Category Archives: — 異文化

2018年12月9日「モバイル英語学習」第581号(英語のエッセイ): 18 Weird Things That Only Exist in Japan

Notes
weird 変な、奇妙な;
napkin ナプキン;
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There is a video on YouTube called “18 Weird Things That Only Exist in Japan.” These things seem very strange to Americans. I’ll tell you about three of them. If you are interested, you can go to YouTube and see the rest. (1) You can turn around the seats on trains when you want to sit in a group of four. I’ve never seen seats like that on trains in any other country. (2) Water comes out of the top of the toilet. You can wash your hands with it, and it’s a good way to save water. (3) One fast-food chain has special napkins for women who want to cover their faces when they eat hamburgers. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年10月31日「モバイル英語学習」第573号(英語のエッセイ): Trick or Treat!

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Today is Halloween. It is becoming more popular in Japan, but how is it celebrated in the U.S.? Let’s look at some numbers to find out. What do most people do on Halloween in the U.S.? About 70% said that they handed out candy to children in the neighborhood who come by and say “Trick or treat!” Almost 50% of Americans dress up in costumes, and about the same number carve pumpkins. Only about 35% actually go trick-or-treating. That is because trick-or-treating is for children, not for adults. I was surprised to see that more than 15% of Americans put costumes on their pets! (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年5月29日「モバイル英語学習」第552号(英語のエッセイ): Strange Laws in the U.S.

Notes:
illegal 不法の、違法の;
blindfolded 目隠しをつける;
donkey ロバ;
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There are some very strange old laws in the U.S. For example, it’s illegal to drive blindfolded in Alabama. (Of course! If your eyes are covered, you can’t see! Do you need a law to stop people from doing it?) In Arizona, it’s illegal for a donkey to sleep in a bathtub. (But why would a donkey sleep in a bathtub? And why is that bad?) In Hawaii, it’s illegal to put a coin in your ear. (Are they worried that coins would hurt your ear?) In Montana, it’s illegal to raise rats. (Scientists use rats for experiments. Aren’t there are any scientists in Montana?) (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年1月26日「モバイル英語学習」第439号(英語のエッセイ): Freeze the Laundry

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Siberia シベリア大陸
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Do you know that people in Oymyakon, Siberia (the coldest village in the world), dry laundry in a unique way? They do it by freezing the laundry outside and then removing the ice from the clothes. In this way, the laundry dries in a moment. I live in Hirosaki, which is in the western part of Aomori. It is also cold, and the temperature sometimes goes down to minus 10 degrees. When I was walking to the university this morning, I realized that my runny nose froze. I thought that it might be worthwhile to try drying the laundry by freezing it in Hirosaki, too! (written by a reader)
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