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Your Contemporary Adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel"

四月 19, 2010

Before you revise “Hansel and Gretel" from a contemporary/modern perspective with no less than 120 words, never forget to adhere to the following regulations governing the elements of literature, which we discussed in details in today’s seminar course:
Characters
Setting
Narrative Point of View
Plot
Conflict
Theme
Style
Tone

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英文口語贅字+容易誤解的英文俚語

四月 16, 2010

This meaningful unit is intended to usher in an introduction of English superfluous words and phrases (pet phrases and fillers) which add nothing either to the meaning or to the color of a sentence and should be ruthlessly cut from our oral and written compositions. Not merely that, it also introduces the most easily misunderstood English slangy expressions, which cause great bafflement and puzzlement for students.

“No Likes"消除No. 1英文口語贅字
2010-04-17 工商時報【By Lily 彭】
 很多人都有口頭禪,像歐巴馬的“let me be clear”(讓我講清楚),雷根總統說話習慣前先來一個“Well”,然後半秒鐘停頓。
 小布希則愛說:Make no mistake about it(可別弄錯了!)讓人想起西部牛仔在說話。這些都慢慢形成一個人說話的風格。
 大部份口頭禪很短,是發語詞,像“um”, “er”, “ah”, 也有像“you know”、“like”這類字沒有意思,功能是讓語氣順暢,一氣呵成不中斷。
 美國年輕人用“like”這個字眼,經常已經到浮濫地步,有人覺得講話裡少了像“like”這樣的過渡字,就像赤裸裸站在別人面前,不自在(Your speech might feel “naked” without the word “like” to fill in gaps.)。但過度使用這些無意義的字,真的讓人反感。
 美國有一個機構叫Academy of Linguistic Awareness曾經發起一個“Don’t sound stupid, stop saying like”的運動。整天把like掛在嘴上,真像個白癡?Like的流行始於加州南部,後來遍及北美,年輕人用得太誇張了。
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漫談荷馬(Homer’s Trojan War/Odyssey/Iliad)的神話西遊典故教學

四月 13, 2010

I know that some of you have acquired some relevant Troy-oriented knowledge from your reference book/outside reading material entitled Reading Classic. Related Greek mythology allusions rendered are listed below:Odyssey, Scylla and Charybdis,between a rock and a hard place, Cassandra, and Achilles’ heel. These classical allusions are explicated in clearer details. Granted, there’re still some other allusions listed in the following without any explanation, but don’t worry because I’ll seize an opportunity to introduce them one by one at my earliest convenience.
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2010-04-13
【明報專訊】希臘的神話和文學作品蘊藏許多典故,荷馬史詩Odyssey(中譯《奧德賽》)的主角Odysseus(拉丁名為Ulysses),乃特洛伊戰爭中希臘聯軍的「諸葛亮」,木馬屠城的計謀就是由他想出來。不過,因為他得罪了海神,所以在凱旋返國途中遭遇海難,歷險10年才輾轉回到家裏。《奧德賽》敍述Odysseus漂流期間的旅程,所見所聞神奇如我國的《西遊記》,後來Odysseus或Ulysses就成為遊歷者的代名詞。

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畢恆達:女人不美就沒有價值?+短褲事件 校園民主的一課

四月 4, 2010

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文/畢恆達(作者為台大建築與城鄉研究所副教授)
2009年5月 Cheers雜誌
穿過校園的海報走廊,只見美腿林立。法律之夜的海報是一雙穿著絲襪與高跟鞋的美腿,裙擺以上不見。工科之夜是一雙穿紅色高跟鞋的美腿沿階梯走下,短裙以上不見;宣傳詞寫著「學長幫你寫功課」。是女同學只要長得好看,打扮漂亮來參加舞會,功課自然會有男學長代勞嗎?森林之夜則是穿高跟鞋的裸女剪影。這裡的女性身體,或者遭切割,或者缺少互動的主體。大學生尚且喜歡使用女體(部位)來進行宣傳,讓人不由想起為電玩打廣告、為職棒開球的瑤瑤。
When can we eliminate the notion of misogyny, the hatred or contempt of women and girls, embedded in our patriarchy? Ever since the age of Socrates, who maintained that the courage of a man was shown in commanding, while that of a woman was shown in obeying, misogyny has lingered long over how a man stereotypes or exercises violence against a woman. Perhaps, rarely do you witness the cases of misogyny in reality because the modern society, swayed by the concept of feminism and queer identity politics, is supposed to emphasize/assert gender equity instead of gender discrimination or bias. Nevertheless, misogyny is symbolically represented or semiotically constructed in this ambiguous patriarchal status quo, which accounts for why we’d better be more alert to or critical of basic concepts, history, industry, practices, and controversies surrounding our cultural texts or mass media.

