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Released: 2016.07.09





【Monique】My friend and I…it was my Japanese friend…

【Mercedes】Mm hm.

【Monique】…and I, um I actually taught her English maybe six months before I went to Japan.


【Monique】So I hadn’t seen her in almost a year. So we got together for dinner up closer to where she lives, not in Tokyo, and we’re in this small café.

【Mercedes】Mm hm.

【Monique】It was just the two of us and this other Japanese woman, and we were excited to see each other and so…we’re talking normally, and in English, and then suddenly the Japanese woman next to us says, “You should talk quiet—quieter. People are trying to do work.”


【Monique】And my friend and I were like, “What…what people?” (laughs)


【Monique】“We’re in a public place.” (laughs) Um, but I definitely had moments like that also on the train where my friends and I…

【Mercedes】Oh yeah, of course.

【Monique】…were—like in the middle of the day, not, like rush hour or night—but we were talking to each other and definitely our English, just the fact that it’s also English would bother…


【Monique】…uh, the people around us.


【Monique】And then we’re like, “We’ll continue this conversation later.” (laughs)

【Mercedes】(laughs) Yeah, yeah similar things happened to me, especially because, um in my apartment complex there were so many other, um English teachers. There…they kind of put us all in the same place to live, which in some ways was nice except that when we all had to go to a meeting, it would just be twenty foreigners talking so loudly and…by that point I had realized that overall the volume is lower in Japan when it comes to talking, but I guess these other guys, either they didn’t know or they didn’t care…


【Mercedes】…and so, I would just kind of put my head down a little bit…


【Mercedes】…while these guys were like, “Hey! How’s it going?” (laughs)


【Mercedes】All the Japanese people are kind of looking up, like, “Huh? What’s going on?” Yeah, I felt kind of embarrassed for them, actually.

【Monique】Definitely, I guess quieter is better. I…I still can’t get over that restaurant though.

【Mercedes】Yeah, that was too much.

【Monique】We were literally the only…aside from the staff, the only three people there. I was like, “What?” (laughs)

【Mercedes】Oh my goodness.

【Monique】That was a little strange.

【Mercedes】Yeah, for sure.



Questions of the day(今日の質問)

  1. What did the Japanese woman say to Monique and her friend at the café?
  2. Who did Mercedes share her apartment complex with?
  3. What observation about the overall volume level of Japanese conversation did Mercedes make?



  1. The woman told them to be quieter.
  2. She shared her complex with other English teachers.
  3. She observed that Japan is overall quieter than the United States in conversations.



Monique recalled a moment when she and a Japanese friend went to a café. There was a Japanese woman at the café that told Monique and her friend to be quieter, even though they were the only customers at the café.

In Sapporo, Mercedes lived in an apartment where all the other English teachers lived. When they would get together, the English teachers spoke to each other loudly and surprised the Japanese people around them.

Mercedes’ English teachers either didn’t care or wasn’t aware that it was considered bad manners to speak loudly in public places. Mercedes felt embarrassed about her their behavior.

Both Monique and Mercedes observed that conversation in Japan, especially in public places, generally happens at a lower level than in the United States.


Phrases of the day(今日のフレーズ)

1) In some ways(ある意味では)

“In some ways”は「ある意味では」と訳され、見方や考え方によって、ある一定の解釈や考え方ができることを表します。 “In a way”と単数形で表すこともでき、意味はどちらも同じです。

  • In some ways, it’s more convenient to drive than to take a train.(ある意味、電車に乗るよりも車を運転する方が便利だ。)
  • In some ways, it was good that I didn’t get accepted to that college. (ある意味、あの大学に受からなくてよかったです。)
  • In a way, he does have a point.(ある意味、彼の言っていることには一理ある。)

2) When it comes to(〜のことになると / 〜に関して言うと)

ある特定の話題について話し始める時に「〜のことになると」や「〜に関して言うと」という表現が “When it comes to…”です。例えば、普段おとなしい友達がサッカーの話になると夢中で話し続ける場合、 「When it comes to soccer, he doesn’t stop talking.」と言います。

