASKもあるのでチャレンジしてみましょう。 

“Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot on the climate crisis” 


“Gov’t OKs beefed up measures on Japanese language education for foreign children” 


「関西大学のホームページより:田尻悟郎教授 小中高生向けのオリジナル「英語発音教材」」 

5.“Real English”のHPでは、英語での街頭インタビューがそのまま映像になっているので、ネイティブの実際の英語を聞くことができます。字幕付きです。今回のトピックはDream jobです。 

“Real English” 

6.BBCでは英語学習者向けに動画が公開されています。今回はその中の一つをご紹介します。物語の場面に沿った英語表現が紹介されています。ビジネスシーンも含め、日常生活で実際に使える表現が多いと思います。時間に余裕があれば、エピソード0(An introduction)から視聴すると面白いと思います。 

“BBC Learning English: English at work” 

7. “rust”という英単語を聞いたことがありますか?どのように使うのか、学んでみましょう。 

英会話マシューUP :腕が鈍る “rusty” 


「神奈川県立総合教育センター 英語のページ(リーディング教材)」 

9.みなさんは英語の相槌やそのタイミングに迷ったことはありませんか?KAPLAN KBLOGのホームページでは、例文を挙げて相槌の表現が解説されています。参考にしてみてください。 


10.現在もオンラインでの授業が続いている学校もあるかと思います。British Councilのホームページの中では、遠隔指導のガイダンスが紹介されています。教師向けの内容です。ご自身が興味のある項目を読んで、参考にしてみてください。 

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Anne of Green Gables 

L. M. Montgomery 

(Retold by Clare West) 


レベル:Stage 2 (700 headwords) 


この本は、アンという一人の赤毛の少女を主人公にした、「赤毛のアン」シリーズの最初の物語です。アンはカナダのグリーンゲイブルズに住む農家の家に養子としてやってきます。その家にはマシューとマリラという初老の兄妹が住んでおり、アンが彼らの子供として育ち、成長していく姿が描かれています。物語の中では、マシューとマリラとの生活や、親友のダイアナやギルバートという同級生との学校生活の様子も、読みながら楽しめます。この本を通して、アンとの時間を一緒に過ごしているような感覚になるでしょう。学習者の興味やレベルに沿った英語多読用本(Graded Readers)の中の一冊です。 

Buy it from Oxford University Press here.

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Hello, everyone!梅雨が明け、暑い日が続きますがいかがお過ごしでしょうか?「梅雨明け」は英語でどのように表現しますか? 
“It was announced that the rainy season ended around Tokai-area. 



1.“apples and oranges”というイディオムを聞いたことがありますか?どのような使い方をするのか読んでみましょう。 

“ばか丁寧な高校英文法 英会話で使える表現 apples and oranges” 

2.“I really appreciate your cooperation.”と言われたら、何と返事をすればよいのでしょうか? 


3.“concerning”, “pertaining to”, “relating to”は「~に関して」という意味ですが、同じ意味であっても使う場面などが違ってきます。どのように異なるのか解説もあり、また例文も載っているので、実際に使ってみるのも良いでしょう。 

“concerning, pertaining to, relating toの違いとは?” 

4. 英語で挨拶をする時や相手の仕事を聞きたい時、趣味や出身地を聞きたい時、メールや電話番号を伝える時など、native speakerはどのように表現するのでしょうか。そう表現するのか!という発見もあると思います。それぞれが3分程の解説です。トータルで30分ほどの長めの動画となっています。 

“English in Three Minutes” 


“English part of equation for science students” 






“New Elementary School English Curriculum for 2020 Rolling Out in Japan”


“Study Skills for Intermediate Level Language Learners” 


“子どもに聞かれて困らない 英文法のキソ” 

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LEO network  “Test your English” 


“70% in Japan want telecommuting to continue after pandemic, survey finds” 

3.日本英語検定協会が実施している試験の一つにTEAP(Test of English for Academic Purposes)が加わりました。どのような試験なのか解説が載っています。日本語の記事です。 

“TEAPとは ——試験の概要と他試験との違い” 

4.BBC Newsのホームページより、イギリス王室に関する動画です。 

“Royal talks on Harry and Meghan’s future” 


“Japan looks to ‘travel bubbles’ as it eases entry restrictions” 


“英語でメール自信ありますか? 英文メール道場” 

7.British CouncilのHPより、4技能の評価に関する記事です。 



“1日5分ビジネス英語; Busyness doesn’t bring productivity” 


“Homes of the rich and famous: Jeff Bezos scales new peak” 

