No. 61

五種回答方式:

1. I just finished reading a book about Chinese history. It was mostly about the different dynasties and the emperors that ruled during these times. I certainly learned a lot.

我剛讀完一本有關中國歷史的書。內容主要是不同朝代和不同時期的皇帝。我真的學到很多。

● dynasty (n.) 朝代

● emperor (n.) 皇帝

2. I haven’t read anything but school books for some time. The last thing I read for myself was the first book in the Twilight series. It was about a vampire who falls in love with a regular girl.

我已經有很長一段時間都只讀教科書了。我上一本讀的書是暮光之城系列的第一集。那本書是關於吸血鬼愛上平凡的女孩的故事。

● for some time (phr.) 很長一段時間

● vampire (n.) 吸血鬼

● regular (adj.) 正常的

3. The last thing I read was a comic book. I’m not sure if that counts, but I never read novels. They are too long and boring for me. I find comics much more interesting.

我上一本讀的是漫畫書。我不確定那算不算,但我沒讀過小說。小說對我來說太長又太無聊。我覺得漫畫有趣多了。

● counts (v.) 計數

4. I recently read the latest Harry Potter novel. Harry Potter is a boy who goes to school to become a wizard. He always has to overcome some evil power that threatens him.

我最近讀了最新一集的哈利波特。哈利波特是一個為了成為巫師而去上學的男孩。他總是得克服某些威脅他的邪惡力量。

● recently (adv.) 最近

● overcome (v.) 克服

5. Last month, I read the second book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was called The Two Towers. It was about a hobbit who is on a journey to destroy a ring that has magical powers.

上個月,我讀了魔戒三部曲的第二集。那本書叫做「雙城奇謀」。這是一個哈比人為了摧毀有魔力的戒指而踏上一趟旅程的故事。

● trilogy(n.)三部曲

● journey(n.)旅程

No. 62

五種回答方式:

1. I’m not sure whether I like it or not because I have never really done it. My mom does all the cooking around our house and she has never taught me how.

我不確定我喜不喜歡,因為我沒有真的煮過。在我家我媽負責煮東西,而她從來沒教過我怎麼煮。

2. I hate cooking with a passion. It takes too much time to prepare everything. I would rather just go out and buy all of meals. It’s far more convenient.

我非常討厭煮飯。煮飯需要花太多時間在準備上。我寧願每一餐都出門買,這樣方便多了。

● hate sth with a passion (n.) 非常討厭某事

● convenient (adj.) 方便的

3. No, I don’t really like cooking. I only do it if I have no other choice. Sometimes I have to cook for the family when my mother is busy. It is such a pain.

不,我不喜歡煮飯。我只有在沒有選擇時才會煮飯。有時候我媽媽很忙,我必須為全家人煮飯。那真是痛苦。

4. Yes, I enjoy cooking. I actually find it very relaxing. I also think that it is a very good skill to learn. Everyone should know how to cook for themselves.

是的,我喜歡煮飯。事實上我覺得煮飯讓人放鬆。同時我覺得煮飯是一個值得學習的技能。每個人都應該知道怎麼自己煮來吃。

5. Yes, cooking is so much fun. I think of it like art. I can be creative and come up with new dishes. It is nice because I never have to eat the same thing twice.

是的,煮飯很有趣。我認為煮飯是一門藝術。我可以很有創造力,並且想出新菜色。我覺得煮飯很好,因為這樣我不用同樣的東西吃兩次。

No. 63

五種回答方式:

1. My mother organizes a family get-together every year. All my relatives come over and we have a big meal along with birthday cake. Then we just sit around and visit.

我的母親每年辦一次家庭聚會。我所有的親戚會來參與並且一起吃大餐和生日蛋糕。然後我們就圍坐在一起聊天。

● organize(v.) 安排,組織

● a family get-together (n.) 家庭聚會

● relative (n.) 親戚

● come over (phr.) 過來

2. I’m not really that big on birthdays. I try not to mention anything about it and hope that no one remembers. I don’t like people making a big deal about it.

