ラジオ英会話 2018/7/10 #ラジオ英会話 dictation
Hi, everyone. This is Rosa Akino. I guess we’re learning more Jodoshi. auxiliary verb
Hi, everyone. Chris McVay here. Let’s keep the energy flowing.
-May we use a dictionary during the test?
Rosa, Chris, what do you think is the reason why Hira used may instead of can?
Well, you know, in this particular instance obviously, Hina wanted to be especially polite when talking to the teacher. What do you think, Rosa?
Yes, “may” is definitely a word that you use when you want to be polite.
May I use the bathroom, please?
Chris, Rosa, could you explain the difference between these three, in a bathroom, toilet, restroom?
Well, restroom is a little bit more refined than bathroom. So for example, when you’re out in public, or at someone’s house, it’s better to maybe use restroom rather than bathroom. But at home you’d only use bathroom.
Well, I think toilet is more of a British usage, right?
That’s right. I think most Americans find it a little rude, don’t they?
A bit too directly, maybe.
I should add another word which is the most popular word in Britain, which is “loo”. So we would say, Can I use a loo?
That sounds much better than toilet.
How about secret for confidential here? How would you feel?
Yeah, I think the meaning would be covered well with secret, but sounds a little bit more childish. Don’t you think, Rosa?
Chris, do you often use “may” when you seek permission?
Sure. I mean, basically in any situations, where it’s good, it’s advisable to add certain level of politeness. For example, if you’re talking to someone you don’t know. Or to someone in a position of authority, then you should use “may”. Do you agree, Rosa?
I do. And of course you can also use it to someone, for example, who is a customer.
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