◎“When it comes to”は文頭または文末で使われる傾向があります。

  • When it comes to money, she is really frugal.(お金に関して言うと、彼女は非常に倹約家である。)
  • He is very particular when it comes to fashion.(彼はファッションに関しては、ものすごいこだわりがあります。)
  • She knows a thing or two when it comes to computers.(彼女はコンピューターに関してかなりの知識を持っています。)

3) Put one’s head down(首をうなだれる)

“Put one’s head down”を直訳すると「頭を下げる」ですが、日常会話では、失敗をしたり、悲しんだり、または恥ずかしさから「首をうなだれる」ことを表します。

  • My friends were being drunk and obnoxious in the train. I just put my head down in shame.(私の友達たちは酔っ払って電車内で迷惑な行為をさらしていました。私は恥ずかしくて顔を伏せました。)
  • There is no need to put your head down. You gave it all you got. You should be proud of yourself.(うなだれることはありません。最善を尽くしたんだから自分を誇りに思うべきです。)
  • Everybody messes up from time to time. Don’t put your head down.(誰だって、時にはしくじるよ。うなだれることはないよ。)

4) I feel _____ for(私も〜の気持ちになる)

他人の喜びや悲しさ、怒りや恥などを自分のことのように感じ入る時、 “I feel _____ for (人)”と表現します。“Feel”の代わりにBe動詞も使われます。
しかし、今日の会話でメルセデスの言った「I felt embarrassed for them.」は、大声で話していた他の英語教師たちが恥ずかしい思いをしていたから自分も恥ずかしいと感じたのではなく、彼らの失礼な行為を見て自分が恥ずかしく思った、ということを表しています。

  • I feel bad for him. He’s going through a divorce and just got laid off last week.(彼を気の毒に思うよ。離婚手続き中の上に、先週解雇されたんだ。)
  • I’m so happy for you! Congrats on winning the speech contest!(スピーチコンテストでの優勝おめでとう!私も嬉しいよ。)
  • You’re moving to Australia? I’m so excited for you!(オーストラリアに引っ越すの?私まで興奮してきた。)

5) Get over(忘れる / 立ち直る)

“Get over”は、嫌な出来事や辛い経験を忘れて立ち直ることを意味します。特に失恋や頭にくることを言われた状況で使われることが多く、否定文の形で、過去の出来事をずるずると引きずるニュアンスが含まれます。

  • Come on. Get over it. You have to move on.(ほら、立ち直りなよ。前に進まないと。)
  • I can’t get over my ex-girlfriend.(元カノを忘れることができません。)
  • I still can’t get over the fact that he lied to me.(彼が私に嘘をついたという事実からまだ立ち直ることができない。)



  • (Had a) moment・・・〜の時があった
  • Strange・・・変


  • Get together for dinner・・・一緒に食事をする
  • What’s going on?・・・ 何が起こっているの?
  • Aside from・・・ 〜の他に
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  1. タケシ より:

    外国のレストランとかでは 日本人はけっこう大声で話をしていますよ

  2. Marley より:


    ーの他に aside from

    Aside from him couldn’t answer the question という例文がヒットしました。
    このaside from の部分に以前のポッドキャストで出てきた、other than をはめることは可能でしょうか?

    • Jun より:



      “Aside from”と”Other than”は同義語で、どちらを使っても意味は同じです。シアトル留学、思い切って楽しんでください!!Have fun out there!

  3. ako より:


    • Jun より:



  4. ako より:

    I was so excited when I received a mail from you.. it’s because you are the person that I have respected since I ran into hapa 英会話. I like your personality and the your way to teach English. any way, thank you for your great advice.I’m sure it’s impossible to blush up my English without hapa英会話!So I’ll study English with it and a textbook for TOEIC. I know it is hard , but I’ll do my best. これからもよろしくお願いします!

  5. […] はい!今日も僕(@famzau)がHapa英会話Podcast第106回「大声で話すのはマナー違反?」から習った「使える+かっこいい」単語をピックアップします!今日はget over(忘れる / 立ち直る)に着目! […]

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