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Here's one of those words that you think you know until it surprises you again and again with new layers of meaning. Let's peel back another layer today, shall we?

Today's Lesson
TELL (= know)   分かる


  • Tell can mean to notice or recognize.
  • tell には、気づく、あるいは、見分ける、という意味があります。

TELL (= know)


  1. a: I woke up feeling so tired today!
    b: I can tell. You've been yawning all morning.
  2. a: How can you tell if a used car is in good condition or not?
    b: The best thing is to take it for a test drive.
  3. a: Does Ellen like her new school?
    b: It's hard to tell. She usually doesn't say much when she gets home.
  4. You can tell a lot about a person by the friends they keep (= have).

英会話レッスンGoodbye for now!