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Deadly California mudslide ‘like Niagara falls’ as hills turn to rivers of debris
土石流「像尼加拉瀑布般」湧來 肆虐加州

The mud cascaded down scorched, blackened slopes still blanketed with ash. With no trees or vegetation to slow the surge it swept rocks and boulders from the Verdugo mountains into a thunderous river. Swaths of southern California are in need after nature’s latest battering, this timeFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH

A: My skin is really itchy today. It’s driving me insane. B: Do you use moisturizer? It’s the cold weather. A: What has the cold weather got to do with anything? B: If your skin dries out it will itch. It happens to me every winter. A: 今天我覺得皮膚好癢,快把我搞瘋了。 B: 你用保濕乳液了嗎?我想這是因為天氣冷的關係。 A:FULL STORY

Differentiating the product: AI the future of smartphones, says analyst
研調機構預測︰AI為智慧型手機之未來
2018-01-16

On Wednesday last week, US Research firm Gartner predicted artificial intelligence (AI) will become a key product differentiator for all smartphone producers in the future. Smartphone companies will use AI to attract new customers while the technology will enable them to retain their existing clientFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2018-01-16

A: We couldn’t get a ticket down to Hualien. All the seats were booked up. B: You don’t need a seat. Just take a foldable camping chair with you. A: Are you allowed to sit on those on the train? B: Why would they stop you? A: 我們買不到去花蓮的票。所有的座位都賣完了。 B: 你不需要有座位,只要帶張露營折疊椅就行了。 A:FULL STORY

USING IDIOMS
活用成語
2018-01-15

Chinese Practice 塞翁失馬,焉知非福 (sai4 weng1 shi1 ma3 yan1 zhi1 fei1 fu2) 基督宗教的神學邏輯中一個顯而易見的矛盾是,既然上帝是仁慈的、愛我們的,為何還會任憑災難、苦痛和磨難存在?以上帝之全知全能,大可阻止這些事發生。這個矛盾即為英文成語「blessing in disguise」所隱含的意義。 英國牧師詹姆斯‧赫維(一七一四~一七五八),同時也是作家及詩人,以其對自然美景的描繪著稱。詩人威廉‧布萊克即對赫維的作品非常欽慕。「blessings in disguise」此語雖非出自赫維的創作,但它首次見諸書面,是赫維一七四六年的《花園的沉思》一書所引用的一首作者佚名的詩。這首詩談到了上帝「平等的愛、無法度量的良善」: ”Good when he gives, supremely good, nor less when he denies; Even crosses, from his sovereign hand, are blessings in disguise.” 「祂是美善的,至高的善,無論是祂給予時,或當祂拒絕給予時;從祂握有至高權力的手所給出的,即便是要背負十字架的磨難,也都是隱藏的祝福。」 十字架在基督宗教中,是苦難和犧牲的象徵。對此有個解釋是說,所發生的一切必為上帝計劃的一部分,因此是直接出自上帝的旨意,也因此必然是對事物總體計畫有益的祝福,即便以一己之觀點來看,不會認為是件好事。此語在現代用法中的意義又更為寬宏,其意為,有時看來對某人不利的事物,最終會證明是有利的。例如,失業可說是很慘的,但這會促使我們找到一個更好的工作。 一件事究竟是福是禍,取決於描述事情的時間點為何。漢代成書的《淮南子》〈人間〉中,北中國邊塞一位老翁的故事,可以印證這個概念。 這故事是說,某日,一位養馬的老翁有匹馬逃跑了,馬越過了邊界進入北方游牧民族的領土。老翁的鄰居因他所受的損失都來安慰他,但他質疑鄰居為何覺得這是件不幸的事。幾個月後,這匹馬回來了,還帶回了北方的駿馬。鄰居為他的幸運之財道賀,但他又再度質疑鄰居認為幸運的理由。我們由故事後續所知,不久後,老翁的兒子便在騎這些駿馬時墜馬,跌斷了腿,但老翁仍拒絕把這事看作是一件災禍。後來北方的游牧民族入侵,該地區的壯都被徵召入伍,許多人都戰死了,但老翁的兒子因瘸腿而得以留在家中,保住一命。這個故事便是成語「塞翁失馬,焉知非福」的由來,其意相當於英諺「blessing in disguise」。 (台北時報林俐凱譯) 這對情侶分手了,卻各自找到了更適合的對象,可以說是塞翁之馬,焉知非福。 (The couple split up, but both found aFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2018-01-15

A: How was the boat trip to Green Island, by the way? B: Terrible. The waves were huge, and everyone on the boat was seasick. A: I find closing your eyes works. You don’t need to sleep, just don’t look at anything. B: Good tip. I’ll tryFULL STORY

Debris from China’s Tiangong-1 space station could fall over Taiwan
天宮一號落點含台灣 國家太空中心軟體掌握
2018-01-14

China’s Tiangong-1 space station is predicted to fall to Earth this year. According to analysis by the European Space Agency (ESA), the estimated break-up zone will include Taiwan. The National Space Organization (NSPO) on Tuesday confirmed it has already started running trajectory modeling software andFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2018-01-14

A: I need to go away for a couple of days next week. I don’t suppose you could look after my cats. B: Sure. How many of them do you have? A: Well, nine in the house and another two that just stop by forFULL STORY

Bosnian Serbs observe Christmas as ancient ritual
波士尼亞的塞爾維亞人 遵古老習俗過聖誕節
2018-01-13

For the Stanar family, Bosnian Serbs who are Orthodox Christians, Christmas preparations are a ritual to be handled with an obsession to detail. Novica Stanar, 65, observes ancient customs in hopes of passing them on to his grandchildren. A poem is read to the oakFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2018-01-13

A: Wow. This coffee machine makes much better coffee than my French press. B: It’s the high pressure steam. It gets the oil from the beans into the coffee, too. A: Well, I’m going to have to get one myself. How much are they? B: I can’t remember,FULL STORY

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