Three women and three men are traveling by train into the city. At the station, the three men each buy a ticket and watch as the three women buy just one ticket.
"How are the three of you going to travel on only one ticket?" asks one of the men.
"Watch and learn," answers one of the women.
They all board the train. The three men take their respective seats but all three women cram into a toilet together and close the door. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the toilet door and says, "Ticket, please. The door opens just a crack, and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.
The men see this happen and agree it was quite a clever idea; so, when its time to leave, they decide to do the same thing on the return trip and save some money. When they get to the station they buy a single ticket ! for the return trip but see, to their astonishment, that the three women don't buy any ticket at all!! "How are you going to travel without a ticket?" says one perplexed man.
"Watch and learn," answer the women.
When they board the train, the three men cram themselves into a toilet, and the three women cram into another toilet just down the way.
Shortly after the train is on its way, one of the women leaves her toilet and walks over to the toilet in which the men are hiding. The woman knocks on their door and says, "Ticket, please.
crack:gap [countable] a very narrow space between two things or two parts of something emerge:[intransitive]1 to appear or come out from somewhere: perplexed:confused and worried by something that you do not understand [= puzzled]:
本日は蒸し暑い中、熱心な会員さんが参加されて言語学習の四要素（読む・書く・話す・聞く）に亘り二時間半の学習に取り組んだ。そんな中で本日のニュースを読むのコーナーで取り上げた記事は、サッカーのＷ杯絡みの話題で所はアジア予選を突破できなかった中国。 日本に限らず国際的なスポーツイベントに熱を上げる人は多いもの。中国では自国が出場できなかったにもかかわらず、仕事を休んだり止めたりしてまでＴＶ観戦をする熱心なサッカーファンも多かった。昨今の日本でもそうだが男性だけでなく女性でも力が入りすぎた人は多かった様子。 そんな中でこの事件は発生した。自宅のマンションが火災になったにも関わらず、サッカー観戦に必要なＴＶだけを持って家の外に飛び出し、最寄のプラグを見つけて電源を供給して、何事もなかったかのようにサッカー観戦を家の外で続けたと言う豪傑である。 英題は"Man pulls TV from house fire to watch soccer"。詳しい内容は、http://www.mashup.ae/forums/showthread.php?t=1658にアクセスすべし。
hutong: Mongolian word(originally hottog) narrow throughways, often alleys, most prominently present in Beijing China: gut: to completely destroy the inside of a building, especially by fire: courtyard: an open space that is completely or partly surrounded by guildings: anti-social: an activity or job that is antisocial does not give you the chance to meet other people: diplomatic: dealing with people politely and skilfully without upsetting them(=tactful)
昨今のビジネスの世界では個人情報の保護が叫ばれて、それを要求されるシーンは多い。日本にばかりいて断片的に得られる情報を鵜呑みにしていると、日本ばかりがプライバシーの保護に無頓着であるかのようにも感じる。 ところが実際は意外とアメリカ社会においても個人の家庭的な側面は保護されるが、職場における個人のプライバシーはちゃんと保護されているかどうかは疑わしい部分がある。 例えば個人の会社における送受信メールの内容を検閲したり、インターネットを使ったアクアセスのログを追跡することは個人のプライバシーを無視した行為と言えないだろうか？ この辺りの事情を勉強する機会があった。題して"Don't Expect Privacy in the Workplace."私のように外資系企業でＩＴ部門を管理していると、アメリカとヨーロッパとでも異なる状況が垣間見えてくる。
psychological testing: any of a variety of testing procedures for measuring psychological traits and behavior genetic testing:usually involves examining a person's DNA - taken from cells in a sample of blood closed-fisted:Tightfisted; stingy. glean:to find out information slowly and with difficulty advocate:someone who publicly supports someone or something subpoena:a written order to come to a court of law and be a witness legitimate:acceptable or allowed by law:
ニュースを英文で読んで英語が勉強でき、それを音声で聞いて英語が勉強できると言う、一度で二度美味しいサイト、Voice of Americaから、今日は「権力を与えられた国際的女性」というアメリカの団体が美術やビジネスを通じて難民の女性を支援する、という話題をご紹介。英題は"Empowered Women International: An American Group Using Art and Business to Help Women Refugees"で、詳しい内容は、http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/2006-07-20-voa1.cfmにアクセスすべし！
empower:(Formal) to give a person or organization the legal right to do something： refugee：someone who has been forced to leave their country, especially during a war, or for political or religious reasons: folly：(Formal) a very stupid thing to do, especially one that is likely to have serious results: statehood：the condition of being one of the states that make up a nation such as the US:
In 1924 Samuel Curtis of Philadelphia stole an automatic chewing gum machine, with 250 pieces gum inside it. The police caught him and arrested him. The judge thought of an unusual punishment. Curtis had to put one-cent pieces into the machine, then he had to eat the chewing gum until the machine was empty. When he finished, the judge gave the machine (and 250 cents) back to its owner.
