やさしい英語会話 (171) Being Bored

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今回からYukiさんに代わって、Joeと一緒に司会を務めてくれるのはAkariさん。Yukiさんと同じく、元気で明るい学生さんです。新しい司会者を迎えたHiroshima University's English Podcastを、今後ともどうかよろしくお願いいたします。

さて、明るいAkariさんとは裏腹に、今回のテーマは少し気だるそうな雰囲気。男性の退屈な気分をきっかけに、ちょっとインテリ風で、ちょっとアブナイ、そんなウィットと皮肉のたっぷり効いた言葉遊びが続きます。

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(18:14 10.6MB 初級~中級)
Being Bored

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

Everything feels forced (by somebody)
= すべてのことが人から強制されているように思える

to shoot
= 撃つ

to find ... deserving to do
= ...が〜するに値すると考える

to release stress
= ストレスを解放する

otherwise
= in other ways

sociopathy
= 社会病質
※ a sociopathで「社会病質者」

callous
= 非情な(発音注意)

disregard for 〜
= 〜を尊重しないこと

incapacity to maintain enduring relationships
= 他人との関係に我慢できない

the pot calling the kettle black
= 「目くそ鼻くそ」

Look who is talking (about) kitchenware
= 誰が台所用品の話をしているのよ。

I refuse to find my sole happiness in being busy.
= 忙しいことだけに唯一の幸せを感じるなんてお断りだ。

and whatnot
=and so on

Christianity and its virtues were derived by humans who were observing insects.
= キリスト教とその美徳は昆虫観察をしていた人間によって伝えられた。
※「アリは(あなたと違って)強いし責任感がある」と言う女性に、男性はこのような皮肉で反論しようとしている。
人を撃つ云々の話もそうだが、この会話にはかなりきつい皮肉を含む発言が多いことに注意。

Here he goes again...
= また始まったわ。

Some consider Jesus walking on water to be the direct link to water striders!
= 水の上を歩くイエス様を、アメンボと直接結びつけて考える説もあるぐらいだ。
※新約聖書に、イエス・キリストが水の上を歩く有名な話がある(マタイ14:22-33など)。この話は水上を歩くアメンボを観察していた人間が作ったのだという説。男性はもちろん本気でこのような珍説(?)を主張しているのではなく、上述のように、女性をやりこめるための皮肉として使っている。

*** Script ***
(Slow speed) 01:50-04:20
(Natural speed) 14:55-16:50

Being Bored

M: Gosh, I'm bored.

W: Well, you should do something then.

M: I've tried, but everything feels forced. I just wanna sit still and think...

W: Well, that's pretty original. Sounds like a good thing!

M: I don't think being original is a good thing, or a bad thing. In the end, it's just ANOTHER thing. Like being a man, a woman, or a teapot!

W: Society, though, is built around considering some things to be better than others. For example, making a hamburger is certainly better than shooting someone.

M: From society's point of view, yes. But in my opinion, a hamburger is an extremely unhealthy food, and I find some people very deserving to be shot-repeatedly! It just might release my stress and be otherwise beneficial!

W: Whoa-whoa, that isn't boredom. That's sociopathy! You know, callous disregard for the feelings of others, incapacity to maintain enduring relationships, etc., etc. Are you crazy?

M: Well, that's the pot calling the kettle black! Especially the relationships part.

W: Look who is talking kitchenware today. Go and make us some tea -- that should keep you busy and happy... for about 5 minutes.

M: I refuse to find my sole happiness in being busy. I'm not an ant, you know.

W: Of course you're not an ant. Ants are super strong, have a sense of responsibility towards their nest, and whatnot!

M: Hey, you've just reminded me about a theory which says that Christianity and its virtues were derived by humans who were observing insects.

W: Oh no. Here he goes again...

M: Like you said, ant colonies taught us the benefits of cooperation, the sacrifice for the greater good, and so on. Some consider Jesus walking on water to be the direct link to water striders!

W: Ah!

(Written by Dmitry Mamchur)

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