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2008.03.24(Review of 2001.10.02 edition)

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Today's LessonCATEGORY: 混同しやすい言葉
SMILE vs. LAUGH   微笑む vs. 笑う


  • To smile is to turn up the ends of the mouth and look happy or friendly.

    To laugh is to smile AND, at the same time, to make a sound with your voice, showing that you are happy or amused (= you think something is funny).
  • smile は、口角を上げて、幸せそうな表情や親しみやすい表情をする、つまり、微笑む、という意味です。

    laugh は、微笑むと同時に声を出して、嬉しい、あるいは、面白いと思っていることを表す、つまり、笑う、という意味です。



  1. My daughter is always smiling. She's a very happy kid!
  2. (friends at a school dance)
    She's been smiling at you all evening. You should say hello.
  3. Smile for the camera!
  4. (talking about a television comedy series)
    a: Wasn't last night's episode the best ever?
    b: Definitely. It was so funny I couldn't stop laughing.
  5. I like Smitty. He's the only person who laughs at my jokes.

英会話レッスンNever stop smiling!