Note: The newest one is on top! 1219 = Dec. 2019
Dec. 2019 - answers
remind • remember • that's why • thank goodness • dread • my fault • overcast • sprinkling
A: You'd better take your umbrella.
B: I'll be fine. It's just (sprinkling).
A: Suit yourself.
A: It's another gray, (overcast) day.
B: Yeah. I hope it's sunny tomorrow. I'm tired of this gloomy weather.
A: Pete had an accident on his way to work.
B: Oh, my gosh! Is he OK?
A: Yes, (thank goodness).
A: I have to give my speech in class on Monday.
B: Me, too. I (dread) getting up and speaking in front of everyone.
A: Tomorrow is our 20th anniversary.
B: Can you believe it? I (remember) our wedding day as if it were yesterday.
A: Who was that on the phone?
B: The dentist's office. They just called to (remind) me that I have an appointment on Monday at 1:00.
A: My mouth is still numb, and I'm hungry. I went to the dentist's during my lunch break.
B: Oh, (that's why) I didn't see you in the cafeteria.
A: Remember when we went to Paris? We missed our flight because it took you so long to get ready to go.
B: It wasn't (my fault)! We left the house on time. We were late because we got stuck in traffic.
★ Suit yourself! = 好きにしなさい。
★ gloomy = 暗い, うっとうしい天気
★ numb = 感覚を失った
Nov. 2019 - answers
worth the money • made a reservation • reserve • saving up • no answer • in common • go for a bike ride • appetite
A: It's such a beautiful day.
B: It sure is. Let's (go for a bike ride)!
A: OK. Let me change clothes first.
A: How's Mikey doing? Is he feeling better?
B: Much better. His (appetite) is back. He ate dinner and dessert.
A: Hi. I'd like to (reserve) a single room for the 10th and 11th.
B: All right. May I have your name, please?
A: Did you tell Bob about the meeting?
B: I tried to call him this morning, but there was (no answer), so I e-mailed him.
A: Which paint do you recommend for a fence?
B: This one. It's a little bit expensive, but it's (worth it) because it will last for at least five years.
A: You're so good at finding coupons and deals!
B: I started cutting out coupons when I was (saving up) for a vacation, but since then, saving money has become a hobby.
A: It's Friday, so the restaurant will probably be crowded. I hope we don't have to wait too long for a table. I'm starving!
B: Don't worry! I (made a reservation).
A: You always think of everything!
A: How did your date with George go?
B: It was fun! He's really nice, and we discovered that we have a lot (in common).
A: Like what?
B: Well, we both love dogs, and we have similar taste in movies and music.
★ I'm starving! = おなかがぺこぺこだ。
★ Like what? = 例えばどんなこと？
Oct. 2019 - answers
should leave • should've left • watching my weight • a stroke • a heart attack • no wonder • I'm guessing • good about
A: Traffic is bad today. We're going to be late.
B: We (should've left) a little earlier.
A: Meg just told me George proposed last night!
B: Really? (No wonder) she has been in such a good mood all day.
A: How long is this meeting supposed to last?
B: They didn't say, but (I'm guessing) we'll be done by lunchtime at the latest.
A: How do you keep your house so tidy?
B: It's actually not that hard. My kids are really (good about) putting their things away without being asked.
A: My grandpa had (a stroke).
B: What's that?
A: It's an interruption of blood flow to the brain. Luckily, the doctor says there was little brain damage and he'll be fine.
A: Did you save room for dessert? I made pie. B: Pumpkin pie! I'm (watching my weight), so I really shouldn't, but I can't pass up your homemade pumpkin pie!
A: What time is our flight tomorrow morning?
B: At 8:20. We (should leave) home by 6:45 because we need to be at the airport at least an hour ahead of time.
A: A: Mark's not coming. He's in the hospital.
B: He is? What happened?
A: He had bad chest pains and thought he might be having (heart attack).
B: Oh, no. Is he going to be OK? A: I hope so. They're doing tests on him now.
★ tidy = きちんと整理された
★ pass up A / pass A up = Aを断る, Aをパスする
★ an hour ahead of time = １時間も前に
Sep. 2019 - answers
used to live • am used to • I bet • apparently • got to feed • ticked off • could use • suspended
A: Are we taking Ted's car?
B: No, he can't drive. He got too many points and his license got (suspended).
A: Those cicadas sure are loud! I can't concentrate.
B: Really. They don't bother me at all. I guess I (am used to) hearing them.
A: I heard from a neighbor that Sandy was arrested for shoplifting last week.
B: Yes. (Apparently), it wasn't the first time she got caught.
A: Tony isn't here yet. He was supposed to be here half an hour ago.
B: (I bet) he forgot.
A: I'd better call him.
A: It's really hot today.
B: I know. I (could use) an ice-cold drink.
A: Me, too. Let's take a break.
A: Did you and the kids have fun at the zoo?
B: Yes. We saw everything there was to see, and we (got to feed) some goats and rabbits in the petting zoo.
A: Ted seems pretty (ticked off).
B: Yeah. He got a speeding ticket on his way to work this morning.
A: That explains it.
