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Chinese practice 如坐針氈 like sitting on a mat of needles (ru2 zuo4 zhen1 zhan1) 在《晉書》中記載了這麼一個故事:杜錫是一個非常忠心耿耿且正直的人,他被指派去服侍愍懷太子,但愍懷太子沈迷於逸樂而不關心國事,杜錫便常勸諫太子。 愍懷太子不思改進,並且很快就對杜錫的嘮叨感到厭煩。他就命令下屬在杜錫常坐的那個墊子裡黏上針,針尖向上。下次杜錫坐在那個墊子上的時候,就被針刺得流血了。幾天之後,杜錫就無法自在地坐著了,但是杜錫為了面子,不想告訴太子。由這個故事便衍生出成語「如坐針氈」,意指因為身體上或心理上的不適,而處於焦慮的狀態。 在英語中,也有類似的片語:「To be on tenterhooks」。西方幾世紀以來將tenter用於羊毛布的製程。羊毛上殘留的油脂和髒污洗淨後,便需要晾乾。為了防止縮水,就必須把羊毛布撐開在一個木框上,而這木框就叫做tenter—這個字是從拉丁文的「tendere」而來,意為「to stretch」(拉緊)。框的四周以許多金屬鉤固定住,這些金屬鉤就叫做tenterhooks。繃緊在框上的布晾在戶外,這景象給人一種不自在的緊張焦慮感,而這便為現今「to be on tenterhooks」這一片語所表達的意義。 顯然這片語原來寫作「on the tenters」,出自一六三三年英國劇作家John Ford的劇作《Broken Heart》其中的一句「Passion, O, be contained. My very heart strings are on the Tenters」(強抑澎湃的熱情,我的心弦正緊繃著)。 (台北時報編譯林俐凱譯) 經過長久的努力,現在終於到了驗收的時刻,我們都如坐針氈,深怕有所閃失。 (After working hard on this for so long, the time has come forFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH

A: The MRT doors are about to close, quick! B: I’m not going to rush the doors, it’s too dangerous. What if you get caught in the doors? A: Don’t the MRT doors automatically open if they close on something? B: But you can still get hurt. JustFULL STORY

Thousands affected by flash flooding in Peru
秘魯豪雨成災 數千民眾受困
2017-03-26

Intense rains in the Peruvian capital of Lima have brought a natural disaster to the area, causing flash floods on March 17 and affecting several thousand people. The floodwaters have turned streets into rivers, forcing emergency rescue personnel to look for ways to evacuate thoseFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2017-03-26

A: Do you have a cold? B: No, no. I was taking vitamins, not cold medicine. A: Do you take vitamins every day? B: Yep. Every day I take a multivitamin tablet with vitamins A, B, C and D, as well as lutein. A: 你感冒了嗎? B: 喔,沒有。我吃的是維他命,不是感冒藥。 A: 你每天都吃維他命嗎? B: 對啊,我每天都會吃一顆含有維他命A、B、C、D的綜合碇和葉黃素。 English 英文: FULL STORY

Bilingual Arts: Sequential spaces in Along the River During the Qingming Festival
雙語藝術:《清明上河圖》的連續空間
2017-03-25

The painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival depicts a bustling scene of the life of ordinary people along the banks of the Bian River by the Northern Song capital of Kaifeng. The earliest version, now in the collection of the Palace Museum inFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2017-03-25

A: Can you lend me NT$10,000? B: NT$10,000? What do you need that much for? A: I just got my credit card bill and found out that I’d spent more money than I thought when I went abroad last month... B: So you want to borrow NT$10,000 toFULL STORY

Malaysia to show “Beauty and the Beast” without cuts
大馬讓步 「美女與野獸」將完整上映
2017-03-24

The Walt Disney Company said in a statement last week that, to maintain the integrity of the movie, the company will not allow any cuts to “Beauty and the Beast,” insisting it has to be screened as the full version. For this reason, the companyFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2017-03-24

A: What’s that plant climbing up your garden wall? B: You mean the one with hairy leaves and white flowers? A: Yes. I think the flowers are lovely. B: That’s Japanese honeysuckle. Those flowers will attract a lot of butterflies gathering nectar. A: 你的院子圍牆上爬的是什麼植物? B: 你是指這種葉子上有絨毛,開小白花的植物嗎? A: 對啊,我覺得這小白花蠻可愛的。 B: 這是金銀花。這種花會吸引很多蝴蝶來採蜜。 English 英文: FULL STORY

Mock placement exam questions biased against same sex marriage
中區高中模擬考考題 偷渡反同婚立場
2017-03-23

High school university placement mock exams for central Taiwan were held recently, and some Civic Education questions cited online comments opposed to the legalization of same sex marriage. The controversial questions were multiple choice questions nos. 45 and 46. The former asked students to choose whichFULL STORY

EVERYDAY ENGLISH2017-03-23

A: I’ve started doing half an hour of exercise at home every day to tighten up my belly. B: Oh, yeah? What kind of exercise are you doing? A: I do 10 different kinds, including sit-ups, leg lifts and squats. B: No wonder you’re looking slimmer. A: 最近我為了瘦小腹,每天都在家做半個小時的體操。 B: 是喔,你是做什麼體操? A:FULL STORY

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