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英文聽力短篇練習本周是酷斃了的3D Street Art!

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下載聲音檔請點我 下載文字檔請點我 From 蘋果日報雙語天下長春藤美語 關於英語短篇練習方式請點這個連結 http://chloeyachun.blogspot.tw/2013/07/blog-post_24.html 類似主題我在托福聽說課程上有分享過。知名的3D地景畫家如Julian Beever(如下圖)                                以及德國3D地景畫家Edgar Mueller (下圖)都是非常有名的。              想要知道這些畫家是如何製作3D地景畫,請參考下面的連結,也別忘了閱讀文章喔。                     請點選youtube連結,看影片。 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SNYtd0Ayt0 3-D Street Art 3D 地景藝術讓您身歷其境 Paintings are usually seen on walls, but there is also a special form of art that uses the street as a canvas. They are 3-D street paintings, and they are more fun to look at than most graffiti. Using shading and careful designs, the artists make the images look like they are coming right out of the pavement. Picture yourself walking along a narrow cliff. One careless step and you will fall off the edge. It is not real, of course. Good 3-D street paintings can make you feel that way. Seen from the right spot at the right angle, the paintings look and feel

耶誕節來聊聊Xmas,(請不要再把Xmas寫成X'mas了)還有金剛經......

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耶誕節來聊聊有趣的東西吧。我經常覺得,宗教本來的意義與目的是為了提供正向的心靈慰藉,而且勸人向善,無奈老是有人打著宗教的旗幟,去反對這個,批評那個。不久前我在一個部落格看到了一段文章,這個人說了一段話,這段話可能會讓很多白種人基督徒皺眉吧。 "Not trying to be Politically Correct, but for all you devoted Christians who firmly believe that Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus, are you aware that Jesus Christ was a Jew , born in late Spring , not during the Winter Solstice ? Did you also know that in the original Scriptures of the Bible, his name was not Jesus Christ, but was Yeshua of Nazareth ? He was not white , he had nothing to say against homosexuals and was followed by a group of men as his apostles ..." 這位作者說,本人發文目的不是為了政治正確(因為現在很多人為了要討好少數族群,總是會講些檯面話,好不得罪一些人),但是各位虔誠的基督徒,你們堅信耶誕節是耶穌誕生的日子,但是你們知道嗎?其實耶穌是猶太人,而且出生的時間是晚春時節,不是冬至。你們知道最早期的聖經版本,耶穌的名字不叫做Jesus Christ而是Yeshua of Nazareth嗎?還有,耶穌根本不是白種人,也從沒反對過同性戀。耶穌自己的門徒都是一堆男人...... 世上最難的是同理心與包容力 。平等博愛向來只是口號,能夠沒有差別心,對所有的生命一視同仁才是真正了不起。我最喜歡的一本書是 金剛經The Diamond Sutra 。有興趣的同學可以上網看看這本佛教的經典。昨天提到台灣沒有好的翻譯人才,這是我們的悲哀。佛教誕生於印度,在中國被發揚光大。佛教的翻譯在數千年前可是非

好書推薦!Louis Sachar 的 Holes有電腦版啦。先睹為快!

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這本書真的好看。當年我一口氣看完整本,覺也沒睡天就亮了。寒假時間多,這本書不會讓你失望。當然囉,我知道飢餓遊戲的魅力比較大,所以也可以先看飢餓遊戲啦。青菜蘿蔔各有各的喜好。加油囉!                                                               下載此書的pfd檔案請點我

本周英語聽力短篇來囉,看看太空旅行的英文你能說多少。To the stars and beyond!

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下載聲音檔請點我 下載文字檔請點我 想要知道該如何利用短篇英文練習聽說的同學,請點這個連結。 http://chloeyachun.blogspot.tw/2013/07/blog-post_24.html To the Stars and Beyond 飛向浩瀚無垠的太空 Space exploration continued to change and grow. Some people, however, were not satisfied with letting the experts have all the fun. Instead, they wanted to be able to experience zero gravity for themselves. Luckily, this has become possible thanks to a number of private companies that offer to take civilians into space. Potential passengers have to go through a certain amount of training before their spaceflight. These commercial trips take passengers more than 100 kilometers above the Earth for about three hours. Once in space, the passengers get to experience out-of-this-world views of the planet and stars as well as around six minutes of weightlessness. Space tourism is definitely creating a new era in spaceflight. Who knows? Maybe one day you too will be shooting through space. 太空探索持續地改變和發展。然而有些人卻不甘讓專家獨享所有樂趣,他們也想親身體驗無重力狀態。幸

本周英語聽力短篇,LED下集。簡單好用的英文讓你開口更有梗!

