2012年3月号- エイゴパス英会話レッスン 月刊ニュースレター

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You can read the article below and use it in your lessons to discuss with your teacher. — この記事を読んで先生とレッスンで話し合おう!
Japan News

— World’s largest Uniqlo store opens in Tokyo’s Ginza district


Fast Retailing Co. opened its largest Uniqlo store in Tokyo’s posh Ginza district on Friday, as some 1,000 people lined up before the opening to pick up the latest fashions at the major casual clothing store. Boasting 12 floors and a total retail space of about 5,000 square meters, the Uniqlo Ginza Store is the brand’s ninth global flagship store after those in New York, London, Paris, Shanghai, Osaka, Seoul and Taipei.

Two flagship stores are in New York.”We are grateful for the great stage we have been provided,” said Tadashi Yanai, the company’s chairman and president, shortly before the 10 a.m. opening. ”I am very excited thinking about the globalization starting from Ginza.’

posh 〈話〉〔建物{たてもの}などが〕高級{こうきゅう}な、豪華{ごうか}な
英語ポイント boasting 自慢話{じまん ばなし}、大言壮語{たいげん そうご}
英語ポイント flagship 本店{ほんてん}、母店{ぼてん}、主力店舗{しゅりょく てんぽ}
英語ポイント globalization グローバリゼーション、グローバル化、地球規模化、世界化、世界的拡大{せかい てき かくだい}


Do you think UNIQLO will become a global brand such as "ZARA" or "GAP"? Is 12 floors necessary for a clothing store with one brand?



Japan News

Bank robber returns to the bank he robbed for cab fare

A would-be bank robber was arrested in the US – after returning to the scene of his crime to withdraw cash for taxi fare.The 39-year-old man had tried to rob a Wells Fargo bank at gunpoint by handing the cashier a note saying: "Give me the money or we start shooting"."Obviously, feeling safe behind the bulletproof glass, the teller just stepped back and the individual fled without any money."The man jumped into a taxi to make his getaway back to his car parked nearby where he realised he didn’t have any money for the fare.

Fearing he intended driving off without paying, the female taxi driver blocked in his car and got the attention of a police officer."The officer just convinced the guy that you need to get some money and pay the fare or else he would end up in trouble," Police Chief Johnson added.The policeman escorted him back to the same bank to withdraw cash legally where bank employees recognised him. The man was arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery.

would-be ~になるつもりの、~志望{しぼう}の、自称{じしょう}~
英語ポイント rob 強盗{ごうとう}を働く、盗む
英語ポイント at gunpoint ピストル[拳銃{けんじゅう}・銃]で(撃つと)脅して[脅されて]、ピストル[拳銃{けんじゅう}・銃]を突きつけ(られ)て
英語ポイント getaway 逃走{とうそう}、逃亡{とうぼう}、脱走{だっそう}
英語ポイント intended 《one’s ~》未来の夫[妻]、いいなずけ
英語ポイント attempted 未遂{みすい}の、企てられた、計画{けいかく}された





Japanese in the News:

GPS Tracking Disaster: Japanese Tourists Drive Straight into the Pacific

Three Japanese tourists in Australia found themselves in an embarrasing situation after their GPS navigation system led them into the Pacific Ocean. The road looked clear, at low tide – but the GPS device guided them from a gravel road into thick mud. They tried to get back to solid ground, but as the tide rose, they were forced to abandon their car.

The three, who are students from Tokyo, intended to drive to a neighboring island and made it about 50 yards offshore before they realized they were stranded. A passerby eventually gave them a lift back to the mainland. Though the car was insured, they will still have to pay about $1,500 in damages. The students stated that they plan to try a trip to the island again some time in the future.
embarrassing まごつかせるような、気恥ずかしい{きはずかしい}、きまり悪い、ばつの悪い、まごつかせる、当惑{とうわく}させるような、厄介{やっかい}な
英語ポイント abandon 自暴自棄{じぼう じき}
英語ポイント stranded 〔船が〕座礁{ざしょう}した





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Business English Expression and Phrases <ビジネス英会話フレーズ>
-Learn expressions such as idioms and slang that is unique to culture, age, and business!
新しい英語表現: 文化・時代・ビジネスで使う特有なイディオム表現や俗語を覚えよう!

