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It’s all Greek to me

刊登日期: 2018.01.13
作者: Grace Tse  

From childhood, Hong Kong students learn to speak English and Putonghua on top of their mother tongue, Cantonese. Some even learn an additional foreign language such as French, German or Japanese. Which language do you find hardest to learn? A survey listed Chinese, Arabic(阿拉伯文), Vietnamese(越南文), Thai(泰文)and Icelandic(冰島文)as the five most difficult languages to learn in the world. 


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Keep the ball rolling

刊登日期: 2018.01.06
作者: Grace Tse  

Time flies! This is the Year of 2018! What is your New Year’s resolution? Getting higher grades at school, doing more housework, or developing a good habit? A lot of people said that it is easy to make a resolution, but it is hard to “keep the ball rolling”. 


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A Scrooge

刊登日期: 2017.12.23
作者: Grace Tse  

Today is Christmas Eve. In the Western countries, children will put their Christmas stockings by their bedposts or fireplaces before going to bed. With excitement, they hope that Santa Claus(or Father Christmas)will fill their stockings with toys and sweets. What does Santa Claus, as a legendary figure, represent? While this jolly old man with a red suit and a white beard symbolises kindness, generosity and warmth, another well-known fictional figure carries the opposite meaning. 

He is such a Scrooge that he never wants to help the poor. 


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Don’t judge a book by its cover

刊登日期: 2017.12.16
作者: Grace Tse  

When you go to the library, how do you select a new book which you want to borrow? Some people simply look for the books written by their favourite authors. Some may choose the books which have attractive titles and colourful covers. When they take the books home, they find the books surprisingly boring. Therefore, a proverb advises us: 


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The early bird catches the worm

刊登日期: 2017.12.09
作者: Grace Tse  

As the Christmas holiday is approaching, some travel agents have already offered special tour packages to attract customers. 

The early bird catches the worm! Get the cheapest flight tickets to Europe if you book before 15th December. 

The saying, “the early bird catches the worm”, appeared in Britain as early as the 17th century. Its alternative form is “the early bird gets the worm”. 


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Doggy bag

刊登日期: 2017.12.02
作者: Grace Tse  

Hong Kong is renowned in the world as a food paradise. There are many different kinds of restaurants which attract both tourists and local citizens. When was the last time you dined at a restaurant? Were you able to eat up all the food? 


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Get out of bed on the wrong side

刊登日期: 2017.11.25
作者: Grace Tse  

All of us want to start our day in a good mood. What helps you begin your day in a happy way? According to a survey, some people said that the way they got out of bed in the morning could affect their mood. Thus, when people are tired and grouchy, their friends will say, 

“Did you get out of bed on the wrong side?” 


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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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