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語学系、歴史関係とフェチな本が好きです。
本は図書館から借りてます。常に何か読んでいる活字中毒です。

書籍:「時事英語入門」

この本も図書館で借りました。タイトルは「時事英語入門」となっていますが、時事英語全般の基礎を学ぶためのもの本でだなく、新聞特有の文章の読み方についての解説本です。時事英語を学ぶ上で英語以外の知識やボキャブラリーなどについて詳しい説明はなく英語で書かれた記事の読み方のコツが書かれています。参考英文はやさしい文章なので解説は分かりやすいです。ただ、英字新聞お読み方を学ぶには載っている題材が簡単すぎます。英字新聞を読めるようになるための問題集としても役に立たないと思います。この本で学習してもTIMEやNEWSWEEKを読めるようになるのは不可能だと思います。







この本は解説用なので例文はやさしい文ですが、実際、新聞や雑誌でよく出てくる時事英語の単語は下記のようなレベルです。




「事件、犯罪、裁判など」




He must have had an accomplice.




If you lose the case, you can appeal to a higher court.




After being arrested, the man called his attorney.




Ball was set at $600,000 for the murder suspect.




Police investigated the murder, but determined that no crime had been committed.




The police were able to get a full confession from the suspect.




The prosecutor has a string of 66 straight convictions.




Throughout the trail, the defendant refused to look at the jury.




The most damaging evidence the police had was a gun the suspect’s fingerprints on it.




The defendant was found guilty of assault.




In America, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.




A Jury in the U.S. is composed of 12 people.




A Spanish judge is trying to bring the defendant to justice




The man’s motive for killing his wife was collect insurance money.




The suspect was charged with first-degree murder.




Before testifying, the witness had to take an oath.




The parties came to an out-of-court settlement.




The plaintiff in the case was 23-year-old woman.




The police thought they knew who committed the crime, but didn’t have proof.




He is one of the best prosecutors in the country.




As part of his punishment, the actor had to perform community service.




The convicted murder was given a sentence of life in prison.




Several survivors of the plane crash brought a suit against the airline.




The woman was summoned to appear in court.




The police have several suspects in the case.




Mr. Williams testified that she saw the suspect leaving the scene of the crime




The trial will probably be a long one.




A special tribunal was set up to listen to complaints.




The jury deliberated for three weeks, but was unable to crash a verdict.




The politician notified the police that someone was trying to blackmail.




The union president was convicted of bribery and sentenced five years in prison.




Many shopkeepers have been the victims of extortion.




The woman was convicted of insurance fraud.




He was arrested for illegal possession of a handgun.




Mrs. Lennon, a wealthy businesswoman, was kidnapped three weeks ago.




After the earthquake, there was widespread looting downtown.




The man’s death was not intentional, so his killer was charged with manslaughter.




The UN investigation found evidence that a massacre had taken place.




The president was accused of perjury but denied the charges.




He stared his robbery career at the age of 16.




The Coast guard stopped the boat because they suspected the crew was smuggling drugs.




The theft was committed in broad daylight.




The investigation cleared George of any wrongdoing.




A co-worker accused George of stealing company documents.




The police charged George with grand theft for stealing the car.




The serial killer was condemned to death for his crimes.




The Republicans voted to impeach U.S. president Trump.




The grand jury indicted the former football star on two counts of murder.




In the aftermath of the investigation, several politicians had to resign.




He promised to answer the allegations in court.




He allegedly walked into a bank and demanded $200,000.




The whole town was taking about the mayor’s arrest.




Tom reportedly assaulted a man after his car crashed into Tom’s.




There was a conflict between the two witnesses’ testimony.




Police immediately recognized the bills as being counterfeit.




The officer detected some nervousness in the man’s voice.




The two companies were involved in a lengthy dispute.




The company president was kidnapped and held for ransom.




Convicted killer Robert Bundy vowed to get revenge on the judge.




Tom strangled his victims with his bare hands.




The Justice Department sued Microsoft for violating antitrust laws.




The woman’s death was ruled a suicide.




