文化警察24時 (12) 地上の楽園の神様は?(モルディブ)

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毎月第2週目は「文化警察24時」をお届けします。

リゾート地として人気の高いインド洋に浮かぶ島国・モルディブ共和国。実はこのモルディブ、敬虔なムスリムの国なんです。国の宗教はもちろんイスラム教ですから、外国人の旅行者も現地でのマナーを尊重する必要があります。「郷に入りては郷に従え」の精神を忘れず、モルディブ特有の美しい海と、リゾート地の開放感を楽しみたいものです。

「文化警察24時」は、少し英語が苦手!という皆さんを対象にした、長さもレベルも聞きやすい番組です。しっかり聞いて、しっかり声に出して練習してみましょう。
Culture Cops (12): In the Maldives

Val is working the hotline when a man inquires about his upcoming trip to the Maldives.

M (Thinking to himself): Hmm… where did I put that phone number for the International Culture Cops Information Hotline? (pause) Oh, here it is!

Val: Thank you for calling the International Culture Cops Information Hotline. This is Officer Val. How can I help you?

M: Yes ma'am, my name is Jim, calling from the Florida Keys, USA. I'm a Christian pastor about to travel to the Maldives on vacation. I normally bring my Bible with me everywhere I go, but I've been hearing rumors that this is slightly frowned upon in the Maldives. Is this true?

Val: First off, I'd like to thank you for deciding to call us before your trip. Second, you are absolutely correct; not only is it frowned upon to openly practice any religion other than Islam in the Maldives, it's actually illegal, and subject to fine. So, in order to save yourself from receiving a fine or offending any locals, I recommend that you leave your bible at home.

M: Well, I definitely don't want to hurt anyone's feelings! I'll be sure to take your advice, officer.

Val: Enjoy your stay in the Maldives, sir. I hope you're able to dive right into having a great time!

(Written by Matteen Aminpour)

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