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Today's LessonCATEGORY: 間違いやすいボキャブラリー


  • Someone or something is foreign if it comes from or is connected with another country.

    A foreigner is someone from another country.

    Be Careful! Calling someone a foreigner can sometimes sound impolite. So, when talking about a particular person, it's often better to refer to their nationality or the country they come from (if you know it). For example, rather than saying “She's a foreigner,” we can say “She's American” or “She's from the United States.”
  • foreign とは、人やものが他の国から来た、または他の国と関係がある、つまり、外国の、という意味です。

    foreigner は、他の国から来た人、つまり、外国人のことです。

    注意:誰かのことを foreigner と呼ぶのは失礼にあたることがあります。ですから、特定の人について話すときは、(もしわかっていれば)その人の国籍や出身国を言った方がよいことがよくあります。例えば、She's a foreigner.(彼女は外国人です)と言うよりは、She's American.(彼女はアメリカ人です)または、She's from the United States.(彼女はアメリカ出身です)と言う方がよいでしょう。



  1. a: You must be very excited about your trip to England.
    b: Yes, especially since I've never visited a foreign country before.
  2. What's the fastest way to learn a foreign language?
  3. (Japanese woman)
    I majored in English in college because I knew that I wanted to work for a foreign company.
  4. (British man)
    When I first came to Japan 25 years ago, I lived in a small town in northern Hokkaido. Many people there had never even seen a foreigner before.
  5. (two Americans in the U.S.)
    a: Did you hear that Helen is engaged to an Italian man?
    b: Yes. Isn't that cool? She'll be the fifth person from our high school class to marry a foreigner.

英会話レッスンTake care!