文化警察24時 (18) 「コロンブスが発見」は間違い!(アメリカ)

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毎月第2週目は「文化警察24時」をお届けします。今回の舞台はアメリカ合衆国。アメリカ大陸を発見した人物として、多くの人が真っ先に思い浮かべるのはクリストファー・コロンブス。でも実はこれは事実ではなかったようです。

「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 (18): In the United States

A teacher is telling his students that Christopher Columbus discovered America, so Val corrects him, saying Columbus only discovered some Caribbean Islands.

M: Alright class: if you'll all please turn your books to page 87, you'll see that Christopher Columbus was the man responsible for discovering America…

Val: Um, excuse me, Mr. Edwards. I was just walking by your classroom and heard you lying to your students.

M: Lying to my students? What gives you the nerve to say that?

Val: Because it's true. Columbus didn't discover America. He really wasn't even that close. The first land that he spotted was the "Blue Mountains" in present-day Jamaica.

M: OK, so if Columbus didn't discover America, why do we celebrate Columbus Day?

Val: Because American's like to take credit for everything!

M: Oh, dear. I just bought this "Columbus in America" pillow. What the heck am I supposed to do with it now?

Val: Here's a crazy thought: Sleep on it!

(Written by Matteen Aminpour)

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