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Encore

刊登日期: 2020.06.26
作者: Grace Tse  

At a concert, when you love a song very much, what do you do to show your praise? The audience normally gives much applause by clapping their hands. Some even stand up cheering and shouting,“Encore! Encore!” 

The English word“encore”was originally a French word, which means“still, again, furthermore”. Do look up the internet and find out its pronunciation. It might have also come from the Italian word“ancora”. 


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The benefit of the doubt

刊登日期: 2020.06.19
作者: Grace Tse  

Do you like legal drama series? They are popular because people enjoy watching how the detectives solve the crime mysteries, the debates between the lawyers in the courtrooms, and the tension between law and justice. It is from these exciting courtroom scenes that you have learned some legal terms including“the benefit of the doubt”(疑點利益). 


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The best thing since sliced bread

刊登日期: 2020.06.12
作者: Grace Tse  

Bread is a very important staple food in many parts of the world. While the earliest bread was made more than 22,000 years ago, sliced bread is a fairly new invention. 

The first commercial bread slicing machine was invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder in 1928. A jeweller as well as an optometrist, Rohwedder used his skills to develop an automatic bread slicer. He sold it to the Chillicothe Baking Company. 


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Quarantine

刊登日期: 2020.06.05
作者: Grace Tse  

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, the world has adopted various measures to combat the spread of the disease. Can you describe some public health measures which the Hong Kong government has implemented ? Examples include quarantining patients in hospitals; converting holiday camps and public housing estates into quarantine facilities; and requiring travellers from overseas to go into quarantine for fourteen days. 


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Leap year

刊登日期: 2020.03.06
作者: Grace Tse  

If you have a look at this year's calendar, what date is the last day of February ? It is the 29th of February. While the month of February normally has 28 days, this year's February has 29 days. This extra day is called a leap day and this year, 2020, is called a leap year. 


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Wash one's hands of

刊登日期: 2020.02.21
作者: Grace Tse  

The outbreak of novel coronavirus, which originated in China, is affecting at least 27 other countries around the world. To prevent the spread of this outbreak, the World Health Organisation has recommended some basic protective measures. One piece of their advice is to wash our hands frequently. 

If we add the preposition "of" after "wash one's hands", the entire phrase will become an idiomatic expression with a new meaning. 


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Walls have ears

刊登日期: 2020.02.07
作者: Grace Tse  

Several years ago, a news channel in Europe reported,“In the smart city of Santander the walls have ears.”Did the walls in this Spanish(西班牙)city have“real” ears? Researchers planned to use acoustic infrastructure to improve the lives of Spanish people. For example, this smart system could measure the noise levels on the streets and change the traffic lights so that an ambulance could get to the hospital faster. Although some people were concerned about privacy, researchers responded that no personal conversations would be recorded. 


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Play cat and mouse

刊登日期: 2020.01.17
作者: Grace Tse  

Around this time, we see a lot of red and golden decorations inside and outside the shopping malls all over Hong Kong. Some express auspicious Chinese phrases while some are beautifully crafted ornaments in the shape of a cute animal. All of these remind us that the Year of the Rat or the Year of the Mouse is coming very soon. 


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Pour oil on troubled waters

刊登日期: 2020.01.10
作者: Grace Tse  

According to scientists, an oil spill in the sea is one of the worst forms of pollution. Oil cannot dissolve in water and forms a thick layer in the water which suffocates fish and stops marine birds from flying. In 2004, a hurricane toppled an oil rig into the Gulf of Mexico(墨西哥海灣)in the USA. The oil is still leaking and it is the longest ongoing oil spill in USA history. 

What is your understanding of the expression “pour oil onto troubled waters”in the following sentence? Did John make the situation better or worse? 


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A new lease of life

刊登日期: 2020.01.03
作者: Grace Tse  

Happy New Year ! Did you achieve your last year's New Year's resolution? Whether you have accomplished it or not, it is now a good time to reflect on the previous year and look at the beginning of the year of 2020 as a new lease of life. 

A lease is a contract by which you pay money in order to use a flat, a vehicle, or a service for a specified period of time. Thus, a new lease of life suggests that a new period of life, like a property, is given to you once again. 

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