Super Sized American Culture (2)


With the increase in geographic size comes more and cheaper land.  Cheaper land means that people can build their homes bigger than in Japan and that they can have front and backyards, as well.  The homes are bigger and the rooms inside of the homes are of course generally much larger than Japanese rooms.

Many American homes also have basements (the bottom, underground floor) and attics (the top room that is usually used just for storage).  

In English, we use the word "spacious" to describe a room with a lot of space.  American homes are generally more spacious than Japanese homes.

Another difference is that Americans eat larger portions  (the  amount of food) of food.  Japanese portions are generally about half of the size of what you will find in the United States.

A large pizza in Japan would be a small in the United States.  A medium or sometimes large t-shirt, woul be a small size in the U.S.  The larger portions sizes have led to larger people, and Americans are therefore more overweight than the Japanese.  And much of the rest of the world.                      (G.K)

英会話表現&英単語 その24
with 〜                 〜にともない
front and backyards as well              前庭と裏庭も
attics                                   屋根裏部屋
for storage                              荷物置き場に
spacious                                 広々とした
portions                                 一人前の量
have led to 〜              〜ということになる
therefore                                それ故に

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