やさしい英語会話 (168) Cockroaches

Posted by: huepod



今回の話題、お食事中の方はごめんなさい。「ゴキブリ」についての会話です。

人類の敵のような害虫の代名詞ともいえるゴキブリですが、なんと飼育用として愛好されているものもあることをご存知でしょうか。今回の会話に登場するマダガスカルゴキブリ(Madagascar cockroaches)も、そんな一種です。シューっという音を立てる(hissing)のが特徴のようです。ゴキブリのペット、皆さんもいかがでしょうか・・・!?

番組では、ゴキブリについての豆知識や、さまざまな害虫についての英語表現も紹介します。

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(15:38 9.1MB 初級~中級)

Cockroaches

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

to run straight for〜
= 〜を捕まえに向かっていく

to stomp
= 踏みつける

to give a good stomping
= 〜を徹底的に踏みつぶす

a die-hard fella
= なかなか死なないやつ
※fella=fellow, guy

to be chewed off
= 噛み砕かれた
※踏みつぶされたゴキブリの悲惨な様子が誇張された表現。

despicable
= terrible

to sniff around
= 〜の周りをかぎ回る

disgusting
= despicable

(番組のエンディングで登場した害虫などの表現)

mosquitoes
= 蚊

to itch
= かゆい

centipedes
= ムカデ

wasps
= スズメバチ

flies
= ハエ

stink bugs
= カメムシ

*** Script ***
(Slow speed) 02:20-04:40
(Natural speed) 09:00-10:50

Cockroaches

Situation: A married couple in the kitchen.

M: Die, die, die! Oh, God, please, just die already!

W: I see you have your own special way of preparing breakfast?

M: A cockroach! Huge! Under that cup. It appeared out of nowhere when I was mixing eggs and milk, and it ran straight for me!

W: Why are you offering it an empty cup? Tea would do better. Or coffee! I've heard they just LOVE fresh cappuccino in the early mornings!

M: Well, all I have to offer it is a good stomping, with available tableware. It took, like, 3 hits for it to stop moving. Monsters!

W: I bet you missed the first two times. Cockroaches can do 25 cm per second, you know.

M: It's 30, not 25. And I know when I hit something with a cup… Yaiks! It's still alive!

W: This is one die-hard fella. Looks like it's two-thirds were chewed off by something. And you call IT a monster?

M: I can't take it anymore. We have to move.

W: Huh, why? You mean, because of the bugs?

M: Those are cockroaches. Bugs are cute lovable creatures, flying from flower to flower around on a sunny summer day. Cockroaches are despicable monsters with hairy legs, sniffing around the kitchen, jumping at you from the sink in the morning, and leaving their disgusting egg cases all over the place!

W: Um… I think you're overreacting. The other day I saw lovely Madagascar cockroaches at the pet store. They can drink beer twice their weight, increasing in volume right in front of your eyes! And guess what - they can hiss!

M: What? Hey, was that their hissing I heard in the middle of last night?

W: Well, how should I put it... Yes. They were just 100 yen each! I got 5.

M: Ah!!!!

(Written by Dmitry Mamchur)

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