23 水 Lesson20 Be Prepared (1)
Alvarez tells the A & A staff that her aunt and uncle are doing well with their new restaurant in Orland and that she’s become something of a prepper as a result of hearing about their struggles. She assures Ueda that she’s not a Doomsday cultist and describes the kind of situations that preppers try to be ready for.
natural disaster 自然災害、天災
A disaster caused by an act of nature as opposed to a disaster caused by people. An earthquake, a typhoon. Those are natural disasters. But if a poorly constructed bridge collapses, that’s a man-made disaster.
man-made disaster 人災
financial disaster 財政破綻
paraphrase a verse 詩の一節を言い換える
Reword some statement, written or spoken. We express the same meaning but in different terms.
from my favorite poet, thriving with passion and compassion and humor
元の詩 The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness. -Maya Angelou-
Flourish, prosper. A thriving business, for example. Business is thriving. There’s also the expression “thrive on.”
And that means we flourish as a result of something or in a particular situation. Some people thrive on stress.
You know, they do their best work when the pressure’s on. Or, she thrives on doing volunteer work. It really motivates her, gives her satisfaction.
This is sympathizing with someone else’s distress and wanting to help to relieve that distress.
You could say, “The public showed great compassion and donated generously to disaster relief.”
can-do spirit 為せば成るという気概、精神
We use this about people who are eager to tackle a task and confident they’ll succeed. “Can-do attitude” also works.
Entrepreneurs need a can-do spirit. Or, his can-do attitude helped him get into a prestigious college.
I can do it.
No can do.
can-do attitude 積極的な態度
something of ちょっとした〜
Alvarez says, “Hearing them describe how they struggled made me decide to become something of a prepper.”
Alvarez means she has some of the characteristics of a prepper. She’s doing some of the things they do.
So, if I say, “Mark’s something of a consultant.”
Then his work is like a consultant’s work. He provides services that you’d expect from a consultant.
本来の prepper ではないかもしれないけれど、そんなようなもの という意味で
doomsday cultist 終末論を説くカルト信者
Don’t tell me, you become some sort of doomsday cultist, waiting for an armageddon.
Ueda is talking about cult members who believe the end of the world is coming. That there’s some judgment day.
We also have the expression “until doomsday.” And that means “forever, until the end of the world.”
Like, I will never speak to him again, not until Doomsday. この世の終わりの日
anything that may come one’s way 自分の身に起きるかもしれないどんな事にも
Down at the bottom, Alvarez says, “preppers are mostly ordinary people who try to be ready for anything that may come their way.”
Anything that occurs and they have to deal with.
We also say, “No matter what comes one’s way.” So no matter what happens.
She didn’t panic at all when her wallet was stolen, for example.
She’s always calm no matter what comes her way.
solar flare 太陽フレア
We also have the, phrasal verb, “flare up.” And that means “something, appears suddenly.
Sometimes anger, or like the symptoms of a condition. ”
I often say, “My allergies have flared up.” And that means the symptoms of my allergies have suddenly appeared,
eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera イエローストーン火山のカルデラ噴火
Alvarez is talking about the eruption of an actual volcano.
We also use “erupt” when someone explodes in anger, like, very angry.
She erupted when John called her a liar.
They had a huge argument.
eruption の 動詞 erupt 怒りに関して、鬱積した感情が吹き出す ほとばし出る
be prepared ボーイスカウトのモットー
ONCE A SCOUT, ALWAYS A SCOUT!