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レアジョブオリジナルの英会話ニュース教材です。世界の時事ネタを中心に、ビジネスから科学やスポーツまで、幅広いトピックのニュースを毎日更新しています。本教材を通して、ビジネスで使える実用的な英会話表現や英単語を身に付けることができます。
 
日本語で話す(あるいは書く)ということはいやおうなくローカルなものになる。なぜならそれは日本語を分かる人たちのために話したり書いたりしているということを意味しているからだ。もちろんそれは翻訳されることもあるだろう。だけれどもほとんどの発話は、そしてほとんどの文章は、翻訳されることもなく日本語のままぼくたちの目の前を流れていく。 それをぼくはネガティヴなものとしてとらえてきていた。でも、しかし、ぼくは日本語で話すし、日本語で考えている。それがたとえローカルな言葉であったとしても、ぼくはそのローカリティのなかで生きている。ならばその言葉の前で、日本語が分かる人たち前で、そのローカリティの中でしかできない会話をすることも必要だろう。そして、ぼくは、自分が話してみたいひとたちと真摯な会話をしてみたいと思う。ときに起こる編集者による不当な修正の手前で、ぼくたちの言葉をそのままのかたちで届けたいと思う。 http://kktnk.com/podcast/ *感想や質問などはこちらまで。kotoba@kktnk.com
 
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2月19日のゲストは、螺鈿職人の野村拓也さんです。 1910年創業、京都の「嵯峨螺鈿・野村」で代々続く螺鈿職人として現在修行中の野村さん。 貝と漆を使った工芸品の螺鈿。 美しさや繊細さが改めて注目され、海外の観光客にも好評でしたが、コロナ禍で売上も激減。 そんな中、Twitterでの発信を始めたところ、これまで螺鈿を知らなかった若い層や海外からも予想以上の反響があったそう。 留学経験のあった野村さんが異業種から家業を継ぐことになった経緯や、これからの螺鈿の可能性についても伺います。ピーター・バラカン/柴田幸子 による
 
A man bequeathed part of his inheritance to cats living in the basement of The State Hermitage Museum in Russia.Christoff Botar, a French national, died and divided his fortune among his relatives, a French environmental organization, and the Hermitage cats. The museum, which only recently learned of the inheritance, did not know why Botar decided …
 
A recent study has found that frequent traveling makes people happier with their lives.Previous studies on traveling have looked into how it affects people’s stress levels and overall health. However, most of these studies focused on the benefits of only a single vacation. The new research takes it a step further by examining how frequent travel ca…
 
A dozen bottles of French wine and 320 grapevine snippets arrived in the Gulf of Mexico after months of orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS).The bottles were first launched aboard a supply ship in November 2019 and spent 438 days in outer space. Each bottle was carefully enclosed inside a steel cylinder and remained uncorked …
 
Chick-fil-A and Target are suing poultry processors because of alleged collusion to manipulate chicken prices.The two companies filed separate lawsuits against more than a dozen chicken sellers, including Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms, and Pilgrim’s Pride. According to the lawsuit filed by Chick-fil-A, the prices of the chicken the company bought were …
 
A recent study found that an illness that affected American government employees in Havana, Cuba, was likely due to microwave radiation.In 2016, some American personnel working for the US embassy in Havana, Cuba, started experiencing symptoms like hearing strange sounds, ear pain, vision problems, and vertigo. Some of the employees recovered from t…
 
Many working parents in the UK have resorted to virtual nanny services for their children in the past year.Richard Conway, the founder of one of the biggest virtual babysitting companies in the country, said that younger children always need to be entertained. However, working parents might find it hard to make time for their kids. His company offe…
 
A schoolgirl was praised online for her response to homework that contained a glaring error.Elementary student Myrah's math homework was a series of simple addition and subtraction word problems. Myrah was able to answer most of them with ease, but one problem left her confused. It said, “Jane has 12 crayons, and Kim has seven crayons. How many mor…
 
A restaurant in Florida has been ordered to pay over $70,000 to its employees after numerous labor law violations.The Tampa Bay Brewing Company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), according to the US Department of Labor. The restaurant broke the law by allowing managers to take money from the restaurant’s tip pool even though they were no…
 
Google has recently updated its Street View app to allow users to take and submit photos using their smartphones.Street View is an online map that shows detailed, connected photos of a place that let users feel like they are walking through it. Previously, Google only accepted photos that were captured with special 360-degree cameras. With the new …
 
A new study conducted by Cornell University sociologists has shown the real-time effects of social environments on one’s health.The researchers used smartphones to record locations and send surveys to participants. They used the data collected to analyze the effects of social environments on a person’s health. The results showed that the participan…
 
Fitness and electronics company Fitbit is replacing a number of its Sense smartwatches for free because of issues with the product’s electrocardiogram (ECG) features.Fitbit Sense was first launched in August 2020. It is the first smartwatch with ECG capabilities from the company. ECG tracks the wearer’s heartbeat to detect heart problems like an ir…
 
A restaurant owner from Barcelona, Spain, has gone viral on the internet for his response to influencers who wanted to dine for free.Topik, a restaurant in Barcelona’s Eixample [uh–SHAM-pla] district, posted screenshots on their official Twitter account of a message from influencers who introduced themselves as Mikel and Roberta. The influencers wa…
 
