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再說難搞的英文生字

月前寫過一篇短文談過英文裡容易搞錯的詞語。然而學語言是個永不止息的遊戲:英文的生字短句何其多,不懂的,再搞錯的,以為自己很了解但其實完全一竅不通,還有很多很多,以下再說另外五個。 1.Free Cash Withdrawal 英國各地的提款機上,常有寫上「Free Cash Withdrawal」的字樣。初次看到這行字的我簡直眼都大埋- 常說西方社會富有,但也不可能會周街派錢吧!那這行字的意思究竟是什麼呢?

邊個先係薯條:Chips v Fries

在英國,薯條叫作”Chips”,而薯片(美式英文:Chips),就叫作”Crisps”。夠混亂了吧。 然而,這只不過是混亂的起端。若果有人問你,薯條是什麼樣子的,你的腦海大概會浮現以下的圖片:麥記或是KFC,快餐吃漢堡飽時的最佳拍檔。 但是,薯條這樣食物,在英式英文一樣有兩個叫法。Chips,是這個樣子的。 快餐店的薯條,英文叫作Fries,又或者French Fries(法國薯條?)。至於那一款才是「真正」的薯條…這可是世紀大難題。 但不論是Chips還是Fries,發源地都不是英國。也不是美國…

聖誕大餐幾件事

  在外國過聖誕節,基本上等同過農曆新年,是全世界也要回家過節的日子。過節這回事,大家都有奇奇怪怪的習俗規定,且讓我一一說來。

Another Term, Another Year

December 16th, 2014. It’s December already? Time does fly. It has become almost customary for me to write something after...

Boarding House Kids Know: School Food

Boarding House Kids Know: School Food

(Durham) Freshers: it’s been a month with college food. What’s that been? There’s a good chance that your answer can...

20 Signs that You Have Been Away from Hong Kong for Far Too Long

Buzzfeed style! For my banana friends. p.s. While I’ve put ‘Hong Kong’ here, you can pretty much replace that with...

Why do Asians study ‘Asian Subjects’? (2: Parents)

In the previous post, I have discussed a little bit about the career-mindedness and the importance to a big salary...

Why do Asians Study ‘Asian Subjects’? (1- Career)

‘What subject do you study?’ This is about the commonest question at the start of terms at universities throughout the...

Recap on Frepping

Freshers week is now largely behind us, as university students (struggle to) stop partying indefinitely and attempt to return to...

去外國讀書:有咩好話題?

去外國讀書:有咩好話題?

早前寫了一篇文章,說留學最麻煩的,係又埋番香港人堆。有機會到外國讀書,但卻樂於活在自己的小小世界之中,個人覺得太浪費了。在英國差不多十年,我認識了來自五湖四海的朋友們,大大的充實了我的日常生活,可說是百利而無一害。 然而這個論點有一個問題: 「係我都想識下本地人,識下其他國家既人,但係咁點識到佢地先得㗎?」 I’m glad you asked.

留學..最怕太群香港人

繼續寫到英國留學要留意的一二事。 依個人經驗,準留學生們的問題不多,喜歡問問題的是父母們。他們的問題通常不出兩類,一是「有咩要帶」這種較實際的,而另一種則可籠統的概括為: 「去外國…會唔會怕唔適應呀?」 之後再加上什麼「人生路不熟」、「又凍又成日落雨」、「又冇野好食」之類的句子,讓去英國聽起來就像去南極探險一樣。 但我可以告訴你,去外國留學,其實不用怕不適應:需要怕的反而是適應得太容易。

Why Study Abroad?

Why Study Aboard? At first glance, many potential answers pop up: because you want a new experience. Or because you...

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