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Time for kids September 28, 2017
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Mexico's Quake

本文 Sections of Mexico City and nearby areas were left in ruins after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck Mexico on September 19. Buildings collapsed, homes were destroyed, and thousands of people were injured. Immediately after the quake, 40% of Mexico City, the country’s capital, was without power. At press time, at least 230 people were reported dead.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was near Raboso, in the state of Puebla, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City. Effects were felt in surrounding states. In Morelos, dozens of people were killed, numerous buildings were destroyed, and 60% of the state was without power. The states of Guerrero and Oaxaca also reported deaths and damage.

People across Mexico City rushed to help pull the injured from rubble and get supplies to those in need. Some formed human chains to move rubble, while others raced shopping carts full of bottled water to search and rescue teams. Doctors, dentists, and lawyers worked side by side with construction workers and street sweepers to clear debris. Members of motorcycle clubs helped create openings for emergency vehicles in crowded streets.

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出題者から皆様へ

2度にわたって「質問」というテーマの話をしました。
今回は「短文」を少しばかり語ろうと思います。

解説の中で詳しく述べたのですが、短文は構造がシンプルであるために文意が掴みやすいという利点があります。しかし、逆に構造分析の間違いが表に出て、誤訳が目立ってしまうという難点があります。

従って、私はこのような短文には組し易い長所があるのでそれを活かして、しっかりと構造分析の学習材料にしたらいいのではないかと思っているのです。

いずれにしても、研究してもすっきりしない不安な点があれば必ず「質問」するようにしないと前進はありません。


以上です。

それでは次回をお楽しみに。

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