一般的な英語のヒント vol. I: 日本人の頻繁なミス

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Jul 5, 2013 11:22 英語のヒント hint ミス mistakes
Hello,

[EDIT: below in the comments, user Susanoo has translated everything into Japanese! Take a look there if you have a hard time understanding my English here]

Today, I'm actually going to type mostly in English. Since it's for the sake of English learners, it'll be good practice for you! I also don't want you to miss the main purpose of this post by typing in my broken Japanese. I will try to type in simpler English where I can.

I have lived in Japan for about three years as a teacher, so I have had a lot of experience talking with Japanese people in English and reading their English writing. There are some mistakes that happen again and again, and I want to share them with you today. I hope they help you!

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1. Spoken: "I'm fine, thank you, and you?"

"Fine" does NOT mean '元気.' Did you know that? I think that back in the day (昔), it DID mean something like. When people said: "It's a fine day!" or "I'm feeling fine!", it really did mean that it was beautiful weather or they were 元気. But, nowadays, the more accurate meaning is 'ふつう' or '別に.' When we say "I'm fine," we mean something like "regular, nothing special." We're in our normal state.

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2. Spoken/Written: "I am ~ing"

I mean examples such as "I am interesting," "I am boring," etc. What you mean is: "I am interestED," "I am borED," etc. ~ing means that it is the CAUSE of the feeling; ~ed means it is the person or thing affected by it. For example, "This class is boring. Therefore I am bored." "This book is interesting. Therefore I am interested (in it)." 何回も I have heard people say "I am boring" and I think 'かわいそう!'

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3. Written: no spaces after punctuation! (! , ; : ? etc.)

I have actually seen this here on Lang-8 more than anywhere, but many people do not put a space after their punctuation marks. You need it! For example:

x: I like apples,bananas,and oranges.
o: I like apples, bananas, and oranges.

x: I like him(as a friend).
o: I like him (as a friend).

However, you DON'T need a space after an apostrophe ( ' ).

x: I don' t like that.
o: I don't like that.

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If many people like this kind of post and it gets some good comments, I will continue to write these entries to help people out. I must go teach a 中一年生 class now!

I hope this is helpful to you!

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