2019年11月19日「モバイル英語学習」第641(英語のエッセイ): —The Most Popular Baby Names of 2019

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character 漢字, 文字;  

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What are the most popular baby names of 2019? Of course they are different in different countries. In Japan, “Ren” is the most popular name for boys. The most popular name for girls uses the same two characters, but it can be pronounced in two ways: “Hinata” or “Himari.” In the U.S., “Sophia” is the most popular girls’ name again, and “Liam” went from number two last year to number one for boys this year. In Britain, “Olivia” comes in at number one for girls again, and for the first time “Muhammad,” a name from Islam, is number one for boys. (by Douglas Jarrell)
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2019年11月14日「モバイル英語学習」第640(英語の豆知識): You’re in Paradise

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Pennsylvania  (アメリカ)ペンシルベニア州;
Don’t I wish! そうなればいいと思っているんでしょ!

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My wife was driving from Washington, D.C., to Pennsylvania to meet a friend. She got lost and decided to ask for directions. She stopped at a furniture store. When she asked the owner where she was, he said、”Paradise.” “Paradise” has the same meaning as “heaven.” My wife thought he was kidding and said, “Don’t I wish!” but the man looked at her seriously. “You are in Paradise. This is Paradise Furniture Store.” She looked out and checked the sign. He was right. She was in a city called “Paradise.” Actually, Pennsylvania has some of the most unusual city names of any state in the U.S. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
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