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Chinese New Year Preparations

刊登日期: 2013.02.03
作者: Grace Tse  

Next Sunday will be the first day of the Chinese New Year (or "Spring Festival"). Every family is having a hectic week getting the big day ready. Chinese New Year is the most important festival among Chinese people, while Christmas is the most important one in the Western world. Then how do Chinese people prepare for the Chinese New Year? 


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Christian Names

刊登日期: 2013.01.27
作者: Grace Tse  

It is very common for Hong Kong people to have an English name. Do you have one? What is its origin? In Western countries, a given name is often called a Christian name or a baptismal name. Strictly speaking, a Christian name is a name given to a child at baptism. 


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Drinks

刊登日期: 2013.01.20
作者: Grace Tse  

During Christmas, Tommy and his parents visited London. One afternoon, they dined at a pizza restaurant. His parents ordered a kid's menu, which included a salad, a main meal and a drink, for Tommy. Tommy read the drink menu (below), but had no idea what to choose because he had never seen the words "squash", "spring water" and "fizzy drinks" before. In the end, he chose orange juice. 

DRINKS

Fresh milk

Fruit juice (orange or apple)


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What is your name?

刊登日期: 2013.01.13
作者: Grace Tse  


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Christmas Preparations

刊登日期: 2012.12.16
作者: Grace Tse  

 

Jingle all the way‭.‬

Oh‭! ‬What fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh‭.‬


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Bath Time

刊登日期: 2012.12.09
作者: Grace Tse  

 

 “It’s bath time.” You might hear this reminder from your mother’s mouth every evening. Having regular baths is part of personal hygiene. Do you find bath time enjoyable? When do you normally have a bath?


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The United States Dollar

刊登日期: 2012.12.02
作者: Grace Tse  

As you may know, the currency most used in the world is the United States Dollar ("USD" or "US$" in short). It is also called the "US Dollar" or "American Dollar". Like Hong Kong Dollar, the US Dollar is divided into 100 cents. 

In everyday English, you may hear American people use the word "bucks" as in, "Can I borrow 30 bucks from you?" What does "bucks" refer to? American people use this word to refer to "dollars" in a very informal way. 


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Number 0

刊登日期: 2012.11.25
作者: Grace Tse  

 One day, while Betty's parents were out, Betty received a phone call from a foreigner. The foreigner asked her, "This is John's speaking. Could you please tell your mother to ring me back? My telephone number is two-eight-o-three-o-five-o-nine. Thanks a lot." Imagine you were Betty, what would you write down on the notepad? Could you figure out what the letter "o" means?


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Swimming

刊登日期: 2012.11.18
作者: Grace Tse  

 

 Swimming is great fun for children and it provides a lot of mental and physical benefits. Children love to swim at the swimming pool or the beach. Where do you usually swim? In Britain, an indoor public swimming pool or a building that contains such a pool can be called a “swimming bath”. When you were very small, your parents might have taken you to a paddling pool (“wading pool” in American English) which is a shallow pool for children to play in.


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Movies

刊登日期: 2012.11.11
作者: Grace Tse  

Children love movies. They can have a good time and expand their horizons by watching movies. While the word "movie" is commonly used in the USA, it is informally used in Britain. A movie is called a "film" in Britain. As a movie is a series of moving images, it is also called a "motion picture" in American English. 

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