やさしい英語会話 (343) New Year's German Style

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明けましておめでとうございます!2020年がリスナーの皆様にとって素晴らしい年でありますようお祈りいたします。

新年第1回は「やさしい英語会話」をお届けします。先々週に引き続き、ドイツの新年の過ごし方を覗いてみましょう。

【お知らせ】Hiroshima University's English Podcastの1月の配信スケジュールは以下の通りです。
1/1 やさしい英語会話
1/7 アメリカ★は愉快だ
1/14 ドラマで英語を学ぼう
1/21 やさしい英語会話
1/28 やさしい英語会話
 

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

set off fireworks
花火を打ち上げる

against the law
違法である

have a blast
楽しい時を過ごす

raclette
ラクレット(スイスなどで食されているチーズを使った家庭料理)

get plastered
酔っ払う

at midnight
午前0時に

buckwheat noodles
日本そば

in advance
前もって

have a hangover
二日酔いになる


*** Script ***

New Year’s German Style

Situation: Peter and Yuka meet after the winter holiday at university and talk about New Year’s.

M: Happy New Year, Yuka!

W: Happy New Year, Peter!

M: So, where did you celebrate New Year's Eve, Yuka?

W: Where? At my parent’s home, of course. Where else?

M: Didn‘t you go out with friends?

W: Um… No, why should I?

M: In Germany, I always go out with friends for New Year's Eve. We watch the film "Dinner for One", eat raclette, and get plastered! Ha ha. At midnight, we do some fireworks. You don’t do that?

W: Not really. Japanese spend New Year’s with their families. We watch a singing contest on TV, and eat buckwheat noodles. At midnight, the bells of Buddhist temples ring 108 times. A lot of people go to temples that night to pray. If they don’t go on New Year’s Eve, they go the next day, or soon afterwards.

M: I see. What kind of food do they eat on New Year’s in Japan?

W: We try to eat food that should bring good luck. Nowadays, you can buy this food in the supermarket, but my mom prepares it in advance with my grandma. And we children get money as a present!

M: Oh! That’s very different from in Germany! I used to eat together with my family on New Year's Eve. But New Year’s food in Germany has no special meaning. Now on New Year’s Day, I just wanna rest from my hangover! Ha ha! Hey, you don’t shoot off fireworks on New Year’s?

W: No… The time for fireworks is more in the summer.

M: Oh. In Germany, we can only do that on New Year's Eve, because otherwise it’s basically against the law.

W: Against the law in summer? Too bad! Setting off fireworks is a blast!

M: Yeah, Except for New Year’s, when you want to do it in Germany, you usually need official permission.

W: So, what did you do this New Year’s?

M: I watched movies and drank with other foreign students.

W: So, you did it like in Germany, except for the fireworks?

M: Yeah. But I’d also like to do New Year’s the Japanese way!

(Written by Gabriel Germann)

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