listening lab 0118

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.   Where does the word "tattoo" come from?    

 

2.  Are tattoos celebrated or frowned upon in Japan?    

 

3.  When was the New York ban on tattooing lifted?    

 

4.  In the U.S., were tattoos more popular in the 1930s or 1980s?      

 

5.  These days, do regular folks get tattoos that show that they belong to a group or that hold some personal meaning?

 

 
Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
 
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。
   

 

     When you think of a tattoo, what do you picture?  Maybe you imagine a Japanese dragon or a Chinese tiger.  Perhaps you picture an Indian henna hand tattoo or a Polynesian-style sleeve tattoo.  Some might picture a Scandinavian-style tattoo.  There are so many different styles because tattoos have been a part of human culture around the world for thousands of years. In some cultures, like in Tahiti where the word "tattoo" comes from, tattoos are celebrated; in others, like in Japan, they are frowned upon.       

     In the U.S., tattoos are rather popular at the moment, but it wasn't always that way.  In fact, tattooing was banned in parts of the U.S. at times.  For example, in 1961, due to a hepatitis outbreak blamed on tattooing, it became illegal to tattoo a person in New York.  The ban was lifted in 1997. And tattooing was illegal in Oklahoma until 2006

      In the 1930s, tattoos were quite rare in the U.S.  Approximately 5% of Americans had tattoos back then.  Gradually tattoos became more popular.  In the 1980s, tattoos were a bit more common, but still they were typically seen on people, usually men, who wanted to show that they were members of a certain group, like sailors, members of motorcycle gangs, and people who wanted to be seen as rebels.  
 
     These days celebrities proudly show off their tattoos.  Johnny Depp, David Beckham, and Justin Bieber are all famous for their tattoos.  So are many famous women, like Miley Cyrus, Angelina Jolie and Katy Perry.  Some tattoo artists themselves have become celebrities. Some have other celebrities lining up to get inked by them, and some tattoo artists even have their own TV shows.  
 
     Because regular folks tend to imitate their favorite celebrities, lots of regular folks have gotten tattoos.  It's estimated that now one in five Americans has at least one tattoo, so it's not unusual to see a tattooed barista, nurse or dentist. Even moms and grandmas have tattoos these days. Most of these regular folks choose tattoos that have some personal meaning.  
 

  

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

1.  Where does the word "tattoo" come from?

It comes from Tahiti. / It comes from Tahitian.    

 

2.  Are tattoos celebrated or frowned upon in Japan?

They are frowned upon.    

 

3.  When was the New York ban on tattooing lifted?  

It was lifted in 1997.  

 

4.  In the U.S., were tattoos more popular in the 1930s or 1980s?

They were more popular in the 1980s.      

 

5.  These days, do regular folks get tattoos that show that they belong to a group or that hold some personal meaning?

They get tattoos that hold some personal meaning.

 

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