I used to live in Japan. Now, I'm back in Japan. What will I learn the second time around?
Sunday, August 30, 2009
English Lesson: "Let's try it!"
Kelly: Have you ever played darts? Naomi: No, never. Kelly: Me neither. There's a British pub in my neighborhood. It has a dart board. Do you want to play? Naomi: Sure! Let's challenge! Kelly: ???
The Japanese language uses a lot of English words. But Japanese often uses these words in ways different from their original meaning. One example is "challenge." In the case of Kelly and Naomi, "challenge" doesn't make sense. Naomi should have said:
Sure! Let's try it!
We use "challenge" for starting a contest or a battle:
I challenge you to a game of darts. The contender challenged the champion but lost.
"Challenge" is often used as a noun for a task or goal that will require a lot of hard work and luck:
Getting astronauts to the moon is a big challenge for NASA.
You can also use "challenging" as an adjective:
The most challenging part of this exam is the vocabulary section.
You got it? Okay. I challenge you to make three sentences using "challenge."