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Burn the candle at both ends

刊登日期: 2018.06.22
作者: Grace Tse  

In Hong Kong, primary schools usually hold their final exams in mid-June. How do you prepare for the exam? During the revision weeks, most of you might get up early and stay up late. To get good results, it is common for students to burn the candle at both ends during this time. 

In current usage, the idiom “burn the candle at both ends” means that a person works or does too many things from early morning until late at night and gets very tired. It original meaning was entirely different when it was first used in the 18th century. 


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A dead ringer

刊登日期: 2018.06.15
作者: Grace Tse  

In both Cantonese and English, a phrase is commonly used to describe a close resemblance between two people, particularly between a child and his or her parents. While Cantonese-speaking people use “cake mould”(餅印), English-speaking people use “a dead ringer”. 

Anna is a dead ringer for her father. 


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Tie the knot

刊登日期: 2018.06.08
作者: Grace Tse  

A couple of weeks ago, the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place at Windsor Castle in England. People around the world were attracted by the spectacular event. Did you watch the ceremony as the pair tied the knot? 


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Long in the tooth

刊登日期: 2018.06.01
作者: Grace Tse  

How can we know that someone is old without directly asking about his or her age? Some physical signs, such as grey hair and wrinkles, might help. Since teeth are also a sign of ageing, some people think that the idiom “long in the tooth”, which means old age, refers to human teeth. 

She is a bit long in the tooth (老;年紀大)to do disco dancing. 


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Mother Tongue

刊登日期: 2018.05.25
作者: Grace Tse  

In recent months, there has been a lot of heated debate about whether Cantonese is the mother tongue of Hong Kong people. 

According to the book “The Use of Vernacular Languages in Education” published by the United Nations, mother tongue refers to the language which a person acquires in early years and which normally becomes his or her natural instrument of thought and communication. In other words, mother tongue is a first language which we learn from birth and master in our daily lives. So what is your mother tongue? 


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Castles in the air

刊登日期: 2018.05.18
作者: Grace Tse  

Young people are always encouraged to have aspirations about their futures. What is your aspiration? Can you make it a reality? While some people think that a high ambition can boost young people’s motivation to work hard, some are concerned that having a grand aspiration is simply building “castles in the air”. 


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Mother Nature

刊登日期: 2018.05.11
作者: Grace Tse  

Mother Nature

 

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in Hong Kong. Have you got any ideas for celebrating this special day with your mum? As we all know, the basic meaning of the word “mother” is the woman who gave birth to a child. In many cultures, this form of address is used to describe a quality that protects or nurtures something. Back in ancient times, the meaning of this term was extended to become a personification of nature. 


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Every cloud a silver lining

刊登日期: 2018.05.04
作者: Grace Tse  

Even though we are not weath e r forecasters, we can make simple predictions about the weather by looking at the clouds in the sky. White clouds mean that the weather is fine, but they turn grey before it rains. Since we are closely related to the natural world, we tend to make use of nature to describe our feelings about life in a philosophical way. 

Don’t feel upset that you lost in the competition. Every cloud has a silver lining. 


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One-trick pony

刊登日期: 2018.04.27
作者: Grace Tse  

An investment weekly magazine writer is concerned that Hong Kong is becoming a one-trick pony because it is heavily dependent on the financial sector. 

The expression “one-trick pony” describes someone or something that has only one skill or expertise. In other words, the writer thinks that Hong Kong is limited to only one capability, which is financial services. 


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Red carpet

刊登日期: 2018.04.21
作者: Grace Tse  

The 90th Academy Awards( commonly known as the Oscars) ceremony was held in Hollywood(荷里活), the USA, seven weeks ago. The Oscars(奧斯卡金像獎) are seen as the most prestigious awards in the film industry. Celebrities, such as actors, actresses and directors, all dress up in the most glamorous way to walk on the 50,000-square-foot red carpet. 

Workers roll out the red carpet for the star-studded show. 

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