2016年12月号 : エイゴパス 月刊ニュースレター



英語ニュース Current Internet NEWS!! <新着ネットニュース>
英語のビデオ Video News (Domestic and World Events/国内&世界の動画ニュース)
Business English <ビジネス英語フレーズ>
Grammar Study<今月の文法学習>
TOEICクイズ TOEIC Study Quiz<TOEICテスト>
Monthly Column – <今月のコラム>
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!
World News

World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Unveiled In India’s Kamuthi

India now boasts of the world’s largest solar power plant with the completion of its new facility in the southern India state of Tamil Nadu.
India’s new solar power plant in Kamuthi town has a capacity of 648 MW, spread over 10 square kilometers (almost 4 square miles).

The area it covers has allowed it to surpass the Topaz Solar Farm in California — which has a capacity of 550 MW — taking the title of the world’s largest solar power plant at a single location.

The solar plant, built in an impressive eight months, is cleaned every day by a robotic system, charged by its own solar panels.

India is expected to become the world’s third-biggest solar market — after China and the United States . By 2022, India is aiming at powering 60 million homes through solar energy as a part of the government’s 2030 goal to produce 40 percent of its power from non-fossil fuels.

While the efforts are being lauded by environmental groups, the country still needs to increase the emphasis on solar panels to be able to achieve the big targets set by the government.

unveiled 公表された
boast of… …を自慢する、誇りに思う
capacity 能力、(最大の)生産量
surpass …を上回る、超える
The Topaz Solar Farm トパーズ・ソーラー・ファーム(カリフォルニアんいある、太陽光発電所)
impressive 印象的な、すばらしい
Lauded 褒め称えられた
Emphasis 注目、強調






Japan News:

“Spamusement” park in Beppu could become a reality thanks to viral video

The city of Beppu, Oita Prefecture, is mixing the amusement park excitement with a natural attraction — its famous hot springs.
In a now-viral promotional video uploaded on YouTube, performers ride a roller coaster and other attractions sitting waist-deep in a hot spring.

The city calls it a spa amusement park project, dubbed “spamusement,” which would become a reality if the video gains more than 1 million views, a mark reached just in a few days after its post.

“We weren’t expecting this many views, but we sure are happy,” said Michitaka Kubota, a spokesman from Beppu’s tourist department.
However, the city said it was unclear whether the planned hot spring amusement park will be exactly as shown in the video.

“It’s only an image. We are still discussing safety issues, for example, whether we could actually run hot water inside a roller coaster,” said Kubota. “But the rides will be something fun.”

With the country expecting 40 million foreign tourists annually by 2020, the video is targeted at an international audience, featuring English subtitles.
The number of non-Japanese tourists visiting Beppu is growing every year. In 2015, the city attracted 437,764 foreign visitors, up from 278,776 in 2010, with the number expected to continue surging.

While many private spas turn away those with tattoos, Kubota said that will not be the case in the city’s public hot springs, and that it is considering abolishing the practice under the new project.

Viral video 口コミ動画
dubbed …と呼ばれる


featuring… …を特徴とした、…が付随した
subtitles 字幕
surging (人気などが)増大する
turn away 拒否する
abolishing 廃止(すること)


動画サイト”You Tube”に掲載された大注目の口コミ動画では、腰まで温泉の湯に使った状態で、ジェットコースターなどのアトラクションに乗る人々の姿があった。






  New! Learning through News Videos
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!
社内の同僚などに何か仕事を頼んだり、手伝ってもらいたいときは、まsずは、「無理な注文でなければ」 「よかったら」といった、①前置きではじめてから②頼みごとをします。その際、状況に応じて、③理由を説明したり、④期限を伝えます。
① 頼みごとがあるときの前置き
Can I ask a favour? (お願いがあるのですが、、、)

▼Yes[Sure / Okay / Of course] (はい。)

▼It depends. (状況によります。)


▼Can I ask you to help me with something? (ちょっとお願いがあるのですが)
â–¼If it wouldn’t be too much trouble… (無理な注文でなければ、、、)
② 頼みごとをする
A: I’d appreciate if you could help me with this translation.

B: Yes, I can help you with that.

 (A: この翻訳を手伝って頂けませんか? B: ええ、いいですよ。)

A: Would you mind helping me with this translation?
B: I don’t mind doing that.
 (A: この翻訳を手伝って頂きたいのですが、宜しいですか? B: いいですよ。)
ビシネス英会話 ③ 理由などを説明する
I wont’t be able to finish this in time because of my limited English.
ビシネス英会話 ④ 期限などを伝える
The report must be finished by the end of the day, because my boss wants it first thing tomorrow morning.

▼急ぎの場合、「sorry for the rush, but…(急がせて悪いけど…)」と、文頭に付け加えるとよい。
▼「as soon as possible(なるべく早く)」といった、曖昧な言い方ではなく、具体的な期限を言うとよい。
ビシネス英会話 I’m afraid / I wish I could, butで始める
I’m afraid but I’m unable to hekp you right now.

I wish I could, but I’m unable to help you right now.


ビシネス英会話 理由、代案をあげる
I’m tied up until the middle of next week. Can it wait until then?

(来週半ばまで手 一杯です。それでまお待ちになれますか?)
I’m in a meeting al afternoon. But I’d be happy to help you tomorrow.


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 if you do not understand your mistakes..
Part V – Multiple Choice ( Incomplete Sentences )
1. Last night, downtown streets ______ blocked by the police to allow the parade to pass by.
A. have been
B. was
C. have
D. were
6. The complimentary concert has been postponed ______ the approaching storm.
A. until
B. due to
C. as to
D. in spite of
2. Once Mr. Henderson’s ______ had been received, the personnel manager started his search for a new marketing manager.
A. resignation
B. resignedly
C. resigned
D. resign
7. The newly appointed manager was instructed to report all the new policy changes ______ to his supervisors.
A. direction
B. directing
C. directly
D. directive
3. The type of exercise recommended varies ______ depending on the age and health condition of the individual.
A. willingly
B. agreeably
C. cordially
D. considerably
8. The pioneering research project has received an award ______ $100,000 in its first year.
A. worth
B. costly
C. valued
D. prized
4. The latest vehicle ______ and distributed by BM Motors is very well designed.
A. manufacture
B. manufacturer
C. manufacturing
D. manufactured
9. Consumers who are unsatisfied with the quality of the products should ______ the manager at once.
A. tell
B. offer
C. speak
D. give
5. We ask you that you inspect each package to ______ that the shipment is complete and in good condition.
A. ensure
B. assure
C. sure
D. surely
10. Under the current law, companies are legally required ______ to the regulations of all financial transactions.
A. adhere
B. adhering
C. to adhere
D. have adhered
Check your answers!



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NEW! – Learning Western Cultures and Humors through Jokes!!

Mental Patient

John and David were both patients in a Mental Hospital. One day, while they were walking, they passed the hospital swimming pool and John suddenly dove into the deep end. He sank to the bottom and stayed there.

The medical director came to know of David’s heroic act. He immediately ordered that David be discharged from the hospital as he now considered him to be OK.

The doctor said, “David, we have good news and bad news for you! The good news is that we are going to discharge you because you have regained your sanity. Since you were able to jump in and save another patient, you must be mentally stable.

The bad news is that the patient that you saved hung himself in the bathroom and died after all.” David replied,

“Doctor, John didn’t hang himself. I hung him there to dry.”