American joke - 精神病患者の退院祝!?
Jim and Mary were both patients in a Mental Hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom and stayed there. Mary promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim out.

When the medical director became aware of Mary's heroic act he immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital as he now considered her to be mentally stable. When he went to tell Mary the news he said, "Mary, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged because since you were able to jump in and save the life of another patient, I think you've regained your senses. The bad news is Jim, the patient you saved, hung himself with his bathrobe belt in the bathroom. I am so sorry, but he's dead."

Mary replied, "He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry."



【2008/07/26 21:23 】 | 未分類 | コメント(1) | トラックバック(0)

そんな中「エッセーを読む」のコーナーでは、在日外国人のFun Volga氏から見た日本で営業する事の難しさを書いた'How Not to Be a Salesman'を取り上げた。

【次回のToday's expression】
1. No wonder ~:~だとしても不思議ではない。
2. compelling:人の心を掴んで離さない、人をひきつける
3. full plate:目いっぱいのスケジュール、常に忙しい状態
4. resurrect:復活{ふっかつ}させる、よみがえらせる
5. barbaric:とても粗野で乱暴な



【2008/07/20 20:59 】 | 未分類 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 日々の仕事に疲れ果てている理由は・・・?
For a couple years now I 've been blaming this feeling on lack of sleep and too much pressure from my job, but now I found out the real reason: I'm tired because I'm overworked.

The population of this country is 300 million. 167 million are retired. That leaves 133 million to do the work. There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the work. Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government, leaving 19 million to do the work. 2.8 million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 16.2 million to do the work. Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for State and City Governments and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work. Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons. That leaves just two people to do the work. You and me. And you're sitting at your computer reading jokes.

【2008/07/13 16:58 】 | 英会話 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)

そんな中、エッセーを読むのコーナーではRisa Stegmayer氏の'It's My Way of Lufe'というタイトルで最近のドラマやDVDについて書かれたものを音声で聞き、文字で読んで学習した。

【Today's Expression】
1. worthwhile:値打ちのある、価値のある
2. haute cuisine:高級料理
3. pastime:気晴し、娯楽、道楽
4. cliff-hanger:最後までハラハラさせるもの[出来事・試合]
5: fishy:うさんくさい、いんちきくさい、疑わしい、怪しい


【2008/07/06 16:37 】 | 未分類 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
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