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昨日は朝方から厳しい冷え込みがあったものの、お昼前から暖かな日差しに恵まれる好天の下、男女各2名ずつの参加者が午後2時から集まって翌日にTOEICを控えた中で、約2時間半熱心に英語の学習に取り組んだ。

そんな中で「ニュースを読む」のコーナーでは、ロイターから耳鳴りの治療のために側頭部に電極板を取り付けた治療を受けた患者が、致死体験として知られる幽体離脱を経験した、という話題を取り上げた。英題は"Brain stimulation sparks out-of-body experience"で、詳しい内容はhttp://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071101/od_nm/outofbody_dcに、アクセスすべし!

【12月度開催予定】
12月22日(土):世田谷区代沢地区会館
※サークル活動終了後、または翌週29日(土)に忘年会を行います。

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【2007/11/25 08:36 】 | サークル | コメント(1) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 単純作業には滅法強いけど!?
The manager of a large corporation got a heart attack, and the doctor told him to go for several weeks to a farm to relax. The guy went to a farm, and after a couple of days he was very bored, so he asked the farmer to give him some job to do.

The farmer told him to clean up all of the cow manure. The farmer thought that to somebody coming from the city, working the whole life sitting in an office, it will take over a week to finish the job, but for his surprise the manager finished the job in less than one day.

The next day the farmer gave to the manager a more difficult job: to cut the heads of 500 chickens. The farmer was sure that the manager will not be able to do the job, but at the end of the day the job was done.

The next morning, as most of the jobs in the farm were done, the farmer asked the manager to divide a bag of potatoes in two boxes: one box with small potatoes, and one box with big potatoes. At the end of the day the farmer saw that the manager was sitting in front of the potatoes bag, but the two boxes were empty.

The farmer asked the manager: "How is that you made such difficult jobs during the first days, and now you cannot do this simple job?"

The manager answered: "Listen, all my life I'm cutting heads and dealing with crap, but now you ask me to make decisions!"

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【2007/11/22 23:49 】 | 英会話 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 彼女のオヤジは行き付け薬局の薬剤師!?
A young man walks into a drugstore and goes up to the counter. "I'd like a dozen condoms," he proudly announces to the pharmacist. "I've been going out with thie really hot babe. We've fooled around a lot, but we haven't actually gone all the way yet. But I think that tonight is going to be the night. I've got her really hot for me now." With that, the young man pays the druggist and swaggers out of the store.

That night the young man arrives at his girlfriend's house to take her out. She meets him outside on the front porch and says, "Since you've never met my parents, they invited you to come in and have dinner with us. After dinner we can tell them that we're going to the movies or something, so that we can get off to spend some time alone." She gives him a wink and leads him into the house.

The family is already seated at the dinner table, and after the introductions are made, they sit down. The young man says to the family, "Would you mind if I say grace tonight?"

The mother says, "Why, I think that would be a lovely idea."

They all bow their heads, and the young man prays,
"Dear Lord, we ask that you bless this food, and that you may always keep us aware of the sprit of forgiveness that was so important in the teachings of Christ. Let us always remember His words, 'To err is human, but to forgive is divine. 'In Jesus' name we pray, Amen."

"That was very nice," says the mother, and the family begins to eat. The girl leans over to the young man and whispers, "You didn't tell me that you're so religious."

The young man whispers back to her, "You didn't tell me that your father is a pharmacist."

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【2007/11/18 18:25 】 | 英会話 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 特殊髭剃り法!?
A man enters a barber shop for a shave. While the barber is foaming him up, he mentions the problems he has getting a close shave around the cheeks.

"I have just the thing," says the barber taking a small wooden ball from a nearby drawer. "Just place this between your cheek and gum."

The client places the ball in his mouth and the barber proceeds with the closest shave the man has ever experienced.

After a few strokes the client asks in garbled speech, "And what if I swallow it?"

"No problem," says the barber.

