【英語リスニング・初級】Fears (1:13)

Nanju answers questions about things people commonly fear.

リスニングクイズ

Is he afraid of flying?

Correct! Wrong!

How does he feel about flying?

Correct! Wrong!

How big are the cobras he sees?

Correct! Wrong!

What does he do when he sees a cobra?

Correct! Wrong!

What is considered a sin in India?

Correct! Wrong!

英語リスニング字幕

Todd: OK, so Nanju, I’m going to ask you about things that people are sometimes afraid of. Are you afraid of flying?

Nanju: No

Todd: No. Do you fly a lot?

Nanju: No, if I am getting opportunity I will be very happy.

Todd: Really!

Nanju: Yeah sure!

Todd: OK, are you afraid of snakes?

Nanju: No.

Todd: No!

Nanju: No.

Todd: Now, India has cobras.

Nanju: Yeah, it’s a lot of cobras. I have seen a lot of cobras, and fighting with cobras, each other, but run away so I can not.

Todd: So, you’re not afraid of cobras?

Nanju: No

Todd: Like have you ever seen a cobra by your house?

Nanju: Yeah, I have seen a lot of cobras, which is going to be 12 feet.

Todd: Really!

Nanju: Yeah, sure.

Todd: And your not afraid?

Nanju: No, I will get some sticks and go through about from my home or something.

Todd: So you get a stick and you go and kill it?

Nanju: No, I won’t kill it. Killing of cobra is very illegal in India. Not illegal, it’s like god, so we won’t.

Todd: Sin. It’s a sin. Oh, wow.

Nanju: So we won’t kill that cobra or something.

Todd: Wow, very fascinating. Thank you.

語彙

flying

Are you afraid of flying?

In this case “flying” is not flying like a bird, but rather traveling by plane. Notice the following:

  • Are you flying to Miami or driving?
  • I am flying to Bogota early tomorrow morning.

opportunity

If I get the opportunity to fly I will be very happy.

In this example, “opportunity” can be replaced by “chance” or it is a good situation to do something. Notice the following:

  • She has the opportunity to learn a lot in her job.
  • His boss gave him the opportunity to work with the company’s most important client.

sure

Yeah, sure.

In the example, “sure” has a similar meaning to “of course” or “yes.” It is a word of agreement. Notice the following:

  • Sure. I’ll help you study for your exam.
  • Sure. We would love to come to your cabin this weekend.

each other

I’ve seen cobras fighting with each other.

“Each other” is a pronoun used, in this example, to describe the actions between one cobra and another. They are both performing the same action, directed at the other cobra. Notice the following:

  • They have liked each other since they were 13 years old.
  • We looked at each other across the restaurant.

sin

In India it’s a sin to kill a cobra.

A “sin” is a moral or religious crime. For example, killing another person is both a religious crime and a legal crime. Notice the following:

  • Do you think telling lies is a sin?
  • It is a sin to steal from another person.

リスニング教材を探すのも良いですが一流ナレーターが読むオーディオブックも外国語学習には最適です。定番ですが、ハリー・ポッターシリーズもAudibleで聞くことができます。書籍は持っておられるかもしれませんね。リスニングスピードを変えたりするのはリスニング練習でよくある方法の一つ。とにかくどんどん聞き進めていき一冊を聞き終えましょう。どうしても分からない場合は書籍を確認する。これだけでも立派な英語学習。音声にそって自分も声を出して物語を話すのもいいですね。リスニングだけよりも、声に出すことで自分の英語を聞くことになり、さらに英語学習の効果があがります。

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