10.PRESIDENT Onlineの記事です。英語教育関連の本などでも皆さんご存知の鳥飼玖美子先生が、イーオン代表取締役社長である三宅義和氏と日本の英語教育について対談をされています。 

“「日本人は英語を習得しやすい」  これだけの理由” 

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6月に入り、梅雨の季節到来です。紫陽花の花も綺麗に咲く時期ですね。「紫陽花」は英語で “hydrangea” と言います。語源を調べてみたら、ギリシャ語で「水の器」という意味があるそうです。花の名前を英語で学ぶ機会は少ないかとは思いますが、単語の成り立ちや語源を知ると、なるほど!と納得できますね。 

1. NHKのラジオ番組「ニュースで英語術」のホームページです。時事英語を扱うラジオ番組です。英語のスクリプトと日本語も書かれているので、ラジオ音声で聞いた内容を英日両方で確認することができます。過去の記事は翻訳の練習にも使えますね。 


2.NHKのテレビ番組「ボキャブライダー on TV」のホームページの紹介です。言えそうで言えない英単語がテーマになっています。へぇ!そう表現するのか!と新しい発見もあると思います。 

「ボキャブライダー on TV」 

3.British CouncilのHPより、短い映像と共に英語のナレーションが流れる「video zone」のご紹介です。大人の学習者だけでなく、小学生や中学生、高校生の英語学習にも活用できると思います。 

「Video Zone」 


“Essential guide to London – Practicalities” 


“Japan bullet trains ask large-bag carriers to reserve luggage space” 


“Tokyo to introduce English-speaking test in high school entrance exams” 


“JR East adopts English test for staff to boost services for foreign rail passengers” 


“Post-emergency telework push continues for many Japan firms” 


“Japan univ. lecturers worry over crumbling class quality as virus forces courses online” 



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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!



「紀伊国屋書店 2019年上半期洋書ベストセラー」


“Dick Whittington”


“DECCO COMICS (issue No.3 The stolen diamond)”

5.Asahi Weeklyの4月26日号の音声サイトです。「Practical English」のPhrase It Rightの項目では、”make”を使った様々な表現が音声で流れます。例文も流れるので、その熟語の使い方も学ぶことができます。

“Make It Right: make”


“from ICHIRO”

7.The Japan Timesからの記事です。日本では小学校3年生からの英語教育が始まりましたが、それに対してのwriterの意見が書かれています。

“Japan going the wrong way in English-education reform”


“Listen twice as much as you speak.”

9.“Globish”という単語を聞いたことがありますか?WEB マガジン「passport」より、Globishに関するコラムです。

“Globish- The rise of globalized English and its implications”

10.英語教師のための情報誌「TEN(Teaching English Now)」では英語教育に関するタイムリーな話題を多数扱っています。ご紹介するのは、新学習指導要領に関する内容です。(ファイルサイズが28MBなので、容量にご注意ください)

「Teaching English Now 2020年4月1日号

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4月に入り、皆様いかがお過ごしでしょうか。日々の生活スタイルが大きく変化した方もいらっしゃるかと思います。現在はSquare One のクラスもオンラインでの授業となっております。どのような環境であっても、Square Oneでは全力で皆様の英語学習のサポートさせていただきます。英語やクラスに関するご相談、お悩み等いつでもお尋ねください。


“Dual-language booklet teaches children about coronavirus” 

2. 2020年4月から小学校の教科書が改定になります。その内容に関して書かれています。 

“EDITORIAL: New high-tech textbooks will reboot traditional school education” 


“Overseas trips inspire emperor’s language skills, outspokenness” 


“It’s a piece of cake.” 

5.“You made my day!”の英語表現を勉強してみましょう。そして使う機会があればぜひ使ってください! 

“You made my day.” 

6.サッカーの本田圭佑選手は常にチャレンジを続けている選手の一人ですが、本田選手のこのコメントには、なるほど・・と考えさせられました。彼のコメントから、”little difference(紙一重)”の表現を学んでみましょう。 



“Florence Nightingale” 

8. British CouncilのHPより、映像を観ながらtarget grammarを学べるサイトです。今回は「present perfect simple(現在完了形)」を使った会話です。動画の前後にあるPreparationやGameのボタンをクリックすると、クイズなどにも挑戦できます。 


9. 今の日本の状況において、働き方が大きく変化している方もいらっしゃるのではないでしょうか。近い将来、社会での「働き方」は変わってくるのでしょうか?(音声付です) 

“Will working from home become the new normal?” 


“Cherry blossom: Why is it important to Japanese culture?”