今年から英語の勉強を始めて3か月目に入りました。最初の2カ月はほとんどDUO3.0を聴くだけのボキャビルに費やしました。先日TOEIC用リスニング問題集をやってみてまだまだ難しく感じたので、もう少しまとまった文章をリスニングするために、VOAのSpecial Englishを利用します。



Building Machines With Human-Like Senses

Every year, IBM chooses five new technologies that the company believes will change the world within the next five years. The list is called "5 in 5." IBM says [it considers its own research and the new directions of society and business when identifying the technologies]. This year, the list describes devices that will extend our five senses.

Imagine looking for clothes online and touching your computer or smartphone to feel the cloth. IBM's vice president of innovation, Bernie Meyerson, says [this technology could be available in the next five years]. Touch is just one of the senses that technology will help to extend.

IBM says [smart machines will soon be able to listen to the environment and give us information about the sounds they hear]. For example, Bernie Meyerson says [an advanced speech recognition system will tell new parents why their baby is crying].

Smart machines will also help identify medical conditions. If you sneeze on your computer or cell phone, the device will study the molecules that came out of your mouth. It will then tell you [whether you need to see a doctor].

Another prediction is [that computers will be better able to not just look at images but understand what they show and act on that information].

Bernie Meyerson says [IBM scientists are also developing a computer system that can examine and combine molecules to create the most popular flavors and smells].

Mark Maloof is a computer scientist at Georgetown University. He says [it will be exciting to see what young people will do with the mobile technology, networking and computing power of tomorrow].


Grammar
第1文型
[主語S] [述語V]
第2文型
[主語S] [述語V] [補語C]
第3文型
[主語S] [述語V] [目的語O]
第4文型
[主語S] [述語V] [目的語O1] [目的語O2]
第5文型
[主語S] [述語V] [目的語O] [補語C]

一生モノの英文法 澤井康佑 講談社現代新書

Vocabulary
identfy(v): [transitive] to recognize something or discover exactly what it is, what its nature or origin is etc
存在しているものとして認識する
(recognize as being)

sneeze(v): [intransitive] if you sneeze, air suddenly comes from your nose, making a noise, for example when you have a cold
刺激物が鼻に入った時のように、発作的に息を吐き出す
(exhale spasmodically, as when an irritant entered one's nose)

molecule(n): [countable] the smallest unit into which any substance can be divided without losing its own chemical nature, usually consisting of two or more atoms
何かの小さな破片のこと
(a tiny piece of anything)

prediction(n): [uncountable and countable] a statement about what you think is going to happen, or the act of making this statement
将来に関する言明
(a statement made about the future)

辞書はThe Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Onlineと(独)情報通信研究機構の日本語WordNet(Weblio英和和英内)のふたつで引きます。とくに日本語WordNetは簡潔で分かり易いと思います。