Nate英会話Lab 021:FREE TALK-ハロウィン に ついて(TRICK-OR-TREATING / COSTUMES / CULTURE)

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Show Notes! I wasn’t lazy!!! Hooray!

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A STORY ABOUT TRICK-OR-TREATING:

 

samurai

spray-painted my hair black

I wore, like a yukata, or…jimbe

why did my dad have a jimbe?

anyway…

 

that Halloween, it was raining

 

it started to rain

 

slowly kids started to go home

give up

 

usually we finish around… 10pm

 

around 9, it started pouring, raining really hard

 

I remember 2 things:

 

one thing, we kept trick-or-treating in the rain

my spray-painted hair

 

the spray-painted hair started running down (running down my face)

 

but, of course, having spray painted hair in your eyes is not good.. but..

 

but, because it was raining, like everyone, all the kids, went home

 

and, I, my house was in kind of a normal neighborhood

 

rich area

 

a million dollars

 

in Japanese yen, how much is a million dollars

like a nice area in Ashiya

 

So me and my friend were really wet, so we got wet from the rain, and we went home

 

my dad says “hey, let’s go trick-or treating with the car!”

 

we drove around the rich area…

 

and my dad says “Ok go run outside and trick-or-treat!”

 

and the people….they were surprised “whoa, you’re trick-or-treating, it’s like pouring rain!”

 

I remember each house gave like a huge, handful of candy, because they knew that no other people were going to come.

 

So we went to maybe, like twenty houses, but we got like huge…bag of candy.

 

So, American kids, we are very focused about, so each house, how many pieces of candy.

 

one piece is normal.

 

maybe the nice people “oh, you can have two pieces”

 

and sometimes, they say “take a handful”

 

so we got like 20 or 30, houses, they said you can take like, a handful, you can take the whole bag…

 

It was awesome!

 

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So, with my private lesson students, we practice translating free talk questions. This week, is, there’s about, 7 or 8 questions about Halloween and USJ.

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QUESTION: ユニバーサルサプライズハロウィンとか、そのような、ハロウィンのイベントに行ったことはありますか?

Have you ever been to a Halloween event, like the “Universal Surprise Halloween”, or something like it?

 

AYA’S ANSWER: So, a Halloween event in an amusement park, you mean? … OK, I’ve never been….

 

mainly

cosplay

 

that kind of…

I went to that kind of event

 

that’s what I thought!

similar to “I knew it”

Can I ask back?

 

NATE’S ANSWER: Ok, let me think of the Halloween events that I went to.

 

First, when I was a child…

 

CURVE xxx(curve ball)

CARVE

 

carve pumpkins

maybe we carved pumpkins together

 

going trick-or-treating

 

And, when I was in Highschool…

 

Haunted House

 

you walk through the haunted house

 

grab you

scare you

 

and then in college, and after college…

 

house party

busy downtown area

 

QUESTION: 今まで見たホラー映画で、どの映画が怖かったですか?

Until now, what horror movie has terrified you?

 

terrify

like super super scared

 

It’s like you’re about to die…

 

AYA’S ANSWER: Chakushin Ari, in English, “ONE MISSED CALL”, there is (a) Japanese version and (a) Hollywood version.

 

I heard that before.

 

OHHHH…I watched that.

 

the one missed call is hollywood version name xxx

the “ONE MISSED CALL” is the hollywood ones name

 

oh, that’s a cool movie.

 

details

I don’t remember the details.

 

I terrified me…

 

water, like….

the well

a well

 

a well is not realistic for me

 

I have (a) cellphone..

 

So you’re comparing RINGU

 

THE RING has the well…

 

I can’t relate to that.

 

You feel like the story or situation could happen to you.

 

can’t relate to…(something)

 

for example: Sazaisan story —-

how old is the first sazaisan comic?

 

50 years old…

really old

1960

 

I was reading, and sazaisan was carrying coal

 

I couldn’t relate to it at all, so I gave up. But, I like sazaisan.

 

QUESTION:ゾンビの映画は好きですか?

Do you like zombie movies?

 

NATE’S ANSWER: well, I used to hate zombie movies…

 

28 days later

it is like non-stop, killing, action

 

just soooo many zombies get killed, like thousands and thousands

 

one movie changed my mind…

 

(hint):

recent movie

really good

Brad Pitt

 

World War Z

 

It has a good story

 

just killing zombies

 

go rent the dvd now

 

immediately

 

QUESTION: アメリカのハロウィンは、祝日ですか?

Is Halloween a National Holiday in the US?

 

trick

a trick question

 

AYA’S ANSWER:  I think Americans celebrate Halloween, but it’s not a National Holiday. I think it’s not. So…

 

answer is….MAYBE

 

In America we say Public Holiday…is a day off

 

In America, we don’t say national holiday, we just say Holiday, or Public Holiday.

 

I think the rule is, a public holiday, is, the government gets a day off.

 

Is Halloween a Holiday? YES

Is Halloween a Public Holiday? NO

Is Halloween a National Holiday? (America person would be confused, or maybe they would say NO or YES)

 

company

government

 

 

QUESTION: アメリカで子供に人気なコスチュームは何ですか?

What are the most popular costumes for kids in the US?

 

AYA’S ANSWER: Well, see, like a, superheroes? Like, a, spiderman, ironman….

 

other superheroes like batman, and..

 

of course robin. Batman and Robin.

 

sidekick

yellow and green costume

 

how do you say SIDEKICK?

 

partner

sub-main character

for a superhero team, we say sidekick

 

What are some other costumes? So not superhero?

 

new movie characters

that’s a good one

pixar

disney movie

 

original

new

 

from real movies

 

halloween related monsters

 

vampire

frankenstein

zombies

 

 

もし今あなたは子供だったら、何のコスチュームを着たいですか?

What costume would you have worn as a kid?

 

AYA’S ANSWER: well, see, when I was a child, sailormoon was very popular, so, maybe I would have worn a sailor moon costume.

 

what costumes did you wear?

 

you wore a lot…

 

well, ninja turtles, is one. I loved the blue ninja turtle.

 

who was your favorite ninja turtle

 

each ninja turtle has a special name…

 

rafael, donatello, michealangelo…

 

da vinca…leonardo…

 

cowboy

samurai

 

 

日本とアメリカのハロウィンは、どんな違いがありますか?

What’s the difference between Halloween in Japan and the US?

 

what do you think?

 

NATE’S ANSWER: well, of course, there’s like, obvious differences…

 

OBVIOUS

 

like, Japanese people don’t do trick-or-treating, usually

 

carve the big pumpkins

 

we do trick-or-treating IN the party

 

at the party

we don’t go around the neighborhood, door-to-door, knocking

 

I wish I could do that

 

It’s like “real” Halloween

 

 

日本の文化はハロウィンものが多いけど、なんでトリックオアトリートなど祝いをしないのでか??

Why does Japanese culture have so much Halloween stuff but they don’t celebrate it?

 

So Halloween stuff, is like, in the cafe, or at the club, or in the, on the street, you can see so much Halloween stuff.

 

celebrate the main event

trick-or-treating

carving pumpkins

 

AYA’S ANSWER: From my understanding, well, the real Halloween things, like carving pumpkin(s) or trick-or-treating, mainly they are for kids. But Halloween culture in Japan like, from….

 

adult people xxx

adults OK

 

just for adults, so, adults enjoy wearing costumes…

 

of course, at the English schools, teachers have Halloween parties for adults.

 

So, Halloween in Japan is pretty much for adults.

 

Do you think, in the future, Japanese kids will trick-or-treat?

 

I wish I could do trick-or-treating with the neighborhood…

 

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