やさしい英語会話 (281) Strange Idioms (1)

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日本語と同様、英語にも変わったイディオムがあります。こうしたイディオムは会話の中で少し使ってみるだけでも表現の幅が広がります。今週と来週は、そんな英語の面白いイディオムを紹介していきます。

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

*番組冒頭に登場したイディオム
The ball is in your court.
Actions speak louder than words.
(to) beat around the bush

bugs


What made you ask that?
なんでそんなこと聞くの?(驚き)

(to) have butterflies in one's stomach
緊張している(be nervous)

a saying
言い回し、ことわざ

funny
具合が悪い、変な(strange)

(to) be trapped
捉えられる

weird
気味が悪い


*** Script ***

Strange Idioms (1)

M: Charlotte, do you eat bugs in England?

W: No way! What made you ask that?

M: Well, I heard Betty saying she ate butterflies the other day.

W: She said she ate them? That's weird! … Oh, I think I know! Did she say, by chance, that she had butterflies in her stomach?

M: Yeah, I think that was it!

W: Ha ha! Well, that doesn't mean she actually has butterflies in her stomach! It's an idiom. It's pretty common. It just means that she's nervous.

M: Oh, that makes more sense! So, it didn't actually have anything to do with bugs?

W: No, it's just a saying. You know: when you're nervous, and your stomach feels funny, like there's something moving inside it!

M: Ah! So she felt like she had little butterflies trapped in her stomach? Because she was nervous?

W: Yep, that's right! It's quite a funny thing to hear if you don't know what it actually means, isn't it?

M: Yeah, I was really confused!

W: Do you have any similar expressions in Japanese?

M: Well, when you really want something so bad, you can say: "nodo kara te ga deru"

W: Does that mean you have a hand coming out of your mouth?

M: Yes, that's right!

W: That IS so weird! What a strange image!

M: Ha ha. Now that I think about it, it IS quite weird! Not something you'd actually want to see in real life. Are there any other interesting English idioms you can think of?

(Written by Anna Mace)

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