Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Miss South Carolina Answers a question


這是2007 年美國青少年小姐選拔賽裡一位參賽者的回答, 她的回答也讓她一夕之間爆紅, 成為了"無腦美女" 的最佳代言人, 我們來看她怎麼回答的!


聽清楚她怎麼回答了嗎?? 好像不是那麼容易聽, 因為她有些語無倫次, 沒關係, 這邊有人整理出有字幕的!!


這樣的回答與其說有答不如沒有答, 不如說"妳到底在說什麼?????!!!!!!"

這樣的答案讓美國媒體所有人都忍不住要取笑她, 請看下面南方四賤客的模仿 (parody)



我想大部份人取笑的不止是她言不及義, 還有她的腔調 (尤其是 I personally believe...), 下面有一個是模仿她遇到緊急事故如何播打911的影片, 把她演得笨極了!!!


太過份了!! 有這麼笨嗎?? 要看比較精闢的見解, 我個人 (I personally believe) 還是比較喜歡JKL (Jimmy Kimmel Live) 裡面的處理:


不過, 這個小姐真的很有guts, 在她出這個糗之後, 她上了這個節目 (Today Show) 來自清!!



節目最後她再回答了這個問題一次, 怎麼樣?? 還不錯吧!!?!? 你認為比較聰明嗎?? 你可以試著回答這個問題!!!

Recent polls have shown that a fifth of Americans can't locate the US on the world map. Why do you think this is?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Recommendation Letters sample and modification (1)

以下是一位Applicant 煩請代辦寫出來的推薦信, 格式可以以參考一下



Dear Admission Committee,

It is a pleasure for me to recommend you Mr. XXX, who is presently applying for your Master’s Program. I had been his adviser since he entered Fu Jen Catholic University in 2003, and taught him two subjects: “XXX” and “The History of XXX”

Mr. XXX always kept a strong thirst for new knowledge while taking my courses, and actively participated in the class discussion with a quick-thinking mind. He was able to give quick response and correct answers to the questions that I raised in class. Aside from having his own opinions, he was able to induce and integrate different viewpoints of his schoolmates. In addition, he was a diligent student who took serious attitude toward his schoolwork and achieved every task I assigned.

It is worth mentioning that while Mr. Chou majored in Department of XXX, he also minored in Department of XXX. He took full range of technical and theory courses in information and built his computer knowledge and skills of database, programming, information management, networks as well as system design. I firmly believe that Mr. XXX’s minor degree in XXX background will definitely provide him with a wide knowledgeable foundation and a solid operational ability. It is widely known that technology originates from humanity. I strongly believe that Mr. Chou’s accomplishment will bring about the human care in the communication flow era. In consideration of the professional relativity of these two specialized fields, I think Mr. Chou will become an exceptional student in the field of communication.

In view of Mr. Chou’s outstanding performances as provided above, I am convinced that his aggressive learning attitude will help him complete the Communication Practice Program at your Department. I believe that he is capable of taking part in the large communication-related research plan of your institute and make contribution if he is admitted to your graduate program. Also, I am confident that Mr. Chou will be the most eligible candidate possessing academic and research value. Hence, I would like to recommend such a promising student to you. Your consideration to his application will be highly appreciated.

Sincerely Yours,

XXXXXXXXXXXX

Associate Professor

Department of XXXXXXXXX

XXX University

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

康熙來了上面的賴世雄

康熙來了上面的賴世雄

一天晚上看了康熙來了裡面做的一個「大家來說ABC」的單元,當然這個單元都會請到一個英文的權威來壓陣,一般可能會請到的會是比較綜藝咖的徐薇老師,不過那一天錄影的特性是來賓或主持人會問各種奇怪的問題,然後就會問老師英文怎麼說,我想徐薇大概不太適合真正的挑戰,而那集請到的是真正算是泰斗級的賴世雄老師!

這其實是對英文老師很大的挑戰,有試過的老師都知道,一個小時內讓學生隨便問「這個東西怎麼講」,學生可以問的出很荒唐的東西的!這時不會有人有心情去聽你解釋不同語言的Signifier 跟signified 根本不同(Ferdinand de Saussure),造成翻譯的困難!好險!整集下來賴老師沒有丟臉,有發揮到他博學的部分!

