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The jet engines roar, you feel the tug of some invisible force pulling you back against your seat as the plane accelerates down the runway, and then suddenly you're airborne and on your way to a distant country where anything could happen. The long-awaited journey has finally begun!

Today's Lesson


  • When an airplane, rocket, bird, etc. takes off, it leaves the ground and starts to fly.

    The noun form is take-off.
  • take off とは、飛行機やロケット、鳥などが、地面を離れて飛び始める、つまり、離陸する、という意味です。

    名詞形は take-off で、離陸のことです。



  1. Our plane took off about 30 minutes behind schedule (= later than planned).
  2. The most exciting thing we've ever done with the kids was going down to Florida to see the Space Shuttle take off at night.
  3. The flight attendants checked to see that all passengers had their seatbelts fastened and seatbacks in their upright position before take-off.
  4. (flight attendant to passengers)
    All carry-on luggage must be safely stowed (= put away) in the overhead compartments or under the seat in front of you during take-off.

英会話レッスンWe hope your day is an adventure!