A: I'm going to Tokyo to see Sousuke tomorrow.
B: Tokyo? I thought he lived in Nagoya.
A: Yeah, he (used to live) near me, but he moved to Tokyo at the end of March.
★ cicada = セミ = [səˈkādə]
★ ～ doesn't bother me = ～は気にならない
★ shoplifting = 万引き
★ That explains it. = そういうことだったのか。／なるほどね。
Aug. 2019 - answers
did do • an appointment • a reservation • you'll be sorry • no Brad Pitt • frumpy • former • has gone missing
A: Who was that man you were talking to?
B: He's a (former) student. I taught him more than ten years ago.
A: Why didn't you do your homework this time?
B: I (did do) it. I just forgot to bring it to class.
A: Why is Hannah so upset? B: Her cat, Leo, (has gone missing).
B: Oh, no. Let's help her find him.
A: What about this dress? It looks comfortable.
B: No, that one's too (frumpy). You're going on a date, not cleaning the house!
A: Did you like the hotel you stayed at?
B: Yes, it was nice, but when we got there, our room wasn't ready even though we had made (a reservation).
A: Hi. I'd like to make (an appointment) with Janice for next Saturday afternoon.
B: All right. Is that for just a haircut?
A: No. I need my hair colored, too.
A: Do you need sunscreen?
B: No, thanks. I hate sunscreen. It's so sticky.
A: We're going to be in the sun all day. If you don't put it on, (you'll be sorry).
A: I think you'd like my cousin, John. You and he have the same quirky sense of humor.
B: Is he handsome?
A: Well, he's (no Brad Pitt), but he's not bad looking.
★ upset = 動転して, 取り乱して
★ sunscreen = 日焼け止めローション
★ quirky = 風変わりな, 突飛な, 奇抜な
July 2019 - answers
on his own • offered to • chubby • tame • recognize • might want to • just around the corner • beat
A: Hi, Paula!
B: Oh, hi, Jim! I didn't (recognize) you at first without your beard.
A: You have a new cat! Can I pet him?
B: Sure. He's (tame) now, but he was pretty wild when we found him.
A: I can't believe it's July 1st already.
B: I know. That means summer vacation is (just around the corner).
A: How did you get home from work?
B: I walked. My boss (offered to) drive me home, but I felt like walking.
A: Look! Here's a photo of my sister's new baby!
B: Oh! He's so (chubby)! Look at those round cheeks! He's adorable!
A: Excuse me. We're trying to get to Washington Park. Are we headed the right way?
B: Yes, but it's kind of far from here. You (might want to) take the bus.
A: Why did Tom move?
B: He was tired of living with roommates.
A: Does he like living (on his own)?
B: Yes, he loves it!
A: It sure is hot here in Nagoya in the summer.
B: And humid. You'll get used to it after a while.
A: What do you do to (beat) the summer heat?
B: I use a fan along with my air conditioner. It is much better than the air conditioner alone.
★ adorable = かわいらしい、愛らしい
★ be headed/heading = に向かっている
★ It sure is ～. = 本当に～ですね.
June 2019 - answers
it • one• expecting• in your party• the wait• tired of• don't mind• the inconvenience
A: Hi. How many (in your party)?
B: Just one. The counter is fine.
A: All right. Follow me.
A: I'm (tired of) waiting.
B: Let's give him five more minutes. It's he's not here by then, we can go.
A: Can I borrow your car?
B: Sure. Just bring (it ) back by 5:00. I have to go somewhere tonight.
A: Sorry, we're out of caramel corn, but we're making more. It'll be ready in 5 minutes.
B: OK. We (don't mind) waiting.
A: Hi, Gina. You're packed tonight!
B: Yes, we're much busier than a typical Friday.
A: How long is (the wait)?
B: About 20 minutes.
A: I'm afraid you'll have to take the stairs. The elevator is being repaired.
B: That's OK. Mr. Ito is on the 3rd floor, right?
A: Right. Sorry for (the inconvenience).
A: Look! Jennifer had a baby boy!
B: What? I didn't even know she and Tom were (expecting)!
A: I told you, but you weren't paying attention.
A: I need a suit to wear to a friend's wedding.
B: I bet my dad has (one) you could wear. You're about the same size.
A: That would be great! I really don't want to spend money on a new suit right now.
★ packed = 混んでいる
★ pay attention =注意を払う
May 2019 - answers
without • good at • good with • root for • been together • ancestors • nice of you to • or so
A: How was the baseball game?
B: We won! It was great. The whole town came to (root for) us!
A: You type so slowly.
B: I know. I can't type (without) looking at the keyboard.
A: That's a cute tote bag.
B: Thanks. My daughter made it.
A: She's (good at) sewing.
A: What time do you think you'll get here?
B: Around 7:00 (or so).
A: OK. Text me if you're really running late.
A: Mom, tell me what you think of this essay.
B: Sure. [Reads it.] It's very funny! You're really (good with) words, just like your father.
A: We're going out for drinks after work. Want to join us?
B: I'd love to, but I have other plans. It was (nice of you to) invite me, though.
A: Your last name is Sweeney? Are you Irish?
