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The Senses How does the rainbow look? How does the music sound? How does the garbage smell? How does the noise sound? How does the mask look?


Hugh Jackman is staring/acting/appearing in ‘The Greatest Showman’. He starred/acted/appeared in the play as a lawyer. The couple will star/act/appear together in the concert. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as President Nixon. A new television series stars a famous French actress. I am going to be in a movie. (I am part of the cast for the movie.) I am going to be in a concert. I am going to be on TV today. The movie will be released. Disney will release new movie. The movie is showing/playing. Do you recommend the movie? She will play the lead role in the movie. He played a supporting role in the movie. The movie is based on a true story You have a good taste in movies Toy story 4 is now showing at TOHO cinemas. What is showing at the movie theater? The movie has already finished showing. When will the next showing start? When is the new movie going on air? “Beauty and the beast” is now playing. The new “Harry Potter” movie is now showing. They are playing the new Starwars movie now.


If it goes on like this...   If it continues to be like this...   このままだと負けてしまうーIf I go on like this, I will end up losing it. このままだと結婚できないーI cannot marry if it goes on like this. このままだとクビになるだろうー I will be fired if I keep going like this.


L: This is Everyday Grammar. I’m Lucija. K: And I’m Kaveh. What are we doing today again?  L: Today we are going to go over the present progressive tense.  L: The present progressive tense expresses actions that are unfinished or in progress.  K: You form the present progressive tense by using “am” “is” or “are” followed by an –ing verb.  L: Kaveh, I’m sorry to go off topic, but did you know it’s snowing outside?  K: Seriously? L: No, wait. I think it’s raining now.  K: Wait, what?  L: I’m starting school today.  K: Ahh, I know what you’re doing. You’re giving present progressive examples!  L: Yep! And let’s look at them again.  V: “It is snowing outside.” “is” + (-ing verb)  It is raining. “is” + (“-ing” verb) “I am starting school today.” “am” + (-ing verb) L: Just remember that stative verbs cannot be used in the progressive tense. Stative verbs describe a state of being, or a situation that does not change. You wouldn’t say, “I am knowing you.” You would say, “I know you.” K: You c


K: This is Everyday Grammar. I’m Kaveh. L: And I’m Lucija. Phew, I thought I was going to be late. It’s a good thing that I ran here quickly.  K: Well, we’re all glad that you made it on time. But why did you say, “ran quickly” instead of just “ran?”  L: Well, I did run quickly. So, I needed a word to describe the verb “run.”  K: Ah, so that would be an adverb then, correct? L: Yes, that’s true! Adverbs are often misunderstood. K: Then let’s make today’s episode all about adverbs! K: Adverbs usually describe verbs. But they can also describe adjectives and even other adverbs.  L: Adverbs express manner. They express how, where and why an action is done.  V: “She completely understands him.” “He literally wrecked his car.”  K: Notice that many adverbs have an “–ly” ending, like “quickly,” “surely” and “certainly,” but others do not.  L: Some adverbs can go almost anywhere in a sentence. Like, “sometimes.” V: “Sometimes, I feel sad.” “I sometimes feel sad.” “I feel sad sometimes.” L: Oth


K: This is Everyday Grammar. I’m Kaveh. L: And I’m Lucija. Hey Kaveh, you’re looking a bit tanned. Did you go to the beach? K: I did. I “went” to Florida last weekend. Have you ever gone to Florida? L: Sure I have. I have “gone” there two years ago. K: Wait. You mean, you “went” there two years ago. L: What’s the difference? K: Good question. You’re asking about the difference between the “simple past” and “present perfect” verb tenses. K: I “went” to Florida is in the simple past. You use the “simple past” to talk about a past event that happened at a certain time.  L: OK, that makes sense. But what about I “have” gone? K: I “have” gone to Florida is in the “present perfect.” It shows that a past event happened at an unknown time. L: Wait. But if it’s about the past why is it called the “present perfect?” K: Well, it’s to emphasize the present effect of a past action. Voice: I have graduated from college. (emphasizes present effect) I graduated from college. (emphasizes past effect) L

Everyday Grammar: デジタルコミュニケーション:絵文字と文法

Writer and actor Larry David is behind some of America’s most popular television shows, including Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. The shows often discuss the details of everyday life in a funny way. One time on Curb Your Enthusiasm, David criticized the use of emojis -- symbols often used in text messages and internet exchanges. She texted me. She texted you. How adorable. Yeah... smiley face at the end. Oh! Smiley face, see I hate that. I told her about the smiley faces, I can’t stand it!  And everybody uses them! On today’s report, we will discuss grammar and digital communication. We will talk about emojis and the kinds of words they replace. We will also talk about the different ways people around the world use emojis. Increased use of emojis Emojis have their roots in Japan. Their name comes from the Japanese words for “picture” and “characters.” They have been common for years in Japanese electronic messages and Web pages. Over time, people in other countries came to adopt the


Have you ever had someone “repair” a home appliance but it kept breaking? I have been having trouble with my sink for a month. Yesterday, the maintenance man repaired it…again. And it worked fine…once. But then last night, I turned the water on low and walked away for just a few seconds. When I returned, I noticed water all over the floor. I was about to go to bed. But instead I had to clean up the mess. Ugh, the sink keeps leaking. So, in a little while, I'll go ask the building supervisor to replace it. I just used three ​conversational English forms in my sad sink story. All are common to American English and some are common to other Englishes. They involve the words “about” “keep” and “go.” On today’s program, I will talk about them. Be about to + verb And, I am about to begin. English speakers use the form “be about to” to emphasize that an action will happen very soon. It is a friendly form we use in speech every day. For example, I told you I was about to go to bed. That mea