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Japanese Lessons: Wasabi Japanese Radio Podcasts 5-2

Program:海外かいがいのニュース Personality: 村上隆むらかみりゅう

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そしてもうひとつ、こちらはアメリカなんですけども、なんとちがってタダの航空券こうくうけんを出してしまいました、料券りょうけんです。アメリカのワシントンから中西ちゅうせいのミネアポリスまでがりょうちょうきょのハワイまでも10じゅうドル、およそ千円せんえんけるという。このアメリカ・ユナイテッド航空こうくう12じゅうににち、インターネットをつうじた約販売やくはんばいで、いちてきおおくくの国内線こくないせん航空券こうくうけん税別ぜいべつりょう、または10じゅうドルといった超格安ちょうかくやすすというちんがあったそうです。ユナイテッドは、この、ツイッターを使つかって、えー、ちがいが原因げんいんだったとして、やくさいひょうされたかく航空券こうくうけん提供ていきょうすると説明せつめいしました。きょう争相そうあい格安航空会社かくやすこうくうがいしゃかおけのだま*1 かくやくしたきゃくらからはたからくじにたったようだとかん*2 するこえてると。

English Translation

Title: Foreign News Personality: Murakami Ryuji
And now, one more. This one is in America. They made a mistake and gave out free tickets. They’re free tickets. From America’s Washington DC to the Midwest’s Minneapolis was free, and long-distance to Hawaii was also 10 dollars, which would go for approximately 1000 yen. On the 12th there was an unexpected occurrence; America’s United Airlines was selling reservations via the internet, and temporarily many domestic routes’ tickets were free, tax not included, or some were put up for sale for as cheap as 10 dollars. United explained this mistake using twitter, and, um, said that the cause was human error and that they would provide tickets with the price indicated at the time of reservation. Because of the surprising price*1 which made rival low-cost-carriers lose face, some of those customers who made reservations commented things like, “we are as happy*2 as if we won the lottery”.

Notes: Japanese Grammar and Vocabulary

1. The Japanese idiom 「だまるほど」 literally means “eyes pop out”, and indicates extreme surprise. Thus, 「だまかく」 indicates “surprising price”.

2. A formal word which is seldom used in everyday life.

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