「tell、talk、speak、say」の違い (part 5)

A few weeks ago, I was talking about the difference between "say", "speak", "talk", and "tell". It was a series, and I told readers some tips on how to avoid mixing them up.

A few days ago, I said that I had been to Europe. If you find yourself in Amsterdam, I recommend going to this pastry shop called Patisserie Kuyt. They had some great pastries, like this rasberry and pistachio tart.

As for the series I was speaking about above, here are the links to the four parts I wrote:


Speak up if you have any questions!

speak up and say so 思い切ってはっきりとそう言う (definition from Eijiro on the Web)



One of my stops in Europe was Berlin. It was a great city! The food was delicious and affordable, and the people were very friendly. There was so much art activity going on, as well.


While I was walking around East Berlin, I found this guy. Check out his tshirt! I wonder if he has any idea what it means. Maybe he does and thinks its funny or cool, but maybe he doesn't.

The point is that you shouldn't wear foreign words on your clothing or bags unless you know the meaning. I still chuckle when I remember the 65 or 70-year-old woman I saw in a night market in Taiwan wearing a tshirt that said "porn star".

pornstar【名】ポルノ女優、AV女優 (definition from Eijiro on the Web)

Make sure you aren't accidentally expressing something you don't mean!



Sorry for the long break between posts. The week before last I was attending a conference at the National University of Ireland.

the week before last - 先々週

It has a really old campus, full of buildings like the one in this picture.

After the conference, I visited people in Europe. The Monday before last I flew from Dublin to Berlin, and three days later I went to Amsterdam. It was a pleasant trip, filled with wonderful people, nice food, and stimulating music.

I've been back in Tokyo for a week, but it has been a little difficult because of jetlag.

I hope my sleep schedule will be back to normal next week, but it will be fine by the week after next for sure.

the week after next - さらい週