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2018年12月17日「モバイル英語学習」第583号(英語のエッセイ): English Word of the Year

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Every year, Collins Dictionary chooses “The Collins Word of the Year” from a short list of ten words This year’s word is “single-use.” It means something that we use only once. For example, we usually only use plastic shopping bags once. Then they become garbage. In order to be more eco-friendly, we should try not to make garbage. Instead, we should carry things such as cloth shopping bags that we can use again and again. I learned a new word from the Collins list: “plogging.” Joggers help the environment by picking up garbage when they go running. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年11月15日「モバイル英語学習」第575号(英語のエッセイ): Butterfly Weather

Notes:
chestnut tiger アサギマダラ
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The autumn has been warm recently, so it is difficult to know what to wear. You can see some people in sweaters and jackets. Others are still wearing lighter clothes. The leaves on the trees in the city streets have started to change color, but they don’t seem as beautiful this year. The warm weather has also brought back butterflies. On a sunny day, you can see them flying around looking for flowers. Why are they still here? Some butterflies like the chestnut tiger fly south for the winter, but the butterflies we are seeing now usually sleep in winter. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年10月15日「モバイル英語学習」第570号(英語のエッセイ): Even Birds Get Drunk!

Notes
Minnesota アメリカのミネソタ州;
ferment 発酵される;
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In a small town in the north of the United States, the birds have started acting strangely. This year, it got cold early in Minnesota. There was an early frost, and the berries on the trees started to ferment. The sugar in the berries turned to alcohol. Many birds eat these berries before they fly south for the winter. What happens to them? The alcohol makes them drunk. They can’t control themselves. Some birds fall out of trees and others fly into windows or cars. The police say that you shouldn’t worry if you see a drunk bird on the ground. It will wake up later and be fine. (by Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年8月24日「モバイル英語学習」第562号(英語のエッセイ): A Narrow Escape

Notes:
originally もとは;
moving company 引っ越し業者;
landslide 地すべり;
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My family was originally planning to move out from Hiroshima City to a neighboring city on Saturday, July 7, so that I could help on the weekend. However, we changed the day from Saturday because the moving company offered a 50% discount if we did it on Wednesday. That makes a big difference! On Friday, July 6, it rained heavily and the rivers overflowed. The roads were blocked by landslides. If we had kept to our original plan, not only would we have been unable to move out, but we would have also had to live without electricity or gas for a while. We had a narrow escape. (by a reader)
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