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For Life
2005.08.31(Review of 2001.07.24 edition)

Hello! By now, you've probably guessed this week's theme. We're talking about fame and popularity and the people who are blessed with these gifts. What about you? Would YOU like to be recognized and made a fuss over wherever you go?

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CELEBRITY vs. TV PERSONALITY   有名人 vs. テレビタレント


  • A celebrity is a famous or well-known person, especially someone in show business.

    A TV personality is someone who becomes a celebrity because they often appear on TV. They are usually interesting, funny, unique, or just likeable, and appear on variety shows, talk shows, etc.

    Be careful! We do NOT use the word “talent” like the Japanese タレント to mean TV personality.
  • celebrity は、有名人のことで、特に芸能界の人をさしていう場合が多いです。

    TV personality は、よくテレビに出ることで知られている人です。たいてい話がおもしろいとか、おかしい、ユニーク、または何か魅力があって、バラエティ番組やトーク番組などに登場します。

    注意:英語の talent という言葉は、日本語の「タレント」のように TV personality の意味では使われません。


  1. You can always see lots of international celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival.
  2. TV talk shows invite celebrity guests to come and talk about their work, lifestyle, and relationships.
  3. My mother collects celebrity autographs. So far she has 18 movie actors, 7 pop singers, and quite a few TV personalities.
  4. A few foreigners who speak Japanese well and who can be funny in the language have become popular TV personalities.
  5. On one popular variety show, TV personalities try to guess the answers to questions about people and places around the world.

英会話レッスンYour picture may never be on the cover of a magazine, but we still think you're pretty special!