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語言學習電子報_第九十三期 [2018-01-15]
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第九十三期

 

本期目錄

                BEG: The Scariest Thing that Has Ever Happened to Me 我身上所發生過最可怕的事情

                                ADV: Solar Eclipses: When the Sun Disappears 日蝕:當太陽消失時

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The Scariest Thing that Has Ever Happened to Me

我身上所發生過最可怕的事情

When you read that title, you might be thinking something like an encounter with a snake, monster, or bad guy. But it was nothing like that. Here’s what happened.

Elem45-02當你讀到此標題時,你可能會想起某些事情,像是碰到蛇、怪物或是壞人。但這篇文章完全和以上物件不同。文章內容中是發生在我身上的事情。

My friends and I were staying in a hotel at a popular tourist resort in the mountains. After hiking in the daytime, we went for dinner at a quick fry and met some strangers from our hometown. All my friends left before me because they were exhausted and wanted to go to bed, but I stayed longer to have more drinks with those new friends.

我和我的朋友們住在一間知名旅遊勝地的山間旅館。在登山一整天後,我們去快炒店用餐,然後碰到了來自老家的陌生人。我所有的朋友都比我早離開,因為他們都累壞了想去休息,但我為了和新朋友喝酒而待得久一些。

Around midnight, I walked back to the hotel. It was freezing outside and I only had a thin jacket on. When I arrived, I found the large wooden door was locked and I didn’t have a key. To make matters worse, my cellphone battery was dead. I banged on the door as hard as I could and even screamed, but all the rooms were at the back of the hotel so nobody heard me. I got so worried that I wondered whether I might freeze to death out there.

Elem45-01差不多在深夜時,我走回旅館。外面非常地冷但我只穿著一件薄外套。當我抵達旅館時,我發現大門深鎖但我沒有鑰匙。更糟的是,我的手機電力耗盡了。我用盡全力地撞門甚至大聲叫喊,但旅館後方所有房間的人都沒有聽到我的聲音。我非常地擔心是否可能會在外面凍死。

Suddenly, another hotel guest came up from behind me and unlocked the door. I was saved!

突然之間,其他旅館客人從我的背後出現並打開了大門。我才獲救!

The next morning at breakfast, one of my friends asked, “Did you guys hear that crazy person banging on the door last night?” I didn’t say a word.

到了隔天的早餐時段,我其中一位朋友問,「你們昨晚有聽到一位瘋子在撞門嗎?」我沉默以對。

 

 

Vocabulary 好字精選

1. encounter (n) a (usually unexpected) meet-up with sb. or sth.  遭遇﹝敵人﹞;遇到﹝困難,危險等,﹞

The campers had a terrifying encounter with a bear.

露營者最害怕碰到熊。

 

2. resort (n) a place where tourists like to go and stay  觀光勝地

Kenting is a popular beach resort at the southern tip of Taiwan.

墾丁是南台灣旅行的著名海灘旅遊勝地。

 

3. hometown (n) the town in which one was born or grew up in  故鄉,家鄉

Kai-En’s hometown is a little village in Chiayi. 

Kai-En的老家在嘉義的小村莊。

 

4. exhausted (adj) extremely tired  精疲力盡的;耗盡的

All of them were exhausted after they finished the race.

他們在完成競賽後,全都精疲力盡了。

 

5. freezing (adj) very cold  寒冷的

It’s freezing out. Make sure to wear a thick jacket, gloves, and a hat.

外面很寒冷。要記得穿厚外套,手套和帽子。

 

Phrases and Sentence Patterns句型解析

1. quick fry (expression) 快炒

The family spent several hours eating food and drinking beer at a quick fry.

這家人花了幾個小時在快炒店用餐及飲酒。

 

2. to make matters worse (phr)  更慘的是

Pete dropped his coffee on the floor. To make matters worse, he cut his foot on the broken glass from his cup.

Pete不小心把咖啡掉在地上。更慘的是,他被杯子的碎片割傷了腳。

 

3. freeze/starve to death (phr)   冷死/餓死

I’m starving to death! Let’s go eat.

