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For Life
2006.01.06(Review of 2002.01.09 edition)

Today's WordMaster is meant to encourage us all to use this fresh start (the New Year) to try something new, develop ourselves, and grow. That way, at the end of the year we can ALL say that this year was indeed well spent!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: 混同しやすい言葉CATEGORY: ジャパニーズイングリッシュ
名詞:やりがいのある事柄、難題  動詞:(人に)挑む vs. (物事を)試みる


  • A TASK is a challenge (n.) or is challenging (adj.) if you need great mental or physical ability to do it.

    To challenge (v.) a PERSON is to compete against them (challenge someone IN/AT/FOR) or offer to compete against them (challenge someone TO) in a game or other contest.

    Be Careful! The verb challenge is usually NOT used like the Japanese チャレンジする to mean “try something new or difficult”. To say this in English, simply use the word try.
  • 名詞の challenge とは、成し遂げるためには精神的、肉体的に高い能力を必要とする問題・仕事のことです。形容詞は challenging です。

    動詞として使う場合は、通常 challenge a person という形で用います。試合やその他のコンテストなどで誰かに挑戦する(challenge someone IN/AT/FOR)、または誰かに挑戦を申し込む(challenge someone TO)、という意味です。

    注意!:動詞の challenge は、日本語の「チャレンジする」のように、何か新しいことや難しいことを試みる、という意味では普通使われません。英語でこのように言うときは、単純に try という単語を使います。


  1. Learning a language is a real challenge. It takes time and lots of hard work.
  2. The biggest challenge I've ever faced was competing on the swimming team in college.
  3. I'm looking for a job that's more challenging. I'm bored with what I'm doing.
  4. Professor Hammond teaches a very challenging course in Middle Eastern history every spring.
  5. I've challenged Harry to a game of chess tomorrow.
  6. If he wins this match, he'll be challenging the top-ranked player in the finals.
  7. Sharon said she's going to challenge Bob for the position of club president. I hope she wins.
  8. I'm going to try to climb Yatsugatake this summer.
  9. Why don't you try learning how to fly an airplane? I think it would be a real challenge.

英会話レッスンTake care!