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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.

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.

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.

Listening practice
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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

CORO AUDIOListening
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And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain.

I've lived a life that's full.
I've traveled each and ev'ry highway;
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, I've had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

I've loved, I've laughed and cried.
I've had my fill; my share of 'boozing'.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
"No, oh no not me,
I did it my way".

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!

   

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。

Learning prounounciation, Can you tell their differences?

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Lady, I'm your knight in shining armor and I love you.
You have made me what I am and I am yours.
My love, there's so many ways I want to say I love you.
et me hold you in my arms forever more.

You have gone and made me such a fool,
I'm so lost in your love.
And oh, we belong together.
Won't you believe in my song?

Lady, for so many years I thought I'd never find you.
You have come into my life and made me whole.
Forever let me wake to see you each and every morning.
Let me hear you whisper softly in my ear.

In my eyes I see no one else but you.
There's no other love like our love.
And yes, oh yes, I'll always want you near me.
I've waited for you so long.

Lady, your love's the only love I need
and beside me is where I want you to be.
'Cause, my love, there's something I want you to know,
you're the love of my life, you're my lady.

If I should stay,
I would only be in your way.
So I'll go, but I know
I'll think of you ev'ry step of the way.

And I will always love you.
I will always love you.
You, my darling you. Hmm.

Bittersweet memories
that is all I'm taking with me.
So, goodbye. Please, don't cry.
We both know I'm not what you, you need.

And I will always love you.
I will always love you.

I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of.
And I wish to you, joy and happiness.
But above all this, I wish you love.

And I will always love you.
I will always love you.
I will always love you.
I will always love you.
I will always love you.
I, I will always love you.

You, darling, I love you.
Ooh, I'll always, I'll always love you.