Major American low-cost airline JetBlue Airways is planning budget cuts for 2021 amid the pandemic.According to a company memo, JetBlue’s top executives, who received pay cuts in 2020, will continue to have reduced salaries this year. The memo also stated that most employees will not receive any salary increase for the near future. The airline will…
 
Macmillan Publishers is collaborating with Spanish and English education technology company Encantos to publish existing products and create new ones.Founded in Culver City, California, in 2015, Encantos specializes in creating storytelling products that make learning 21st century skills, life skills, and literacy fun for children. The company's pr…
 
2月12日のゲストは、放送作家の中野俊成さんです。 「アメトーーク!「題名のない音楽会」「ポツンと一軒家」など数々の人気番組を手掛ける放送作家でありながら、その一方で雑誌「JaZZ JAPAN」に連載を持つほどのジャズ通としても知られています。 この度「ジャケ買いしてしまった!!ストリーミング時代に反逆する前代未聞のJAZZガイド」を出版。 ”後頭部ジャケット”や”歯の治療を連想させるジャケット””自分の奥さんを出しちゃってるジャケット”など、放送作家ならではのユニークな視点と共に、ジャケ買いの奥深さについて伺います。ピーター・バラカン/柴田幸子 による
 
A new study suggests that a small group of volcanoes in Alaska’s Aleutian [uh-LOO-shuhn] Islands may be part of a huge underwater caldera, a large crater formed when a volcano erupts and collapses.The Aleutian Islands are an archipelago that contains over 50 volcanoes. According to the study presented at the annual meeting of the American Geophysic…
 
Experts from the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire found that weight loss is not affected by age.The study involved 242 obese patients who participated in a hospital-based weight loss program from 2005 to 2016. The participants were divided into two groups. One group was comprised of participants younger than …
 
Resellers have been using so-called scalper bots to buy the PlayStation 5 (PS5), causing the console to quickly go out of stock.Scalper bots are software programs designed to monitor the stock of high-demand products on online retail sites. They send notifications to resellers when certain in-demand products become available, which allows resellers…
 
YouTube is planning to launch a new feature that will ask users to reconsider posting potentially offensive comments. With the new feature, YouTube’s system will scan comments before they get posted. If the platform finds any comment offensive, a pop-up will prompt the user to think twice before posting it. The pop-up will include a link to YouTube…
 
A team of researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University has found that poor oral hygiene may lead to metabolic syndrome.Metabolic syndrome is characterized by high sugar and cholesterol levels in the blood, obesity, and high blood pressure. Its complications include the possibility of developing diabetes, heart disease, or having a stroke. I…
 
A study done by the University of Alaska Fairbanks found that Arctic ground squirrels recycle their bodies’ own nutrients to survive hibernation during winter.Scientists have always been fascinated by the squirrels’ hibernation habits. For as long as 8 months out of the year, Arctic ground squirrels hibernate. During hibernation, the animals almost…
 
Streaming platform Netflix has launched a new feature that will help parents keep track of what shows their children are watching.The new feature, dubbed the Kids Activity Report, is a tool that summarizes information about what kids are watching on Netflix, their favorite characters, and recommended shows based on their interests. The report also …
 
2月5日のゲストは、ピープルポート株式会社の青山明弘さんです。 幼い頃から「どうしたら戦争がなくなるのか」を考え、大学在学中に国際協力の現場を回った経験から、2017年に日本で「難民の雇用を創り出すこと」を目指すピープルポート株式会社を創立。 電子機器の再生を通じて難民の雇用に取り組んでいます。 手掛けているのは環境に負担をかけない「エシカルパソコン」。 難民問題や環境問題を身近なものとして、世界にも通じる仕組みを作りたいという青山さんのビジョンを伺います。ピーター・バラカン/柴田幸子 による
 
The South African National Lotteries Commission (NLC) was accused of fraud after an unusual sequence of numbers was drawn for the jackpot.The numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 were drawn in succession for the PowerBall lottery. Twenty players hit the jackpot and won more than $300,000 each, while another 79 winners received more than $300 a piece for g…
 
UK-based online education center Train4Jobs has allegedly scammed hundreds of jobseekers.Train4Jobs promoted itself as an online training college where students could acquire new skills, such as plumbing and electrical work, that could help them get hired for jobs.However, instead of receiving actual training and accreditation, enrollees were asked…
 
Entertainment company Warner Bros. has decided to make its films scheduled for release in 2021 available on the online streaming service HBO Max and in theaters at the same time.Godzilla vs. Kong and The Suicide Squad are some of the movies that will be released this way. Upcoming movies Mortal Kombat, a remake of Dune, and The Matrix 4 will also b…
 
Technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is set to relocate its headquarters from San Jose, California, to Houston, Texas, by 2022.In a statement, the company said that it chose to move to Houston due to the city’s diverse talents. Relocating to Texas will also save the company money because the cost of real estate and talent acquisition…
 
