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2009.10.30(Review of 2004.03.19 edition)

Welcome back to another Friday WordMaster! Judging from today's edition, perhaps we've all been sitting down just a little too long this week!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: 間違いやすいボキャブラリー
(MY FOOT IS) ASLEEP   (足が)しびれて


  • If your foot, leg, arm, etc., is asleep, you have lost most or all feeling in it, usually because you kept it in the same position for a long time.

    You can also say that a foot “falls asleep.”

    Be Careful! You do NOT usually say that your foot “is sleeping.”
  • 足や脚、腕などについて asleep と言うと、感覚がほとんど、もしくは全然なくなった状態、つまり、しびれて、という意味になります。普通、同じ姿勢を長くとり続けると、このようになります。

    fall asleep と言うこともできます。

    注意:普通、one’s foot “is sleeping” という言い方はしません。



  1. a: What happened to your leg?
    b: My foot's asleep. It'll be fine in a minute.
  2. When I woke up this morning, my left arm was asleep. I couldn't even lift it.
  3. I was sitting on my heels for so long that both of my legs had fallen asleep.

英会話レッスンHave a terrific weekend!