英語のポッドキャスト − Tobacco

Luke
こんにちは、イギリス生まれ・東京在住、英語教師で作家のLukeです。日本語で英語を説明することが趣味です。



Tobacco
These days, Americans don’t smoke cigarettes nearly as much as they used to. Still, in North Carolina, tobacco still plays an important part in society. If you drive out of many towns, you will come across miles and miles of fields of tobacco.

Tobacco is a tall plant with waxy leaves that grows waist-high. The sun is very strong in North Carolina and by August the leaves begin to go brown. Around this time, the famers come out in their tractors and harvest the leaves.
Once all the leaves have been harvested, the tobacco is hung out to dry. This drying process is known as curing. Throughout North Carolina, there are many barns in which the tobacco is hung.
Tobacco that will be used for cigars is hung in barns for several months and dries in the air. This gives the tobacco a mild flavor. Tobacco that will be used for cigarettes is dried more quickly using heated pipes. This gives the tobacco a sweet flavor.
Although tobacco is not grown in England commercially, the English consider the tobacco plant, with its large green leaves, to be a beautiful addition to a garden. Some people plant the tobacco under the windows of their houses. The tobacco flowers open only in the evening and fill the garden and house with a sweet scent.
I have never seen tobacco growing in Japan, but I imagine that it can also be found in gardens here too. By the way, in Japanese, タバコ means both tobacco and cigarettes, but in English the word is not used to describe cigarettes . Tobacco, therefore, is a word that is often used incorrectly.
waxy – すべすべした
barn – 納屋
curing – 乾燥処理する
commercially – 営業的
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  • It is first time to see tobacco plants.
    It looks like strong plants. In Japan, no smoking area is spread in public space. Smoking area is limited.
    In addition to that, the price of the cigarettes is going up and up.
    How about UK and USA?
    It is good for health but some of the smoker complain about the situation.

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    英語の教師と作家。父はイギリス人、母はアメリカ人。イギリス生まれ、13歳でアメリカへ。卒業後はワシントンDCで記者。現在東京に在住。著書に『この英語、どう違う?』(KADOKAWA)、『とりあえずは英語でなんと言う?』 (大和書房)、など。NHK基礎英語1と婦人公論の連載。