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The first day at Harrow school

Lorancto is energetic and she lives beside me. I found that she’s not good at logic.

 

Jassica and Alexandra are hot girls. They both have great flexibility. The latter has been here three times. She has done lots of extra-curriculars such as drama and ballet. She is a proud Greek.

 

Our teacher Tania is from a small country near India. She is nice and young (25)

 

The first class was about Shakespeare. We wrote scripts in past tense (communicating with Alexandra was exhausting). Then, she introduced phrasal verbs to us by a clip in a TV series, The Big Bang. (Lorancto seemed a bit too childish and careless. I regretted letting her create the content.)

 

Harrow fives is a hard sport, but worth trying. An Italian girl played it well.

 

The second day at Harrow School

Cambridge is a beautiful place that looks like a scene in a movie. It’s totally a historic and cultural place. It is a wonderful experience that you should never miss. The architecture there is truly a work of art. The details and delicate sculptures are astounding, not to mention the age of those buildings. Most of them are centuries old and were thus designed on paper and by sketching.

 

I found that English people take their quality of life seriously. You can tell that from their gardens and street designs .I think that if I want to keep this feeling with me after I get back, I should well learn gardening and more cultural stuff. Perhaps I should make the best of my leisure time to explore the world and be creative. I think the best thing that English people have impressed on me so far is that they take pride in their culture and try their best to promote it globally.

 

After my visit to Cambridge, I found it boring and exhausting to attend the evening activities. One thing I’ve learnt is that it’s hard to please teenagers and I should learn how to launch an activity properly without making everyone bored. The best way to achieve this is probably to put the people who are attending under close observation. Another experience I got from there is English connects everyone worldwide, which is amazing. I also found it awkward to convey my thoughts to others because different languages come with different experience and logic. Now, I suppose that I can stand in Loracto’s shoes and get to know her more in order to try thinking in her way. By the way, my goal (just came up with it today) is to make friends with all the girls in my class. I hope that I can make it in the end, because if I complete it, I will know that I have the ability to make friends. Most important of all is that I can make the most of my English ability.

 

One last thing, the game splat is interesting. There is be a person in the middle, and whomever he points to has to get down. Then, the two standing beside that person have to splat at each other. The one who does it faster survives.

 

The third day at Harrow school

My classmates and I got to know more about each other. I also finally found the problem, which I’ve been having with Alexandra. She always decides to follow her plans and she is over confident. But I have also found that being confident like her can be quite important, because my biggest disadvantage is that I can’t feel good about myself unless others surrender to me. It makes me feel so weird. I’ve been going through this cycle ever since my school life began. It prevents me from making friends. The most important thing I’ve learnt so far is that I care too much about others’ thoughts and I therefore avoid various possibilities. I hate my personality. I need to change.

 

While in the canteen, I heard Andy talk about the separation between England and EU. Later in the afternoon, we had a quiz about everything including Harrow, music, common sense, and even sports! I suddenly found out how little I know. Although it was not the first time that I noticed my lack of knowledge of the world around me, I had never peered so deeply into my brain that it made me tremble. Now I find that studying is important, but at the same time, it is even better to get involved in this world.

 

Last but not least, I am convinced that teachers do their best to help their students. No matter how boring or terrible, l believe they all mean well in the end. The conclusion is that I must think about the meaning behind school fairs and small activities, and get engaged in classes. I will adopt a new attitude when I get back.

 

The fourth and fifth day at Harrow School

It took a while to get to the city centre. All in all, England is an international place, where people from everywhere walk around. It has a lot on offer. For example, it has one of the best museums in the world and numerous shops and sights to see. In some of those shops, such as the pharmacy, grocery store, and even bookstores, there are various different brands of goods. The malls also have many shiny and luxurious products. The different smells of perfumes mixed up together, will literally make you dizzy. Big cities are all the same to me since they all resemble each other with crowds of tourists and huge buildings. But London’s highlights are its historical buildings and its leafy environment which make it recognizable compared to others. However, its urban areas and countryside are my personal favorite, due to the silence and wonderful views. I think one of the things I envy about Harrowians is this.

 

The sixth day at Harrow school

I think that l must have misunderstood AJ since today she talked to me in a friendly way and listened to my opinion. Also, our class today was about advertising and debates with all those phrases and idioms like “Sorry to interrupt, but...” and” go like hot cakes. When it comes to speaking, AJ always is the best. However, what really stunned me today was the knowledge they had during the debate. For instance, the topic today was”boys are better than girls”. Unfortunately, I was on the agree side, so you’re aware what happened in the end. It didn’t matter who won, but my classmate Jessica and Monica did a good job on that, and they even made examples about Olympics and information like girls are three years more mature than boys. Not to mention that Alexandra had stated that women live ten years longer than men do. Her unbreakable points are so perfect as to make me feel ashamed of being one year younger. In my opinion, it’s better to be knowledgeable about things that are important as well as facts which can be useful while writing and talking.

 

Finally, at the dinner party tonight, I gave my email address to Monica. This meant that I made my first friend here. On the other hand, when I saw the Chinese group going on stage for graduation certificates, l suddenly felt a sense of loss because that made me have to face the whole group of foreigners without the familiar language around me. I started to be afraid of the last half of my journey becoming just us Taiwanese being the minority among those Italians.

 

The seventh day at Harrow school

Today we explored the small town of Harrow. It is amazing that there is such a lively street for residents in Harrow to go shopping. I didn’t learnt much today because there was no class. The only thing that I found interesting is that some of those kids were wearing uniforms today, even though it was still the first month in summer vacation. I didn’t ask why. Anyways, I bought some souvenirs for myself, my mom, and my sister, which were respectively a Harrow hat (at the price of 32£), a pen with my mom’s name written on it (which was surprisingly 1.40£), and a ring for my sister (at about4.00£). I decided to buy something really British for Mom. It was all under 20£.

 

PS, I am making friends with an Italian girl, Cecilia, who is seventeen years old and willing to communicate with us. I’m expecting this relationship will be established easily. Additionally, I played badminton with Angelica today. She’s the girl who played Harrow fives with us last Wednesday. She was not as 衿持as she was before. I acknowledged that playing sports can be an excellent way to make friends, since we can avoid the embarrassment of talking and see the person through their movements, or just simply enjoy the game.

 

The eighth day at Harrow School

It’s been a long time since I got here. The sense of interest has ended, and everything seems to be less intriguing. I found that Monica is remarkably good at English despite her young age. I’m jealous of her. However, I need to come up with a way to advance, so I found out that her abilities over me are vocabulary and how she organizes her thoughts. For example, she can write things down from sentences to articles and then修飾. I want to be just like her, but it’s hard to start because it’s a matter of how. What worries me the most is that I don’t have much time left, and that makes me feel anxious. That’s why how I use my time will be my toughest task.

 

Aside from those things, my day ended with a question: why is it so hard to make friends, and why does everyone here end up with a fellow or two? The answer I have come up with so far is that I always chicken out while making friends with strangers. When I saw AJ get a boyfriend, who’s from Turkey, in less than three days after he arrived, I was really amazed. I believe there is still a lot to learn in my last five days.

 

The ninth and tenth day at Harrow School

Ceceilia is not an easy one. She loves fashion, and loves taking pictures. Another thing I know about her is that she is competitive. I know I don’t have much time left to make friends, but I need to try my best to get this one, and AJ’s Instagram. After these two days, I learned several things. One of them is something I noticed while playing tennis with a bunch of Chinese kids. They are surprisingly selfish. The first time I noticed this was when one of the girls, who is thin and short, was selected to collect the balls. While she was running around the whole field busy as a bee, those children who came along with her kept hitting the ball harder and harder. I found that they didn’t take pity on the girl but focused on their own enjoyment. I saw the girl running and sweating and finally it was even hard for her to catch her breath. She barely said anything the whole time.Despite this, those Italians showed no tolerance to the same girl because she can’t speak English fluently. Correction, she relied on her friend. Those Italian boys couldn’t speak proper English either, however, they sort of spoke ill behind her back in Italian. Well, in my opinion, children in this generation are self-centered. When I talk about this, I am talking about myself, too. It’s such a bad habit we have nowadays. Everyone is doing it though, so it can be it’s just normal. Anyways, it doesn’t mean such behavior is right, and as a citizen in this era, I should be responsible for a change in the situation.

 

Today, I also went to a Disco Night. It was the first experience I had in such an unserious place. I recorded it in my collection of photos and videos. The place was too dark to get any good footage though and my efforts were to no avail.

 

The eleventh day at Harrow School

Today I went to the natural history museum. I tried to connect with Rebecca, a new girl from China. I went with Monica to the earthquake simulation area first. Something I viewed as interesting was that it perfectly showed what life was like in Japan a long time ago, including all the products on the shelves. In addition to that, the explanation about earth and matter was simple and delicate. Most importantly, the samples exhibited in the shop window were real. For example, there were rubies, diamonds, some human skeletons, and even a catfish transported from Japan. However, I regretted not going and seeing the objects and specimens in the green zone. Now I know what a map is for. In the future, if I get a map, I will make better use of it. Just like learning a new skill it can tell you where to start and finish. More importantly, a map makes your journey more efficient. In conclusion, from now on, I’ll make good use of maps.

 

The next place I went today was Harrods, where luxury items are sold. It was such a posh place. Something I couldn’t believe was that the Chinese people, who are the same age as me, bought bags and bags of jewelry and clothes without hesitation. How much money did they actually bring with them? It was just surprising! I’m not a person who actually shops a lot, thus I strolled around and pretended that I was as rich as Monica. She even mimicked those ladies with high heels walking in the department store. It was so hilarious. After that, we listened to some street performers perform in the front of Harrods. There was a fourteen-year-old black girl with a powerful voice who promoted herself in order to become a singer in the future. That is the difference between us and those Europeans. We don’t show off because we think it’s an act of arrogance. On the other hand, when you reveal your ability people see you as a person.

 

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Work by one of our student- Brian

Death, a consequence of everything, a situation you must embrace, early or late, you are going to meet up with it.

 

When you are going to face it, what will come up in your mind? What will you do to take the best use of the rest of your time? I suppose you're going to take the plunge , do whatever you want , stop struggling in any adverse feasibility , put the most effort into your dreams that are not achieved yet , because you know that you don't have much time left. So that you can end up your life with satisfaction.

 

Why don't we have this kind of mentality and determination while we're being challenged? Or simply just everything? Won't this mental pre-preparation help you genuinely immerse and enjoy in the process of coping with the plight you're in or let yourself finely concentrate, and indulge in the feeling of being alive and active?

