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    Language Academy

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    主持人:Maggie 黄蔚儿、谭永晖

     

    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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    20/11/2022

    英语篇 #24 宠物与动物的英文用语

     

    A lot of Hong Kong people love cats and dogs. But some have unusual pets.

    ●           pythons - 巨蟒

    ●           Chameleons 变色龙

    ●           hedgehogs 刺猬

    ●           guinea pig 天竺鼠

    ●           chinchilla 龙猫

    ●           hamsters 仓鼠

    ●           alpacas 羊驼

     

    Pet Adoption 领养

    ●       A lot of people are 三分钟热度 ( three-minute passion - informal translation). They quickly lose interest in something. They can be irresponsible. 不付责任的

    ●       My roommate’s dog was almost eaten by an alligator 鳄鱼.

    ●       You need to be patient 有耐性的 in training your pet, especially when they are puppies or kittens.

    ●       There are a lot of abandoned 被遗弃的 pets at shelters 收容所

    ●       We wanted to adopt a Golden Retriever but this breed is hard to come across 遇到/碰到.

     

    A lot of famous breeds 著名品种 were smuggled走私.

    ●       2022 SCMP News headline:

    Hong Kong police seize 126 kittens and puppies smuggled into city by speedboat

    Pets were found crammed in 46 crates on and some of them had shown signs of dehydration.

    ●       You can buy pets on TaoBao.

    ●       A lot of breeders 繁殖店 are inhumane 不人道. They keep getting the mothers pregnant and they put the animals in tiny cages with little space.

     

    Endangered Animals 濒危动物

    ●       Sharks, pandas, killer whales, etc.

    ●       SeaWorld (a theme park) scandal 丑闻 - they caught and abused their killer whales. They made them perform in shows. Then they were locked in pools and some hurt themselves or killed their trainers as a result.

    ●       I support sanctuaries 避难所/庇护所 but not zoos and aquariums.

    -          Sanctuaries do not breed, buy, sell, or trade animals. Sanctuaries like Black Pine Animal Sanctuary do not capture animals from the wild.

    -          Sanctuaries resemble the animals’ natural habitats more and help them heal.

    ●       At a zoo, I saw a wild cat kept walking back and forth behind the glass. I believe it was a sign of stress 压力 and distress 悲伤/痛苦.

    ●       I saw a lion that was constantly drugged in Thailand so tourists could take pictures with it. It was animal cruelty 残酷;残酷行爲;虐待. It later appeared on the news.

    20/11/2022 - 足本 Full (HKT 20:00 - 20:30)

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    27/11/2022

    英语篇 #25 战争相关的英文用语

    军事演习 Military exercise

    局势升温Escalation

    冲突 Conflict

    入侵Invasion

    反攻 Counter attack

    灾难性的Catastrophic

    局势降温De-escalation

    和谈 Peace talks / Peace negotiation

    停火Ceasefire

    重温

    CATCHUP
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    英语篇 #17 工作相关的英文用语

    主持人:Maggie 黄蔚儿、谭永晖

    1.            Do you know people like that in the office -

    ○           刷鞋仔: Apple polisher / yes man

                    There are also colleagues who just can’t say no.

    ○           People may take advantage of you if you are too nice.

     

    2.            Instead of saying “no”, what can we say? (useful on emails as well)

    ○           I regret to inform you…(that we cannot accommodate 迁就/容纳 your request)

    ○           I am afraid I cannot…(offer you a refund on this product)

    ○           Unfortunately, due to circumstances, we cannot …(deliver the product to you on time)

     

    3.            Sometimes, it’s not good to just say ‘no!’ Instead you can give them alternatives:

    ●           I am sorry that hasn’t worked out, what we can do is…(offer you compensation 补偿)

    ●           I can understand your point of view, how about we do this instead.

    ●           You’ve made some valid 有效 points, perhaps we can compromise 妥协 and…….

    (The security system has been compromised. 保安系统已被破坏)

    ●           I agree with you, but can we add…(more staff to help out at the event)

     

    4.            How to politely chase someone for their work

    ●           Is there any chance that you can get it done sooner?

    ●           Where are you on this project?

    ●           I don’t mean to rush you but the client has been chasing me. 唔洗急最紧要快 (chase - 追赶)

    ●           I would just like to follow up on the progress. (US and UK pronunciation)

     

    5.            Different work personality types.

    ●           The Driver; data and results-minded person. Someone who is decisive 决定性,focused and wants to try new things.

    ●           The Integrator; someone who builds relationships and boosts morale 鼓舞士气. Someone who is diplomatic 懂得外交 and empathetic 善解人意.

    ●           The Guardian; someone who maintains structure 保持结构 and order. It is someone who is reserved 含蓄, but they are methodical 有方法的 and detailed oriented 做事细心仔细.

    ●           The Pioneer; a risk-taker 冒险者. These people are often leaders, they are outgoing, they see the bigger picture, and are confident.

     

    Work-life balance

     

    Westernized companies might have a better emphasis on work-life balance.

    ●       They would allow flextime 自由工作时间.  You can choose your work hours.

    ●       WFH.

    ○        I think because of Covid and technology, it has changed the way we work and has allowed us, the employees, to spend more time at home.

    ■        A lot of big companies are downsizing  (downsize - (使)减员) their offices.

    ■        A lot of companies offer a hybrid model 混合模式 of working from home 1-2 days and then at the office for the rest of the week.

    ●       Countries such as the UK, Belgium, and many Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway and Sweden, etc.) are implementing 实施 a 4-day work week.

    ●       New World HK has also implemented a 4.5 half-day work week.

     

    Studies show that working longer hours doesn’t make you more productive. 

    ●       The ideal number of hours you should work per week is 38-hours according to Denmark, consistently one of the happiest countries in the world. Studies have also shown you should take 6 weeks off per year to obtain optimal 最佳 happiness.

    ●       Studies in Iceland also show that you are 13% more productive when you are happy.

    ●       Americans are not taking half of their vacation days. Studies have shown that  ⅔ of Americans even work on their holidays.

    ●       The World Health Organisation said that if you work on average of 55 hours or more each week, you increase the risk of stroke by 35%, and the risk of dying from heart disease by 17%, compared to people who only work on average 35-40 hours per week.

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    02/10/2022 - 足本 Full (HKT 20:04 - 20:35)

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