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American joke - B.C. 違い!?
A rather old fashioned lady, always quite delicate and elegant, especially in her language, was planning a weeks holiday in Sydney with her husband, so she wrote to a particular camping ground and asked for a reservation.

She wanted to make sure that the camping ground was fully equipped, but didn't know quite how to ask about the toilet facilities. She just couldn't bring herself
to write the word "toilet" in her letter.

After much thought, she finally came up with the old fashioned term "Bathroom closet" but when she wrote it down, she still thought she was being too forward, so she started all over again, rewrote the letter, and referred to the bathroom closet as the B.C.

"Does the camping ground have it's own B.C." is what she wrote.

Well, the camping ground owner wasn't a bit old fashioned, and he just couldn't figure out what the old lady was talking about, so he showed the letter around a few of the campers and the only thing they could come up with was that B.C. stood for Baptist Church, so he wrote the following reply.

Dear Madam,

I regret very much the delay in answering your letter, but I now take the pleasure of informing you that a B.C. is located nine miles north of our camping ground, and is capable of seating 250 people at one time.

I admit that it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of campers go there and many take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive nice and early and stay quite late.

The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that there is a special supper planned there to raise money to buy more seats so that everyone will be able to sit in comfort.

I would like to say that it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it is surely no lack of desire on my part, just that I am so busy most of the time.

As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort to go, especially in the cold weather. If you decide to come down to our camping ground perhaps I could go with you the first time you go, sit with you and introduce you to all the other folks.

Remember, this is a very friendly community.

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【2008/10/26 13:13 】 | 未分類 | 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!
本日は秋らしい爽やかな陽気の中、男女2名の会員が参加して午後2時から約2時間半、熱心に英語の学習に取り組んだ。

エッセーを読むのコーナーではMr. Tony Laszloによる'A Defining Time for Manga'を取り上げた。今では海外の新聞でも取り上げている日本発祥のマンガ文化について、しっかりとした定義づけをして保護しないとマンガもどきが横行している、と嘆く作者だが・・・。

【本日学習した表現】
1. last but not least: 大事な事を一つ言い残したが
2. stand apart from~: ~から距離を置く
3. sibling: 兄弟姉妹
4. go up for auction: 競りに出される
5. take advantege of ~:~を利用する

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【2008/10/18 20:44 】 | 未分類 | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 句読点は最も大事!?
An english professor wrote the words:
"A woman without her man is nothing" on the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.
All the males in the class wrote:
"A woman, without her man, is nothing."
All the females in the class wrote:
"A woman: without her, man is nothing."

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