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Iceland Airwaves

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Iceland Airwaves

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Iceland Airwaves is a super hip, long weekend music festival that . It’s . is the untypical list of performers. You won’t find old favorites or ; and bright faces who .

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The Airwaves festival is held in Reykjavik, Iceland each year and the town itself which is . with . Because the town is quite small in size, the natural beauty of Iceland is right outside for visitors . The city is set on a volcanic island and . Iceland Airwaves .

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. . Of Monsters and Men, Florence and the Machine, Flaming Lips, Fatboy Slim, and Wolf Parade are !

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English 日本語
dominates the festival scene each year 毎年フェスティバル・シーンを独占する
been around since 1999 1999年頃からある
and the name comes from its first location そしてその名前は、最初の場所からつけられた
an airplane hangar 航空機の格納庫
Part of what makes this festival so special このフェスティバルをとても特別なものにする理由の一つは
buzz-grabbing stars 人気上昇中のスター
this entire festival is for new names このフェスティバル全体、(売り出しの)新人の為にある
have something to share with the world 世界と共有していることがある
is now considered more of a festival city 現在は、より、フェスティバルの町として考慮されている
quite sleepy throughout the rest of the year 1年の残りの時期はかなり静か
When it does open up to receive the masses of fans and festival goers 多くのファンとフェスティバルにいく人達を受け入れのために開放すると
the town turns into a cultural mecca 町は、文化的なメッカ(憧れの地)に変わる
a nightlife scene that puts others to shame 他の街を残念に思わせるほどの夜の娯楽(クラブシーン)
to explore 探検するのに
between acts ショーの間
features a world-famous Blue Lagoon and amazing lava fields 世界的に有名なブルーラグーンと驚くべき溶岩原がある
couldn’t have picked a better host city より良い開催都市を選ぶことが出来なかった
It’s no question that 〔that以下〕であることに疑い[疑問]の余地はない
this festival can be a huge career launcher for new stars 新しいスターへの道となりうる 
Many music groups and bands head straight for huge American stages with massive crowds 多くの音楽グループやバンドは、大観衆のある巨大なアメリカのステージにまっすぐ向かう
after rave reviews at Iceland Airwaves アイスランド・エアウエイブスでの絶賛の後
just a few names that have exploded since their Iceland Airwaves debut 彼らのアイスランド・エアウエイブスでのデビュー以来、有名になった人たちのほんの少 しの例

This year’s Iceland Airwaves runs from November 5 – 9. Here is a link to the official page:

Iceland Airwaves

彼らのアイスランド・エアウエイブスでのデビュー以来、有名になった人たちのほんの少 しの例
súper cadera
domina la escena del festival cada año
Ha estado alrededor desde 1999
y el nombre viene de su primera ubicación
un hangar para aviones
Parte de lo que hace este festival tan especial
estrellas que buscan la moda
todo este festival es para nuevos nombres
caras brillantes
tenga algo que compartir con el mundo
ahora se considera más una ciudad de festivales
muy soñoliento durante el resto del año
Cuando si abre para recibir a las masas de fans y asistentes al festival
la ciudad se convierte en una meca cultural
una vida nocturna que pone a los demás en vergüenza
para explorar entre los actos
cuenta con una Laguna Azul de fama mundial y campos de lava increíbles
no podrían haber elegido un mejor ciudad anfitriona
Es indudable que
este festival puede ser un gran lanzador de carrera para las nuevas estrellas
Muchos grupos musicales y bandas se dirigen directamente a enormes escenarios norteamericanos con multitudes
después de muy buenas críticas en Iceland Airwaves
sólo algunos nombres que se han expandido desde su debut en Iceland Airwaves

Guatapé, Colombia

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Story written and read by Carrie Buchert

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Guatape 1 J Buhler

Guatapé is a beautiful city in Colombia that its bright coloring and beautiful art. and . Every part of the town .

Guatape 2 A Schwab

the town is also especially known for its 3D art pieces and paintings , or zocalos. across the town and . and some of the best sculpture zocalos are .