 

Death, reminds us the value of life, tells us how precious life is, teach us the magnificence to treasure our life just as our children, and push us out of our bubbles and attain what we thought we can't.

 

Don't we need to thank Death devoutly?

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在報考國外研究所的時候,面試幾乎是不可避免的。那一所學校對於研究所程度的國際學生通常會有哪些考量呢?
1. 報考者有沒有足夠的語言能力在當地完成學業
2. 報考者是否會為自己的選擇負責、盡學生的責任
3. 報考者是否適合該校及所申請的科系


     報考者的目標是打動面試者,並充分準備即將到來的面試。你應該對你報考的學校及科系有充分的了解,並熟悉面試時常常出現的問題,以利作出最好的回答。以下是一些常見的題目範例:

1. Tell me about yourself 請介紹一下你自己
    當學校想知道你認為自己最特別/有趣的事情是什麼的時候,他們就會問這個問題。千萬不要重複履歷上已有的資訊,相反地應該好好利用這個機會告訴評審一些特別的事件,因為除了面試,你就再也沒有機會提出這些了。你可以說說看你當志工、或是在週六早上教小朋友藝術等的經驗。

2. What are your strengths and weaknesses? 你的強項和弱項是?
    這是一道考驗你的題目,你可以用不同的策略應對。重要的昰,你一定要誠實。選擇一個與你報考系所有關的強項,立如對理科的學生來說,能夠抓住細節會是一個很重要的強項;對社會科學的學生來說,能夠享受討論,及討論到政策相關的能力,會是很重要的強項。提出你的弱項時,一個你能夠克服的問題、狀況,昰最好的選擇。例如,很多學生都有拖延做作業或準備考試的問題,如果你說你雖然有這個弱項,但你能夠用列出清單的方式來督促自己、克服問題,那麼這會是一個很好的答案,因為你證明了你會為自己的學習負責。

3. Describe your greatest accomplishment 請說明你目前最大的成就
    在回答時,你可以說一個跟你的學習有關的故事。這是一個很好能夠展現自己的機會,又不會讓人覺得你在吹噓自己。例如你可以說說你學習上的成就、參加過比賽獲獎的經歷或是你參加過讓你覺得驕傲的志願或慈善活動等。


4. What do you do in your spare time? 在你有空餘時間時,你會做什麼?
    這個題目是另外一個讓你吸引評審目光的機會,只要夠特別、並能引人注目,就會是一個很好的答案。


5. What contribution have you made to your department or school? 你對你的學校或系所作出過什麼貢獻?
    你報考的學校會想要知道你能對系所帶來什麼樣的貢獻,或許是一些創新的想法、或是充滿活力的投入。你可以說說你當過幹部的經驗,或是一些你設立的、會讓學校得益的原創計劃等。


6. If you are not accepted into graduate school, what are your plans? 如果你沒有被錄取,你有什麼計劃?
    在回答的時候,你的回答必須打動評審,你應該說你的目標是學習相關的成就,所以你的每一步都會與此相關。如果你今年沒有被錄取,那你會回去修改你的履歷,並再接再厲。千萬不要表現得你必須進到一間很出色的學校來達到你的目標。


7. How will you be able to make a contribution to this field? 你可以怎樣對你所就讀的領域作出貢獻?
    你將來畢業後的規劃是什麼,能否讓學校驕傲呢?這就是這題真正想問的,展現你的抱負,讓它變得偉大及有意義,讓學校認同並願意透過教育你來支持你的想法。

8. In college, what course did you enjoy the most? The least? Why? 在學校的時候,你最享受上什麼課程,最不享受什麼?為什麼?
    回答時重點放在一個與你申請科系相關的課程,但也要提到一或兩個與你主修無關的課程,來展現你自己的多面項、並有多種不同領域的學習興趣。


9. In what ways have your previous experiences prepared you for graduate study in our program? Are you ready to move to the next level of study, that’s the question? 你過去的經歷如何準備你將來的學習?你準備好迎接下一階段的學習了嗎?
    在這裡你必須展現出你的成熟,讓評審知道你已經準備好出國、並專注在學習目標上。說一些你過去學習,和一些你曾經在國外居住、旅遊的經驗。如果你能夠說服評審,讓他們知道你遇到各種不同的狀況時都能夠解決,那你離成功也不遠了。


10. What do you know about our program, and how does it fit with your goals. 你對我們系所的了解是?這如何切合你的目標?
    很重要的昰,你要展現出你有努力去了解學校與系所的資料,所以記得在面試前好好的上網看看。如果可以的話,甚至聯繫該系所校友,了解學校實際狀況。大部分校友都對他們的學校感到驕傲,通常都會願意花幾分鐘與你說說他們的經驗。別害羞!花一點時間聯繫他們,就能讓你的面試變得不一樣。

 

就如以上所說,練習是最重要的一環。在你看完這篇之後,你大概要開始思考你的回答是什麼。寫下你的想法並整理出完整的答案,千萬不要把答案一字不漏的背起來,這樣的話在面試時你很容易會說到一半卡住,或是忘詞。找一個人與你練習面試,可以是朋友或家人,讓他們給你一些意見,你才會有進步。
 

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    在面試的最後,你通常都會有問問題的機會。好好把握,問兩到三個準備好的題目。以下是一些題目範例:
1. What are the most important indicators of success for students in your program?
請問在這個系所中,有哪些評價學生成就的指標?
2. What can I do to prepare for your program and make my own success more likely?
我能夠做什麼來準備進入這個系所,並讓自己能夠成功?
3. Don’t forget about funding: Higher education is very expensive, and many graduate programs offer their students teaching assistantships or grants to help them defer costs. Ask what is available to students like you.
不要忘記,研究所與博士是非常昂貴的學習,許多系所有給予他們的學生助教或是獎學金的機會,記得詢問有哪些是適合你的。


最後的最後,記得做自己。你即將面對一年或是更多年密集、高壓的學習,而你的學費是不便宜的。如果你不能誠實的面對你的評審,告訴他們為什麼你想要申請該學校/系所,並說服他們你是最好的人選,那麼或許這個系所並不適合你。


 

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    難度指數 ««
    所需技能:注意力、觀察力
    特色:英文對話、團隊合作、互動
    The game in which you must try to get specifically colored ‘Tiki’s’ in certain positions to win points. The main benefit of this game was that in provided students a chance to work in teams if they wanted to and converse in a way they may not have done in English before.
     
  • Heads Up
    難度指數 ««
    所需技能:觀察力、反應力、聯想力
    特色:用英文描述事物、表達能力、團隊合作
    A game involving placing a card on your head which you have to ask other players questions to guess what it is. This game, similarly to Pictionary, caused a lot of excitement and teamwork.
     
  • Pictionary
    難度指數 ««
    所需技能:繪畫、表達力、觀察力、理解力
    特色:團隊合作
    A drawing game in which students draw a picture and others must guess. This game was extremely popular and caused great excitement. It also made students interact with each other in English.
     
  • Once Upon a Time
    難度指數 ««
    所需技能:英文字彙、邏輯思考、聯想力
    特色:用英文說、創造故事
    A card game in which students pick cards and create their own story with them. This is undoubtedly amazing for students to improve their English speaking and encourages imagination, something which a textbook cannot do.
     
  • Scrabble
    難度指數 «««
    所需技能:英文單字認知程度、拆解組合腦力思維
    特色:燒腦
    A board game with tiles of letters that the students use to create words for varying amount of points. The most obvious benefit of this game is that it challenges students to create words on their own which is an excellent way to reinforce vocabulary they know and improve spelling.
     
  • Scattergories
    難度指數 «««
    所需技能:英文字彙、反應速度、聯想力、創意
    特色:廣泛的生活英文
    A game in which players must create a long list of a chosen topic e.g. food, sport etc. Points are given for not only correct answers but also if the spelling is correct and if it is a unique answer. The benefits it provides are it encourages quick thinking and creativity.
     
  • Apples to Apples
    難度指數 «««««
    所需技能:閱讀理解、聯想力、創意
    特色:深入西方文化、英文口語表達
    A card game in which each player chooses a card with a word on it that they believe best matches a word or phrase one player has chosen and then this player chooses what they feel matches best. A difficult game may be better suited to adults or higher level students.
     
     
    【Students Performances and Positive Changes
  • Class E
  • Eric – Outstanding performance, joint winner. Showed improved vocabulary when playing scrabble, a second time.
    Eric表現出色,聰明機智反應迅速而獲得第二名。在拼字遊戲時展現出詞彙量的進步。
  • James – Fantastic performance, joint winner. Arguably showed the most positive change of any student as now speaks much more freely and happily in English, whereas before did not want to speak more than one or two words.
    James表現極佳,獲得第三名,為這次桌遊活動轉變最明顯的學員。相較之前對話時只願意說一到兩個單字,現在James願意、開心以完整的英文句子溝通,暢談無阻。
  • Mario – Great performance. Showed good confidence in speaking English and thought of some incredible vocabulary words during the scrabble and Scattergories games. Mario表現很好,能很有自信的說英語並能在遊戲中想出一些較為艱深的詞彙。
     
  • Class B
  • Boie – Incredible performance. Consistently spoke in English even when unsure of what to say asked and challenged himself to interact more with others in English.
    Boie表現非常出色,獲得冠軍佳績!即使不確定問題是什麼或是要怎麼表達,他在活動中不停用英語與別人溝通,挑戰自己的英文能力!平時有練英文功,果然在比賽中大顯身手!
  • Junlin – Along with Boie, Junlin also pushed himself to constantly speak English and improved how he interacted with others in English.
    與 Boie一樣,Junlin在活動中不停地嘗試用英語與他人溝通,並提升自己的口說能力,表現佳。
  • Sean – Great performance. Sean benefited greatly by being with others of a slightly higher level of English as this encouraged him to try and increase his English skill.
    受到 Boie和 Junlin的鼓勵,Sean嘗試挑戰自己並提升英語實力,在活動中的表現很不錯。
  • Ace – Wonderful performance. Although younger than the others in his group, Ace was able to easily adapt and compete with the others, thus improving all his English skills.
    Ace年紀比其他組員小很多,但口語能力流暢,也很快就融入了團體,並在玩桌遊的過程中提升了英語能力。
     
  • Class S
  • Angella – Great performance. Normally extremely quiet in class, the board game camp gave Angella the opportunity to see how other students speak English with confidence, hence encouraging her to do the same and speak up more.
    Angella表現很好,平常上課 Angella比較安靜,在這次活動中,Angella看見其他小朋友自信說英文,讓她也開始嘗試像他們一樣有自信地用英語與他人溝通。
  • Jasper – Excellent performance. Already a very talkative student the biggest positive change in Jasper was the increased vocabulary he gained from the camp.
    Jasper是一個非常健談的學員,在這次活動中他的詞彙量明顯的增加。
  • Linlin – Outstanding performance. Very inquisitive and asked lots of questions, something that shows great intelligence, a positive change seen with the teamwork shown and helping others.
    Linlin非常靈敏,具有強烈的好奇心,在活動中不停地問問題,並透過活動學會團隊合作及幫助他人。
     
    ebs 致力為學員創造活用英文的環境,非常開心看見孩子在活動中用英文互動,搭建友誼橋樑,並為了完成任務動腦思考、絞盡腦汁。孩子在遊戲的過程中強化英語學習的動機及自信,活用語言並複習所學內容,也透過遊戲心得分享與討論學習反思。可愛的十位學員們,你們真棒!
 
