Today’s speech is a talk from ラジオ英会話.
Topic is the phrase with as and that with the compalative degree.
First story Professor Peacock (his first name is Blendan) and his friend, Aki, encounted together.
a Blendan? Do you member me?
b Aki? My goodness. How many years has it been?
a Let's just say it has been a long time.
b Please sit down. Can I offer you a cup of tea?
a I said the same thing to you when we first met.
b Yes, at the Pyramid of the Sun. You offered me ice tea.
a It seems like yesterday.
a You are as lovely as ever, Aki. You haven't changed a bit.
b And you are as handsome as ever, Blendaon.
key sentence you are as lovely as ever.
You are as witty as ever.
it means Aikawarazu.
Your latest spy novel is as gripping as any novel I've read.
it means Dono~nimo otorazu
I go swimming as often as 5 times a week.
Second story Shiho who has studied abroad and came back to Japan. She meets her boyfriend Doug.
b Shiho! Welcome home! You look great.
a Thanks. You've put on a few kiros, I see.
b Yeah, I've been so busy I couldn't do any exercise.
a That'll do it.
b Your English is getting better and better. You sound like a New Yorker.
a Do I?
b Yes! Your English is probably better than mine now. I've been in Japan for so long.
a I doubt that. Anyway, I'm dying for some real sushi.
b I know just the place.
key sentence your English is getting better and better.
This is the phrase with the compalative degre.
I'm not interested in getting richer and richer.
Radio Eikaiwa is becoming more and more interesting.
The tougher the challenge is, the better I perform.
Third story two astronaunts are working in the spaceship. They saw the aliens going down to Mars.
a Commander, the alien spacecraft is going down to the surface of Mars.
b Well, we were going down there. Let's follow it.
a Can you believe this is really happening?
b I had a feeling we weren't alone in the universe.
b Yes, the earth is no more than a little planet.
a I guess the universe is too big for only us humans.
b Exactly. Prepare for landing, flight engineer.
a Aye-aye, Commander.
key sentence the earth is no more than a little planet.ちっちゃな惑星にすぎない
This is also the phrase with the compalative degree.
My new apartment is no more than 5 minutes fom the station.
This article must be not more than 450 words.４５０語以下で
No less than 100 persons came to my lecture. Amazing!１００人も
We have to write a paper of not less than
500 words. 500語以上の
Last story two rock group member are talking about their future.
a I think we'll go down in history as an influential rock group.歴史に名を残す
b You mean like the Beetles or something?
a Of course, we'll never be that famous. I hope some of my song lyrics stand the test of time.時代を超えて名を残す
b Are you serious? What's so remarkable about them?
a They obviously reflect the philosopher in me.私の中にいる哲学者を反映している
b You're no more a philosopher than my cat.
a Hey, don't knock cats. 猫を貶すな
They are wiser than humans in many way.
key sentence you're no more a philosopher than my cat !
This is the difficult phrase with the compalative degree.
He's no more a professor than my pet hamster.
She's no more a movie star than my grandmother.
He could no more be a leader than climb Mount Everest.