ラジオ英会話 Lesson 115 今週のREVIEW

Lesson 111 as ~ as … ② 指定表現を加える

Zoe: Hi, Wayne. The weather was nice last weekend. Did you do anything special?

Wayne: I saw my nephew Lucas on Sunday. I couldn’t believe how tall he’s become. He’s almost as tall as his dad.

Zoe: Wow! How old is he?

Wayne: He’s only twelve. He plays basketball for the school team. In fact, we played one-on-one together on Sunday. Guess who won.

Zoe: It wasn’t you.

Wayne: Right. Anyway, it was good exercise for me, though. I really needed it.

Zoe: Sounds like you had a good time with your nephew.

Wayne: Yes, he’s a great kid.

Pick-Up Phrases

He’s almost as tall as his dad.
彼は父親とほとんど同じくらいの背丈なんです。

 

Lesson 112 as ~ as…③自由にくくる・比較のバランスをとる

Nancy: We have to decide the new captain of our tennis team. I was thinking about Ken. He’s the best player we’ve got, right?

Bill: Well, Ken is definitely a good player, but I prefer Tom.

Nancy: Why?

Bill: Well, Tom is just as good a player as Ken. And, on top of that, he’s a born leader. Ken is no more a leader than my pet hamster!

Nancy: Umm … You’re probably right. OK, let’s choose Tom. By the way, did you hear that Ken has bought a really expensive racket?

Bill: Yes, but his racket is not as expensive as mine. Take a look at this beauty!

Nancy: Wow! That’s the latest model.

Bill: It’s a birthday present from my parents.

Pick-Up Phrases

Tom is just as good a player as Ken.
トムはケンとちょうど同じくらい優秀な選手だよ。

His racket is not as expensive as mine.
彼のラケットは僕のものほど高価じゃないよ。

Lesson 113 比較級①基礎

Sayaka: Hello! I’m so happy to see you. I seem to have lost my way.

Jacob: Oh, really. Where do you want to go?

Sayaka: I want to get to the ropeway station. At first, I saw some signs, but I’ve not seen any for the last hour, so I’m in a bit of a panic.

Jacob: Don’t worry. I’m actually going to the ropeway station too, so I’m happy to show you the way.

Sayaka: Thank you so much. That’s really kind of you.

Jacob: There are two ways to get there. One way is tougher but quicker than the other.

Sayaka: I prefer the quicker path.

Jacob: No problem. Let’s go.

 

Pick-Up Phrases

One way is tougher but quicker than the other.
一方の道は別のものよりも大変ですが、はやく着けます。

Lesson 114 比較級② 指定表現を加える

Haruka: Jeffrey, why that face?

Jeffrey: Look at the price of the mangos. Mangos are much cheaper in my country than in Japan.

Haruka: I see. You are from the Philippines, right?

Jeffrey: Yes. It is much easier to get inexpensive fresh fruit there.

Haruka: Oh, by the way, have you ever eaten durian?

Jeffrey: Yes, of course.

Haruka: Do you like it?

Jeffrey: Ah, not so much. You know durian has a really strong smell, but some people like the sweet and mellow flavor.

Haruka: Interesting. I want to try durian someday.

Jeffrey: If you come to my country, you can certainly do that. And it will be much cheaper than here!

 

Pick-Up Phrases

Mangos are much cheaper in my country than in Japan.
僕の国ではマンゴーは日本よりずっと安いよ。

PRACTICAL CHALLENGE! ~実践チャレンジ~

英語で下記の内容を表現してみよう。必ず声に出して練習しよう。

自分が主人公になったつもりで表現しましょう。

あなたは親しい友人の買い物につきあってパソコン売り場にいます。
そこでちょっと友人をからかってみることにしました。
友人が会計を済ませたあと、すぐ横にある、ほとんど同じくらいパワフルでしかも値段がはるかに安いパソコンを褒めちぎってください。

[英語で表現してみよう]

使用表現例
computer :  コンピューター
powerful :  パワフルな

SIMPLE ANSWER

1 Hey, look at this computer. It’s really stylish, isn’t it?
2 It’s just as powerful as the one you’ve just bought.
3 And guess what? It’s a lot cheaper, too!

日本語訳例
ねぇ、このパソコン見てごらんよ。本当にカッコよくない?
君が今買ったヤツと同じくらいパワフルなんだよ。
さらに何だと思う? しかも、はるかに安いんだよ!

Hey, look at this computer. It’s really stylish, isn’t it?

hey はアテンション・ゲッター。相手の注意を引く表現。次の文は付加疑問文。ここでは前が肯定文ですから、否定疑問 isn’t it を加えます。


It’s just as powerful as the one you’ve just bought.

as ~ as の後ろには、computer の繰り返しを避けるため代用の one 。それを関係詞節で修飾「あなたが買ったばかりの」。

And guess what? It’s a lot cheaper, too!

guess what? は「何だと思う?」。相手に想像させることによって会話に勢いをつけます。
a lot cheaper は比較級の強調。「はるかに安い」。

ADVANCED ANSWER

1  Wow! Check out this new model.
2  It’s absolutely gorgeous.
3  I’ve never seen such a sleek design.
4 And it’s just as fast and powerful as the one you’ve just bought.
5  It’s much cheaper, too. I’m definitely going to buy it. Don’t be jealous!

日本語訳例

わぁ!この新しい形のパソコンを見てごらんよ。ものすごく素敵だよ。
こんなしゃれたデザイン見たことがないよ。
それでいて君が買ったばかりのパソコンと同じくらい速くてパワフルなんだよ。
はるかに安いし。僕は絶対に買うなぁ。ヤキモチ焼かないでね!

1  Wow! Check out this new model.
2  It’s absolutely gorgeous.

check … out は「(新製品や魅力的なものに)注目する」。absolutely は100%。大きな強調。absolutely gorgeous(すごくカッコイイ)はとてもよく聞くコンビネーション。

3  I’ve never seen such a sleek design.
4 And it’s just as fast and powerful as the one you’ve just bought.

have never は現在完了経験用法。「~したことがない」。sleek は「薄く・流れるような」。クルマの褒め言葉によく使われる形容詞。

5  It’s much cheaper, too. I’m definitely going to buy it. Don’t be jealous!

比較級 cheaper を much で指定。「はるかに安い」。definitely は「絶対」。

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