A young girl (18ish) walks into a prestige car sales room. Looks around at all the Porsches, Lamborghini's, Jags etc., and says to the salesman "Can I have the red one?" - a top of the range Porsche. "I'll pay cash!" and starts taking handfuls of bills out of a carrier bag until she gets to the right price.
The deal is finalized very quickly and the girl drives it away. She is back two days later and says, "I want my money back...it smells awfully bad when I use the brakes," she states emphatically. Not wanting to lose the sale (having taken cash and fiddled the books) the manager decides to ride in the car with her in case she is not driving it properly'.
He gets in and she roars out of the dealer- ship, drops it into second gear at 55 mph, floors the pedal again and slips into 3rd at 80 mph does a handbrake turn into a country lane and then really starts to accelerate.
At 120 mph she shifts into 4th gear; at 145 mph she goes into 5th gear. The engine is screaming, trying to leap out of the hood when it reaches 170 mph. The scenery is a green blur and the G-force has him pinned in the seat.
In the distance, to his relief, the barriers of a train crossing are beginning to come down and she will have to slow down. Instead the pitch of the engine increases!
100 yards from the crossing she slams on the brakes and the car comes to a screeching halt mere inches from the barrier.
on the brink of: a time or situation just before something happens, especially something bad garment: a piece of clothing deceit: behaviour that is intended to make someone believe that is not true fraudulent: intended to deceive people in an illegal way, in order to gain money, power etc.
I had a drinking party at an Izakaya in Chitose-Karasuyama with some foreign friends and Japanese guys. Since Ms. Gorden left former high school and moved to a high level high school, so we had been planning her farewell party. And she was exhausted at the new high school as she has been working 12 hours a day. The students have higher ability than former schools' students. And school demends her very high quality English. The students have to take the TOEFL test.
So she has gotten a very huge mental strain. And she wanted to escape from this stressful life. Thus we gathered at an Izakaya and enjoyed talking a stupid Japanese educational system and drunk too much. I took a photo of her and Chris an alternative teacher of her. Totally 16 persons gathered and had a funny time. Two American men and one American woman and one New Zealander man and one Singaporean woman and two Japanese men and six Japanese women and three Japanese girl students painted the town red.
Are you with me ?: Do you listen to me ? Does it make sense ? recipe for success: secret to success Take it or leave it: will never accept any negotiation figure out: to think up or to estimate right off the bat: immediately or right after that showdown: a meeting, argument, fight etc. that will settle a disagreement or competition that has continued for a long time
in a different light: from different angles work journal: business diary radical measures: drastic method streamline: to make something such as a business, organization etc. work more simply and effectively keep track of: follow the process of dicker:(INFORMAL) to argue about or discuss the conditions of a sale, agreement etc.
It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it. - W. Somerset Maugham(English writer, 1874 - 1965)
Once there was a little boy that lived in the country. They had to use an outhouse, and the little boy hated it because it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter and stank all the time. The outhouse was sitting on the bank of a creek and the boy determined that one day he would push that outhouse into the creek.
One day after a spring rain, the creek was swollen so the little boy decided today was the day to push the outhouse into the creek. So he got a large stick and started pushing. Finally, the outhouse toppled into the creek and floated away.
That night his dad told him they were going to the woodshed after supper. Knowing that meant a spanking, the little boy asked why.
The dad replied, "Someone pushed the outhouse into the creek today. It was you, wasn't it son?" The boy answered yes. Then he thought a moment and said, "Dad, I read in school today that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and didn't get into trouble because he told the truth."
The dad replied, "Well, son, George Washington's father wasn't in the cherry tree."
