やさしい英語会話 (261) Ohkunoshima in the Seto Inland Sea

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前回はこわいスズメバチのお話でしたが、今回の会話ではかわいい動物、ウサギが登場します。

舞台は広島県竹原市、瀬戸内海に浮かぶ大久野島。戦前は毒ガス製造工場があった大久野島ですが、戦後はリゾート地として生まれ変わり、近年では「ウサギの島」として国外からも観光客を集める人気スポットになりました。

会話では、男女が大久野島でのデートを計画していますが、男性は動物がちょっと苦手な様子。果たしてどんなデートになるのでしょうか…?
(初級〜中級)
*** It's a Good Expression ***
(今回の重要表現)

upset
取り乱して

an obsession
執着

to defecate
ふんをする

komodo dragon
コモドオオトカゲ
※日本では人に害を与える恐れのある「特定動物」に指定されており、komodo dragon cafeは実際には存在しない。

The list goes on!!
リストは続くよ(まだまだあるよ)。

I don't get it.
意味がわからない。

to keel over
死ぬ、くたばる ※くだけた表現なので使用に注意。

to drool
よだれを垂らす

fur
毛皮

summoned from the underworld
地獄から召喚された


*** Script ***

Ohkunoshima, in the Seto Inland Sea

W: Hey, wanna go on a date this weekend? I was thinking Bunny Island would be fun and interesting.

M: Bunny? ISLAND?

W: Yea!

M: Is this another one of those cat island things?

W: No… because this time it's an island full of bunnies!

M: AN ISLAND FULL OF BUNNIES? WHY!? WHY IS THAT EVEN A THING?!?

W: Honey, why are you so upset?

M: BECAUSE. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY JAPAN HAS THIS OBSESSION WITH THESE SORTs OF THINGS. Bunny Islands, Cat islands, Deer Islands, monkey islands…. cat cafes, OWL cafes! When we went to one of those, the owl defecated all over my new shirt.

W: Ha ha. He was just scared…

M: Next thing you know there are going to be komodo dragon cafes, and alligator cafes, and lion cafes, and unicorn cafes. The list goes on!

W: Actually, I heard there IS going to be a komodo dragon cafe opening up in Osaka next month!

M: Ah! I don't get it.

W: There is nothing to get. Just come with me to Bunny Island and all your worries and stresses will disappear!

(They arrive on Bunny Island. Bunnies are hopping around them.)

W: Oh my goodness, honey, look at this one. It's so cute!!

M: Uh…please don't touch it. It looks like it's about to keel over anytime now.

W: Stop being so mean. It's not going to die.

M: It's drooling from the mouth and has no fur and is missing a leg! It looks like it was summoned from the underworld. It looks like it's already dead!

W: Hey, let's take it home, then, and make it feel better!

M: Um… it's either me, or the bunny!

(Written by Lauren Johnson)

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