SEC 英会話アカデミーでは、話せるようになることが一番大切だと考えます。
そして、次のステップへ。 それが、SEC英会話アカデミーの目指す英会話スクールです。

一人ひとりに、それぞれのレッスン。

  • 講師は、あなたの目標を理解した上でレッスンを進めていきます。
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User Profile   February 06, 2018

Here are 15 common English idioms and phrases that will enrich your English vocabulary and make you sound like a native speaker in no time.

1. ‘The best of both worlds’ – means you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time.

“By working part-time and looking after her kids two days a week she managed to get the best of both worlds.”

2. ‘Speak of the devil’ – this means that the person you’re just talking about actually turns up at that moment.

“Hi Tom, speak of the devil, I was just telling Sara about your new car.”

3. ‘See eye to eye’ – this means agreeing with someone.

“They finally saw eye to eye on the business deal.”

4. ‘Once in a blue moon’ – an event that happens infrequently.

“I only go to the cinema once in a blue moon.”

5. ‘When pigs fly’ – something that will never happen.

“When pigs fly she’ll tidy up her room.”

6. ‘To cost an arm and a leg’– something is very expensive.

“Fuel these days costs and arm and a leg.”

7. ‘A piece of cake’– something is very easy.

“The English test was a piece of cake.”

8. ‘Let the cat out of the bag’ – to accidentally reveal a secret.

“I let the cat out of the bag about their wedding plans.”

9. ‘To feel under the weather’ – to not feel well.

“I’m really feeling under the weather today; I have a terrible cold.”

10. ‘To hit two birds with one stone’ – to solve two problems at once.

“By taking my dad on holiday, I hit two birds with one stone. I got to go away but also spend time with him.”

11. ‘To cut corners’ – to do something badly or cheaply.

“They really cut corners when they built this bathroom; the shower is leaking.”

12. ‘To add salt to injury’ – to make a situation worse.

“To add salt to injury the car drove off without stopping after knocking me off my bike.”

13. ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ – to not judge someone or something based solely on appearance.

“I thought this no-brand bread would be horrible; turns out you can’t judge a book by its cover.”

14. ‘Break a leg’ – means ‘good luck’ (often said to actors before they go on stage).

“Break a leg Sam, I’m sure your performance will be great.”

15. ‘To hit the nail on the head’ – to describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem.

“He hit the nail on the head when he said this company needs more HR support.”

Source: https://englishlive.ef.com/blog/language-lab/15-common-english-idioms-and-phrases/

User Profile   February 05, 2018

I’m sure you have seen and maybe heard cowboys in American films and on TV, but did you know that American cowboys have their own dialect or way of speaking? Well, they do. Today I thought I’d teach you some common cowboy phrases and sayings so that you can understand cowboy-speak next time you hear it. So saddle up partner, because here we go!

Cowboy vocabulary:

howdy = hi

howdy partner = hi there friend

ya’ll = all of you
ya = you
giddy up = let’s go (often said while riding to a horse)

Head ’em up, move ’em out. = Let’s go. (Let’s move these cattle.)
a dude = a person who tries to dress like and talk like a cowboy, but really is a city person
wet your whistle = have a drink (usually alcohol)
hoedown = a dance
a half-wit = a stupid person
city-slicker = a person from the city
tenderfoot or greenhorn = a new person
hoosegow or calaboose= jail
namby-pamby = not brave
pony up = hurry up
skedaddle = get out of here
the jig is up = the game is over; the truth has been exposed
He’s a goner. = He’s dead.
by hook or crook = any way possible
in cahoots = doing something in secret
yokel = a person from the country (not the city)
yonder = over there
saloon = bar/restaurant

Now, here is a brief conversation between two cowboys that uses some of this vocabulary from above to help you put these phrases in context.

