宮崎ハロー英会話のミニレッスン 26: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”
Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, died last week aged 82. He was one of the most famous people in the world and his expression; “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” was maybe the most famous sentence for last century. But did you know he actually made a grammar mistake? Can you find the mistake?
In English “mankind” and “man” have the same meaning- humans. So the meaning of his sentence is “”That’s one small step for humans, one giant leap for humans”, which is strange. He should have said “a man” which means ‘one man’. So actually the correct sentence is “”That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”. “a, an, the” are called articles and they are very difficult grammar. Armstrong actually said that he said ‘a man’ but the recording is bad and it’s difficult to hear. I have listened many times and I can’t hear the missing ‘a’ , but I really think Neil Armstrong is a modern hero so I believe him.