やさしい英語会話 (306) Families Are Close in the Philippines

Posted by: huepod





家族についての考えは文化によってさまざま。今回は、フィリピンの人にとって家族はどのようなものか見てみましょう。遠く離れた家族と長電話…そんな光景は、フィリピンの人にとっては自然なことのようですね。
*** It's a Good Expression ***
(今回の重要表現)

weird
変な

manage to do
なんとか〜する

Don't be too technical.
技術の話をしてるんじゃないよ。

on a daily basis
毎日

run out of
〜がなくなる

odd
変な

literally
文字通り

It's not that I have a choice.
選択の余地があるわけではない。

part of my routine
日課

We're all updated.
私たちは互いの最新状況がわかっている

They worry themselves sick about you.
彼らはあなたのことをめちゃくちゃ(病的なまでに)心配する

(a) remedy
救済策

super clingy
人に超べったりの

bother
悩ませる

I'm off.
行かなきゃ。

any minute now
今にも

***Script***

Families are Close in the Philippines

M: Hey, I have a question. How come I see you every day talking to your parents on the phone?

W: Well, isn't that a weird question to ask?

M: Nooo. I'm just curious how you can manage to do that! It's like, you've been separated by miles and miles, and it's like you've never left them at all!

W: That's probably because we have Internet connection at home, and I have it too here in Japan?

M: Yeah, I know. Don't be too technical! Now I'm starting to get confused about the whole point of this conversation. Where was I? Oh, right, let me rephrase: how do you find the time to talk to them on a daily basis and not run out of things to say?

W: You ARE an odd one, aren't you? They basically know everything that's going on in my life now. That's why I don't get homesick like the other students. I don't have time to miss them 'cause I literally "see" them every day.

M: And you think that's good? Not missing them?

W: It's not that I have a choice. It's already part of my routine. We're all updated, and I think that's alright. This is how Filipino parents do it. They worry themselves sick about you, and the only remedy is to call. We're super clingy, to say the least.

M: That's not normal for me. The longest I've talked to my folks was a three-minute voice call asking them to send more money. Ha ha!

W: Oh, sure, and when something happens that reminds you of home, you get sad quickly.

M: That is... PARTLY true. But Japanese families don't talk so much. So it doesn't really bother me.

W: I see. Anyway, I'm off! They're gonna call any minute now! Bye!

M: OK!... Uh, I should go too, I suppose. (dials phone) Yo, Mom? What's up?

(Written by Bea Jianne Roque)

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