Your friend is worried about what he/she read in his/her horoscope.

Suggest how to get rid of bad luck to your friend.


1. Read your friend’s horoscope.
2. Recommend historic places to wish for good luck to your friend.
3. Talk about prayers and wishes with your friend.



Choose the correct meaning of the underlined expressions.

1. Watch out for snakes when you go hiking.


2. This train’s going so fast! It feels like I’m on a roller coaster!


3. The bottom line is that we need to spend more on advertising to get more customers.


4. This place gives me the feeling of going back in time.


5. Chances are she won’t wake up early because she went home late last night.

a. it seems like


b. it’s highly likely


c. be careful about


d. the important thing


e. traveling to the past


Choose the expressions in the box that best match the underlined parts.

a good luck charm
be careful what you wish for
make a wish
  1. I bought a bracelet yesterday. The salesperson said that it’s good for my business and will bring me a lot of money.
  2. Whoa, you want to become president? There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious, but you might regret that someday.
  3. This university was built 500 years ago, but it still looks great. There’s no sign of damage anywhere.
  4. Throw a coin in the fountain and say what you want to happen in the future.


Challenge 1

Your friend read some bad news in his/her horoscope. Read his/her email about it.


  • chances are…
  • watch out for
  • the bottom line


I was reading my horoscope… It’s scary how accurate it is! I’m leading a new project at work right now. What if this really happens???



21 November – 21 December

You’re ready to face a new challenge at work, but it may be more complicated than what you expected. You might think that you’ve handled all potential problems, but a new one will soon come to test you.

For months, you’ve been preparing for something important. But chances are a person close to you at work will cause a lot of stress. Watch out for any misunderstandings when communicating with them!

The bottom line is that you need to be ready to handle people-related problems. Make sure to resolve small communication issues right away, and all will be well in the end.


Should I go to a temple or shrine for good luck? What do you think?

~ M

Challenge 2

After reading your friend’s email, you thought that going to a temple/shrine would be good for him/her. Call your friend and suggest where to go.

Tōdai-ji Temple

Kasuga Taisha

  • built in 728 AD
  • has one of the largest Buddha statues in Japan
  • wooden buildings are in good condition
  • popular with students preparing for exams

  • built in 768 AD
  • famous for its stone and bronze lanterns
  • known for its 200-year old wisteria
  • well-known to people who like to buy omamori


  • a good luck charm
  • well-preserved
  • go back in time
  • it feels like…
  • make a wish

Challenge 3

You went with your friend to the temple/shrine that he/she wanted to go to. Now you’re on the train back to your city. Talk about what you wished or prayed for.


  • a good luck charm
  • make a wish
  • be careful what you wish for


Suggest how to get rid of bad luck to your friend.


  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty



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