2012年11月05日

TED (2): Try something new for 30 days by Matt Cutts


「30日間チャレンジ」マット・カッツ

【はじめに】
最強の無料英語教材−TED Talks 。
うちの教室では毎週1本ずつプレゼンを観て、英語力、プレゼン力強化に役立てています。
そして今回から、podcast(ブログ)にもUPし皆さんとも共有することにしました。
script と単語を背景で見ながらプレゼンが鑑賞できるので使いやすいと思います。お楽しみください。

Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

(1) A few years ago, I felt like I was stuck in a rut, so I decided to follow in the footsteps of the great American philosopher, Morgan Spurlock, and try something new for 30 days. The idea is actually pretty simple. Think about something you’ve always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days. It turns out, 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit − like watching the news − from your life.

be stuck in a rut:轍にはまる、マンネリだ
cf. be stuck ~:〜で立ち往生する
(stick-stuck-stuck:突き刺す、の受け身)
ex. I’m stuck at a station.:駅で足止めになる
follow in the footsteps of ~:〜の足跡を辿る、〜の先例に倣う
philosopher:哲学者
add A to B:AをBに加える
It turns out (that) S V:SがVだということが分かる
the right amount of ~:正しい量の〜
subtract:差し引く  cf. ⇔ add

(2) There’s a few things I learned while doing these 30-day challenges. The first was, instead of the months flying by, forgotten, the time was much more memorable. This was part of a challenge I did to take a picture everyday for a month. And I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing that day. I also noticed that as I started to do more and harder 30-day challenges, my self-confidence grew. I went from desk-dwelling computer nerd to the kind of guy who bikes to work − for fun. Even last year, I ended up hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. I would never have been that adventurous before I started my 30-day challenges.

instead of ~:〜する代わりに、〜しないで
fly by:(時など)飛ぶように過ぎる
memorable:記憶に残る
 ← (n) memory
self-confidence:自信
-dwelling (a):〜に住んでいる
nerd:おたく
 ex. computer nerd
end up ~ing:結局〜することになる
cf. end up in 名詞
adventurous:冒険の
 ← (n) adventure

(3) I also figured out that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days. Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Every November, tens of thousands of people try to write their own 50,000 word novel from scratch in 30 days. It turns out, all you have to do is (to) write 1,667 words a day for a month. So I did. By the way, the secret is not to go to sleep until you’ve written your words for the day. You might be sleep-deprived, but you’ll finish your novel. Now is my book the next great American novel? No. I wrote it in a month. It’s awful. But for the rest of my life, if I meet john Hodgman at a TED party, I don’t have to say, “I’m a computer scientist.” No, no, if I want to I can say, “I’m a novelist.”

figure out:理解する
 = understand
badly:とても
tens of thousands of ~:何万もの
from scratch:一から、ゼロから
All you have to do is (to) ~.:〜さえすればよい。
sleep-deprived:睡眠不足の
cf. deprive A of B:AのBを奪う

(4) So here’s one last thing I’d like to mention. I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick. There’s nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges. In fact, they’re a ton of fun. But they’re less likely to stick. When I gave up sugar for 30 days, day 31 looked like this.

mention:言う、言及する
= say
make a change:変化する
sustainable:持続可能な
stick:@突き刺す A(習慣など)身に付く
nothing wrong with ~:〜は全く悪くない
in fact:どころか、むしろ
a ton of ~ = a lot of ~

(5) So here’s my question to you: What are you waiting for? I guarantee you the next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days. Thanks.

guarantee 人 (that) ~:人に〜を保証する
whether you like it or not:好きだろうがなんだろうが、否が応でも
Why not ~?:したらどうですか
= Why don’t you ~?
give it a shot[try]:試しにやってみる

●TED 公式サイト
http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days.html

また、本家 TED 以外にも有益なウェブサイトがいくつもあります。
● Digital Cast
http://digitalcast.jp/v/11081/
● English Central
http://ja.englishcentral.com/video/13146/ted-try-something-new-for-30-days
● TEDのすゝめ
http://ameblo.jp/omg1287/entry-11154078424.html
それぞれ特徴がありますので、ご自分のレベルや嗜好に応じて使い分け、併せてお楽しみ下さい。
それもこれも、TED Talks が著作権フリーだからできる業。そういう意味でも最強ですね。
また、下記ページは関連サイトそれぞれの特徴を分かりやすくまとめています。
http://edu-dev.net/2012/09/20/ted_7sites/



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