超濃縮!やさしい英語会話 (20) Science Is Fun

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8月の4週間は、恒例の「超濃縮!やさしい英語会話」です。この10年間に配信した310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。今回は、動物や人の記憶など、科学を中心としたエピソードを集めました。

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[ (168) Cockroaches ]

Situation: A married couple in the kitchen.

M: Die, die, die! Oh, God, please, just die already!

W: I see you have your own special way of preparing breakfast?

M: A cockroach! Huge! Under that cup. It appeared out of nowhere when I was mixing eggs and milk, and it ran straight for me!

W: Why are you offering it an empty cup? Tea would do better. Or coffee! I've heard they just LOVE fresh cappuccino in the early mornings!

M: Well, all I have to offer it is a good stomping, with available tableware. It took, like, 3 hits for it to stop moving. Monsters!

W: I bet you missed the first two times. Cockroaches can do 25 cm per second, you know.

M: It's 30, not 25. And I know when I hit something with a cup… Yaiks! It's still alive!

W: This is one die-hard fella. Looks like it's two-thirds were chewed off by something. And you call IT a monster?

M: I can't take it anymore. We have to move.

W: Huh, why? You mean, because of the bugs?

M: Those are cockroaches. Bugs are cute lovable creatures, flying from flower to flower around on a sunny summer day. Cockroaches are despicable monsters with hairy legs, sniffing around the kitchen, jumping at you from the sink in the morning, and leaving their disgusting egg cases all over the place!

W: Um… I think you're overreacting. The other day I saw lovely Madagascar cockroaches at the pet store. They can drink beer twice their weight, increasing in volume right in front of your eyes! And guess what - they can hiss!

M: What? Hey, was that their hissing I heard in the middle of last night?

W: Well, how should I put it... Yes. They were just 100 yen each! I got 5.

M: Ah!!!!

[ (236) The Excitement of a Zoo ]

M: Finally, we made it to the zoo! I wanna go see the T-Rex exhibit first!

W: Robbie, how many times do I have to tell you: dinosaurs went extinct millions of years ago. There're no T-Rexes in the zoos.

M: And how many times do I have to tell YOU that that's just a government conspiracy fabricated to keep people from using dinosaurs as weapons.

W: (Puts her palm over her face and sighs) OK, Robbie, OK. I believe you. Just stop talking about it already. I actually wanted to enjoy this trip to the zoo, and you're making that pretty difficult.

M: Hey look! Lions!

(Robbie grabs Regina's hand and makes a dash for the lion enclosure.)

M: Wow! Lions are awesome!

W: (giggling) I'm glad to see you've taken interest in an animal that actual exists.

M: I always wished I could've been raised by lions. Living in the mountains, living off nothing but the flesh and blood of rhinos!

W: Um, I don't think that's where or how lions live, Robbie. (Regina looks down at her phone to distract herself from how badly this date is going. Regina then looks up.)

W: Hey Robbie what do you think of--. (Robbie is no where to be found.)

W: Robbie? Robbie?! Where are you?

(A few seconds later)

M: I'm over here, Regina!

(Regina looks over to see Robbie cuddling with one of the lions within the enclosure.)

W: WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN THE LION ENCLOSURE ROBBIE!? THATS SUPER DANGEROUS!

M: Just following my heart Regina, just following my heart.

[ (274) Memories Make Us Who We Are ]

M: Don't you find it funny how everything we are-- our entire lives, personalities and being-- amounts to our memories?

W: What do you mean?

M: If you really think about it, the things that have shaped our personalities are all in the past. So it's the experiences and the memory of those experiences.

W: You're making my head hurt…

M: Did you know that scent is one of the most powerful memory triggers? Sometimes when you smell something it brings back really vivid memories. Try this, for example.

W: (sniffs) It's a honey-scented candle?

M: Yeah. Does it remind you of anything?

W: Ah! Your parents' wedding! Your mum had those burning when she was getting ready. She told us that she had to smell as beautiful as she looked!

M: Yeah, but that didn't last long into the reception, though. I'm pretty sure the smell of spilt beer overpowered her pretty little candles.

W: Ha ha. Gross. Then what about amnesia? If all that we are is dependant on our memories, then if I get amnesia tomorrow then I won't be the same person I am today?

M: Hmm, I guess theoretically that's true. But I'm not entirely sure. I do know, however, that as opposed to Hollywood's depiction, the most common form of amnesia is retrograde amnesia, which means people can't create any new memories.

W: Oh, wow… Hey, I knew a joke about amnesia once, but I've forgotten it.

Both: Hahaha.


[ (294) What Happens When a Person Sneezes? ]

M: Achoo! Excuse me.

W: Bless you, Yuki.

M: Ble…? What do you mean, Emma?

W: Oh, you don't know? Usually, we say "God bless you," or "Bless you," when someone sneezes. I heard that people used to believe that when you sneeze your soul might shoot out of you, and then the devil could get in your body. So, we say "God bless you," in order to protect you from evils.

M: I see. Thank you. Hey, there's a similar thought in Japan. People here used to think we lose our souls when someone takes our pictures. Also, they thought that the person who appeared in the center of a photo was going to die earlier.

W: Really? That's interesting. Now Japanese love taking pictures anytime and anywhere!

M: Ha ha… Look at this. This is my friend's Twitter. He posts TONS of pictures. And this is the latest one.

W: Let me see…Oh, my gosh, he's sneezing in the center of the picture!

M: Ha ha… Let's say it together… ready?

Both: Bless you!

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