A: Howdy.
B: Howdy partner.
A: Are you going down to wet your whistle at the saloon tonight?
B: Not me, that saloon over yonder is full of namby-pamby city slickers. I don’t go there anymore. I’m going to the hoedown tonight.
A: By hook or crook I think I’ll join ya! I’m tired of being around all those dudes at the saloon.
B: Well, we better head ’em up and move ’em out and get back to town. Pony up!
A: Giddy up, I’m right behind ya’.

Source: https://blogs.transparent.com/english/howdy-partner-and-other-cowboy-vocabulary/

User Profile   February 01, 2018

Thanking someone casually

The checkout clerk rings up your items at the grocery store. Your friend or co-worker hands you a cup of coffee or a sandwich. A random stranger gives you directions for getting to the nearest train station. What do you say?

Below is the simplest and most basic way of saying thanks. You can’t go wrong with this. It’s suitable for both casual and formal situations.

(1) Thank you.

Below is a shorter, more casual form of thank you that you could use with friends, family and peers.

(2) Thanks!

To emphasize (stress) your thanks, you could say:

(3) Thanks so much.

With close friends and family, you could use this even more casual version:

(4) Thanks a million.

When someone has done you a favor

When someone does you a favor (helps you with something), they’re often not only willing to help but sometimes they may even offer to help without you asking. For example, you might request help with your class project from another student, or your neighbor might offer you a ride to the train station if it’s raining or snowing outside.

Here’s how you can thank them for their kindness and help:

(5) That’s very kind of you.

Or, if they made your day a little less unpleasant and more bearable (by keeping you from getting caught in the rain or snow, for example):

(6) You made my day.

Or, if you want to thank them for being such a wonderful and caring person:

(7) You’re awesome!


Source: https://www.fluentu.com/blog/english/ways-to-say-thank-you-in-english/

User Profile   January 10, 2018

Any excuse is good to organize a party, especially during Christmas and the New Year, when people are normally invited to a lot of parties. If you live abroad, you have many friends and acquaintances from all over the world or you just want to organize a themed party in English. In today’s article we are going to give you a few great tips on how to be the perfect host! 

The appropriate invitation

Without an invitation there is no party. The invitation should be as creative as possible. You could use the classic paper or cardboard invitation cards, or you could send an invitation email, if you are planning on inviting many different friends and you can not see them all personally to give them the card. Don’t forget to put RSVP (The abbreviation for répondez s’il vous plait) at the end of your invitation. In English, the French version is usually used much more than the phrase “please reply!”

Greet your guests in English

With the following examples you can welcome your guests when they arrive at your home:

Thanks for coming.

I’m so glad you could make it.

Welcome to my home.

Can I get you a drink?

Can I take your coat?

The perfect outfit for your party

There are many different types of parties, depending on your style. Of course you can decide what the dress code will be for the great evening. Don’t forget to mention it in the invitation.

Maybe our ideas inspire you:

Formal

Theme Party

Tacky Sweater Party (tacky sweaters are old sweaters with knitted designs on them that were very popular in the 70s and 80s, have made a comeback)

Costume Party

Pyjama Party

Party guidelines

Of course, there are some unwritten rules that you should keep in mind when you are invited to a party. For example, we all know that you should never arrive too early. As a thank you for the invitation, you should try to take along a bottle of wine or something to snack on. Also, avoid grouping and only speaking to people you know. When you talk to people you don’t know yet, it will surprise you how much you can have in common. And if that is not the case, you are always in time to send a discrete signal to your friends to come along and rescue you!

Food and drinks

If there is something that is rather important for every party, it’s food and drink. Even if there are just light snacks or appetizers, food is a must. In many English-speaking countries the typical food and drinks during Christmas time are turkey, eggnog, or mulled wine (hot wine) which is also very popular in Germany.

Games for parties

Depending on the mood at your party, party games would also be great. It is best to select familiar games whose rules most people know or games that are not too difficult to explain. The most popular sorts of games are role play games, such as, murder mysteries or the classic at any Christmas party: Secret Santa, where random people buy presents for each other. That way no one knows who they are getting a gift from.

