[Easy English Blog] No snow yet

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We usually get snow in this area of Japan in January. So far, it has been quite warm, and there has been no snow. We have very little snow last year too. It only snowed for a few days last winter.

I don’t like the snow. I don’t like driving when the roads are covered with snow and ice. A few years ago, the snow was so heavy it took me an hour to dig my car out of the snow in the mornings. That year had the heaviest snowfall for around 30 years. Once, during that period, I got stuck in the middle of the road and couldn’t move. Someone brought a shovel to help dig my car out. Since then, in winter, I always carry a shovel in my car.

Around ten years ago over the New Year, the snow was so heavy that there were power cuts, and we had no electricity on New Year’s Eve. It was very cold!

Everyone changed their car tires to snow tires at the end of last year. We expect some snow, but at the moment, it is around 9 degrees and there doesn’t seem to be any snow on the way. Maybe we will get some snow in February. I hope it is not heavy like a few years ago.

How about you? Is it snowing where you are?

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Outraged

Do you know the English adjective “outraged“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Tracey: How did the people react to the government’s decision to change the pension system?

Chris: They were outraged. They held demonstrations all over the country.

Does it mean:

a) very angry

b) very frightened

c) very happy

d) very amused

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) very angry

Distraught

Do you know the English adjective “distraught“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Bill: How did you feel when you heard you had lost your job?

Mike: I was distraught. I’ve just bought a house, so it’s really bad timing.

Does it mean:

a) very happy

b) very upset

c) very scared

d) very complicated

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) very upset

Bite (someone’s) head off

Do you know the English expression “to bite (someone’s) head off“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Bob: You look upset. What happened?

George: I just asked my boss for more details about the project and he bit my head off! He said I should know all the details!

Does it mean:

a) attack someone

b) annoy someone

c) speak to someone angrily

d) make someone angry

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: c) speak to someone angrily

[Easy English Blog] Jet lag

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Have you ever had jet lag? It happens when we cross many time zones. I had jet lag from my trip to Europe. It is finally starting to go away. The UK is 9 hours behind Japan, and France is 8 hours behind.

For the first few days after I arrived back in Japan, I felt sleepy in the daytime and awake at night. I tried to stay awake during the day, but sometimes I fell asleep. At night, I read a book until I felt sleepy. I don’t like having jet lag. I can’t concentrate on anything.

I usually get jet lag when I go home to Europe and when I come back to Japan. I usually stay in Europe for two weeks, so once I start to recover from my jet lag in Europe, it is time to come back to Japan, where I have jet lag again!

I am feeling better now. It took me about a week to recover. I enjoy travelling, but I don’t enjoy the few days afterwards!

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press