The hay fever season has arrived. In the regions from Kinki to Kanto, the amount of cedar pollen is forecast to be pretty high this year. To prevent hay fever, it is effective to start taking medicine before the peak season of pollen arrives.
George: “Hello, Makoto. You don’t look good. What’s wrong with you?”
Makoto: “Hi, George. I feel awful today. I’ve got hey fever already. I’m afraid I am suffering this running nose and itchy eyes for a while.”
George: “Sorry to hear that. So, the hey fever has come again. How bad is it this year?”
Makoto: “The amount of cedar pollen will be pretty high this year, they say.”
George: “Too bad. Is the pollen all over Japan?”
Makoto: “I think so. But it will be particularly high from Kinki to Kanto.”
George: “I hear taking medicine will help. Are you taking any medicine?”
Makoto: “Yes, I am. I hope it can help me a bit. Don’t you suffer hey fever?”
George: “Fortunately not. I guess my body is not sensitive. How is your appetite? If you are hungry, let’s eat lunch together?”
Makoto: “All right. I’m glad I haven’t lost my appetite. In fact, eating hot ramen is really good for my hey fever.
(1) I am pleased (that) you could come.またはI am pleased to see you.というように動詞の受動態を使って、、気持ち、感想を表現する常套句：
I am thrilled ~. I am overjoyed ~. I am delighted ~. I am satisfied ~.
I am disappointed ~. I am upset ~. I am concerned ~. I am shattered ~. I am devastated ~.
(2) I am glad that you could come.またはI am glad to see you.のように形容詞を使って気持ちを表現する常套句：
I am glad ~. I am happy ~. I am content ~.
I am sorry ~. I am sad ~. I am unhappy ~.
(3) It is wonderful (that) they can work together well.のように形容詞を使って感想を述べる表現：
It is amazing ~. It is doubtful ~. It is fair ~. It is good ~. It is important ~. I is lucky ~. It is interesting ~. It is odd ~. It is funny ~. It is surprising ~.
(4) It amazes me (that) he can work eight hours a day at his age. のように動詞を使って気持ち、感想を表現する常套句：
It amuses me ~. It astonished me ~. It bothers me ~. It worries me ~. It pleases me ~. It interests me ~. It shocks me ~. It delights me ~. It horrifies me ~. It upsets me ~.
(5) Surprisingly, I could finish it in time. のように副詞を使って気持ちや感想を述べる、または強調する。
astonishingly, fortunately, happily, incredibly, remarkably, sadly, truly, unhappily, naturally, miraculously, frankly, honestly.
On February 15, the City of Tottori planted pansies in the sundial in front of JR Tottori Station on the warm and sunny day. About 1,000 bushes of white, yellow, blue, and red pansies decorated the large sundial that is six meters in diameter This display reminded people of the early arrival of spring.
George: “HI, Makoto. I haven’t seen you around for a while. Where have you been?”
Makoto: “Hi, George. I’ve been to Tottori City to see my parents.”
George: “That was nice of you. How were your parents?”
Makoto: “They were fine. They were doing all right. Thank you.”
George: “Wasn’t it still cold in Tottori?”
Makoto: “No, it wasn’t cold. To my surprise1, Tottori was much warmer than Tokyo. I arrived at Tottori on February fifteenth and it was a warm spring-like day. I walked out of JR Tottori Station and saw a huge flower sundial in front of the station. They were just replanting pansies. The sundial was about six meters in diameter and they needed a lot of flowers. I think there were more than one thousand white, yellow, blue and red pansies. I liked the ideal of setting up the flower sundial in front of the station. I really felt welcomed to the city by the sundial. Moreover, it was wonderful to see more than one thousand pansies in one place2. I was delighted to see that spring has already arrived, at least in front of the station.
George: “That was wonderful. I didn’t know you were a poet.”
Makoto: “Me, a poet? Oh, all Japanese are poets. We have very distinctive fore seasons here in Japan. So, we are very sensitive to change in the season.”
1. 気持ち、感想を表現する副詞句で相手の注意を引きます。to my disappointment, to my astonishment, to my regret, to my delightなどがあります。
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare decided to establish g guideline for good and healthy sleep. The guideline will tell people suffering from insomnia how to have a good sleep. It will also include warnings against depending on alcohol for sleep and will emphasize the importance of regular sleeping habits.
Makoto: “Hi, George. You look sleepy today. I guess you didn’t sleep well last night.”
George: “No. I woke up a couple of times last night. I’ve been extremely busy at my office all through this week. I think it is stress that has been disturbing my sleep.”
Makoto: “Sorry to hear that. I hope you don’t depend on alcohol to get sleep.”
George: “No…well, I take a nightcap… just a little bit of whisky. But why?”
Makoto: “Because regular sleeping habits are so important not only for you body but also for you brain. Your brain needs a good rest during the night. If it doesn’t get a good rest, then the brain is still tired in the morning. And the brain accumulates tiredness over a period. Eventually, you are going to have general fatigue syndromes.”
George: “It doesn’t sound good. What are general fatigue syndromes?”
Makoto: “Well, your brain is tired so much, it cannot control you body, and you just don’t feel doing anything. You just feel like having a jet lag all day and night.”
George: “That sounds terrible. Fortunately, I don’t feel that bad. But why do you all about this?”
Makoto: “ Because I’ve just read a report by the Ministry of Health. They published a guideline for good and healthy sleep. They emphasize the importance of regular sleeping habits.” I generally feel that government shouldn’t tell us what we do with our personal life. But I am glad they’ve published this guideline. Because irregular sleeping habits are now a major health problem not only for adults but for children as well.”