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Friday, November 10, 2006

Bank

Another word with more than one meaning is 'bank'. Many Japanese people probably know that 銀行 is 'bank' in English, but may wonder what it means in the following sentence, from a textbook I was using a few days ago:

Vienna, or Wien in German, stands on the banks of the River Danube.

In this case, the word has nothing to do with banking or any kind of financial matter. A river bank is simply the land at the side of a river (河岸).

Further downriver, the Danube flows through the capital of Hungary, Budapest, which was formed by the amalgamation (joining together) of Buda (and Old Buda) on the right (West) bank with Pest on the left (East) bank.

作成者 Richard : Friday, November 10, 2006 15:00 [ コメント : 0]

Free

There are many English words with more than one meaning. While I was giving a student some practice for the STEP test (英検) interview today, it was apparent that she did not know the meaning of 'free' in the expression 'free magazines'.

Of course, 'free' can mean 自由, as in 'freedom' and related words. In the case of 'free magazines', however, it means 'without charge' (you don't have to pay for them). In other words, 'free magazine' = 無料雑誌.

作成者 Richard : Friday, November 10, 2006 14:42 [ コメント : 0]

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