I don't have the text book, but...

About one and a half years ago, I decided to listen to the English radio program which is for the advanced English learners. To be honest, I was reluctant to listen to the program because its vignettes are relatively complicating and wordy to say....However, I made up my mind to start listening to it for building up a bigger vocabulary and learning useful expressions.
Today the English program for this school year started. You might imagine I had this month issue at hand. Actually, I didn't have it because I decided to review all of the text books I had bought before.

I'd like to say I don't mean I gave up listening to it. I mean I regularly record the program, transcribe each vignette and pick up new words as I did before. After all I try to do that way without its text books. Today I tried it. To my surprise it seemed to work more than I had expected when it comes to improving my English skills, listening skill in particular. (Maybe I was able to more concentrate on listening to today's vignette than usual. That's why I might feel like that...)

I'm looking forward to listening to the next vignette.

How timely!

My husband had to work today. Every year He works until a few days before the end of the year, but for this year, today was his last workday. That's why my son and I stayed at home and have preparing for the next year. Luckily, I managed to have some time to do for myself due to bad weather. hehe I surfed the Internet such as BBC, CNN or VOA.

Yesterday, I learned some idioms through the BBC. One of them was "cut the mustard". (It's an interesting idiom, isn't it.) In the morning, while transcribing the vignette I had recorded, I found out the idiom was used in it. How timely it is!!
Thanks to that, the idiom was impressed into my mind. haha

"Get to enjoy"

I regularly listen to an English radio program which is intended for an advanced level of English. To get new expressions and vocabulary, I've kept learning English through the program and its text book.
I often face the expressions I usually don't say or write in the text book. Although these expressions occasionally take some time to comprehend, they're very helpful and broaden my knowledge of English.

The other day, I came across a sentence: How was your week off? Get to enjoy some quality downtime?At that time, as for "get to enjoy", I had a question: I wondered if there was some meaning. As I usually say, "Did you enjoy~??", so I was a little bit confused.
I asked my fellow English-lovers about my question last week. They were thinking about it hard by checking dictionaries, grammar books. Then, we reached the answer: to have or get opprtunities to do something.
Oh! I got it!!! (That's why we can also say "get to know each other">> 知り合う機会を得る、持つ>> 知り合いになる.)

However, another idea also came up: to manage to do something or succeed in doing. In my opinion, the former is the closest because "manage" is to succeed in doing something hard or to solve problems with a difficult situation. In fact, some native English speakers told me the meaning when I had my English journals checked.
Anyway, I asked some native English speakers about the question to clarify. One of them gave me the following answer.. (including my question)...

What's the nuance of the sentence?

When you hear the following sentence, what kind of nuance do you have?
"Hey, (Did you) get to enjoy some quality downtime?"

A> Did you succeed in enjoying...
B> Did you manage to enjoy...
C> Did you reach the point at which you feel fun?
D> Did you have some opportunities to have fun?

I feel C or D is the closest... What do you think?


The answer is....

A and C seem too analytical. B suggests it may have been difficult to enjoy something due to some known circumstance such as your fear of heights on a balloon trip.
I prefer D here.

The other native English speakers also said like that.
Thanks to the time we discussed, I learned the clear meaning of it.

I did nothing but.....

Today my husband had to work and I didn't have my English lessons. (Usually, I give my English lessons to kids on Saturdays. But a local festival is supposed to be held today, so I had rescheduled today's lesson.) I had more spare time than usual.

After I did household chores and whatnot, I got down to studying for English through an English radio program. As I had recorded a few lessons, to begin with I transcribed these vignettes. And then, I memorized useful expressions and words, although some of them slipped out of my mind easily. haha

Well, the text books, which I regularly listen to, are piling up, so not only should I keep up with every lesson, but I should also review the back numbers not to forget the new words etc.

Dictation part 2

I seem to be into transcribing some English dictation, although I sometimes have trouble doing that. haha

Well, I tried to transcribe the following. Needless to say, there might be tens of thousands of mistakes...I think....--; I asked my native English friend to check my transcription, but I've yet to receive his reply...

Please feel free to give me your comments. :D Thanks.

~~Business Communication in Action~~ April 7th, 2010

As for "dress pants with a dress shirt"

In English, dress pants and a dress shirt are the kinds of things that you willwould wear to the office anyway(?). Nice a pair of slacks and a woven shirt with a collar and buttons.

I think dress shirts usually need ironing and sports shirts often don't.
Sports shirts tend to be knit, so could be polyester polo shirt(?), for example, that's style.

All of the these descriptions of the proper fashion are a little bit difficult to pin down. You have to kindaof find out exactly what the person's using it means.(?) Generally, you can could probably think of three categories: "Casual clothes", " Dress clothes" such as good for the office, and " Fancy" or " Fancy dress", which would be quite a bit more formal.
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