In 1948 a motorist in South Africa shot a hare. He threw it into the back seat of his car. The hare wasn't dead, and woke up. It jumped on to the gun, then jumped out of the window. The gun fired and shot the motorist in the neck.
In 1906 in Geneva, a judge sent a three-year-old child to prison for 3 1/2 months. The child stole a few cheap toys from a shop.
Her car was speeding along Interstate 80 at well over 80 miles an hour when it passed by a State Trooper's position... Obviously, the officer was compelled to pull the young female driver over and he asked to see her license.
After looking it over, he said to her, "It stipulates here on your license that you should be wearing glasses."
"Well, I have contacts," the woman replied.
"Look lady, I don't care who you know," snapped the officer. "You're getting a ticket."
offense：(BRITISH-offence)[countable]SCC an illegal action or a crime State Trooper：[countable] a member of a police force that is controlled by one of the US state governments, who works anywhere in that state compel：[transitive] to force someone to do something [↪ compulsion] stipulate：[transitive] formal if an agreement, law, or rule stipulates something, it must be done [= state]: snap：[intransitive and transitive] to say something quickly in an angry way:
本日は一名の初回見学者を迎えてベテラン参加者達も、少々緊張気味のサークル活動だった。外資系企業に転職して６年になる男性で社内で仕事を進める上では、メールや電話で英語を使う必要があり勉強しなおす意味で参加して見た、との事。「継続は力なり」で、これをキッカケに通い続けて是非とも本物の英語力を身に着けて欲しいものである。 そんな皆さんの熱心な参加の中で本日「ニュースを読む」のコーナーで取り上げてニュースは、オーストラリアのシドニー発で、同国の金融関係の調査によると、オーストラリアの子供を持つ親達の多くが、生活費を節約するために自分の子供達の貯金箱に手をつけるという。 英題は、"Parents pinch pennies from piggy banks"で、詳しい内容はhttp://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=29&art_id=qw1150881122963B232&set_id=1にアクセスすべし！
piggy banks:(INFORMAL)A child's coin bank shaped like a pig. raid: to go into a place and steal thongs tycoon: someone who is successful in business or industry and has a lot of money and power. guardian:someone who is legally responsible for looking after someone else's child, especially after the child's parent have died. deposit: an amount of money that is paid into into a bank account. essential: something that is necessary to do something or in a particular situation petrol:(British)a liquid obtained from petroleum that is used to supply power to the engine of cars and other vehicle.(American:gasoline) utility: a service such as gas or electricity provided for people to use extravagance: Immoderate expenses or display finding: the information that someone has discovered as a result of their study, work etc.
