Lesson 23 Overworking all the time
In English, the prefix（接頭辞）“over” works similarly to the Japanese suffix（接尾辞）「過ぎ」. This leads to the mistake Misato makes.
Tracy: Do you want to go to the cinema this evening? It’s Ladies Day.
Masako: Thanks, but I’m doing some overwork this evening.
Masako may be overworking, but she actually means, “I’m working overtime this evening.” Overtime means 「残業」while overwork means 「働き過ぎ」. Of course, we can work overtime without overworking. If you’re working overtime this evening, please don’t do too much, or you’ll overwork.