Guatape 3 Boris G

Just outside of the town as well with that features standing 200 meters high which visitors can to find and a viewing area. visitors can also see !

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From the moment visitors enter the city 観光客(訪問者)はその町に入った瞬間から
they are welcomed with a handcrafted, unique sign 彼らは、手作りのユニークな看板で迎えられる
encouraged down the road with bright paints and tile work その先にある明るい色のペンキとタイル作品にひきつけられる
features a bright paint job and whimsical design 〜の特徴は明るい塗装作業と風変わりなデザインである
Beyond the bright colors that playfully cover the building fronts 建物正面を遊び心満載で覆う明るい色を越えて
at the base of all of the buildings 全ての建物の底部に
The Zocalos pull the creative inspiration together ゾカロは、創造的なインスピレーションを引き合わせる ♦Zocaloは壁の下部の模様があるところ、特にコロンビア)
make artwork accessible in the streets アートワークを通りでアクセスできるようにする
The drawings range from sprawling swirls and renditions of the townscape to traditional animal portraits “図面は、広範囲に広がる渦や都会風景の絵から伝統的な動物の肖像にわたる
human masks that stick out of the building bases 建物の底部から突き出る人間のマスク
There is a unique vibrancy that sets this town apart! この町を引き立たせる独特の活気がある
there is some unique history to explore 珍しい歴史が探険できる
a gigantic rock formation 巨大な岩層
an exposed vertical face 露出した垂直面
scale up 登る
food vendors 屋台
From the manmade lake nearby 近くの人工湖の岸から
is known for 〜で知られている
the top of the cross of the old Guatape Church poking out of the water 水から突き出ているグアタペの古い教会の十字架の先

ゾカロは、創造的なインスピレーションを引き合わせる ♦Zocaloは壁の下部の模様があるところ、特にコロンビア)
es conocido por
Desde el momento en que los visitantes entran en la ciudad
son recibidos con un signo único hecho a mano
alentado por la carretera con pinturas brillantes y revestimiento
cuenta con un trabajo de pintura brillante y un diseño caprichoso.
Más allá de los colores brillantes que cubren juguetonamente las fachadas de los edificios
en la base de todos los edificios
Los Zocalos ponen a la inspiración creativa junta
hacen obras de arte accesible en las calles
Los dibujos van de remolinos en expansión y entregas del paisaje urbano a retratos de animales tradicionales
máscaras humanas que sobresalen de las bases de construcción
¡Hay una vitalidad singular que distingue a este pueblo aparte!
hay alguna historia única a explorar
una formación de roca gigantesca
una cara vertical expuesta
vendedores de comida
Desde el lago artificial cercano
la parte superior de la cruz de la antigua Iglesia Guatape asomandose fuera del agua

Trump’s and Merkel’s Awkward Meeting

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On March 17 the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, met U.S. president, Donald Trump for the first time. Trump has been president of the USA since January 20th. The two talked about many things, for example about NATO. Trump wants Germany to pay more money for NATO. They also talked about fighting Islamic terrorism and the trade deficit.

During the election campaign last year Trump criticized Merkel several times. Specifically, he criticized her refugee policy. At the meeting in the White House, Merkel said it was better to talk with each other than about each other.

In one of the more awkward moments of the meeting, Trump appeared to refuse to shake hands with the German Chancellor. He did, however, shake hands with her when she arrived at the White House earlier.


What do you think about Trump's presidency so far?

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Mount Etna Erupts

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Mount Etna is a volcano located in southern Italy. It is on the island of Sicily. Now, Mount Etna is spewing out red hot rocks and ash. However, experts say that there is no danger for people.

Mount Etna has often erupted in the past. The last eruption was in 2014. Even now a stream of molten rock is flowing down the mountain. This is called a lava flow. The volcano is also spewing out clouds of dust. Scientists say that these clouds are not so bad this time.

Experts say, people do not need to be afraid. Even for those who live close by there is no immediate danger.

