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2007.09.25(Review of 2004.06.07 edition)


We've only time for three new @Work editions this week before the @Work Challenge, and we'd be hard pressed to tell you what the theme is. But these three expressions just seemed to complement one another. Enjoy!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: イディオム
SPARK (OFF)   誘発する


  • To spark or spark off something - especially intense, excited, or angry activity - is to cause it to begin.
  • spark または spark off は、(特に、緊迫した事態や、感情を高ぶらせたり、怒りを伴ったりする行為など)何かを引き起こす、という意味です。



  1. (city councilman urging for construction of proposed bridge)
    We believe that construction of the bridge will spark growth in bay communities.
  2. Rumors of coming layoffs have sparked a great deal of concern among the employees.
  3. (fictional news report)
    One of the world's most successful investors has sparked a bidding war among publishers by announcing plans to write an investment advice book.
  4. A chemical spill threatening the water supply has sparked off protests by local residents and a massive sell-off of the company's stock.
  5. The prefecture's recent boom in tourism was sparked off by a popular movie filmed in the area.

英会話レッスンWe hope we've sparked your interest regarding the rest of this week's editions. See you again tomorrow?