英語の記事を毎週読むのが英語上達に役立つ 英国の王室を離れたメーガン妃のニュースが世界で読まれています

英語の上達には勉強ではなく、日々英語を使うこと。

これが一番です。

多くのラーナーさんの悩みがボキャブラリーをなかなか覚えられないということですが、

でも単語を単語帳を作って覚えるというのはめちゃくちゃ大変な割に効果は限られています。

では、ボキャブラリーを増やすには、どうしたらいいのでしょうか?

それは簡単です。

毎日に英語を使い、慣れるのが一番です。

DCECのブログを活用して英語に触れてください。



■Emotional Baggage


J - Janice, R - Reiko


A GV and a learner talk about break-ups.


J: Hi, Reiko. How are you?

R: Pretty awful, if I’m going to be perfectly honest.

J: Why?

R: Well, I think I need to break up with my boyfriend.

J: Oh, I’m terribly sorry to hear that. Would you like to

talk about it?

R: I’m not really comfortable with divulging the details.

J: Sorry, I didn’t mean to pry.

R: It’s fine. Thanks for your concern.

J: Well, what would you like to talk about?

R: Have you ever broken up with someone before?

J: Well, I’ve never been in a serious relationship before.

But, well...someone was interested in me back in college.

I had to let him down easy.

R: I see. What’s the best way to go about it? You know,

without hurting their feelings.

J: Well, always be considerate of their feelings. Be honest,

but don’t be too harsh.

R: Alright.

J: And then try not to get too emotional. He’d probably

be upset, so it’s best to be the calm one in this situation.

R: Yeah. (sighs) I’ll really miss him. But… (shrugs)

J: I know. I’m sorry.

R: Well, then. Thanks for the relationship advice, I guess.

J: No problem.

R: (changing the subject): So I bought the most adorable

skirt yesterday…




●Vocabulary


Emotional baggage      感情的な荷物

Awful            ひどい

Break up           別れる

Divulge 漏らす

Pry 詮索

Thank you for your concern. ご心配ありがとうございます

Let ~ down easy.      簡単に

Considerate 配慮する

Harsh           過酷

Emotional        感情の

No problem.        問題ない

Change the subject 話題を変える



●Comprehension Questions


1. Why does Reiko feel awful?

a. She got into a bus accident.

b. She had stomach flu.

c. She wants to break up with her boyfriend.


2. What advice did Janice give Reiko?

a. Be positive.

b. Be considerate of the other person’s feelings.

c. Don’t forget to put the milk back in the refrigerator.


3. What happened at the end of the dialogue?

a. Reiko changed the subject.

b. Janice gave her cookies to make her feel better.

c. They went drinking.