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11月14日号 これって英語で何て言う?

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 東京在住の日米夫婦・健一とレイチェルが主人公。「これ英語で何て言うのかな?」を考えます。

    ~から足を洗う wash one's hands of ~   

    (Kenichi returns home from the grocery store)

    Rachel: Did you remember to get the cream cheese?

    Kenichi: Oh, no. I forgot. But there's a reason. I ran into an old friend of mine in the dairy section and got too excited.

    Rachel: Who did you run into?

    Kenichi: Ryoji.

    Rachel: I've never heard his name.

    Kenichi: That's because I've never talked about him before. We were really good friends until junior high school, when he got into a motorbike gang and from there on, he kept getting in trouble with the law. But it seems as though he's washed his feet from that kind of life.

    Rachel: That must be a Japanese idiom. Are you telling me that he no longer takes part in criminal activity?

    Kenichi: Exactly.

    Rachel: Then he washed his hands of that life.

    Kenichi: OK, so he washed his hands of that sort of life. He married a former classmate from elementary school, and they have a toddler, both of whom were also there, and another baby is on the way. He now teaches social studies at a junior high school!

    Rachel: Sounds like he really turned his life around.

    Kenichi: Yeah, I'm so happy for him.

    Kobayashi Chikako さんの「英会話 He Said, She Said これって英語で何て言う?」は毎日ウィークリーで毎月第2・4週に掲載中です。

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