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Gay-themed films to open in Taiwan’s Pride Month
《紅樓夢》、《誰先愛上他的》 驕傲月將上映

To mark Pride Month in Taiwan, director Starr Wu’s gay-themed film “The Story of the Stone” is in theaters from today. The film explores the colorful gay scene in Taipei, and the screening of the movie as the closing film at the Taiwan International QueerFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH

A: Here’s another insurance claim: “I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.” B: I don’t get it. How could they have been driving for 40 years? A: They meant that’s how many years since they firstFULL STORY

Mariah Carey and Julie Sue to perform in Taipei
流行歌后瑪麗亞、蘇芮 本週在台開唱
2018-10-18

Pop diva Mariah Carey is to stage a concert in what is her third visit to Taiwan. The show will take place tonight at the Linkou Stadium in Taoyuan’s National Taiwan Sport University (NTSU). Free shuttle bus services will be available between the venue andFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2018-10-18

A : I’ve been reading some amusing road accident insurance claims online. B : Can you give me some examples? A : Here’s one: “The accident happened because I had one eye on the lorry in front, one eye on the pedestrian and the other on theFULL STORY

End of an Era for world’s most famous fish market
世界最著名魚市—日本築地市場的興衰
2018-10-17

The end of an era has finally come for the world’s oldest, biggest — and arguably most famous — fish market. On Oct. 6, Japan’s Tsukiji fish market began the move from its current spot near the upmarket Tokyo shopping area of Ginza to a locationFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2018-10-17

A: Thanks for helping out with the inventory. B: No problem at all. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would do it again. A: Now you’re being sarcastic. B: Not really. I had fun rummaging through the cabinet. A: 謝謝你幫忙整理文具清單。 B: 不用那麼客氣。我從頭到尾都超開心,下次還想再來幫忙。 A: 你現在是在講反話吧。 B: 不完全是啦。我真的覺得把整個櫃子翻開來徹底整理一遍很有趣。 English 英文: Chinese 中文: FULL STORY

Taiwan’s sharing economy thrives as China’s share shambles implodes
台灣共享經濟 中國「共享災難」
2018-10-16

China’s sharing economy has expanded far more rapidly than in Taiwan with share schemes available for everything from bicycles, computers, mobile phones, battery recharging packs, umbrellas and even shopping trolleys. In China, almost anything can be “shared.” However, due to the low barriers to entry intoFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2018-10-16

A: We’re almost done with the inventory. B: We also need to order some sundry and miscellaneous items. A: Well, we need more tape, ink pads, pencils, Post-It notes, rubberbands and erasers. B: You might as well throw in some paper glue, too. A: 我們快要完成清單了! B: 我們還需要再訂購一些雜七雜八的各種小文具。 A: 嗯,我們還要再買一些透明膠帶、印台、鉛筆、便條紙、橡皮筋、橡皮擦。 B: 也順便把膠水列進去吧。 English 英文: FULL STORY

USING IDIOMS
活用成語
2018-10-15

Chinese Practice 白駒過隙 a white colt flits past a fissure (bai2 ju1 guo4 xi4) 一位修女在臨終前,神父去探望她。修女看著神父說:「That went fast」(這輩子過得真快)。 時間不只是過得快,它是飛快逝去,一去不復返。古羅馬詩人維吉爾在西元前二九年出版的《Georgics》(農事詩)第三冊中寫道:「Fugit inreparabile tempus」(它逃離了,那無法挽回的時間)。 你可能聽過這句話「time flies when you’re having fun」(你玩得開心的時候,時間總是過得很快)。但這話只有部分是正確的。無論是樂是苦,時間都是飛快地流逝,你不過是在享樂時,特別容易注意到時間過得很快。西方許多墓碑、紀念碑和鐘錶上,都可以看到「tempus fugit」──光陰似箭──這句拉丁文銘飾。 在維吉爾之前,早在公元前四世紀晚期,中國哲學家莊子便在道家經典《莊子》的〈知北遊〉一章中寫道:「人生天地之間,若白駒之過郤,忽然而已。注然勃然,莫不出焉;油然漻然,莫不入焉。已化而生,又化而死......」(在這世上,人的生命就像一匹白色駿馬穿過一個縫隙,然後忽然消失。自然而然地,全都蓬勃而生;自然而然地,全都順應變化而死。業已變化而生長於世間,又會變化而死離人世)。 後世借用了「若白駒之過郤」中,白色駿馬掠過縫隙的這個比喻,來說明時間流逝的速度,以及人生命的短暫。司馬遷的《史記》(成書於西元前九四年)中對魏豹的記載,以及《漢書》(約完成於西元一一一年),都有「人生一世間,如白駒過隙」這句話;上週的「活用成語」單元,也提到《大宋宣和遺事》〈亨集〉一章有這句:「人生如白駒過隙,倘否及時行樂,則老大徒傷悲也」(生命就像一匹白色駿馬跑過岩石間的裂隙,如果你不抓住現在,以後老了就會後悔)。而稍晚,在十四世紀的《三國演義》中,我們也可讀到:「人生如白駒過隙,似此遷延歲月,何日恢復中原乎」(人生就像一匹白色駿馬掠過岩石間縫隙,歲月便是如此流逝,我們要何時才能光復中原呢?)。 成語「白駒過隙」,現今便是用來表示時間過得很快。 (台北時報林俐凱譯) 你們剛入學青澀的樣子還歷歷在目,時光如白駒過隙,轉眼間幾年過去了,又到了各奔東西的時候。 (I still recall your first day at school. Well, time flies and the years have passed, and now it’s time for us to goFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2018-10-15

A : Next up on the inventory are staplers. B : Does anyone still use staplers? A : Of course. We’ll need them until we go completely paper-free. B : OK. We still have enough staplers, but you’ll need to order more boxes of staples. A : 清單上的下一個項目是釘書機。 B :FULL STORY

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