先週の金曜日、風邪かアレルギー性鼻炎の悪化か判らぬが、一本足りない私には珍しく体調不良で職場を早退してしまったら、今朝出勤してみると私のデスクの上に英字新聞が置かれていた。たまには新聞でも読めという例の日米ハーフのＭ女史の仕業である。 中に風刺画付の中東情勢に関する論説が書かれていた。サブタイトルはGoing nuclearとあり、細身で顔痩せの初老の男性（多分ブッシュ大統領であろう）が大きなデスクに腰掛けていて、横には二人の軍服の男性が直立不動で侍り、ブッシュの正面に立つ髪の薄い腹の出た男性は左手に"POLLS"(世論調査)とタイトルが書かれた本を抱え、右手の人差し指でブッシュの方を指差しながら、次のような吹き出しが付いている。 'A debacle in Iran could divert public attention from our debacle in Iraq!'（イランの崩壊は我々のイラクでの大失敗から民衆の関心をそらしうる）と。即ち今度はイランに核攻撃をアメリカは仕掛ける準備をしている、というのである。 論説のど真ん中に書かれている論旨は、 Flirting with the nuclear option undermines the U.S. stance against proliferation.（核兵器の選択をもてあそぶことは、米国の核拡散に対抗する姿勢を傷つけることになる。）と。やれやれ困った大統領さんである・・・。
jam: to deliberately prevent broadcasts or other electronic signals from being received, by broadcasting signals on yhe same wavelength usher: someone who shows people to their seats at a theater, cinema, wedding etc. trailer: an advertisement for a new film or television show petition: to make a formal request to someone in authority, to a court of law, or to God
decency: the quality of being honest and polite, and respecting other people to mind your P's and Q's: to be careful about how you behave so that you do not offend anyone subjugate: to defeat aperson or group and make them obey you torment: to make someone suffer lot, especially so that they feel guilty or very unhappy
lean and mean:very competitive high flyer:someone who has a lot of ability and a strong desire to be successful and is therefore expected to achieve a lot: workforce:all the people who work in a particular country, industry, or factory cut to the bone:if a service or an amount of money is cut to the bone, it is reduced as much as possible. scarf down:to eat something very quickly
cold sober:not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol) three-martini lunch:A leisure lunch taken with other proffessionals for the purposes of buisness. Often with clients or coworkers. 3 martini's = 3 hours. wine and dine:to entertain someone by giving them an expensive meal and wine. be nuts about:be crazy about abstain:to not do something, especially something enjoyable, because you think it is bad for your health or morally wrong
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Sir Winston Churchill (British statesman and Prime Minister, 1874 - 1965)
A state police officer observed a car puttering along the highway at only 22 m.p.h. He turned on his lights and pulled the car over. Approaching the vehicle, he noticed that it contained five old ladies, two in the front seat and three in the back, and that all the old ladies were wide-eyed and white as ghosts.
The driver, obviously confused, said, "Officer, I don't understand. I was going exactly the speed limit. What's the problem?"
"Ma'am," the officer replied. "You weren't speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers."
"Slower than the speed limit? I'm following the posted speed exactly!"
The officer, trying to contain a chuckle, explained "22" was the route number, not the speed limit. Embarrassed, the woman smiled and thanked him for pointing out her error.
Before letting her go, however, the officer asked, "Is everyone in the car okay? Those women seem awfully shaken, and they haven't made a peep this whole time."
"Oh, they'll be all right in a minute, officer. We just got off Route 119."
be on one's toes: to keep that that someone is ready for anything that might happen back-to-back: one after the other drive someone nuts: make someone crazy chomp dpwn: to bite food loudly stockbroker: someone whose job is to buy and sel stocks, bonds etc. for other people nerve-racking(nerve-wracking): a nerve-racking situation makes you feel very nervous or worried: get a kick out of: to enjoy doing something very much frantic: extremely hurried and using a lot of energy, but not very organized power breakfast: a meeting of influential people to conduct business while eating breakfast laid-down: relaxed tuck away: eat up; usually refers to a considerable quantity of food; "My son tucked in a whole pizza"
Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We're un-rehearsed. - Mel Brooks (U.S. film maker, comedian, 1926 -)
今日の活動の中からお役立ち表現をピックアップ！ risque: a joke, remark etc that is risque is slightly shocking, because it is about sex/ Suggestive of or bordering on indelicacy or impropriety censor: to examine books, films, letters etc to remove anything that is concerned offensive, morally harmful, or politically dangerous etc. clad: wearing a particular kind of clothing
On the busines phone call: 1. Would you mind telling her that I called ? 2. Could you please tell her that I'll call back later ?