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下載聲音檔請點我 下載文字檔請點我 英語聽力短篇練習方法請點連結 http://chloeyachun.blogspot.tw/search/label/%E8%8B%B1%E6%96%87%E8%81%BD%E5%8A%9B%E7%9F%AD%E7%AF%87%E8%A8%93%E7%B7%B4?updated-max=2013-07-26T23:53:00-07:00&max-results=20&start=18&by-date=false From 蘋果日報雙語天下 LED Lighting 照亮未來世界的一盞明燈 LEDs have come a long way since they were invented in 1962. In the beginning, only red lights were available, but now they come in a whole range of colors. Also, they were first used to light up digital clocks, watches, and calculators. Now, they are commonly used in flashlights, traffic lights, and electronic bulletin boards. What's more, LEDs have made the images you see on TV more vivid in color as well as made it possible for thinner TVs to be created. Unfortunately, the biggest downside to LEDs is the cost. They are currently more expensive than traditional lights, but this is changing. Even though LEDs cost more at first, the long-term benefits to customers' wallets and

本周英語聽力短篇,來聊聊 LED燈。托福口說題目可以參考類似主題

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下載聲音檔請點我 下載文字檔請點我 本周的英語聽力短篇,學習關於LED燈的相關訊息。本周先上傳上集,下周分享下集喔!托福口說如果下次再考 人類最偉大的發明 之一,你可以說是LED燈啦。英語短篇每周上傳,就是為了提供多元化主題讓大家練習。無論托福口說、聽力筆記還是單純的練習聽力,充實英文可用的背景知識與字彙,這些小小單元都能助各位一臂之力喔。 From 蘋果日報雙語天下 LED Lighting 照亮未來世界的一盞明燈 The electric light bulb has influenced the world greatly. Today, they are everywhere. Light bulbs have changed the way we work and play. Where did this amazing invention come from? Most of us were taught that American Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879. This is not true because electric light had been around since the early 1800s. Edison just made it better and created bulbs that would glow for over 1,500 hours. These incandescent light bulbs produce light when the thin wires inside are heated to high temperatures. Over the years, incandescent bulbs have been replaced by other types of electric lights. The most common are fluorescent lights. They create a cool, blue light and are more energy efficient. However, the world is now turning to LEDs.

New from Scientific American科學人一分鐘聽力又來了!雷射筆傷眼,別直射眼睛!

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下載聲音檔請點我 下載填空卷請點我 下載解析版請點我 Most Laser Pointers Are Too Strong Federal researchers 美國聯邦政府研究員 find that most green laser pointers and half of red ones are stronger than safety standards permit 安全標準許可 , creating an eye hazard 雙眼的危害 . Laser pointers 雷射筆 are helpful when giving a presentation 提案 . Just don’t let the beam 光束 hit you in the eye —especially when it’s green . The National Institute of Standards and Technology 美國國家標準技術研究所 says that nearly 90 percent of commercially available 商用型 green pointers and about half of red pointers they tested are too strong and violate 違反 federal safety regulations 聯邦安全規範 . Green lasers use a shorter wavelength 較短波 of light than red ones, making them brighter and more dangerous . The darker part of the retina 視網膜 heats up 灼傷 from the green laser’s intense 強烈 , yet invisible 隱形的 , infrared 紅外線 light, which can cause retinal scarring 視網膜灼傷 and even blind spots( 導致 ) 視力出現中央盲點 . Because the damaging wavelength

Ubike台北難行,要騎單車得去哥本哈根!請收聽本周英語聽力短篇

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Copenhagen is a city of bicyclists: 84% of the population owns bikes and 50% use them daily to get to work or school. And they always obey traffic rules. from the Daily News. 騎單車不但有益健康,也是都市人放鬆舒壓的休閒活動。不過說真的,騎著 Ubike 想在台北市悠閒穿梭,有一定的難度。每次我騎上馬路,都覺得好恐怖,如果把車子騎到人行道上,又會忐忑不安,老覺得跟行人爭道很低級...所以騎車只好挑清晨跟半夜,絕不在假日或是上下班時間自討沒趣。喜歡騎單身的人,看到人家丹麥首都哥本哈根的居民,應該很羨慕。這個城市,鐵馬是常見的交通工具,有八成以上的民眾擁有腳踏車,且一半的居民都騎車上班。最重要的是,大家都非常遵守交通規則。而且哥本哈根的市區裡面,也設有單車專用道(我們的專用道在哪裡?有時候騎到一半,專用道就消失了,難道要我騎車飛起來嗎?) 台北人的國民素質 civic mindedness 其實已經不錯了,但我們還是可以跟哥本哈根的居民學學(遵守交通規則/社區向心力/對他人的付出與尊重)。最後呼籲,單車還是往河濱單車道騎比較安全。我通常從住家新店的碧潭出發,一路騎到社子島,沿途風光明媚,中途可以停大稻埕,吃點東西。來回差不多三小時(中年人不耍帥不拼速度)。我家附近有家高級單車店,提供出租服務,一台要價三萬多塊錢的Louis Garneau租半天只要150元,實在太划算...喔不好意思我又扯遠了。 請大家收聽今天的英語短篇報導,想知道如何使用這類型的單元,請參考 http://chloeyachun.blogspot.tw/2013/07/blog-post_24.html 的說明喔! From 蘋果日報雙語天下長春藤美語 下載聲音檔請點我 下載文字檔請點我 Cycling Superhighway 自行車超級高速公路 Every day, 35 percent of Copenhagen's residents travel to work, school, or shops by bicycle. They cycle a combi

