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Do you want to learn English? The best way to learn English is to listen to it often and practice speaking it as often as possible. This audio will help you improve your English speaking skills and your English listening skills.
 
Listen to these common everyday English conversation phrases often and practice saying them. You will improve your speaking and listening ability very quickly this way. If you are studying for TOEIC or TOEFL it will help you comprehend and understand English better.. Each Phrase gets repeated. It's Slow and Easy to Understand.

Updated on 2020年 1月29日 

Updated on 2020年 1月29日 

What you need to know about the corona virus if you are living or planning to visit Japan.

Coronavirus Info

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptoms of COVID-19 or coronavirus are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

 

Useful websites

 

In Japan

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has a multilingual coronavirus hotline in English, Chinese and Korean which is available 24 hours a day. The number is 050-3816-2787.

JNTO general guide for health care in Japan

 

If you think you may have the coronavirus

If you think you have the relevant symptoms — a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 degrees Fahrenheit), fatigue and trouble breathing — for four days, call your local public health center or a coronavirus hotline, according to the health ministry.

A doctor will determine whether a patient receives a PCR test. Those who test positive are admitted to a hospital with a specialist infectious disease ward. Self-referrals are not accepted.

For more information, click here.

 

Measures to take to protect yourself against the coronavirus

Wash your hands

Wash your hands regularly with antibacterial agents and soap before touching your face or eating, and after coming in contact with animals and public spaces like restaurants and public transportation.

 

Avoid crowded places

The virus is spread via respiratory droplets—easily transmitted through coughing and sneezing. Obviously, you want to avoid contact with sick people and try to maintain at least a one-meter distance between yourself and infected persons. Riding the train during morning and evening rush hours in major cities like Tokyo may increase your chance of exposure.

 

Wipe surfaces before using them

This is important in public spaces with high turnover rates, such as fast-food restaurants.

 

Hotlines in various prefectures

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical Information Center Himawari (03-5285-8181). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Thai.

  • Saitama Prefecture (048-833-3296). Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Nepalese.

  • Osaka Prefecture (06-6941-2297). Languages: iEnglish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai, Indonesian and Nepalese.

  • Kyoto Prefecture (075-343-9666). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Portuguese and Spanish.

  • Hyogo Prefecture (078-382-2052). Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.

  • Gunma Prefecture (027-289-8275). Languages: English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.

  • Yamaguchi Prefecture (092-687-6639). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Nepali, Tagalog, Indonesian, Portuguese, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Malay, Burmese and Khmer.

  • Hiroshima Prefecture (0120-783-806). Languages: English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Portuguese, Indonesian, Thai, Spanish and Nepalese.

  • Shiga Prefecture (077-523-5646). Languages: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Nepalese, Korean, Spanish, Russian and Hindi.

  • Wakayama Prefecture (073-435-5240). Languages: English, Chinese and Tagalog.

  • Mie Prefecture (080-3300-8077). Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Indonesian and Thai.

  • Gifu Prefecture (058-263-8066). Languages: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Nepalese, Korean, Spanish, Khmer, Myanmar, Malay and Mongolian.

  • Kumamoto Prefecture (080-4275-44890). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, Malay, French, Russian, German, Italian, Burmese, Khmer and Mongolian.

  • Fukuoka Prefecture (092-286-9595). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Nepali, Tagalog, Indonesian, Portuguese, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Malay, Burmese and Khmer.

  • Okinawa Prefecture (0570-050-235). Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese and Thai.

  • Hokkaido Prefecture (011-200-9595). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai, Russian, Nepalese, Indonesian and Burmese.

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The coronavirus is worrisome and stressful, but what shouldn’t be stressful is how to talk about it in English.

 

Whether you need to have conversations with medical professionals, friends, family, or coworkers in English or you want to share your experiences with others, I want you to understand and know how to use essential vocabulary. In this lesson, I share vocabulary that you are hearing and reading in the news, plus: - how to talk about symptoms with a medical professional - responses to the virus around the world - how people are preparing

Updated on 2020年 3月29日 

Early Life and Career

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey. The only child of Sicilian immigrants, a teenaged Sinatra decided to become a singer after watching Bing Crosby perform in the mid-1930s. He'd already been a member of the glee club in his high school and began to sing at local nightclubs. Radio exposure brought him to the attention of bandleader Harry James, with whom Sinatra made his first recordings, including "All or Nothing at All." In 1940, Tommy Dorsey invited Sinatra to join his band. After two years of chart-topping success with Dorsey, Sinatra decided to strike out on his own.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin.

She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, as a young child and by the age of 15 was singing backing vocals professionally with her mother on Chaka Khan's 1978 hit, 'I'm Every Woman'. She went on to provide backing vocals for Lou Rawls, Jermaine Jackson and her own mother and worked briefly as a model, appearing on the cover of 'Seventeen' magazine in 1981.

   

Let's explore some useful websites for English reading and listening

 

VOA【中級】

http://learningenglish.voanews.com

 

海外のニュースサイトなら、まずVOAです。

英語学習者向けで、使われている英単語数も制限されておりスピードも少しゆっくり。世界中の英会話中級者が学んでいます。

 

 

CNN Students【中級】

http://edition.cnn.com/cnn10/

CNNの学生対象向けニュースサイトです。語彙も文法も平易で、発音やスピードともに聞き取りやすくなっています。トランススクリプトもサイトで見る事が出来ます。

 

 

Japan Today【中級】
http://www.japantoday.com

日本のニュースを海外に伝える英字メディア。日本の事を海外の人に紹介するレッスンはこのサイトがお薦めです

 

 

Bloomberg Businessweek【上級・ビジネス】

http://www.businessweek.com

活きたビジネス英語にはお薦めです。

Listening skills

Your listening skills will show the best improvement using this method. The reason is simple enough. You get more chances to listen to English conversations. And most of them are practiced in real life, which means you can “access” to natural English.

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