オバマ大統領:広島の演説(Remarks by President Obama at Hiroshima Peace Memorial)


STEP 1:まずは、英文を見ないで演説を聞いてみましょう(途中まででOKです)。

STEP 2:音声を確認しながらスクリプトで確認してみましょう。


Seventy-one years ago, on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed. A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself.

*demonstrate v.証明する、明らかにする *possess v.(formal)所有する *means n.手段


Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in a not so distant past. We come to mourn the dead, including over 100,000 in Japanese men, women and children; thousands of Koreans; a dozen Americans held prisoner. Their souls speak to us. They ask us to look inward, to take stock of who we are and what we might become.

*ponder v.熟考する *unleash v.束縛を解く <=>leash v. (紐、鎖などで)つなぐ *mourn v.(死・不幸などを)悲しむ、(死者を)悼む *inward adj.内部への *take stock of 評価する、再検討する、判断する

なぜ私たちはここ、広島に来たのでしょうか? それほど遠くない過去に、恐ろしい力が解き放たれたことに思いを巡らすためです。10万人を超える日本人男性、女性、そして子供、また、何千人もの朝鮮人、十数人のアメリカ人捕虜を含む死者を悼むためです。彼らの魂が語りかけてきます。内なる心に目を向け、今の姿、そしてこれからの姿を見定めるよう私たちに訴えています。

It is not the fact of war that sets Hiroshima apart. Artifacts tell us that violent conflict appeared with the very first man. Our early ancestors, having learned to make blades from flint and spears from wood, used these tools not just for hunting, but against their own kind. On every continent, the history of civilization is filled with war, whether driven by scarcity of grain or hunger for gold; compelled by nationalist fervor or religious zeal. Empires have risen and fallen. Peoples have been subjugated and liberated. And at each juncture, innocents have suffered, a countless toll, their names forgotten by time.

*set apart v.際立たせる、分離する *artifact n.人工の遺物、人工の物 *blade n.刃 *flint n.フリント(やじりなどの材料に用いられた石英)、火打石 *spear n.槍 *scarcity n.不足 *grain n.穀物 *compel v.無理やりさせる *fervor n.熱烈 *zeal n.熱意 *empire n.帝国 *subjugate v.征服する *liberate v.自由にする *juncture n.転機、接続 *innocent adj.罪のない *countless adj.無数の *toll n.犠牲




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