一直到節目尾聲,可以說晚節不保啊!主持人問到說如何講出這句話的英文:「我喜歡裸上身視訊,關你屁事!」賴老師的反應可以說讓我不忍卒睹!請看以下影片!







賴世雄做為一個我敬重的長輩,我要讚揚他「打了近整場的好球」!但是可惜地,主持人問了那問題!這不算是一個刁鑽的問題!或許語氣上有點奇怪!但對賴老師不應該成問題!

什麼?!視訊是visual communication!還有那一句:I like to show my image (之前是講message) naked on the net. 都讓我們覺得:「天啊!這到底在講什麼鬼呀!」

首先,賴老師對於這個世代在用的英文大概不是很了解了!這就跟你問一個70歲的美國人這樣的問題,他可能也不好啟齒!現在網路流行的語言GNOC,講的就是裸體視訊 (Get Naked On the Cam),所以你說I like GNOC, OK? None of your business! 就可以了!

Wait! 等等!有一點水準的讀者可能會說,GNOC 是情色的行為或交易,這跟趙正平所「強調」的「他只是天氣熱不喜歡穿衣服」,說法有落差!更何況,GNOC這樣的翻法沒辦法知道是「裸上身」,還是「裸全身」咧!

說的好!這就是翻譯講求「信雅達」三個原則裡面說的「不信」--亦即不終於原義!所以我們可以說I like to chat on cam with my shirt off!或者 I like to chat on cam bare-topped!Is that a problem?

由這個現象更可以說明,所謂英文很強的老師可以分成很多,英文教學強不代表英文很強,英文很強不代表中英翻譯很強,翻譯很強也不代表語言知識很強,語言知識很強也不代表口語很強!

當然,身為英文教師的都會盡力達到「都很強」的境界!可是下次你問老師問題而他答不出來的時候,不要對他太快懷疑!他依舊有可能是「很強」的那一位!只要他願意查一下讓你了解!什麼東西都是可以拿出來討論的嘛!




Tuesday, December 08, 2009

TOEFL Speaking Part 1--TOPIC 32


32. What is your favorite recreational activity?  Describe it and say why you enjoy doing it.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

January 10









READING--閱讀以下文章
January 10
It is January 10. Jane is eleven years old today. She is wearing a pretty new dress. It is blue and white. Jane is having a party today and she is expecting all her friends to come. They are going to be here in just a little while. They are going to bring a lot of presents with them. Jane’s mother has made a lot of good things to eat and drink. Jane and her friends are going to play games, sing, dance and listen to music. They will have a good time together.
ACTIVITY I
遮住文章右邊兩公分如下圖:








 
 
 
 
Try to find out the covered words, using your memory and what you think should be there.
Can you do it? If you can, then after you do it, try covering the text by 4 centimeters.
Then cover the paragraph by 6 cm, then half of the paragraph...what do you find? You are getting familiar with the sentences, right?
Now cover the the left part by 2 cm, and you will find it harder to think of the missing words.
 
ACTIVITY II:
Make recordings of this paragraph.
Of course you must do it until you're satisfied with the recording. There are no jitters, no stutters, and mistakes in pronunciation. You might have to try it a couple of times.

WRITING:
Answer the questions below:
Summary
Your answer must not be more than 48 words.
1. What is the date today?
2. Whose birthday is it?
3. How old is she?
4. Is Jane wearing a new dress, or is she wearing an old one?
5. Is she having a party or not?
6. When will her friends arrive?
7. What are Jane and her friends going to do at the party?

Put the answers together, and you can come up with a summary of the article. Notice the word limit. You will have to truncate what is not important information. If you give proper answers to each question, your word count should be close to the word limit.


LISTENING:

Listen to the recordings you made. Repeat after it sentence by sentence. Can you do it, or you need to listen for a couple of times? Go ahead until you can repeat the sentences fluently.


SPEAKING:

Answer the questions asked in the summary orally. You don't have to give the answer word for word.

Use your own words. Now tell the story again, including as many details as possible.

Topic: How do you spend your birthday?
Describe a most unforgettable birthday (in a good way or otherwise)
What is the most expensive birthday present you bought?
What is the most expensive birthday present you received?

 

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