やさしい英語会話 (274) Memories Make Us Who We Are

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3月は過去の記憶や思い出と向き合う機会が何かと多くなりますね。記憶の一つ一つが私たち自身の一部であることを実感させる季節です。今回の会話では、そんな記憶の不思議について考えてみます。

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(初級〜中級)
*** It's a Good Expression ***
(今回の重要表現)

being
存在,本質

(to) amount to
と等しい、になる

(to) shape
形作る

(to) hurt
痛む

scent
香り

memory trigger
記憶の引き金

vivid
鮮明な

a honey-scented candle
蜂蜜の香りのキャンドル

(wedding) reception
結婚披露宴

The smell of spilt beer overpowered her pretty little candles.
こぼれたビールのにおいが、彼女の小さなキャンドルを圧倒した。

Gross.
気持ち悪い

amnesia
記憶喪失

(to) be dependent on
に依存している

theoretically
理論上は

as opposed to Hollywood's depiction
ハリウッド映画での描かれ方とは反対に

retrograde amnesia
逆行性健忘


*** Script ***
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.

(Written by Stella-Maree Trounson)

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