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Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.  Does Ma Maison serve traditional Japanese food or Western-style food?

 

2.  Are Ma Maison restaurants decorated with antique English furniture or antique French furniture?

 

3.  What is the most popular item on the menu?

 

4.  How long does it take to make Ma Maison's special sauce?

 

5.  At the end of the meal, what do customers get instead of a check?

 
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。
   

 

Ma Maison
          Ma Maison is the name of a chain of restaurants serving Western-style home cooking.  There are several Ma Maison restaurants in the Nagoya area and in Singapore and Bangkok, and the Ma Maison family includes cafes, bars and bakeries. But the original Ma Maison was founded in Hoshigaoka, Nagoya, in 1980.     
 
     "Ma maison" means, “my house” in French. The owner, Mr. Terazawa, dreamed of living in an English villa one day, so he filled his first restaurant with antique English furniture and miscellaneous items that create that kind of atmosphere. To him, the restaurant was like his home, and he wanted his customers to feel like guests visiting a friend's home.  Each Ma Maison restaurant is decorated in the same style, and the staff does its best to provide a cozy atmosphere for their customers, whether old or young.  
 
     Ma Maison's menu offers many delicious things to choose from, like "omurice" (a rice omelette), curry, and "tonkatsu" (a pork cutlet), and has a menu just for kids. But the star of Ma Maison's menu is their "hamburg steak," which is like a Salisbury steak in the U.S. The secret to their hamburg steak's popularity is Ma Maison's special sauce. The recipe has remained the same since the restaurant first opened. It is made with a special blend of beef and vegetables cooked for a whole week to give it flavor that is second to none.
 
     Mr. Terazawa wants the whole dining experience to be special, and receiving a check at the end of a meal can ruin that special feeling, so he wanted to do away with that negative part of the experience. He got an idea from a scene in director Claude Lelouch's 1966 romantic movie, A Man and a Woman.  In the restaurant scene, the couple gets the check, and it is revealed that there is just one room key. Mr. Terazawa liked the idea that a key was something mysterious. It could be the key to a treasure box or the key to someone's heart. That's why when customers have finished their meals, their server presents them with a key instead of a check to take to the register.  
 

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

1.  Does Ma Maison serve traditional Japanese food or Western-style food?

Ma Maison serves Western-style food.

or It serves Western-style food.

or They serve Western-style food.

 

2.  Are Ma Maison restaurants decorated with antique English furniture or antique French furniture?

They are decorated with antique English furniture.

 

3.  What is the most popular item on the menu?

The most popular item on the menu is the "hamburg steak."

or The "hamburg steak" is.

 

4.  How long does it take to make Ma Maison's special sauce?

It takes one week.

 

5.  At the end of the meal, what do customers get instead of a check?

They get a key.

 

 

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