英文メール – 雨の日に使えるビジネスメール挨拶集

 雨の日は暗い気持ちになりがちですが、メールに気の利いた一言があるとうれしい気持ちになるものです。当記事では、雨の日にビジネスEメールで使える挨拶のサンプルをご紹介しています。
 以下、顧客や上司に対して使えるフォーマルな挨拶、また同僚や距離の近いパートナーに対して使えるカジュアルな挨拶を順にご案内させていただきます。

雨の日に使える挨拶(フォーマル)

 以下の例は、顧客や上司、または目上の人へ使える比較的フォーマルな挨拶例です。

I hope that the rain isn’t too much of a difficulty for you.
この雨であまりご苦労されていませんように。

 大雨、強い雨が降り、通勤やビジネスに影響が出ているようなときに相手を思いやる挨拶です。

I can hardly believe how much rain we’ve had.
こんなに雨が続くとはとても信じられませんね。

 雨が数日、または長期にわたり降り続いているときに気持ちを共有する挨拶です。

The rain has hardly let up, so I hope all is well.
雨が止む気配がありませんね。すべてがうまく行っていますように。

 同様に、降り続く雨に対して気持ちを共有する挨拶です。Best wishesと同じ感覚で使ってみてください。

Hopefully the rain hasn’t been too much of a factor for you.
雨でいろいろご苦労されていませんように。

 Factor は「要因」という意味です。雨により個人的に、ビジネス両面で相手が大変なことになっていないようにと思いやる挨拶です。I hope your business is doing well.という挨拶がよく使われますが、雨の日は代わりにこの挨拶を使ってみてはいかがでしょうか?

The downpour hasn’t given us much relief.
土砂降りで安心できませんね。

 同じ地域に住んでいたり、職場が近い人と雨による影響の心配を共有する表現です。Downpowerは激しい雨、土砂降りを意味しています。

Let’s hope the rain eases up soon.
雨が早く収まりますように。

 Ease up 「和らぐ」を使うことでフォーマルな印象が出ます。メールの末尾で使われる挨拶です。

雨の日に使える挨拶(カジュアル)

 以下の例は、同僚や仲のいい人に対して使われるカジュアルな挨拶です。

Stay dry!
ぬれないようにね(雨を避けてね)

 Stay dryは半分冗談のように聞こえるかもしれませんが、文字通りの意味というよりは、雨の日に使われる定型挨拶の1つになっています。

Hopefully this email finds you dry.
あなたが雨を避けて無事に過ごしているといいのですが。

 よくメールの文頭で使われる挨拶です。Dryの部分は前の例と同様定型挨拶と考えてください。

Don’t forget your umbrella.
傘を忘れないようにね。

It’s raining cats and dogs.
雨がすごく激しいですね。

 Rain Cats and dogsは「激しく雨が降る、土砂降り」という意味です。よく使われる表現なのですが、長い間使われている定型表現であるがゆえにちょっと古いと感じる人もいるようです。

Let’s hope this drizzle doesn’t turn into a downpour.
小雨が 土砂降りに変わらないといいですね。

 Drizzleは霧雨が降る、小雨といった意味です。

Let’s hope the sun finds us soon.
太陽がすぐ出ますように。

 この表現はメールの末尾でよく使われます。「早く晴れてほしい」という希望が込められています。

 以上、雨の日にEメールに使える挨拶をご紹介させていただきました。いずれの挨拶もメールのはじめか最後に1つだけを使うようにしてください。組み合わせて使うと不自然なメール文になってしまいます。
Good luck when using these expressions in your communications in the future!

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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