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A rolling stone gathers no moss

刊登日期: 2020.10.16
作者: Grace Tse  

A survey found that young adults aged 25 to 34 switch jobs after less than four years, while over-55s stay in the same job for more than seven years before moving on. While most of the young interviewees think that changing jobs may bring them better prospects, some career consultants advise them to make careful decisions because " a rolling stone gathers no moss " . 


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In the limelight

刊登日期: 2020.10.09
作者: Grace Tse  

In mid-September, Yoshihide Suga was in the limelight of the international news because he was elected to be the new Prime Minister of Japan. Who has been in the limelight recently ? 

The idiom " in the limelight " means being the focus of public attention. The first part of the word 

" limelight " , which has nothing to do with the lime fruit, is a chemical compound called calcium oxide. 


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Thick-skinned

刊登日期: 2020.10.02
作者: Grace Tse  

How do you normally react when you are being criticised? If you appear to be unaffected by these unpleasant comments, you might be described as a " thick-skinned " person

The word " thick-skinned " is nearly 500 years old. When it was first used in the middle of the 16th century, it meant that someone has a thick skin like a plant and fruit, which has a thick outer coat or peel. 


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Seesaw

刊登日期: 2020.09.25
作者: Grace Tse  

See Saw Margery Daw

Johnny shall have a new master   

He shall have but a penny a day   

Because he can't work any faster. 

Have you ever listened to this nursery rhyme? "See Saw Margery Daw ", a traditional playground song, was published in London in the 18th century. Some scholars have suggested that it is the origin of the word "seesaw ". 


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Internet

刊登日期: 2020.09.18
作者: Grace Tse  

Since late January, Hong Kong schools have been closed on and off due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. Thanks to the invention of the internet, teachers and students are able to interact through online classrooms. What is your experience of remote learning


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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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