英語の記事を毎週読むのが英語上達に役立つvol.846

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。

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。


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■A Big Black Bug Bit a Big Black Bear


Characters: C - Chan; K - Kenta


A GV and a learner in class talking about the zoo


K: My son had a ball last weekend at the zoo.

  He really enjoyed looking at the animals.

C: Oh, you went to the zoo. Come to think of it,

I remember you mentioned something about going

to the zoo a few weeks ago.

K: Yeah. We went to the zoo last weekend.

The lions were my son’s favorite among

all the animals there.

C: He’s a fan of the king of the jungle, eh?

K: As a matter of fact, he even convinced us

to buy him a Lion style jacket.

C: Hahaha. You have a young cub with you, then.

Anyway, how about you? What’s your favorite animal?

K: Well, I prefer bears to lions. Alas, I was not

able to see the black bear at the zoo.

Some kind of a large black insect bit the bear.

So it was injured the day before we went there.

I heard it was still bleeding back then and

was still crying loudly because of the pain.

C: That sounds awful. So a big black bug bit

a big black bear and made the big black bear

bleed blood and bellow and bawl.

K: Absolutely.




●Vocabulary:


have a ball       楽しむ

come to think of it…   考えてみると、そういえば

mention        ~のことを話に出す

fan           ファン

among          ~の中で

king of the Jungle    ジャングルの王

eh           ~ね、でしょう?

as a matter of fact…  実は、実を言うと...

cub           (ライオン、虎、狼など肉食動物の)の子ども

prefer ~ to ---     ---より~が好き

alas           残念ながら、悲しいかな

black bear       クロクマ(黒熊)

injured         けがをした、傷を負った

bleed          血が出る、出血する

that sounds awful    それはひどいね、ひどい話だね

bellow          大声で泣く

bawl          大声で叫ぶ、わめく



●Comprehension Questions


What happened to Kenta’s son last weekend?


 a. Kenta’s son caught a cold

 b. Kenta’s son went to the hospital

 c. Kenta’s son had a ball last weekend at the zoo and really enjoyed

  looking at the animals

 d. Kenta’s son was lost at the park


What kind of animals was Kenta’s son’s favorite?


 a. Kenta’s son likes hawks more than lions

 b. Kenta’s son likes black bears

 c. Kenta’s son likes lions

 d. Kenta’s son likes snakes


What kind of animal does Kenta prefer?


 a. Kenta prefers lions over bears

 b. Kenta prefers bears over lions

 c. Kenta prefers the Bandits over the Hawks

 d. Kenta prefers hawks more than lions


What happened to the big black bear?


 a. A big black bug bit the big black bear and made the big black bear

  bleed blood and bellow and bawl

 b. A big brown buck bit a big black cat behind the bushes

 c. A big black bear bit a big brown buck behind the bushes

 d. A big black bear bit a big brown bear behind the bushes where

  a big brown buck bellowed and bawled