【風雲榜】Congratulations! 
第一奬:Boie --- 台北英國自然史博物館門票一張
第二奬:Eric --- 電影票一張
第三奬:James --- 英國 Harry Potter 博物館鉛筆
神秘獎:Linlin --- 台北英國自然史博物館門票一張
 



【第一名】謙虛 Boie  


【第二名】反應靈敏 Eric 


【第三名】 上知天文,下知地理 James 


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你意想不到的英國 5 Surprising and Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About The UK

英國歷史悠久,充斥著有趣奇特的事情,為英國文化著迷的你下次到英國不妨去一探究竟!

 

1. 英國的村莊有很多奇怪的習俗

當人們提起英國,通常第一個想到的都會是大城市,像是倫敦、曼徹斯特等;但其實英國的鄉村文化比城市更有趣。

1.1 莫里斯舞 Morris Dancing

莫里斯舞是一種非常古老的英國傳統舞蹈,表演者通常為男生,他們會穿白色服裝,膝蓋以下掛著鈴鐺,手中拿著手帕或短木棍。莫里斯舞象徵美好,可以為鄉村裡的人帶來幸運、去除災厄。

1.2 滚起司節 Cheese Rolling

滾起司節在每年五月的第四個星期一舉行,地點在英國格洛斯特 (Gloucestershire ) 的庫珀山(Coopers’ Hill )。比賽分為男、女下山及上山比賽,比賽開始時一塊 7 磅的圓形雙葛萊斯特起司 (Double Gloucester cheese wheel) 將被丟下山,最快從陡峭的庫珀山下來、追到起司為勝利者。雖然這個傳統的起始年已不可考,但現在不僅僅是英國人,更有許多來自世界各地的起司愛好者參加。

1.3 世界蚯蚓錦標賽 Worm Charming

這大概是全球其中一個最奇怪的比賽,起源於英國德文郡 (Devon)。參賽者要從土中引出蚯蚓,除了不能挖土、用藥,其他什麼方法都可以,在十五分鐘之內引出最多蚯蚓者獲勝。

 

2. 篝火/蓋.福克斯之夜 Guy Fawke's Night (Bonfire Night) 

每年的 11月 5 日都有不少人會參加這一天的慶祝活動,人們會在公園、學校和自家後院搭建篝火、燃放煙火、焚燒假人來慶祝 。然而,背後的故事並非如此美好的。在1605年,一名叫蓋. 福克斯的男子計畫炸毀英國議會大廈。他的計劃沒有成功,被議會保衛隊長抓獲後,在翌年2月被處死在倫敦塔。為了紀念這個國家級的危機,人們便焚燒用紙張或布料製成的假人 “蓋.福克斯”,時至今日,人們也會焚燒一些政治人物來宣洩他們的不滿。

 

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3. 奇怪的法律條款

英國有一些奇怪又神奇的法律條款,至今尚未被廢除:

3.1 議員不能在議會裡穿著盔甲

3.2 如果你在信封上倒貼女王頭像的郵票,將被視為叛國罪

3.3 從捷運售票處跳到月台直接上車是犯法的 (就是沒有買票的意思)

3.4 只要你超過五歲,在家裡喝酒都是合法的

 

4.  與女皇相關的趣事

女皇和皇室是英國象徵性的人物,但有一些跟他們相關的事情你可能不知道:

4.1 女皇擁有倫敦泰晤士河上所有的天鵝

4.2 女皇平日還是會住在白金漢宮方便辦公,當她在家時,人們可以在旗桿上看見屬於她的君主旗;當她不在家時(通常是週末),人們在旗桿上看到的就會是英國國旗。

4.3 女皇擁有英國三哩內所有的海豚和鯨魚

 

5. 英國有超過三百種語言流通

身為世界上其中一個最多樣的城市,倫敦有超過八百萬的居民,其中居然有三百種之多的語言流通在這個城市,除了較主流的英語、中文外,還有粵語、印度語、波斯語等。

 

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相信很多人對於IELTs的口說考試都是又愛又恨,畢竟對於母語是中文的人來說,就算英文說得再好,到考試時還是難免會有一些緊張。

下面是針對IELTs口說考試每一部份的應對秘訣,學起來、多加練習,絕對能夠提升你IELTs的口說成績!

 

第一部分

1. 在每個回答中說2-3句句子

大部分學生在第一部分只用一句回答,這是最差的情況。說更多的句子可以凸顯你的詞彙量,不要忘記了,詞彙可是佔了整體成績的25%。

 

2. 在每個回答中使用片語動詞或慣用語

母語為英文的人在對話中常常使用片語動詞,片語動詞,即動詞加上介詞或副詞來創造一個與原來動詞意思完全不同的動詞。以下為15個可以輕鬆使用的片語動詞:

come from

come across as

stay in

hang out with 

have round

take up

keen on 

look forward to 

eat out

fall through

prepare for

have on

have off

be used to

come across as 

除此以外,母語為英文的人也使用大量慣用語。在英語中有著許多慣用語,慣用語的意思是一些可能具有多於一個意思的、常用的句子或表達方式。長久以來最為人所知的慣用語是下傾盆大雨---“it’s raining cats and dogs.” 以下是15個可以使用的慣用語:

from time to time

once in a blue moon

tons of / a ton of 

pricey 

that being said 

come to think of it 

out of the blue 

dirt cheap 

grab a bite to eat 

give it a go 

fancy something 

big on something 

in ages

over the moon

in the small hours

 

3. 使用縮寫,如I will = I’ll, I have = I’ve

縮寫是其中一個在IELTs裡面最簡單的得分方法。不幸的是,學生常常因為忘記或是不知道這有多重要而不這樣做。母語為英文的人在他們說話的時候一定會使用縮寫。如果你的IELTs 口說分數一直在6-6.5之間徘徊,你應該要試試看在每次說話時都使用縮寫。

 

4. 不要以正式的語氣回答

一般來說,學生在IELTs 口說考試中的回答都太正式了。在第一部分,你應該要較為不正式地回答,其實這還蠻簡單的。首先,不要說”Yes”或”No”,例如問:Do you live in Taiwan? 時,不要回答”Yes I do”,回答 “Sure do.”;又例如:Can you speak English?,不要回答”Yes I can.”, 回答 “Sure can.”。

 

5. 詳述細節

永遠不要忘記:你說得越簡單,你的分數就會越低。如果問題是:do you live in Taiwan. 然後你回答:Sure do. I live in Taiwan. 那你只會拿到5的分數。但如果你回答:Sure do. I grew up in the capital city, Taipei. I reside in the suburbs with a couple of roommates in a 3 bedroom house. 那你的分數就會比5更高。

 

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第二部分

1. 用一分鐘來寫下筆記

你會有一分鐘的時間來思考你要說什麼,充分利用這一分鐘,寫下一些筆記。不要擔心,他們會給你紙和鉛筆。

 

2. 說滿整整兩分鐘

想要拿到滿分,你的回答不能少於1分30秒的時間,你的目標應該是說滿整整兩分鐘。在你練習的時候,記得為你自己計時。

 

3. 注意你句子裡的時態 

在第二部分,考試官會非常注意你兩分鐘回答中的時態,通常題目的時態都是過去式,不過有時候你可能需要用到未來式,謹記小心回答。

 

4. 使用活潑的句子開首

你在第二部分回答的開首應該使用類似下面這句的句子:“I would like to tell you about __________ which was the best movie I’ve ever seen.”

 

5. 比問你的問題說得更多

在你拿到的題目卡上,你會看到一些基本題目。如果你只回答這些題目,那你的答案應該不會有兩分鐘這麼長。不要害怕,在回答時多說一些與題目有關的內容,充實你的答案。

 

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第三部分

1. 立刻回答

在第二部分,你有整整一分鐘來思考你的答案。但在第三部分,你必須在五秒之內開始回答問題,不然你就會開始失分。

 

2. 在每個回答中說4-6句句子

雖然沒有規定說你的答案必須要有4-6句長,但是你的每一句都必須充分解釋你的觀點,所以是很難在2-3句裡面說完全部的。

 

3. 在每個回答中用3-4句轉折語句

下面是一些在第三部分種可能適用的轉折語句,來建構你的答案與讓答案聽起來比較正式:

It’s my view that 

I’m of the opinion that 

From experience 

from my understanding 

Generally speaking

it seems to me that 

According to studies 

To begin with 

Furthermore

Last but not least 

As a result 

Take ________ as an example

Fortunately / Unfortunately

In conclusion 

 

4. 使用正式的語氣回答

在第三部分,回答要比其他的部分更正式。記得不要回答yes 或 no,取而代之你應該用比較長並且可以展現你對題目立場的開首,下面是一個例子:

題目:Are people reading less nowadays?

4.1 較差的回答

a) Yes I think so. (非常差的回答)

b) Sure are. (太不正式,這個句式只能用在第一部分)

c) 沒有說出你的全部想法)Yes I think people are. (

4.2 較好的回答:

a) I’m of the opinion that people are reading as much as they have in the past. (非常好的回答)

b) Generally speaking, people don’t read as much as they used to for a number of reasons. (很好的回答)

 

15. 在每個回答中討論2-3個重點

在每個回答中給出數個例子和原因來支持你的立場,你說越多,就可以展現越多詞彙,分數也會越高。

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小編非常喜歡看電影,特別是外國的電影,基本上一個月看兩部以上是很平常的。小編身邊的朋友常常問小編看外國電影英文有沒有進步呢?答案肯定是有的,只是每個人的程度不一樣,學習的方式也不一樣,自然成效也有所不同。今天小編就來分享一些電影常用的詞彙,加上一些小編自己看電影學英文的心得,給各位參考!