Hiroko drops by Sam’s cubicle to talk with him. She needs to prepare for her first customer presentation.

Hiroko: Hi, is this a good time for you to talk?
Sam: Sure, please have a seat. Jimmy wants our team to only speak English in all our meetings. I hope you don’t mind.
Hiroko: Sure, no problem. I heard you just joined Menttal this year. I joined about a year ago, but the learning curve is pretty steep.
Sam: Yes, the biggest challenge is getting oriented. It’s not at all like my previous company. What’s on your mind?
Hiroko: Well, as you know, I have my first customer meeting as a Technical Sales Engineer this week, and I’m scared to death.
Sam: Scared to death — you mean very nervous?
Hiroko: Right.
Sam: Well, that’s normal, but customer meetings are not so intimidating if you’re prepared. You want to talk about it?
Hiroko: Sure, if you’ve got time.

I’m not sure I understand the problem. Could you explain in more detail?

Hiroko: Well, I was just beginning to get the hang of it around here when my job was changed.

I thought you asked for the change. It is a promotion.

Hiroko: I did. Don’t get me wrong. I was dying for this promotion, but when I was a customer support rep, I had some issues.
Sam: What kind of issues?
Hiroko: You see, I spent high school and college in the US and learned presentation skills there. Maybe my tone with customers will be too direct and casual.
Sam: So, you feel you might not be polite enough in Japanese for the customer meeting?
Hiroko: Well, I completed training in business Japanese, but I’ve only talked with customers on the phone before, meeting them face-to-face is different!
Sam: Well, remember, prepare your presentation thoroughly and review it with me before the meeting.

上記の会話の日本語訳はこちらをクリック’(印刷可): JAPANESE VERSION

steep angled very sharply
orient(ed) familiarize
scared to death extremely nervous
intimidating causing fear or nervousness

a move to a higher position

rep representative, someone who speaks on behalf of the company
tone manner of speaking
direct frank; straightforward
review discuss, look at something critically
This Month’s "Janglish" : Agendas vs. items on the agenda

