英会話ブログ その755      2016 Predictions (1)

2016/02/07

Throughout human history, people have tried to predict the future.

The ancient Greeks, Romans, Mayans and others all used future predictions to a large extent in their cultures...

Perhaps the most famous person to predict the future was Nostradamus.  Some believe that he accurately predicted future events even into our modern time.

Others however have noted that because he wrote his predictions in the form of poetry called quatrains and used an old-style form of French, his preditions are very much open to interpretation...

Nowadays, whenever a new year rolls around, the media especially tabloid papers and magazines feature a lot of predictions for the coming year.

Most of these are by professional "psychics" who claim to be able to see the future.  Their accuracy is "iffy", because after a few months no one remembers what they said anyway...                                             (G.K)


英会話表現&英単語
throughout human history               有史以来
pridict the future                     未来を予測する
to a large extent                      広範囲にわたって
quatrain                               四行の押韻を持つ韻律
open to interpretation                 解釈の幅が広い
roll around                            (時が)巡ってくる
feature predictions                    予想を特集する
psychic                                霊能者
iffy                                   あやふやな、不確実な

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