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

Fasting increases life span in mice

Eating less often does more to improve the health and life span of rodents than simply eating less, a study said.

Researchers looking at mice on different diets found those who were fed fewer calories in a single daily feeding lived longer than mice eating the same number of calories distributed throughout the day.

The study, published in Nature Metabolism, showed mice who are only once a day also demonstrated improved metabolism.

Mice on a low-calorie diet who ate throughout the day meanwhile did not show benefits such as better blood sugar control, improved strength in old age and longer life.

Fasting 断食、ファースティング
life span 寿命
rodent ネズミ
distributed 分配された
metabolism 代謝、代謝作用





Japan News:

Tokyo startup sells hoverbikes at 77.7 million yen

A Japanese startup backed by soccer player Keisuke Honda hopes to persuade wealthy consumers to swap their supercar for a 77.7 million yen hoverbike that went on sale.

The XTurismo Limiter Edition from Tokyo-based drone startup ALI Technologies is equipped with a conventional engine and four battery-powered motors and promises to fly for 40 minutes at up to 100 kilometers per hour.

“Until now the choice has been to move on the ground or at scale in the sky. We hope to offer a new method of movement,” Chief Executive Daisuke Katano said.

The black-and-red hoverbike consists of a motorcycle-like body on top of propellers.

startup 新興企業
The XTurismo Limiter Edition ホバーバイクの名前
conventional 従来の
consists of …から成る、構成する



東京に拠点を置くALIテクノロジーズのXTurismo Limited Editionは、従来のエンジンとバッテリー稼働の4つのモーターを装備しており、最高速度は時速100キロで40分間飛行できるという。

「これまでは地上を移動するか、空中を大勢で移動するかの選択しかなかった。わたしたちは新しい移動手段を提供することを望んでいる。」と、CEOの片野 大輔氏は話した。


  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!

Hit the ground running「(新しいことに)すぐに全力で取り組む」
We really need to hit the ground running with this idea and get our product on the shelves before someone else does.


  「hit the ground running」は少しイメージしずらいですが、車のタイヤがフル回転している状態で地面に着く情景を思い浮かべると分かりやすいかもしれません。タイヤが回転している状態で車を地面につけると急発進するように、「ビジネスで何かに取り掛かる際に、はじめから全力で取り組む」という意味でよく使われます。「hit the ground」単体で使われると「地面に落ちる、墜落する」の意味があります。
keep an eye on the ball「集中する、油断しない」
When it comes to business negotiations, you really need to keep an eye on the ball.


  「keep an eye on the ball」は直訳すると「ボールから目を離さない」の意味で、スポーツで常にボールに集中している様子が起源で、ビジネスでも使われるようになりました。野球やアメリカンフットボールなど球技が非常に盛んなアメリカでは特によく耳にするフレーズです。他にも「drop the ball(へまをする)」、「get the ball rolling (活動などを始める)」、「the ball is in your court(あなた次第です/あなたの番です)」など、スポーツを期限とするフレーズはたくさんあります。
ビシネス英会話 touch base「連絡を取る、連絡する」
Hi Sarah, I just wanted to touch base with you to see if we’re still scheduled to complete the first phase of the project by next Monday.


  「touch base (with…)」は「(…と)連絡を取る」の意味で、「じっくり座って話し合う」というよりも「簡単な情報交換をする/あいさつをする」ニュアンスで使われ、特にメール文で頻出の表現です。この表現もまたスポーツ(野球)から生まれたフレーズです。



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

In a rural area a farmer was tending to his horse named Buddy, and along came a traveler who desperately needed the farmer’s help.

The traveler had lost control of his vehicle and ran it off into a ditch.

The traveler asked the farmer if his horse could somehow pull the vehicle out of the ditch for him and told the farmer that the vehicle was small.

The farmer said he would come, bring his horse, and take a look, but could not promise he could help if his horse might be injured in some way from attempting to pull the vehicle out of the ditch.

The farmer did see that the traveler was correct and that the vehicle was small, so the farmer took a rope and fixed it so that his horse, Buddy, would be able to pull the vehicle out of the ditch.

The farmer then said,
“Pull, Casey, Pull,” but the horse would not budge.

The farmer then said,
“Pull, Bailey, Pull,” but the horse would not budge again.

The farmer then said,
“Pull, Mandy, Pull,” and again the horse would not move.

The farmer then said,
“Pull, Buddy, Pull,” and the horse pulled until the vehicle was out of the ditch.

The traveler was so very grateful, but asked the farmer why he called the horse by different names?

The farmer said,
“Buddy is blind, and I had to make him think he had help pulling the car out of the ditch or he would not have pulled.”

【日本語訳】 ナマケモノのバディー