Lesson 216 形式主語の it（it ... to～/ it ... that～）
Claudia: I have to go to another business conference in Asia next month.
Cedric: Are you going to Hong Kong again?
Claudia: No, this time the conference will be Singapore.
Cedric: Oh, I love Singapore. It's so clean, and the food is delicious.
Claudia: Yes, everyone says it's quite tasty. Singapore is a bit farther away from Tokyo than Hong Kong, isn't it?
Cedric: Yes, it takes around seven hours to get there. Not too bad. What is the theme of the conference?
Claudia: Technology in education.
Cedric: Oh, that sounds interesting. I'd like to attend too, if possible.
Claudia: That would be good. You can apply online.
Lesson 217 it の強調構文
Liz: I have to tell you that I’m really disappointed in you, Bob.
Bob: Eh? Why’s that?
Liz: Because last Saturday’s conference was a complete fiasco. The room was too small, the audio-visual equipment didn’t work properly, the air-conditioning...
Bob: Hang on a minute! It was Andy that organized the conference. Not me.
Liz: But it was your idea to hold the conference in the first place.
Bob: That’s right. But I had nothing to do with handling all the practical details, like booking a venue and checking equipment. All that was Andy’s responsibility.
Liz: Well, you’d better take a more hands-on approach in the future, OK?
Lesson 218 感嘆文
Taylor: What a nice camera you have! Is that a film camera?
David: Yes, I got it from my father, who got it from his father.
Taylor: So it must be very old.
David: It’s over 50 years old, but it still takes great pictures, and it’s a lot of fun to use.
Taylor: What kind of pictures do you take?
David: Have you heard of street photography?
Taylor: No. What’s that?
David: It’s taking pictures of people and things you see on the street.
Taylor: Oh, so I guess you have to be careful since some people don’t like to have their pictures taken without permission.
David: That’s right.
Lesson 219 語順を変えるということ
Paul: Hi, Aki. How are you?
Aki: Fine, but a little tired. Yesterday, we had our school festival.
Paul: What on earth is a school festival?
Aki: Oh, I guess it’s unique to Japan. Don’t you have them in the UK?
Paul: No. Can you tell me about them?
Aki: Well, in almost every high school in Japan, the students put on a festival at the school with special attentions and events such as musical performances. Friends, family and others come to our school to enjoy the festival.
Paul: Sounds interesting. Did you participate in it?
Aki: Yes, my classmates and I made yakisoba and sold it to the visitors. It was so delicious.
PRACTICAL CHALLENGE! ～実践チャレンジ～
例えば「これ使ってみたい？ どれほど流麗な（デザインな）のかビックリするよ！ ところで私にこれを誕生日プレゼントに買ってくれたのは私のパートナー。素敵なパートナーを持つって素晴らしいよね！」くらいでしょうか。
smartphone : スマートフォン
sleek : 流麗な・スマートな