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2007-11-22
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 => 每日单词 
 
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disease 
(n.) 病,疾病

Human beings have been able to get rid of diseases like mumps and smallpox with vaccinations.
人类已经可以藉由接种疫苗避免某些疾病,例如腮腺炎和水痘。

medicine 

(n.) 药

Most hospitals in the world use Western medicine.
世界上大部分的医院都用西药。

 
 
 => 每日短语 


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get wind of something

风闻某事;探出……;得到密报

His wife got wind of his dismissing and become very worried.
他太太听说了他被解雇的事情后变得特别忧虑。

 
 => 每日会话 

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They go to the sports park to set off the sky lantern

Morley: I know what I'm going to wish for.
Kathy: What's that? A new girlfriend?
Morley: No. That I can be an aikido master like you.
Kathy: Ha-ha. You know, these lanterns were originally used in wars.
Morley: Really? Did they set them off as a signal to attack?
Kathy: No, the Han Chinese in Pinghsi used them to let women and children know that it was safe to go home after an attack by the aborigines.
Morley: No wonder they came to represent peace.

(续上期,下期续)

他们到运动公园放天灯
莫理:我知道我要许什么愿了。
卡西:什么?交新女朋友?
莫理:不是。我希望能成为像你一样的合气道高手。
卡西:哈哈。你知道吗,这些天灯一开始是在战争时用的。
莫理:真的?放天灯表示进攻的信号吗?
卡西:不是,平溪的汉人放天灯告知女人及小孩原住民的攻击已经结束,可以平安回家了。
莫理:难怪天灯象征和平。


重点解说:

★ set off 发射
★ signal (n.) 信号
★ attack (v.) 攻击
★ aborigine (n.) 原住民
★ represent (v.) 代表

 
 => 每日背诵小段落 

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Many studies have shown that people with education are more successful in their life careers. Yet many famous people had very little education. Mark Twain, one of our most famous writers, and Charlie Chaplin, the great movie comedian, dropped out of school before 8th grade. The Wright brothers, who developed our first airplanes, never graduated from high school. Education is a great help, but it is possible to be successful even if you leave school early.

很多研究表明,受过教育的人在他们的职业生涯中(比没受过教育的人)更成功。然而,许多很著名的人只受了很少的教育。最著名的作家之一马克·土温以及伟大的喜剧演员查理·卓别林都在8年级之前就退了学。发明了我们的第一架飞机的怀特兄弟连高中都没读完。教育对人帮助很大,但即使你很早就离开了学校,你还是有可能会成功的。

 
 => 每日开讲


Time for high tea.

对话
Anne: It's 4 o'clock, time for high tea.
Elisabeth: So early? Six o'clock or thereabouts is high tea time.
Anne: What? Tea, sandwiches and cakes at 6 o'clock? That's surely far too late.
Elisabeth: No, no. I think you're mixing up high tea and afternoon tea.
Anne: Aren't they the same?
Elisabeth: No, not at all. Afternoon tea means tea, perhaps sandwiches and definitely cakes around 4.
Anne: What's high tea, then?
Elisabeth: That's a proper meal, often with meat or fish, but also of course with tea to drink.

安:四点钟了,是傍晚茶时间了。
伊莉萨白:这么早?六点钟左右才是吃傍晚茶时间。
安:什么? 六点钟吃茶、三明治和蛋糕?那太晚了。
伊莉萨白:不对,不对,你一定是把傍晚茶和下午茶混为一谈了。
安:傍晚茶、下午茶不是一样的吗?
伊莉萨白:不一样,完全不一样, 下午茶是指四点钟左右喝茶,也许还有三明治,蛋糕则一定有。
安:傍晚茶又怎样?
伊莉萨白:傍晚茶是正餐,一般有鱼或肉,当然也有茶喝。

伊莉萨白说: Six o'clock or thereabouts is high tea time.读者请勿见tea字就以为high tea只是简单茶点。High tea其实是把下午茶(afternoon tea)和晚餐(dinner)合而为一的正餐,一般有鱼或肉、牛油面包或蛋糕,茶则当然不可缺。这傍晚茶通常是五六点钟吃的。We had high tea at half past five, and then we had a bedtime snack. 即‘我们五点半吃傍晚茶,睡前再吃了些点心’。下午茶和晚餐合而为一的叫high tea,早午餐合而为一的则叫brunch,以breakfast(早餐) 、 lunch(午餐)两字合成,例如:Brunch is served at 11:00am in the hotel(旅馆上午十一时供应早午餐)。

Six o'clock or thereabouts一语,可以改作six o'clock or so。Or so和or thereabouts都有‘大约’、‘左右’的意思,但只用于数字, or thereabouts则可用于数字或地方,例如: (1)I will be away for two weeks or so / or thereabouts(我会离开两个星期左右) 。(2)The child was last seen at the bus terminal or thereabouts(最后一次有人看到,是那孩子在巴士终点站或终点附近)。第二句的or thereabouts不可用or so取代。Thereabouts 也作thereabout。 和thereabout(s)相近的字,有hereabout(s)(在这里附近)和whereabouts(大概在哪里?)这两字都限于说地方, 例如: (1)I lost my wallet hereabouts(我在这里附近丢了钱包) 。(2) Whereabouts are we?(我们大约在哪里?) 。


作者:古德明(香港)

 
 
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