Time to make a toast

Toasting is another must at a party.Toasts are used to thank people for coming or to celebrate the evening. Even if your English is not so good, you can simply say a few heartfelt words and toast to the occasion.

Examples:

Here’s to (a great year …)

I dedicate this toast to…

Happy holidays / Merry Christmas / Happy New Year.

Season’s Greetings to everyone!

Happy holidays to all of you!

With these tips you should be ready to host or attend the party of the year!

Source: https://blog.abaenglish.com/7-things-to-keep-in-mind-when-hosting-a-party/

User Profile   December 29, 2017
Even during the worst of times
When I feel the years go slipping by
Life seems rife with possibilities
When the New Year arrives.





Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/holiday/new-years/
User Profile   December 28, 2017

It’s the New Year, but I don’t feel any different. Unless you count my new cold.

New years are always strange in that they traditionally start out with a heart full of hope, a head full of optimism and, equally, a decent touch of nostalgia. Conversely, nothing has set this weekend apart from most other weekends in my household, besides the bottle of champagne we shared, or my husband having a three-day weekend, or my oldest daughter being home from school.

I don’t feel different, exactly, but my stuffy nose and slight grumpiness are helping me to appreciate things I normally love and take for granted — like a good workout and breathing through my nose.

I’ve also generally rebelled against the idea of a New Year’s resolution.

There’s something gross about trying to make ourselves into better people only once a year; we mentally cram our already pretty worthwhile selves into some glass-Cinderella-slipper-vision of who we wish we were, rather than taking in the positives of who we already are.

This year though, I don’t think I’ll entirely throw away the concept of New Year’s resolutions, like I usually do. Instead, I think I’ll take a moment to pay more attention to who I am now, and to where I want to go.

I want to remind myself to slow down and enjoy my coffee. I want to remind myself to hug my husband when he leaves for work in the morning, even if we had a spat beforehand. I want to pay better attention to the pathways that I’m carving — to these grooves that my existing habits are creating — on my heart and in my life.

Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yep-my-new-years-resolution-is-to-enjoy-my-morning-coffee_b_890...

User Profile   December 27, 2017

When you’re taking control of your finances, one of the most helpful things to do is to create a goal — so long as it’s achievable. Otherwise, you might find yourself unsure of what steps to take or end up stuck in the middle of the process, treading water.

Specific
Before you even figure out how you’ll get to your goal or when, you’ll want to make sure you can form a concrete plan around it. A vague goal like “I want to be well off” lacks a firm end point, which makes it harder to determine what steps you’ll have to take to get there (“well off” is subjective, and you could find yourself constantly moving the finish line).

Measurable
It’s important to be able to measure your progress as you work toward your goals. If you want to be better at putting money into your savings, ensure you can define what “better” means.

Attainable
You’ll want to set goals you can reach (even if they might take hard work). For instance, let’s say your income is $40,000 a year, but your goal is to put $20,000 into your savings account. Not only will it be nearly impossible to achieve (unless you stop eating, that is), but you’ll also feel discouraged when your hard work doesn’t pay off.

Realistic
We know what you’re thinking—how are attainable and realistic different? When considering your own goals, think of realistic as what’s realistic for you.

Timely
It’s great to have long-term goals: you want to buy a house one day, you want to move to a more expensive area a few years down the line, you want to help your kids pay for college. But depending on when these events will actually happen, it may be difficult to set up a timeline for meeting them — and that’s not even taking into account the unpredictability of the future.

Some financial goals can seem so big or so far off that it’s hard to get a handle on them. But if you create your goals using the S.M.A.R.T. system — and put in the work — you can keep even the most monumental mission under control.

Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/setting-smart-financial-g_b_9092230.html

User Profile   December 22, 2017

Santa Claus was not always a jolly old fellow. He did not always have long white whiskers, and he did not always wear a big red suit.