それではト書きの英文から、その概要をご紹介。 トビー・テンプルはスーパースターであり世界で名だたるコメディアンだ。彼は自分が望む女性は誰でも手にすることが出来る。しかしながら絶倫である裏で彼は、ひどく始末の悪い問題として寂しい男であり、注目を集めようと必死で、愛情に貪欲な男である。 ジル・キャッスルは美しく、官能的な女優の卵である。彼女は暗く神秘的な過去を有し、トビーよりも大きな志しを持っている。 彼らは二人で強い欲望の限りにギラギラしたハリウッドの頂点を制覇し、嫉妬と復讐が大勝利を悪夢のシナリオの中で悲劇に変え、冷酷に、素晴らしく、センセーショナルなクライマックスを迎える。 "A Stranger in the Mirror" By Sidney Sheldon「鏡の中も見知らぬ人」 実は私がこの本を購入したのは今から２０年以上も昔のことで、この表紙の写真とは若干違うものが印刷されている。
ビジネス英語を勉強する上でどうしても触れなければならない場面として、所謂「ビジネスマナー」がある。題して"Mind Your Manners"というテーマでマナーを勉強する機会があった。 昨今の日本では何でも海外の映画やビデオに登場する俳優達が演じる行動様式を真似れば、それでお洒落で最も斬新な生き方だと勘違いしている向きが多いように感じる。 今朝も通勤のために地元の駅に向かって歩いている時に、直ぐ前を歩いていたビジネススーツを来た若い男性会社員風が空のタバコの箱を、ポイと歩道脇の植え込みの所に（ゴミ箱も無いのに）投げ捨て、しかも次の箱から一本タバコを取り出して火をつけ歩行喫煙を始めた。 この連中は自分の家の周りでも同じ事をするのだろうか？するとしたら全くの馬鹿野郎だし、しないとしたら唯の利己主義者だ。また娘の小学校の担任の若手男性教師は髪の毛を立たせて来て、教壇に立っている。そんないい加減な野郎が娘の下の名前を教室で呼び捨てにする。 今週新しい校長が赴任したので一度この若造の処遇について、校長に直談判しようかと思っている。 ビジネスの世界では以前勤務していた半導体関係の輸出入商社では、こちらの日本人技術者で海外メーカと接する社員ほど派手なシャツにサスペンダーにちょび髭という、コメディアンも顔負けの格好をしているのに、海外から来るメーカ社員の方が決まって白いワイシャツに濃紺のスーツで髪は７・３分け、勿論髭剃り後も青々と気合が入っていた。 この種の、dress codeに始まりpunctualである事、watch your languageする事等々、海外だからいい加減で許されると言うことは決してない。
think "far out":think it cool copycat:informal someone who copies other people's clothes, behaviour, work etc - used by children to show disapproval get into a melee:have a big fight with foul language:bad language, barnyardism, ribaldry, scurrility, swearword vicious:violent and cruel in a way that hurts someone physically: pugilist:a professional boxer drawing card:An attraction drawing large audiences. far cry from:very different from something.
"The secret of success is constancy to purpose." - Benjamin Disraeli (English Prime Minister and novelist, 1804 - 1881)
ニュースを英文で読んで英語が勉強でき、それを音声で聞いて英語が勉強できる一度で二度美味しいサイト、"Voice of America"より、今日はアメリカの７つの州で１９８０年以来、中南米・ヨーロッパ・南アフリカ・カナダ・オーストラリア・フィリッピン・ニュージーランド等から、これまでに７０００人もの教員を地元の小学校から高校までの学校に迎え入れて、各種教科の指導を経験し研究してもらうことで効果を上げていると言うニュースをご紹介したい。 英題は"Visiting Teacher Programs Offer a Chance to Work in U.S."で、詳しい内容はhttp://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/2006-07-05-voa4.cfmに、アクセスすべし！
faculty:all the teachers in a university: proficiency:a good standard of ability and skill
REASONS WHY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS HARD TO LEARN 1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 2) The farm was used to produce produce. 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 4) We must polish the Polish furniture. 5) He could lead if he would get the lead out. 6) The soldier decided to desert his desseret in the desert. 7) Since there is no time like the present, he though it was time to present the present. 8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum. 9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. 10) I did not object the object. 11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to how. 13) They were too close to the door to close. 14) The buck does funny things when the does are present. 15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. 16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. 17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 18) After a number of injections my jaw got number. 19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear. 20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests. 21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend.
Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while seetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.
We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
The first story... Ole and Lena were sitting down to their usual cup of morning coffee listening to the weather report coming over the radio. "There will be 3 to 5 inches of snow today and a snow emergency has been declared. You must park your cars on the odd numbered side of the streets." Ole got up from his coffee and replies "Well, okay."
Two days later, again they both are sitting down with their cups of morning coffee and the weather forecast is, "There will be 2 to 4 inches of snow today and a snow emergency has been declared. You must park your cars on the even numbered side of the streets." Ole got up from his coffee and replies, "Well, okay."
