超濃縮!やさしい英語会話 (18) Foreign Cultures

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8月の4週間は、恒例の「超濃縮!やさしい英語会話」です。この10年間に配信した310本の「やさしい英語会話」よりエピソードを厳選し、毎回4本分を濃縮してお届けします。ナチュラルスピードの会話をスクリプトとともにお楽しみください。今回は、外国の文化にかんするエピソードを集めました。
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[ (280) Wedding Presents ]

W: Hey! Are you ready for the wedding next week? It's your first time ever to go to a wedding in New Zealand, right?

M: Yeah. But I don't know how I'm going to afford it; I've spent so much money since I came to New Zealand.

W: What do you mean?

M: Well, John, the groom, and I have become really good friends since, so I just don't know how I'm going to afford "the oiwai."

W: "The oiwai? What's that?

M: The wedding money. I think for John something around 30,000 yen would be suitable.

W: Oh! I see! So in Japan, the 'wedding gift' is a gift of money, the amount for which is determined by your relationship to the couple?

M: Yeah, isn't that not what you do here?

W: Generally not. Usually guests give a wedding gift, something that they think the couple would like, or that symbolises their new life together, or maybe something that they will need and can use when they move in together.

M: What did you get for them?

W: Well, I pre-booked a couples spa treatment for them.

M: Hmm… What should I get them?

W: YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING YET?

M: No…

W: Ugh, grab your coat!

M: Why?

W: I NEED TO TAKE YOU SHOPPING!


[ (286) A Fun Way to Eat in the Philippines ]

Situation: Alex does Skype with Mami, who's in the Philippines

M: Hey, Mami! It's been a while. How are ya? How's the Philippines?

W: Hey, Alex. Nice to hear from you! I'm trying to get used to the dorm life here, but so far so good! The food is great, too. I just learned how to eat with my hands!

M: You eat with your hands? What? Why?

W: Well, they said it makes the food taste better.

M: Really?

W: Yeah! At first I didn't believe it either, but, as it turns out, it's actually true!

M: Well, that's a funny way to start your story, but go on. How's life there?

W: Last week, we had "a boodle fight." There was rice, meat, fish, and vegetables laid on giant banana leaves over a long table. Everybody gathered around the table to basically chow down and devour everything in sight!

M: Really?! Wow. Just to confirm, you DID wash your hands before doing that, yes?

W: Well, of course, duh--. They taught me well. Oh, and you know what else I found out? There were no utensils, nor were there any plates to wash after that. Literally, all the food was wiped out, and we dormers were stuffed. Eating with hands is apparently very practical. Kinda weird, but practical!

M: If I were there, I would've used my hands to stuff my food containers, too, not just my belly. Ha ha. Perfect for breakfast the next morning. Now THAT'S practical!

W: That IS actually a good idea, if you aren't too caught up in the people beside you getting all the good bits first.

M: So THAT'S why it's a fight! Why do we always end up fighting for the things we love? Ha ha.

W: Oh dear, you'll have your boodle too, someday. For now, you better save enough to come visit me!


[ (289) On the Road in Australia ]

Situation: Two friends, an Australian and a European, are in the northern Australian city of Brisbane.

W: All packed! Are we ready to go?

M: Yep! Let's get this Australian road trip started! Hey, where are we going exactly?

W: Well, I was thinking that we'd start by going down to the Gold Coast first. But you better be prepared: Australia isn't as close and connected as Europe is.

M: Europe isn't as close and connected as you might think. We have a lot of open land between towns, too.

W: Oh, fair enough. We'll be driving down the coast for about 12 hours.

M: Twelve hours!?

W: Yeah. It's a big country.

M: But we're still only going to be in the same state aren't we?

W: Yeah, this state I live in is called Queensland, and it's about three times the size of France!

M: Three times bigger than France? Wow, this IS a big country.

W: Yup, let's go driving!

(Gets in car, car starts)

M: Hey, YOU'RE DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!

W: What!? No, I'm not!

M: YES, YOU ARE!

W: We drive on the left side in Australia.

M: WHY? Ah, I can't take this at the moment. Let me take a little nap. Wake me up when we arrive somewhere.

W: OK then, but I need my driving music… "I hoped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan…" (Plays "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus)


[ (295) 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…

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