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    主持人:Maggie 黄蔚儿、Joanne 谭绮旻

     

    语言盛载的,是生活,是文化,也是眼界。

    每一辑Language Academy 都会聚焦一种语言。

    这一站是香港,我们要学习的是英语。

    我们希望,无论你身处何方,都可以张开耳朵,环游世界。

     

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    25/09/2022

    英语篇 #16 与公用事业相关的电话用语

    One of the many problems you may encounter when you first move aboard is probably dealing with utility companies in English.

    ○        When I first moved to the U.S., I found that it was more difficult to understand people on the phone than to speak to them in person.

    -          Could you please repeat that?

    -          Can you speak a little slower, please?

    -          Could you spell that for me, please?

     

    ○        When I was in college, I had a few part-time jobs. One of them was working for a translation company as an over-the-phone interpreter 电话翻译员.

    -          In the U.S., you can request an interpreter翻译员.

     

    Situation 1: Calling the internet company

    -          I am calling because…

    -          my internet isn’t working.

    -          the reception (or signal) is poor.

    -          the internet is very slow.

    -          In Sydney, Australia, it takes up to 2 weeks before someone comes and installs the internet.

    -          Most likely the internet company is going to tell you to

    -          “switch the modem off for 10 secs and back on”

    -          “Is the internet light flashing or solid?”

    -          For security purposes 保安理由, can you please verify the last 4 digits of your ID?

     

    Situation 2: Calling a handyman company

    -          I am calling because…

    -           my toilet pipe has burst 厕所渠爆了

    -          a pipe is leaking 渠漏水

    -          Can you please send someone out here?

    -          When’s the soonest someone (or a technician) can come?

    (It would be a pressing situation 紧迫情况 if your water boiler has stopped working.)

     

    Situation 3: Noise complaint

    -          Calling the security guards downstairs or non-emergency services

     

    -          Hi, there’s a lot of noise coming from my neighbor's flat.

    -          It sounds like there’s a fight going on.

    -          It’s past ten o’clock and I think they are playing mahjong (or singing karaoke).

    -          My neighbor's dog has been barking the whole night.

    -          Can you please have someone take a look?

     

     

    25/09/2022 - 足本 Full (HKT 20:04 - 20:35)

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    英语篇 #10 迷信相关的英文用语

    主持人:Maggie 黄蔚儿、Joanne 谭绮旻

     

    Have you had a staycation recently?

    -          Are you scared of staying in a hotel room by yourself?

    -          I am scared of 鬼压床 (Scientists and doctors would tell you that it is just ​​sleep paralysis 睡眠瘫痪).

    -          Do you believe in 迷信 (superstitions)?

    宁可信其有 不可信其无  It is better to believe that it exists than that it does not.

     

    -          News headline

     

    Chinese woman detained after another ‘lucky coin toss’ at aircraft engine

    The woman threw half a dozen coins at the engine before the flight between the Inner Mongolian cities of Hohhot and Chifeng. The service was due to take off soon after 8am but was delayed by more than two hours as staff searched for the coins and moved the remaining passengers to another aircraft. All of the coins were recovered.

    What makes people superstitious?

                (A scientific explanation from a medical website)

    Superstitions have two main causes: cultural tradition 文化传统  and individual experiences. If you grew up steeped in the superstitions of a particular culture or religion, you may carry these beliefs forward, even subconsciously 潜意识地.

    Chinese festivals such as 鬼节 Ghost Festival and Qingming Festival 清明节

    -          People burn joss paper (纸钱) and other joss paper products.

    -          Do you believe the deceased (已去世的人)would really receive them?

    Feng Shui 风水

    -          Many westerners believe in feng shui.

    -          My friend, who just bought a tiny apartment that looked like a flat that had been murdered in (凶宅) or a haunted flat (鬼屋) at first in Quarry Bay hired a feng shui master (风水师傅) to look over the layout.

    -          There was an abandoned house (废弃的房子) near my old high school. It looked creepy (怪异可怕的、诡异).

    Numbers That Would Give You Bad Luck

    -          A lot of western superstitions have got to do with the Bible. 

    -          666 - the devil's number in the bible.

    -          Similar to 4 in Chinese for death and obviously 8 for good, but Chinese is just a play on sounds rather than meaning.

    -          Why is Friday the 13th Unlucky?

    According to biblical (有关《圣经》的)  tradition, 13 guests attended the Last Supper, held on Maundy Thursday, including Jesus and his 12 apostles (one of whom, Judas, betrayed him). The next day, of course, was Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.

    Some buildings would not have a 13th floor.

    Let’s guess. Do you think these are true superstitions? And why?

    -          Walking Under a Ladder

    This could be an old wives’ tale (无稽之谈/ 不科学的陈腐说法/ 老太太的故事)  to protect people from getting hurt. But it’s actually from back in the day, when they used to hang people and if you walked under the ladder, you would be walking directly under the dead person’s body.

    -          Smell Your Own Feet

    -          Breaking a Mirror

    Another one with an ancient history here! Some people believe that breaking a mirror is meant to give you 7 years of bad luck. This harks back to the Roman times, when they believed that mirrors were a portal to the soul, and breaking one would damage the soul, which couldn't be amended until life renewed itself, which was believed to be every seven years.

    -          Knocking on Wood

    Knock on wood. / Touch wood. (The internet says they are both the same. “Knock on wood” is more of an American saying.)

    Most common western superstition/ Celtic beliefs that spirits resided in tress and be called upon for protection.

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    07/08/2022 - 足本 Full (HKT 20:04 - 20:35)

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