Three days later, again they both are sitting down with their cups of coffee and the weather forecast is, "There will be 6 to 8 inches of snow today and a snow emergency has been declared. You must park your cars on the..." and then the power went out and Ole didn't get the rest of the instructions. He says to Lena, "What am I going to do now, Lena?"
Lena replies, "Aw, Ole, just leave the car in the garage."
The second story... As a 100 year old man was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on I-280. Please be careful!" "Hell," said Herman, "it's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!"
eatery:(INFORMAL) a restaurant or other place to eat: ire:(WRITTEN) anger brotherly: showing feelings of kindness, loyalty etc that you would expect a brother to show (=sisterly) assimilate: if people assimilate or are assimilated into a country or group, they become part of that group and are accepted by the people in that group Latino: a man in the US whose family comes from Latin America. provison: a condition in an agreement or law appall: to make someone feel very shocked and upset fixture: to be always present and not likely to move or go away influx: the arrival of large number of people or large amounts of money, goods etc, especially suddenly tolerant: allowing people to do, say, or believe what they want without criticizing or punishing them
file a report: to give or send an official report or news story to your employer: windshield:a piece of glass or clear plastic fixed at the front of a motorcycle that protects the rider from wind state trooper:a state police officer rearview mirror:A mirror, such as one attached to a motor vehicle, that provides a view of what is behind. meek and mind:tame and clement CPA: certified public accountant abjectly:the state of being extremely poor, unhappy, unsuccessful etc lose one's head:To lose one's poise or self-control on the receiving end of:to be on the receiving side
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." - Warren G. Bennis(President, University of Cincinnati)
There are four people sitting on a park bench. Each person is holding a different pet. Their positions are numbered from left to right...
1. Aline is beside the person with the big shrimp. 2. The person with the lazy lizard is beside the person with the big shrimp. 3. The lazy lizard is the pet being held by the person teaching Art at a high school. 4. Mary is beside the person with the quiet dove. 5. The person with the brown turtle is not the person teaching P.E. at a high school. 6. The person with the brown turtle is beside the person with the quiet dove. 7. The person sittin two seats away from the person with the brown turtle is Ted. 8. James is one of the people sitting on the end of the bench. 9. The pet being held two seats away from the person teaching music is the big shrimp. 10. The pet being held by the person sitting three seats from the left is the quiet dove.
Q1. Can you tell me the person holding the brown turtle ? Q2. Can you tell me where on the bench Aline is sitting ?
It was time for an elderly gentleman to be put into a nursing home, as his grown children could no longer care for him.
After a week, the children went to visit their father at the nursing home. During the visit, the father leaned to the right, and a nurse quickly came over and propped him up with a pillow. A little while later, he leaned to the left, and again a nurse came and propped him up with another pillow.
The man's children were amazed at how attentive the home seemed to be, and questioned their father on how he liked it there.
He responded, "I've been treated well, but I've got to tell you... they sure don't want you to fart here."
nursing home:A private establishment that provides living quarters and care for the elderly or the chronically ill. prop up:support by placing against something solid or rigid; "shore and buttress an old building" attentive:Giving care or attention; watchful: fart:to waste time not doing very much:
I went to the United States with my crumby boss for a business trip at the end of May in 2002. As the nightmarish disaster of terrorist's attack had occurred about just eight months ago, so all of airports' staffs in the States were very nervous. In such condition, my lousy boss, even though who was a position of a director, that means one of a board members, in that company had a habit of pipe smoking and always had a companion kit of his pipe with him. The stupid guy was strictly questioned about his tool and the airplane delayed about one hour due to this silly Japanese old man's behaviour. He was very proud of his English, though he shot himself in the foot in front of me. One night, we had a dinner with our American vendor's persons. And he had a death wish to drink much alcohol by the company's budged. But I didn't like such mean mind. So I didn't drink. Thus he needled me and said "He don't drink much!". I felt that "What did he study in his junior high school?" in my mind. And another day in the trip he squashed a paper cup of the coke by the door of car trunk and my luggage got soaked with sweet water. Anyway, I eagerly demanded to leave this crap guy as soon as possible.
