やさしい英語会話 (283) There's Not Much Baseball in Australia

Posted by: huepod





今月の「やさしい英語会話」では、オーストラリアに関する話題をお届けします。今回はオーストラリアで人気のスポーツについてのエピソードです。

オーストラリアと言えば、野球やサッカーの代表戦でたびたび日本の強敵として立ちはだかってきた国。でも、これらのスポーツはこの国で特に人気が高いわけではなさそうです。オーストラリアで最も人気があるのは、日本ではあまり知られていないあのスポーツだそうです…。

(初級〜中級)


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

AFL
= Australian Football League

cricket
クリケット

rather
少し、かなり

protective gear
プロテクター

blokes
= (イギリス・オーストラリア)guys

(to) consist of
構成する

potentially
もしかすると

(to) go on
続く

*** Script ***

There's Not Much Baseball in Australia

M: So, we finally get to see a Carp game! Are you excited?

W: Yeah! I've never seen a baseball game before.

M: Really!? Never?

W: Yeah, it's not really popular in Australia.

M: Then, what is popular in Australia?

W: Football. And we have rugby and AFL. Everyone loves a good game of footy. And cricket. I think it's more fun to play; it's rather boring to watch.

M: What do you mean by football? American football or European football?

W: We call European football "soccer." Our football is like American football, I guess. But our players don't wear the huge shoulder pads and protective gear. They're tougher than the American blokes.

M: That sounds a bit dangerous. Then, what about cricket?

W: I always assumed it was a little like baseball. Someone throws a ball, someone hits the ball with a bat, and lots of other people try and catch it.

M: Is that all you know about baseball?

W: Yes.

M: OK, so, baseball is divided into sections called innings. Each inning involves both teams batting and fielding. And the game consists of at least nine innings.

W: "At least" nine innings?

M: If the teams are tied after the ninth inning, the game continues.

W: So, the game could potentially go on for a long while?

M: Yeah, don't worry too much, though. The game is pretty entertaining. So I think you'll enjoy it.

W: Alright then, let's get this party started!... When does the game start?

M: In about an hour.

W: Ugghh, then I'm going to get some food.

(Written by Stella-Maree Trounson)

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