我並不是真的很喜歡生日。我儘量不去提到任何有關生日的事,並且希望沒有人記得我的生日。我不喜歡有人把過生日當成大事。

●be big on sth (phr.) 很喜歡…

3. I usually invite 5 or 6 friends over and have a little party. We sing songs on the karoake machine and my mother cooks a special meal for us. It’s nice to be surrounded by friends on my birthday.

我通常會邀請5或6個朋友一起辦個小派對。我們會用卡拉OK機唱歌,然後我的媽媽會為我們煮一道特別的料理。我覺得在生日時能有朋友在身旁很棒。

● invite (v.) 邀請

● surround (v.) 圍繞

4. Most birthdays, I try to plan a weekend trip somewhere. It’s kind of a birthday present to myself. I take this opportunity to relax and unwind for a couple of days.

大部分的生日我會規劃一個週末旅行,當作給自己的生日禮物。我藉這個機會來放鬆幾天。

● opportunity (n.) 機會

● unwind (v.) 放鬆

5. We don’t really celebrate birthdays in our house. At most, someone will buy a birthday cake for me and everyone will sing Happy Birthday. If I’m really lucky, my parents might buy me a gift.

我們家不會真的慶祝生日。頂多有人會為我買個生日蛋糕,然後大家一起唱生日快樂歌。如果我幸運的話,我的父母會買禮物給我。

● celebrate (v.) 慶祝

● at most (phr.) 頂多

No. 64

五種回答方式:

1. I don’t have anything too important in my wallet and I usually don’t carry much cash with me. So I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I’d just buy a new wallet.

我沒有放什麼重要的東西在皮夾裡,我通常也不會帶太多現金在身上,所以我不會太擔心。我會直接買一個新的皮夾。

2. First, I would frantically search everywhere for it. If I couldn’t find it, then I would call the bank and cancel my credit cards. What more could I do?

首先,我會到處瘋狂地找。如果找不到,我會打給銀行然後取消我的信用卡。我還能做什麼呢?

●frantically (adv.) 瘋狂地

●credit card(n.) 信用卡

3. I would ask around to see if anyone found it. If that didn’t work, I would report it to the police. Hopefully, they would be able to locate it for me.

我會到處問問看有沒有人找到我的皮夾。如果沒有,我會報警,希望警察可以幫我找到皮夾。

●locate (v.) 確定...的位置

4. I’d wait for a few days and see if it turned up. If not, I’d cancel all of my bank cards and request new ones. I’d also have to get a new student ID card.

我會等幾天看我的皮夾會不會自己出現。如果沒有,我會取消所有的銀行卡然後申請新的。我也必須申請一張新的學生證。

●turn up (phr.) 突然出現

●request (v.) 請求

5. It actually happened to me once. It was a big hassle having to phone around and report my cards stolen. Not to mention that I lost more than 2000 dollars in cash.

事實上我有過一次經驗。必須到處打電話回報卡片失竊是件很麻煩的事。更不用說我損失了超過2000元的現金。

●hassle (n.) 麻煩,困難

●not to mention (v.) 更不必說

No. 65

五種回答方式:

1. I’m only 12. I’ve never had a job before. I hope that I don’t have to get one for a long time.

我只有12歲。我從來沒有工作過。希望長時間內我不需要找工作。

2. I worked at the teashop near my house one summer. I gained a lot of work experience there. It was nice to make some extra spending money, too.

某年夏天,我在我家附近的飲料店工作。我在那邊獲得很多工作經驗。能夠賺些額外的零用錢也很好。

●gain( v.) 獲得

●extra (adj.) 額外的

3. I’m a student. School is a full time job for me, but the pay is terrible.

我是一個學生。學校對我來說就是全職工作,但是薪水卻很糟。

●full time (phr.) 全職

4. My first job was at a department store. I worked there on weekends and after school while I was in university. It wasn’t the best job, but my co-workers were nice.

我的第一份工作在一間百貨公司。我大學時,放學後和假日都在那工作。那不是最好的工作,但我的同事人很好。

●department store (n.) 百貨公司

●co-worker (n.) 同事

5. I’ve never had a real job, but my neighbor used to pay me to look after his dog sometimes. I learned 2 things while doing it. First, I learned about responsibility. Second, I never want a dog.

