やさしい英語会話 (318) A Merry Christmas Together

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Merry Christmas from Joe and Kei, to our listeners!

今回はいわゆる倦怠期を迎えた夫婦のクリスマスの会話です。でもひょっとしたら、これも一つの幸せのかたちなのかも知れませんね…。家族がお互いの素敵なところを発見できる、そんな年末のひとときにしたいものです。皆様のクリスマスが楽しいものとなりますように!

*Questions from Our Listenersのコーナーは、来年1月第2週より再開します!
 
*** It's a Good Expression ***
(今回の重要表現)

modest
控えめな

I gotta
= I must

a convincing excuse
もっともらしい言い訳

at the last moment
直前に、間際に

In that way, you can avoid crowds!
そうすることで、混雑を避けられるからね!
※ここでのyouは人々一般を指す。

in advance
前もって

a 40-meter high goat
高さ40mのヤギ

I bet somebody would make a fire around YOU in Sweden…
スウェーデンなら、きっと誰かがお前のまわりに火をつけるだろうよ。
※I bet...は「きっと〜だろう」

I wonder if they can burn HIM too!
あの人も燃やしてくれないかしら!

set fire to
に火をつける

*** Script ***

A Merry Christmas Together?
Situation: After many years of marriage, a couple has gotten bored with each other.

M: Well, it’s Christmas Eve!... Hey, I had a really crazy dream last night.

W: Oh, what happened?

M: I dreamed that I bought you a modest gift for Christmas, and, surprisingly, you were delighted with it!

W: Oh, your gift is NOT very special?? So, have you actually already bought the gift for me?

M: (Off to the side) Oh oh. I gotta come up with a convincing excuse…

M: Um… Gifts should be bought at the last moment. In that way, you can avoid crowds! You know, there are just too many people who want to buy their gifts in advance!

W: (Off to the side) Hmm… He has the same BAD excuse every year…

W: Well, OK…

M: Hey, you know, Christmas used to be a holiday of peace and goodness, until someone thought of giving presents.

W: Yeah. Giving presents is NOT the only Christmas tradition. For example, I heard that every year on Christmas Eve in a small town in Sweden, they build a 40-meter high goat—a goat made of straw. Then they burn it!

M: (off to the side) Ha ha… I bet somebody would make a fire around YOU in Sweden…

W: (off to the side) I wonder if they can burn HIM too!

W: And, I heard that Guatemalans on Christmas Eve set fire to a statue of the devil.

M: (off to the side) Forget about Sweden. Somebody in Guatemala will make the fire around her!

M: Hey, our family also has some traditions. Do you remember our first Christmas together? It was 25 years ago…

W: Of course, I do. You were in the same suit as now!

(Written by Elena Vlatckaia)

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