本周英文聽力短篇訓練來啦!魔術方塊的英文不是Magic cube,七巧板也沒有七。

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下載聲音檔請點我 下載文字檔請點我 之前課堂上跟同學說, 魔術方塊 英文不是 magic cube ,而是 Rubik's cube 。 魔術方塊在我念小學的時候(大約三十幾年前)非常夯,班上要是有人會這玩意兒(而且還買得起),無論外貌生得多麼平凡,都會被班上同學以非常不理性的方式崇拜。我記得我念銘傳國小的時候,有個隔壁班男同學,據說能在一分鐘內把所有亂七八糟的顏色,全部弄回每一面都顏色都相同。我從來沒榮幸真正看過這傢伙的現場表演的神功,不過大家都非常崇拜此人。小學的時候要成為大家的偶像,一定要有某些特異功能。我的能力是畫立體字,我能把所有字型都勾邊加上陰影,可是這能力很不特別,有人看一眼就曉得我的把戲很簡單,勾邊的原理就是所有右邊的下面都加上深色陰影即可,這是哪門子的特異功能啊。所以儘管班上只有我會勾邊字(其他人大概不屑學這一套),但是沒有人崇拜我。 當年也有兒童玩七巧板,下面這篇文章討論的,正是這種創設型益智遊戲Puzzle。七巧板裡面沒有七這個數字,這個中國人發明的玩意兒,叫做Tangram。老外也很迷。小朋友在學校裡都會玩。我在網路上找到一本童書,就是用七巧板來拼出英文字母與對應的動物與事物,圖片非常可愛。 七巧板是咱們中國人發明的。大家在家裡也可以自己製作,像上圖黃色的正方型,按這這圖案剪裁,就能獲得一套版,開始發揮創意。                                 狗狗的七巧板非常可愛。但是記得顏色要有所區隔(白色與灰色)才有fu。                                                 上圖這隻鳥,我怎麼看都覺得好像一個穿著日本和服的男人,站在樹枝上。 小狐狸的拼得不錯。其實我覺得如果大家有空,可以玩玩七巧板。家裡面有小孩子的朋友,不用花很多錢買電動玩具,應該自製一套七巧板打發一下小朋友就可以了。 現在我們言歸正傳,來看看本周的 英文聽力短篇 到底在講些什麼。想要利用英文聽力短篇訓練口說的同學,請點到這個單元的第一篇,裡面我有詳細的解說。Have fun reading and practicing! From 蘋果日報雙語天下 (長春藤美語) Let's Do the Tangr

New from NPR! 國際餃子節,看看這種麵食有多神!

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昨天課堂上到NPR廣播的國際水餃節,提到吃這件事情,外國人哪能跟我們比。論創意與口味,義大利麵餃Tortellini根本不是咱們的對手。我昨晚說,之前在電視上看到的中國餃子宴,原來在西安,很多觀光客去那裏吃水餃,大廚把水餃做成各種造型,可愛到讓人下不了筷子。 您瞧瞧,南瓜水餃造型這麼逼真,實在是太卡哇以了。之前我部落格分享過日本人的創意造型便當藝術,中國人則有餃子創意,一樣令人嘆為觀止。     這是豬仔造型的水餃。我相信十二生肖一定都有。下面給大家看看金魚形狀的餃子。 總之這已經成為吸引觀光客的一大賣點了。西安的餃子盛宴,總共可以讓人品嘗超過三百種餃子,每種就算都吃一口,恐怕也要吃上好幾天才嚐得完。 最近超夯的黃色小鴨,上圖的 鴨餃 是黃色小鴨的表弟。其實我相信主廚只要變換一下造型就可以讓小鴨更可愛。下面是昨天的NPR廣播,請大家下載聲音檔跟解析的文章,多聽廣播可以增強聽力喔。 下載聲音檔請點我 下載填空卷請點我 下載解析版請點我 In the Beginning, There Were ... Dumplings? By GEOFF BRUMFIEL RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: All this week MORNING EDITION will be celebrating the international phenomenon 國際現象 that is the dumpling 餃子 . Dumplings are tasty 好吃的 little packages of surprise goodness 令人驚喜的好料 . They can be a snack on their own or part of a stew 丟進爐子裡燉煮 . So we'll be traveling the world exploring dumplings in different cultures . And to kick off Dumpling Week, we had NPR's Geoff Brumfiel look into what makes dumplings so special.