assignment: 1 [uncountable and countable] a piece of work that is given to someone as part of their job high-caliber: 1 [uncountable] the level of quality or ability that someone or something has achieved of somebody's calibre Where will we find another man of his calibre? The school attracts a high calibre of student. severance pay:money or other things that you get when you have to leave a company because your employer no longer has a job for you
'I am learning all the time, The tombstone will be my diploma.' - Eartha Kitt(U.S. jazz/pop singer, 1928 - )
Three men: a project manager, a software engineer, and a hardware engineer are in Ft. Lauderdale for a two-week period helping out on a project.
About midweek they decide to walk up and down the beach during their lunch hour. Halfway up the beach, they stumbled upon a lamp. As they rub the lamp a genie appears and says "Normally I would grant you 3 wishes, but since there are 3 of you, I will grant you each one wish."
The hardware engineer went first. "I would like to spend the rest of my life living in a huge house in St. Thomas, with no money worries and surrounded by beautiful women who worship me." The genie granted him his wish and sent him on off to St. Thomas.
The software engineer went next. "I would like to spend the rest of my life living on a huge yacht cruising the Mediterranean, with no money worries and surrounded by beautiful women who worship me." The genie granted him his wish and sent him off to the Mediterranean.
Last, but not least, it was the project manager's turn. "And what would your wish be?" asked the genie.
"I want them both back after lunch" replied the project manager.
飼い犬が亡くなり彼の生前に平日の朝と休日の夕方に散歩係を担当していた私は、やることがなくなって運動不足になることを懸念してジョギングを始めた。正確には再開した。 時期について正確な記憶はないが、たぶん２００１年位までは週末は必ず平日も天気の良い日は夜帰宅後に結構走り込んでいた。しかし１９９８年頃に股関節痛を患ってからは止めたり始めたりを繰り返している。 さすがに数年間のブランクは筋力の衰えを伴い、気持ちばかりが先走って足が付いていかない状態が続いている。 英語にしても同じような事が言える。ＮＨＫのラジオ英会話の講師を担当なさっている岩村圭南先生がいつも仰っているように、英語を喋る筋肉を常に鍛えておかないと咄嗟に正しい発音で喋る事が出来ない。 我がサークルではサークルとしては珍しいと思うが、テープ教材に合わせてリピーティングやオーバーラッピングで発音の特訓を毎回行っている。それは試験対策だけでなく長い目で見て使える英語を習得させるための近道だからである。 be on the lookout for something/someone: to continuously watch a place or pay attention in order to find something you want or to be ready for problems or opportunities lose your grip: to become less confident and less able to deal with a situation
本日は二週間ぶりの英会話サークルで久々に新しい見学者が二名もあるとの事で、ちょいと緊張した。 一人は関西圏からの転勤者で関西にお住まいの頃には向こうでは、ちょいと名の知れたＦという英会話サークルに参加なさっていたとの事。 まぁ一応我がサークルは内容に関しては吟味を重ね、関東地区ナンバー１を自負しているので比較されるのに抵抗はないが、やはりね・・・。 もう一人はご近所の大学院生、今年の夏にカナダに短期留学の予定で事前準備との由。 関西から転勤してきた男性は、かつてイギリスに数ヶ月留学経験があり発音面では、まずまずだったが如何せん文法面で構文ができていなかった。 一方の大学院生は海外の経験は少なく専門分野も言語系ではないと言うものの、丁寧な発音で大変感心させられた。 この二人が気に入ってくれて継続的に来てくれると全体のレベルが上がって行きそうで楽しみだ。 count your blessings: used to tell someone to remember how lucky they are, especially when they are complaining about something slip your mind/memory: if something slips your mind, you forget it ↓こちらをクリックしてね。↓
