台大視聽教育館英語學習報第098期

Do you mind if I facebook you?

你介意我facebook你嗎?

Do you mind if I facebook you?這是最新的火星文嗎???還是這是跟網路生活息息相關的最新潮流用語呢???

中文的辭彙常隨著流行事物而增加或改變,英文也是一樣。本期的英語學習報,向大家先介紹一個跟很多人的網路生活息息相關的單字,以及它被引申出來的用法,來看看這句話到底是什麼意思吧!


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◎ 第三十三期中級自學包裹上線了!

本期自學包裹介紹了一些有趣的主題,包含了有關Harry Potter電影首映, 班底明星遇到了傾盆大雨;快樂的定義是如何?如何才能快樂?還有澳洲無尾熊的生態問題;以及最後介紹英國歌星Gareth Gates演唱生涯等...請不要錯過,快進入練習吧~

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 E-Freeway主題介紹

Daily Step- English for Busy People 

本次介紹每天只要花5-10分鐘時間就可增進英文聽力技巧的網站,學習者只要訂閱,即可每天收到免費的種程度的音檔做英文練習,而且完全部會有其他商業廣告訊息使你分心喔!

快來看看這麼適合懶人(喔不,是忙碌的人)的英語學習網站吧~for busy people!

這一期將介紹Study Skills Success系統 - Listening。這個部分說明教學單元的主旨,有關學習怎麼預測內容,學習怎麼聽細節,學習怎麼聽對話並並分辨說話的人,以及學習聽見重點及聽見言外之意,內容豐富,請勿錯過喔!

快來看看我們的介紹吧~

New York Tragedy Averted

事情的發生就像是電影的劇情,大家可能不會相信真有這種事情,整件事情順利到不像是真的,飛機順利的破降,而機上每個人都順利獲救,機長的饒富才智,成功的阻止了悲劇的發生,詳細故事內容,請看本期Advanced English

請看E-Freeway會員區Advanced English 2009. 7月號!

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Opera Easy 歌劇入門輕鬆學

歌劇讓你害怕嗎?想到就昏頭?還是高興?不管如何,別急著拒絕,先來看看這一套「歌劇入門輕鬆學」,你將發現歌劇其實並不難懂,甚至如主持人所說的,就像是「有戲劇性的睡前故事」。而且歌劇結合了音樂、戲劇、舞台等藝術,是完整又令人滿足的藝術經驗。現在就跟著主持人和演唱者,一起進入歌劇的藝術殿堂吧!這一套DVD以幽默、趣味的方式,共介紹了18齣有名的歌劇,每一個故事只有短短25分鐘,而在這25分鐘內,包准你陶醉在歌劇的故事和音樂裡,並且受益無窮!

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 英語宅急便

BBC Learning English: Keep Your English up to date!

Like Chinese, English is permanently evolving and developing. New words and expressions are coined and existing words change their meaning as society, culture and technology progress.
BBC has invited language professionals Professor David Crystal, and Gavin Dudeney to select several words and expressions that have recently made it into the language, if not necessarily into dictionaries.

中文的辭彙常隨著流行事物而增加或改變, 英文也是一樣! BBCLearning English專區商請了語言專家Professor David CrystalGavin Dudeney 整理出一連串的最新潮的英文字辭彙, 讓各位的英文能夠跟得上流行! 本期的英語學習報向大家先介紹一個跟很多人的網路生活息息相關的單字及它被引申出來的用法, 之後還會陸陸續續向大家介紹更多有趣新穎的英文辭彙喔!


Do you use any of the social networking websites which are so popular these days? You know- the places where you can connect up with friends and relatives and meet people who share the same interests as you?

If you're younger you may use MySpace, young adults are more likely to be found on Facebook and busy professionals may prefer something like LinkedIn. But at least two of these sites have one thing in common: apart from being social spaces where you can meet and chat to people, share photos and other things, they've all added new verbs and nouns to the language in the past couple of years.

Let's take a look at some examples. I've just facebooked the photos from my summer holiday [uploaded them to my Facebook page]. I facebooked that guy John and it turns out he's an architect [looked him up in Facebook]. Did you facebook Susan about the party [contact Susan through her Facebook page]? Anyway, nice to meet you. Do you mind if I facebook you [add you as a Facebook friend]?

As you can see, 'facebook' is a pretty versatile word, and you could say the same about 'myspace', which you will find being used in much the same way all over the Net. LinkedIn (being a more adult, professional community) is yet to succumb to such cavalier twisting of the English language!

And while you're 'facebooking' or 'myspacing' you may also find yourself 'commenting' (writing a comment on someone's Facebook or MySpace page), as in this example: 'I commented Dawn that she should come to the pub on Saturday and she commented me that she couldn't because she was going away for the weekend'. Anyway, I must get on. I haven't facebooked yet today and there's sure to be a lot to catch up on!

 

Key Words

  • to upload something: to add something to an Internet web page 上載
  • versatile: can be used in many different ways 多功能的, 多方面適用的
  • to succumb: to give in to something; to be defeated by something 屈服, 聽任
  • cavalier: without respect for tradition or normal ways of doing things 目空一切的
  • twisting: the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean 扭曲, 曲解

 

Check Your Comprehension

1.What type of Internet site did Gavin Dudeny discuss?

(A) online shopping sites (B) online gambling sites

(C) social networking sites (D) language learning sites

 

2.How many specific sites were mentioned by name?

(A) 2  (B) 3  (C) 4  (D) 5

 

3.Gavin Dudeny gave example uses of one particular word from a site. How many uses did he give?

(A) 3  (B) 4  (C) 5  (D) 6

 

4.Decide if the following statements are true of false according to the article.

(1) People who use MySpace are generally not as old as people who use Facebook.

(2) LinkedIn is for people with good jobs.

(3) Sites like these have given new words such as adverbs and adjectives to the language

(4) MySpace has proven to be a less versatile word than Facebook.

(5) In this Internet context, ‘to comment’ means to leave a message for someone on their page.

Source: BBC World Service http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1720_uptodate4/page14.shtml

Answer Key:

1.C 2. B 3. B 4. (1) T   (2) T   (3) F   (4) F  (5) T

 

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