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For Life
2002.11.13

Today's WordMaster is dedicated to Dr. Linus Pauling. See if you understand why.

Today's LessonCATEGORY: Problem Vocabulary
VITAMIN / MINERAL   ビタミン/ミネラル

Explanation

  • Vitamins and minerals are natural substances found in food (but often taken in pills) that the body needs in small amounts in order to function properly and grow. Vitamins are complex substances, such as vitamin C and B12; minerals are simpler substances, such as iron and calcium.

    Be careful:
    In American English, the "vi-" in vitamin rhymes with "bye" not "bit".
  • vitamin (ビタミン)と < mineral>(ミネラル)は、食物中に存在する物質(錠剤になったものを摂る場合も多い)で、体の機能を正常に保ち、成長を助けるために微量ながら不可欠なもののことです。vitamin は、vitamin C やB12などのような有機化合物で、mineral は、鉄やカルシウムなどの無機質のことです。

    注意:
    アメリカ英語では、vitamin の vi- の発音は、byeと同じで、bitのbi-とは違います。

examples

  1. Vitamin C is supposed to help prevent colds.
  2. (a wife to her husband)
    Don't forget to take your vitamins (pills), dear.
  3. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of many important vitamins.
  4. Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for healthy bones.
  5. A well-balanced diet should provide you with all the vitamins and minerals you need for good health.

How many grams of vitamin C have YOU had today?