Saudi Arabia has announced its plans to build a luxury resort within a sandstone hill in the Al-Ula Desert.The resort, called Sharaan, was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. Its architecture was inspired by the buildings of the ancient city of Hegra, which is Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. Just like buildings from the old c…
 
A new study by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), found that teenagers who start school at a later time experience fewer migraines.According to research, teenagers’ body clocks naturally lean towards sleeping and waking up late. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises middle and high schools to start classes at …
 
A 103-year-old time capsule has been dug up by a team of workers doing restoration work at the Roslyn Grist Mill in New York.The time capsule, which was placed in a hundred-year-old milk bottle, was buried underneath the concrete floors of the historical building.The bottle was hidden by two men who were part of a team working to preserve the build…
 
1月29日のゲストは、ジャズ・ピアニストの山下洋輔さんです。 世界を股にかけて活躍する山下さんも、昨年はコロナ禍により様々なプランが中止となりました。 しかし2月には延期となっていたビッグバンドのコンサートが愛知、滋賀、東京で開催。 果たしてドヴォルザークやベートーヴェンと山下ワールドの融合からどんなサウンドが生まれるのか? 昨年末には久々のソロ・アルバム『クワイエット・メモリーズ』をリリース。 そして村上春樹さんがプロデュースするTFM開局50周年記念のボサノヴァ・コンサートへのゲスト出演など、ジャズの巨人が再び動き始めました!ピーター・バラカン/柴田幸子 による
 
Two notebooks written by Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, have reportedly been stolen from the Cambridge University Library.The notebooks were removed from storage in 2000 so they could be photographed. After a routine check in 2001, the notebooks were discovered to be missing. For a long time, library staff assumed that the items were simp…
 
German automobile manufacturer Porsche has invested $24 million to develop e-fuels.Porsche, in collaboration with Siemens Energy and other industrial manufacturing companies, aims to establish a plant for the making of e-fuels. E-fuels are synthetic, environmentally friendly fuels meant to replace gasoline used for vehicles.The German government wi…
 
A non-profit organization is looking for volunteers who can take care of puppies and help prepare them to be trained as service dogs in the future.Southeastern Guide Dogs breeds, trains, and places guide dogs free of charge for veterans and people with disabilities. The organization is looking for people who are willing to raise puppies in their ho…
 
A recent study found that students who have good relationships with their teachers have better health as adults.Earlier studies proposed that teenagers’ social relations might affect their physical and mental health as they transition to adulthood. However, these studies did not prove whether or not socialization results in well-being.The current r…
 
Several metal monoliths have mysteriously appeared around the world in recent months, intriguing the public about their origin and purpose.The first one was found in the middle of a desert in Utah last November. It was accidentally spotted by personnel from the state’s wildlife resources center who were observing the desert from a helicopter. The s…
 
Online retailer Amazon has recently launched Amazon Pharmacy, a service where customers can order prescription medicines online.Amazon Pharmacy has a wide selection of generic and name-brand drugs, but it does not sell medications that are potentially addictive. The service promises to deliver orders within five days, but Amazon Prime members can r…
 
Swedish audio streaming provider Spotify has created a tool to help police songwriting plagiarism.The tool, which will be called the Plagiarism Risk Detector And Interface, works similarly to plagiarism detectors for university papers. Spotify developed it to provide music artists a more convenient and precise approach in detecting plagiarism, comp…
 
1月22日のゲストは、プロ・ナチュラリストの佐々木洋さんです。 日本では数少ないプロフェッショナルの自然解説者として、25年以上にわたり環境教育や自然解説活動を行っています。 コロナの影響で人の動きが減少し、世界では自然環境が回復しています。 佐々木さん曰く「人間と自然」は別々ではなく、「人間は自然の一部」である。 アフターコロナに向けて、自然との付き合い方を改めて考える必要があるかもしれません。 まずはこの機会に、身近な自然について、その面白さについて解説して頂きます。ピーター・バラカン/柴田幸子 による
 
The local government of San Francisco reversed its decision to pass an ordinance that bans cigarette smoking inside apartments.Last December, the majority of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to ban cigarette smoking inside apartments, saying that nonsmoking tenants should be free from secondhand smoke.According to the Centers for Diseas…
 
The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) has mapped around three million distant galaxies with remarkable speed and detail.The telescope completed its first survey of the sky from the Outback in Western Australia in just 300 hours. According to Larry Marshall, head of Australian science agency Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial …
 
A study found that ultraviolet C (UVC) germicidal lamps used by people to try to kill Covid-19 may damage the outer layer of the eye.Researchers from Florida reported at least seven cases of patients who have suffered eye injuries characterized by burning sensations and sensitivity to light after using UVC lamps. According to Dr. Jesse Sengillo, an…
 
A new facial recognition program can now identify bears individually from each other.Tracking bears is important to scientists because it helps in research and conservation of the animals. However, this is no easy task since bears do not have unique identifiers that people can use to tell them apart. The animals also get bigger and smaller dependin…
 
Canada has proposed a law that will impose taxes on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Spotify, as well as other online services like Amazon.The tax proposal was discussed in the government's Fall Economic Statement. It is one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s initiatives to address complaints by Canadian business owners that a loophole in th…
 
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