Chapter 13



I know a man who I think is just right for the job.

  1. The meat that we believed was beef proved to be pork.
  2. This is the athlete who everyone says will win the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games.



There are still a lot of men who refuse to wash the dishes, or who don't know how to cook rice.

  1. I know some people who have a lot of friends, but who don't have any true friends.
  2. A good conversationalist, one who has something interesting to say and who listens politely and carefully, is welcome anywhere at any time.


Learning to ski is one of the most humiliating experiences an adult can undergo (that is one reason to start young).  After all, an adult has been walking for a long time; he knows where his feet are; he knows how to put one foot in front of the other in order to get somewhere.  But as soon as he puts skis on his feet, it is as though he had to learn to walk all over again.  He slips and slides, falls down, has trouble getting up, gets his skis crossed, tumbles again, and generally looks ― and feels ― like a fool.

Even the best instructor seems at first to be no help.  The ease with which the instructor performs actions that he says are simple but that the student secretly believes are impossible is almost insulting.  How can you remember everything the instructor says you have to remember?  Bend your knees.  Look down the hill.  Keep your weight on the downhill ski.  Keep your back straight, but nevertheless lean forward.  The lectures seem endless ― how can you think about all that and still ski?

The point about skiing, of course, is that you should not be thinking about the separate acts that, together, make a smooth turn or series of linked turns ― instead, you should merely be looking ahead of you down the hill, anticipating bumps and other skiers, enjoying the feel of the cold wind on your cheeks, smiling with pleasure at the fluid grace of your body as you speed down the mountain.  In other words, you must learn to forget the separate acts in order to perform all of them, indeed any of them, well.  But in order to forget them as separate acts, you have to learn them first as separate acts.  Only then can you put them together to become a good skier.



KEY25 基本例文:私は,その仕事にぴったりと思える(←私が思う)人を知っている。

KEY26 基本例文:皿洗いをするのを拒んだり,お米の炊き方を知らない男の人がまだたくさんいる。

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