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2014-02-13 Middle-Class Squeeze(5)

■Words and Phrases

  • challenges that need to be met
    • 取り組む必要のある課題
  • you don't have to look any further than
    • を見れば事足りる
  • too true
    • 確かにそうだ
  • rent and utilities
  • hang on by the thread
    • 危うい状況にある
  • drive someone out
    • 退散させる
  • real killer
    • 一番の問題
  • norm
    • 普通のこと
  • Manhattanites
  • high price tag
  • in the center of things
    • 物事の中心

■Daily Exercise

  1. Bill says Manhattan has [almost no] middle-class areas.
  2. What does Steve think about the high rents in Manhattan? [They make middle-class life difficult.]
  3. Alyce is a [diehard] Manhattanite.

2014-02-12 Middle-Class Squeeze(4)

■Words and Phrases

  • chew on
    • 考えさせられる
  • live from one paycheck to the next
    • その日暮らしをする
  • not a pretty picture
    • 深刻な事態
  • increasingly
    • ますます
  • be stressed out
  • nest egg
    • 蓄え
  • make ends meet
    • 家計をやりくりする
  • telling statistics
  • look at
    • 目にする
  • I'd hate to think so
    • そうは考えたくない

■Daily Exercise

  1. Steve says many middle-class Americans save [little] money.
  2. What is Seiji's attitude regarding the possibility the middle class will disappear? [regretful]
  3. Alyce says concerns about funding their retirement are making many Americans [anxious].

2014-02-07 Middle-Class Squeeze(3)

■Words and Phrases

  • motherhood and apple pie
  • play well
    • 受けがいい
  • audience
    • 聴衆
  • frugality
    • 質素であること
  • put the squeeze on
    • 苦境に立たせる
  • record corporate profits
    • 記録的な企業収益
  • disconnect between
    • の間のずれ
  • roughly
    • およそ
  • qualify for
    • の資格を得る
  • priority list
    • 優先事項リスト

■Daily Exercise

  1. Bill says politicians who praise the middle class get a good [reception].
  2. In the past,what was considered a key indicator of middle-class status? [Owning a home]
  3. Steve says middle-class people have [upward] aspirations for their children.

(上昇志向)

2014-02-06 Middle-Class Squeeze(2)

■Words and Phrases

  • Attitude
    • 意識
  • make six figure
    • 年に6桁(10万ドル以上)を稼ぐ
  • stand out from the crowd
    • 目立つ=be conspicuous
  • date back
    • さかのぼる
  • look at something through rose-colored glasses
    • バラ色の眼鏡を通して〜を見る
  • have a tough time
    • 苦労する
  • get by
    • 暮らしていく
  • obsolete
    • 時代遅れの
  • cling to
    • にしがみつく
  • bedrock
    • 根幹
  • the salt of the earth
    • 地の塩(高潔の人)

■Daily Exercise

  1. Alyce says rich people don't want to be [conspicuous].
  2. How does Alyce describe her feelings about the postwar era? [nostalgic]
  3. Bill says Americans continue to be [attached] to the middle-class ideal.

2014-02-05 Middle-Class Squeeze(1)

■Words and Phrases

  • squeezed
    • 苦境に立つ
  • basic bargain
    • 基本的な約束
  • erode
    • 損なわれる
  • alike
    • 一様に
  • stand up for
    • を守る
  • Academics
    • 学者たち
  • criteria
    • 評価基準
  • a question of
    • の問題
  • perception
    • 認識
  • statistics
  • median household income
    • 世帯収入の中央値
  • Census Bureau
  • there's more than
    • だけで決まるものではない

■Daily Exercise

  1. The president often speaks about the [deteriorating] circumstances of middle-class Americans.
  2. What is the average household income in the United States? [$50.000]
  3. Seiji says politicians and union leaders want the president to [protect] middle-class jobs.