搭了Se的順風車,昨天開始上英文課,而這回的身份是:學生。自己是老師時,想考試就考,不想考就給習題,打嘴砲唸學生也很快樂。但是身份轉換後,即恢復"我是學生,也是俗辣"的角色。奇怪,明明我是付錢方,卻總不好意思麻煩老師太多。
 
家教老師Peter(以後簡稱劈老師)是Se面試來的。經過家教天后的篩選及肯定,相信劈老師的功力不在話下。第一次上課就有感覺。
 
劈老師的發音如同Se所言,真的很好。在米國唸了大學也在國外某民航服務(因為此某民航有危機,加上金融風爆所故,劈老師決定退役回台灣教英文。),口說就不用挑剔了(至少比我們好上幾百倍),至於到底有多少寶可以挖,才上一次課還摸不到底,且戰且走。
 
劈老師說我和Se的文法及發音已經很不錯,所以目前先著重修正某些平時不太注重的連音,部份詞意或用法容易搞混的詞語及單字。說真格的,很多字其實平時都是呼嚕嚕就帶過,平平是台灣同胞的學習者,自己人一定聽得懂;而老外朋友也因為知道英文非我們的母語,所以發音有80%到位他們也懂。誰曉得一個SKIN DEEP就會搞到舌頭打結,對英文失去學習動力(沒那麼誇張啦~)。
 
教材由劈老師自備(老師自己買教科書,整理後再發的handout),分享昨天的4段短文。(紅色是單字/片語,藍色是發音/連音)
 
                                                My attitude towards money.
 
Part I
 
Money isn’t everything, but without it, there isn’t much we can do. A few years ago, my father was laid off because his company had financial problems. Before he got his next job, my family had a hard time making ends meet. Since then, I’ve made it a rule to economize on my daily expenses.
 
I stopped spending money on materialistic items such as expensive food or clothes. I used to buy whatever I liked or desired, but it usually turned out to be a waste of money. For example, fine clothes may look great one season, but old-fashioned the next. On the other hand, eating is nothing more than a way of satisfying our hunger. Therefore, I avoid going to costly restaurants for luxurious meals. To sum up, in order to save for a rainy day, I only buy things that I need, not what I want.

1. 原形lay off。
2. making ends meets=收支平衡。
3. economize(v.)=理財。
4. 無聲子音/p/,所以字尾ed發/t/。
5. materialistic(adj.)。倒數第二個 i 是短母音,t發/d/。
6. turn out=演變成...;ed的/d/跟後頭的ou/au/連音。
7. costly(adj.),o 發/a/=expensive。
8. luxurious,這音也太繞舌了吧!
9. To sum up=In summary/Finally
10. save for a rainy day=未雨綢繆
 
Part II
It is said that life ought to be spent on beautiful things. I consider money a medium that can bring pleasure to my life.
 
Most of the time, people are occupied with their jobs. As long as it’s in moderation, spending money can be a way to reward themselves for their hard work. It is true that money can’t buy love or happiness, but no one can deny that shopping can sometimes make us feel happy. Either a high-class brand name bag or a day at the spa could do the trick to relive us of the stress in our daily lives. Money comes and goes, but the pleasure for the moment is priceless. Just keep in mind that we should enjoy life only to the point that we can afford it. Otherwise, money will never bring us pleasure but endless credit card bills.

1. ought to=should
2. Most的t發/d/,與後頭的o連音。(此o的發音音標為:把小寫e上小顛倒再左右相反即是。)
3. deny(v.),denial(n.)
4. do the trick=達到...效果。
5. 補充4.:Trick or Treat. trick的i是短母音(大寫I),treat的ea是長母音/i/。(分開唸很簡單,合一起就跟SKIN DEEP一樣煩人)
6. to the point=到...程度

                                                 On plastic surgery
 
Part I
 
In spite of the old saying, “Beauty is only skin deep,” many people still go to great lengths to make themselves look better. I personally wouldn’t blame anyone for turning to plastic surgery to make themselves look more attractive.
 
I believe that it’s an individual’s right to change the parts of their bodies they don’t like. If one has thought it through and decided to do it, we should respect their choice. Moreover, plastic surgery is not necessarily just for sweeping someone off his or her feet. It can help those who were born disfigured or burnt in a fire have more confidence. If a few nips and tucks here and there can make someone feel better about themselves, no one has the right to stop them.

