文化警察24時 (19) ナンバープレートで渋滞解決?(フィリピン)

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毎月第2週目は「文化警察24時」をお届けします。今回の舞台はフィリピンの首都・マニラ。この街は、アジア屈指の交通事情の悪さに悩まされています。大きな経済損失を出している渋滞の解決に向けて当局が目をつけたのは、車のナンバープレート(license plate)でした…。

「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 (19): In the Philippines

Val pulls a man over because his license plate ends in the number 2 and he is driving on a Monday in Manila. Plates ending in 1 or 2 on Mon,, 3 or 4 Tues., 5 or 6 on Wed., 7 or 8 on Thurs., 9 or 0 on Fri. are forbidden from driving on certain roads lessen traffic jams.

Val: (speaking loudly as if using a microphone) Sir, please pull over to the right shoulder of the road, and turn your engine off. (PAUSE)

Val: Good day, sir. Are you aware of why you were pulled over today?

M: Actually, I have no idea why you pulled me over today, ma'am. But I'd love to find out.

Val: I pulled you over today because your car's license plate ends in the number 2, and yet you're driving on a Monday!

M: Is there something against that?

Val: There sure is! Due to heavy traffic in Manila, cars whose license plates end in a 1 or 2 are forbidden from driving on major roads on Mondays. Similar rules take place for other numbers on other days of the week.

M: Really? That law sounds a little stupid. Are you sure you aren't pulling my leg officer?

Val: No sir. Val never lies. The law was made to help prevent massive traffic jams. Now, get to work before I have to… Oh! Where is he? He's gone!

(Written by Matteen Aminpour)

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