After a thorough investigation, Tom was cleared of any wrongdoing.




A warrant was issued for his arrest.






「戦争、自然災害など」




The bodies were dumped into a massive grave.




The army had suffered hundreds of casualties.




After the battle, corpses were left on the battlefield.




The death toll from the blast was more than 90.




Forty-three people died in the blaze.




The building suffered structural damage and had to be demolished.




The hotel, one of the city’s famous landmarks, was destroyed by the fire.




The freezing weather ruled this year’s entire crops of oranges.




Hurricane Mitch was the worst natural disaster in 1998.






Farmers say that this is the worst drought in more than 50 years.




The flu epidemic of 1918 killed more than 600,000.




Famine continues to be a problem in many African countries.




The flood killed hundreds of people, and also destroyed several brigades.




The AIDS epidemic is one of the worst nightmare of the 20th century.




Fortunately, there have been only a few isolated outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus.




Food supplies are running low, and many people are threatened with starvation.




The plight of starving children is particularly troubling.




The quake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale.




The fighting in the former Yugoslavia is the worst tragedy to hit Europe in the last 50 years.




Western leaders have promised to fight Saddam Hussein’s aggression.




The soldiers ran out of ammunition and had to surrender.




Kosovo has been the scene of unspeakable atrocities.




A cease-fire was declared, but it was soon broken.




The terrorists took several hostage.




The invasion came by sea instead of by land.




Landmines continue to kill and injure of people every year.




The threat of nuclear war has lessened, but not disappeared.




The IRA is one of the world’s most famous paramilitary organizations.




The army was losing the battle and had to retreat.




The shelling of Sarajevo lasted for more than one year.




The German army’s strategy was to attack with lighting speed---the so-called blitzkrieg.




For the last few years of his life, Pol Pot lived in various jungle strongholds in Cambodia.




With little food and no hope of assistance, the army had to surrender.




Erwin Rommel, Germany’s Desert Fox, was considered a genius when it came to military tactics.




The bomb missed its target and hit a schoolhouse instead.




More than 30,000 troops took part in the battle.




Although a truce had been declared, observers worried that fighting could break out again.




There will be a ceremony to honor the country’s veterans.




America’s military is made up completely of volunteers.




What would happen if one of Russia’s nuclear warheads fell into the wrong hands?




The North Korean diplomat has asked for political asylum in the U.S.




The coup was led by an army general.




People must use caution when traveling to certain countries.




Reports from Freetown, Siearra Leone, say that there is complete chaos in the capital.




Civilians were told to leave the area.




Shipments of food and closing have arrived and are being distributed to the quake survivors.




Relief workers estimate that as many as 10,000 people may have died in the flood.




With several different ethnic groups living together, these seems to be some tension.




Nothing could extinguish the feeling of hatred that the two groups had for each other.




Many Palestinians and Israelis are openly hostile toward one another.




The bodies were badly burned and still have not been identified.




The soldier’s wound became infected and his arm was out off.




Intelligence report say that North Korea is working on a long-range missile system.




After the UN secretary general interviewed, the two sides agreed to a cease-fire.




North Korea has isolated itself from the rest of the world.




Clinton said that Saddam Hussein continues to build weapons of mass destructions.




The people are forced to live in miserable conditions.




Unless help arrives soon, many more people may perish.




The soldiers ran rampant through the village, killing everything in their path.




The Palestinian and Israel negotiation are trying to reconcile their differences.




Refugees have been coming across the border into Zaire.




The Israelis have agreed to release several Palestinian political prisoners.




The soldiers are trapped on a hillside, awaiting rescue.




Most of the town’s residents left before the invasion.




Electricity was finally restored to the city.




After six months of constant shelling, much of the city is rubble.




The government guaranteed the security of the visiting diplomats.




Many people have taken shelter with friends and relatives.




A showdown is approaching between Kim and UN weapon inspectors.




The fighting gradually subsided and people could return to their homes.




There were only a few survivors of the massacre.




Israel will give back some territory in return for security guarantees form the Palestinians




The general has threatened to attack again.




