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1020 14面 「Genuinely German」 クラウディア・ヒルドナー

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30) The call of the forest
自然と共に生きる


木々に囲まれると気持ちが落ち着くという筆者。ドイツ人は自然に囲まれて育ち、さらに、ドイツの童話には森を舞台にしたものが多く、幼いころから森林への愛着が深い。ドイツ人の祖先であるゲルマン民族の自然信仰など、自然との関わりには長い歴史があるという。

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1020 10面 英会話 He Said, She Said by Kobayashi Chikako

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基本英語 de 便利フレーズ

奇数週は東京で働くさおりが主人公。同僚や友人との交流を通し、日常英会話で役立つ表現を身に付けましょう

「今週のフレーズ」 (be) on the fence about ~

(Anne, Saori and Sean are talking)

Anne: Are you going to get the flu shot?

Saori: I don't know. I can't remember the last time I got it.

Anne: Really? I get it every year.

Sean: Me, too.

Saori: But didn't you get the flu last year, Anne?

Anne: Yeah, but my symptoms weren't that bad. I think it was because I'd been vaccinated.

Sean: I used to think that you could get the flu from a flu shot.

Saori: Oh, is that not true?

Anne: No, it's a grave misconception. Some people get a fever as a reaction to the shot, but it's not the flu itself.

Sean: I was texting with my cousin who's in college the other day, and he told me about how he has friends who are on the fence about getting the flu shot. They think because they're young and healthy, they're not at much of a risk of getting it, or if they did, they wouldn't suffer much or die from it.

Anne: But does your cousin get the shot?

Sean: This year he did because he got a bad case of it last year. Plus, you don't want to be the person in your dorm that gets it and spreads it to everyone.

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Oct 19, 2018 英会話

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End of an Era
「日本の台所」築地市場 83年の歴史に幕

20181020_250 The last auction was held at the Tsukiji wholesale market on the morning of Oct. 6, putting an end to the 83-year history of "the kitchen of Japan."

At Tsukiji market's marine product section, intermediary wholesalers performed ceremonial hand-clapping prior to the last auction for tuna. When a bell was rung to mark the start of the auction, participants shouted their proposed prices and made successful bids for large tuna one after another.

"I'm overwhelmed with emotions," said one of the wholesalers tearfully. "I want to say, 'Good work over these 83 years.'"

Tsukiji market, in Tokyo's Chuo Ward, was opened in 1935 by merging a fish wholesale market in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo, which burned down in a fire triggered by the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, and a vegetable market in the Kyobashi area. The total land area of the market's lot is about 23 hectares, about five times the size of Tokyo Dome. The market dealt with a total of 2,500 metric tons of fish and vegetables, worth 1.9 billion yen, a day. The amount of marine products traded at the market each day totaled some 1,500 tons and was worth about 1.6 billion yen.

Intermediary wholesalers who offered bids after closely examining the quality of fish enhanced the Tsukiji brand, supporting Japan's food culture.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which operated the market, decided about 30 years ago to renew the site because the structures were aging and it was necessary to improve the market's system to maintain the freshness of products.

The new market was built in the Toyosu district of the capital's Koto Ward and opened on Oct. 11. The site in Tsukiji will be converted into a parking lot for vehicles to transport athletes to venues for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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【KEYWORDS】

wholesale 卸売(後出 intermediary wholesaler は仲卸業者)

marine product 水産物

ceremonial 儀式的な

hand-clapping (ここでは)一本締め

prior to ~ ~の前に

mark 告げる

proposed price (ここでは)付け値(後出 bid も同意)

make a successful bid 競り落とす

(be) overwhelmed with ~ ~で胸がいっぱいになる

tearfully 涙ながらに

merge 統合する

burn down 全焼する

trigger 引き起こす

lot 敷地(後出 parking lot は駐車場)

deal (→dealt) with ~ ~を取り扱う

(metric) ton トン

enhance 価値を高める

Tokyo Metropolitan Government 東京都

renew (ここでは)再整備する

age 老朽化する

(be) converted into ~ ~に改築される

venue 会場

Games 五輪・パラリンピックのこと

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