英題は、"Newark Airport Staff Loses Fake Explosives in Test" 詳しい内容は、http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/4-12-15/24992.html にアクセスして確認すべし！
retrieve:(FORMAL) to find something and bring it back - see also recover pose:(Cause problem) to exist in a way that may cause a problem, danger, difficulty etc. caliber:(American)(British:calibre) the level of quality or ability that someone or somethong has achieved
"The Enemy" By Desmond Bagley それではト書きの英文からこの本のあらましをご紹介。 ある暖かく美しい夏の夕方、静かなマーロウの街を一人の若い女性が教会から帰宅の歩を進めていた。彼女は一人の男が自分の車のエンジン部を覗き込んでいる横を通り過ぎた。その男は振り向きざま彼女に微笑み、そして・・・彼女の顔に向けて酸性の液体を浴びせたのだ。 そして彼女の父親である科学者のジョージ・アシュトンは行方不明になった。そして彼女の妹ペニーは自分の将来の伴侶となるマルコム－実は政府のスパイを見つけるのである。何故にアシュトンは消息を絶ち、何故マルコムは彼のために捜査を指示されるのか？それにジョージ・アシュトンとは一体何者なのか？ そして誰が敵なのか？
backgrounder:An informal news briefing for reporters by an official often speaking off the record. commendation:an official statement praising someone, especially someone who has been brave or very successful counts:The totality of specific items in a particular sample be up for:sit on the doorstep Who knows?:conceivably, perchance come up with:hit on the idea of, think up hear through the grapevine:by mouth-to-mouth advertising, by word of mouth, come to know by hearsay rest on one's laurels:to be satisfied with a present honor
"No date on the calendar is as important as tomorrow." - Roy W. Howard(U.S. newspaperman; 1883 - 1964)
英題は、"Celebrating July Fourth With Fireworks, Music, Picnics and Parades"で、http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/2006-07-02-voa3.cfm にアクセスして早速確認すべし！
fife:a musical instrument like a small flute, often played in military bands procession:a line of people or vehicles moving slowly as part of a ceremony [↪ parade] observance:something you do as part of a ceremony, especially a religious ceremony: endow:to naturally have a good feature or quality: unalienable:incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another; derive:to get something, especially an advantage or a pleasant feeling, from something abolish:to officially end a law, system etc, especially one that has existed for a long time: spangle:to cover something with shiny points of light Anacreon:Greek poet noted for his songs praising love and wine. salute:an occasion when guns are fired into the air in order to show respect for someone important:
The girl student's kidnapping incident that occured end of last month surprised us not only for the criminals' wild method but also the richness of the victim's mother. The mother of kidnapped university student is a famous doctor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. And she often appear on the TV program and she was introduced as a rich lady. So criminal troop believed that they could get much money by making threat against the life of her daughter. But actualythe mother's income isn't so much as the amount reported on the TV programs. Probably it's a kind of fake plotted by the TV producers.
Please read the follow-up report of the kidnapping incident as follows: http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/waiwai/face/news/20060630p2g00m0dm016000c.html
本日は週に一回の英会話サークルの日。気合を入れていかなければならないところだが、本当に蒸し暑い一日で我々が英語の勉強をする午後２時から４時半までは、とりわけ暑苦しくてイマイチ集中できなかった。 そんな中で本日の「ニュースを読む」で取り上げた記事は、元ＢＢＣの通信記者がかつて結婚の記念に農民から贈り物として受け取っ小さな絵が第二次咳値戦中にドイツから流出していた名作で、それが元の美術館にやっと無事返還された、という記事。 英題は、"Reporter returns painting looted in World War Two" 詳しい内容は、http://today.reuters.com/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyid=2006-06-02T141148Z_01_L02470744_RTRUKOC_0_US-BRITAIN-LOOTED.xml&src=rss にアクセスして確認すべし！
loot: to steal things, especially from shops or homes that have been damaged in a war or riot rightful: according to what is correct or what should be done legally or morally correspondent: someone who is employes by a newspaper or a television station etc. to report news fron a particular area or on a particular subject ring a bell: to arouse an often indistinct memory promptly: at the right time without being late (= on time) locate: to find the exact position of something