社會看待女體標準嚴苛
瑤瑤與舒舒能夠瞬時成為街談巷議的主角,部份由於有媒體趁機假藉報導新聞之名,行刊載女體之實。對此事件輿論有幾種說法。
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No Politics! Let’s Talk in English!

三月 27, 2010

The following is an excerpt of the article entitled “The KMT as its own worst enemy," written by analyst Bruce Warden of Hong Kong-based Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA) Asia-Pacific Markets, a brokerage and investment group. Due to this political analysis, it sparkled contradictory debates or barbs over English learning and translation problems. For example, “The 2012 Presidential election is the KMT’s to lose." is translated by The Liberty Times into “國民黨2012年會敗選." But Hong Kong-based Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA) Asia-Pacific Markets insists that the accurate translation is supposed to be “國民黨應能贏得2012大選,除非自亂陣腳." (more…)

Your Online Writing Homework: Describe Your Ideal Room

三月 26, 2010

In describing your ideal room, never forget to write according to the following structure. If you disobey this writing rule, your composition may end up as a disaster. Beware!

Describe Your Ideal Room
A. General Descriptions:(Location/Size/Color)
B. Specific Descriptions:
What is on one wall/on the opposite wall?
Is there anything else on the other walls?
Where is the door?
Where are your furnishings (positions)?
Is there anything else in your ideal room?
C. 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范家銘: The Prince of Oral Interpretation

三月 24, 2010

師大翻譯所專任教師 范家銘 接受Cheers雜誌專訪 (點閱完整訪談)
范家銘 台灣師範大學翻譯研究所講師、專業口譯員
做好將語言當謀生工具的準備
Cheers 特刊25號,2010年最佳研究所指南,2009/9,頁230-231。

「口譯就是一種技巧,而研究所就是在訓練這個種技巧,平時要花很多的時間練習。」而經過嚴格的訓練與審查考試之後,才可以開始口譯的生活,「但那才是另一個考驗的開始,因為市場接不接受你是另一個問題」。
Provided that you’re interested in the field of oral interpretation and translation, please read the following inserted article closely instead of browsing/flicking through it.

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99學年度學科能力測驗英文考科作文題佳作

三月 20, 2010

英文作文為4格漫畫,前三格是有人在麵店吃麵,忘記帶走一包東西,麵店老闆打開發現是一袋錢,最後1格則是個大問號,由考生自己發揮。

英文故事各有不同,有的甚至以一個平凡的袋子自述,被發了財的主人丟在小吃店,也有將原本要買鑽戒給老婆當禮物的錢丟了,創意十足。

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Marina Tse and The Challenges of American Culture and Language

三月 17, 2010

華裔美人張曼君:異國求職要融入文化

【聯合晚報╱記者劉開元/台北報導】 2010.03.14 03:04 pm

美國前教育部副部長張曼君(見圖)來台訪問,向台灣讀者推薦由夫婿好萊塢金獎音效大師Richard Anderson錄音的著作「張曼君帶你遊美國」。

曾任美國教育部英語部副助理部長的華裔美人張曼君來台訪問。她今天上午表示,在國際化潮流中,華人想要在美國求得更高職位,除了個人能力之外,英語能力及融入西方文化的能力,都是關鍵因素;而要學好英語,「用英語思考與做夢」更是重要方法之一。

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Introduction to Push and Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

三月 8, 2010

Howls of a Life, Buried Deep Within
November 6, 2009

Claireece Jones, the Harlem teenager at the center of “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” lives in a world of specific and overwhelming horror. She goes by her middle name, Precious, which seems like a cruel taunt, since nearly everyone around her thinks she’s worthless and lets her know it.

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