今週のワンポイント英会話 第658回 〜To put your foot into your mouth. 〜

To put your foot into your mouth.=To say something embarrassing or foolish.


If you are shopping with your wife and she asks if she looks fat in this dress, you say "Yes".  That's putting your foot into your mouth.



今週のワンポイント英会話 第657回 〜When the going gets tough, 〜

When the going gets tough,the tough get going. = This is an old Marine Corps term.
When things go wrong, strong people prevail.


When things are bad, toughen up and get going. 




Catch him!

Yesterday a tall athletic man ran by me at full speed. Followed by a very short women  about thirty in a convenience store uniform. She was screaming "Stop thief". I yelled to her if she caught him what she was going to do with him. She stopped running.


今週のワンポイント英会話 第655回 〜On hand. 〜

On hand. = To be present or to have.


Since I speak a lot, I always have water on hand.




I was riding my tricycle yesterday past a discount steak house which was having a special half-price sale day. The sale attracted a great deal of attention. There were about thirty people standing in line in front of the shop when I passed by. While passing, one of my rear tires blew out with a large BOOM
It was sounding like a bomb or gunfire. People in the crowd started to dash for cover or plain run away. If I were hungry I would have jumped in front of the line.



Abstention: I read recently that a guy gave up women and drinking. He said it was the worst twenty minutes of his life..


What we never forget.

Never forget. 
My office is in an area where from time to time you must watch yourself and your belongings. Things have changed a lot recently for the better. So I tend to let my guard down. 
Today I was on a customer visit to an upscale office building. As it looked like rain I took my very cheap umbrella. Since over training cost me the use of my legs, I am forced to ride a tricycle which is used by seniors. I parked my tricycle in the building's bicycle space. Left my umbrella in the back basket. When I returned a short time later it was gone. 
Who would steal an umbrella from a senior's tricycle? 
I guess I forgot where I was.

今週のワンポイント英会話 第654回 〜The big picture. 〜

The big picture. = The whole story.


No one knows the big picture about the Japanese economy.




While stuffing mail boxes with my flier this morning, I notice a lady about sixty riding her bicycle into the same complex I was just going into. Suddenly a cat dashed across her path and she fell down trying to avoid it. 
I helped her up and collected her belongings for her. As I started to fill the post boxes suddenly the same lady appeared. 
She told me she was this apartment's manager and no posting was allowed.




Get down-time.

Do you know?

What's the longest sentence in the world?       A life sentence.
What animal never plays fair in Africa?            A cheetah.
What kind of clothes does your house always wear?     Address.



Surprise reunion.

About thirty years ago I had a dental problem. I went to my friends clinic but he was out so his young assistant (a dark long haired beauty), put three stitches in my mouth. Last week I went to the same clinic and a heavy slow moving middle-aged women put on a pair of thick glasses. A smile came to her face and asked me if I remembered her. 
You probably know the rest of the story.

今週のワンポイント英会話 第647回 〜To show your chops.〜

To show your chops.= To show your guts.


If you want to succeed, you must show your chops every day.



Students and I

In the summer I usually wear flips instead of shoes. I always take them off when I teach (why? I don't know.). Some of my students began taking off their shoes and socks in the class. I don't know if it is a joke or a show of support.




今週のワンポイント英会話 第641回 〜A game changer.〜

A game changer.= Something that changes the atmosphere or the direction of an event. 


The rejection of the national stadium design was a game changer in the preparation for the Olympics.




今週のワンポイント英会話 第640回 〜Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you.〜

Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you.= You win sometimes and you lose sometimes.


Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you, ...and today isn't your day for bear meal.


Old man's broken heart.

Recently I was walking near an old man and a young girl. The girl was probably his granddaughter. He asked her if she would like to stay at his house a longer period of time. The young girl said no. Heartbroken the gentleman requested the reason why. The little girl replied that she didn't want to stay longer because her grandfather's farts were loud and smelly.



今週のワンポイント英会話 第637回 〜To bro-up.〜

To bro-up.= For men only.  To meet and do something with your friends.


On Saturday night, I like to bro-up and have a few drinks.






My only daughter will marry in a couple of weeks. Two down and two to go.


