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2012.03.01 (Review of 2009.08.27 edition)

It was about 136 years ago when Alexander Graham Bell made the world's first phone call. His words during that historic call were "Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you!" And since that telephone was still a relatively primitive model, Mr. Watson's reply may have been something like this ...

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(I) CAN BARELY HEAR (YOU)   ほとんど聞こえない


  • If you can barely hear someone, it's very difficult to hear them because of noise, because their voice sounds far away, etc.
  • can barely hear と言うと、雑音があったり、話している人の声が遠かったりして、その人の言っていることが非常に聞き取りにくいことを意味します。
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  1. (on the phone)
    Sorry, but I can barely hear you. Let me call you back.
  2. (on the phone)
    Can you speak a little louder? I can barely hear you.
  3. I could barely hear what he was saying over all the chatter (= talking) in the room.

英会話レッスンWe'll be back loud and clear tomorrow. See you then!