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2018年11月28日「モバイル英語学習」第579号(英語のエッセイ): The Most Popular Names

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era 時代;
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What are the most popular names of the Heisei era? The Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company has just announced that the most popular name for boys is Shota. For girls, it’s Misaki. Do you know anyone with one of these first names? I don’t have any students named Shota because there are no boys at my university. I do know at least one student named Misaki. Meiji Yasuda also announced the most popular names for babies in 2018. The most popular girl’s name is Yuzuki. For boys, it’s Ren. This time, I know a boy named Ren, but I don’t know any girls named Yuzuki. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年11月26日「モバイル英語学習」第578号(英語のエッセイ): Osaka Gets It Again

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BIE 博覧会国際事務局;
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The 1970 Osaka Expo was the first world fair in Japan, and it was one of Japan’s most successful events ever. There were over 64 million visitors in six months. Last Friday, the BIE (the Bureau International des Expositions), chose Osaka again. It will hold a world fair in 2025. Japan’s second-largest city was chosen over Yekaterinburg, the fourth-largest city of Russia, and Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Expo 2025 will be held on Yumeshima, a man-made island, in Osaka Bay. The theme will be “Designing Future Society for Our Lives.” Will you be going? (by Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年10月5日「モバイル英語学習」第569号(英語のエッセイ): A Sad Story!

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be offended 傷つけられる;
thoughtfulness 思いやりの心
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A university student was on a crowded subway train. Then a man in his late 60s or early 70s got on the train and stood near him. The young man stood up and offered the seat to him, but the old man got very angry. The young man was shocked, and since then he is afraid to give up his seat for the elderly. What a sad story! I think the old man thought he was still young, so he was offended. But I think he should have accepted the young man’s kindness and said “I’m fine” with a smile on his face. He should have thanked the young man for his thoughtfulness. (by Douglas Jarrell)
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2018年9月27日「モバイル英語学習」第567号(英語のエッセイ): Never Again!

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boathouse 船小屋;
anchor 錨(いかり);
drift away 漂う;
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An 18-year-old man in Indonesia was working as a fisherman. He was living alone out at sea on a “rompong,” a very small boathouse. In the middle of July, the rope to the anchor broke, and his rompong drifted away. He ran out of food and water after one week. How did he survive? He caught fish and ate them, and he drank rainwater. A ship finally picked him up near Guam, almost 2000 kilometers from his home, on August 31. He was taken to Japan, and he flew back home to Indonesia. He was happy to be home, but he said that he would never live and work on a rombong again! (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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