やさしい英語会話 (310) Spike the Stag Beetle

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夏の昆虫採集の定番といえばカブトムシとクワガタムシ(stag beetle)。日本では昆虫の王様として親しまれていますが、欧米では他の昆虫と同様にあまり好まれていないようです。そんな彼らの評価を変えたかもしれないのが、昨年話題になった「絵を描くクワガタ」スパイクくん。このスパイク画伯が角でペンをにぎって書いた絵は、なんとオークションで高額で落札されたとか!

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

Gross
(間投詞)おえっ。気持ち悪い。

No way!
やめて!ムリ!

Don't knock it til you try it.
食わず嫌いはダメだよ。(til=till)

(to) count as
...とみなす

creepy
ぞっとする、きもい

weird
ぞっとする、きもい(=gross, creepy)

stupid
マヌケな、バカらしい

sort of
ちょっと(kind of)

(a) personality
性格

(to) hang out
お出かけする

That's the spirit!
そうこなくっちゃ!

Drinks are on me!
お酒は僕がおごってあげよう!

***Script***
Spike the Stag Beetle

M: Oh, man… Hina, I really miss having a pet. Back in America I've got a dog, but my apartment here in Japan doesn't allow them! And fish are so boring…

W: Hmm… How about a stag beetle?

M: Ew, gross! No way!

W: Hey, don't knock it til you try it, Chad! When I was little, I had a pet stag beetle. They're very easy to care for.

M: Awe, come on, bugs don't count as pets. They're so… creepy.

W: Those weird hairless cats are creepy, too! And anyway, haven't you seen those photos and videos of Spike the Stag Beetle? His owner is American, like you!

M: Not all Americans know each other! Why would I know about a stupid bug?

W: Hey, he's a special bug. His owner just places him on a piece of paper and gives him a marker, and he makes art! Some of his pieces have sold for nearly 15,000 yen!

M: What? I don't believe that! Who would pay for "art" made by a bug? … Crazy people, that's who!

W: Well, I think it's cool.

M: Even if Spike makes "art," he's still a creepy bug. Bugs are NOT pets.

W: I disagree, at least when it comes to stag beetles. Stag beetles are sort of like tiny dogs; they all have a personality, and like to hang out with their owners! When I was a kid, I would put mine on my shoulder when I watched TV.

M: Umm… I guess having a pet bug WOULDN'T be so bad…

W: Yeah, that's the spirit!

M: I could use mine to make art to sell! From now on, drinks are on me!

W: Wait, no! That wasn't the point of…

(Written by Jazmin Boulton)

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