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2005.08.25(Review of 2000.11.05 edition)

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Today's LessonCATEGORY: 役に立つ表現
WHAT DO YOU CALL ... IN ENGLISH?
〜を英語で何と言いますか?

Explanation

  • When you want to know how to say something in English, you can point to it and ask What do you call that in English? or simply What do you call that? Instead of pointing, you can also describe something - for example, “What do you call a person who builds houses?” **
  • ある物を英語で何と呼ぶか分からないとき、その物を指さしながら What do you call that in English?(それを英語で何と言いますか)あるいは What do you call that? と言います。また、指をさす代わりに、どのようなものかを言葉で説明する場合は、What do you call a person who builds houses?(家を建てる人を何と言いますか)などというように聞くこともできます。

examples

  1. (pointing at a vase)
    a: What do you call this in English?
    b: That's a vase.
  2. a: What do you call the place you stand while waiting for a train?
    b: It's called a platform.
  3. a: What do you call the thing you use to clean a carpet?
    b: A vacuum cleaner.
  4. a: What do you call people who live in Norway?
    b: They're called Norwegians.

英会話レッスンIt's been lovely visiting with you!

** Answer: a carpenter(大工)