異文化ディスカッション (81) University Life

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今回から3回にわたり、2人のゲストに登場してもらいます。タイ出身のクリット、そして前回のCultural Frictionに引き続きパーリーンです。今回の話題は「日本の大学生活」。

「異文化ディスカッション」では、広島大学に学ぶ留学生をゲストに招き、東広島での学生生活や、身近な話題について、英語で話してもらいます。

聞き手:Joe Lauer(広島大学外国語教育研究センタ―)

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University Life

IGS
= Hiroshima University’s Integrated Global Studies program. (Note: Classes are, in principle, conducted only in English in this four-year program.)

linguistics
= the study of languages

the million dollar question
= the most important question. (Note: This well-known expression comes from the idea that, on a quiz show, if you answer the most important question correctly, then you win $1,000,000.)

visible
= noticeable

minority
= 少数派

to research
= 研究する

class participation
= students attending class, and especially students speaking during class

to focus on
= to concentrate on

like
= um (Note: This is a word which people often use in their sentences to give themselves time to think about what they are saying. In formal talks it should be avoided, but in casual conversation it is very natural.)

a whole bunch of
= a lot of (Note: very common in casual conversations)

assignments
= homework

the earlier stages
= the earlier parts, especially elementary school

studying is prioritized
= studying is put first, the most important thing

to be humble
= to be reserved, 遠慮する

It depends on
= 〜によると

If it comes to
= Concerning, Related to…

a sophomore
= a second-year university student

grade 10 or 11
= in the first or second year of high school

anxiety
= worries

to blend in
= to match, to learn how to obey the rules

papers
= 手続きの書類

beforehand
= in advance

to take ~ seriously
= to consider and handle (something) seriously

to fail
= しくじる

Oh my god!
= Oh no! Help me!

to figure it out
= to solve (a problem)

totally
= completely

to ask for advice
= 助言を求める

to get use to 〜
= to become accustomed to (something), 慣れる

a grade
= 成績

to put (one’s) switch on
= to stop relaxing and to start using energy

the nuts and bolts
= the basics (Note: This is also a famous expression, referring to ナット and ボルト—basic things needed to build complex things. Example: “You’ve gotta learn the nuts and bolts of grammar.”)

to have ~ in common
= to have the same interests

a faculty
= a part of a university, 学部、

exhausted
= tired (from a lot of work)

a term
= an 8-week period of time equal to half a semester. (Note: Hiroshima University changed to a term system a couple of years ago.)

もったいない
= In English, this means “It’s a waste.”

juniors
= 後輩 (Note: Actually this is NOT proper formal English. The correct term is “younger students”. 先輩 is “older students.” But when living in countries such as Australia and Canada, age is not so important, so the best expression to refer to these ideas is “other students.”)

to skip classes
= サボる

unintentionally
= not on purpose

effective
= 効果的

facilities
= 施設

a perspective
= a viewpoint, a way of thinking

proud
= 自慢、高慢

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