Long before he lived in the North Pole, and long before his yearly Christmas visits brought joy to all the children of the world, Santa Claus was a child himself. He was once just an ordinary baby boy named Nicholas. The baby boy was just like any other, but his parents hoped for great things from their only son. They named him Nicholas, which means "hero of the people."

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Even at a young age, Nicholas was a kind and generous boy. He often helped the people in his village. He shared his meals with those who had nothing to eat, he was always the first to lend a helping hand, and he brought joy to young and old alike. There was no better friend to have than young Nicholas.

At a very young age, Nicholas joined the church. It was his duty to help people. Nicholas gave special attention to the children of his village, and they were very fond of Nicholas for his playful and joyful manner.

Nicholas became well-known throughout the land as a kind and wise young man. He was soon named a bishop of the church. Because Nicholas was still so young, people called him the "Boy Bishop."

Nicholas wore a long red robe with a red hat, and he traveled on horseback. At every village, happy children would spot his bright robe from a distance and gather in the road to greet him.

In one village, Bishop Nicholas heard the sorrowful tale of a poor old man and his three young daughters. It seemed the man could no longer feed his daughters, and he feared he would have to send them away from him. Nicholas knew he could help this family.

That night, while the whole village slept, Nicholas crept up to the hut where the three sisters lived. He climbed up to the rooftop to find the chimney. There Nicholas dropped three bags of gold, one by one, down through the chimney stack.

Earlier that day, the three sisters had hung their newly washed stockings by the fireplace to dry. Each small bag of gold that Nicholas dropped fell into one of the stockings below.

The next morning, the girls were overjoyed to find gold coins in their stockings. "Father!" they called, running to wake him. "We have received a magical gift!"

As the story of these three sisters spread from village to village, other people began to hang their stockings by the fire, hoping to find a secret gift when they awoke the next morning. Though this was Bishop Nicholas' most famous gift, it was not his first good deed. And it would certainly not be his last.

Bishop Nicholas enjoyed surprising people. He began to deliver his secret gifts of hope and joy only at night, while his friends were asleep.

For all of his good deeds, Bishop Nicholas was named a saint. He is honored as the saint who looks after all children. Like other saints, St. Nicholas was given a name day. One day each year everyone celebrates the saint's good deeds. St. Nicholas' name day is December 6.

People all over the world began to celebrate St. Nicholas Day. They hung their stockings by the fire the night before and awoke the next morning to find them filled with candy, fruit, nuts, or toys. St. Nicholas had left a magical gift at each home!

Many years ago, people began to celebrate St. Nicholas' good deeds on Christmas Day, another holiday in December. St. Nicholas has many names around the world. In some places he is called

"Sint Nikolass" or "Sinterklass." Many people know him today as Santa Claus.

A true hero of the people, St. Nicholas still delivers his magical gifts each year at Christmastime. The gifts Santa Claus delivers, gifts of hope and joy, bring the joy of giving to all the children of the world. -- By Brian Conway

What happens when a child asks if there is indeed a Santa Claus? The story on the next page, "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus," provides an answer.


User Profile   December 22, 2017

Hang Your Christmas Lights Like A Pro!

Nothing is more magical during the holiday season than Christmas lights lining rooflines and twinkling in trees and shrubs. From your slow drive through the neighborhood and until you pull up into your driveway, you purposely linger to admire the outdoor Christmas lights sparkling in festive colors.
 
