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英語で読もう!英語で知ろう!!About Norway!!!!!

英語で読もう!英語で知ろう!!About Norway!!!!!

Hello! This is Bjornar, and today I want to share some of my thoughts on Japan and my home country, Norway.

今回は人気講師Bjornarが母国ノルウェーについて語ってくれました。『英語分からない…』と3回言ってしまうと本当に分からなくなってしまうので、やる気を持って読んでみましょう!
絶対に読める!と信じて落ち着いて読むことが長文を読む、ひとつのコツです!

Some Impressions about Japan

I really like that Japan is so clean and orderly. With so many people and so few trash cans, I was amazed to see the streets so clean. In Norwegian cities, there are trash cans everywhere, but still the streets are more dirty. I think this is evidence that the average Japanese is more disciplined than the average Norwegian.

ここで問題!!!
合っているのはどっち?!
A:Bjornarは日本が汚い町でびっくりした!
B:Bjornarは日本が綺麗な街でびっくりした!

In general, both Japanese and Norwegians can come across as shy or sometimes even uninterested. But my experience is that when you first break the ice, people are very friendly and eager to get to know you. Especially if you buy them a drink or two. In this way the Japanese and Norwegians are very similar. So if you ever visit Norway, don’t be afraid to talk to people. Norwegians generally speak good English too.

ここで問題!!!
日本人とノルウェー人の人柄で似ているところってどこ?
はじめは『  A  』だけど、一度打ち解ければ『  B  』!!!

A little bit about Norway

Norway and Japan are almost the same size (Norway is slightly bigger), but Japan’s population is about 25 times bigger. In all of Norway there are only 5 million people, compared to Japan’s 127 million. If we emptied Norway and moved everybody to japan, we could fit all Norwegians in Yokohama and Kawasaki. Norway’s biggest city and capital, Oslo, has about 600 000 citizens. That means more people live in Shinjuku and Shinagawa combined, than the biggest city in Norway. So if you ever get tired of the crowds in Japan and you need more space, there’s always space for you in Norway.

ここで問題!
ノルウェーと日本の大きさはほぼ同じ!なのに人口がこんなにも違う!とBjornar は言っています。
英語で数字表現難しいですよね…考えてみましょう!
日本の人口 約1億2千7百万人 →127million
ノルウェーの人口 約500万人 →『  ?  』

A fan fact!

Do you like salmon sushi? Me too. But did you know that Norway introduced salmon sushi to Japan? Until the 90’s it was not common to eat raw salmon in Japan, but that changed when Norwegians convinced the Japanese to use salmon in Sushi (so Norway could sell their salmon to Japan and make big money). Good for the Norwegian economy, good for the Japanese consumers. A win-win situation. I would say this is Norway’s best invention ever.

ここでコメント!!
私もサーモンが大好きです!そして個人的にはwin-win situationという表現を今後使ってみたいな、とお気に入りフレーズになりました!
ほかにもBjornarがこんな便利な表現を教えてくれました!
Useful phrases in Norway
Is it always this cold here? (ここはいつもこんなに寒いの?)
Is this what you call rush hour?(これがいわゆるラッシュアワー?)
Are you serious?! That much? (When you get the bill)
(マジで?これだけ???)
Norway is so much better than Sweden and Denmark! (If you want to make friends with locals. Just make sure you are talking to a Norwegian. There are many Swedes and Danes in Norway, and it’s not easy to tell the difference)

あきらめずに読めた方!Bjornarに読んだよ!というところからトークを広げてくださいね!