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American joke - 男子の父親としての葛藤!?
That's My Boy...

Four friends, who hadn't seen each other in 30 years, reunited at a party. After several drinks, one of the men had to use the rest room.

Those who remained talked about their kids.

The first guy said, "My son is my pride and joy. He started working at a successful company at the bottom of the barrel. He studied Economics and Business Administration and soon began to climb the corporate ladder and now he's the president of the company. He became so rich that he gave his best friend a top of the line Mercedes for his birthday."

The second guy said, "Darn, that's terrific! My son is also my pride and joy. He started working for a big airline company, then went to flight school to become a pilot. Eventually he became a partner in the company, where he owns the majority of its assets. He's so rich that he gave his best friend a brand new jet for his birthday."

The third man said: "Well, that's terrific! My son studied in the best Universities and became an engineer. Then he started his own construction company and is now a multimillionaire. He also gave away something very nice and expensive to his best friend for his birthday: A 30,000 square foot mansion."

The three friends congratulated each other just as the fourth returned from the restroom and asked: "What are all the congratulations for?"

One of the three said: "We were talking about the pride we feel for the Successes of our sons. ..What about your son?"

The fourth man replied: "My son is gay and makes a living dancing as a stripper at a nightclub."

The three friends said: "What a shame...What a disappointment."

The fourth man replied: "No, I'm not ashamed. He's my son and I love him. And he hasn't done too bad either. His birthday was two weeks ago, and he received a beautiful 30,000 square foot mansion, a brand new jet and a top of the line Mercedes from his three boyfriends."

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【2009/04/29 20:17 】 | 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!
本日は今週の前半までの暖かの好天気がウソのような、寒さと強い豪雨の中、新規見学の男性1名を加えて男女4名が参加して、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。

そんな中で「エッセーを読む」のコーナーでは、Mr. Seiichi Kaniseによる日本での早期英語学習の開始を促す'Is English Education Necessary in Elementary Schools?'を取り上げた。

【今週学習した表現】
1. as a sign of the times:時代の趨勢に合わせて
2. cope:うまく対処する、処理する
3. suburb:郊外
4. muster:召集する、奮い起こす
5. please:喜ばせる、満足させる
6. come by:やって来る、立ち寄る

【5月度開催予定】
5月2日(土):世田谷区下北沢区民集会所
5月9日(土):世田谷区六所橋区民集会所
5月16日(土):世田谷区代沢地区会館
5月23日(土):世田谷区六所橋区民集会所
5月30日(土):世田谷区代沢地区会館

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【2009/04/25 23:02 】 | サークル | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 男女の見解の相違!?
He Said, She Said...

He said...I don't know why you wear a bra; you've got nothing to put in it.
She said...You wear pants don't you?

He said...Shall we try swapping positions tonight?
She said...That's a good idea - you stand by the ironing board while I sit on the sofa.

He said...What have you been doing with all the grocery money I gave you?
She said...Turn sideways and look in the mirror!

On a wall in a ladies room..."My husband follows me everywhere"
Written just below it... "I do not"

Q.How many honest, intelligent, caring men in the world does it take to do the dishes?
A.Both of them.

Q.How does a man show that he is planning for the future?
A.He buys two cases of beer.

Q.Why are blonde jokes so short?
A.So men can remember them.

Q. How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper?
A.We don't know; it has never happened.

Q.Why are married women heavier than single women?
A.Single women come home, see what's in the fridge and go to bed. Married women come home, see what's in bed and go to the fridge.

Q.What is the one thing that all men at singles bars have in common?
A.They're married.

Man says to God: "God, why did you make woman so beautiful?"
God says: "So you would love her."
But God," the man says, "why did you make her so dumb?"
God says: "So she would love you."

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【2009/04/23 18:00 】 | 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!
本日は昨日で一度は寒さが戻り途切れたものの、再び春らしいうららかな陽気の中、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。

今回は過去三回分の復習に加え、久々の「ニュースを読む」や文法の学習、ビジネス英語表現の学習も行った。

そんな中「ニュースを読む」のコーナーでは年間2千万人以上もの観光客で賑わうベニスが、観光客が有料公衆トイレに駆け込む際の支払いを簡素化するために、ネットを使ってオンライン予約できるシステムを始めた、というロイターの記事を取り上げた。
英題は'Venice goes online to ease toilet pay pain'で、詳しい内容はhttp://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/11156/にアクセスすべし!

【本日学習した表現】
1. corresponding:対応する、、相当する、付随する
2. respectively:それぞれ、各々
3. urinal:男性用小便器
4. in favor of ~:~に賛成して
5. chair ~:~の議長を務める
6. ballpark estimate:おおよその見積もり
7. be just about to ~:ちょうど~するところだ
8. for starters:まず初めに
9. abstention:棄権
10. settle ~ by majority decision:多数決で~を決める

【本日学習した文法】
・Could (do) and could have (done)
Q: What shall we do this evening?
A: We could go to cinema.
I'm so angry with him. I could kill him!
The phone is ringing. It could(might) be Tim.
I was so tired. I could have slept for a week.
Why did you stay at a hotel when you went to New York? You could have stayed with Barbara.
(= you had the opportunity to stay with her but you didn't.)

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【2009/04/18 20:24 】 | サークル | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 世界の偉大な(?)女性たちの声!
Superwomen...

