「iPhone の技術的な問題」を英語で言うと?

今朝のBBCニュースでは、シンガポールのiPhoneユーザーが、キーボード入力に対する反応が遅いとか、インターネット通信時の速度が安定していないとか、携帯電話の接続が不安定であるという苦情が報告されていました。こうした、ハードウェアに認められる「技術的な問題」を、英語では、’technical glitches’ と言います。もちろん、問題が1つだけの場合は、’technical glitch’ となります。ですから、表題の英語訳は、’iPhone’s technical glitches’ となります。以下は、ロングマン英英辞典から引用した、glitch の定義です。

glitch: a small problem that prevents something from working correctly.

上記の定義から分かるように、致命的な問題ではないけれども、ユーザーがいらいらするような「小さな問題」というのが、この単語のイメージですので、覚えておいてください。この夏休み、何か新しい家電製品やパソコンなどを買った方へ一言:’I hope you are not experiencing any technical glitches with your newly-bought product!’

With this morning’s BBC World News on TV, technical glitches of Apple’s iPhone was being reported from Singaporian market where some of the customers complained about problems such as ‘slowing down of keyboards’ touch response’, ‘unstable connection speed with the Internet’, and ‘unstable mobile phone transmissions’. In English, an expression such as ‘technical glitches’ is often used when you are experiencing problems with your machines or system. It can be either plural (glitches) or singular (a glitch) depending on the context. So the Japanese title of this post can be translated as ‘iPhone’s technical glitches’. What follows is a definition from Longman’s English Dictionery:

glitch: a small problem that prevents something from working correctly.

As you can see in the definition, ‘glitch’ suggests that the problem you are experiencing is relatively a small and annyoing one, and certainly NOT a ‘fatal’ one. It is worth remembering this. Well, I am sure some of you in my class have bought something new during your summer holiday. If you happened to have bought a new personal computer or home electric appliances, I have just one thing to say to you, ‘I hope you are not experiencing any technical glitches with your newly-bought product!’

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