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“A dime a dozen”の意味と使い方 Bizmates初級ビジネス英会話 Point 275

A dime a dozen ってどういう意味?

A dime a dozen は、dime = 1セント硬貨のように世の中に大量に出回っている、「ありふれた」という意味の表現です。

 

A dime a dozen ってどういう場面で使うの?

たとえば、同僚との会話の中で:

Justin: There are so many smart devices these days.
You: Yes. They’re a dime a dozen!

Justin: 最近はスマートデバイスだらけですね。
You: はい、本当にありふれています。

 

A dime a dozen の自然な使い方を動画で学ぶ

こちらの動画で、発音や、会話の中での自然な使い方を、Bizmatesのプレゼンター Justinが解説します。

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Hello everyone, Justin here and I am back
with another Bizmates for Beginners

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video lesson where every week we
introduce a new idiom, phrase, or

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expression that you can use in your
daily business conversation. This week

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everyone we are going to learn:
"a dime a dozen."

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Okay so to find out what this means
please stay tuned

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but first let's begin with a quick
review of last week's lesson. Alright

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everyone so imagine I say: Wow. You have
a lot of business books! And that is

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because you really, really enjoy reading
about business. So how do you say that

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using the expression from last week? I'll
give you five seconds to think about it.

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Are you ready?
Okay, go.

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Alright and time is up. If you

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said: "Yes. I am really in to reading about
business" then that's exactly right. Well

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done, thank you for remembering last
week's class. Alright everyone, let's

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move on to: "a dime a dozen." Now this is
what I sometimes hear... Alright, so I'm

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talking with my good friend and
colleague, Taro, and I say: Taro, there

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are so many smart devices these days,
right? There's smart tablets, of course

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there's smart lights, there's smart
watches, there's smart everything.

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Then Taro says: Yes. They're very common.
Alright that's good, Taro. Very simple, clear,

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easy to understand, but you may hear a
native English speaker use this

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expression: "Yes. They're a dime a dozen!"
Okay, so whenever something is very, very

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common -- it is not rare -- it's "a dime a
dozen" okay? So smart devices, they are

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everywhere these days.
Smart printers, smart home electronics

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devices, whatever you can think of,
there's a smart version of it, right?

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So those are a dime a dozen. You might also
think of something like, for example,

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cafes in Tokyo are a dime a dozen.
There are so many of them. Okay so

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whenever something is very, very common --
it's not rare, so it's not so special -- it

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is a dime a dozen.
Now a "dime" basically, it equals about ten

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yen or ten cents, okay? And a dozen means
12 so for 10 cents or for 10 yen for

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example, you can get 12 of something
because it's just so common, it's not

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very rare, so it's kind of cheap, okay?
Alright, not cheap in quality, but just

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cheap in terms of quantity, okay?
Alright so please remember this for next time.

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Okay everyone, so pronunciation as
you see it here: they're a dime a dozen.

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Okay so please repeat after me:
Yes. They're a dime a dozen!

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Your turn.

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Very good okay now after my
sentence here: Wow. There are so many

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smart devices these days.
You say...

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Yes. They're a dime a dozen. Okay?
Alright so

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please remember this for our review next
time. Okay our bonus question this week

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is another way to say: "difficult to keep
control". Alright if you have an idea or

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if you know the answer, you can leave it
in the comments below. If you don't know

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what the answer is, you can find it in
one of our previous Bizmates for

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Beginners video lessons so take a look
if you have the time. And of course,

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I will leave the answer to last week's
bonus question in the information

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section below, okay everyone?
Alright everyone, so that

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is it for me this week. Thank you always
for watching. It seems like Christmas is

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just around the corner, a few days away,
so for those of you that are celebrating,

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happy holidays and I will see you next
time, okay? Thank you.

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