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Comics – Peanuts ★★

Poor Charlie Brown. Nothing ever goes right for him.


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Dick Dastardly ★★

Dick Dastardly is a popular cartoon character who appeared in various animated series by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Dastardly’s most famous appearances are main character in the series Wacky Races and its spin-off Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. He is a caricature of the English actor Terry-Thomas. The character was voiced originally by Paul Winchell, and currently by Jim Cummings.



2(またspínòff)波及したもの;(予期せぬ)副産物, 派生企画, テレビ映画などの派生商品.


1 カリカチュア, 風刺漫画, 戯画, 風刺文;U戯画化[法]

a bold [a harsh] caricature|大胆な[手きびしい]戯画

make a caricature of a politician|ある政治家を戯画化する

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Vocab Building – Big ★

Japan’s Self-Defense Forces are now providing post-earthquake humanitarian and reconstruction aid in Haiti. The relief supplies and equipment for the operation were transported from Narita to Santo Domingo aboard the world’s largest freighter aircraft, the one and only Antonov An-225. Here are the photos of the aircraft. It is amazing something this huge can stay in the air. The Wright brothers would never have dreamed it could happen. (Many thanks to Kumiko S. for sharing this with me.)

There are many words in English which mean big and here are some of them:

sizable, substantial, great, huge, immense, enormous, extensive, colossal, massive, mammoth, vast, tremendous, gigantic, giant, monumental, mighty, gargantuan, elephantine, titanic, mountainous; towering, tall, high, lofty; outsize, oversized; goodly; capacious, voluminous, spacious; king-sized, man-size, family-sized, economy-sized; jumbo, whopping, mega, humongous, monster, astronomical, ginormous; commodious.


1 〔物のかさがある〕biglarge; 〔背が高い〕tall; 〔かさの大きい〕bulky

大きい人[町]|a big person [town]

大きい建物|a large building

大きいサイズの婦人服|a large-size

[⦅米国用法⦆queen-sized] dress (▼⦅米国用法⦆男物は king-sized)

息子は父親よりも大きい|The son is taller [bigger] than his father.

大きい包み|a bulky package

とてつもなく大きい部屋|[a huge / an enormous] room


huge, gigantic

でっかいステーキを食べた|I ate a gigantic steak.

ばかでっかい象|a whopping great elephant / a monster of an elephant

でっかい男|a giant of a man

でっかい家|a huge house


ばかでかい足|unusually big feet

ばかでかい建物|a [tremendously big / ⦅米俗⦆humongous] building


huge; enormousgigantic


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Japan Times – Phrase 77 ★★

Japan Times の『これで英語が通じた!思ったことがズバリ言えるフレーズ」からふだん、会話でよく使う短い言葉。いざ英語で言うとなると…

今週のフレーズ – 77

I guessed wrong.


A: I guessed wrong. Egawa is starting.
B: The manager’s been using Egawa on three days’ rest.

A: ヤマが外れた。先発投手は江川だ。
B: 監督は中3日で江川を使ってきたね。
I was wrong. も同じ意味。反対は I was right./I guessed right. である。
相手に予測してほしいときは、Take a guess./Guess. と言う。これらは、
What’s your guess?(君はどう思う?)となる。


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Hawaiian English

Recently I’ve been listening a lot to KINE 105 FM, a radio station from Honolulu, Hawaii. It offers a selection of both old and new Hawaiian songs, as well as information about what’s going on. When you listen to it, you can almost imagine that you are actually in Hawaii. (Sadly, I’m not.)

Anyways, the more I listen to KINE, the more I pick up Hawaiian words which I understand from the context. This reinforces why it’s so important for language learners to expose themselves to the language they are learning. If you study English, then try to listen to English as often as possible. With the Internet, there are no longer any excuses!

Some of the Hawaiian words and phrases I’ve picked up:

Aloha Kakahiaka – Good Morning

Aloha Auina La – Good Afternoon

Aloha Ahiahi – Good Evening

Aloha au ia ‘oe – I love you

Kala mai ia’u – Excuse me

Mahalo – Thank you

‘A’ole pilikia – You’re welcome / No problem

A hui hou – Till we meet again

Pehea ‘oe? – How are you?

Maika’i no au – I am fine

‘O ia mau no – Same as usual

‘A’ole – No

‘Ae – Yes

Pupule – Crazy

Hau’oli La Hanau – Happy Birthday

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – Happy New Year

Mele Kalikimaka – Merry Christmas

Keiki – Child

Pili loco – Local places

Ohana – Family, relatives

Aloha – Love, compassion, affection, etc.

And here’s a good resource for Hawaiian-English dictionaries.