 

透過迪士尼電影學習四個電影常用的詞彙  Learn some English through Disney movies!

 

1. Starring

"Starring"一字的意思為主演,在電影"Beauty and the Beast"中,主演就是以哈利波特"Harry Potter"系列聞名的Emma Watson。

例句:The starring actress in movie "Beauty and the Beast" is Emma Watson. 

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2. Remake

在2017年的D23博覽會上,迪士尼宣布將要使用VR技術來重製迪士尼經典動畫之一的獅子王,上映日期定在2019年7月,讓小編非常期待!

例句:Disney is now using VR technique to remake its classic cartoon- "The Lion King".

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3. based on the best-selling novel...

其實有很多的電影作品都是改編自小說的,其中迪士尼就改編了非常經典的童話故事-胡桃鉗與老鼠王 "The Nut Cracker and the Mouse King",準備2018年年底的時候推出。

例句:"The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is one of the movie based on the best-selling novel "The Nut Cracker and the Mouse King", written by Ernst Theodor Whilhelm Hoffmann.

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4. based on true story

最近上映的Winnie the Pooh真人電影,就是"based on true story"的電影,意思是從真實故事改編。而事實上非常多的電影都是編劇在參考了真實故事後改編的,甚至在選角方面都採用與原來主角相似的演員來重現真實的畫面。

例句:Christopher Robin is a Disney movie which based on true story.

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[心得分享] 看電影訓練聽說 字幕其實很重要?

     小編認為想要看電影學英語的最大秘訣是學會看字幕! 在這之前要先了解自己到底想要學什麼然後按自己的程度透過字幕來學習英文,那該怎麼做呢?在開始之前,首先你要先取得可以在家裡觀看的電影片子,或是透過Youtube搜尋一些電影片段來練習。像是小編自己經過多年練習後,現在就是一個完全不看字幕的人,雖然多多少少在電影院看電影的時候不能避免會看到,但在家裡看DVD或是從網上翻看一些片段的時候我是完全不會看字幕的。

1. 聽力

     要透過字幕來學習聽力其實很簡單,嘗試在不看字幕的情況下,寫出/打出電影人物到底說了什麼。一開始當然會覺得比較困難,可以先看一次有字幕的版本,嘗試寫一次,再翻看一次作修改;到後來能力提升之後,就可以先嘗試直接寫一遍,寫完再回去看有字幕的版本來核對。

2. 口說

     想練習口說首先當然要看你想要學習什麼口音! 一般來說美國口音電影會比較普遍,你可以嘗試跟著電影人物唸出他們的對白,字幕可以幫助你理解他們在說什麼,遇上不會的詞彙或句子還可以作筆記抄下。長期下來不僅可以改善發音,還可以學習到外國人常用的一些俚語或句式。

 

最後,小編還滿常到Voicetube去看電影片段的,建議大家可參考以下網址: https://goo.gl/8Nu7UZ

 

下次再見!

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2018 Harrow 暑期遊學心得分享

同梯次來了一團對岸國旅帶來來自上海的一群小朋友。國旅顧名思義是國家旅遊單位,特別設立一個教育部門與教育部合作,深入各級學校帶孩子們出國育教於樂。一個資訊令我們值得好好想想。對岸政府已經了解到「紅色教育」(倡導主義、思想)太枯燥,已經下令全國城市9年教育制度內的學生們在9年級前必需完成3次出國看博物館、看文化、看奇景……,國家同時提供補助。自國家top down下來,這是一個很強的力道!上海市就有100多萬名中小生,數年後的成效會很驚人的。

立馬跟我們 2018 ebs Harrow School 的孩子們分享這個訊息並提醒:你們的世代是跟全世界一起工作,務必要看到其他同齡同儕的樣貌、擁有的條件及一路所做的努力。ebs鼓勵大家多走走、多看看、多參與、多吸收,家長們對你們的投資是要讓你們長能力、長腦袋的!(可憐的孩子們,放暑假中每天都有事兒一直被唸  

孩子們,期許你們張開眼睛、打開腦中的天線,很多東西要看要學、內化成為你們成長的養分!

 

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幾天來在 ebs 2018 Harrwon School Summer Program,孩子們每天都有新的問題及想法分享 :-)

如:現在才暑假剛開始没多久吔!
Q:怎麽了?
A: 怎麽覺得每天都過的好充實!?
之前媽及ebs叫妳來,還不想來!老人言要聽啊!
A: 真的!

如:在台灣,覺得我在我的同齡同儕中是比較成熟的。出來才發現,天外有天!
真的,天地真的很大!!
Q:那光旅行有没有幫助?
A:絕對有!但絕對有深淺程度之分。人是習慣性動物,定期出走台灣、旅行或參加有品質的課程或活動,打破慣性。腦子、思考會變,行為、行動就會變,人生會更寬廣。

如:出來看到、學到後,覺得一些事情,爸媽不太會教育我。在我說錯話或做錯事的時候,都不會糾正我。我就一直重覆做錯。
孩子,没有人是全能的。ebs 也不是全能。父母各有其專業,在各行各業發光發熱。重要的是,父母及ebs選擇、提供機會讓你們上有品質的課程及參加正確的、有深度的活動,讓你們看見、學習,同時養成能力懂得如何進一步教育自己。

想想,平時在台灣,家長及ebs說破嘴了,你們也看不懂、聽不懂、無法感受,持續做自己。我們努力做的事,是選擇並提供有品質一條高速道路,把你們放在上面,讓你們自己看、自己感受、自己學。你們才會發自內心改變!如此一來,整個調整及往前進的速度就快了。同時,就算一樣會跌撞,你們都在這條高速道路上,不會走太多冤枉路、花太多不必要的時間走出自己人生這條路。

托爸媽的福,好好享受屬於你們的年輕人生!

Vivian/ebs @ Harrow London

 

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一提到面試,一堆人立刻頭皮發麻、全身直冒汗,中文面試都不一定回答的好,英文面試的挑戰更大。為了取得夢寐以求的工作,你需要瘋狂練習面試必考題,學會如何將問題回達的精準巧妙,才能贏得面試官的心。

 

得到面試機會前,出色的履歷為先決條件。你可以在很多網站上找到履歷範本及模板,為自己打造吸睛的內容並塑造個人品牌。建議可請專家為自己修改錯字和不合適的用字遣詞。畢竟履歷是你給予面試官的第一印象,即使是小小的錯誤,都能認你跟面試機會說拜拜。收到面試邀請後,就要磨刀霍霍,瘋狂模擬面試情境和練習問題囉!

 

【用同理心創造連結】

請記住,知己知彼,百戰百勝,了解面試官的痛點,並大力的行銷自己!告訴面試官為什麼要雇用你、你能為公司帶來什麼益處,你就是他們在找的人!

 

【如何將面試必考題答的漂亮?】

1.“Tell me a little about yourself.”

你的履歷已躺在面試官的桌上,請勿照稿念,這樣的面試不會有靈魂。試著練習用英文說故事,更可說出未列於履歷的故事。

For instance:

“I can see that you already have my resume so I won’t repeat what you already know, instead let me tell you about how I spend Saturday mornings teaching art to schoolkids, and while I do I learn as much from them as I teach. It gives me an opportunity to keep my creative side active.”

 

2.“What are your greatest professional strengths and weaknesses?”

緊接而來的問題通常會是「告訴我你工作上的優勢和缺點。」建議先回答缺點。請不要告訴面試官你的缺點是工作太認真。此題的答題秘訣為:誠實回答自己的缺點,並說明自己如何努力克服它,現在不再是缺點。

〔weakness〕

For instance:

“I used to have trouble with procrastinating. This was because I didn’t properly prioritize but now I keep a real-time updated to do list and I find that I no longer miss deadlines and I’m able to be much more productive.” 

〔strength〕

優勢的部分,用具體戰績與數字作證自己的豐功偉業,若你想呈現自己是個善於溝通的人,別只是說

“I’m a great communicator.” 請說:

For instance:

“I’m a great communicator. When my team has a meeting I’m always the team member who facilitates the conversation to be sure we stay on track, cover the entire agenda and reach a usable conclusion.”

 

3.“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

告訴面試官你的野心,但記住要合乎實際,你可以說你計畫於五年內晉升至公司總監的位子。

 

4.“Why are you leaving your present position?”

切勿對目前的公司或過去曾服務的公司給予附面的評語,你可以說自己想在新公司迎接更多的挑戰與機會。

For instance:

“I feel limited in my current job and am looking for more challenges and opportunities.”

 

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現在好多職缺都要求層層面試,初試和複試的重點不同。

〔人資專員篩選面試〕

初試通常會由人資專員來篩選。如果你留給他好印象,你的資料就會被轉到特定的部門,獲得複試機會。

 

〔上司面試〕

決定性的複試通常會與你未來的老闆進行。當你與未來的工作夥伴碰面時,不管是上司還是同事,都要展現出自己能夠為團隊帶來貢獻,並且是一個容易合作的隊友。你可能會被問到一些技術性的問題,用來測試你是否能勝任這份職位。你也可能被問到處理事情的方式,例如:「告訴我當你與同事意見分歧時,你會如何處理?」

 

在每個面試結束後建議寫封感謝函給公司,謝謝他們賜與你機會和幫助。

 

希望大家為自己理想的職位做充足的準備和奮鬥!

 

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對學測英文有更進一步的認識後,我們一起來看看更詳細的佳作範例和技巧解說 :-)

【兩篇範文】

在此筆者以96學年度的學測題目作為範例,提供兩篇學生的範文以及一篇由老師執筆的範例,讓讀者可以清楚的比較兩者的差異。連環圖片的題型也是歷年來最常考出來的題型之一。

二、英文作文(20%)

說明︰1.依提示在「答案卷」上寫一篇英文作文。

           2.文長120個單詞(words)左右。

提示︰請以下面編號1至4的四張圖畫內容為藍本,依序寫一篇文章,描述女孩與貓之間的故事。你也可以發揮想像力,自己選定一個順序,編寫故事。請注意,故事內容務必涵蓋四張圖意,力求情節完整、前後發展合理。

 

Student 1

Kitty is a cat lover, and she looks for cute kittens in her community from time to time. One day Kitty came across a park and saw an adorable kitten. She went to the cat right away. She took out the toy ball that she always carries with her and started to play with it. Before long, Kitty and the little kitten built up a bound. After that she decided to took (take) it home. While they are on their way home, more and more cats went behind them. As a cat lover, Kitty must have something that attracts these adorable creatures. Somehow she didn't notice there are more cats behind. At the time (When) she arrive (arrived) home, she told her mom that she wanted to pet the kitten (keep the kittens at home). “All these cats? Are you sure?” mom (her mom) said that with somewhat astonish (astonishment) and confusion. However Kitty couldn't resist the watering eyes from (of) the kittens. “Well, okay” mom (her mom)  replied with helpless (helplessness), “Just don't make a mess!” After few days, mom left home because these cats made a terrible mess. Kitty found that she should vanish her unruly personality (refrain from rescuing street animals), even though she can't resist adorable kittens.

