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2009.06.22(Review of 2003.06.03 edition)

Hello again! We hope you made the most of the weekend. With the days being so long now, there certainly was a lot of weekend to enjoy!

We spent last week scrambling among the branches of the family tree. And like a cat that scratches its way to the top only to find that it can't get down, we've decided to stay up here a while longer. And we'll begin with two of our favorite relatives - the ones that know the great stories about our parents that our parents themselves are too embarrassed to tell!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: ジャパニーズイングリッシュ
AUNT / UNCLE   おば/おじ


  • Your aunt is the sister of your mother or father, or she is your uncle's wife.

    Your uncle is the brother of your father or mother, or he is your aunt's husband.

    Be Careful! We do NOT call middle-aged people in general aunt or uncle, like the Japanese おばさん and おじさん.
  • aunt は、両親の姉妹、またはおじの妻、つまり、おばのことです。

    uncle は、両親の兄弟、またはおばの夫、つまり、おじのことです。

    注意:日本語では、中年の人のことを一般に「おじさん」、「おばさん」と呼びますが、英語ではそのような場合 auntuncle とは言いません。



  1. (young girl)
    When my mother and my aunt get together, they never stop talking. It must be nice to have a sister.
  2. After my parents died, I lived with my uncle and aunt until I left for college.
  3. My father and Uncle Frank are twins. Sometimes I can't even tell them apart.

英会話レッスンDon't forget to visit Uncle WordMaster again tomorrow!