No one is sure how long the volcanic eruption will last. Sometimes it is over after a few days.

Mt. Etna is the second most active volcano on earth. Only Hawaii’s Kilauea is more active.


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The Next Taylor Swift?

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Grace VanderWaal was just like any other New York 12-year old until she and her mother decided to let her try out for the NBC television competition, America’s Got Talent. Grace had written songs since she was three years old, so unlike most child performers, she sang an original song on the show, and played a ukulele. Not even Grace’s sixth grade friends knew she loved singing, but soon the whole world would find out.

Grace’s song at the audition, “I Don’t Know My Name,” blew away the audience and all four judges, who gave her a standing ovation. And then one judge even hit a special button for outstanding acts, which meant that Grace went directly into the quarterfinals. Head judge and record producer Simon Cowell, who is known for his tough comments, loved Grace so much he promised she was going to be a star, and called her “the next Taylor Swift.”

Grace went on to win America’s Got Talent, which means the adorable 12-year old was a millionaire and YouTube sensation before her 13th birthday. And now everyone knows her name, including Taylor Swift herself, who sent her flowers to congratulate her on her victory.

Here is the performance that started it all, Grace’s audition to America’s Got Talent: Grace’s Audition 


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Bringing the Mammoth Back

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The woolly mammoth was a very large elephant-like mammal that lived on Earth several thousand years ago.  Some mammoths grew to be four meters high and the largest weighed almost nine tons.  Both male and female mammoths had very large tusks and walked on every continent except Australia and South America.  Sadly, these giant creatures became extinct.

The last mammoths lived as recently as 4,000 years ago and their well-preserved bodies can be found frozen in the tundra of Siberia.  Because their bodies were so well protected from decay in the permafrost, their genetic material remained intact.  

Scientists at Harvard University are researching ways to bring the mammoth back to life. According to these researchers, it is possible to program the Asian elephants’ genes with a mammoth’s genetic material. This is can be done because of a recent scientific developments in gene editing using a new tool called Crispr. Crispr allows scientists to cut out specific genes and replace them with different ones. They estimate that we will see a living mammoth in less than 10 years. 

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A Dramatic Increase in Garbage in the Arctic

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There are very few people living in . You would not expect to find much garbage there. Recently, however, some German researchers have discovered a lot of plastic, glass and other waste in the sea there. They say that there is twenty times more garbage than compared to ten years ago.

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The researchers are not exactly sure what is causing the increase in the amount of garbage there. It could be coming from very far away. Ocean currents can spread things over many kilometers. Another factor may be climate change. Ice cover in the Arctic has been shrinking. This has lead to more fishing and tour boats coming into the region. Some of the litter could be coming from these sources.

Ocean garbage is dangerous. Fish and other animals can die. Animals often suffocate when they try to eat plastic bags. Also, it is not healthy for people who eat the fish.

Which do you believe? Please choose one.

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The Arctic is the part of the earth above 66° 34′ N. Above this latitude the sun does not set on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere), and does not rise on the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Will the United States Build a Wall?

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Donald Trump, the president of the USA, wants to build a wall. He wants to build this wall on the border with Mexico. His plan is causing much anger in Mexico and the U.S.

Currently, there is only a fence on some parts of the border between the two countries. The Rio Grande River makes up about half of the border.

The wall is supposed to stop immigrants. Many people come to the U.S. without permission from Mexico. Trump wants to prevent this.

Many questions about the proposed wall are still unanswered. For example, who will pay for its construction? Trump says Mexico will pay. The President of Mexico completely rejects this idea.

The wall will be 3,100 kilometers long. That is longer than the Danube, the longest river in western Europe.

There is much criticism about Trump’s plans. Many claim that the wall will put people at risk and tear families apart.

What do you think about the wall?

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A Campaign to Shame Rule-Breaking Drivers

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, a group of young people in Russia . is . The young men wait on a . At first, they . . , however, . The . The stickers .

. One woman in the video . Another . , .

The . , their video .