The country has a tolerant attack leader who allows peaceful protests.




The U.S. launched a unilateral attack, ignoring the wishes of its allies.




A vaccine for AIDS is still many years away.




Most of the victims are still in the hospital.




One witness said she saw a bomb strike the presidential palace.




There was no time to warn people before the dam burst.




Several ships were wrecked in the storm.






「経済、金融、物価動向など」




Investors are buying the Euro as an alternative to buying U.S. dollars.




Although deregulation is occurring in Japan, it is painfully slow.




Before the crisis hit, there was little regulation of the banking industry in many Asian countries.




The retail price for this item is about $45.




The wholesale price is about half of the retail price.




If prices ascend to this level, it will have a terrible effect on the economy.




Skyrocketing fuel prices have caused airlines to increase fares




The U.S. stock market has soared, thanks to the strong performance of technology stock.




The increase in energy consumption is a sigh that the economy is improving.




There has been a slight decrease in housing starts this month.




Bond yields have plummeted in recent months.




The plunge in Russia’s stock market took everyone have been successful.




The economy is descending into a deflationary spiral.




The U.S.’s currents account deficit is soaring.




The company has over &50 million in assets.




The yield on Japanese Government Bonds (JGB’s) is now more than 2 percent.




Most brokers earn commissions, so they may encourage you to buy and stocks frequently.




The parliament is currently debating the budget.




Prices of commodities, such as gold and silver, have been falling in recent years.




Many small-and –sized Japanese firms are finding it hard to get credit.




The credit crunch is expected to get worse before it gets better.




Many economists are occurred about the debts the average consumers holds.




In the global economy, companies are being forced to become more efficient.




Although stocks in many emerging markets have plunged, some investors are beginning to buy share again.




Virgin Atlantic Airways has become one of the Virgin Group’s most successful enterprises.






The Japanese economy suffers from excess capacity.




The rate of exchange changes on a daily basis.




The financial crisis in Asia has finally calmed down.




The fiscal year will end on March 31.




The dollar-yen exchange rates have fluctuated wildly in recent years.




Although South Korea still in a recession, its economic fundamentals are good.




The gap in interest rates between Japan and U.S. is narrowing.




Currently, Japanese earn a tiny 0.2 percent on their savings deposits.




In the past 20 years, many American have invested in mutual deposits.




The bank’s liabilities exceeded its assets, and it was declared bankrupt.




In order to inject liquidity into the market, Germany’s Bundesbank lowered interest rates.




The loose lending policies of Japan banks in the 1980’s resulted in bad loan.




The raising and lowering of short-term rates is a key component of monetary policy.




When one company has a monopoly, it is sure to be bad for consumers.




The economic outlook of China is slightly slower growth.




The company owes banks millions of dollars, and will probably have to decline bankruptcy.




Many economists worry that Japan will not be able to find its pension system in future years.




Switzerland and Japan have the highest incomes per capita in the world.




Although amazon.com is considered a very successful company, it has yet turn a profit.




The European Union has imposed quotes on beef imports.




During World War II, the U.S. government imposed gasoline rationing.




The country’s foreign currency reserves are running low.




With few natural resources of its own, Japan has to import a lot of its oil and lumber.




The European Union and Japan have asked the U.S. to show restraint in the current dispute over steel.




Because of tax cuts, the government’s revenues is decreasing.




The government called on all of its citizens to make sacrifices.




Share in Ebay com, which traded at $18 a few months ago, are trading at over $100.




General Motors will slash its work force in the coming year.




Japan continues to suffer from sluggish consumer spending.




The solvency of Japan’s bank will be determined by the Financial Supervisory Agency.




The sovereignty of Japan’s Finance Ministry has been called into question.




Specification in the currency markets caused the company to lose more than $50 million in the past three years.




There are fears that Japan is about to slip into a deflationary spiral.




The latest government statistics show that consumer spending is picking up.




The company’s stock plummeted after it reported huge fourth-quarter losses.




Subsidies to farmers are gradually being reduced.




Trading in the company’s stock was suspended when news of the merger broke.




