2018年12月11日「モバイル英語学習」第582号(英語のエッセイ): Winter is Here!

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bundled up 厚着する;
down vest ダウンベスト;
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Winter has finally arrived. After a long autumn with many warm days, the weather has suddenly turned cold. In fact, it is colder than usual. On Sunday, most parts of Japan had temperatures that didn’t go over 9 degrees, and the low temperature in Nagoya was 3 degrees. I had to travel 45 minutes by motor scooter, and I bundled up. I wore six layers of clothes including a down vest and a winter coat. Even with so many clothes, I started to feel cold inside by the end of the trip. Luckily I wasn’t riding my motor scooter in Sapporo. It was minus 4, and there was snow on the ground! (by Douglas Jarrell)
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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

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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12月4日「モバイル英語学習」第580号(英語のエッセイ): Two of BBC’s 100 Women of 2018

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solar system 太陽系;
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Every year BBC makes a list of 100 special women. Some of them are leaders, some are people with great ideas, some have started groups to help others, and some are everyday heroes. This year, there are two Japanese women on the list. Takamizawa Setsuko is 90 years old, but she has started learning English so that she can help tourists who will come to the Tokyo Olympics. That’s amazing at her age! Okoda Yuki is also on the list. She is only 23 years old, but she has already discovered a new star. Her discovery may help other physicists understand how our solar system began.
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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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