 

Student 2

Be responsible

Jane is a cat lover. In her free time, she likes to play with stray cats in the park near her house. She usually plays a ball with the cats, accompanies them to walk in the park, or feeds them some food. All the cats regard Jane as their true keeper. One day, Jane took a cat that she most likes (like the most) back home, and negotiated with her mom that (X) whether she could keep the cat at home.  She wanted the cat to live with her every second. And then her mother told her a lot of things that she might face in the future after keeping a pet. Despite(Even though) Jane knew what difficult situation she might confront, she still decided to keep it.

 

The next day, Jane went to the park with the cat she wanted to keep in her arms. Then, it turned out that the other cats followed Jane all along from the park to her home, and Jane never noticed! With all the cats standing in front of her house, Jane had no excuse to drive them out. Moreover, Jane was too kind to cast all the cats out. So, she decided to keep all the cats in her room. However, the problems appeared after two days. The cats made a mess in her room and made the house dirtier and dirtier. Although the cats are cute, their habits aren’t. Jane didn’t like the messy and dirty environment, but she couldn’t complain. Because she knew that she should take the responsible (responsibility) for her own choice. After that day, Jane cleans after the mess the cats make. Even though it is troublesome, she embraces the hassle, because it is for her passion—cats!

 

Teacher's

Being a cat lover, Adelyn couldn’t spend one day without playing with cats. When she saw a kitty one day when she was strolling in the park, she was dying to bring it home and keep it as a pet. It was a feral cat, but it was friendly to Adelyn. Everything tells Adelyn that they are meant to be together. Little did she know that feral cats live in a group. They go everywhere together. When Adelyn brought away one kitten, she was actually bringing away the whole clowder.

 

“Well, since I love cats,” Adelyn told herself, “that should not be a problem. The more the merrier.” Adelyn even managed to persuade her mother, who was very concerned about bringing home a bunch of cats. She conceded eventually, because she wanted to be a supportive mom. Things didn’t turn out quite as they imagined. The cats weren’t as nice and tame as they thought. As a matter of fact, they were far from tamed! They scratched the sofa and they made a mess everywhere in the house.

“Next time I want to support you,” says Adelyn’s mom, “remind me that I have to take calculated risks.”

 

文章架構、實用詞彙片語慣用語句型解說

1. 使用分詞構句與分詞片語:

Ex: Kitty is a cat lover, and she looks for cute kittens in her community from time to time.

→ Being a cat loving, Kitty often looks for…

 

2. 練習不用no或者not造否定句

Ex: Somehow she didn't notice there are more cats behind.

→ Little did she know…

 

Ex: She couldn’t throw all the cats away because they were too cute.

→ The cats were just too cute to be cast away.

 

Ex: Somehow she didn't notice there are more cats behind.

→ She failed to notice that…

 

3. 使用It當做虛主詞或虛受詞

Ex: I think it is hard to…

→I find it hard to…

 

Ex: He thinks everybody should forgive him…

→ He takes it for granted that…

 

4. 適當的倒裝句:

(1) So + 形容詞 + be + 主詞 + that + 句子(如此...以致於...)

Ex: So precious is time that we can't afford to waste it.

 

(2) Adj + as + Subject(主詞)+ be, S + V~~~(雖然...)

Ex: Rich as our country is, the qualities of our living are by no means satisfactory.

{by no means = in no way = on no account 一點也不}

 

(3) On no account can we + V ~~~(我們絕對不能...)

Ex: On no account can we ignore the value of knowledge.

 

5. 使用其他句型

(1) Nothing is + ~~~ er than to + V / N

Nothing is + more + 形容詞 + than to + V

Ex: Nothing is more difficult than to persuade her mom.

 

(2) The + ~er + S + V, ~~~ the + ~er + S + V ~~~

The + more + Adj + S + V, ~~~ the + more + Adj + S + V ~~~(愈...愈...)

Ex. The harder you work, the more progress you make.

 

6. 善用片語及慣用語

(1) Spare no effort to + V; do one's utmost to + V = do one's best(不遺餘力的)

Ex. We should spare no effort/do our utmost to beautify our environment.

 

(2) bring home to + 人 + 事 (讓...明白...事)

Ex. We should bring home to people the value of working hard.

 

(3) be closely related to ~~(與...息息相關)

Ex. Taking exercise is closely related to health.

 

環顧四周,仔細觀察,不然發現寫作能力優異的人多半擁有這個特徵:他們能夠從文章當中找出自己喜歡的佳句,並記在自己的筆記本裡。寫作能力較弱的學生往往沒有這個習慣,或者甚至找不出文章裡的優美句子。寫作是從模仿而來的,然而寫作也是訓練獨立思考最佳的工具,也因此有人說,如果你要訓練獨立思考,那麼光是閱讀絕對不夠的!你必須要進行寫作。

 

最後一個故事作為總結。文學巨擘莫泊桑年輕的時候曾經求教「包法利夫人」作者福樓拜如何成為一個優秀的作家,福樓拜便問了莫泊桑:

「你剛剛是怎麼上來進到這個屋子裡面的?」

「我是走階梯上來的。」莫泊桑回答

「你記得走了幾階嗎?」福樓拜問道

「我…」莫泊桑回答「我不記得了」

「那麼你可以再去看一遍」

莫泊桑回來之後,告訴他的前輩台階總共有幾節,他有問:

「你知道台階是什麼材質嗎?」

「我…」莫泊桑又結巴了起來「我並沒有注意」

「那麼你可以再去看一遍」

莫泊桑回來之後,再次說清楚台階的材質。福樓拜又問:

「那麼走上台階的時候有聽到什麼聲音嗎?」

於是莫泊桑又再去走了一遍台階,以便聽清楚走台階的時候感受到的聲音。

「那麼走上台階的時候,有聞到什麼氣味嗎?」

於是莫泊桑又得再去走一遍,來發現走台階的時候可以聞到的氣味。

 

最後莫泊桑終於明白了,寫作不只要求書寫的人要打開眼睛,也必須要打開他的五官,細心的感受,仔細的品嚐。當別人只能用視覺來描述一段經歷,你卻能用視覺、聽覺、嗅覺、觸覺、甚至心靈的感覺來描述,這才是練習寫作可以帶給我們最大的幫助。

 

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大學入學考試學科能力測驗的寫作部分佔了28分,這是一個不小的比例,許多對於寫作訣竅不得其門而入的學生,在這個部分想破頭腦也只能掙得個位數的分數,相較於可以拿十幾分、甚至20分以上的考生而言明顯吃虧。因此考生若是在選擇題的部分已經準備了七八成,這時候若要希望分數能有大幅度的提升,寫作部分能夠有所進步便成為能夠提升成績的不二法門。

 

有鑒於市面上、網路上與此相關文章十分氾濫,其中內容農場、剪貼模仿的文章也唾手可得。這些文章難免有以訛傳訛的疑慮,又或者只是隔空搔癢,說不到考生的痛處。筆者特別參考了過去20年 (87學年度到107學年度) 大學學科能力測驗寫作的題型,結合本身將近20年的教學經驗,整理出有關寫作部分應該具備的基本技能、如何準備、以及題型趨勢,並提供一些個人的經驗以及看法。如果考生在閱讀完其他的文章恰好覺得不怎麼受用,那麼或許參考本文裡面的一些建議,剛剛好可以幫助你找到一條適合自己的路。

 

【學測作文欲測驗考生之能力】

簡單的依照題型來判斷,寫作部分的翻譯題型不外乎是測驗考生的文法翻譯能力 (Grammar-translation),而長篇文章則是測驗考生「描述、敘述、論述」的能力。但是這些都是考生需要具備的綜合能力,如果需要去細分的話,那麼筆者認為考生需要注意培養以下各項實力:

 

1. 造出完整的句子、分辨sentence跟fragment:筆者接觸過的考生當中,約有八成造不出完整的句子,句子當中缺乏關鍵動詞、以及時態(包括拿14分以上的同學),因此他們會寫出許多片段的句子(fragment),或是只用用逗號連接個不停的句子(run-on)。由此可知這是一個普遍缺乏的基本功夫,這類錯誤若不影響文章流暢性,並且不超過整篇文章的3%,基本上是不會扣分的,但是文章一旦出現這樣的句子多了,難免顯示該考生思慮不夠嚴謹,就算文意再如何精彩,如此是很難爭取到高分的。

 

2. 能夠檢視自己的文句:另外兩成考生在我圈出他們句型文法錯誤的時候,不用我說明就已經「喔~」表示已發現錯誤。那麼剩下的問題就只是,「為什麼寫完的時候檢查不出來」?檢查這份能力也是許多寫作者較忽視的。筆者希望各級學校老師們能夠針對有程度的學生增加一個「讓學生檢查完自己文章之後再打分數」的活動。

 

3. 了解某些字詞精準的用法,而不是只套上中式英文的意義即可:許多英文字的中文解釋非常相似,考生必須在閱讀經驗中慢慢累積這些字的用法,適用於不同的情境。例如delirious是「發狂的、胡言亂語的」,而crazy是「瘋狂的」的意思。如果你以為前者比較艱深,因此使用那個字就會得到比較高分,想用前者來取代He went crazy every time he saw her.裡面的crazy的話,那誤會就大了。

 

4. 在表達相同的意思時,能夠理解英文的表達法,藉此漸漸擺脫「中式英文表達法」:學生必須理解英文寫作須是以「讓外國人士可以理解」為原則,中式的英文不會是過錯,但如果它會造成一些理解上的混淆,便有問題。筆者太多次看到考生練習寫作當中提到某某老師很「機車」motorcycle?!而後面也沒有附上英文的解釋或說明,那麼要期待英文母語人士能夠讀懂,這樣的思維其實是滿匪夷所思的。

 

5. 能夠辨別一個句子是「意見」opinion、或是「事實根據」fact:如果你要證明或支持一個「意見」,那麼最好用一個「事實」或論定事實,用一個「意見」則顯得不妥;如果文章要下結論了,最好用一個「意見」,而用「事實」就不妥了,而且最好用的是自己的意見,用其他名人或嘉言佳句的意見也不是很好!

