[Easy English Blog] A day out

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I went on a day trip to Hiroshima the other day. I went by bus. It took around three hours. I took a business Japanese exam while I was in Hiroshima. After the exam, I had about two hours before the bus departed, so I went shopping.

I live in a rural area, so there are not many shops. Of course, we have large shopping centres and a department store, but there are not as many as in the city. It was good to walk around a big city and look in the shops. I bought some skincare products and a calendar for next year.

The bus coming back to my city was full. Most people had many shopping bags. Many people go to Hiroshima for day trips to go shopping. It is our nearest big city.

A few years ago, a new highway was built, so it is easier for us to get to Hiroshima. In the past, we had to use a normal road, and it took a long time – maybe around four hours. Now, the bus takes around three hours and it takes around two and a half hours by car.

I would like to go to Hiroshima more often, but I’m busy with work most days. Still, I enjoyed my day out. The weather was nice and the city was not too crowded.

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Take my word for it

Do you know the English expression “take my word for it“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Karen: Has Debra really got married? She didn’t say anything about it.

Paula: Take my word for it. I saw the photos.

Does it mean:

a) listen to me

b) repeat after me

c) listen carefully

d) trust me

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: d) trust me

Have (one’s) ducks in a row

Do you know the English expression “to have (one’s) ducks in a row“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Harry: Why do you write a to-do list every morning?

Faye: Because I like to have my ducks in a row before I start work.

Does it mean:

a) line up some ducks

b) be early for work

c) be organized

d) solve problems

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: c) be organized

Donkey’s years

Do you know the English expression “donkey’s years“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Martin: How long have you known Sarah?

Lynda: Oh, I’ve known her donkey’s years. We went to school together.

Does it mean:

a) a short time

b) since one’s school days

c) a long time

d) since one was a child

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: c) a long time