やさしい英語会話 (279) American High Schools

Posted by: huepod





アメリカのハイスクールといえば、映画やドラマでもおなじみですね。日本の高校と同じように様々なタイプの生徒がいて、なかなか面白い世界のようです。そんなハイスクールの面白さが生き生きと伝わってくるような、スラングも交えた会話をお届けします。

(初級〜中級)

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

Mean Girls
『ミーン・ガールズ』(2004年公開のアメリカの学園映画)

High School Musical
『ハイスクール・ミュージカル』(2006年放映のアメリカのテレビ映画)

representation
象徴

Where on earth...
いったいどこで...

how come
どうして(why)

in a sense
ある意味で

metaphorically speaking
たとえて言えば

somewhat
ちょっと

hot stuff
(俗語)イケてる部類

(to) own the whole school
学校全体を思いのままにする

jocks
(俗語)運動部の選手
※アメフト部など、最も人気の高い運動部に所属している選手のこと。しばしば「頭は弱いが運動能力は高い」というステレオタイプを伴う。アメリカのハイスクールで彼らの対極的存在とされているのはnerds(おたく、ガリ勉、文化系など)。

stereotype
典型的イメージ

Dang.
ちぇっ。

uneventful
平穏な

desperately
必死に

American high schools ARE a dramatic mess of broken teenage dreams and raging hormones!
アメリカのハイスクールは、打ち砕かれた十代の夢と、たぎるホルモンにあふれた、それはもう混沌たるドラマの舞台だよ。


*** Script ***

American High Schools

Situation: An Japanese girl and American guy are walking..

W: So, I heard that the movies Mean Girls and High School Musical are actual representations of high school life back in the United States.

M: (Drops books) Where on earth did you hear that?

W: The Internet, and the movies.

M: How embarrassing! Please believe it when I say that we don't run around singing musicals in between classes, and cliques aren't anything like those in Mean Girls.

W: Really? Then how come they are so popular?

M: Oh no… because, in a sense, metaphorically speaking, it is somewhat accurate.

W: So, it isn't true, or it is?

M: It's… how should I explain? It CAN be true, because there are a few students who think they are hot stuff and try to own the whole school. But mostly it's false because high school life is a lot more boring. Just normal classes.

W: So there aren't cliques?

M: Uh, there ARE cliques, but nobody really cares about anything or anyone outside of their clique.

W: And the whole jock and cheerleader stereotypes aren't true?

M: No, they aren't true.

W: Huh, I thought they were. Dang, I thought high school in America would be a lot more interesting!

M: Nope. Boring. Very boring and uneventful.

W: I think you're hiding some facts from me!

M: I'm just desperately trying to hide the fact that… um, yes, American high schools ARE a dramatic mess of broken teenage dreams and raging hormones!

(Written by Lauren Johnson)

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