去年の秋ごろから参加されているＳさん。３０代半ばの独身男性で入会される直前に転職されて同時に転居して世田谷に来られてとの事。 今時の若者らしくヒップホップのサークル（？）にも参加されているので、なかなかのお忙氏だ。 したがってこちらを休まれることも多いのだが、会社ではTOEICで高得点を求められているとの事で、気持ちだけは高く持っておられる。 さてＳ氏前の会社を辞めた後にしばらくオーストラリアに語学留学されていた、との事でご自分では行く前よりもTOEICで高得点が取れるだろう、という読みで会社に目標点数を自己申告してしまった。 ところが実際に受験してビックリ！留学に出掛ける前のスコアを大きく下回ってしまったのだ。 でも私は普段彼とサークルで英語を話している間に、凡そ彼が取るであろう得点を予想して、これ位だったでしょう？と聞いたら殆ど当たっていた。 Ｓ氏至って真顔で私に「どうして留学から帰ってきたのに得点が下がったのでしょう？」と聞いてくる。私は本人のプライドも考えて答えに窮したが、おそらく現地に長く居るうちに先方が段々彼の下手糞な英語に慣らされて、彼が喋る意味が判るようになってしまったのではなかろうか？とても不幸なケースではある。 skyrocket: to rise extremely quickly or make extremely quick progress towards success
職場の同僚のＭさん（既婚女性）はアメリカ人と日本人のハーフ。アメリカ在住のお姉さんが時々彼女にスパイスの効いた、American jokeをメールで送ってくる。今日はそんな中から一つを紹介！ It got crowded in heaven, so, for one day it was decided only to accept people who had really had a bad day on the day they died. St. Peter was standing at the pearly gates and said to the first man, "Tell me about the day you died."
The man said, "Oh, it was awful. I was sure my wife was having an affair, so I came home early to catch her with him. I searched all over the apartment but couldn't find him anywhere. So I went out onto the balcony, we live on the 25th floor, and found this man hanging over the edge by his fingertips. I went inside, got a hammer, and started hitting his hands. He fell, but landed in some bushes. So, I got the refrigerator and pushed it over the balcony and it crushed him. The strain of the act gave me a heart attack, and I died."
St. Peter couldn't deny that this was a pretty bad day, and since it was a crime of passion, he let the man in.
He then asked the next man in line about the day he died.
"Well, sir, it was awful," said the second man. "I was doing aerobics on the balcony of my 26th floor apartment when I twisted my ankle and slipped over the edge. I managed to grab the balcony of the apartment below, but some maniac came out and started pounding on my fingers with a hammer. Luckily I landed in some bushes. But, then the guy dropped a refrigerator on me!"
St. Peter chuckled, let him into heaven and decided he could really start to enjoy this job.
"Tell me about the day you died?", he said to the third man in line.
"OK, picture this, I'm naked, hiding inside a refrigerator..."
今日は３月に続いて仕事が入ったためにサークルは休会した。これをやるのは準備が結構大変だが、やらないで帰宅した夜は侘しいものがある。 この忙しさも一段落するので暫くはサークルも皆勤できそうだ。 今週は折角一人見学希望者があったのに、キャンセルで惜しい事をした。 春の番組改変期でＴＶも特番ばかりで、イマイチ面白みに欠けるが、ラジオの英会話番組も今日が今年度の最終回で、お別れの挨拶が続いている。４月から何を聞こうか？今までと放送時間が大きく変るので何を聞いたら良いか、まだ決めかねている。 track sth/sb down: to find something or someone after looking for them in a lot of them and they usually cause damage double-cross: to cheat someone, especially after you have already agreed to do something dishonest with them long/short odds: high or low numbers, that show a high or low risk of losing ↓こちらをクリックしてね。↓