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Midwest Language ServicesのTanyaより、無料トライアルクラスのお知らせです。

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Midwest Language Services, LLC will be offering beginner and intermediate-level English classes at the Kuroneko Lounge at Yamato Transport (8520 Castleton Corner Dr Indianapolis, IN near One World Market).

I hope to offer free trial lessons on Mondays for 45 minutes from 10:00-10:45 and again from 11:00-11:45 next Monday, February 24 and March 3.

If anyone is interested, they should e-mail me at info@midwestlanguageservices.com to register. Regular classes will begin on March 5. Topics will include:

Introducing yourself
Shopping
Ordering food at a restaurant
Medical appointments
Talking with your child's teacher

Regular classes will meet one day per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (closed Tuesdays) for two hours (with a short 10-minute break). The cost for the classes are $150 for four sessions of two hours = 8 hours minus break time.

Midwest Language Services, LLC (URL
Language Classes - Document Translations - Interpreting
3209 W. Smith Valley Rd.
Suite #211
Greenwood, IN 46142
Phone: (317) 884-3122
Fax: (317) 888-5901
tlkhoover@midwestlanguageservices.com
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English Mini-Lesson #4

How Do I Order Coffee at Starbucks?

A few students have asked me this throughout the years.
Many people order the same thing each time they visit
Starbucks to avoid complications. I hope that this article
will help you feel more adventurous with your future orders.

Here are some helpful hints, but I have to admit that I often
order hot chocolate (at kid’s temperature because I don’t
want to burn my mouth).

1. Choose the size you want. Here is a breakdown of the
sizes that are available:

a. Tall = 12 ounces
b. Grande = 16 ounces
c. Venti = 20 ounces

Some Starbucks also offer

d. Short = 8 ounces
e. Trenta = 24 ounces

By the way, “oz.” is the abbreviation for ounce.

2. Ask about seasonal flavors when you order. Pumpkin
flavor is usually available in the fall and winter. Coconut
is available in the summer. Popular syrup flavors (vanilla,
caramel, and hazelnut) are available as regular or
sugar-free options.

3. Choose the liquid base. Specify (tell the barista) if you
want nonfat, 2% milk, soymilk, or half-and-half as milk
options. Some Starbucks carry almond milk. You can get
any drink hot or iced.

4. How much caffeine do you want? “Decaf” means “with
no caffeine.” “Half-Caf” means half of the normal amount
of caffeine.

5. Brewed coffee is the cheapest and easiest to order on
the menu.

6. To order, start with 1) the size of the drink, then 2) the
temperature (hot or iced), 3) the name, and end with 4)
any changes you want to make. For example, “tall, iced
chai, light ice (not too much)” or “venti chai tea latte with
extra foam.” You may also order a “tall, cafe Americano
with room.”

Vocabulary:

avoid = go around, do not encounter
complications = difficulties
admit = confess, tell the truth
specify = give detailed information
barista = the person who makes the coffee drinks
at a cafe
carry = have
with room = with space between the liquid and the top of
the cup. This allows the customer to add cream themselves
without causing the coffee to spill out of the cup

For more details on how to order, visit the following site:

http://www.wikihow.com/Order-at-Starbucks

MLS



English Mini-Lesson #3

How to Properly Use the Word “Request”
English Mini-Lesson by Tanya Hoover
 
A common error that I often see is people using “request”
followed by a person’s name.
 
INCORRECT: I requested Tanya to teach me how to order
food at a restaurant.
 
CORRECT: I asked Tanya to teach me how to order food
at a restaurant.
 
If you want to be formal, you may use the word “request,”
but let me share how to use it correctly.
 
A person requests (something):
• I requested a pillow from the flight attendant.
• He requested time off from work.
• We requested an extension of the deadline.
 
Usually, “request” is used for something special that we
want, but would not normally get.
 
It is possible to request a person, but only if you don’t want
to interact with anyone else.
 
Example: I requested Jaron at the salon, but he was
unavailable, so I decided to make an appointment with
him for next week.
 
Other times, just use “ask.” We can use “ask” with people.
 
ask (me, you, him, her, us, them) _____
ask (Tanya, Aiko, Zenji, Manami, Brian and I, Katie and
Lawrence)
 
I asked her to send me an e-mail, but I haven’t heard from
her yet.
She asked me to come to her party.
I want to ask Tanya about confusing English words.

MLS

English Mini-Lesson #2


What’s the difference between “look”
and “see”?

 

Look sounds like “book” and means to focus one’s eyes
on something. We make an effort to look at something.

 

We say, “Look at this picture.”

“I looked at myself in the mirror.”

“He was looking at you.”

 

Sometimes, “look” means “appear” or “seem” as in the
following examples:

 

That color looks great on you!

He looked tired because he didn’t get enough rest.

He looks sick, but he said that he feels okay.

 

Sometimes, we say, “Look out!” to mean, “Be careful!”
when danger is near.

Example:

 

Look out! That car is driving on the sidewalk!”

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To see does not require effort. If you close your eyes, you
cannot see. If you open them, then seeing is automatic.
It happens without trying (unless you need eyeglasses
or contact lenses). The past tense of “see” is “saw.”

 

I can’t see you because it’s too dark in this restaurant!

She saw me, but I didn’t see her.

It is much easier to see you with my new eyeglasses!

 

See” can also mean “understand.”

 

Do you see what I mean?

I don’t see what you’re trying to say.

I see.

 

Be careful not to pronounce “see” like “she” because
it might cause confusion.

 


MLS

English Mini-Lesson #1

What is the difference between “most”
and “almost” in a sentence?

 

Most = the majority, close to 100%

Most is usually used before a plural noun...

 

  Most Americans own at least one television.

 

or used with “of” in a sentence. “Most of” can be used before singular or plural nouns.

 

  Most of my favorite movies are romantic comedies.

  I ate most of my lunch and I took the rest of it home.

  I watched most of the movie, but then I fell asleep.

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Almost = nearly, close to

Almost is usually used before a plural noun.

 

  Almost everyone I know has a cell phone.

  Almost all of my friends like to watch movies.

  Are we almost home yet? (Are we close to our house / apartment yet?)

  I was almost late because I didn’t hear my alarm. (I wasn’t late, but I was nearly late.)

 

Now you try it...

 

Most _________ like toys.

Most _________ like shopping.

Most of my _______ are Japanese.

Most of my friends like _________.

 

Almost ______ of my dinner is cold! I need to reheat it.

Almost all ____ my English books are in my book bag.

My children are almost ready to go to bed. It’s ______ 8:00 PM.

He was ______ late for work due to heavy traffic on the highway.

 

This mini-lesson was written by Tanya (Krukemeier) Hoover of Midwest Language Services, LLC, also known as “MLS.” MLS offers English classes, private tutoring, Skype lessons, document translations, and interpreting services.

MLS


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