そして、皆さんお待ちかね! Kevin講師の新しい動画が見れますよ!


Hello y’all, Kevin here!

I’ve made a new video if you are interested. This one focuses on the B and V sounds. While I was thinking of the idea for the video, I remembered my grandparents always had a difficult time saying my name because my name has a “v” in it, and their native language was Spanish. Spanish speakers, just like Japanese speakers, have difficulty with the “v” sound. The letter is used in writing in Spanish, but the sound is always pronounced “b.” For example, the word “vaca”, which in English means cow, is pronounced “baka,” like the Japanese word for dumb. Anyway, my grandparents always pronounced my name like this: “Kebin.” Also, my grandmother would write my name on Christmas cards the same way. Sadly, all of my grandparents are gone now, but whenever a Japanese speaker who hasn’t quite mastered the b and v sound yet says, “Kebin,” I always remember my grandparents, and it kind of makes me happy to have my name pronounced that way.

Also, in the video I use the word “y’all,” as I did above in the greeting for today’s blog. “Y’all” is an informal way to talk to 2 or more people. It’s a shortened form of “you all.” It’s used a lot in the southern parts of the US. Since I’m not from the South, I tend to say “you guys.” There are a few different forms of the plural “you” around the different parts of the English-speaking world. Here are a few examples.

Yinz / You’uns: You will hear this in western Pennsylvania, my home state, and parts of Ohio. I don’t use it because my hometown, Lancaster, is in the eastern part of Pennsylvania. It’s a shortened form of “you ones.”

Youse: This is used in New York and New Jersey. It’s often used with the word “guys”– “youse guys.” If you watch old gangster movies, you can hear examples of this.

You guys: Like I said above, I use this form. Most people in the US, except for the ones mentioned above, will use this form.

You lot: This is how British people say, “you guys.”

There might be more. Whenever you go back to school, ask your teacher what form of plural you they use. We don’t teach it in school, but it’s useful to know because every native English speaker uses one of them.

Well, that’s a lot of linguistic information for “y’all” today. I’ll put the link below for my video so that “you guys” can take a look. I made the speaking task a little easier, so I think even basic level students will be able try. Again, I have to thank my son for helping me edit the video and put the text and animation in it. I’m starting to think he’s some kind of genius with this stuff. We also made the music together. I played the bass while he created the electronic drum beats and synthesizer sound.

See “you lot” next time!





また、動画では、「y’all」の単語も使います、このブログの挨拶に上で使ったように。「y’all」は、2人以上の人に話しかけるカジュアルな方法です。「you all」の短い形です。アメリカ南部で多く使われます。私は南部出身ではないので、「you guys」と言いがちです。複数形の「you」は、英語圏の違った場所でいくつかの違った形があります。いくつかの例がこれです。

Yinz / You’uns:私の出身州のペンシルバニア州の西部や、オハイオ州の一部で聞くでしょう。私は使いません、なぜなら私のホームタウン、ランカスターは、ペンシルバニア州の東部にあるからです。「you ones」の省略した形です。

Youse:これはニューヨーク州やニュージャージー州で使われています。「guys」という言葉と一緒によく使われますーー「youse guys」のように。もし古いギャング映画を見るなら、これ(が使われている)例を聞くことが出来ます。

You guys:上に述べたように、私はこの形を使います。上に述べた人たちを除いて、アメリカのほとんどの人がこの形を使うでしょう。

You lot:これは、イギリス人が言う方法です、「you guys」(という意味)


さて、たくさんの「y’all」の言語学的な情報でしたね。私の動画のリンクを、「you guys」は見てみることができるように下に貼っておきます。スピーキングの課題を少し簡単にしました、なので基礎の受講生さんもトライできると思います。また、私の息子に、動画の編集したりテキストやアニメを入れたりするのを手伝ってもらったことに感謝しなければなりません。こういった事に関してある種の天才じゃないかと思い始めています。音楽も一緒に作りましたよ。私がベースを弾き、彼は電子ドラムのビートやシンセサイザーの音を作りました。

また会いましょう、「you lot」!