311fromjapan / My Experience of the Horrible Earthquake

2012

04

18

「震災から1年、日本がどうなったのかについて発信する」という主旨のもとに始まった #311fromjapan という企画の優秀作を教材化しました。そして”日本人が世界に向けて発信した英文で英語を学びませんか“。この教材で英語を学びつつ、時には311の事を思い出してください。

※補足説明 この記事で紹介している英文は文法的に、また表現として不自然な箇所を修正しています。

※Script(本文)の下に復習用音源のmp3ファイルとWORDS(単語帳)があります。本文で青文字となっている単語が単語帳にまとまっています。

※この記事はラングリッチのオンラインレッスン向けのテキストですが、会員でない人に向けても公開しています。

 My Experience of the Horrible Earthquake (from Lang-8)

Script

(1) Foreign countries admired the attitude of Japanese cooperation after the earthquake. Many foreigners came to help the people of Japan. Also, many Japanese went there. Some people stopped working, and spent all of their time helping others in the devastated areas.

(2) A man whose name is Ayumu Takahashi said, “If my child asks me how the earthquake was in 2011, ten or twenty years later, I want to answer, almost all of young Japanese people went there to help the people in Tohoku. They tried their best as much as they could at that time! Otherwise we are not really cool Japanese, aren’t we?” He is one of the leaders who gathered a number of volunteers and he is showing his support even now.

(3) Everyone wanted to do something for the people in Tohuku, thanks to him, many people went there, and I was one of them. I participated with “All hands” a US-based, non-profit organization. I was so surprised when I reached the base of All Hands.

(4) There are so many people from different countries- France, England, U.S.A and so on to support the people. There was someone who said, “What does Tohoku mean? Although I don’t know what exactly happened here, I am here because I just felt that I should do something for them.”

(5) I was really impressed by their strong action and we sincerely appreciate them. They work very hard every day from early morning until night. I joined “Clean canal” and “Scrapping foam polystyrenes near the sea”. The canal was choked on amount of sludge, so we got rid of it and cleaned it.

(6) Speaking of the latter, many refrigerators or something related to fishery were carried away by the big Tsunami. After that, the city was left in shambles; electrical appliances, fishes, clothes, old newspaper (I guess someone reserved it), products of fisheries and furniture’s… It was a chaotic sight. Actually it was really hard work.

(7) The smell was terrible because fishes and the food products already went rotten, the amount of sludge, in addition, was not any shade under the glared sun in Summer. Our work seemed like an endless work. We struggled to the smell and high temperature. However, the local people supported us. They served us ice cream or tea to show their appreciation to us. I felt the real kindness from both them and the volunteers.

 

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WORDS

(1) admire /ədˈmajɚ/ verb, to feel respect or approval for

(2) gather /ˈgæðɚ/ verb, to bring (things or people) together into a group

a number of idiom, a collection of persons, or things; several

(3) participate /pɑɚˈtɪsəˌpeɪt/ verb, to be involved with others in doing something : to take part in an activity or event with others

organization /ˌoɚgənəˈzeɪʃən/ noun, a company, business, club, etc., that is formed for a particular purpose

(5) impress /ɪmˈprɛs/ verb, to cause (someone) to feel admiration or interest

sincerely /sɪnˈsiɚli/ adverb, genuinely or truly : in a sincere or truthful way

appreciate /əˈpri:ʃiˌeɪt/ verb, to understand the worth or importance of (something or someone) : to admire and value (something or someone)

scrap /skræp/ verb, ~ sth, to cancel or get rid of sth that is no longer practical or useful:

foam /fəʊm/ noun, a mass of very small air bubbles on the surface of a liquid

polystyrene /ˌpɒliˈstaɪriːn/ noun, a very light soft plastic that is usually white, used especially for making containers that prevent heat loss

choke /ˈtʃoʊk/ verb, to fill (something) completely so that movement is stopped or slowed

sludge /ˈslʌʤ/ noun, a soft, thick material that is produced in various industrial processes (such as in the treatment of sewage)

get rid of idiom, dispose of, terminate, end or take out, do away with

(6) latter /ˈlætɚ/ adjective, the last thing or person mentioned

fishery /ˈfɪʃəri/ noun 1 a part of the sea or a river where fish are caught in large quantities: 2 = FISH FARM

shamble /ˈʃæmbəl/ verb, to walk in an awkward, unsteady way without lifting your feet very high off the ground

chaotic /keɪˈɑ:tɪk/ adjective, in a state of complete confusion or disorder

hard work, in a state of hard or tedious labor or work

(7) terrible /ˈterəbəl/ adjective, 1. very shocking and upsetting 2. very bad or unpleasant

rot /ˈrɑ:t/ verb, to slowly decay or cause (something) to decay

in addition idiom, also; as well

glare /ɡleə(r)/ verb, to shine with a very bright unpleasant light

struggle /ˈstrʌgəl/ verb, to try very hard to do, achieve, or deal with something that is difficult or that causes problems

high temperature, very hot or humid

 

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