Category Archives: — 環境

2018年6月25日「モバイル英語学習」第556号(英語のエッセイ): Fewer Mosquitoes This Year?

Notes:
mosquito 蚊;
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People may not like very hot weather, but neither do mosquitoes. Osaka Prefecture wanted to find out more about these insects, so they set traps in about 15 different places. They counted the mosquitoes for 10 years. In 2004, the number of mosquitoes caught in each trap was over 30. By 2013, the number had gone down to about 20. Why did that happen? Maybe it was because the summers are getting hotter. Very hot weather dries up the wet places that mosquitoes need to lay eggs. The high temperatures may also kill the mosquitoes. Do you think there are fewer mosquitoes this year? (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年6月5日「モバイル英語学習」第553号(英語のエッセイ): Speak of the Devil

Notes:
striated heron ササゴイ;
speak of the devil! 《諺》 うわさをすれば影(がさす);

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The weather was great last Sunday, and I went for a walk beside the Shonai River with some other birdwatchers. I had done this walk several times before, but I had never seen a striated heron. They were surprised because this is a good place to see this bird. They said that birdwatchers come all the way from Osaka just to take pictures of striated herons at the Fujimae Tidal Flats. Well, speak of the devil! There was a striated heron on some rocks in the river. I got within 20 meters of it and took more than 50 pictures! (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年2月26日「モバイル英語学習」第442号(英語のエッセイ): Australian Wildlife

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The wildlife is what makes Australia so different from other countries. No trip should be without a visit to see Australian animals. Yesterday, we saw and heard the famous kookaburra, a bird that sounds like it is laughing, from a steam railway. Then we went to an animal park where we could touch and feed kangaroos, cockatoos (white birds) and emus (big birds that cannot fly). We saw koalas and wombats there, too. Finally, we went to Phillips Island to see penguins come out of the ocean and bring food to their babies. Wallabies (small kangaroos) and geese were eating grass in nearby fields. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年1月12日「モバイル英語学習」第437号(英語のエッセイ): A Turkey Problem

Notes:
Ohio アメリカのオハイオ州;
mail carrier 郵便集配人;
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People in a small city in Ohio (in the middle of the U.S.) have a problem. A lot of wild turkeys came to the area a few weeks ago. They move around in groups of five or six. When they see someone walking on the sidewalk, they lower their heads and attack. One mail carrier cannot deliver the mail, so about 20 families have to go to the post office to pick it up. The city wants people to stop leaving bird food out, hoping that the hungry turkeys will go away. The mail carriers are also talking about delivering the mail in the evening when the turkeys aren’t around. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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