Melted snow is flowing as a stream
Babies of horsetail are shyly appearing
Spring is coming
Why don’t you take on a little?

Breeze is carrying warm air
A stranger boy came pick up the girl next-door
Spring is coming
Why don’t you take your boyfriend out?

Happiness will not come if you keep crying
Take off your heavy coat and go out
Spring is coming
Why don’t you find a new love?

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 South Korean media say the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia.

 A South Korean government official said that Kim Jong Nam was killed Monday, the Yonhap news agency reported.

 The official did not provide additional information.

 Two unidentified female agents reportedly used poisoned needles to kill Kim at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The two then fled the area in a taxi. The women are believed to have been working for North Korea.

 South Korea’s National Intelligence Service neither confirmed nor denied the story.

 Kim Jong Nam spent large amounts of time outside North Korea. He also had voiced disapproval of his family’s control of the country.

 He and his younger brother, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, are both sons of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. However, they had different mothers. The older brother was once considered to be the heir of his father and was expected to lead the country.

 However, Kim Jong Nam fell from favor with his father in 2001. That year, he attempted to enter Japan with a false passport, reportedly to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

 Since that time, he has lived mainly in the Chinese territory of Macau.

 Kim Jong Nam was believed to be close to his uncle, Joang Song Thaek. Joang was considered the second most powerful man in North Korea, but he was executed in 2013. Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered his execution.
 In previous years, Kim Jong Nam expressed disinterest in leading North Korea. “Personally, I am against third-generation succession,” he told Japan’s Asahi TV in 2010.

 Kim Jong Il died in December 2011, when Kim Jong Un took power.

 “I hope my younger brother will do his best for the sake of North Koreans’ prosperous lives,” he reportedly said.

 I’m Mario Ritter.
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 The apparent assassination of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has increased support for critics of the country’s government.

 Those critics accuse North Korea of being a state that operates outside the law. They say the government kills its enemies and depends on criminal activity for survival.

 Malaysian officials continue to investigate the death of Kim Jong Nam, who was attacked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday. He died a short time later.

 Kim Jong Nam and Kim Jong Un are sons of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

 On Thursday, Malaysian police said they arrested a woman suspected of involvement in the killing. She is said to have an Indonesian passport.

 Another woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in the case. She reportedly had Vietnamese travel papers.

 Police also detained a man who provided information that led to the arrest of one of the women.

 South Korean officials have said two North Korean female agents poisoned Kim Jong Nam at the airport. They say the women sprayed liquid droplets at him and then held a cloth over his face.

 That information is different from early reports of how Kim Jong Nam may have been poisoned.

 Airport cameras captured images of the suspects. One woman wore a shirt with the letters “LOL” on the front.

 There are reports that Malaysian officials have refused efforts by North Korean officials to stop a medical exam of the body.

 North Korean critics have described the government as a highly corrupt, family-led criminal operation. They say North Korea is active in smuggling, secretly transporting goods and other materials in and out of the country.

 Critics also say the government is involved in drug trafficking and arms dealing, including the exchange of nuclear materials and missile parts. They say all the money earned goes to North Korea’s wealthy leadership.

 In 2012, United Nations diplomats reported on the discovery of North Korean-made graphite cylinders on a Chinese ship traveling to Syria. They said the tubes could be used to make missiles.

 In 2005, an official from Ireland was arrested for having high-quality counterfeit copies of money from the United States. The counterfeit $100 bills reportedly were made in North Korea.

 In 2016, a British citizen was sentenced to 15 years in prison for plotting to import 100 kilograms of North Korean methamphetamine drugs into the U.S.

 Robert Kelly teaches at Pusan National University in South Korea. He says he would not be surprised if the North Korean leadership was to blame for the killing of Kim Jong Nam.


 “You know, the North Koreans, they just don’t follow the rules, both internally and externally. They treat their own people terribly and overseas they basically have engaged in this massive illicit economy and it’s not surprising that that would also include illicit political behaviors like assassinations.”

 Kim Jong Nam was once considered a possible replacement for Kim Jong Il as North Korea’s head of state. But the son was caught trying to enter Japan with a false passport in 2001, reportedly to visit Tokyo Disneyland. After that, Kim Jong Nam spent most of his time in Macau.

 In 2012, he wrote a note to a Japanese reporter. It said, “The Kim Jong-un regime will not last long. Without reforms.”

 The South Korean National Intelligence Service said recently that the North Korean leader had given a “standing order” for his half-brother’s killing when he took power.

 Robert Kelly says stopping unlawful activity by North Korea’s leadership could put pressure on the government to change. But, he says, that would require cooperation from China, North Korea’s main ally. He thinks China is unwilling to do anything that would weaken the Kim family’s control and that would create instability within its neighbor.

 As of Thursday, there was no news of Kim Jong Nam’s death in North Korean media.

