ラジオ英会話 2019/2/11 L206 If you had asked me
11 月 Lesson206 if節を使った仮定法
Hey, everyone. Rosa Akino here. It’s the start of a fresh new week. Ready for today’s lesson?
Hi, everyone. Chris McVay here. Rosa, you look a little stressed out? You’re Okay?
Hi, Taku. You look a little stressed out.
Do I? Well, I’m confused at this email reply from my foreign client.
Can I take a look? OK, this person seems to be upset with you.
Can I see the original email you sent her?
Yes, it’s below the reply.
Oh, I see the problem. The original email you wrote is a little rude. If you had asked me, I would have helped you.
I wrote it too quickly. Can I ask you to write the next email to her?
Sure, Taku. Let’s talk about the details first, and then I’I write a draft.
-If you had asked me, I would have helped you.
When I see such sentences, I, as a grammarian I’m so moved, by how systematic the English language is! Don’t you think so?
I would have to agree English is really easy to use, once you’ve got the pattern down.
And on top of that, I’d like to add, you know, these patterns have a rhythm. So you get into that rhythm, and just like a music, you know, it becomes a lot easy to remember, and then to use naturally.
(be) stressed out ストレスがたまっている
seem to do 〜のように見える
The original email (that, which) you wrote is a little rude.
-If you had asked me, I would have told you that the textbook is a very useful tool.
If you had asked me, I would have helped you.
As you didn’t ask me, I didn’t help you.
If I had known you were coming, I would have made dinner for you.
would have だっただろうなあ
could have できただろうなあ
might have したかもしれないなあ
react, catch, pickpocket
1). If I had reacted more quickly, I would have caught the pickpocket.
What else can we say?
We could say swiftly?
2). If I had invested more wisely, I could have been a millionaire!
Actually it would be more of ah, out of reachgoal ???, if you said, billionaire, instead of millionaire here.
Yes, I agree, you know, in the olden days, millionaire is quite unattainably, Wow!
Yeah, I’m so impressed. English is so systematic, isn’t it? If English were not so systematic, I wouldn’t be so interested in it.
I see. And if English weren’t so systematic, it would be much more difficult for learners to attain a very high level, I think.
And if you guys weren’t such great teachers, it would be very difficult for non native speakers to learn how to speak English very fluently.