2017/2/2

Mr.マーカスの日本探訪記 サンディエゴ  Mr.マーカスの日本探訪記

Hello everyone.

It’s me again. Usually I write about my travels in Japan, but today I would like to talk about my favorite city in the United States.

[It’s me again.]=マーカスです。また書かせてもらいます。

Even though I am from New York City, you may be surprised to find out that it’s not my favorite city in the U.S. My favorite city is actually San Diego in California. San Diego is the 8th largest city in the US, and the 2nd largest in California. It is about the same size as Fukuoka. Today, I will talk about my experience and impression of this city.

[Even though]=たとえ〜にしても
[my experience and impression]=私の経験と印象

Three years before coming to Japan, in 2005, I lived in the Los Angeles area for a year. While living there, I often drove my car to San Diego. It’s located near the Mexican border, and it takes about 2 hours to get there from LA. I love this city for three reasons.

[located]=位置する

The first reason is the weather. San Diego is known for its warm climate. In the winter it almost never snows. As a matter of fact, the average high temperature is 18 degrees Celsius, and the average low temperature is 9 degrees. In addition, on average it rains only 43 days out of the year. It was always comfortable traveling to this city.

[climate]=気候
[As a matter of fact]=実際
[temperature]=温度
[degrees Celsius]=摂氏(℃)
[In addition]=加えて
[comfortable]=快適

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The second reason is the beaches. San Diego has beautiful beaches that are enjoyed by swimmers, surfers and sailboat enthusiasts. Many people from all around the world visit the beaches year-round. The beaches in San Diego are also popular with surfers. You can see people practicing how to ride the waves at any time of the day.

[sailboat enthusiasts]=ヨット愛好家
[year-round]=一年中

The third reason I like this city is the attractions it has. San Diego loves animals. Two of the most popular attractions for visitors to the city are the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The zoo is one of the largest in the USA with over 3,500 animals from 600 different species. It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses and successfully breeds the giant panda. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has over 2,600 animals from 300 species. It also has the world’s largest veterinary hospital. At this park, most of the exhibits at this attraction are habitats from Africa and Asia. It’s really cool to see. Some habitat names are “Elephant Valley”, Nairobi Village and Asian Savanna.

[attraction]=魅力 呼び物 アトラクション
[different species]=異なった種
[house]=(動詞)住まわせる ※動詞の場合、発音は「ハウズ」
[breed]=繁殖する
[veterinary]=獣医
[exhibit]=展示
[habitats]=生息場所
[Nairobi]=(アフリカの)ナイロビ

Another popular attraction is Mount Soledad. Many people drive to the top to get a spectacular aerial view of downtown San Diego and the Pacific Ocean. I loved going there to relax and enjoy the scenery.

[Mount Soledad]=ソルダッド山
[spectacular]=壮大な
[aerial]=空中の
[scenery]=風景

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You might be asking, “but what about food?” San Diego has a variety of restaurants to choose from. I have eaten Thai food, Cuban food, and even real New York pizza in San Diego. Because San Diego is so close to Mexico, Mexican cuisine is very common. Tacos, enchiladas, carne asada and tortas can be found just about anywhere. Traditional food from the American southwest, such as chili con carne, smothered burritos and tamale pie are also popular.

[choose]=選ぶ
[Cuban]=キューバの
[San Diego is so close to Mexico]=サンディエゴはメキシコに近い
 ※上の「close」は形容詞。発音は「クロース」
 ※発音が「クローズ」は動詞で「閉じる」。
[cuisine]=料理

[Tacos]=タコス(肉や野菜など様々な具をトルティーヤに挟んだ料理)

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[enchiladas]=エンチラーダ(トルティーヤを油で焼き、唐辛子ソースをからめて肉やチーズを巻いた料理。)

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[carne asada]=カルネ・アサーダ(薄切りの牛ステーキ肉をグリル)

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[tortas]=トルタス(メキシコ風サンドイッチ)

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[chili con carne]=チリコンカルネ

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[smothered burritos]=ブリトス

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[tamale pie]=タマーレパイ

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I hope that you enjoyed my talk about San Diego. It is a warm and welcoming city with many things for you to enjoy. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. Thank you for reading. Happy travels!

Marcus


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