【英語ジョーク&ショートストーリー #12】「犬の採用面接」<英語のオチ当てクイズ付き>

今回の【英語ジョーク&ショートストーリー】は本シリーズでも頻繁に出てくる鉄板の動物ネタです。犬は賢いけどおとぼけなところもあって、動物の中でも笑い話にはもってこいのキャラクターです。実際、面白い話を探していると犬話は本当に多いです。その犬話の中でもとても気に入った作品がこちらの「犬の採用面接」です。

ストーリーの中で、主人公の犬は最後の最後まで一度も声を発しません。でも最後に発したオチ(=Punch line)が最高にウィットに富んで(=witty)います。それでは「犬の採用面接」を楽しんでください!

【英語ジョーク&ショートストーリー #12】「犬の採用面接」

タイトル:”HELP WANTED”

引用元:CleanJokes4u

A local business was looking for office help. They put a sign in the window, stating the following: “HELP WANTED. Must be able to type, must be good with a computer and must be bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.”

  • state = 明言する、言う
  • equal opportunity = 機会均等
  • employer = 雇用者

A short time afterwards, a dog trotted up to the window, saw the sign and went inside. He looked at the receptionist and wagged his tail, then walked over to the sign, looked at it and whined. Getting the idea, the receptionist got the office manager. The office manager looked at the dog and was surprised, to say the least.

  • trot up = 早足で上がる
  • wag = (尻尾を)振る
  • whine = クンクン鳴く
  • to say the least = 控えめに言っても

However, the dog looked determined, so he lead him into the office. Inside, the dog jumped up on the chair and stared at the manager. The manager said “I can’t hire you. The sign says you have to be able to type.” The dog jumped down, went to the typewriter and proceeded to type out a perfect letter. He took out the page and trotted over to the manager and gave it to him, then jumped back on the chair. The manager was stunned, but then told the dog “the sign says you have to be good with a computer.” The dog jumped down again and went to the computer. The dog proceeded to enter and execute a perfect program, that worked flawlessly the first time. By this time the manager was totally dumb-founded!

  • determined = 決心[覚悟]している
  • stare at = 〜を見つめる
  • proceed = 始める、開始する
  • be stunned = 唖然とする
  • execute = 実行する
  • flawlessly =(失敗なく)完璧に
  • dumb-founded = ものが言えないほどびっくりして

He looked at the dog and said “I realize that you are a very intelligent dog and have some interesting abilities. However, I still can’t give you the job.” The dog jumped down and went to a copy of the sign and put his paw on the sentences that told about being an Equal Opportunity Employer. The manager said “yes, but the sign also says that you have to be bilingual.” The dog looked at the manager calmly and said,

“「さあ、犬は何と言ったでしょう?」”

  • ability = 能力
  • paw = (犬・猫などのつめのある動物の)足
  • calmly = 冷静に

英語のオチ当てクイズ

よ〜くストーリーを読んで見てください。犬は最後の最後まで一度も声を発していませんでした。最初で最後の一言がオチ(Punch line)です。答えは一つ。どのセリフならストーリーにオチがつけられるでしょうか?

  1. I graduated from Stanford University.
  2. Please help me.
  3. One!
  4. I will hire my interpreter.
  5. Do you have the time?
  6. Bow wow!
  7. You are fired!
  8. Don’t worry. I’m learning Chinese.
  9. Meow!
  10. I use a dictionary.

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