2007年12月26日

天国から「メリー・クリスマス」


Cards From Heaven Have Dead Man Talking
( New York Times )

Even in death, Chet Fitch is a card. Fitch, known for his sense of humor, died in October at age 88 but gave his friends and family a start recently: Christmas cards, 34 of them, began arriving -- written in his hand with a return address
of ''Heaven.''

The greeting read: ''I asked Big Guy if I could sneak back and send some cards. At first he said no; but at my insistence he finally said, 'Oh well, what the heaven, go ahead but don't (tarry) there.' Wish I could tell you about things here but words cannot explain.

''Better get back as Big Guy said he stretched a point to let me in the first time, so I had better not press my luck. I'll probably be seeing you (some sooner than you think). Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Chet Fitch''


【 まずは準備運動 】

・return address 差出人住所
・sneak こっそり逃げる・入る・出る
・insistence 強い主張、固執
・tarry 滞在する


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2007年12月10日

米で、10代の出生率が上がる


Teenage Birth Rate Rises for First Time Since ’91
( New York Times )

The birth rate among teenagers 15 to 19 in the United States rose 3 percent in 2006, according to a report issued Wednesday, the first such increase since 1991. The finding surprised scholars and fueled a debate about whether the Bush administration’s abstinence-only sexual education efforts are working.

President Bush noted the long decline in teenage pregnancy rates in his 2006 State of the Union address, saying, “Wise policies such as welfarereform, drug education and support for abstinence and adoption have madea difference in the character of our country.”


【 まずは準備運動 】

・fuel 燃料(供給する)、あおりたてる
・note 書き留める、注目する、言及する
・decline 傾斜、減少
・pregnancy 妊娠
・State of the Union address (米大統領の)一般教書演説
・welfare 福祉、幸福
・adoption 採用、養子縁組


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2007年11月26日

ニューヨークで殺人事件減る、見知らぬ者の犯行も


Fewer New York Murders, and Even Fewer by Strangers
( New York Times )

New York City is on track to having fewer than 500 murders in 2007, by far the lowest amount in a 12-month period since reliable Police Department statistics became available in 1963.

But within the city’s official crime statistics is a perhaps even more striking figure: so far, with roughly half the killings analyzed, only 35 were found to be committed by strangers, a microscopic statistic in acity of 8.5 million.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・by far (最上級を強めて)はるかに
・amount 量、総計
・statistic 統計値、統計量
・striking 目立つ、著しい
・microscopic 顕微鏡の、顕微鏡でしか見えない(ほど小さい)


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2007年11月23日

米国で、ガルシアさんがジョーンズさんを追い上げる


In U.S. Name Count, Garcias Are Catching Up With Joneses
( New York Times )

Step aside Moore and Taylor. Welcome Garcia and Rodriguez.

Smith remains the most common surname in the United States, according toa new analysis released yesterday by the Census Bureau. But for the first time, two Hispanic surnames ーGarcia and Rodriguez ーare among thetop 10 most common in the nation, and Martinez nearly edged out Wilson for 10th place.

The number of Hispanics living in the United States grew by 58 percent in the 1990s to nearly 13 percent of the total population, and cracking the list of top 10 names suggests just how pervasively the Latino migration has permeated everyday American culture.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・catch up with 追いつく
・common 共通の、一般の
・Census Bureau (米)国勢調査局
・crack ピシャリと打つ、割る
・pervasively 行き渡って、普及して
・migration 移住、渡り
・permeate 浸透する、しみ込む


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2007年09月03日

9・11が近づき論争 どれだけ追悼すれば?


As 9/11 Draws Near, a Debate Rises: How Much Tribute Is Enough?
( New York Times )

Again it comes, for the sixth time now ― 2,191 days after that awful morning ― falling for the first time on a Tuesday, the same day of the week.

Each year, murmuring about Sept. 11 fatigue arises, a weariness of reliving a day that everyone wishes had never happened. It began before the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. By now, though, many people feel that the collective commemorations, publicly staged, are excessive and vacant, even annoying.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・tribute 貢ぎ物、賛辞
・murmur つぶやく、ささやく
・fatigue 疲労、倦怠感
・collective 集団の、集まった
・commemoration 記念すること、記念式典
・vacant 空いている、空虚な
・annoy うるさがらせる、苦しめる


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