“When I was a kid, I would start drawing whenever I got hold of a drawing pen,” said Chang Chun-chieh, who is 24 years old and likes painting anywhere and everything. His artistic creativity can be seen in his sketch books, on the dining tables or even walls. After growing up, his graffiti habit still stayed with him, but he also began to sketch real objects and developed his abstract style. Black and white are the two primary colors that he uses to construct irregular lines and shapes.
During junior and senior high school, Chang put his paint pens aside and stopped painting for a full six years, forcibly threw himself into other pursuits, passed the entrance examination and entered the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National United University. He led an ordinary and peaceful life. Then, three years passed in the blink of an eye. One day in his junior year, he saw Franz Kline’s artwork, Chief. The simplicity of Kline’s lines blew Chang’s mind. When he went home that day and cleaned his room, he suddenly found his childhood sketch books. “A voice spoke to me, saying that I still love drawing the most,” said Chang.
Chang resolved to quit college. As an amateur, he went to art class for one year to drill himself in painting and obtain professional training. Afterward, he passed the exam and entered the department of fine arts at National Taiwan University of Arts.
Photo: Kuo I, Liberty Times
A few days ago, Chang’s abstract style of painting won him the second place in his first ever national contest, giving him a confidence boost. Chang says painting helps him alleviate worries; in the future, he will even consider study abroad as a way to continue to weave his painting dream.(Liberty times, translated by Ethan Zhan)
1. graffiti n.
塗鴉 (tu2 ya1)
例: Incredible! Tom’s bedroom walls are covered in graffiti.
2. blow one’s mind phr.
(zhen4 she4 mou3 ren2 de5 nei4 xin1)
例: Your music totally blew my mind.
3. drill n.
惡補，特訓 (e4 bu3, te4 xun4)
例: This is a special drill to show you how to be irresistibly sexy.
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Let’s download the Taiwan Social Distancing App (3/5) 快下載台灣社交距離App（三） A: What is the function of the Taiwan Social Distancing App? B: It can detect if you have come into contact with an infected individual, and will send you a warning message to tell you the time and date of the contact. A: So where can I download it from? B: You can download it from both the App Store and Google Play. A: 「台灣社交距離」App有什麼作用呢？ B: 它能偵測你和確診者接觸的日期、時間，如果你曾接觸確診者，它就會跳出警示訊息。 A: 那我要去哪裡下載啊？ B: 在App Store 和Google Play雙平臺都可以唷。 （Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩） Audio recordings for Speak Up! dialogues will be suspended until further notice due to the pandemic.
Let’s download the Taiwan Social Distancing App (5/5) 快下載台灣社交距離App（五） A: I heard that the Taiwan Social Distancing App has already been downloaded over 8 million times. B: However, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center, a minimum of 12 million people need to download the app for it to have a meaningful effect. A: Also, some elderly people might not know how to turn on Bluetooth, while others might turn off Bluetooth or stop using the app altogether to save battery power or for other reasons. B: So everyone should download the app and do as suggested. A: 聽說「台灣社交距離App」，下載次數已超過八百萬次。 B: 不過指揮中心說，至少要一千兩百萬人下載，才會有較明顯的效果。 A: 而且有些老人可能不會開藍牙，也有人為了避免耗電，或其他考量關閉藍牙，下載了也沒用。 B: 所以民眾要多下載、多配合才行。 （Translated by Edward Jones,
Multiverse-themed films cause a sensation 「多重宇宙」主題電影熱賣 英文用這字！ 最近兩部備受討論的電影《媽的多重宇宙》與《奇異博士2：失控多重宇宙》都以multiverse「多重宇宙」的概念為主軸。尤其由楊紫瓊主演的《媽的多重宇宙》更是受到極高評價，電影中主角Evelyn雙眉之間的玩具眼睛、熱狗手指都成為經典一幕。本次就讓我們從國外娛樂新聞網站Screen Rant對這部電影的介紹，來認識多益相關的重要字彙吧！ multiverse 多重宇宙 Everything Everywhere All at Once follows the story of Evelyn Wang, a laundromat owner who is in the midst of getting audited by the IRS. When she discovers that she has the ability to access parallel universes, she must connect with her multiverse selves in order to save them all from destruction. (screenrant.com) （《媽的多重宇宙》的故事是關於一位洗衣店老闆Evelyn被國稅局稽查稅務期間，發現她有能力遊走平行宇宙，而她必須連結多重宇宙中的分身來拯救他們免於崩壞毀滅。） multiverse 代表「多重宇宙」，字首「multi-」有many、much的意思，多益測驗中常見的單字有 multiple「多的，多種的」、multitask「多工」、multivitamin「綜合維他命」、multimedia「多媒體」。 According to a recent study, multitasking doesn’t lead to better work efficiency as we previously thought. （根據最近的研究，同時做多項事務並不如我們原先認為的那樣提高工作效率。） There are multiple solutions to the problem we are facing. （我們面臨的問題其實有多種解決方案。） 名詞verse通常指稱「詩、歌詞或聖經中的一節」。 I can’t really sing the song since I only remember the first verse of the song. （我真的無法唱這首歌，因為我只記得這首歌的第一節。） 字根「vers-」有 turning「轉」的意思，例如anniversary「周年」就是時間上又轉了一年，