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Like a dog with two tails

刊登日期: 2018.02.10
作者: Grace Tse  

Around this time of the year, most Chinese families have already begun their preparations for the celebration of the Year of the Dog. What does the dog as a Chinese zodiac animal sign mean? In Chinese culture, the dog symbolises loyalty and honesty. As “man’s best friends”, dogs are one of the most popular pets in the world. Since dogs are so close to human beings, there are many English idioms about dogs. A funny one is “like a dog with two tails”.


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The world is one's oyster

刊登日期: 2018.02.03
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Hong Kong is well-known for its seafood cuisine. Which seafood would you recommend to tourists? Crabs, prawns or scallops? Oysters may be one of the most popular choices. No wonder many local restaurants specialise in oyster dishes. Apart from these edible oysters, some species produce valuable pearls


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An arm and a leg

刊登日期: 2018.01.27
作者: Grace Tse  

A travel guide website advises foreign tourists that if they want to make a fantastic trip to Hong Kong, they should go to cooked food centres rather than high-end restaurants, which will charge them an arm and a leg. 

Why is the idiom “an arm and a leg” used to mean extremely expensive? Its origins are not certain. However, most scholars believe that it is an American phrase. When the idiom first appeared in a newspaper in the USA in 1924, it was slightly different.


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Hot Potato

刊登日期: 2018.01.20
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S o m e H o n g K o n g n e w s commentators have described the co-location arrangement(一地兩檢) for the high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and Guangzhou as a “hot potato” for the HKSAR government. Imagine that you are taking a baked potato out of an oven without using any oven gloves. What would you feel? You would groan with pain because the heat is burning your fingers. 


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It’s all Greek to me

刊登日期: 2018.01.13
作者: Grace Tse  

From childhood, Hong Kong students learn to speak English and Putonghua on top of their mother tongue, Cantonese. Some even learn an additional foreign language such as French, German or Japanese. Which language do you find hardest to learn? A survey listed Chinese, Arabic(阿拉伯文), Vietnamese(越南文), Thai(泰文)and Icelandic(冰島文)as the five most difficult languages to learn in the world. 


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Keep the ball rolling

刊登日期: 2018.01.06
作者: Grace Tse  

Time flies! This is the Year of 2018! What is your New Year’s resolution? Getting higher grades at school, doing more housework, or developing a good habit? A lot of people said that it is easy to make a resolution, but it is hard to “keep the ball rolling”. 


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A Scrooge

刊登日期: 2017.12.23
作者: Grace Tse  

Today is Christmas Eve. In the Western countries, children will put their Christmas stockings by their bedposts or fireplaces before going to bed. With excitement, they hope that Santa Claus(or Father Christmas)will fill their stockings with toys and sweets. What does Santa Claus, as a legendary figure, represent? While this jolly old man with a red suit and a white beard symbolises kindness, generosity and warmth, another well-known fictional figure carries the opposite meaning. 

He is such a Scrooge that he never wants to help the poor. 


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Don’t judge a book by its cover

刊登日期: 2017.12.16
作者: Grace Tse  

When you go to the library, how do you select a new book which you want to borrow? Some people simply look for the books written by their favourite authors. Some may choose the books which have attractive titles and colourful covers. When they take the books home, they find the books surprisingly boring. Therefore, a proverb advises us: 


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The early bird catches the worm

刊登日期: 2017.12.09
作者: Grace Tse  

As the Christmas holiday is approaching, some travel agents have already offered special tour packages to attract customers. 

The early bird catches the worm! Get the cheapest flight tickets to Europe if you book before 15th December. 

The saying, “the early bird catches the worm”, appeared in Britain as early as the 17th century. Its alternative form is “the early bird gets the worm”. 


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Doggy bag

刊登日期: 2017.12.02
作者: Grace Tse  

Hong Kong is renowned in the world as a food paradise. There are many different kinds of restaurants which attract both tourists and local citizens. When was the last time you dined at a restaurant? Were you able to eat up all the food? 

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