英会話が単なる趣味のオヤジの備忘録

オンライン英会話のレッスンや日々気になった英語表現を自分の学習を兼ねてまとめていきます。

高齢者にはこんな車がいいのではないでしょうか

 

 A mother and her daugther were killed in the terrible car accident caused by a 87-year -old man.  He drove a hybrid-car "Prius".  It is well-known for "Prius missile" on internet. Surprisingly, the car hit a garbage truck and made it turn on its side. 

 

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Some measures are urgent to reduce car accidents caused by elderly people. I think the government should set an age-limit for senior drivers. In my opinion, 85 year old is the best. 

 

In addition, the government should make a regulation so that seniors can choose their car from some options. Small size cars, so called "K-cars" are good for elderly people.

They don't need high performance vehicles like cars which run over 100km/h and weigh more than 1,000kg.

 

I recommend three cars for seniors.

 

For active senirors living in rural areas

www.daihatsu.co.jp

 

 

For high-society seniros livinf in urban areas

www.suzuki.co.jp

 

 

Finally, this is my recommendation. 

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コンセプト | 超小型EV「コムス」:トヨタ車体

 

COMS is the electric car manufactured by Toyota Auto body. It runs 50km on a charge and its maximum speed is 60km/h.  Car inspections are not necessary and tax is very low. It's the best choice for seniors.

 

 

 

 

 

本日の英会話レッスンはキャンセル

Today's online English lesson has been canceled because my teacher has a high fever. It can't be helped. I've recieved an e-mail of her apolpgy. I don't intend to look for a substitute because I don't need to be in hurry to take lessons.  I can't take as many  lessons as I used to. My next deadline is May 5th. I have enough time to take all 5 lessons.

 

 

さすがに月5回のレッスンだけでは会話力をキープできない

 

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EIGOXのレッスン費の値上げにより、これまで月10回レッスンを受けれたのがわずか5回になりました。5回ですと週に1回程度です。さすがに会話力をキープするのは難しいです。とはいえ、収入も限られているので英語にまわせるお金もそうありません。

代わりに英作文の練習をして普段から英語でモノを考える習慣を維持したいと思います。その英作文はこのブログで公開していこうと思います。間違いもあると思いますがご容赦ください。

 

 

昨夜のオンライン英会話ではNHKの話になりました。説明するのに苦労しました。英作文して復習します。

 

NHK is a public TV media like BBC in the UK.  Even though it is public, it's independent from the government.  Because the budget of NHK comes from our TV license fee, not government's budget.  It's mandatory for us to pay monthly fee. However  I know a lot of people are not willing to pay because they don't watch NHK TV programs.

 

I recognaize NHK is still trustworthy compare to other private medias. Because private medias are sponsored by some large companies and their contents are possibly affected by the preferences of sponsors. For exanples, private TV medias don't report the problems about the contracts between current convinience store companies and francisees.

Because they recieve a huge amount of sponsor fee from the franchisors. 

 

These days, it's getting more important that from what kind of media should we get correct information. That's why sometimes we need to compare one media and other medias including web media. 

 

 

 

 

新元号が「令和」に決定されました

今日、新元号が「令和」であるいう発表がありました。BBCなどでも詳しく報道されています。

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今夜のオンライン英会話でもこの話題になると思われますので,あらかじめボキャブラリーをチェックしておこうと思います。

 

元号  era name,  name of imperial era

皇太子 the Crown Prince

退位  abdicate

後継者 successor

皇位を継承する take the throne

御代  reign

引き継ぐ take over

上皇 an ex-emperor

 

Japanese government announced the name of new era "Reiwa" today.  The new name was taken from Manyo-shu, the oldest existing anthology of Japanese poetry. The new era names has been set only when one emperor has died and  his successor has taken the throne. It's the first time that the new era name was announced while the current emperor lives. 

 

【日記】実家で野良猫が出産した

A stray cat gave a birth of three babies at the kitchen door of my parents' house.

 

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The mother cat was very cute and had beautiful hair. She is my favorite type.

 

This is the picture of three kittens.

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One of them was a calico cat. It is said that calico cats are usually female. A male calico cat barely appears.  There is only one male calico cat among thirty-thousand female cats.

 

 

野良猫が実家の勝手口あたりで3匹の子猫を生みました。母猫はとてもかわいくきれいな毛並みです。私の好きなタイプのネコです。

 

子猫のうち1匹は三毛猫です。三毛猫はたいていメス猫だと言われています。オスの三毛猫が現れるのは珍しく、その確率は3万匹に1匹です。

 

stray cat  :  野良猫

kitten  : 子猫

calico cat  : 三毛猫