Christmas lights bring holiday cheer to your home and yard but hanging them can be a less than cheerful experience. Anyone who’s seen the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation knows that decorating for the holidays can be hazardous to your health. In fact, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency rooms treat more than 12,500 people for injuries every year related to holiday decorating. And because we don’t want you becoming a statistic this year, we’ve put together some tips for hanging Christmas lights:
 

  1. Measure. Start by measuring at the base of the house, going along any turns and corners. Measure doors, window frames, and any columns that will be lit. If hanging Christmas lights on peeks, climb carefully up a ladder and measure along the area of peak to be decorated.
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  3. Locate power sources. Most new homes are equipped with outdoor power sources, but older homes may need to use an indoor power source, with the power cord coming through a window. Measure how many feet of power cord will be required to extend from the power source to the beginning of the roofline.
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  5.  Use the proper lights. Make certain that they are rated for outdoor use. The packaging should clearly mark indoor/outdoor. The lights must be weatherproof or else they will short out and could be a hazard.
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  7.  Untangle lights. You might be tempted to just untangle as you go but I’m here to tell you that’s a horrible idea, because nothing makes standing 10ft up on a ladder more dangerous than being 10ft up on a ladder while trying to untangle Christmas lights.
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  9.  Use clips. Clips to hang your lights are amazing and are much friendlier to your home than duct tape, nails, screws, or staples. You can get clips to hang your lights pretty much any place you buy lights and though you might think to yourself “well I don’t think I really need those.” Trust me, you do.
Source: http://www.christmas.com/blog/tips-properly-hang-christmas-lights/

User Profile   December 21, 2017

Deck the halls and get in the Christmas spirit!

Christmas traditions light the fire of Christmas spirit. Here are a few of our favourite ideas to start off the holiday season with your friends and family.

 

Find the PERFECT Christmas tree (sorry Charlie Brown)

 

Pack up the family and head out on a tree search. Whether you visit a tree lot or tromp through the woods, it’s hard to not catch the Christmas spirit surrounded by Christmas trees.

 
 

Countdown to Christmas day

 

Sit with your children and connect paper strips to form a chain marking each day until Christmas. This is a fun alternative to the regular Christmas advent calendar and a great way to create excitement for the holiday season and your favourite Christmas traditions.

 
 

Have a night of hot chocolate and tree decorating

 

Make decorating the Christmas tree together a special Christmas tradition. Take the time to remember where loved Christmas ornaments came from, and what makes them special. Try a few new Christmas decoration ideas.

 
 

Get crafty

 

Get the kids involved with making handmade gifts to share with friends and neighbors. Gifts in a jar are particularly easy to do with children.

Source: http://www.christmas.com/blog/10-ways-christmas-spirit/

講師陣は、フィリピンの一流大学を卒業し、 教師の資格を持った講師や、英会話スクールの講師経験者です。

講師の予約や、講師からのレッスンレポートは、入会と同時に設定される“マイページ”で管理できます。

名前:カレン先生 Karren

専攻:心理学

学校:サントトーマス大学

私はすでに6年間ESL(英語語学学校)の教師として働いています。非常にクールな教師ですが、英語を教えるだけでなく、生徒と良い関係を築くことを大切にしています。

スケジュール

名前:ティナ先生 Tina

専攻:英語

学校:フィリピン大学

私が外国人に英語を教え始めてから2年が経ちます。色々な年齢、英語レベルの生徒を教えてきました。異なる文化について学ぶことに大きな関心を持っています。また、私は漫画が大好きで、余暇にアニメを見ることをいつも楽しみにしています。

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名前: テイラー先生 Taylor

専攻: 国際学

学校: イースト大学

こんにちは。私の名前はテイラーです。3年間、主にアジアの学生にオンラインで英会話を教えてきました。英語を教えることは私が追求するキャリアであり、情熱を感じる源でもあります。語彙、文法、文章構成を磨くことを中心にレッスンを行います。では、レッスンでお会いしましょう!

スケジュール

サポート体制も充実。

名前: レイナルド・シー Reynaldo

専門: 電子情報通信エンジニアリング

大学: マプア工業大学(マニラ)

私は東京で米国企業に技術者として20年間勤務しました。その間、仕事や観光で色々な国を訪問しました。 タガログ語、英語、日本語 と福建語を話します。 温和な性格です。

最初の一歩が大切です。

カリキュラムのアドバイスは、担当した講師が無料体験レッスン時に行います。

必要に応じ日本語の話せるスタッフが対応します。