No. 21


1. Never. I purposefully avoid doing anything remotely dangerous. I’m not what you would call a “risk taker”.


  • purposefully (adv.) 堅決地
  • remotely (adv.) 輕微地

2. Yes, I have. I went rock climbing in the mountains a few years back. That was pretty dangerous.


3. No, I’ve never done anything dangerous. My parents keep a pretty close eye on me. They would never allow it.


4. I tried to catch a cobra once. That was dangerous. If it had bitten me, I could have died.


  • cobra (n.) 眼鏡蛇

5. No, I am not a thrill seeker. I don’t get anything out of looking for danger like some people do.


  • thrill (n.) 緊張,刺激
  • seeker (n.) 探索者

No. 22


1. I’m adventurous when it comes to eating out. I am always trying to find new kinds of foods to try. I rarely go to the same restaurant twice.


  • adventurous (adj.) 愛冒險的,大膽創新的
  • rarely (adv.) 很少

2. Definitely Chinese. I like to stick to what I know. Trying new kinds of foods is too much of a gamble.


  • gamble (n.) 冒險

3. When I eat out, I prefer going to Italian restaurants. There is nothing better than freshly made Italian pasta.


  • pasta (n.) 義大利麵

4. I would rather eat wherever it is cheapest. I’m on a tight budget and don’t have money to burn on fancy restaurants.


  • tight (adj.) 緊的
  • fancy (adj.) 豪華的,昂貴的

5. If it was up to me, I’d choose Japanese food. Unfortunately, my dad pays the bill and he always opts for Chinese.


  • opt (v.) 選擇

No. 23


1. As soon as I get home, I need to clean my room. It’s a mess. I haven’t had time to clean it for some time.


  • mess (n.) 雜亂

2. I have a ton of homework to catch up on and it is all due tomorrow. I might have to burn the midnight oil.


  • ton (n.) 公噸
  • catch up 趕做,補做
  • burn the midnight oil (phr.) 熬夜趕工

3. I’m just going to sit back , relax, and watch the Lakers’ game on the tube. Nothing too strenuous.


  • the tube (n.) 電視機
  • strenuous (adj.) 耗費精力的

4. I am supposed to meet up with my friends tonight. We are going to a KTV to celebrate one of their birthdays.


  • be supposed to (phr.) 應該,應當

5. I have to go to the library and do some research for an upcoming paper. Once I’m finished, I’ll probably just hit the sack.


  • hit the sack (phr.) 上床睡覺

No. 24


1. There are four people in my family, my parents, my older brother and myself. My father is a salesman and my mother works at factory. My brother and I are both students.


2. There are only three people in my family. It' just my parents and me. My father works at bank and my mother is a housewife. I am a junior high school student.


3. There are five people in my family. This includes my parents, my younger sister, my older brother and me. My father owns his business and my mother works for him. We children all attend school.


4. There are six members in my family. They are my parents, my older and younger brothers, my younger sister and me. My father is a fireman and my mother is a homemaker. All of the children are students.


5. There are four people in my immediate family. They are my father and mother, my younger sister and me. My father works for Taiwan Public works while my mother works for a phone company. My sister and I are both students.


No. 25


1. I am into rock and roll. I like to listen to it loud. It helps me to escape from my boring life for a while.


  • escape (v.) 逃離

2. I would have to say pop is my favorite kind of music. It really cheers me up when I’m feeling down.


3. I’ve always enjoyed listening to folk music. I think it helps me feel connected to the past.


4. I only listen to classical music. It is like art for my ears. Anything else is just noise to me.


5. That would have to be rap. Everything about it is cool and it has a great beat to dance to.


No. 26


1. When a typhoon is going to hit Taiwan, I go out and stock up on some basic necessities. This includes food and, more importantly, water.


  • stock up 囤積
  • necessity (n.) 生活必需品

2. I bring in anything that is outside so that it won’t blow away. Then I fill containers with water and check that there is enough food for a few days.


  • container (n.) 容器

3. To prepare for a typhoon, I buy candles in case the power goes out. I also pick up enough food and water to last for a couple days.


4. I’m already prepared. I have non-perishable food, large bottles of water, fresh batteries and a flashlight set aside. I am ready for any emergency.


  • perishable (adj.) 易腐爛的
  • emergency (n.) 緊急情況

5. My mom takes care of everything during a typhoon. She makes sure our family has everything it needs. I don’t have to worry about it.


No. 27


1. I prefer to stay at home during the weekend. With my busy schedule, it’s the only time I have to catch up on my sleep.


2. I would rather go outside and get some fresh air. I spend all week stuck inside a classroom, so I don’t want to stay in when I don’t have to.


3. Some weekends I like to stay in and others I like to go out. It all depends on how I feel. If I’m tired, I’ll stay at home. If not, I’ll go out.


  • depend on (v.) 取決於

4. I don’t have a preference. I just go along with whatever my family or friends are doing. Usually, we go out, but not all the time.


  • preference (n.) 偏好,偏愛

5. If I had a choice, I would just stay in bed all weekend. I never seem to get enough sleep during the week.


No. 28


1. It’s a tough habit to break. Once you’re hooked, it takes a lot of willpower to quit. Not everyone can do it.


  • tough (adj.) 困難的
  • willpower (n.) 意志力,毅力

2. I really don’t understand why people smoke. They know it’s bad. They know it’s addicting. So why start in the first place?


  • addict (v.) 使沉溺,使上癮

3. I think some people still think it’s cool to smoke. It seems ridiculous to me. I think people who smoke look like fools.


  • ridiculous (adj.) 荒謬的

4. I guess they’re just stupid or completely ignorant. Why else would you continue to do something that can kill you?


  • ignorant (adj.) 無知的

5. Well, nicotine is one of the most addictive substances we know of. I think the government should just make cigarettes illegal and put an end to the whole thing.


  • nicotine (n.) 尼古丁
  • addictive (adj.) 使人上癮的
  • cigarette (n.) 香菸
  • illegal (adj.) 非法的

No. 29


1. I’m usually a nervous wreck. I’m always afraid he’s going to do something that is very painful. I absolutely hate dentists.


  • nervous wreck (n.) 對某事非常擔心和緊張的人
  • absolutely (adv.) 絕對地,完全地

2. Going to the dentist doesn’t bother me. I take good care of my teeth, so I never have to worry about it.


  • bother (v.) 使擔心,使焦急

3. I get so scared when I go the see the dentist. The last time I was there, he pulled out one of my teeth. It hurt terribly.


4. I know a lot of people don’t like going to the dentist, but I don’t mind. I have complete trust in my dentist.


5. I just feel very uncomfortable. It is weird having a strange man stare into your mouth. It’s almost embarrassing.


  • weird (adj.) 怪異的
  • embarrassing (adj.) 令人尷尬的

No. 30


1. No, I have never been in a car accident. My father is a very cautious driver, especially when he has passengers with him.


  • cautious (adj.) 謹慎的
  • passenger (n.) 乘客

2. Yes, unfortunately. It was an awful experience. A car caught us off on the road and caused us to hit a scooter. Luckily, no one was hurt.


  • awful (adj.) 糟糕的,令人不愉快的