我從未有過真正的工作,但我的鄰居有時會付錢請我照顧他的狗。我在過程中學會兩件事。第一,我學會負責,第二,我一點也不想養狗。

●look after (phr.) 照顧

●responsibility (n.) 責任

No. 66

五種回答方式:

1. I am constantly worried about getting good grades at school. My parents put a lot of pressure on me to perform well. I hope I live up to their expectations.

我經常擔心在學校是否拿到好成績。我父母給我很大的壓力,要求我要有好的表現。我希望可以達成他們對我的期許。

●constantly (adv.) 經常

●pressure (n.) 壓力

●live up to (phr.) 達成

2. I often worry about my grandpa. He is getting old and his health isn’t very good. I wish I had more spare time to help him out around the house.

我常常擔心我的爺爺。他漸漸衰老而且他的健康狀況沒有很好。我希望我有更多空閒時間可以協助他出門走走。

●spare (adj.) 多餘的

3. I am not a worrier. I try not to let anything get to me. However, I occasionally worry about my weight. With my busy schedule, I just don’t have enough time to exercise.

我不是個憂慮的人。我試著不讓任何事情讓我不開心。然而,我偶爾會擔心我的體重。我很忙,沒有足夠的時間去運動。

●get to sb (phr.) 讓某人不高興或生氣

●occasionally (adv.) 偶爾地

4. I tend to worry a lot when I’m riding my bike. I’m always afraid that a car is going to run me over and put me in the hospital. Maybe, I am overly concerned about it.

當我騎腳踏車時,我容易會有很多擔憂。我總是害怕有車會輾過我並讓我住院。或許我是擔心過度了。

●run over (phr.) 輾過

●concern (v.) 憂慮

5. I worry a lot about my homework. I have so much of it everyday and I’m always worried that I won’t be able to finish it. I wish my teachers would lighten the load a bit.

我很擔心我的功課。我每天都有很多功課要寫,我總是擔心我無法完成。我希望老師們可以幫我們減輕一點負擔。

●load (n.) 負荷

No. 67

五種回答方式:

1. I surf the net whenever I get the chance. I spend a lot of time on Facebook looking at what my friends have posted. I play Facebook games, too.

我只要有機會就會上網。我花很多時間看我朋友在臉書上發布的貼文。我也會玩臉書上的遊戲。

● surf (v.) 衝浪

● surf the net (phr.) 上網

2. I don’t surf the internet more than a few times a week. I only go on to check my e-mail. I’d rather spend my time doing something more productive.

我一個禮拜上網不超過幾次。我上網只會查看我的電子信箱。我寧可花時間做一些更有生產力的事情。

●would rather 寧可

3. I’m kind of a computer nerd, so I am on it every day. Most of the sites that I visit are about technical computer stuff like programming. It’s more or less a hobby of mine.

我是個電腦迷,所以我每天都上網。我逛的大部分網站都是有關電腦科技的東西,像是程式設計。這或多或少算是我的嗜好。

●nerd (n.)對(尤指電腦)入迷的人

●technical (adj.) 科技的

●programming (n.) 程式設計

●more or less (phr.) 或多或少

4. I surf the net most evenings to relax. I like going on Youtube and watching funny videos that people have uploaded. It helps me to unwind down before I go to bed.

大部分的傍晚我都會上網來放鬆,我喜歡上Youtube看看別人上傳的有趣影片,這可以幫助我在睡前放鬆下來。

● relax (v.) 放鬆,休閒

● unwind down (phr.) 放鬆下來

5. Like many people today, I am addicted to the internet. I am on it constantly. I especially like online shopping sites. That is where I buy all my clothes and school supplies.

跟現今很多人一樣,我上網成癮。我經常上網。我特別喜歡線上購物的網站。我所有的衣服和學校用品都在那些網站購買。

●addicted (a.) 上癮的,入迷的

●constantly (adv.) 經常地

●supplies (n.) 生活必須品,日用品