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In the United States, the subject of today's WordMaster edition began in 1938 at $0.25 per hour and over the next 70 years gradually rose to $6.55 per hour. In Tokyo, it's currently at 766 yen per hour.

When it comes time to sell your precious human labor, here's the starting bid!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: 間違いやすいボキャブラリー


  • The minimum wage is the smallest amount of money that an employer can legally pay a worker for an hour of work.

    Be Careful! The expression minimum wage is often used without an article (= a word like “a” or “the”), as in “He makes minimum wage.”
  • minimum wage とは、1時間の労働に対して、雇用主が労働者に法的に支払うことができる最低の金額、つまり、最低賃金のことです。

    注意: minimum wage は、He makes minimum wage. のように、冠詞( a や the のような語)を付けずに使われることがよくあります。



  1. The minimum wage in the United States will become $7.25 an hour as of July 24th, 2009.
  2. Many small business owners are against the minimum wage increase. They say it will increase the cost of doing business and make small businesses less competitive.
  3. When I was in college, I used to work in the national parks every summer. I only made minimum wage, but I had a great time.
  4. It's hard to support a family on just minimum wage.
  5. (restaurant manager)
    We pay our wait staff minimum wage, but they usually make double that in tips.

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