In the sport of baseball, a pitch is very important. A good pitcher can keep runners from ever getting on base. If runners never get on base, no one can score any runs.
Often times pitchers use speed to try to get the ball over home plate and into the catcher’s glove without the batter hitting it. A hard, fast pitch is called a “fastball.”
Pitchers don’t just rely on speed to get a pitch past a batter. They also practice a few different kinds of pitches to surprise the batter and make him swing and miss.
One of these kinds of pitches is called a “curveball.” If thrown right, a curveball drops right before it gets to home plate. Also, a curveball is usually a little bit slower than a normal pitch, so it throws the batter’s timing off.
In English, if you throw someone a curveball, it means you tell them something or do something to that person that surprises him or her so much it makes that person not able to do his or her job — just like a batter who swung at a pitch and missed.
Usually, throwing someone a curve ball is not a nice thing to do. Most people like to be prepared to deal with problems they will have to face.(Kayleen Hartman, Staff Writer)
一般來說，突然丟了個問題給某人（throw someone a curve ball）並不是好心的事。多數人喜歡預先準備來應付必須面對的問題。
1. rely on v. phr.
仰賴 (yang3 lai4)
例: I rely on my parents to feed and clothe me.
2. throw off v. phr.
使混淆 (shi3 hun3 yao2)
例: When I moved my pen from my right hand to my left, it threw me off so much I couldn、t even write my name.
3. prepared adj.
準備好的 (zhun3 bei4 hao3 de5)
例: Are you totally prepared for your vocabulary test tomorrow? If not, I can help you study.
With the recent heavy rainfall and humidity, wild mushrooms have been shooting up in mountain forests and grasslands. In Nantou County’s Puli Township a man picked some unfamiliar fungi growing in the National Chung Hsing University experimental forest area along Nanan Road and took them home to cook. The result was that the whole family of five had to rush to hospital. For the sake of filling their bellies they almost lost their lives. It was truly a case of biting off more than they could chew. You hear many stories of people eating unfamiliar mushrooms and giving themselves food
A: Argh! B: What is it? A: Cockroach! Over there by the bookshelf. It’s huge! B: Oh no, not another one. I’m beginning to think there’s a cockroach nest inside our apartment. Don’t worry, I’ll deal with it. A: 啊！ B: 怎麼了？ A: 有蟑螂！在書櫃那邊。超大隻！ B: 哦不，不要再來了。我開始覺得我們公寓裡有蟑螂窩了。別擔心，我會處理的。 English 英文: Chinese 中文:
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