Hello! How are you?
Hello Toyosu school! It's Anna!
Today I want to introduce a very common casual English word that you probably won't find in the textbooks, but that native speakers often use. It's "ish."
"Ish" is a suffix, added on the end of words, as another way of saying "kind of" or "sort of." It can be used in many different ways that aren't exactly grammatically correct. For example, trying to describe a food to someone that isn't very sugary, we could still say "sweetish." Or, if there is a shirt with a strange color that is hard to define, we could say "it's sort of greyish blueish" to try to say that it's not exactly grey and not exactly blue.
It's also very common to use for time, especially if you are trying to make plans. "Ish" means "around" some time. "I'll meet you at the station around 3ish" would mean that you expect to be at the station anytime from around 2:50- 3:10, which gives the other person a lot of flexibility. (Also, very relieving for both of you if there's a train delay- you aren't breaking a promise or ruining a set plan!)
Finally, sometimes the word "ish" can also be used on its own, as a response. If someone asks, "Are you busy?" and you are, but don't want to say it that strongly, you can respond "Ish," and the other person will understand that you have a lot to work on at the moment.
Again, it's very common, but very casual! Don't be afraid to use it, or ask us if you have any questions about this word. I hope to see you at Toyosu school!