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104  I'm in Los Angeles! (Continued) & Driving instructor, Mr. Jay         

◎「このブログ、前は日本語だったのにどうして英語で書かれているの?」と疑問に思われている方は以下の100話の回をご覧ください!! 

 

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Gerd AltmannによるPixabayからの画像

 ※よろしければ「映画」と「音楽」の雑談ブログである「映画と音楽で心は歓喜しっぱなし」というブログにもお立ち寄り下さい。https://blog.t-takaoka.net

 

◎本日、英語版にする元のブログは以下になります! 

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 004の英語版を以下にスタートさせましょう!

 【 今日のピックアップワード 】

 scary  スケアリィ  怖い、恐ろしい

例文☛☛☛ Do you like scary movies ?  

(あなたは「怖い映画」はお好きですか?)  

「ホラー映画」をScary movieといったりします!

● immediately イミディトゥリィ  すぐに

 例文☛☛☛ She returned my call immdiately.

(彼女はすぐに返事の電話をしてきた)

● terrible テリィブォ(ル)  ひどい

 例文☛☛☛ His songs were terrible.

(彼の唄はひどかった) 

 2.2. I'm in Los Angeles! (Continued) 

Usually, it takes time for a person, who cannot drive a car at all, to be able to drive it freely.  If I go crazy, I could cause an accident.  Such a situation must be absolutely avoided.  If there is a shortcut, it is nothing but learning to drive and getting used to it.

 

In order to improve my driving skills, I decided to take a driving school lesson between jobs. My predecessor senior advised me, "There is a teacher who has been teaching driving us for generations, but why don't you try learning how to drive here?" 

Without  any hesitations, I asked him to introduce the teacher  to me and decided to take lessons from him.  In Los Angeles, there were no driving schools like Japanese ones.  If you would like take a lesson, you would call the driving school and make a reservation, the school staff would send the instructor to the address I would appoint over the phone.  When the class was over, he would send me to the place he picked me up.  

I made a reservation by calling the driving school and  I would like to take a course by an Instructor, Mr. Jay(pseudonym).  I decided to appoint him who has been taught by past expatriates of my company for generations.  If I think about it now,  I wouldn't have had any gloomy days if I had chosen a gentler teacher,  

 

3. Korean driving teacher, Mr. Jay 

Since my seniors themselves have experience of taking classes from Mr. Jay and have acquaintance with them, I was waiting for Mr. Jay in front of our office building on the date and time when I made the reservation.

 Mr. Jay came in front of us in a Toyota white training car almost on time. The person, who parked the car and got off, was not tall and somehow around the 60th birthday in terms of age, but he had a look similar to Beat Takeshi, was wearing a white shirt on the top.    For some reason, he came in front of us with a look that he seemed to get angry at the moment.

 My predecessor cheerfully called him out, "Hi, Mr. Jay." and he introduced me to him, "His name is Mr. Takaoka and he is taking lessons from today."  He introduced me to the instructor.  I got a bright and high tone reply from him, "OK, OK".   But his eyes were raised and his  face wasn't laughing at all.  When I saw his face, I felt regret in an instant, saying "I've done it!", however I  couldn't do anything anymore. And I was getting angry with myself.  However, as this Korean teacher was able to speak in Japanese, I decided to give up and take lessons from him.

When two of us got into the car, he started to make a lesson-note and to talk each other all the conversations between us in Japanese.   I was grateful that I could take classes in Japanese, but when I was scolded, all the words were in Japanse, they mercilessly pierced my heart.  He was facing me, but his eyes weren't. And he told me, "Mr. Takaoka, today's lesson is the first time, so let's drive as you like."  Even if I was asked to drive as I like, I was the person who had not driven a car during staying in Japan at all.  So I could only go straight.

And I felt nervous and the degree of tension gradually increased.

"Anyway, Mr. Takaoka, I want to get out of the parking lot, so let's move the car backwards first.  Hi, put the gear in the back!"

I thought, "I'm going to put the Gear in the Back," and I saw the place where the gear was, trying to move it by grasping the gear lever on the right side of the driver's seat, but there were only "P" "N" "D" "R" among the letters in the Gear.  There is no letter "B" for "Back" anywhere.

When I asked the teacher, "Teacher, I don't have a letter "B". What should I do?".  He said with a scary face, "The Gear is here and put the gear in the rear where the charactor "R "is written.  This is an acronym for the word "REAR" which means "behind".  For some reason, my heart was faint.

"In Japan, I heard that you Japanese people generally call it Back-Mirror, which is in the middle of the car between our faces.   However, the word is wrong.  The right one is a "Rearview mirror" in U.S."  He reminded me that it was a rear-view mirror.    ==== OMIT====  

As Mr. Jay started to get angry silently, I concentrated on driving so that I could get out of the parking lot as soon as possible.  When I got out on the road, he instructed me to turn the road immeidiately while tellig me to draive as you like.   

 And he said to me, " As I'd like to proceed this car to the back street, which is far from the main street and has few cars.  First of all, please bring this car to a quiet residential area with a slightly wider road and we would begin detailed lessons there one by one.""

I remember that there were many lessons in a wider area than here! 

At a certain empty intersection, the traffic light turned red and the car stopped. There were no other cars or pedestrians around. Despite the red traffic light in front of me, Mr. Jay slammed my foot on the accelerator pedal, saying, "Hi, turn right here and accelerator."

I wondered and asked, "Teacher, the traffic light is red." Then, the answer was "even if the front traffice light is red, in the case there are no pedestrians and no other cars, you can turn right in the United States, that is the rule of the United States."  It was a bit of culture shock for me.  Because, in Japan,we Japanese should never turn while the traffice light is red.

Afterwards, Mr. Jay used the word "accelerator" a lot, but the word "accelerator" was not very familiar to us Japanese people.  Instead of it, we Japanese often use the word "Accel".  

The word "accel" was a coined word made by Japanese people, and when he actually says "accelerator", his face was terribly scared.

After a while, I was told to bring our car to the side of the road and stop.

And he began to talk about my first driving, "Your driving is terrible. It's messed up!"

"Well, then, let's start over from the basics..."

 

TO BE CONTINUED 

※This blog is rewritten in English for myself and young people who are learning English.  Please let me apologize in advance that you will find many unnatural expressions in my blog. Could you please send me some advices in the comments section (button) as a volunteer if there is something you really care about?  I can only introduce your name as a volunteer.