 

6. 能夠有換句話說的能力 (pharaphrase),並能夠理解英文寫作當中這樣的能力是必須的:考生從代換字詞、換一個順序、換一個語調(如:用反面說法敘述正面)、到主動被動互換,都是可以利用到的技能。

 

7. 能夠解釋文章當中自己的statement並找出支持的理由、證據、或者例子:運用一些簡單的邏輯,避免這些支持據前後矛盾,或者自己循環解釋自己 (circular):在解釋「某人為什麼受歡迎」的時候,不能單純只說出「因為大多數同學都很喜歡他」;「他為什麼很孝順」「因為他對他父母很好」。

 

8. 最好能夠善用類比、隱喻、或明喻,讓自己的文章多一些文趣,讓讀者讀起來比較不會無趣:善用比喻會讓我們增添幾個好處,首先,會讓文章變得有趣;第二,它也可以讓原本難以形容或複雜的事物變得簡單易懂。

 

9. 面對一個爭議能夠針對一個看法,找到理論或證據支持:這是對大部分學生而言最難說服自己的一個方面。許多學生會認為「為什麼我只能贊成某一方的意見?兩邊的看法各自有利有弊不是嗎?為什麼我就不能寫說兩造看法各有優缺點,這樣更接近事實不是嗎?」這一點在這邊必須要提出說明,如果我問你明天會是晴天或是雨天,我不希望聽到的回答是,明天有可能是晴天,有可能是雨天,更有一個可能是陰天,因為這樣回答了等於沒有回答!雖然更接近事實。在現實的世界面對一個爭議,例如學生該不該穿制服、該不該用塑膠吸管等等,我們所需要的是一個看法,一個意見,最終需要選擇一個做法;並不是一個「事實」,雖然分析了兩種看法的利與弊,最終仍沒有定論。

 

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【歷屆試題趨勢】

近二十年來英文考題相繼趨向「生活化」、「大眾化」若是傾向某種專業知識、或是太過國際化的議題,礙於現實考量,在出題的時候還是容易受阻的。如果是新聞議題,它必須要有普遍性,因此常見的作法就是以連環圖畫作為模式,講述一件「日常生活中大多數人都會有的經驗」,例如借東西、物品遺失、迷路、整理環境等等。另外,人道的議題、環保、科技發展,也都是這幾年不會退流行的題目。讓我們來看一看近20年來常出現的題型有哪些。

 

常見題型

1. 信件類 (出現於101、97年)

2. 四格連環漫畫 (出現於106、103、102、100、99、96、95、94、93年)

3. 感想、論述 (出現於107、105、92、91、90、89、88、87年)

4. 選擇 (出現於104年)

5. 圖片描述 (出現於98年)

 

【如何準備寫作考試】

1. 自己練習寫,不必等老師改: 許多學生最普遍的迷思,就是「我自己想練習,但是老師有沒有時間每天幫我改」,於是就無法每天練習了。事實上,學鋼琴的人絕對不是等到鋼琴老師出現的時候才彈鋼琴;打籃球的人也不會希望每次上籃、每次投球,都要讓教練修改姿勢。甚至,如果每一次彈鋼琴、打籃球,都需要老師、教練在旁邊指導,這樣的學生反而更不容易學好這項技能。所以第一個檢視標準就是:考生是不是會自己練習寫?

 

2. 如果我自己練習,有許多錯誤不知道,養成了習慣怎麼辦?許多學生有這樣的憂慮,害怕自己的錯誤因為沒有及時更正,進而化石化(fossilize)了,顧名思義就是讓錯誤變成了習慣,害怕改不回來了。事實上這也是蠻大的一個迷思,在學習的過程中,要使一個習慣化石化並不是那麼輕易可以做到,那需要非常多的正增強(reinforcement) ,大部分的人應該只會產生一種趨向性,就如同紙張被折過了之後留下一道痕跡。然而紙張如果折錯了面,留下一道痕跡,比起一張全新沒有摺痕的紙張,反倒更容易往反面折,同樣的,再自行練習英文的過程中,或許考生多少會養成一些壞的使用習慣,然而壞的習慣也是一種熟練性,對於日後的矯正不見得沒有幫助,有時反而更有助益。只要持續不段的加強或修正自己的寫作,不至於會有改正部過來的情形。

 

3. 練習時可以查字典嗎?超過九成以上的學生會認為不可以的。原因很簡單,因為考試的時候是不能看字典的。事實上,考生需要把「考試」與「練習」的情況分開。這種情況就如同跑百米的選手,實際比賽的時候頂多跑個十幾秒就結束了,但是練習的時候能夠只練習幾秒嗎?可見實際比賽與練習的方法必然有很大的差異。練習的時候是可以查閱書籍,包括字典的,目的在於擴增自己的詞彙量,表達的流暢性,重點是,在查閱之後,要能有效地把新學會的單字以及表達法吸收起來。最多在實際考試前一到兩週,在進行不翻書、不查閱的寫作練習即可。

 

4. 練習修改、編寫自己寫過的文章。筆者記得國外學生練習寫作的時候,是不斷地要求學生進行查找資料、擬稿、撰稿、編修、初稿、審閱、定稿,這幾項程序。而國內對於學生寫作的訓練,往往只有「寫作、修改」兩道程序。而且修改還是由老師修改。換句話說,筆者認為有許多學生欠缺的並不是新題材的寫作,而是編修自己作品的經驗。缺乏此經驗,學生無法進入深層的思考,省思自己寫作的流程以及邏輯,也因此找不到進步的辦法。有心練習的學生,可以找自己練習過的題材,把過去的作品重寫一遍,重新審視有什麼好的文句可以保留,又有什麼想法可以用更清楚的字句表達出來,這樣才能精進自己的寫作技巧。

 

參考優良的文章,從閱讀當中練習寫作。直到現在還有絕大部分的考生認為「閱讀歸閱讀,寫作歸寫作」他們是良馬只是。事實上閱讀與寫作的關係密切,超出我們的想像。寫作成績優良的學生必定能夠從閱讀的作品當中汲取自己有興趣的想法、表達法、從而舉一反三,或者延伸新的想法。大考中心在每一次的測驗之後都會提供考生優秀的作品供大家參考,在此筆者也提供最新一年學測題目優良的作品。

107 年:https://goo.gl/TNpqZb

106 年:https://goo.gl/9mY4o4

 

仔細的檢視這幾篇文章,我們不難發現他們有幾個相同的特點:

1. 他們沒有依照大部分文章所說的,先寫主題句(topic sentence),有明白的thesis statement,或者有所謂的「三明治結構」,由此可見,考生對於自己的文章架構問題大可以先放心。不需要為了架構問題而限制了寫作的創造力。在這幾篇文章中看出,能夠有流利的構句以及多變化的詞彙,可以幫助你先馳得點,得到更高的基本分數。

 

2. 我們不難發現這幾天佳作當中絕大多數並沒有按照題目規定的寫法分成兩段,大部分反而分成三段或者更多。可見分成兩段只是一個基本規定,目的在於讓考生能夠比較完整的表達出老師想要看到的寫作內容,但是當你覺得需要三段或者更多段落才能表達出完整的想法時,是可以超出這樣的限制的,文章所呈現出來的「完整性」相對的更重要。所以千萬不要認為,「我還想要描述更多的想法,但是題目規定只能寫兩段...」

 

3. 故事性質的文章當中,要讓讀者覺得有趣,通常可以加入一個「Twist」,也就是讓人意想不到的劇情變化。另外,在結論當中還可以加上自己透過經驗之後學習到的「Moral」,也就是「故事中的道理」、或者「教訓」,這樣一來能夠幫助你描述的故事取得更好的完整性。

 

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活用片語動詞,讓老外驚呼你的英文好到不可思議!

 

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一天在公司,台灣人Liz邀請一位來台出差的美國同事 Tom 一起吃飯,期待 Tom 體驗台灣的美食文化。

Liz: Would you like to eat outside, and it’s my treat?

Tom: Oh but it’s still raining now. We can probably eat outside in the backyard tomorrow. How about eating out at Fridays instead?

Liz: Oops that’s what I meant! Let’s go.

 

你是否也曾問過朋友 “Would you like to eat outside?” Tom 太了解台灣人常犯的英文錯誤了!在外面(餐廳)用餐我們會很直覺的想到 eat outside, 但正確的說法是 eat out,而 eat outside 則指在戶外吃東西,像是在公園野餐或在庭院吃烤肉大餐。

 

常常犯台式英文錯誤,而造成溝通障礙?活用英文的片語動詞,連老外都對你刮目相看!

 

片語動詞是一種慣用語,它是在動詞後面加上介系詞或副詞而形成與原來動詞不同意義的片語。有趣的是,你可以在英文中找到很多組與一般動詞同義的片語動詞。片語動詞除了字較多外,另一項特質是它在生活口語對話中常被使用,不像一般單一個動詞那麼正式,如「代替某人」的英文我們會想到單一動詞 “substitute”,但更為口語的說法是 “fill in for someone”。

 

A. 活用以下10個片語動詞,讓你的英文表達更生動、道地!

1. Do something over 重做

定義:Do something a second time

例句:I did a horrible job and will probably have to do it over.

Do something over 和 do something again 意思相當接近,唯一不同的是 do something over 隱含負面意義,如你可能不小心犯錯,要將同樣的事再做一遍,就可以說 I have to do it over.