1. in spite of=僅管
2. skin的i是短母音,k發/g/;deep的ee發長音的/i/。唸到很想揍人!
3. go to great lengths=do smt. harder。通常th結尾的字若有加s(可數名詞複數或第三人稱單數代名詞的動詞),則th不發音,直接跳過發s的/s/即可。(難怪我老覺得cloths到底要怎麼唸才對!)
4. turning to=undergoing to=going to 
5. thought is through(think it through)=深思熟慮
6. necessarily(adv.),音很長耶,煩。
7. sweeping someone off his or her feet=令人神魂顛倒。(腳被掃到當然會跌倒,至少也會絆一下囉!)
8. nip(n.)=切除,tuck(v.)=塞進去(一個令人不穌湖的字)。
9. 補充8.:Tuck you shirt.把衣服(襬)塞進去(褲/裙子)。

 
Part II
 
While Korean soap stars and pop singers are becoming more and more popular, the Korean love for plastic surgery is intruding into our culture, too. Women, in particular, have become overwhelmed by this trend and have jumped on the bandwagon. In my opinion, it’s ridiculous to spend a fortune on changing how one looks. Everyone is unique. We don’t need to look like a star to make our lives better. Furthermore, these pursuers of beauty are also hurting the bodies their parents gave them. How sad their parents must be when they discover that their children are not satisfied with the looks they were born with.
 
What truly matters in life is our personality and character rather than our outward appearance. In the end, what really makes a difference is one’s inner beauty, I disapprove of anyone undergoing plastic surgery. After all, beauty is only skin deep.

1. singer的n和g各出一點力,但以n為主。(你說有沒有很煩!!!!)
2. intruding into=入侵。intruder(n.)入侵者。
3. bandwagon=潮流,趨勢。
4. 因為以前的國台辦張名清(大悶鍋版本那個),所以很愛這個rediculous=可笑,很扯不可思議。
5. gave them. 只要前面字尾是子音,them的th可以整個拿掉,子音連音只連em即可。th的音(把"日"搓成長條楕圓狀就是了)一整個消失不見就對了(整碗被端走了啦!)。
6. 知道discover,也很容易懂,但如果自己寫,永遠只想得到find out,怎麼也不會去想到要用這個漂亮的字。嗟~~~
7. character,重音在第一個音節(我怎麼樣就是會忘記!!!How come??)
8. (重頭戲)短短2個簡單到破表的單字,就是有辦法唸到覺得自己好像有條殘缺的舌頭(舌頭的單位用"條",對嗎?)。唉~~

 
其實這四段短文一點也不難,即使幾個單字或文法不懂(或不確定用法)亦不影嚮閱讀結果。只是,若當一般消遺,是可以輕鬆的;反之,Se和我是會要面對學生的挑戰的,總不能用說服自己的說法來教學生吧!所以,搞懂真正的用法及發出正確的音,才是花錢找老師的目的。
 
老師指導是解疑惑最直接的辦法,但與同好一起討論,也是讓進步的撇步。好了,我要去"咬舌"(台語)了!

補充:
1. give someone a hard time 咄咄逼人
2. recite 背誦("背"課文的背)
3. tell on  告狀
4. tell of  講述;tell off 分派出...
5. kick someone's ass 要(某人)好看,打敗(某人)
    e.g.:You kick my ass. 你贏了
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  • selina
  • 嗯…整理的很棒!!(拍拍手)…再來補充快讓我咬舌自盡的一些字<br />
    singer--longer--longest<br />
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    singer的/g/音不能發出來,只能發鼻音ng的音<br />
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    longer的/g/音要發出來<br />
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    longest的/g/不能發出來,只能發鼻音ng的音,音發輕音節母音e的音<br />
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    拷!英文真難!
  • 上課有錄音.之後再多聽幾次,的確容易加深印象!!沒事就在練"After all"、"Most of all"....連續的連音實在很繞舌!!!<br />
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    "singer"那天我聽的是/g/雖然音不重,但確實有!!Peter有多唸幾次,我真的有聽到/g/,連他都說確實很難唸!!!(所以,老師,可以直接跳過不要發嗎???)

    loveamei 於 2009/04/14 13:50 回覆