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No record! No record! No record! No record! No record! No record! No record! No record! No record! No record! Idiom Coach #4: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

2015-02-20



Idiom Coach #4:Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.



Different people judge who or what is beautiful differently.





Example:


Peter: Have you seen Fred’s new girlfriend? I think she’s quite ugly.
Mary: Well, Fred obviously doesn’t think so. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.



Vocabulary:


beauty is in the eye of the beholder – (idiom) 各花入各眼


judge – (v) 判斷


obviously – (adv) 明顯


after all – (adv) 畢竟


By Danny Au









The Riddler #6: I can run but not walk. Wherever I go, thought follows close behind. What am I?

2015-02-12




The Riddler #6: I can run but not walk. Wherever I go, thought follows close behind. What am I?



Answer: Nose


Explanation: You may have a “runny nose” when you catch a cold, so your nose can “run. Also, your nose is in front of your brain (that does the thinking), so your thoughts are behind your nose.






Vocabulary:


follow - (v) 跟隨


close behind (phr) - 緊隨其後


runny nose – (n) 流鼻涕


brain - (n) 大腦









Words of Wisdom #3

2015-02-04



Words of Wisdom #3


"An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind."-Mahatma Gandhi





Mahatma Gandhi employed nonviolent.civil disobedience to lead India to independence from the British colonial ruling.



Vocabulary:


Mahatma Gandhi – (n) 聖雄甘地


an eye for eye – (phr) 以眼還眼


blind – (adj)


nonviolent – (adj) 非暴力


disobedience – (n) 抗命


independence – (n) 獨立


colonial – (adj) 殖民



By Danny Au









Brain Lab #7: How to improve your memory – Tip #01

2015-01-22



Brain Lab #7: How to improve your memory – Tip #01



Tip #01 – Use Associations


An association is when you link two unrelated things together into a visual story. Your brain likes to think in pictures, so creating strong visual images for your associations are very important. In fact, make your mental pictures as unrealistic and exaggerated as possible because your brain will remember them better.



Example:


You want to remember that you have put your house keys in your bag. So let’s create an association between the “key” and “bag” (2 unrelated things).



Imagine right after you put your keys into the bag, your bag transforms into a big and beautiful house.



So later when you think about your house keys or see the bag, you will remember the visual association and know to find your keys in the bag.



Vocabulary:


association - (n) 聯想


unrelated - (adj) 無關的


mental - (adj) 精神的


visual - (adj) 視覺的


unrealistic - (adj) 不切實際的


exaggerated - (adj) 誇張的


transform - (v) 變成


By Danny Au









The Riddler #5: What goes up and down the stairs without moving?

2015-01-11




The Riddler #5: What goes up and down the stairs without moving?



Answer: A.rug


Explanation:A rug is often put over a flight of stairs as decoration along its entire length, so the rug “runs” from the top of the stairs to bottom without moving.






Vocabulary:


rug – (n) 地毯


stairs - (n) 樓梯


entire - (adj) 整個


length - (n) 長度









Idiom Coach #3: Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

2015-01-11



Idiom Coach #3: Don't count your chickens before they hatch.



Don't assume that something will happen until itactually happens. You can never be sure that something will happen for certain, right?




Example:


Peter: I'm sure that I will get an A for my English exam.
Mary: Don't count your chickens before they hatch!



Vocabulary:


Don’t count your chickens before they hatch – (idiom) 不要指望你的如意算盤


count – (v) 算


hatch – (v) 孵蛋


certain – (adj) 一定


By Danny Au









Words of Wisdom #2

2015-01-08



Words of Wisdom #2


"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."- Albert Einstein




Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science. He was the most influential physicist of the 20th century, who developed the Theory of Relativity.



Vocabulary:


Albert Einstein – (n) 愛因斯坦


insanity – (n)


expecting – (v) 期待


theoretical physicist – (n) 理論物理學家


influential – (adj) 有影響


Theory of Relativity – (n) 相對論









Brain Lab #6: How to be Smarter (Part 6/6)

2015-01-08



Brain Lab #6: How to be Smarter (Part 6/6)



Tip 6: Hang Around Smart People


Spending time with people who are smarter than you is surely one of the quickest ways to learn. These people are often great role models on the ways they tackle challenges. Take heed especially when they’re solving problems and observe their logic behind their solutions.



Just make sure you’re humble enough to admit others are smarter than you, then you will get smarter yourself!



Vocabulary:


hang around - (v) 陪同


role model - (n) 榜樣


tackle - (v) 辦


take heed - (v) 留意


observe - (v) 察看


logic - (n) 邏輯


humble - (adj) 謙遜


By Danny Au









The Riddler #4: Give me food, and I will live; give me water, and I will die. What am I?

2015-01-06




The Riddler #4: Give me food, and I will live; give me water, and I will die. What am I?



Answer: A fire


Explanation: Almost anything you put into a fire will help keep it burning (keep the fire alive). However, you will put out the fire (it will die) if you give it water.






Vocabulary:


burning – (v / adj) 燃燒


put out - (v) 撲滅









Brain Lab #5: How to be Smarter (Part 5/6)

2015-01-06



Brain Lab #5: How to be Smarter (Part 5/6)



Tip 5: Physical Exercise


It is very important to do the right kind and amount of exercise regularly not only to maintain a healthy body, but also a healthy brain.



Aerobic exercises, those that increase your heart rate and make you sweat, can strengthen your lungs, so that you can take in more oxygen with every breath. Oxygen is very important for your body cells (including brain cells) to stay healthy. Furthermore, aerobic exercises can give you a stronger heart, enhancing your blood circulation and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to cells in every part of your body. You will undoubtedly think better and faster when your brain cells have plenty of oxygen and nutrients to use.



A physically fit body will also help you handle stress and think under pressure better, both of which are helpful to your IQ.




Vocabulary:


amount - (n) 量


aerobic exercise - (n) 帶氧運動


sweat - (n/v) 流汗


lung - (n) 肺


breath – (n) 氣息


cell – (n) 細胞


enhancing – (v) 提高


circulation – (n) 循環


delivery – (n/v) 輸送


physically – (adv) 體格


undoubtedly – (adv) 無疑


stress / pressure – (n) 壓力


By Danny Au









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