 

2. Dress up 盛裝、裝扮

定義:Wear nice clothing

例句:If you want to go with me to the dance club you must dress up or they will probably not let you in.

dress up 是慣用語,它的反義字是 dress down,意思是穿著低調,但 dress down 在英文中較不常被使用。

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3. Drop out 輟學

定義:Quit school or a specific class

例句:She dropped out of university and regrets it very much.

skip classes 可能就會以輟學收場。

 

4. End up 以…告終

定義:Finally / End result

例句:I ended up going back to schooling getting my degree 3 years later.

end up 和 wind up 都有以…結束/收場的意思,要注意的是 end up 的 up 因為是介係詞,後面一律接動名詞 (V+ing)。

 

5. Eat out 在外面的餐廳用餐

定義:Eat at a restaurant

例句:I tend to cook most of my meals and hardly ever eat out.

eat out,常聽到台灣人說 eat outside 是不對的,若你說 eat outside,意思是你在戶外吃東西,像是在公園野餐等。

 

6. Fall through 失敗;落空

定義:Plans fail

例句:Our plans to go to the movie fell through because it was sold out.

fall through 這個片語動詞在句子中會以事物當主詞,不可以用人當主詞,例如我們可以說 My plan, or my test fell through. 我的計畫失敗了,或我這次的考試成績糟透了。

7. Fall out 吵架;失和

定義:No longer friends

例句:Bob and Gayle fell out because she thought he wasn’t going to be honest with her.

fall in with someonw 是與某人交好、成為朋友的意思,反義詞 fall out with someone 就是與某人失和。

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8. Feel up to something 想做某事

定義:Feel like doing something

例句:Do you feel up to seeing a movie? There is an action movie that just came out and I don’t want to go alone.

feel up to something 和 in the mood for something / to do something 都是指有意想做某事,但要注意 feel up “to” 的 to 為介係詞,因此 to 後面須接名詞或動名詞。

 

9. Fill in for someone 代替某人

定義:Substitute

例句:Hi, I’m teacher Kent. I’ll be filling in for teacher Frances today because he is sick.

 

10. Fill someone in on something 告訴某人消息、內幕等

定義:Update someone

例句:I missed last week’s class. Can you fill me in on what I missed?

 

B. 試著角色扮演以下對話內容

Conversation A

Pat: I failed my third test.

Mary: So are you going to drop out or do it over?

Pat: I guess I’ll end up dropping out of the class.

Mary: Sorry to hear about that. Do you feel up to eating out?

 

Conversation B

Zoe: My plans fell through because I had to work.

Carl: I thought you didn’t have to work today.

Zoe: I had to dress up for work to fill in for another teacher.

Carl: Anyways, do you still talk to Joe?

Zoe: Actually, we just fell out.

Carl: Fill me in on the details!

 

C. 測驗自己都學會了嗎!

Fill in the blanks and use the correct tense.

 do sth* over 

 dress up 

 drop out

 end up

 eat out

 fall through

 fall out

 feel up to sth 

 fill in for sb** 

 fill sb in on sth 

*sth = something

**sb = somebody

 

(1) I __________________ seeing a movie last night. It turned out to be better than I expected.

 

(2) I had to _________________ go to church.

 

(3) She _________________ of high school because she was pregnant. She's going back to school soon to complete her degree.

 

(4) We _________________ because she owed me money and won’t give it back.

 

(5) My trip _________________ because there was a typhoon.

 

(6) I don’t think I did a good job. I’ll probably have to _________________.

 

(7) I’m not feeling well. Can you find someone to _________________?

 

(8) If you _________________ hanging out sometime you should send me a message when you are free.

 

(9) I heard they got divorced but I don’t know the details. Can you _________________ what happened?

 

(10) It’s too expensive to _________________ so I tend to cook most of my meals.

 

D. Answers

(1) ended up

(2) dress up

(3) dropped out

(4) fell out

(5) fell through

(6) do it over

(7) fill in for

(8) feel up to

(9) fill me in on

(10) eat out

 

立馬把上面學到的片語動詞在與外面國朋友對話時都使用出來,嚇死他們!

 

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靈活運用這十個商用英文字和片語,讓同事對你刮目相看!

 

 

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1. Ahead of the curve 超越;走在前端

curve 是曲線,"behind the curve" 意思是落後

Meaning: To be "ahead of the curve" means to be more advanced than the competition.    

Example: We're investing a lot of money in research and development so we can stay ahead of the curve.

 

2. The big picture 一件事的全貌;長期的遠景;真正的目標

Meaning: Everything that is involved with a particular situation is called "the big picture."    

Example: Even though we all have very specific tasks to do, our manager makes sure we see the big picture.

 

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3. Blue collar 藍領階級的、勞力的

Meaning: A "blue collar worker" is someone who works with his hands (manufacturing, construction, maintenance, etc.).

Example: It's a blue collar town with a lot of farmers and factory workers.

 

4. White collar 白領階級的、勞心的

Meaning: A white collar worker is someone who works in an office (customer service, management, sales, etc.). "White collar" (and "blue collar") can also be used to describe a job, position, or a place. 

Example: The economic recession has put many white-collar workers in danger of losing their jobs.

P.S. 還有 Red, Pink, Green, Gold, Gray, Open collar,來瞧瞧這些顏色代表的人才

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5. Get the ball rolling 開始進行

Meaning: To "get the ball rolling" means to start something (a project, for example).  

Example: We need to get the ball rolling on this project. The deadline is in June, and it's already April.

 

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6. Go the extra mile 比期望付出更多

Meaning: To "go the extra mile" means to do more than what people expect.    

Example: We go the extra mile for our customers.

 

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7. In the black 有盈餘

Meaning: If a company is "in the black," it means that it is making a profit.      

Example: We're not having a great year, but at least we're in the black.

 

8. In the red 赤字;虧損

Meaning: If a company is "in the red," it means that is not profitable and is operating at a loss.       

Example: When I started my own business, we were in the red for the first two years. We didn't see a profit until the third year.

 

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9. On the same page 達成共識

Meaning: If two people are "on the same page," they are in agreement about something.   

Example: Let's go over the details of what we agreed on to make sure we're on the same page.

 

10. Get down to business 進入正題

Meaning: Stop making small talk and start talking about serious business topics         .

Example: Now that everyone's here, let's get down to business and start with the presentation.

 

Are you always ready to go the extra mile for your company?

是不是相當實用呢?

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哈佛大學是一所不需要多做介紹的大學。每個人都知道它是美國知名的菁英大學,那麼你有機會申請嗎?殘酷一點的說,以成績而論99%的人會說自己沒有機會進入這所名校。

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但是你知道嗎?哈佛大學在1960年代延攬Fred Glimp 擔任招生部主任,當時他們就實行「快樂的四分之一」政策(happy-bottom-quarter)。要仔細看一下英文喔!有一部分是中文沒有翻出來的。原來他們不只要找快樂的四分之一,而且他們要的是「底部的」四分之一!也就是說,他們會尋找成績並不怎麼優秀、甚至是墊底四分之一的學生。是真的!這個政策詳述於Jerome Karabel: The Chosen 這本書,現在你馬上就可以Googlehappy-bottom-quarter」這個字詞,你會發現他們這個政策甚至沿用至今。

 

為什麼哈佛大學要自甘墮落地招入那些成績不好的學生呢?我們用自甘墮落這個詞,因為我們一直把成績視為唯一優先考量,只有成績好才能進哈佛不是嗎?但是哈佛大學並不這麼想。他們不這麼想的原因有二。

 

首先,是源自於一項驚人的數據調查。我們知道美國的大學生有不少人為了自己的未來選擇STEM課程,STEM就是Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics的縮寫,擁有STEM學位幾乎保障自己在科技業有更好的工作及前途。然而STEM課程的艱深也讓許多人在大二之後知難而退。從一所三流大學H大學的資料看來,入學時數學成績位於後段班(三分之一)的學生只有17.8%完成STEM學位。

 

這樣說好了,哈佛大學裡有數學成績優秀的學生,我們姑且稱之為哈佛的天才,哈佛大學也有數學成績處於後段三分之一的學生,我們姑且稱之為哈佛的廢柴;然後我們也有三流H大學的天才、還有H大學的廢柴,就是只有17.8%完成STEM學位的那群人。H大學的天才,也只有大約一半完成STEM,有另一半被當了。以成績來看,哈佛大學的廢柴數學也比H大學的天才還高,所以哈佛大學的廢柴應該全部、或超過一半完成STEM學業,畢竟他們用的教材都是一樣的。

 

結果呢?哈佛大學的廢柴完成STEM學業的也是17.8%!沒道理啊!哈佛的廢柴程度也都比H大學天才好,怎麼會完成不了?這就是在「雞首」與「牛後」的差別。學業上一點點的挫折在三流大學可能沒什麼了不起,畢竟還有一大堆廢柴跟你一樣;但是在一流大學裡,稍有一點跟不上就會讓你顯得跟笨蛋沒什麼兩樣。哈佛大學的廢柴沒有意識到自己只是輸了0.5%的人,反而真的以為自己是廢柴了!於是就選擇放棄學業。

 

另一個例子是,你認為自殺率高的國家都是那些民眾看起來很富足開心的國家,如北歐國家,還是那些看起來戰亂頻仍、貧窮不堪的國家?答案是富足的國家!在「屎坑國家」中你若有不如意的事,看起來有許多人跟你一樣;但是在一個人人都掛著笑容的國家,心情不好的你便顯得無依無靠了!這就是「相對的剝奪感」(relative deprivation)。不管你的生活多麼無憂無慮,只要看到Facebook上面的朋友出遊的歡笑容顏,就夠你憂鬱的了!這就是相對剝奪感。為了避免相對的剝奪感,哈佛大學從1960年代便意識到,錄取一些成績較差的學生,會讓一般的哈佛大學生意識到自己與一般人相比依舊是頂尖程度。

 

但是這中間還有一些蹊蹺!為什麼稱他們為「快樂的」四分之一呢?便是他們要有擔任墊底的四分之一,還能夠快樂的特質。通常有如此特質的人心理素質會有一些差異:1)富有社會經驗的人,不再把成績當成唯一追求的目標;2)具備其他特長,其中最常入選也最顯而易見的就是運動特長的人。所以幾位我們很熟悉的名人,包括現在一位在NBA裡面打球的台裔美國人,都可以藉由這個機會進入哈佛這個殿堂。

 

聰明的哈佛很清楚一件事,三流大學會有成績不好的墊背者,一流大學也會有成績不好的墊背者,比起三流大學的墊背者,一流大學墊背的學生本來就是以學業為傲,當了墊背後對他們的打擊真的會太大!所以與其選擇學術傾向的學生進來墊背,不如選擇以其他專長為傲的學生進來,一方面還可以增加學生的多樣性(Diversity)

 

沒多久這樣的政策也被台灣的一些擠破頭的學校採用,例如台灣大學、北一女中、中山女高,建國中學等。

 

另外,哈佛大學不會跟你說你是被當作「快樂的四分之一」入學的(誰會這樣做呢?),他們只會說他們看中的是你的其他專長,所以你如果要申請哈佛大學,不要以為凸顯一些自己獨特的專長是沒有用的,要硬跟別人拚成績。不妨說說你如何以你的專長為傲而不在乎比較成績,哈佛目前還是滿歡迎這樣的學生,因為它們學生的自殺率一直居高不下。

 

 

然而最大的挑戰永遠不是如何入學!而是如何當個快樂的學習者,不管你是三分之一、四分之一、或是十二分之一。要知道,重點不是跟別人比起來如何,而是跟昨天的自己比起來,究竟有沒有進步。

 

source: http://www.sohu.com/a/148866842_133118

http://www.cnascientific.com/new-product-focus-stem-starter-kit/

http://nbaliveleague.com/teams/news.php?newsId=5519

https://goo.gl/LHFh5C

 

 

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猜猜看這 10 個慣用語的意思,讓你的英文表達變得更生動活潑!

