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今週の「英語の構造を読む」課題は
Shakespeare Was a Producer and Actor and, Oh Yes, a Writer
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Shakespeare Was a Producer and Actor and, Oh Yes, a Writer

Today, we tell about one of the most influential and skillful writers
in the world.
For more than four hundred years,
people all over the world have been reading, watching and listening
to the plays and poetry of the British writer William Shakespeare.

<中略>

You just heard part of a famous scene
from a movie version of "Romeo and Juliet."
This tragic play remains
one of the greatest, and perhaps most famous, love stories ever told.
It tells about two young people who meet and fall deeply in love.
But their families, the Capulets and the Montagues, are enemies
and will not allow them to be together.
Romeo and Juliet are surrounded by violent fighting and generational conflict.
The young lovers secretly marry, but their story has a tragic ending.


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AP通信が選んだ2009年のトップニュース

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今週の「英語の構造を読む」課題は
The Economy Was Top News Story of 2009
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The Economy Was Top News Story of 2009

At the end of each year,
editors and news directors of the Associated Press in the United States
vote for the top ten news stories of the year.

They named the American economy as the top news story of two thousand nine.
The government approved more than seven hundred eighty billion dollars
to help the struggling economy.
Yet the unemployment rate was over ten percent.
Many banks failed.
And the federal deficit reached a record one point four trillion dollars.


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さよなら2009年、2010年はもっと良い年に

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今週の「英語の構造を読む」課題は
Saying Goodbye to 2009, Hoping for a Better 2010
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Saying Goodbye to 2009, Hoping for a Better 2010

So what do Americans do New Year's Eve?
Hillary Huesman is from South Carolina.

HILLARY HUESMAN:
"I get dressed up. I look to go out.
I'm usually single, and that is usually not a problem.
This year I'm still making my plans.
I haven't quite confirmed them yet,
but probably a hotel ballroom-type scenario, black-tie event."

At a black-tie event,
the men dress in tuxedos or dark suits
and the women wear fancy dresses.

Hotels in many cities have special deals for New Year's Eve:
dinner, Champagne and a party.
Then people get a room for the night.
That way, no one has to worry about drinking and driving home.


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今週の「英語の構造を読む」課題は
Words and Their Stories: Santa Claus
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Words and Their Stories: Santa Claus

Santa Claus is someone who will remain in the hearts of children forever.
He is the make-believe person
who brings toys and other gifts to children at Christmas.
To grown-ups, he is a special symbol of good will and selfless giving.

Santa Claus also has some other names:
Saint Nicholas, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Pelznickel.

Two of his names -- Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas --
both come from the Dutch who settled in New York long ago.

The Dutch believed Saint Nikolaas gave gifts to children.
They honored this kindly saint with a yearly festival on December sixth.
The English-speaking people who lived nearby greatly enjoyed Dutch festivals.
And they brought the Saint and the custom of giving gifts
into their own celebration at Christmas time.


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信用の大切さ タイガーウッズから社会まで

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今週の「英語の構造を読む」課題は
Why We Should Care About Trust, and Worry About a Lack of It
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Why We Should Care About Trust, and Worry About a Lack of It

Think of your family or friends.
How well would those relationships work without trust
-- or with a broken trust?

Recently, Forbes magazine declared Tiger Woods the first athlete
to reach one billion dollars in career earnings.
That includes winnings, appearances, product endorsements and more.

The Associated Press just voted him "athlete of the decade."
But more than half the votes arrived before his private life hit the news.

The young golfer has admitted being unfaithful to his wife and family.
Public opinion of him has fallen.
Some companies have removed him from their advertising.
Tiger Woods is now taking
what he calls "an indefinite break from professional golf."


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