I wrote this book as I have worked at Atlas English school for many years. Time and time again, I see people making the same mistakes, and I wanted to help people speak more correctly. [CONTINUE]

There are many reasons that people make these mistake, sometimes they are direct translations from Japanese, sometimes they are not taught properly in schools and therefore the mistakes are so ingrained it is difficult to correct.

By taking time to read the book and understand why you make these mistakes you will significantly improve your speaking skills and seem much more natural. These are not the only mistakes of course, but I would estimate that they are around 95% of the mistakes I hear on a daily basis.

The book doesn’t need to be read cover to cover in one sitting, but can be dipped into when you have a free 5 minutes or so. It is perfect for your morning commute on the train or to study in your lunch hour.

When reading this book you don’t need any special grammatical knowledge but the following words and phrases will be very useful to know:

Noun 名詞
Verb 動詞
Adjective 形容詞
Adverb 副詞
Preposition 前置詞
Singular noun 単数名詞
Plural noun 複数名詞
Gerund 動詞 ~ing
Infinitive to +動詞
Simple past tense 簡単過去形
Past participle 過去分詞
Passive Tense 受け身形

○ Very common. よく使った表現/言葉  
△ Use with care
× Not used/ wrong.


■1 - I go to shopping.
■2 - I go to home.
■3 - I call to my friend last night.
■4 - I will visit to Tokyo next week.
■5 - I smoke 5 pieces of cigarette every day.
■6 - I quit to smoke.
■7 - I sleep in the night.
■8 - I came here by my car.
■9 - I and my wife went to the park.
■10 - My family is four members.
■11- My Sister married with a rich man.
■12 - I am boring.
■13 - Almost my friends like sushi. Here many people check their dictionary and try to find ほとんど but usually they make a mistake.
■14 - I have much money.
■15 - I hope you will have a good time.
■16 - When I will arrive I will call you.
■17 - How you think about Japan? Here is a common mistake for beginners. ? The correct sentences are;
■18 - A kimono is difficult to wear.
■19 - Teach me your phone number.
■20 - Mr Joe, please come to the party.
■21 - I have a two-years old daughter.
■22 - I like to play with my friends.
■23 - The staffs are very kind at my company.
■24 - I have never been to there.
■25 - I have ever been to Paris.
■26 - I met an accident in my car.
■27 - I am too excited.
■28 - My most favourite food is sushi.
■29 - I have many works to do.
■30 - How spell this word?
■31 - What mean this word? Here is a very common mistake. Although most native speakers will understand (and might not correct your mistake) it does sound strange. Mean in English is a verb. And therefore the correct sentence should be;
■32 - I study hardly.
■33 - I cut the grasses every month.
■34 - I saw many sheeps in New Zealand.
■35 - I like to play skiing. In English we saw in #22 that play is for children. It is also used for some sports and games.
■36 - I am hangover.
■37 - I am fun. This mistake comes from ? 私は楽しい in English it should be;
■38 - I like classic music.
■39 - I didn’t decide yet.
■40 - She is a high teen.
■41 - She looks like kind.
■42 - In the meeting I slept.
■43 - I live in a mansion.
■44 - I clean my room.
■45 - How about Japan?