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1) When Pigs Fly 比喻不可能發生的事

Meaning - whatever you are discussing will never happen.

When pigs fly 字面上的意思為「當豬會飛」,大家都吃過香腸,看過豬睡覺,但應該沒看過豬在空中飛吧?所以When pigs fly 就用來比喻不可能發生的事,通常帶有嘲笑或挖苦的意味。相似用法有 Pigs might fly. (豬可能會飛)、When pigs have wings. (豬長出翅膀時) 或 When hell freezes over(地獄結冰時)。

Example - Yea, right! You will get Justin Bieber to ask you on a date when pigs fly!

 

2) Be barking up the wrong tree 找錯人;找錯門

Meaning – Looking in the wrong place/accusing the wrong person.

美國人剛到美洲大陸時,經歷過砍樹、打獵的開荒時代,追趕獵物時,會帶著獵犬,追捕逃到樹上的動物。但難免有失誤的時侯,獵犬聞錯味道或是看錯,就會對著什麼也沒有的樹狂吠,因此「be barking up the wrong tree」就引申為「找錯人」或「找錯門」。

Example – The detective was barking up the wrong tree and wasn’t able to find the criminal.

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3) Kick the bucket 死掉、翹辮子

Meaning - to die

字面義是踢桶子,為麼踢桶子是死掉的意思呢?其中一個解釋為人上吊自殺時會放個桶子在地上把自己墊高,即將斷氣時會把桶子踢開,可以想像這個畫面吼?! 另一個解釋為 bucket 也有「屋樑」之義,古時農家宰殺牲禽時,通常將繩子綁在牲禽腳上,接著掛在屋樑上。牲禽死前做垂死掙扎,腳不斷踢那根屋樑,因此 kick the bucket 就是指死掉。

注意:kick the bucket 為俚語,通常只用在講自己、可以開玩笑的人,或故事人物,千萬不能用在長輩或尊敬的人。

Example - When I kick the bucket, I don't want a funeral. I want a party!

 

補充:bucket list 死前必了心願。What are on your bucket list?

電影推薦:The Bucket List 一路玩到掛

 

4) Get on like a house on fire 情投意合;一拍即合 

Meaning – have a very good relationship with someone.

用房子著火比喻兩人很快就變成好朋友

Example – When we first met, we got on like a house on fire.

 

5) On the tip of my tongue 話到嘴邊 (一時想不起來)

Meaning - when you just can't remember something.

On the tip of my tongue 直譯是「在我的舌尖上」,實際要表達的意思話在嘴邊,但一下子想不起來了,真懊惱!

Example - Do you remember the name of the movie we watched yesterday? It is on the tip of my tongue.

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6) Put a sock in it 請人住/閉嘴

Meaning - to ask someone to be quiet.

傳說古人會用襪子塞入任何嘈雜的東西裡,如留聲機太吵,就塞襪子進留聲機口。如果哪時候你的朋友或弟妹很吵鬧,安擾你工作或讀書,你就可以邊說 Put a sock in it,同時把襪子塞到他的嘴巴裡 L 這是比較不禮貌的用法 lol

Example - Jane was yelling while I was studying, so I told her to put a sock in it.

 

7) Cost an arm and a leg 昂貴的代價

Meaning - to be very expensive

字面意思是「要花費某人的一隻手臂和一條腿」,需要付出這麼大的代價才能買到,不是「貴得要命」嗎?

Example - I bought a new car yesterday. It's great, but it cost an arm and a leg.

 

8) Drink like a fish 豪飲;(慣性)飲酒過度

Meaning - to drink a lot of alcohol

這裡的 drink 指的是喝含酒精的飲品,用「像金魚一樣的喝」指猛灌酒、豪飲。喝太多酒隔天起來 宿醉 (hangover) 就滿痛苦的。

Example - It was his birthday, so he drank like a fish.

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9) Fall/get off the back of a lorry/truck 買來路不明或別人偷來轉賣的東西

Meaning - To buy something that was probably stolen.

原來從貨車後面掉下來 “fell off the back of a lorry” 是英語中的委婉用語,其真正的意思是買來路不明的東西,甚至可能是偷來的東西!你用兩千台幣就買到一台全新的iPhone X,別人好奇地問,怎麼這麼便宜,你說I got/fell it off the back of the truck. 意思就是,買了別人偷來的iPhone X,才這麼便宜。而貨車在美式英文中為 truck,lorry 則為英式用法。

Example - The black market was thriving when the war ended. It wasn't difficult to find all sorts of things off the back of a lorry.

 

10) Bob's your Uncle 就是這麼簡單,你做的完全正確

Meaning - everything's OK/perfect

這個俚語源自於英國首相兼外交大臣Robert "Bob" Cecil,他最大的功績為為大英帝國擴展版圖,但卻利用裙帶關係,指派自己的親戚到不同的政府機構工作,所有靠 Roger的關係進入政壇、取得工作的人一路平步青雲。因此,Bob's your uncle這個俚語就用來形容做事很容易達到目的。

Example - You want to go to the market? Go straight on until you reach the main road, take the first right, and Bob’s your uncle–you’re there!

 

看完這些俚語的來源和解釋是不是比較容易記的起來?這10俚語之中,小編最喜歡 Put a sock in it 你呢?你還知道那些俚語背後的故事呢?

 

source: https://www.learn-english-have-fun.com/put-a-sock-in-it.html

http://anglickynoproblem.cz/idioms/

https://www.broadway.com/buzz/189421/howard-crabtrees-when-pigs-fly-to-return-off-broadway-for-run-at-stage-42/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/466896686358811492/

 

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如何能夠讓自己的英文表達變有趣,讓大家都想跟你說話呢?就是使用誇飾法,把話說得跨張一點。小編在美國當交換學生時,就算一整天沒安排特別的活動,單純跟美國朋友聊天就能把我逗樂,因為好多誇張的英文用語都好有趣!有事沒事可以學學外國人說That' s awesome! It's fantastic / fabulous! 或是 It's the best.,英文會越講越自然喔!

一起來看看10句誇張有趣的英文用語:

 

1. Something is killing me = it really hurts

當想表達某個東西弄痛你了,就可以說something is killing me,雖然你不是真的被那個東西殺死,但用kill能讓人瞭解你有多痛。

e.g. My shoes are killing me. Blimey!

哎呀,這雙鞋真的讓我痛死了!

 

 

2. Someone is going to kill (me) = they will be angry / upset

某個東西好像在殺你是指它弄痛你,讓你深陷痛苦的處境,而某人會把你給殺了,則表示他超級生氣。

e.g. My flatmate is going to kill me when he sees the broken window.

看到破掉的玻璃,我室友一定會把我殺了。

 

 

3. Someone is on fire = unstoppable / on good form

當某人氣勢如虹 (火焰),剛好做某件事連續成功,怎麼樣都煞不了、擋不住,就可以說 someone is on fire。

e.g. Lionel Messi is on fire tonight. Three goals, three assists. What a player.

足球員梅西今晚的氣勢無法擋,三分射門,三分助攻,太強啦!

 

P.S. Alicia Keys有首歌叫 Girl on Fire,大家可以去聽聽看!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rywUS-ohqeE

 

 

4. Something takes forever = takes a very long time

當你很趕、很急著要回公司上班,卻遇到中午買便當的排隊人潮;或你趕著交報告,電腦卻有點秀斗不給力,這時你會感到度秒如年,所有的等待都像一輩子這麼久。

e.g. This computer takes forever to start.

吼這台電腦怎麼永遠都啟動不了?

 

5. Someone is so hungry he/she could eat a horse = someone is starving

餓到可以吃掉一匹馬,果然超餓。你不可能吃掉一匹馬,但大家會知道你的飢餓 / 暴食指數破表。日本的大胃王可能真的可以吃完用一批馬做成的馬肉大餐?!話說在日本和一些歐洲國家,真的有人在吃馬肉耶!

e.g. I am so hungry I could eat a horse. / I am starving.

我餓到可以吃掉一整批馬 / 我快餓死了!

 

6. Out of this world = extremely good or impressive

這句話用來表達你不相信這麼棒的東西竟然存在在世界上。常用來指食物有多麼美味。

e.g. This ice cream is out of this world!

哇這冰淇淋好吃到爆!

 

7. Something is the best in the world.

當你覺得某個人、事、物超級好,就可以用英文的最高級來表達,就算可能有更好的,如:最棒的老公、最好吃的鹹酥雞。

e.g. For me this is the best view in the world. Look at this. It's amazing.

這真的是世界上最棒的景色,太美了!

 

8. A is adj + er  than B

用英文的比較級也可以讓你想表達的意思變得更誇張。

e.g. That spider is bigger than my head.  這隻蜘蛛比我的頭還大。

It' s hotter than the sun here.  這裡比太陽還要熱。

 

9. A million times = a lot of times

你可能只道歉了兩三次,但可以說「我已經道歉幾百萬次了,為什麼你就是不肯原諒我?」雖然三次和幾百萬次差滿多的。

e.g. I' ve apologized a million times.

我已經道歉成千上萬次了。

 

這些誇張的用法很多在中文也有,因此不難懂。大家可以用看看以上的用語,讓自己說英文時變得應有趣,讓更多人想聽!

 

 

 

Source: Stop Being BORING in English | The 10 Most Amazing English Expressions In The World! !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNVJZX_OHy4

https://blog.perspectivesjournal.org/2016/05/23/loving-or-even-liking-difficult-people/

http://www.businessinsider.com/lionel-messi-signs-new-barcelona-contract-2017-7

https://thefunnyplace.org/demotivational/you-are-awesome-wallpaper/

http://weknowyourdreams.com/angry.html

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