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April showers bring May flowers

刊登日期: 2019.04.12
作者: Grace Tse  

What is the weather like in April in Hong Kong? Warm, humid and foggy? In Britain, April is typically a wet and soggy month. However, British weather is so unpredictable that even the month of April in early spring can change from rainy to snowy within a day. That is why British people like to talk about the weather in their daily conversations. 

Young British children may hear their grandparents say, “April showers bring flowers in May”, to encourage them not to be disappointed but to look forward to brighter and sunny weather with optimistic hope. 


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Live on the breadline

刊登日期: 2019.04.05
作者: Grace Tse  

Recently, an international survey has shown that Hong Kong is now as expensive to live in as Paris and Singapore. The high cost of living is causing hardship for people who “live on the breadline”. These poor people survive on very low incomes or live at subsistence level. 

The word “breadline” (originally “bread line”) comes from a queue of people waiting to receive bread or other food distributed as charity in the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century. 


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Toe the line

刊登日期: 2019.03.29
作者: Grace Tse  

All schools have a set of rules on school attendance, students’ behaviour and homework. Are school rules necessary? Since they can discipline students and maintain the quality of the learning environment, students are advised to “toe the line”(循規蹈矩). 

The idiom “toe the line” means “conform to expected standards and attitudes”. Literally, the word “toe” functions as a verb which means “touch with one’s toe”. 


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A fish out of water

刊登日期: 2019.03.22
作者: Grace Tse  

On the 22nd of March, the United Nations (UN) celebrated the annual World Water Day. This year, the UN focuses on tackling the water crisis among people who have been marginalised so that no one is left without safe water. 


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MIDAS TOUCH

刊登日期: 2019.03.15
作者: Grace Tse  

Imagine one day God told you, “As you have done some good deeds, I will grant you a wish.” What would your wish be? 

In Greek(希臘)mythology, Midas was a rich king who lived in a castle with his daughter. One day, the old, drunken teacher of the god Dionysus got lost near the castle. Midas found him and treated him with hospitality. When Midas took the teacher back to the god, the god was so pleased that he rewarded the king with a wish. 


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Long time no see

刊登日期: 2019.03.08
作者: Grace Tse  

How do you normally greet someone who you have not seen for some time? Examples include “How are you?” “How is everything?” “Long time no see.” Out of these three commonly-used fixed expressions, do you find the last one ungrammatical in the English language? 

It is true that the casual greeting “long time no see”(or “long time, no see”)is not formed of a complete sentence structure. Scholars have tried hard to find the origin of this informal expression. 


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Propose a toast

刊登日期: 2019.03.01
作者: Grace Tse  

The Academy Awards (or “Oscars”「奧斯卡金像獎」) ceremony for the film industry took place last Sunday. The post-awards party was held to celebrate the fantastic winners. In the star-studded party, the host said, 

“I’d like to propose a toast to our winners. Cheers !” 

In the English language, to “propose a toast” (or “make a toast”) is to request those present in the occasion to wish someone good health, happiness and success by raising their glasses of alcoholic drink. 


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Make a mountain out of a molehill

刊登日期: 2019.02.22
作者: Grace Tse  

Have you ever wondered why people get into an argument or a fight with a stranger in public? Sometimes the causes are very trivial, such as sitting in the wrong seats on a train, being stared at in the street or being bumped into on a crowded bus. Psychologists are interested to find out why people tend to over-react or “make a mountain out of a molehill”. 


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A Rough Diamond

刊登日期: 2019.02.15
作者: Grace Tse  

In 2017, the Lesedi la Rona, the largest rough diamond found in more than a century, was sold for US$53 million to a London jewellery company. After a year of analysis, the company has turned the rough gemstone into at least sixty smaller valuable diamonds. 

When a newly-discovered diamond is in its natural state, it is called “a rough diamond”. This expression can be used metaphorically to describe a person. 

Polly is a rough diamond(有潛質而未經琢磨的人). If you give her good training, she will become a capable actress. 


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Pigs might fly

刊登日期: 2019.01.25
作者: Grace Tse  

Chinese people around the world will shortly be celebrating the Year of the Pig. What does the Pig, the twelfth sign of the Chinese zodiac, symbolise? The Pig represents good fortune and wealth during Chinese New Year. 

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