主辦:中國英語學習網  2009-01-16 

seed  (n.) 種子,籽

pollen  (n.) 花粉


Most plants reproduce by spreading seeds.

Flowers use bees to help spread pollen.


I'm sorry to hear that. Isn't it serious?


I'm sorry to hear…對…深感難過。例;I'm sorry to hear that.Is there anything I can do?



Later as the dancing starts
Yi-jun: How romantic! Cath and Rich are dancing. Let's go join them!
Bryan: No, Yi-jun, this is their special dance. Then Cath dances with Rich's father.
Yi-jun: And Rich with Cath's mother? How many weddings have you been to?
Bryan: Tons! You know, they say weddings are the best place to pick up a girl.
Yi-jun: Hunh. Not tonight, boy. You already have a date. When can we dance?
Bryan: After the wedding party joins in, then we can go.


怡 君:好浪漫!卡西和李奇在跳舞了。我們去加入他們吧!
怡 君:李奇也會跟卡西的媽媽跳嗎?你參加過多少婚禮啊?
怡 君:哼。今晚別想,少爺。你已經有女朋友了。我們何時可以跳舞呢?


1、 Tons! 非常多。
2、 date (n.) 約會對象
3、 wedding party 婚禮上的相關人士,通常是指伴郎、伴娘







6.what is learned in the cradle is carried to the grave. (英譯漢)


1. I agree with you one/a hundred per cent/percent.

2. In China, among the elder unmarried population, eighty-five percent are men between the ages of 30 and 44 .

3. Last year, the area of wheat fields increased/rose to three- fifths of the whole area of cultivated land in this region.

4. Before 1949, China’s extended families with several generations living under the same roof made up more than sixty per cent/percent of the total number of the households.
extended family 大家庭,擴大的家庭(如數代同堂的家庭)

5.The population which is expanding too quickly poses a sharp contradiction to
economic and social development, the utilization of resources and environmental protection, places a serious constraint on China's economic and social development, and drags improvement of livelihood and the quality of the people.(英譯漢)





Sailboats, Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, 1975

Sailboats jockey for position in a boat race on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota, a state that owes much of its buoyant outdoor spirit to its rivers and 15, 291 lakes. For a lake to be counted, it has to cover at least ten acres (four hectares) and flow with fresh water. No ponds or potholes, please.



As Job Losses Mount, Asian Workers Return to the Countryside

Millions of Asian workers are losing their jobs because of the global economic downturn. After many years of urban job creation, governments are scrambling to find work in the countryside for the unemployed.



Reports of factory closures across the region are increasing. Most job cuts are happening in the manufacturing sector - from toy makers to automakers. Production has either ceased or slowed down because of the global economic crisis.



Suparat Sirisuwanangkura, head of the Thai Auto Industry Association, says the industry - which employs 300,000 workers - is trying hard to hold onto workers. But production is expected to fall 20 to 30 percent this year.



"We don't have any plans to shut down any plants. But, of course, we have to adjust many things - no overtime or very few," said Suparat. "The two shifts may try to make it one shift. The last one we, as much as possible, try to avoid is reduction of manpower."



Governments across Asia are worried about mass unemployment and the social instability that could bring. Many of those losing their jobs are migrant workers, who have left the provinces to work in Asia's booming cities.



In China, their numbers are staggering and they are returning in large numbers to their hometowns. Geoffrey Crothall is the spokesman of the Hong Kong-based China Labor Bulletin, an organization involved in workers' rights in China.



"Some official figures are saying the number of people who lost their jobs [last year] is around eight million, most of whom are migrant workers," said Crothall. "If you put that in the context of the number of migrant workers in China - which is usually estimated at 130 million - that gives you some idea of the scale of the lay-offs at the moment."



Some governments are hoping that new investments in the countryside could help ease employment pressures.



Beijing is hoping its $600 billion stimulus plan, with its huge spending on infrastructure in the provinces, can help absorb some of these workers. But between six to seven-million new graduates will be added to the labor force in the next few months.



The government is offering to refund college education expenses for graduates willing to work in the rural areas.



Crothall says the stakes are high for Beijing.

"If these workers cannot be re-employed, the potential for social unrest increases and the government is very well aware of that," he said.

In Japan, the government is also offering work in farms to unemployed young Japanese, as a way to build a new generation of farmers.



In Thailand, Jaded Chowtchilai, a labor activist who helps unemployed women workers, says dismissed workers are trying their luck in the provinces.



"I think most of them try to find a job; but, it's difficult," said Jaded. "Some jobs are far away, in another province. Some of them go to countryside, go to the farmland."



With the Thai government promising greater incentives to farmers, as part of its economic stimulus plan, this may be where hope lies for the thousands losing their livelihoods.



Farm incomes in the region have fallen, as agricultural commodity prices dropped from their record highs last year. Some Asian officials say jobs will have to eventually return in the industrial sector for the labor market to stabilize.











這首《Relief》選自Chris Gameau的專輯《Music for Tourists》。專輯封面是滑落的飛機與飛翔流著淚的鳥,單純而美好。

雖然這是Chris Gameau的第一張唱片,但卻絲毫沒有生澀的感覺,相反,歌曲散發的魅力是很有深蘊的,足可以讓人沉醉。他走的風格路線還是比較低迷的,傷情的,是一張聽了可以讓你跟著沉淪的唱片。歌曲的伴奏主要以鋼琴為主,甚至常常一首歌曲只有鋼琴在游走,雖然簡單,不過就在簡單之中,給了聽眾最直接最簡潔的觸動。有人說他是美國版的Damien Rice,而這張唱片堪比Damien Rice的《O》。

聽Chris Garneau 適合在深夜里聆聽。憂傷低迷的嗓音以及緩慢的鋼琴聲足以讓一個人無法抵擋,瞬間被淹沒在他干凈純粹的聲音里。(轉)

I saw the sea come in
I saw your good old friend
He walked right passed
I’ll never ask
I’ll never ask again
I saw the sea come in
I saw your good old friend
He walked right passed
I’ll never ask
I’ll never ask again
I love the way you dance
We can work it out
Don’t you miss your chance
The pain will all grow out
I heard your good old word
I heard the things you said
They shuffled in
I will be the same I’ll be the same in red
I heard your good old word
And I also heard the things you said
They shuffled in
I will be the same I’ll be the same
I love the way you dance
We can work it all out
Don’t you miss your chance
The pain will all grow out
I didn’t go to see the city
I went to see it around you
We can laugh in hell together
The devil will find you to
Nose to nose
Eyes on the clouds
This is what I said
We never ever end
Nose to nose
Eyes on the clouds
This is what I said
We never ever end
I saw the sea come in
I saw your good old friend
He walked right passed
I’ll never ask, I’ll never ask again