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Caught red-handed

刊登日期: 2017.11.18
作者: Grace Tse  

You might often come across the idiom “caught red-handed” when you read crime news in the newspaper. 

Two male pickpockets were caught red-handed on a bus yesterday. 

In the news story, two men were arrested while they were stealing a wallet from a passenger’s pocket. The idiom “caught red-handed” is used to describe that someone is discovered on the spot when he or she is doing something wrong. Why are the hands red in colour? 


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Talk of the devil

刊登日期: 2017.11.11
作者: Grace Tse  

When you are chatting with your friend about another person who is not there, suddenly that person appears. 

A: I think we should ask John to lead our new project group. 

B: Yes, I agree. He is a good leader. [John unexpectedly appears.] 

A: Oh, talk of the devil! Hi John, we were just talking about you. 

The expression “talk of the devil” is the short version of the Latin(拉丁文)proverb “talk of the devil and he will appear” which originated in the Middle Ages(中世紀). 


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Bless you

刊登日期: 2017.11.04
作者: Grace Tse  

According to a study, it is normal that we sneeze several times a day. Ahhh choo! Ahhh choo! Why do we sneeze? There are many causes including a cold, reaction to dust, and pollen allergies. When someone nearby sneezes, English-speaking people say, “Bless you!” Why do they use this expression rather than “take care” to wish someone well? 


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Upper hand

刊登日期: 2017.10.28
作者: Grace Tse  

Hong Kong and Singapore always compete against each other to be the leading financial centre in Asia. In recent years, some people commented that Hong Kong has fallen behind Singapore in areas like labour productivity, innovation, and technology

While internet marketing has prospered in Hong Kong over the last ten years, it seems that Singapore continues to have the “upper hand”. 


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Beat about the bush

刊登日期: 2017.10.21
作者: Grace Tse  

One of the main functions of the Legislative Council (立法會)of Hong Kong is to monitor the work of the government. However, the expression “beat about the bush” is often heard when legislators ask the government officials to answer their questions. 

We have asked so many questions, but you have been beating about the bush. 


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Pot luck

刊登日期: 2017.10.14
作者: Grace Tse  

There are many kinds of parties for us to enjoy with our families and friends. Different parties may have different rules and etiquettes. For example, when you are invited to a birthday party, you will bring along a birthday present. Then what should you bring to a “pot luck”? 


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The straight and narrow

刊登日期: 2017.10.07
作者: Grace Tse  

Several years ago, a secondary school in Britain launched the “Straight and Narrow” project. The school recruited mentors to help students to improve their behaviour and complete their education. What message did the name of the project convey? 


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It's not rocket science

刊登日期: 2017.09.30
作者: Grace Tse  

Stephen Hawking once made a short video clip for a Swedish(瑞典)health organisation. He talked about the health problems related to obesity. At the end of the speech, he said, 

“We eat too much and move too little. … Fortunately the solution is simple: More physical activity and change in diet. It’s not rocket science.” 


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By heart

刊登日期: 2017.09.23
作者: Grace Tse  

It has been almost a month since the new academic year began. Most of you might have been very busy with homework and tests. What is the best way of learning which you have experienced so far? Practice, discussion and summarisation, etc.? One of the most common learning techniques is to study “by heart”. 


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Eager Beaver

刊登日期: 2017.09.16
作者: Grace Tse  

Your school headteacher is planning to run a house system to enhance the sense of identity and belonging in the school. Each of you will be allocated to one of the four new houses and take part in inter-house sports and music activities and competitions. You are asked to suggest some English names for these houses. What do you think about the following name? 

Eager Beaver House 

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