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[ (47) Drinking Parties ]

M: Hey, Inez, how was your weekend?

W: It was OK - I went to a drinking party on Saturday night.

M: A drinking party? You drink a lot?

W: No, I didn't. But my Japanese friends drank a lot of beer. They played some games, and the people who lost had to drink! Sometimes they drank it all in a single gulp. I was really a little surprised. They were really crazy about drinking.

M: I see. Did you hear about the news that a Japanese student in a very famous university died from drinking too much?

W: Oh. That's sad. But I can imagine how much he drank! At drinking parties, Japanese students don't stop drinking until they get badly drunk. Sometimes I just wonder why they have to do that. I don't drink much and I've never been drunk before,so I don't know how it feels to be drunk, but I just wonder why they wanna drink that much.

M: Sometimes, you see, they don't really wanna drink that much, but their friends push them. I think it's peer pressure that makes them have to drink that much.

W: Exactly: peer pressure. But anyway, I didn't drink that much. I just ordered some kind of soft drink with a little alcohol. It wasn't worth it for me, cause I paid 3,000 yen for a drink buffet.

M: Haha, Oh, poor Inez!

W: But that's not the main problem. Maybe because I didn't drink as much as my Japanese friends, I just felt I couldn't get into their talk, and I felt bad that I spent 3,000 yen and didn't like it very much.

M: Hey, Inez, I have a question: why don't you drink just a little beer? I don't think you'll be forced to drink as much as your Japanese friends, so you don't have to worry about it at all. So why not drink just a little?

W: Maybe that's why I didn't have such a good time. I still have the impression that it's not good for girls to drink alcohol.

M: Ho ho. Kind of an old-fashioned idea?

[ (120) The Morning After ]

Scene: In the kitchen.

M: Good morning! Well, you look exactly how I feel!

W: I know. Right. I feel so hungover. How much did we drink last night?

M: I have no idea, but I'll tell you this: I'm not drinking like that again for a long time!

W: What were we even drinking? I remember we started with beers at that one bar, and then we had some whiskey, and then…?

M: Then we went to that new club down the road and had god-knows-how-many shots of sambuca and tequila! Ah! I'm hanging like a bad painting!

W: Here: a nice cup of tea will make us feel much better.

M: And a fry up. Pass me the bacon and eggs, would you?

W: So, do you remember getting with that girl last night?

M: What!?

W: Yeah, you went outside and were chatting with that girl for ages. The next thing I knew, you were all over each other! You two were really going for it!

M: Oh, my gosh. I remember her!

W: And you spilled so many of your drinks last night!

M: So THAT explains why my shirt is so wrecked.

W: And one girl almost slapped you when you nearly threw up on her shoes!

M: Are you serious!? OK, so, let's not go back there for a while!

W: You were such a mess!

M: Oh no! And my bike's still outside that bar!

W: Yeah, you tried to ride it back home but fell off into the bushes and we had to carry you home.

M: What is my problem!? And why do I do this every time I have to write an essay!

W: Isn't it due in tomorrow?

M: I know, and I haven't even started!

[ (172) Which Beer Is Best? ]

M: [Sigh] I miss drinking beer in the US.

W: Why? You don't like the beer here?

M: No. I DO. It's just... Japanese beer all seems very light and refreshing. Don't get me wrong, Asahi, Sapporo, Kirin are definitely good. It's just, sometimes, I miss the VARIETY of beer in America.

W: Really? Because I've heard that American beer isn't all that great.

M: Well, we definitely have some bad national brands, but we also have a lot of great local brews. And if American beer is not what you're into, in the US it's extremely easy to get your hands on pretty much any beer you want-German, Belgian, African, Indian, even Japanese!

W: Well, is there any other discontent you would like to express today?

M: Well, actually... I don't understand canned beer in Japan.

W: What? Canned beer?

M: Pretty much any beer worth drinking in the States comes in a bottle or is on tap. It's kind of rare to drink canned beer, unless you're at a college party, or just running low on money. Especially I miss beer on tap.

W: You mean when they pull the handle and it comes out of the spout, right?

M: Exactly!

W: You can definitely find that in bars in Japan.

M: Yes, but they have tap beer in most restaurants in America, and they usually have about five different varieties. One of the bars in my university's city has 50 different beers on tap, and rotates them daily!

W: Every day new kinds of beer? Wow, that seems a little excessive.

M: Probably so, but at least there is no lack of options.

W: So, you don't want another beer is what I'm hearing?

M: Oh no, no, no. Wait, wait! I never said that!

W: But it's in a can and everything.

M: Hey, beer is beer!

[ (268) A Great Drink ]

A Great Drink

Situation: At a party. Greg is acting quite drunk. Maria is not.

W: Hey Greg. How's it going?

M: Hey, Maria. I'm great! Isn't this party awesome?

W: Yeah, it's not bad. You seem to be having a great time!

M: Oh yeah, I'm having a blast! I was just chasing the chickens around the garden! It was great!

W: You what? The chickens?

M: Oh yeah, I felt like doing something crazy. Before that I played beer pong with Charlie -- he kicked my ass. But it was great fun.

W: Oh, so you're drinking tonight?

M: Yeah, I managed to score this bottle of wine -- took it from my parent's alcohol stash!

W: You're drinking wine? Wow! I love wine too, although I prefer red wine.

M: Mmm, well, this white wine is good stuff too! So fruity! So gooood!

W: You've drunk a lot already, huh?

M: Yeah, it's absolutely delicious! I don't know what it is exactly, though, because the label is all in French. But it IS good stuff. And strong! I am really feeling it!

W: Hmm, I think I've had this drink before, actually.

M: You have? I've never heard of it before! Where did you have it?

W: At my little sister's 7th birthday party. This isn't wine, Greg … it's apple juice!

M: Ugh … what??

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