Inside every older person is a younger person -- wondering what the hell happened.
-Cora Harvey Armstrong

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy....
-Helen Hayes (at 73)

I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.
-Janette Barber

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
-Lily Tomlin

A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car.
-Carrie Snow

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.
-Laurie Kuslansky

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
-Erma Bombeck

Old age ain't no place for sissies.
-Bette Davis

A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't.
-Rhonda Hansome

The phrase "working mother" is redundant.
-Jane Sellman

Every time I close the door on reality it comes in through the windows.
-Jennifer Unlimited

Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
-Charlotte Whitton

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
-Caryn Leschen

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.
-Jennifer Unlimited

If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.
-Catherine

When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow!
-Kathy Buckley

I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb and I'm also not blonde.
-Dolly Parton

If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.
-Sue Grafton

I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.
-Roseanne Barr

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another
country.
-Elayne Boosler

Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.
-Maryon Pearson

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man- if you want anything done ask a woman.
-Margaret Thatcher

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
-Gloria Steinem

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.
-Zsa Zsa Gabor

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

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【2009/04/16 20:21 】 | 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!
本日は初夏を思わせる好天候の暖かく強い日差しの中、男女3名の会員が集まり午後2時から約2時間半、熱心に英語の学習に取り組んだ。

そんな中「エッセーを読む」のコーナーでは、様々な歴史的・伝統的な仕来りを引き継いだ、オーストリアでの現代風結婚式の事情について、Ms. Gabriela Don-Scherugaが書いた'Wedding Custom in Austria'を取り上げた。

次回は過去三回分の復習と文法等の学習を行うため、本日学習した表現は再来週に復習する。

【本日学習した表現】
1. ripen:熟する
2. in former times:昔は
3. trunk:(木の)幹
4. ransom:身代金
5. fluctuation:変動
6. procurement:調達
7. level off:横ばいになる
8. downturn:下落

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【2009/04/11 18:47 】 | サークル | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - 天国の入口で唱える言葉は・・・?
A woman who died found herself standing outside the Pearly Gates, being greeted by St. Peter.

She asked him, "Oh, is this place what I really think it is? It's so beautiful. Did I really make it to heaven?"

To which St. Peter replied, "Yes, my dear, these are the Gates to Heaven. But you must do one more thing before you can enter."

The woman was very excited, and asked of St. Peter what she must do to pass through the gates.

"Spell a word," St. Peter replied. "What word?" she asked.

"Any word," answered St. Peter. "It's your choice." The woman promptly replied, "Then the word I will spell is love. L-o-v-e."

St. Peter congratulated her on her good fortune to have made it to Heaven, and asked her if she would mind taking his place at the gates for a few minutes while he went to the bathroom.

"I'd be honored," she said, "but what should I do if someone comes while you are gone?"

St. Peter reassured her, and instructed the woman to simply have any newcomers to the Pearly Gates to spell a word as she had done.

So the woman is left sitting in St. Peter's chair and watching the beautiful angels soaring around her when a man approaches the gates. She realizes it is her husband.

"What happened?" she cried, "Why are you here?"

Her husband stared at her for a moment, then said, "I was so drunk when I left your funeral, I was in an accident. And now I am here? Did I really make it to Heaven?"

To which the woman replied, "Not yet. You must spell a word first."

"What word?" he asked.

The woman responded, "Czechoslovakia."

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【2009/04/09 09:36 】 | 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!
本日は暖かい花曇の春らしい穏やかな気候で絶好の花見日和の中、男女4名の会員が集まり午後2時から約2時間半、熱心に英語の学習に取り組んだ。

そんな中「エッセーを読む」のコーナーでは、Ms. Zhao Feifei による中国の若者の間で出会いの場として評判を呼んでいる、カードでパーティーゲームを夜毎開催しているナイトクラブについて書かれた "It's Not Just a Game"を取り上げた。

【本日学習した表現】
enthusiast:熱心な人、熱中している人、ファン、熱狂者
civilian:民間人(軍隊や機動隊等に対して)
take~for...:~を ... と間違える
disguise:変装、偽装、偽り、ごまかし
to some extent:部分的に
sociable:社交的な
innovative:刷新的な、革新的な
give away ... : ... をただで人にあげる
give ... a dirty look: ... を非難するような目で見る
give ... a hard time: .... につらくあたる
give one's word~:~を約束する
take on~:~を引き受ける
take a stand:立場を明確にする
take after~:~に似ている
take sides:一方の肩を持つ

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【2009/04/04 20:43 】 | サークル | コメント(0) | トラックバック(0)
American joke - スカートが窮屈すぎて・・・!?
A Summer Skirt Situation...

As the bus stopped and it was her turn to get on, a lovely looking woman became aware that her skirt was too tight to allow her leg to come up to the height of the first step of the bus.

Slightly embarrassed and with a quick smile to the bus driver, she reached behind her to unzip her skirt a little, thinking that this would give her enough slack to raise her leg. She tried to take the step, only to discover that she couldn't.

So, a little more embarrassed, she once again reached behind her to unzip her skirt a little more, and for the second time attempted the step

Once again, much to her chagrin, she could not raise her leg.

With a little smile to the driver, she again reached behind to unzip a little more and again was unable to take the step.

About this time, a large Texan who was standing behind her picked her up easily by the waist and placed her gently on the step of the bus.

She went ballistic and turned to the would-be Samaritan and yelled, "How dare you touch my body! I don't even know who you are!"

The Texan smiled and drawled, "Well, ma'am, normally I would agree with you, but after you unzipped my fly three times, I kinda figured we was friends."

[ Hints for Words ]
Slack:〔ロープなどの〕緩み、たるみ
chagrin:悔しさ、残念さ
ballistic: 〈米俗〉カンカンに怒った
Samaritan: サマリアの、サマリア人[語]の
drawl: 〔母音を伸ばして〕ゆっくり話す
fly: 〔洋服の〕前立て、前チャック

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