 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un marked the birthday of his father Kim Jong Il, which is a national holiday in the country.

 I’m Mario Ritter.
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turn into ... の2つの意味


 このカードの英文には turn into が2回出てきますね。

 the frog turned into an absolutely gorgeous sexy young prince(カエルはものすごくゴージャスでセクシーな若い王子様に変わったのです)と、what the old lady turned into? です。



 The first motel she could find.

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shop と store の違い

 shop も 「店」 ですし、store も 「店」 です。どう違うのでしょうか。

 アメリカのサイトなどで、ネイティブ・スピーカーが 「小さいのが shop で大きいのが store だ」 と答えていたりしますが、変な回答です。英語の母語話者でも知らないことは多いものだという典型でしょうね。

 よく 「ネイティブはこう言う」 と言って、英語母語者の言うことを金科玉条のごとく信じる人も多いようですが、いつもマユに唾を引いて考えたほうがよいと思います。

 では、shop store の違いを考えてみましょう。


 このカードでは、pet store という表現が出ていますね。日本語では、私たちはふつう 「ペットショップ」 と言いますから、「ペットストア」 にはちょっと違和感を感じますね。

 coffee shop coffee store はどう違うと思いますか。coffee shop はコーヒーを淹れて出してくれる店ですね。
 coffee store は? こちらはコーヒー豆を売っている店です。コーヒーは飲めません。サンプルで飲ませてくれるところもあるかもしれませんが。

 では、book storebook shop の違いは?
 「book shop なんてないよ」と言われるかもしれません。イギリスにはあります。

 コーヒー店の例で考えると、book store は本を売っている店で、book shop は本を作っている店のように思えますが、これは、昔、悪くなった本を繕い直してくれていた店の名残りの呼び方です。製本をやり直してくれる店です。

 もうお分かりですね。shop は何らかの作業を提供してくれる店で、store は品物を置いて売っている店のことです。

 workshop という語があります。研修の中でも、ワークショップは、何らかの作業などをして、技術などを習得する研修ですね。ただ講師の話を聞くだけの研修はワークショップと言いません。

つまり、shop store は、店の規模の違いではないということですね。



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 Voice of America American Mosaic (アメリカの種々相)という番組です。やさしい、ゆっくりとした英語です。



 Forget the chocolates, flowers and jewelry.

 This Valentine’s Day, February 14, perhaps the best gift you can give the love of your life is your undivided attention. Sadly, for many of us, that is easier said than done.

 An international study of more than 13,000 adults found that many people say modern technology has affected relations with their partner. Almost 40 percent of those questioned said their partner paid more attention to their mobile device than to them.

 Intel Security Group, a private company, paid for the study. It examined how romantic relationships are affected by a person's use of social media and the Internet.

 The research included both old and new relationships. Thirty-three percent of those asked reported that they had to compete against a mobile device for attention on a first date.

 Apparently, we have as much love for our digital devices as for the people we love. Intel’s survey found that adults spend almost equal amounts of time online at home as they do interacting directly.

 And a lot of married couples, friends and family members argue about time spent on mobile devices.

 Gary Davis is the chief consumer security officer at Intel Security. He says recognition of our electronic device involvement is important.

 “If you have a pattern where you’re at dinner, you’re out on a date, you're home having a quiet evening, maybe watching a show, or just enjoying a fire ... and a device comes into play, it’s that awkward thing that I don’t think enough people think about. And when they don’t think about it, they don’t understand the wear and tear it’s causing on the relationship.”

 Edward Spector holds a similar opinion.

 “We’re not thoughtfully progressing in terms of how we’re using technology.”

 Spector works as a psychologist in Bethesda, Maryland. He studies human behavior, and specializes in technology dependence.

 "So, we have to be thoughtful about the consequences of connecting to a particular social network, or allowing yourself to have the habit of the last hour and a half of your evening be checking your Facebook, or always responding to a text immediately."

 Rules or time limits on a device might be good, in theory. However, Intel’s survey found that 45 percent of those questioned do not set rules. Another 45 percent said they got into arguments about how much they are on their phones when spending time with loved ones.

 The lack of social rules about digital behavior might be the result of the newness of the issue.

 Past generations did not have the technologies, said psychologist Spector.

 “In this situation, our elders know nothing. In fact, the knowledge and competence is moving towards the youngest generation that’s using the technology because they’re the ones bounding forward fearlessly, and finding out what ways you can get in trouble.”

 That trouble may include the sharing of sensitive information. Intel’s research found nearly 30 percent of couples share passwords to social media sites. This could be a problem when relationships end.

 Intel’s Gary Davis advises that people step away from electronic devices to truly connect with other people.

 “Understand the value of distancing yourself from your device and allow yourself to be engaged with that person that means the most to you,” said Davis.

I'm Caty Weaver.
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