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昨日の英会話サークルより!
昨日は終日好天気ながらも朝から突風とも言える強風が吹き荒れ、夕方からは急激に冷え込みを伴う中、午後7時から会員が集まり約2時間熱心に英語の学習に取り組んだ。

そんな中「エッセーを読む」のコーナーでは、昔からの品種の飼育が難しくなり、手探りで新しい品種の導入に取り組む、現代のアメリカの牧畜についてMs. Hiroko Satoがまとめた 'Helping to Save the Rare Breeds'を取り上げた。

【学習した表現】
1. be coupled with ~:~と結びついて、組み合わさって
2. roam: 歩きまわる
3. rugged: でこぼこで起伏の多い
4. shaggy: 毛むくじゃらの、毛深い
5. logger: 木こり
6. livestock: 家畜

【4月度活動予定】
4月2日(土):世田谷区祖師谷地区会館
4月9日(土):世田谷区経堂地区会館別館
4月16日(土):世田谷区祖師谷地区会館
4月30日(土):世田谷区祖師谷地区会館

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【2011/03/27 18:59 】 | 英会話 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - ウィンク症候群と薬剤師の対応!?
Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge...

A man with a winking problem is applying for a position as a sales representative for a large firm. The interviewer looks over his papers and says, "This is phenomenal. You've graduated from the best schools; your recommendations are wonderful, and your experience is unparalleled.

"Normally, we'd hire you without a second thought. However, a sales representative has a highly visible position, and we're afraid that your constant winking will scare off potential customers. I'm sorry....we can't hire you."

"But wait," he said. "If I take two aspirin, I'll stop winking!"

"Really? Great! Show me!"

So the applicant reaches into his jacket pocket and begins pulling out all sorts of condoms: red condoms, blue condoms, ribbed condoms, flavored condoms; finally, at the bottom, he finds a packet of aspirin. He tears it open, swallows the pills, and stops winking.

"Well," said the interviewer, "that's all well and good, but this is a respectable company, and we will not have our employees womanizing all over, the country!"

"Womanizing? What do you mean? I'm a happily married man!"

"Well then, how do you explain all these condoms?"

"Oh, that," he sighed. "Have you ever walked into a pharmacy, winking, and asked for aspirin?"

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【2009/06/10 21:34 】 | 英会話 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 小学校入学前検査(その1)
The Kids Are Alright - Part One...

Below, are examples of sixth grade research projects. Enjoy...

1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. the climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.

2. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.

3. Solomon had three hundred wives and seven porcupines.

4. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.

5. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock.

After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.

6. In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the java.

7. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out Tee he, Brutus.

8. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw.

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【2009/06/03 21:46 】 | 英会話 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 神様の視線が気になる・・・!?
No Such Thing As A Free Lunch...

'The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch.

At the head of the table was a large pile of apples.

The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:

"Take only ONE. God is watching."

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

Little Johnny wrote a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."

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【2009/05/27 13:00 】 | 英会話 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 猿の世界でも新入りイジメ!?
Monkey See, Monkey Do...

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana. Why not? Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done around here.

And that, my friends, is how a company policy begins.

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