遠山顕の英会話楽習 2019/8/20 (2)The Straw Millionaire Act2
A long, long time ago a very poor and unlucky man went to the temple for the last time and prayed to Kan-non sama, the Goddess of Mercy, for good luck. And after many hours of prayer in the temple hall he finally received a prophecy from the Goddess.
satsuma tangerine 薩摩みかん (日本の温州みかん)
be a big help（主語の）おかげで大いに助かる
be crouched かがみ込んでいる
So, here’s an act 2. We just heard it.
And he did trip and fall.
Just like the Goddness had said he was
had prophesied, yeah?
But, when he gets up,
He has a straw in his hand.
He has to keep it, right? Just like she told him to do.
But along the way he catches a horsefly and he attaches it to the tip of the straw.
And we also know he is very kind to people, because the next person that he meets is an old woman with a baby on her back.
The baby was crying.
Is it crying?
And it wouldn’t stop crying.
No, but the baby stops crying, all of a sudden. Because it sees the straw on a horsefly on it.
And he gave it to the baby, and the baby, the baby’s face lights up, it’s really happy. The baby loves it.
So the lady thanks him.
For his kindness. She offers, ah
Three satsuma tangerines.
So he keeps wandering after he gets tangerines. He comes past a young woman, and her servant.
Yeah, and her servant says, “My lady suddenly felt pain. I believe she’s suffering from heatstroke.”
You sound just like the servant in the story.
Good at mimicking people.
And he has just what she needs.
Oh, yeah. Now she’s hydrated.
Yeah. And she’s recovered, and feels good. Um, and exchange for the tangerines. She gives him three rolls of silk. Exquisite silk.
That’s quite a trade up from tangerines to silk.
Well, it’s from a piece of straw.
Here is the first question for you, Carolyn.
Q1). Who did the man meet first after he started his journey?
Ah, an old woman with a crying baby on her back.
And a baby liked the man’s straw so much.
A horsefly, probably, buzzing, making a noise. I don’t know.
I picture, kind of, moving around, or something, kind of, shaking, like a rattle. ガラガラ
Yeah, I don’t know how it attached the straw. That’s still a mystery.
OK, here is the second question for Jeff.
Q2). What did the young woman give the man for his help?
A2). Three rolls of exquisite silk.
So it was not just silk.
No, looks like it’s very high quality and very beautiful.
Yeah, he is really trading up.
Silk for tangerine. That’s great. Of course, he helped her. What she could have really, ah, maybe died of heatstroke. I mean, you know, she was in a very bad way so, the tangerines are really what she needed. So it’s a good trade.
What she really appreciated his help, right? And she says, “I’ll never forget your kindness.”
Wow! Sounds just like her.
Oh, strange, huh?
Just like her?
So, here is a big question, again. What will happen next?
OK. What do you think, Carolyn?
He’s carrying three rolls of silk with him.
Maybe, he’ll sell it.
Sell it for a lot of money, and go home and live happily ever after.
Or maybe he’ll, ah, exchange them for, ah, a copy of Eikaiwa Gakukyu.
Yeah, that would be ,kind of, trading up, too.
Or maybe, he’ll regret it.
No, no. His English will get better, he’ll become an international star.