Erichan English Club

Learning a Language Should be Enjoyable !!!

 a mind technology Idea

Using Words: "Like"


Many English words have more than one meaning. When Japanese students learn English words they often only learn one meaning.

This means that:


1 They may not know how to use the word properly


2 They may not understand what they hear when someone

   uses the word in a way they don’t know


Like has


main meanings


Like 1

(100% English students know):

1 Like – すき


A: I like Thailand.

Everybody knows this meaning


This like is often used to describe personal feelings about things and the strength of feeling can be changed by changing the word slightly


really, really love

really love


really, really like

really like


don’t like

really don’t like

really, really don’t like

hate *


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* Important Note

Hate has a very, very strong bad feeling and should be used very carefully

It is often better to use don’t like, really don’t like or really, really don’t like.


Like 2

(about 50% English students know)

2 like にっている、のような

In this version of like, like means similar to.


A: Thailand is like Bali Island


In this like there are a number of ways of improving it, using human senses – for example:

Looks like

Sounds like

Feels like

Smells like

Tastes like


In addition, to make the phrase so that it’s not so strong, use:

Looks a little like (and so on).


Like 3

(about 10-20% English students know)

This like means:

give me more information



A: What’s Thailand like?

In this case, if A says, “What’s Thailand Like?” the correct response is something like:

B: Thailand is a very beautiful place. The people are very friendly….

(Giving lots of information about Thailand)



This is one of the most useful uses of like, and one that is not widely known. As most

Japanese students don’t know this like very well, it is always in the TOEIC test!!!!!


Ok, have a go at completing these sentences:

1 I don’t like natto, but I ______,______,______ sushi!!!

2 A: I never drank Japanese beer, what’s it ______?

   B: Japanese beer _______ ___ ________ ______ German beer

3 A: What’s Japanese sushi ______ ______?

B: It tastes beautiful!

4 A: What’s Hokkaido _______?

B: Hokkaido is ……….

5 I _______ my job, but I _______ ________ weekends!!!!


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