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Take the bull by the horns

刊登日期: 2019.12.06
作者: Grace Tse  

What are the differences between a bull and a cow ? A bull is the mature male of the species “cattle”. It is more muscular and aggressive than the female of the species, the cow. The bulls typically grow horns. If they see you as a threat, they may injure you. When farmers want to control a bull, they will grab its horns and then pull it to the ground. 


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Comfort food

刊登日期: 2019.11.29
作者: Grace Tse  

We all know that food is an essential thing because it provides human beings with the nutrients and energy to grow. Food is not only necessary for our body's health but also beneficial to our mental well-being. Thus, some people take “comfort food” to make themselves feel better when they are in a bad mood. The authoritative Oxford English Dictionary added a definition for this modern term in 1997: 


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Shrinking violet

刊登日期: 2019.11.22
作者: Grace Tse  

Flowers are often used to describe people's personalities. What does a flower say about you? Which flower will you choose to represent you? What does it mean if someone says that you are a shrinking violet? 


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The ball is in someone's court

刊登日期: 2019.11.15
作者: Grace Tse  

The trade war between China and the United States has been ongoing for more than a year. While both countries are negotiating a deal, you may hear the following comments made by either side from time to time. 

USA’s delegate: “The ball is in China’s court.” 

China’s delegate: “The ball is in the United States’ court.” 


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Under the weather

刊登日期: 2019.11.08
作者: Grace Tse  

If an English-speaking friend tells you that he is under the weather, does it mean that he is standing under the sky ? At that moment, is the weather rainy, sunny or windy ? 

I don’t want to play football with you this morning. I’m feeling a bit under the weather. 

“Under the weather”is a popular idiom which describes someone who is feeling unwell or in low spirits

It is hard to complete a big project on time when you are under the weather. 


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Cliffhanger

刊登日期: 2019.11.01
作者: Grace Tse  

Do you love TV detective drama series? Since there is a “cliffhanger” at the end of each episode, people stay at home every evening, waiting anxiously to discover what will happen next. 


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In seventh heaven

刊登日期: 2019.10.25
作者: Grace Tse  

While many of you are excited to have fun on Halloween(萬聖節)on the 31st of October, few of you know much about All Saints' Day(諸聖節)and All Souls' Day (追思已亡節)held respectively on 1st and 2nd of November. 

Traditionally, Christians come together to ask for God's blessing to protect them from evil on Halloween, to remind themselves to live as saints on All Saints' Day, and to offer prayers to the souls of the deceased in purgatory so that they can go to heaven. What does heaven actually look like? 


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Swings and roundabouts

刊登日期: 2019.10.18
作者: Grace Tse  

A recent study on exercise habits of youngsters found that recreational playground equipment rather than newer toys or gadgets make children healthier. How often do you visit a playground? What is your favourite equipment, the slide, swing or roundabout? 

Miss Lau has given us an extension to finish the history project, but she wants us to use more charts and pictures. So, it is swings and roundabouts. 


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A bed of roses

刊登日期: 2019.10.11
作者: Grace Tse  

The rose is considered the most popular flower in the world because of its beauty and fragrance. People buy roses for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions. What are the other uses of roses? They can be used as perfume, food and drink.


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All that glitters is not gold

刊登日期: 2019.10.04
作者: Grace Tse  

An English expression says that all that glitters is not gold. This short witty sentence is true because apart from gold, a lot of other materials can produce small, bright flashes of reflected light, particularly under the sun. Can you name some of these materials? 

Metaphorically,“all that glitters is not gold”implies that someone who looks nice could be actually bad. 

My parents always tell me to be cautious about making new friends because all that glitters is not gold. 

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