Episode 28ニューヨークの停電と電力会社 復習編 Part 1

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Welcome to episode number 28. * Maribethさんの言葉はオレンジ色で表記してあります。*シャドーイング練習の部分はピンクで表記してあります。



showstopper   1. 拍手が鳴り止まなくてショーを止めてしまうような、名演技、名演奏。2. ショーを中断してしまうような致命的な問題

On a recent Saturday night (13-JUL-2019), J-Lo —Jennifer Lopez— was on stage at Madison Square Garden (MSG). She was just getting the audience warmed up when all of a sudden the show came to a halt. For no apparent reason, a power outage crippled New York City.


come to a halt   止まる、停止する  cripple ~の活動を停止させる・~を無力化する  for no apparent reason はっきりした理由もなく

♪ For no apparent reason, my computer crashed.  はっきりした理由がわからないまま私のコンピューターは動かなくなった。♪

The audience evacuated the building. But outside, much to people’s chagrin, there was no electricity. Most of Times Square and the area around Rockefeller Center were without power. The blackout caused a number of Broadway productions to be cancelled, including: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Hadestown,” “Lion King,” “The Cher Show,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

much to one’s chagrin きわめて遺憾なことに  chagrin 悔しさ、残念 

Chagrin means embarrassment or dismay. As in “much to my dismay”. It implies the opposite of what you (the chagrined person) intended for the outcome. Here is a good example: if you wanted someone to give you a compliment on your appearance and you asked how you looked. Much to your chagrin they said you look tired! (not quite the outcome you expected!) – hopefully that makes it clear.  

embarrassment   困惑、落胆 dismay   落胆   much to one’s dismay    とてもがっかりしたことに    imply   ほのめかす、暗示する    the opposite of ~  ~の正反対  outcome    結果、結末  compliment     ほめ言葉、賛辞   appearance  外見、見た目

” You look tired. ”  は「見た目がいけていない 」とやんわりと伝えるのに使われるのですね。

Yes, “You look tired” is, believe it or not, a polite way for an American to say “you don’t look good.” In a circumstance where you would actually be tired, like if you were working late, or actually exhausted it would mean what it actually means- tired. But if you were to show up to work in the morning or anytime during the day and someone said that to you, it would be a polite insult to your appearance. 

♪ Much to my  chagrin, they said, ” You look tired.” ♪ 期待に反して本当にがっかりしたのだけど、彼らは「ちょっとダサいね。」と言った。


ALL DRESSED UP AND NOWHERE TO GO  おしゃれしたのにどこにも行くところがない

There was literally nowhere you could go. If you had your tickets and plans, everything got cancelled. Then if you wanted to head to another part of town, you were immobilized. Traffic lights were out. The subways stopped in all boroughs because the jam in Times Square backed everything up. Performers like J Lo promised to reschedule, and some Broadway actors tried to make the most of it by singing to the crowds in the street.

immobilize  …を不動にする,動けなくする   

I’ve used the phrase “I was immobilized”. But more often I’d use the word “prevented”. Since immobilized implies a much more serious impediment. 

impediment  障害、妨害

back up  〈交通などを〉渋滞させる      ex.  Traffic is backed up for three miles. 交通は 3 マイルも渋滞している.




Limited live performances and events can resume in New York in April


After being closed for over a year, events, arts, and entertainment venues can reopen at a limited capacity next month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that as soon as April 2, live performance venues will be able to open indoor spaces at 33 percent capacity or up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of a negative coronavirus test prior to entry, capacity can increase to 150 people indoors and 500 people outdoors, according to the state.


 I am right in the heart of Manhattan! I’ve been here for over 31 years! Can you believe it? 


Yes, I use Clubhouse. I know a lot of people on it but not many really know how to use it productively. I mostly see people dropping in on celebrities’ calls but not actively contributing.  It mostly feels like you are eavesdropping on someone’s phone call!   eavesdrop  盗み聞きをする

LinkedIn --- ビジネスでのネットワークづくり、仕事さがしなどに使う


*VOGUEの Answers 73 Questions という動画の中でSarah Jessica Parker サラ・ジェシカ・パーカーが、” A book you read in school that positively shaped you ? ” ( 学生時代に感銘を受けた本は?)という質問に ” To kill a mockingbird.” (アラバマ物語)と答えていました。


Questions are as followings:

1. How long have you been in the area?

2. What’s your favorite season in New York City?

3. What’s your favorite activity in New York City?

4. Would you ever leave New York City?

5. What are three words to describe living in New York City?

6. What’s your favorite movie?

7. Favorite movie in past five years?

8. Favorite Hitchcock film?

9. Favorite TV show that’s currently on?

10. What’s a book you plan on reading?

11. A book you read in school that positively shaped you?

12. A book you read in school that you never think of?

13. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?

14. iPhone or Android?

15. Twitter or Instagram?

16. Vine or Snapchat?

17. Who should EVERYONE be following right now?

18. What’s the coolest thing in this room?

19. What’s your favorite downtown restaurant?

20. What’s your favorite food?

21. Least favorite food?

22. What do you love on your pizza?

23. Favorite drink?

24. Favorite dessert?

25. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

26. Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

27. What’s the hardest part about being a mom?

28. What’s your favorite band?

29. Favorite solo artist?

30. Favorite lyrics?

31. If your life were a song, what would the title be?

32. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?

33. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?

34. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?

35. To be or not to be?

36. What’s Oprah like in person?

37. What number of question was this?

38. Dogs or cats?

39. Kittens or puppies?

40. Dolphins or koalas?

41. Bird-watching or whale-watching?

42. What’s your spirit animal?

43. Best gift you’ve ever received?

44. Last gift you gave a friend?

45. A person you want to have coffee with?

46. A historical figure you’d love to have coffee with?

47. How do you like your coffee?

48. Can I play a note on this piano?

49. What’s your favorite curse word?

50. What’s your favorite board game?

51. What’s your favorite country to visit?

52. What’s the last country you visited?

53. What country do you wish to visit?

54. What do you see in this imageright here?

55. Can you write down your favorite word that starts and ends with the same vowel?

56. What’s your favorite color?

57. Least favorite color?

58. What color dress did you wear to your prom?

59. Diamonds or pearls?

60. Cheap shampoo or expensive?

61. Blow-dry or air-dry?

62. Heels or flats?

63. Can you give an impersonation of someone?

64. Can you do the same impersonation with a British accent?

65. My friend outside this window would love to ask you a question?

66. [Holding two different colored dresses] Which should I give my girlfriend?

67. Pilates or yoga?

68. Jogging or swimming?

69. Best way to decompress?

70. If you had one superpower, what would it be?

71. Can you describe an experience you felt most nervous?

72. What’s the weirdest word in the English language?

73. Last question: Is this the strangest interview you’ve ever had?