"Just bring it back tomorrow like everyone else does."

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【2007/11/14 23:21 】 | 英会話 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
本日の英会話サークルより!
本日は小雨が降ったり止んだりする生憎のお天気のもと、男性3名・女性1名の常連メンバーが集まり、約2時間半熱心に英語の学習に取り組んだ。

そんな中で「ニュースを読む」のコーナーでは、英語のニュースをナレーターの音声で聞き取り、英文を読んで学習できる、一粒で二度美味しい英語学習者用の英語ニュースサイト、Voice Of Americaから、アメリカ原住民であるインディアンの生活は標準的なアメリカ人より貧しいが、中には成功を収める人もいるし、徐々にではあるが、より高い教育を受ける人も増えている、というニュースを学習した。

英題は"American Indian Are Still Poorer the US Average but Making Gains"で、詳しい内容はhttp://www.coanews.com/specialenglish/2007-10-04-voa1.cfmにアクセスすべし!

注:the Indies:インド諸国

次回、学習する表現は以下の通りです。
1. figure out:分かる、理解する
2. from now on:これからは、今後は
3. the person of my dreams:(自分の)理想の人
4. I'm thinking about ~ing:~しようかと考えている
5. with the help of~:~の助けで

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【2007/11/10 22:50 】 | サークル | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 悲観主義者 vs. 楽観主義者
A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist.

Just to see what would happen, on the twins' birthday their father loaded the pessimist's room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist's room he loaded with horse manure.

That night the father passed by the pessimist's room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly.

"Why are you crying?" the father asked.

"Because my friends will be jealous, I'll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I'll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken." answered the pessimist twin.

Passing the optimist twin's room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure. "What are you so happy about?" he asked.

To which his optimist twin replied, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"

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【2007/11/06 23:26 】 | 英会話 | コメント(1) | トラックバック(0)
昨日の英会話サークルにて!
昨日は抜けるような秋晴れの青空の文化の日、絶好の行楽日和の中、男性1名・女性1名の参加者が約2時間半熱心に英語の学習に取り組んだ。

そんな中で「ニュースを読む」のコーナーでは、アメリカの旅行会社が主宰したアンケート調査で、全米でフラデルフィアが最も魅力の無い都市に選ばれた、という不名誉な記事を紹介した。

英題は"Looking for attractive people? Don't go to Philly"で、詳しい内容はhttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21421723/にアクセスすべし!

次回のFree Talking のthemeは'Autumn'です。 芸術の秋、読書の秋、スポーツの秋、行楽の秋、食欲の秋など何でも自分について
英語で語れるように準備してきてください。

※11月度開催中止の連絡
 11月17日(土):世田谷区代沢地区会館(主宰者都合により中止!)

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【2007/11/04 15:12 】 | サークル | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 熊より少しマシな程度の人間!?
A married couple was asleep when the phone rang at 2 in the morning. The wife (undoubtedly an airhead), picked up the phone, listened a moment and said, "How should I know, that's 200 miles from here!" and hung up.

The husband said, "Who was that?"

The wife replied, "I don't know, some woman wanting to know if the coast is clear."

* * * *

Two airheads are walking down the street. One notices a compact on the sidewalk and leans down to pick it up. She opens it, looks in the mirror and says, "Hmm, this person looks familiar."

The second airhead says, "Here, let me see!"

So the first airhead hands her the compact.

The second one looks in the mirror and says, "You dummy, it's me!"

* * * *

An airhead suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, so she goes out and buys a gun. She goes to his apartment unexpectedly, and when she opens the door, she finds him in the arms of a redhead. Well, the blonde is really angry. She opens her purse to take out the gun, and as she does so, she is overcome with grief. She takes the gun and puts it to her head.

The boyfriend yells, "No, honey, don't do it!!!"

The airhead replies, "Shut up! You're next!"
【2007/11/01 12:15 】 | 英会話 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
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