実践ビジネス英語 2020/3/12 (5)To recline or not to recline





実践ビジネス英語 2020/3/12 (5)To recline or not to recline
Ueda says fights have broken out on Shinkansen bullet trains over reclining seats. He has been told that it’s good manners to ask first if reclining one’s seat is OK, and then to do it slowly if the person doesn’t mind. Ueda also says we should check that the person behind us isn’t eating or using their laptop. Alvarez recommends a “live and let live” approach in the final analysis.
座席を倒す場合のキーワードは何だと、上田は言っていますか。
The keyword here is “slowly.”
新幹線ではどの席を予約すれば、自由に座席を倒すことができますか。
You can reserve seats in the last row so there’s no one sitting behind you.
fight over …をめぐって言い争う、けんかをする
Fight because each party wants a certain thing or has a different opinion on what is best in some situation. We also argue over things. Bargain sale shoppers fight over who will get a TV or an electronic device. Sometimes literally fight apparently. Or, they’re arguing over what to name their baby.
it’s good form to …するのが礼儀だ
Ueda says he was told it’s good form to ask the person behind you on the Shikansen if reclining your seat would be an imposition.
imposition 負担、不当な要求

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