The U.S. criticized Japan’s rice tariff as being too high.




The Treasury decided to intervene in the currency markets.




Turnover on the stock market was light because it was the day before Christmas.




Unemployment fell for the fifth consecutive quarter.




Emerging markets are notoriously volatile.




Wages grew by an average of 3.2 percent last year.
「政策、政治、選挙など」




One of the most controversial measures on the ballot would make physician-assisted suicide legal.




A majority of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance.




The bill passed by a margin of only four votes – 52 to 48.




Many Americans have become disillusioned by the mudslinging in political campaigns.




Opinion polls show that support for George remains strong.




Turnout for the election was higher than expected.




A vote on the bill will come sometimes next week.




The two countries were enemies in the past, but now live in accord.






There is a lot of discord in parliament these days.




Some countries don’t tolerate any dissent from their citizens.




The Senate passed the bill by a unanimous vote.




In his State of the Union address, Trump focused on education.




The administration is expected to ask for more money to help the homeless.




Governor George has always been a strong advocate of gun control.




The most important topic on the agenda was the crisis in Russia.




The treaty has been amended.




Senator George apologized for his remarks about his rival.




The young congressman was appointed to one of the most important committees.




Education authorities are trying to encourage creativity.




If the bill is passed, it will be sent to the president, who has promised to sign it into law.






The prime minister has promised to eliminate government bureaucracy.




In a briefing with reporters, George said he supported Japan’s currency plan.




He will make a strong presidential candidate in 2020.




Circumstances have changed considerably since the defense agreement was first signed.




It remains to be seen how long the coalition will last.




Congress is expected to meet in an emergency session.




Japan’s constitution prevents it from sending troops into combat.




The Liberal Democratic Party entered into a controversial alliance with the Liberal Party.




Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin met privately with his counterparts before the start of the G7(Conference of Ministers and Governors of the Group of 7).




Relations between the U.S. and Japan are entering a critical period.




The Republicans said that George deliberately tried to deceive the American public.




One of the deputy ministers was put in charge of the project.




The LDP has a majority in the lower house of the Diet, but not in the upper house.




The prime minister may have to dissolve parliament and call new elections.




The government has announced new need for cooperation in solving the problem.




It is difficult for a candidate from either extreme, liberal or conservative, to be elected U.S. president.




It is time for the U.S. to take a more flexible approach toward Cuba.




The university received a government grant to do cancer research.




He seems to have a firm grasp of Korea’s problems.




The senator didn’t mean to imply that his colleague was incompetent.




It’s very difficult to defeat an incumbent.




The president has endured many insults from his enemies.




Abortion remains one of the most controversial issues from American today.




One lawmaker has proposed a bill that would ban handguns.




It is very difficult to legislate morality.




The legislature is about to start a new session.




Senate Majority Leader George is considered a moderate Republican.




A leader has an obligation to explain his policies to the public.




Chinese government officials denied the newspaper’s report.




The leader of the opposition party called on the prime minister to resign.




Parliament will begin debating the bill next week.




The prime minister has pledged that there will be growth in the economy by 2020.




There is a pressing need to fill the empty cabinet positions.




The prime minister became angry when he read the quote in the newspaper.






Some of Trump’s idea were labeled radical by the Republicans.




The rebel leader met with a government representative in Paris.




Trump replaced his entire cabinet in an attempt to calm the nation.




George has gained a reputation as a skilled politician.






Despite calls to resign, he vowed to remain in office.






The government has revised its policy on trade with Cuba.




There were riots as crowds demanded that Suharto resign.




As secretary of transportation, he focused on traffic safety issues.




The senator gave a moving speech.




The secretary of state issued a statement condemning the attack.




The LDP still has a strong interest in protecting the status quo.




The Republican Party has been in tumult since the 1998 elections.




The unrest in Indonesia began in Medan and soon spread to Jakarta.




Asia is facing a period of economic and political upheaval.




The president has threatened to veto the bill if it is passed.




Welfare programs have been scaled back in recent years.




Some of the country’s leaders have xenophobia.