やさしい英語会話 (295) In Germany on a Business Trip

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今回の舞台はドイツのケルン(ドイツ語ではKöln、英語ではCologne)。ケルンといえば、長い歴史を持つケルン大聖堂や、日本人選手が活躍する地元のサッカークラブが有名ですね。その中でも特に有名なのは、ドイツ最大級の規模を誇る、とある冬のイベント。11月11日に始まり、2月にクライマックスを迎える、そのイベントとは何でしょうか…。
(初級〜中級)
*** It's a Good Expression ***
(今回の重要表現)

at a loss for words
言葉を失う

boy
わあ(感嘆詞)

costume
衣装

weird
変な

(to) get off
降りる

beat
疲れた

(a) devil
悪魔

(a) carnival
謝肉祭

dirndl
ダーンドルスカート(オーストリアの民族衣装)


*** Script ***

In Germany on a Business Trip

(Situation: A man is in Cologne, Germany for a business trip. He has taken his wife with him. Before the meeting, they do a little sightseeing.)

M: Boy, Cologne is SO beautiful!

W: Yeah, it really is. Hey, look at that. It's Cologne Cathedral! Incredible… incredible. I love it…Oh, look! there are some clowns in the street….

M: Yea… Why are they wearing such strange costumes…? Anyway, let's take the train.

In the train

W: (whispering) Hey, look at that guy who's sitting in front of us. What a weird hat. And his clothes… and the paint on his face!

M: Yea… Crazy. Oh, we have to get off the train now.

At the hotel

W: Boy, I'm beat. I'm glad we can check in. Ah! Look at the front desk! The front desk clerk is wearing too much makeup—he looks like, a devil! Ha ha.

M: What happened in this town! There are so many strange people. Maybe we should get out here! This place is crazy.

W: Wait! Look at this poster. Today's November 11th, right? Cologne's having a carnival today! So THAT'S why people are wearing such costumes!

M: Oh, the mystery's solved! Hey, let's join the party!

W: Yeah! Let's change our clothes. So, what costume do you want to wear?

M: Hmm… I want to be… a clown. How about you?

W: I want to wear a "dirndl."

M: What's a dirndl?

W: It's a traditional German costume. It's very beautiful!

M: Great! Let's change our clothes and go to the carnival!

W: Hey, aren't you supposed to be here on a business trip?

M: Ah! I totally forgot it!

W: Ah! I'm at a loss for words…

(Written by Mikako Aoyagi)

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