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A Campaign to Shame Rule-Breaking Drivers 交通違反ドライバーを恥じさせるためのキャンペーン
Recently 最近
started a campaign キャンペーンを始めった
The aim of the campaign キャンペーンの狙い
to shame drivers who do not follow traffic rules 交通規則に従わない運転手を恥じさせる
footpath 小道
to block motorists who illegally use it as a shortcut 近道に、不法に使うドライバーを阻止する
politely ask the drivers to turn back. 運転手に引き返すよう礼儀正しく頼む
Most apologize and turn around ほとんどは謝罪して、引き返す
Others 他の人たち
are less cooperative 協力的でない
youths 若者たち
stick big stickers on their windshields 大きいなステッカーを彼らのフロントガラスに張り付ける
when they do not cooperate 彼らが協力しなかったとき
are made in such a way that they don’t come off very easily 簡単にとれないように作られている
Some motorists 何人かのドライバー
react very strongly 非常に強く反応する
even threatens to murder the youths その若者たちを殺すとさえ脅迫する
continues driving with one of the young men on the hood of her car 彼女の車のボンネットに若者を乗せたまま運転を続ける
Luckily 幸いに
no one was injured in the video 動画の中で誰も負傷しなかった
movement 運動
has been quite successful とても成功している
So far 今のところ
has had over 1 million views on YouTube YouTubeで100万以上再生されている


England and the Sandwich Obsession!

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Story written by Andrea

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Typical British Sandwiches

know , like drinking tea every afternoon. However, very few people know about the country’s love for sandwiches!

Over one billion sandwiches …and that was only last year!

If you walk around in the streets of a big city like London, . From Starbucks to the and even the , . , .

? English people , or . A good sandwich is a cheap, quick and …and yes, it is tasty too!

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England and the Sandwich Obsession! イギリスとサンドイッチへの執着
Many people around the world 世界中の多くの人々
about the unique aspects of British culture イギリス文化の独特な姿について
were bought on-the-go in England イギリスでは、出先で( 外出中に)買われた  ◆【語源】 on-the-goが「活動的」、「いろいろ動き回る」という意味から。
you will certainly notice あなたは確かに気付くだろう
the huge amount of shops selling sandwiches on the street 通りでサンドイッチを売っている膨大な数の店
grocery shop 食料品店
pharmacy 薬局
you will find a huge selection of sandwiches to eat on the go 簡単に持ち運べて食べれるたくさんの種類のサンドイッチを見るだろう
The choice is very diverse 選択は非常に様々である
ranging from traditional favorite combinations (ham and cheese, tomatoes and mozzarella) to more exotic recipes 伝統的でみんなの好物の組合せ(ハムとチーズ、トマトとモッツァレラ)からより風変わり なレシピにわたる
So why are sandwiches so popular in the UK? では、なぜイギリスではサンドイッチがそんなに人気なのか?
love to make the most out of their day 彼らの1日を有効に使うのが好きである
saving time while working 働いている間の時間を節約する
doing their errands 彼らの用事をする
effective way to get all the nourishment you need あなたが必要とするすべての栄養を得る効果的な方法

イギリスでは、出先で( 外出中に)買われた ◆【語源】 on-the-goが「活動的」、「いろいろ動き回る」という意味から。
伝統的でみんなの好物の組合せ(ハムとチーズ、トマトとモッツァレラ)からより風変わり なレシピにわたる
Muchas personas en todo el mundo
sobre los aspectos únicos de la cultura británica
sobre la marcha
sin duda notarás
la enorme cantidad de tiendas que venden sándwiches en la calle
tienda de comestibles
encontrarás una enorme selección de sándwiches para comer sobre la marcha
La elección es muy variada
desde las favoritas combinaciones tradicionales (jamón y queso, tomate y mozzarella) hasta recetas más exóticas
¿Entonces por qué son tan populares los sándwiches en el Reino Unido?
le encanta aprovechar al máximo el día
ahorrando tiempo mientras trabaja
haciendo sus recados
manera eficaz de obtener todos los nutrientes que necesitas