超濃縮!やさしい英語会話 (12) Technology Is Fun

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この番組のメディアであるポッドキャストは、インターネットやデジタルメディアといったテクノロジーを利用しています。今ではスマホなどのモバイル機器で、手軽にお楽しみいただけるようになりました。今年の「超濃縮!やさしい英語会話」のフィナーレとなる今回は、"Technology Is Fun"をテーマに、これまで本ポッドキャストでたびたび取り上げてきましたテクノロジーについての会話を4本選びました。来週から、本ポッドキャストはいよいよSeason 9に突入します。

(初級〜中級)
Buying a Mobile Phone

W: Hi there. Can I help you?

M: Um, yes, I suppose so. I'm looking for a new mobile phone.

W: OK. Well, as you can see, we have a huge range. But first, I need to ask: are you thinking of having a contract or just *pay-as-you-go?

M: Uh… does it matter?

W: If you have a contract then you can get a lot of these phones free with it, but with pay-as-you-go there's a different set of phones.

M: Oh… what would I have to do for a contract?

W: It's easy enough – I can organise it right here in 20 minutes or so. All the contracts are for 12 months at first, and then after that you can cancel it any time you want.

M: Well… actually, I don't think I would use it enough for a contract.

W: The smallest contract we offer is 100 texts and 100 minutes a month for £10.

M: No, I think I'll go with just paying for what I use.

W: Alright. Well, here is the range of phones we offer for pay-as-you-go. There are the smart phones here, the BlackBerry, and the iPhones―

M: Um, I just want something simple. All I want to do is call people and text people.

W: Well, on this side we have the more traditional-style ones. I can recommend this one especially – it's got Bluetooth, a 9-megapixel camera, a touch-screen, and loads of special features installed, and it comes in six different colours.

M: I… no, I really don't need all the special features, I just want to be able to get in touch with my son.

W: This one's also touch-screen enabled, and you can even do video conferences on it.

M: I think those are a little expensive for me, honestly…

W: This one is a little cheaper and still comes in five colours – and it flips out for a qwerty keyboard.

M: No, I… Don't you have anything that just calls and texts??

(Written by Anna Hill)

Skype: A Great Way to See the World

Situation: Two people on Skype. The woman has just returned from abroad.

W: ... Boy, this Skype is really great, hey?... Anyway, I got back from my trip and immediately became depressed. This place is so boring! And no one is even able to think a little about going to another country!

M: Hmm, what's so depressing about our GREAT school? Also, why don't you just take off to a faraway land?like the kind you just returned from?

W: Well, I've got tons of homework, so I need to stay home a lot, meaning I have no incentive to leave my room whatsoever! And when I do, it's no fun at all. Until I save up enough, I can't go anywhere else, because, well, travelling is not free, or even remotely cheap, you know.

M: Oh, I see. What about quitting your job, staying in bed, and fancying nostalgic memories of your travels? You know, like that guy from Borges' short story, who could remember every single leaf of the tree he saw 20 years ago in all the details?!

W: Ha ha, sounds like a plan! I can cut a hole in my door for food delivery, and spend the rest of my life in this apartment, dropping random objects from the window on the heads of the passing fine-looking citizens. That would be returning my debt to society.

M: Nah, you should emerge from your hermitage in, say, 3 years, and shock the foundations of common sense with obtained wisdom!

W: Guess I will be the one shocked to death at the local asylum!

M: Nah, electricity is expensive these days. They'll just dope you up a bit and put you in a cell.

W: Now THAT'S a positive outlook on life. Anyway, thanks for cheering me up!

M: I'm always here for you. "Here" being on the opposite side of the screen, that is!

W: Ha ha! Yes, let's not forget about that. Though I still find you far more real, warm and fluffy than most of my acquaintances in "the real world".

M: Why, thank you! And see you again soon!

(Written by Dmitry Mamchur)

The Truth about Computers

M: Hi, Tiffany. As a part of your tutoring program, today we're going to talk about computers.

W: Like, Facebook? I have TONS of friends on Facebook! And just as many followers on Tumblr! And don't even get me STARTED on Twitter..

M: Err, no, Tiffany. Those kinds of social networks are a much more advanced topic, though you seem to know a lot about them already. Today we're going to talk about the most basic concept in computer science: how a computer represents information internally.

W: Information? What kind of information?

M: Any kind! What do you have on your computer?

W: I don't know... Is my report about tropical diseases a piece of information?

M: It surely is. Any more examples?

W: Mm.. I guess the photos and videos I took with my fancy new camera are information as well?

M: Precisely. But computer information appears as text, images or video only on the computer's monitor. Inside the computer, the information's stored as a sequence of ones and zeroes: in other words, in binary form.

W: Binary form, riiight. How is my report a bunch of ones and zeroes? There ARE letters in there.

M: Actually, no. Each letter or symbol, such as a smiley face, is just a numeric code. Let's say "A" is 23. And 23 in the binary numeral system is "one zero one one one." So, your report file, in the end, IS a bunch of ones and zeroes.

W: But why can't computers just use letters? It seems MUCH simpler.

M: Sure, much simpler for us, humans. Computers, however, don't understand letters. One or zero is about the only thing a computer can handle. To tell the truth, it's not even one or zero. It's an electrical signal. We call it "one" if it is a particular signal. Otherwise, it's "zero". Everything else is built on the top of this concept.

W: Huh, I guess computers ARE much dumber than they seem!

(Written by Dmitry Mamchur)

Looking for the Right Guy (Part 1)

Girl 1: Hey Lindsey, have you heard of this new app called Tinder?

Girl 2: No, what is it?

Girl 1: WHAAAAT?!?! It's SO popular right now. Basically, it's a dating application where you swipe left if you like their profile, and swipe right if you don't!

Girl 2: Um, I'm not really a fan of these sort of things...

Girl 1: I know, but it's kind of fun to anonymously look at profiles and judge them!

Girl 2: That's insanely shallow.

Girl 1: Come on. Just try it for a few minutes.

Girl 2: You're SO persistent...

(Makes a profile on the application)

Girl 1: Hey, do you think this guy is cute?

Girl 2: Um, no.

Girl 1: Then put your finger on the screen and swipe right!

Girl 2: Ugh...

Girl 1: What about THIS guy?

Girl 2: I'm not really attracted to guys who show off their muscles in a picture. (swipes and keeps swiping for a few seconds) Oh...THIS guy looks like a nice decent guy. It's a picture of him and his family, and his description says that he really likes hiking, playing with animals, and fishing.

Girl 1: SWIPE LEFT THEN!!!! Go on!

(Written by Lauren Johnson)

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