英語表現(1)’Bob is your uncle!’

「はじめに」-長期に及ぶイギリス留学中に、様々な出会いや読書、映画やテレビ番組などを通して、おびただしい数の英語表現に接してきました。本日から、不定期ですが、思いつくままにいろいろなイディオムや表現を紹介して行きたいと思います。これから紹介する表現は、聞けば理解できるけれども、自分からは進んで使うことはあまりない表現も含まれています。ですから、常に私がここで紹介する表現を使いまくっているわけではありませんので、その点は、ご了承ください。

第1回目は、見出しの表現です。昨日、学食で同僚の先生と話していたときに、この表現を久し振りに私の脳みそから引っ張り出してきました。直訳すると、「ボブはあなたの叔父さんです」ですが、実際の意味する所は、全然違います。

この表現は、相手に何らかの説明をしたり、指示を出したり、相手の質問(機器や道具の使い方など)に答える際に、最終的に答えが出たときや、操作が成功したとき、操作が完了したときに使われることが多かったと記憶しています。例えば、以下の会話を見てください。

Teacher: ‘You seem to be stuck with this instruction about ‘How to send an e-mail from your PC.’ Do you need any help?’

Student: ‘Yes, actually I was going to ask for a help.’

Teacher: ‘All right, what seems to be a problem?’

Student: ‘Well, I have typed in the e-mail address and the message, and now I would like to put my signature at the bottom of my message. But, I don’t know how to insert the signature in my e-mail.’

Teacher: ‘OK. Last week, you created your own signature and saved it as a file in a given folder. Do you remeber where you have saved the file?’

Student: ‘Hmmmm, I am not sure, but maybe it is saved in ‘My Document’ folder?

Teacher: ‘Yes, spot on! So, please bring your “Desktop” to the front, and locate the folder shortcut called “My Document”.’

Student: ‘I see. I have found the folder. What’s next?’

Teacher: ‘Next, left click the folder, and locate the file called “my_signature.txt”.’

Student: ‘Yes, I have found it!’

Teacher: ‘Now, go back to your e-mail window, and pull down the menu called “Settings”, and click the menu called “options”.’

Student: ‘OK. I have done that.’

Teacher: ‘On the option menu, you should see one tab called ‘signature. Please click the tab.’

Student: ‘Right, I have clicked the tab. Oh, the new small window has popped up, asking me to choose a signature file to be inserted into my e-mail.’

Teacher: ‘Well done! Now, click ‘refer to’ icon within the pop-up window, and locate the signature file in the ‘My Document’ folder.’

Student: ‘OK. I have located the file in question. Should I click it?’

Teacher: ‘Yes, please go ahead.’

Student: ‘I have done that!’

Teacher: ‘Now, close the option menu, and go back to your e-mail window. On top, you can find one menu saying “signature”. Just pull the menu down, and select the signature file you have just enabled from the option menu. Then, Bob is your uncle!’

Student: ‘Yes, my signature has been inserted now! Thank you very much! Now I can send an e-mail to my firend.’

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