B: No, American. My parents were born in the U.S., but our (ancestors) came from Ireland.
A: That explains the Irish name!
A: Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary.
B: Really? How long have you two been married?
A: Six years. We dated for four years before we got married, so we've (been together) for ten years now! Can you believe that?
April 2019 - answers
at least • at the most • comfortable • checkup • can't promise anything • growling • I'd better not • portions
A: Want some more apple pie?
B: (I'd better not). My doctor told me to cut down on carbs.
A: Is your stomach (growling)?
B: Yeah. I'm starving.
A: OK, let's break for lunch.
A: I hope I get rich someday!
B: I don't need to be really rich. I just want to be (comfortable). I hate worrying about money.
A: Let's go see Baker's Dozen tonight.
B: OK, but we'd better hurry. It'll take us (at least) 25 minutes to get there, and the movie starts in 30 minutes.
A: These shoes would be perfect!
B: Why don't you get them?
A: I can't. They're $189, and I can spend $100 (at the most).
A: I am so full!
B: Me, too. The (portions) here are too big for me!
A: Me, too. I could only eat half of my meal.
A: Good morning. Dr. Leonard's office.
B: Hi, I'd like to make an appointment for my annual (checkup).
A: All right. Can I have your name, please?
A: Oh, no. What happened to your computer?
B: I spilled water on the keyboard. Do you think you can fix it?
A: I'll try, but I (can't promise anything). If I can't, you'll have to send it to the manufacturer.
March 2019 - answers
hardly ever • was raised • adopted • forever • tidying up • heartburn • let him ruin • suspicious
A: They just (adopted) a baby!
B: Oh, my gosh! So they have four kids now!
A: What are you doing? You cleaned yesterday.
B: I'm just (tidying up) because your aunt and uncle are coming over later.
A: Did you see Kayoko's post on Facebook?
B: No. I (hardly ever) go on Facebook these days. What did she post?
A: A photo of her ring! She got engaged!
A: Ugh! I wasted all morning!
B: What happened?
A: I called my Internet provider and they kept me on hold (forever).
A: I don't feel good.
B: What's wrong?
A: I think it's just (heartburn). I probably shouldn't have eaten so much.
A: There was a fire downtown.
B: Oh, no! Was anyone hurt?
A: No one was hurt, but the police say it looks (suspicious). They found gasoline cans near the scene.
A: I was surprised to hear Yuki speak English. He sounds like a native speaker!
B: That's because he (was raised) in Canada. His family moved back to Japan when he was in high school.
A: That guy was so rude! He just told me I need to learn some new dance moves!
B: That kid? Is he old enough to be in this club? Don't (let it ruin) your night!
A: You're right. Let's dance! I love this song!
February 2019 - answers
no need • looks • look like • makeover • outfit • hoodie • coincidence • that way
A: Is that a new (outfit)?
B: Yes! The skirt is from Uniqlo, and I bought the top online.
A: I don't want to go running tonight.
B: Why not?
A: It (looks) cold out there.
A: I can't decide what to wear.
B: I know the feeling. My clothes are so boring.
A: I need a fashion (makeover).
A: Who's that next to you in that picture?
B: That's my mom.
A: Wow! You (look like) sisters!
A: Thanks for putting up the decorations!
B: There's (no need) to thank me. It was fun! I can't wait till everyone gets here.
A: Do you want to go by car or take the train?
B: Either way, we have to leave pretty early.
A: Let's take the train. (That way), we can sleep all the way there.
A: I ran into Bill at the travel agency.
B: Really? What was he doing there?
A: Buying a ticket to Hawaii. He's going to run the Honolulu Marathon, too!
B: Oh! What a (coincidence)!
A: Are you ready for your trip?
B: I think so. It's supposed to be warm there the whole week, so I've packed mostly shorts and T-shirts.
A: Don't forget a pair of jeans. And you might want to take a (hoodie) just in case it gets cold at night.
January 2019 - answers
I'd better • got to • if you ask me • come in • long way off • I doubt it • thank goodness • between jobs
A: How was the zoo?
B: Great! We (got to) hold koalas!
A: It's getting late. (I'd better) go.
B: Me, too. My mom gets mad if I'm out past 10.
A: Is Mickey coming to practice today?
B: (I doubt it). When I saw him this morning, he said he wasn't feeling well.
A: I really want to go to that concert.
B: How much are tickets?
A: The cheap seats are ¥8,000.
B: (If you ask me), that's too much.
A: I hear your brother moved back home.
B: Yeah. He's living with my parents right now. He's (between jobs).
A: I hope he finds work soon.
A: I'm worried about the test.
B: What test?
A: The final exam.
B: That's a (long way off). You need to worry about doing your homework now.
A: Can I help you find something?
B: Yes. I really like this T-shirt, but I'm not too crazy about yellow. What other colors does it (come in)?
A: Red, white and black. They're over here.
A: I got a flat tire on my way to work.
B: Oh, no. Were you late for work?
A: No. A kind man stopped and helped me. He did it in no time, and I made it to work.
B: (Thank goodness) for the kind stranger!