Gossiping with body language 英語小教室 ~ 公司裡閒聊是非

We all use body language from time to time when we speak, but there's another type of 'body language' in spoken English that non-natives may find quite amusing. 在外資公司工作的你 ,或者如果常常跟外國人打交道,會否經常聽到外國人談話時都有提及身體上各部位,但又不明白他們說什麼? This is where different parts of the body are embedded in the speech, such as Give someone a cold shoulder, Breath down my neck or... Continue Reading →

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My Fitbit watch 智慧型健身手錶

A couple of years ago I got a Fitbit tracker. Apart from my mobile phone, I am not a big fan of gadgets, yet I found this little gadget made quite a big difference to my daily life. 平時除了手機外,我一直都不是電子小玩意的粉絲。但大概兩年前,我第一次擁有智慧型健身手錶。 In my old company, they used to reward employees with points which were given out as... Continue Reading →

英語小教室 ~ 如何正確唸英國地方名字  How to pronounce English place names like a local

學英文說難不難,說易不易(其實這句話真有點廢😕)。 For non native English speakers, speaking English isn't always as simple as it seems.  學懂拼音就很容易,難就難在同一個字母或一串字母,在不同的字裡發音可能不一樣。例如 wait 跟 fair 兩個生字都有 ai,但發音就不一樣。反而 wait 跟 weight 串法不同,但發音卻一樣。 You would think that if you learn the phonetic alphabet, it should be quite easy. That's true to a certain extent, until you come across words that are spelt similarly... Continue Reading →

My Chinese wedding dress Qun Gua 我結婚的龍鳳裙褂

For the Chinese, the traditional colour for wedding is red. This signifies prosperity, good luck and happiness. Today I want to introduce you to the traditional Chinese wedding dress. It is called the Qun Gua or sometimes simply the gua. 在中國婚禮上,傳統顏色是紅色。這代表吉祥,也讓人想起歡欣,富貴與榮華。 今天我向大家介紹中國傳統的婚嫁服飾,也是紅色的,是龍鳳裙褂,簡單一點可以叫褂。   裙褂歷史The history The gua originates from the Manchus, an ethnic minority in... Continue Reading →

Basildon Park 巴斯爾登莊園

In England there are many beautiful grand houses dating back to a few hundred years ago that are open to the public. Visiting them, takes you back to yesteryears granduer, and you can try to imagine how the aristocrats lived in those days. Today I am going to take you to Basildon Park. 在英國有非常多漂亮宏偉老宅,當中很多還會開放給公眾參觀。 這些老宅一般都有好幾百年歷史,置身其中就像走進時光隧道,可以感受一下以前貴族的生活。今天我會帶大家去參加觀巴斯爾登莊園。... Continue Reading →

祝大家有個愉快的週末!   Have a great weekend!

以前在英國時,房子旁有一個陽台屬於公眾地分。其他住戶很少去,所以它好像變成我們的私家戶外陽台。 We used to live in a block of flats in London which had a terrace next to our flat.  It's part of the communual area but nobody uses it so it became like our own private area. 我們經常在天氣好時,搬出桌子及野餐椅子,調一杯雞美酒 (家裡沒酒杯,米奇老鼠應該不會介意吧!),慢慢享受一個悠閒的下午。 Every now and then on a nice summer day we would bring out a table... Continue Reading →

My protest at work over a movie 為看電影在公司的抗爭

I like watching movies, but the cheapskate in me isn't always willing to spend money on the tickets.  When I was still in England, I found a free movie preview scheme which is right up my street. 我蠻喜歡看電影,但又不太捨得花錢購票。在英國,長期有個免費看電影的活動,就最適合我這些無聊的小氣鬼。 I don't know who organises this, but every now and then somebody will post a code on a... Continue Reading →

Big Ben 大笨鍾

Anyone who has been to London would certainly have been to Big Ben, and very likely have heard her famous chime. 去過倫敦的朋友一定去過大笨鐘,更很可能聽過她著名的鐘聲。 Today Big Ben 'donged' for the last time at noon time as it prepares for a major restoration.  The restoration will cost £30m /NTD1.2bn, and will take up to four years. The entire... Continue Reading →

Dreams 夢想

Recently the A level results were released in the UK.  For those who don't know A Levels stands for Advanced Level exams and are public exams taken by students in the UK to enter university.  Often the A level results can make or break one's dreams. 最近英國高考 A level 放榜。這是英國入大學的公開試,成績可能會決定一個人可否達成人生夢想。 What about my own dream?  To... Continue Reading →

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