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Color Idioms (1)

今回は色を用いたいろいろな慣用句をあげてみます。

out of the blue
突然、いきなり

feel blue
落ち込む

have the blues
元気がない, 落ち込んでいる

in the black
黒字で

the black market
闇市場

in the red
赤字(帳簿に赤インクで損失額を記す事から)

red tape
お役所仕事(昔法律文書等が赤いリボンで結んであった事から)

red neck
無学な田舎者(外で肉体労働して首が日焼けして赤くなる事から)

Bedhead

bedhead【名】= 寝癖, のついた頭,  朝起きた時の髪の毛のぐちゃぐちゃ状態。

  1. Right now, I have bedhead!
  2. I always wake up with terrible bedhead.
  3. Do you think he took a shower?  He looks like he has bedhead.
  4. Bedhead is the new fashion!

1〜4の日本語訳にチャレンジしてみませんか?気軽にコメントで書きこんでみてください。 音声は間もなくアップしますね。

Fuck-face

A fuck-face is a very bad, nasty and hateful person.  「fuck-face」という奴は非常に嫌なことする意地悪な超悪者だ。

fuck-face = 嫌なやつ

  1. He stole my Japanese study books!  What a fuck-face!
  2. That guy tried to kiss my girlfriend.  He’s such a fuck-face!
  3. He used to be my friend but he told me I was a loser.  I think he’s just a fuck-face.
  4. I’ve met many “gaijin” living in Japan who get drunk and act like complete fuck-faces!
  5. Sorry about last night.  I acted like a fuck-face.  I should not have said that.

1〜5の日本語訳にチャレンジしてみませんか?気軽にコメントで書きこんでみてください。 音声は間もなくアップしますね。

Dope

The word “dope” has many meanings. dopeはいろんな意味があります。

  • dope (形) = すごく良い、素晴らしい
  • dope (名) = stupid person, 馬鹿な人, 頭の遅い人
  • dope (名) = drug or drugs, 麻薬, ドラグ
  1. That was a totally dope song!
  2. What a dope ride!
  3. He’s a complete dope.  I can’t believe he actually said that!
  4. Don’t invite any dopes to the next party.
  5. That guy is always on dope.  Stay away from him!
  6. Why do athletes need dope?  They should just win by playing fair!

1〜6の日本語訳にチャレンジしてみませんか?気軽にコメントで書きこんでみてください。 音声は間もなくアップしますね。

英語の聞き取り-2 (Ofの発音)

Ofの発音

英文を見ながらリスニングするとわかると思いますが、
普通の話し方ではその発音はあいまいなことが多いです。
それが強調した話し方では『アヴ』、次の単語が母音の時は『ヴォ』などと変化したりします。
『アカッパティー』『アケースオビア』『ヒズフォラクラップ』『ダッツマイデッカカーズ』
『デェアサンンマイフレンズ』『シズワンノマイフレンズ』・・いかがでしょう。
なんとなくその変化を文章を見ながらわかって頂けました?

A cup of tea, please.
お茶を下さい。

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A case of beer, please.
ビールをワンケース下さい。

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He’s full of crap.
彼の言うことは嘘ばっかり。

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That’s my deck of cards.
それ、僕のトランプセットだよ。(deck of card=トランプ1セット)

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They’re some of my friends.
あれは僕の友達の中の数人だよ。

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She’s one of my friends.
彼女は私の仲間の1人です。

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He’s one of us.
彼は僕ら仲間のひとりだ。

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ご意見ご質問は、お気軽に!

英語の聞き取り-1 (Youの発音)

Youの発音

ネイティブが英語を話す普通の速度でのリスニングを繰り返すことで、耳を慣し聞き取れる様になると同時に、よく使われる英語表現中心なので、知らず 知らずの内に頭に入ってしまうという’一石二鳥’を狙っているのがこのコーナー。もう耳がいい人だけが上達するなんて言わせません。

まずは ‘You’の発音から。。
前後の単語を見ながら聞くと『ユー』と最後まで発音せずに後ろの単語とつながって
『ドゥユノー』『アユショー』『ウィユ』『ワラヤ』『ウェナユ』
まるで一つの単語の様に聞こえませんか?
次にアクセントに注目。目的が次の単語にあるのでこの様に音が省略されているのです

Do you know where my balls are?
僕のボールがどこか知ってる?

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Are you sure about that?
それって確かなの?

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Will you take me too?
私も連れてってくれる?

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What are you talking about?
何の話してるの?/何言ってるの?(強い言い方の場合)

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When are you leaving?
いつ行くの?

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質問などありましたら、お気軽に!

Shoot The Shit

shoot the shit = 〔あまり重要でないことに関する〕おしゃべり、雑談、世間話

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Hey man, let’s get together and just shoot the shit for a while.
よお、ちょっと一緒に世間話でもしようぜ。

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How about we shoot the shit over a few beers?
ちょっとビールでも飲みながら話すってのはどうだい?

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That guys loves shooting the shit about anything.
あいつらはただ何についてでも話すのが好きなんだ。

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Watch Paint Dry

watch paint dry = ペンキが乾くのを見物{けんぶつ}する◆退屈で無意味な行動の例え。面白い例えだけど、とても分かり易いよね。

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I’d rather watch paint dry than listen to such a boring lecture.
退屈な講義を聴いてる位なら、ペンキが乾くの見てる方がましさ。

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That movie was so boring it was like watching paint dry.
あの映画は退屈でまるでペンキが乾くのを眺めてる様だった。

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Watching paint dry would be more interesting than going on a date with her.
ペンキが乾くのを見てる方が彼女とデートするよりもっと面白いと思うね。

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Elephant In The Room

elephant in the room = 誰もが認識しているが〕話したくない[口に出したくない・無視している]重要な問題[事実]

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Dad lost his job but mom just talked about the weather, pretending there was no elephant in the room.
お父さんは仕事がなくなったけどお母さんは天気の話しかしない、まるで重要な問題がそこにないかの様にね。

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Whenever uncle Henry comes to dinner, it’s like there’s a huge elephant in the room.  No one ever mentions his divorce.
ヘンリー叔父さんが夕食にやって来る時、誰もが知ってるけど絶対に口に出しちゃいけない事があるんだ。誰も叔父さんの離婚について一度も触れないんだ。

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Cold Fish

cold fish = 冷たい感じの人、無感情な人、よそよそしくて感情を表に出さない人、取っつきにくい人、打ち解けない人

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I’d rather watch paint dry than go on a date with her.  She’s a cold fish.
彼女と出掛けるくらいなら、ペンキが乾くのでも見ている方がましだ。彼女って冷たいからな。

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My boss is such a cold fish – he never smiles, never laughs and never even gets angry!
ウチの上司って取っ付きにくいんだ、笑顔を見た事もないし、笑ったり、怒った事さえないんだから!

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She used to be good in bed, now she’s just a cold fish.
彼女昔はベッドですごく良かったんだけど、今じゃもう全く無表情って感じなんだぜ。

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