英語で「知りたがり」

前回のpicky同様、

「発音簡単かつ便利な形容詞」をご紹介します。

今回の形容詞は、「近所のおばさん」

と深い関係がある形容詞なんです。

近所のおばさんといえば、

井戸端会議が大好き、

近所の家庭の情報は何でも知ってる、

その驚くべき情報収集能力を武器に

奥さんネットワークを拡張、

しているような方です。

もちろん、あなたのところにも忍び寄ってきて、

「最近どう?旦那さんどう?お子さんどう?」

と聞いてきます。

そしてあなたから聞いた情報が、

近所のおばさんを発信源として

ネットワーク中に広がっていきます。

うーん、とんだ迷惑、、、

さて、こんな人のこと、英語でどう表現します?

ぴったりの表現があるんです!!

そういう人のことを、

鼻でかぎまわって

いろいろ面白そうな情報を手に入れようとしている人のことを

あらわすぴったりの表現。

それは鼻、ノーズ 「nose」

を形容詞に変形した

nosy

「ノージー」

という単語なんです。

英語のスラングって面白いですね。

意味は、

「近所の人たちのやっていることに興味がある様子」

「他人の事情について質問を投げかける」

です。

ちなみにスラングというカテゴリーに分類される単語は、

「英語を勉強中の人は使わないほうがいい」とか

「汚い表現」

「ビジネス英語では使ってはいけない」

などと誤解されている人がいたらいけないので

ひとつ断りを入れておきます。

英語初級でもばんばんスラング使うべきです。

なぜならスラングは『生きた英語』なのです。

スラングもフォーマルも区別なく貪欲に覚えましょう。

差別用語や放送禁止用語でない限り、

安心してスラングをビジネスの場でも使ってください。

だいたい日本人向けの「ビジネス英語表現集」みたいなのだけで

仕事ができると思ったら大間違いです。

もっともっとボキャブラリーを増やしましょう。

サバイバル英語もビジネスの場では不可欠です。

アメリカ人から「この日本人、いままであった日本人がしゃべる堅苦しい英語とは違って、

英語の知識も豊富で上手にしゃべるな」

と思われたほうが仕事も進むでしょう。

さて、それでは本題のnosyを使った例文をいくつかご紹介します。

I’m nosy.

これが一番簡単な使い方ですね。

友達に、「あの子とデートしたのか?うまく行った?どこ行った?何食べた?キスした?」

とか聞いてから、おどけた感じで

“Sorry I’m nosy”といいましょう。

あるいは質問攻めにあったら、

”You are nosy!”

と言い返しましょう。

また、近所のおばさんがnosyで、それを友達に告げるとき、

I have a nosy neighbor.

「ノージーな近所の人がいるんですよ」

という意味になります。

Neighborは「近所の人」という意味です。

これで近所のおばさんネタで英会話が出来ますね。

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