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Chinese practice 螳臂擋車 (tang2 bi4 dang3 che1) A mantis trying to stop a chariot 螳螂是一種昆蟲,頭部成三角形,眼球突,前腳成鋸齒狀又特別發達。雖然螳螂是一種掠食者,在昆蟲世界中也相當兇惡,可是仍還是一種昆蟲,與其他的動物比起來其實沒什麼。因此,當它遇到比它還強的動物時,得小心不該低估對方。 莊子是中國戰國時代的著名思想家、哲學家,是道家學派的代表人物。螳臂擋車的概念源自於莊子所寫的莊子「人間世」,文中寫道「汝不知夫螳螂乎?怒其臂以當車轍,不知其不勝任也」一句。 「螳臂擋車」成語也可作為「螳臂擋轅」,其中螳是螳螂,擋是阻擋,所以全句的字面意思是指螳螂舉起前肢以阻擋車輪,用以譬如某人自不量力做超出能力範圍的事情,必然失敗。另外有「蚍蜉撼樹」,與螳臂擋車的用法雷同。 英文中也有類似的說法,就是“underestimate your opponent” 或 “bite off more than you can chew”。 (台北時報記者古德謙整理) 他想要一個人與惡勢力對抗,下場可能就像螳臂擋車一樣。 (He thinks he can oppose those criminals single-handedly. Next time he may find he’s bitten off more than he can chew.) 那家小公司也想和我們競爭,真是螳臂擋車。 (That tiny company thinks itFULL STORY

Locals oppose building solar power plant
港西濕地設太陽能 地方反對

As the government pushes for green energy, a solar power company has proposed building a solar power plant in Gangsi Wetland in Pingtung’s Sinyuan Township, believing the place ideal for setting up a floating solar power system. The county government has an annual budget to maintainFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH

A: What time is it? B: I don’t know, I’m not wearing a watch. A: Don’t you normally carry your phone with you wherever you go? B: Oh, recently I’ve been trying to break my mobile phone addiction so I haven’t been taking it with me when IFULL STORY

ASEAN currencies fall as dollar debts rise
東協貨幣重貶 美元債務激增
2016-12-06

Bloomberg has reported a steep decline in the value of Southeast Asian currencies last month, seeing them sink to a 10-year low. The slide in local currencies — which includes those of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand — means that the service costFULL STORY

Bicycle repair
修理鐵馬
2016-12-06

Immediately parallel to the River Ganges within the city of Varanasi is a stretch of road lined with buildings of final grandeur and disrepair, a mine of material for street photography. I walked down this street on several occasions during a trip to India inFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2016-12-06

A: Another cold snap is on its way, take care to wrap up warm before you go outdoors. B: Last week, I already started wearing four layers of clothing and using heat packs too. A: Keeping the hands, feet and face warm is really important. When theFULL STORY

Texas reports first case of locally transmitted Zika virus
德州通報首宗本土茲卡病例
2016-12-05

The state of Texas Tuesday announced its first case of local transmission of the Zika virus. It is feared that the virus causes birth defects. Texas is the second US state, after Florida, to report the appearance of this mosquito-borne virus. According to the Texas DepartmentFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2016-12-05

A: There’s a hole in my woolly hat. I’ve mended it three times but the hole is getting bigger. B: Time to buy a new one? Ones with a brim make your face look thinner, and they’re in fashion. A: But my grandmother knitted this one, andFULL STORY

Tainan’s Barclay Memorial Park
落羽松/台南 巴克禮公園
2016-12-04

While strolling through Tainan City’s “green lung,” Barclay Memorial Park, adorable squirrels appear as if from nowhere, scurrying back and forth along one of the park’s shady, tree-lined paths. Beside a path that runs along the water’s edge, several bald cypress trees nestle between theFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2016-12-04

A: How about we go for a walk around Wulai and take a dip in the hot springs. B: OK, but the service wasn’t very good at the hot spring hotel I went to last time; let’s try somewhere else. A: I know of one hot springFULL STORY

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