我快餓死了!來去吃東西吧。

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Solar Eclipses: When the Sun Disappears

日蝕:當太陽消失時

Once in a while, the Sun seems to totally disappear behind a large black ball in the sky. That large black ball is in fact the Moon, and this peculiar natural phenomenon is called a solar Adv45-01eclipse.

偶爾,太陽似乎會完全消失在天空中的一個大黑球後方。這個大黑球實際上是月球,而這種特殊的自然現象叫做日蝕。

Solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and blocks the Sun from our view. Usually it takes about two hours for them to cross paths, but the total eclipse, when the Moon totally blocks the Sun, lasts for about 7.5 minutes. Partial eclipses usually occur up to five times per year, but only two of those will usually be total eclipses. What’s more, they can only be seen in certain parts of the world, making a solar eclipse a rare sight to behold for most people.

日蝕發生在月球通過太陽和地球之間,從我們的視野中阻擋了太陽。通常,大約需要兩個小時才能它們才會通過交集點,但是月球完全阻擋太陽的日全蝕,持續7.5分鐘。日偏蝕通常每年發生多達五次,但通常只有其中兩次會發生日全蝕。更重要的是,只能在世界上的某些地方看見,對大多數人來說日蝕是一種罕見的景象。

If you are lucky enough to catch a solar eclipse, don’t forget that you can easily damage your eyes by looking directly at the Sun, even when the sun is partially blocked by the Moon. Therefore, it is advised that you use special eye protection or an indirect viewing technique.

Adv45-02如果你夠幸運能看到日蝕,不要忘記即使太陽已被月球部分遮住,直盯著太陽看很容易傷害你的眼睛。因此,建議你使用特殊的眼睛保護措施或間接觀察方式。

Some people are so obsessed with seeing solar eclipses that they will travel to remote locations just to try to witness every solar eclipse. These people are referred to as ‘eclipse chasers’.

有些人對於看日蝕很著迷,以致於他們會旅行前往偏遠的地方只為了見證每一次日蝕,這些人被稱為「日蝕獵人」。

 

 

Vocabulary 好字精選

1. peculiar (adj) strange奇特的

The peculiar thing is that nobody knew what time it was.

奇怪的是,沒有人知道幾點了。

 

2. phenomenon (n) a fact or situation that can be observed but is difficult to explain現象

The Northern and Southern Lights are one of nature’s most beautiful phenomena.

北極光和南極光是大自然中最美的現象之一。

 

3. partial (adj) not complete  部分的

The student was only able to provide a partial answer to the question.

那名學生只能夠提供問題的部分答案。

 

4. advise (v) recommend/suggest 建議

It is advised that you start this assignment ASAP. 

建議你盡快開始做這個作業。

 

5. technique (n) method/way 技術、方式

Advanced scientific techniques were used to open the ancient dinosaur egg. 

先進的科學技術被用來打開這個古老的恐龍蛋。

 

6. remote (adj) distant, far away from everything遙遠的、偏遠的

The lost boaters got stranded on a remote island.

失踪的船民被擱淺在偏遠的島上。

 

Phrases and Sentence Patterns句型解析

1. once in a while (phr) something similar to 偶爾、有時候

Once in a while, Jacob forgets how old he is. 

Jacob有時會忘記他的年紀多大了。

 

2. S + V, making + S + ADJ (sentence pattern)  使+受詞(人)+形容詞

Pete got 99% on the test, making him the top-scoring student in the class. 

Pete在考試中得到99分的成績,使他成為班上得分最高的學生。

 

3. a sight to behold (idiom) something very impressive to see令人印象深刻的景象

This waterfall is a sight to behold after heavy rain.

這個瀑布在大雨後真是一個令人印象深刻的景象。

 

4. sb. + obsessed with V-ing (sentence pattern) (人)對…著迷

Grant is obsessed with photographing every dish that he eats.

Grant著迷於拍攝他所吃的每一道菜。

 

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