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2016年8月16日(火)

【Summer Holidays】

Will
 
(Contributed by Will)
 

During my childhood the ‘summer holidays’ (‘summer vacation’ to the Americans) were often the best times of the year. In the UK, ‘summer holidays’ (or ‘the summer holiday’) refers to the break at the end of the school year (our school year starts in September and ends in July) before the start of the next one.
 
Typically, kids in the UK get about a month off from school before it starts again in September, though other schools can have longer breaks. For many kids, they will have just finished important exams and so the time-off from school is very ‘welcome’.
 
For younger kids, the summer holidays are a time to play outside with friends; climbing trees, riding bicycles and generally spending a lot of time playing, either inside or outside the house. For older kids and teenagers, it’s a time to ‘hang out’ with friends, perhaps going to the ‘cinema’ (‘movie theatre’ to the Americans) to see the latest movies or going to ‘theme parks’ (‘amusement parks’ to the Americans).
 
In the UK, the summer contains the best weather of the whole year and can be our only opportunity to enjoy sunshine and high temperatures. This means that for most people, their childhood ‘summer holidays’ are some of the most pleasurable times in their lives and certainly among the most ‘memorable.’
 
As an adult I sometimes ‘resent’ the fact that I don’t experience that ‘childlike sense of wonder’ or enjoyment from having free time in the summer like I did when I was a kid and I think many of us try to ‘recapture’ that sensation in our adult lives for that exact reason!
 
 
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《要点》
 

【夏休み】
 
・子供の頃、夏休みは一年で最も楽しい時期でした。
・夏休みは、学年が終わる7月から9月に新年度が始まるまでの間の休暇です。
 
・英国の子供は9月に新年度が始まる前の1カ月間休みを取りますが、それより長い休みを取る学校もあります。
・子供たちにとって、大事な試験が終わった後のお休みは待ち遠しいものでした。
 
・小さい子は、夏休みに外で友達と遊び、木登り、自転車、その他家の中や外で長時間にわたって遊びます。
・年長の子供や10代の若者は、映画やテーマパークに仲間と出かけます。
 
・英国では、夏は1年で数少ない日光と高温の気候を楽しめる時期です。
・多くの人々にとって、子供の時期の夏休みは最も楽しい、最も思い出深い時期であると言えるでしょう。
 
・大人として、私は今、子供の頃のような驚きとワクワクに満ちた自由な時間を夏に楽しめない自分に腹が立ちます。
・大人の多くが、私と同じ理由で、あの頃の感激を取り戻そうとしていると感じています。
 
 
以上の要点はバーチャル英会話教室運営事務局により作成しております。

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