A Chinese tourist's kindness.

 I was standing in front of the bank waiting for a friend when a young man with an expensive camera and a map of Osaka in his hands (obviously a Chinese tourist), asked me in broken English if I were in trouble and needed assistance.
( Due to bum knees, I need a cain just to stand.) I told him I was fine. 
I shall never forget that kind boy from China.



At the supermarket.

 While shopping at the local supermarket, I heard some very loud voices shouting and arguing. I thought that a big fight was about to begin so I rushed to the frozen food section to check it out. When I got there, I was surprised to see eight Korean tourist trying to decide which flavor ice- cream to buy. I guess that when Koreans discuss something they discuss it with all of their heart.



今週のワンポイント英会話 第629回 〜Rodeo clown. 〜

Rodeo clown.=American slang. Someone who is foolish.


There is a well liked politician in Osaka whom I consider to be a rodeo clown.



今週のワンポイント英会話 第624回 〜To keep a lid on it. 〜

To keep a lid on it. = To keep it quiet or to keep a secret.


My house is very noisy.  The neighbors always call and tell us to keep a lid on it.





Just another day in Nishinakajima.

Just another day. 
This morning I was greeted by a man about fifty-five. He was dressed as a female animation character. Complete with a long blonde, curly hair wig and pink and white dress with a petty coat also pink tights, pink shoes and a pink shoulder bag. I returned his greeting. 
Just another day in Nishinakajima.



Ken, who the ...... ?

Ken, Ken, who the #% is Ken.
Recently someone has been putting stickers on my signboard with some comments. The person signs his name with 'Ken'.  We always wondered who it was. I imagined a guy about thirty-five, short hair and well dressed. Today I met a fellow who introduced himself as Ken. He said that he was the one that put the stickers on my sign. He was in his fifties, grey hair, dressed in an unmatched jacket, pants and sweater vest. He looked like a junior high school math teacher. Well what do you know?



今週のワンポイント英会話 第619回 〜To catch some ZZs.〜

To catch some ZZs.= To get some sleep. 
*When we sleep, sometimes we make a zz sound.  Thus called some ZZs.

If I have free time after lunch, I sometimes catch some ZZs.




To Ken

 This is a note to a guy named Ken.  

 On my signboard in front of the building we hang a sign which says "One Point English Lesson". On the sign, we print a useful idiom or an interesting vocabulary word and their meanings in English and Japanese. This week we forgot. 
We were surprised to find a little note stuck to our sign which said: 
"Please change." It was signed 'Ken'.
  Ok Ken, we have changed




今週のワンポイント英会話 第613回 〜To forgive.〜

To forgive.= To pardon someone, overlook something or stop blame.

Someone stepped on my foot in the train but I forgave him.


A woman struggling with packages.

Recently I noticed a young woman walking from the station carrying four huge white packages. As she came closer I noticed that she was a Chinese tourist and she was struggling to haul packages of 'Pampers' disposable paper diapers.


Good indication?!

A good indication of knowing when you are going to die

when you can see the face of the bus driver looking straight at you.



今週のワンポイント英会話 第611回 〜To pony up.〜

To pony up.= To toughen up or to pay up.


When things get tough, we must pony up and carry on.




On Sunday I heard the screaming sirens of fire engines, ambulances and police cars. A few minutes later firefighters burst into my office looking for the fire. I told them that there wasn't a fire here. They said that they had received a call from this building and from this floor. When I asked them the name of the building that called they found out that came to the wrong building and then rushed out of my office.




今週のワンポイント英会話 第609回 〜To tolerate.〜

To tolerate.= To bear.


I find it difficult to tolerate someone who is driving and texting at the same time.




今週のワンポイント英会話 第608回 〜A can of worms.〜

A can of worms.= Lots of trouble.


If you mess with him, you might be opening a can of worms.



Shop staff.

I went to the shop where the salesman sold me some slacks and a jacket from Italy. I happened to run into the same old guy. He asked about the clothes which I had bought. I told him that I was really happy with the color and the style. He said, in that case if you really liked those slacks, you love these. I bought the pants plus a matching shirt. The next I go to this shop I'm going to wear sunglasses so as not to meet this guy again.              ~Tim~