やさしい英語会話 (216) Christmas and KFC

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Merry Christmas! 先週に引き続き、クリスマスの話題をお届けします。

さて、白いお髭のおじさんで有名なこの食べ物、日本ではすっかりクリスマスの風物詩になっていますね。この季節になるとお店に行列ができるほどの人気ぶりです。でも、実は「クリスマスにフライドチキン」は日本独特の習慣であることをご存知でしたか?実際、日本での人気を興味深く眺めているこのような記事も出ているほど。

会話では、日本でフライドチキンが人気なのに対し、スカンジナビアの人々がクリスマスに食べる料理の話も出てきます。国や文化によって祝い方は異なっても、世界中の人が幸せを分かち合う季節。どうかリスナーの皆様にとっても、すてきなクリスマスとなりますように!

※パソコンのブラウザでお聞きの方は、下に表示されている緑色のプレーヤーで、セクション単位での頭出し・巻き戻しができます。
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(18:49 9.2MB 初級〜中級)
*** It's a Good Expression ***
(今回の重要表現)

the States
=the United States of America

afterwards
その後で

Scandinavian
スカンジナビア人(ノルウェー、デンマーク、スウェーデン、フィンランドの人々)

[地名・国名の形容詞形] + heritage
遺産、伝統、先祖

Lutefisk
ルーテフィスク(スカンジナビア地方のタラ料理)

gross
気持ち悪い(disgusting)

drown the fish with butter
魚をバターに浸す(soak the fish in butter)

stereotype
固定概念(set idea)

is not inaccurate
= accurate
※二重否定

to start off with
まず(first)

barely
ほとんど〜ない(almost never, hardly, scarcely)
※barelyは「かろうじて」と「ほとんど〜ない」の2つの意味がある。


*** Script ***
(Slow speed) 03:00-05:40
(Natural speed) 13:30-15:25

Christmas and KFC

Situation: A Japanese woman talks with an American man.

M: Hey, what are you doing for Christmas?

W: I'm going on a date with my boyfriend!

M: Oh! You're not going to spend Christmas with your family?

W: No, why?

M: Huh, that's interesting. Is that normal in Japan?

W: I mean, yeah, I guess. Do you not spend Christmas with your girlfriend in America?

M:  Oh wow! I see! No, of course not! In the States it's normal to spend time with your family.

W: Eehhh! What do you usually do?

M: Well, we have Christmas dinner and open up presents afterwards. My family has Scandinavian heritage, so we eat Lutefisk every year.

W: What's lutefisk?

M: It's basically cod that has been soaked in lye. It looks and smells gross, but it tastes amazing… especially when you drown it with butter.

W: That sounds disgusting. I thought Americans ate KFC for Christmas.

M: (sighs) That's only a stereotype, which is funny because there's a stereotype that Japanese have KFC on Christmas.

W: (laughs) The lines ARE pretty long on Christmas Day, so the stereotype isn't inaccurate.

M:  Do you know why it's so popular?

W: Not exactly. I think it's because we thought that Americans ate it every year.

M:  Huh. I see. Well, we barely eat KFC to start off with. It's not even that popular back in the US. Anyways, what do you and your boyfriend plan on doing for dinner?

W: (Embarrassed) Um. Wait in line for their Christmas special!

(Written by Lauren Johnson)

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