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Let’s Learn! 間違えやすいDaily とDairyと Diary の違い

This is another set of words that are often confusing for English students.

They all look the same and have very similar pronunciations.

“Daily” means “day-to-day things”.
「Daily – デイリー」は「日々のこと、毎日」を意味します。

“Dairy” means the “products from cows” like Milk, cheese and yogurt.
「Dairy – デアリー」は、牛乳、チーズ、ヨーグルトなどの「牛製品」を意味します。

“Diary” is the thing you write in to record your day-to-day happenings.
「Diary – ダイヤリー」は、あなたの日々の出来事を記録することで書くもの「日記」です。

Learn and have fun with them! Good luck!

Let’s Learn “Humidity”

Today’s word of the day is ‘humidity’. 

In Japanese it means 加湿.

Example sentences:
“The humidity is 60% today.” 

Related words are humid 湿っぽい,  humidifier 加湿器.

Example sentences:
“It’s very humid today! “

Be careful not to confuse it with the word ‘humility'(謙遜).

注意!humidity (加湿) と humility(謙遜) は発音と綴りが似ていますので注意ください!

Good luck with your English study!

A history of Let’s Eigo

Starting and running an English school is very difficult. As some of you know, i have been teaching in Fukushima since 2006. i started out working for a very badly run English school, typically poorly paid and very restricted. A small school which had comfortable financial backing, poor leadership and no incentive to really improve, it eventually collapsed but not before teaching me a lot about how not to do things.


i had realized from the beginning that i could never work for a chain school, i understood it as a style of teaching that puts on the appearance of teaching and putting the student first, but is in reality all about making money. After my first few years in Japan, NOVA collapsed and became a shining case and point. Unsurprisingly, shortly after that, new companies moved in and replaced NOVA, operating basically the same but under new names and catching up ex NOVA students who  for the most part had been groomed and accustomed to the NOVA way of things.

i realized early on then, that whatever i did, it had to focus on individual students. i accepted that i wouldn’t make a lot of money, but as long as i could survive, there would always be a chance to grow. i took advantage of the fact that working for a poorly managed private school i could develop my own teaching methods and material. i worked hard in the day for my then employer, and then doubled my efforts off hours for my own future. In those days i remember it was pretty difficult to make ends meet, i skipped many meals and lost weight but i never lost sight of the future which at that time was going to be English House.

After teaching in public spaces for a few years i finally was able to afford English house, a place dedicated to helping students keep up and improve their skills. English house had always been a very modest place but one with a really good atmosphere. i realized that though i made mistakes along the way, i was learning fast, my teaching and coaching was improving and my student base was steadily growing and my ability to speak and understand Japanese was reaching functionality. English house while now on the map, remained relatively quiet, hidden and known only through word of mouth but a home base was finally established.


What part of Fukushima do you like best?

As for me, my favorite part of Fukushima has to be the beautiful mountains that surround the city, in particular Mt. Azuma Kofuji.

In this time of year, with snow covering it”s peaks and other neighboring mountains, it”s truly a magnificent sight on a clear day.

Mt. Azuma towers high over the city below as though it is its guardian protecting it from the bad things of this world.

In summer and Autumn, it”s a great climb. It feels like a whole different world up there with its unique volcanic terrain.

What is your favorite part of Fukushima city?