Negative Questions

Culture ~The key to having fun!~


Negative Questions

Have you ever got a
confused look from an
American when you simply
answered, "yes."

Could be, they asked you
a negative question.

"You don't like uni??"

"You've never been to France?"

"You're not sure?"

To answer this properly,
we need to say either
no or yes, right?

In 日本語 - yes + negative =

In 英語 - yes + negative =

We need yes + positive, no + negative.

Start by saying:

"Yes, I do."

"No, I don't."

"Yes, I don't."
"Yes, I haven't."

Jay: "You don't like my class?"

B-さん: "Yes."

Jay: "あれ."

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# by available_english | 2012-02-03 08:58 | Culture

That's Ok

Culture ~The key to having fun!~


That's Ok

Did you know that this
can mean "no.?"

That's right. A lot of times
we respond negatively by
saying that's ok. What we
are saying is "no thank you, that is ok."

"That's ok, I don't want any mustard."

"That's ok, I will go by myself."

This is easy to misunderstand
because it sounds like we
are saying that we would like
to have it.

The guy at Chipotle, today, didn't
understand this. He said Guacamole
is an extra $2.50. I said that's ok, but
I got a big glob of guacamole, anyway.

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# by available_english | 2012-02-01 08:35 | Culture

Go with the flow

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Go with the flow

Do you try and do things
the way others do them??

If so, then you like to
go with the flow!!

The meaning is that you
try not to stand out.

This is a good phrase
for Japanese People to learn.
It can be very important, sometimes,
to go with the flow.

"At work, I try to go with the flow."

"Obama seems to be going with the flow."

"What would happen if Obama went against
the current

This is the opposite meaning!

To go against the current is to
do things different than
everybody else!

It can also be inspiring when someone
goes against the current!!

If you are perceptive, then you
know when to go with the flow
and when not to!!!

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# by available_english | 2012-01-30 08:34 | Culture


Adjectives ~The Key to expressing yourself~



Are you picky?

To pick means to choose!!

"Pick out something nice, because
I'm taking you out tonight

The adjective, picky, means that
you are very careful about what
you choose!!

We can also say selective or choosy,
but picky is really the most popular
way to say it.

If you aren't picky, then you might
be easy to please! This is the opposite.

"I am picky about food! My mom
always calls me a picky eater."

"Are you picky about clothes? I'm not."

"I hope you are picky about who you date!"

I was even pickier when I was a kid!!!

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# by available_english | 2012-01-27 08:27 | Adjectives


Adjectives ~The Key to expressing yourself~



Do you always know what's
going on?

Can you "read between the lines?"

This means that you know
what's going on, even if it's
not obvious. Obvious means easy to see!! The picture with the fingers
is an old joke. Can you get it??

In Japanese, you might say
"read the atmosphere." We don't
use the word atmosphere for that
phrase, we say "read between the
," or "perceptive."

Perceive means to see
and understand

Perceptive is the adjective version.
Check out these examples:

"She is so perceptive. She always
knows what I'm feeling, even if
I don't tell her."

"My boss is not perceptive, at all.
He never knows what's going on."

"My grandmother was very perceptive.
I could never get anything on her."

Do you know what oblivious means??

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# by available_english | 2012-01-24 08:35 | Adjectives

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