–This section will cover a broad range of different grammar rules and explanations to help you understand sentence structure and improve awareness of English grammar.
How to use "must" vs " do not have to" in expressing obligation.
Check your understanding by selecting the correct answer below: 
Read each of the following of sentences and select the best answer. Print out this lesson plan and ask your teacher to assist you in understanding the grammar rules.
Note: Must not = Mustn’t – Do not = Don’t
1 You (must not / don’t have to) smoke here since there are children nearby.
2 My parent’s are very lenient. I (mustn’t / don’t have to) ask permission to stay out late.
3 Parking bikes in front of the station is prohibited therefore you (mustn’t / don’t have to) do so.
4 Passengers (mustn’t / don’t have to) speak to the driver while they are driving.
5 It has rained a lot, so we (mustn’t / don’t have to) water the garden.
6 You (mustn’t / don’t have to) knock before coming into my office.
7 You (mustn’t / don’t have to) disturb your sister while she’s studying.
8 Japanese citizens (mustn’t / don’t have to) get a visa when travelling to China.
9 Residents (mustn’t / don’t have to) hang clothes outside to dry on their balcony.
10 As tomorrow is a public holiday, I (mustn’t / don’t have to) go to work.
Moderate level exercises:
Read each of the following of sentences and select which of the choices best fits. Print out this lesson plan and ask your teacher to assist you in understanding the grammar rules.
must / have to/ has to must not don’t have to doesn’t have to didn’t have to
1 Oh my god, it’s already 11:30! I _________ go if I want to make it for the last train.
2 Tomoko _________ take the exam last week because she took it already.
3 In the U.S., children _________ attend school until at least the age of 16.
4 I’m taking a day off tomorrow so I _________ wake up early.
5 Hiromi’s husband is extremely rich so she _________ work at all.
6 I got the new Ipad using Softbank’s promotion so I _________ pay anything up front.
7 Parking is prohibited here so you _________ park your car here.
8 Paul really likes his new job because he _________ work late.
9 Tomorrow is Samantha’s birthday. I really _________ buy her a present really soon!
10 You _________ wake him up. He is dead tired and needs to rest.
Difficult level exercises:
Read each of the following sentences and use the correct form (past/present/negative) of "must" or "have to" + one of these verbs to complete the sentences:
go dress fix pay send
take leave wait schedule cancel
1 The car park is free – you _______________ to park your car here.
2 I went to the bank this morning. There were few people so I _______________ very long.
3 I don’t think you _______________ for the airport just yet. The flight won’t depart until late in the evening.
4 You _______________ anything from the store unless you pay for it first.
5 Jack left before the end of the meeting because he _______________ home early.
6 As my computer broke down last night, I _______________ it back to the manufacturer for repairs later today.
7 You _______________an appointment to see a doctor if it is an emergency.
8 In order to avoid penalty charges, hotel guests _______________ their reservation(s) 72 hours prior to the hotel check in date.
9 Our office supplies department just decided to order a new printer so we _______________ the broken printer that we now have.
10 The banquet is a black tie event so you _______________ inappropriately.
Check your answers!
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NEW! – Q&A with Japanese women on their experiences being married to a foreigner.
新着! –

(Tomoko : mid 30s married 6 years to Australian man):

Q: Who controls the budget in your relationship?
A: We are generally independent in terms of budget. We both pay for what we use. At the moment, I am in charge of all the paperwork and paying the rent. I am on maternity leave now but when our child goes to kindergarten, I will go back to work. Usually in a relationship with a Japanese man, the husband brings in the salary, but I don’t have that situation! I am the bread-winner of the family!

Q: What was it like introducing your husband-to-be to your family?
A: The Japanese are known for being polite. So when I introduced him to my family they were very polite and welcoming; we didn’t meet any strong resistance. But we could both tell that my parents were acting polite rather than being natural and relaxed. This made my husband feel confused as he could sense the disparity between hidden and expressed emotions. My advice is to get your husband speaking Japanese as soon as possible and keep trying to make him a part of the family.

Q: What is your advice to a Japanese woman considering marrying a foreign man?
A: One thing I had to accept, in the early years of our relationship while we were dating and up to this very day, was that he liked to invite his friends to our home. Whether it was a visiting friend from his hometown or a drunk friend who missed the train, he would invite them to stay in our home. I really did not like this but I guess this was normal for him to invite people over all the time.









(Kaori late 20s female married to Swedish man):

Q: What language do you speak when arguing?
A: We start in English, our common language. But on occasion the fight gets really heated and we usually switch to our native languages, with me shouting and swearing in Japanese and him doing the same in Swedish! We always kiss and make up though…

Q: What kind of role did your husband play when your child was first born?
A: We were in Sweden when the child was born. In Sweden, there is more equality between the sexes. For example, he was able to take ‘paternity leave’ and stay at home to help me with the baby. He had no problem changing diapers and bathing our child… He was very helpful!

Q: What is your advice to a Japanese woman considering marrying a foreign man?
A: One thing you have to remember is that when people get old, they often long for their home. If you are married to a foreign guy you must realise that one of you will end your life in a different country. This is not an issue if you are marrying a Japanese. As for the relationship, I really think the key is to respect your partner’s culture and language, and give him respect. And expect the same!







Q: 外国人男性と結婚を考える日本人女性に対するアドバイスは?