超濃縮!やさしい英語会話 (17) Do Your Homework!

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8月の5週間は、恒例の「超濃縮!やさしい英語会話」です。この8年間に配信した284本の「やさしい英語会話」よりエピソードを厳選し、毎回4本分を濃縮してお届けします。ナチュラルスピードの会話をスクリプトとともにお楽しみください。

今年の「超濃縮!」も今回が最終回。今回はこの時期にふさわしく(!?)「宿題」の話題をお届けします。本ポッドキャストで宿題の話題といえば、期限を守れず先生に言い訳したり、先延ばしの王様が登場したり、宿題の多い先生にハロウィンに仕返ししたりと、あまりよろしくない例ばかり。現在夏休みの宿題に追われている学生の皆さんは、どうか参考にしないように…!

(初級〜中級)
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[ (117) A Problem with a Student ]

W: Now, Tom, I think we need to talk about your behaviour in my lessons.

M: What have I done this time??

W: Don't talk to me like that, please. Now, I've been worried about you for some time, because you haven't handed any homework in for two weeks.

M: I told you Miss Suzuki: my printer's broken.

W: That's not an excuse. You can use the library's printers.

M: I never have time, though. When I get there it's always shut!

W: Then get there earlier. One missing homework I can deal with, but there are no excuses for two weeks' worth.

M: OK, I'll hand it all in next lesson. I promise.

W: I'll expect it, and if not, then you'll be in detention on Tuesday at lunchtime.

M: Oh, that's too much!

W: The homework isn't the only thing, Tom, and you know it. I can hear you chatting all the way through my lessons.

M: I'm just helping the girl next to me. She doesn't understand anything.

W: Don't lie to me. Last week I distinctly heard talk about football.

M: It's all Melissa's fault, Miss. She always talks to me, and I can't just not reply, can I?

W: I suspect that to be a lie, but I'm planning on talking to Melissa too. So don't think I'm just picking on you. Anyway, whatever you're doing at the back of the classroom there, I know it's not listening to me, because in our last practice exam you got only 30%.

M: I do listen to you. I just find it really hard to understand everything.

W: Do you always copy down what I write on the board? Could you show me your workbook?

M: Oh, um, sorry, I left it in my locker...

W: Then go and get it from your locker.

M: Oh, um, actually I think I left it at home...

W: Tom: If I don't see that workbook full of notes by tomorrow morning, you're in detention!


[ (125) The King of Procrastination ]

W: Hey Ken. I have a question. How do you study so much? You're always busy at work. I'd like to know how to manage my time better.

M: Oh, it's easy. I just procrastinate.

W: What?

M: Yeah. Everyone thinks it's better to get things done quickly. But I just do the opposite. I procrastinate! It works! The day before deadlines I feel that I'm the only one who can handle the pressure. I love that time.

W: I think you're kind of special. Nobody's going to be like you when they procrastinate. They'll panic, and they won't be able to do their best.

M: Well, I'm the King of Procrastination, you know. I can do anything by postponing it. Everyone says "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." But, as Mark Twain said, "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can put off till the day AFTER tomorrow!"

W: Ha ha... Sound's like a lazy guy's strategy! Don't you think you'll lose chances if you don't get things done quickly? It's hard to succeed, you know. If you put things off until the last second, you'll make mistakes.

M: Hey, don't be so hard on me. You haven't listened to my whole story yet. I just procrastinate at night.

W: At night? But you still put things off.

M: No. I just procrastinate till the morning. I'm an early bird. I'm best in the mornings, and that's how I study. I wake up at 5 and get my job done.

W: Oh, that's a SPECIAL kind of procrastination. I HAVE read that studying and working in the morning is really a good way. Maybe I should try it.

M: Yeah. The early bird catches the worm, you know! You can get good ideas in the mornings. Also, the time is limited, so you can feel the time pressure, too.

W: How do you spend your time at night?

M: I just read books for fun, and sleep well. Hey, let's finish working. We have to procrastinate! This work can wait till tomorrow morning. Let's go.

W: Ken, it's still 3 in the afternoon!


[ (218) Homework Stress ]

[ Scene: A late evening in a library ]

M: What's up? You look a little stressed out.

W: I was working on an important report, but then my computer crashed and I lost it all!!

M: Really? Didn't you back up the file?

W: Well, I probably should have, but I never expected my computer to crash. I just bought it last month!

M: Oh, really? You must have picked a bad one then! But, you know, nobody ever expects their computer to crash. It just happens! That's why you're supposed to back up your files!

W: I know, but I just needed to finish it and turn it in today. Then I'd be done with it!

M: Yeah, but now you have to start all over again, don't you?

W: Uhg! Don't remind me! I'll have to stay up all night rewriting it now. And even then I might not be able to finish.

M: It's a lot of work, I'm sure. But at least you remember a bit of what you want to write, so it shouldn't take as long as it did before.

W: Yeah, it'll only take three hours instead of six.

M: Don't be so pessimistic! Worrying about it isn't going to help you any, right?

W: No, it won't, but how am I supposed to NOT worry?

M: I don't know. Just, make a pot of coffee, put on some up-beat, energizing music, and start writing! It'll probably be easier than you think.

W: That's easy for you to say! You're not the one who has to write it.

M: The sooner you start, the sooner you'll finish. And then you can properly relax and not have to worry about it anymore.

W: Alright. That's a good point. Well, wish me luck!

M: Good luck! You're going to need it!


[ (75) Halloween: Trying to Scare the Teacher! ]

M: Hey Becky, what are you going to be for the Halloween party this year?

W: Hmm... I was thinking of dressing up as the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. How about you?

M: I was thinking of being a ghoul.

W: Really? But the party theme this year is fictional characters.

M: Yeah, I know. I'll probably change my costume later to match the theme. I was going to use the ghoul outfit right before the party.

W: For what?

M: If I tell you, you have to join in on my plan, alright?

W: OK, fine. I'm in. What are you thinking of?

M: I think we should scare Mr. Smith. He lives right down the street. We can get him back for all of the detentions and homework he gives us in school.

W: Hmm. Sounds a bit risky. What if he finds out who we are? I think he'll notice since my face is showing. Plus, a queen doesn't exactly look scary!

M: Exactly. I was thinking that we dress up as a ghoul and a werewolf. I have costumes from last year. We can use those.

W: Fine. I guess it's OK, as long as I get to be the ghoul.

[ Knocks on the door. M and W voices sound scary. Smith screams. ]

M: Good evening Mr. Samuel Smith. We have come to free the demons within you.

W: Step forward and we will begin the exorcism. [ M & W voice evil laughs. ]

Smith: Exorcism? What is this nonsense? Take off your masks!

W: These are not masks.

Smith: Of course they are. Take them off or I'll . . .

M: Silence! You shall speak no more. You have been an evil teacher.

W: You give much too much homework. You gave an unfair detention to Kyle last week. You deserve to be. . .

M: Becky. No! Why did you use my name?

Smith: Hey, wait a minute. Kyle and Becky. I KNEW those voices sounded familiar. You will both be in detention for the rest of the semester! Happy Halloween! [ Smith voices an evil laugh ]

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