September   2019
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移至上方聆聽語音播放 Matter of opinion
說明 關鍵

Whether the situation has improved is not a matter of opinion — things are much worse than they were before.

移至上方聆聽語音播放 Not in a month of Sundays
說明 極不容易發生
範例  He'll never run the marathon, not in a month of Sundays.
City Guide: Taipei 城市風情: 台北
Vocabulary & Expressions: 
Yangmingshan National Park
hot spring 溫泉 n.                          precious 珍貴的 a.
to be grateful for sth 對…心懷感恩  ought to 應該 v.
access 接近、靠近 n.                    Flowers in bloom 花季
hot spring 溫泉 n.                          trail 步道
public bathhouse 公共澡堂             recreation area 遊憩區
conservation area 保育區               YangDe Boulevard 仰德大道
YangGin Highway 陽金公路            visitor center 遊客中心
YNP Headquarters 陽明山國家公園管理處
calla lily 海芋                                azaleas 杜鵑花
camellia 山茶花                             plum blossom 梅花
cherry blossom 櫻花                      maple 楓樹
black pine 黑松                             acacia confusa 相思樹
awn grass / silvergrass 芒草、五節芒
basin 盆地                                     waterfall 瀑布
sulfur crystal 硫磺結晶                    fumaroles 火山噴氣孔
active volcano  活火山                     dormant volcano  休眠火山
extinct volcano 死火山
Yangmingshan National Park
Conversation (1): Whats So Special about YNP?
David and Rafi are packing up for their trip this weekend.
Rafi: I’m so excited about our trip to YNP this weekend!
David: Calm down. It’s no big deal, okay? Nothing special about it.
Rafi: What? You must be kidding! Don’t you know that YNP is the only national park in the world so close to the urban area? We’re so lucky to live in Taipei to enjoy everything it provides, such as hot springs,  beautiful scenery, precious wildlife.
David: Wow, I didn’t realize that we’re so lucky!
Rafi: Yep. We ought to be grateful for such easy access to nature. Anyway, let’s finish packing soon so that everything will be ready for the trip.
Conversation (2): One-day Trip to YNP
Mona and Lisa are planning their trip for this coming Sunday.
Mona: Lisa. Do you have any idea about our visit to YNP this Sunday?
Lisa: Of course! Since the flowers are in bloom now, we could go look at the flowers in Yangmingshan Park in the morning. After that, we could go and pick some calla lilies at Zhuzihhu in the afternoon. If we feel exhausted after all that, we could also take a hot spring bath at Macao.
Mona: Wow, sounds like there’s a lot to do there! I can barely wait till then.
Lisa: Me, either. Let’s just pray the weather will still be fair then as it is today.
Jokes and Riddles
Yogi-isms 洋基棒球明星Yogi Berra名言錄
'Yogi Berra' (Lawrence Peter Berra) 是1940-1950 之間洋基隊的捕手。他的語言技巧遠不如他的接球技術,常以使用矛盾(oxymoron)、重複語詞(tautology)或無意義的話而貽笑大方。
1. A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.
2. The future ain't what it used to be. [1]
3. We have a good time together, even when we're not together. [2]
4. Never answer an anonymous letter.
5. Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't go to yours.[3]
6. You have to give 100% in the first half of the game. If that isn't enough, in the second half, you have to give what is left. [4]
7. At a dinner in an Italian restaurant, he was asked how many slices should be cut in his pizza, and he replied: 'You better make it four; I don't think I could eat eight'. [5]
8. If I didn't wake up I'd still be sleeping.
9. Mr Bush made a bit of a Yogi-ism himself in saying 'I am shocked to discover that over 90% of our imports come from outside America!'. [6]
[1] 1, 2都有用成語(isn’t worth a dime毫不值錢; ain’t what it used to be今非昔比)的格言,可是加了Yogi的主詞就不合理,因為比較的兩者本來就不一樣。Nickel:五分(5 cents), dime: 一毛 (10 cents or pennies)。現在的Future 本來就和過去的future不一樣。
[2] 3. interesting oxymoron (矛盾用法)
[3] 4, 5. 怎麼可能?回匿名(anonymous)信? 或期待已過世者參加葬禮。
[4] 6. to give what is left of me: 有傾力而為之意,可是之前Yogi 已經盡100%的力,所以剩下就是零。
[5] 7. Pizza 切幾片總量都是一樣。
[6] 8-9 重複用法(tautology).
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