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週三, 31 十月 2012 20:48

又第一名了?

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Mentors are people who choose you as much as you choose them. – Peter Legge

 

昨兒個晚上又去跟著這一群little ukers上課去了。老師在台上帶動唱,我也在台下跟著小毛頭門跳上跳下的。唉啊,那五十肩好像快變成八十肩了哩!我的肚子雖然沒有戴著一層甜甜圈,可怎麼跳都跳不起來呢?

 

跟著地球繞著太陽轉也有半個世紀了,哇、、、想想也挺酷的 (cool),半個世紀!時間飛逝,不光光是Time flies. 我覺得應該是說 Time flies with two turbo engines! 時間才會飛得這麼快!

 

唱完了,彈ukulele的時間到了。大夥兒彈著彈著的,我發現我竟然是所有的little ukers裡面彈得最好的“大朋友”耶!臉皮真是厚,勝之不武,還敢大作宣傳。人家小小ukers也才不過繞了太陽六、七圈而已,還敢跟人家比。不過我難得得到第一名嘛,就讓我做做幾分鐘的白日夢吧!

 

雖然我比他們大很多,可是我很勤奮地練琴喔!而且最棒的一點是,我的導師(mentor)跟我住在一起,我隨時有問題都可以請教她。所以我持續彈錯的機會比較少,進步當然比較快一點。(雖然還是勝之不武!)

 

這就讓我想起來,在我的“討厭的英文”一書裡談到的事實:如果你身邊有一個可以隨時幫你糾正發音和文法的導師,你的英文就會說得越標準,進步得越快。所以如果你的身邊沒有一個適合的導師可以幫你的話,趕快去物色一位願意當你的導師的人ㄡ。加油啦,祝福你三個半月英文下嚇嚇叫!

 

Fly  除了有蒼蠅的意思之外,還可以當釣魚用的餌。

▪ Jeff always uses artificial flies when he goes fishing. 每次Jeff去釣魚的時候,都是用人工魚餌。

 

可是fly in the ointment 是什麼意思呢?

Ointment是藥膏。藥膏裡的蒼蠅,就代表製造麻煩的人或是事情。

▪ My website is almost ready to go live online.  The only fly in the ointment is shooting the videos.

▪ We’re almost ready to start work. Getting the permit is the only fly in the ointment.

 

drop like flies 或是die like flies,非正式用法If people or animals are dropping/dying like flies, they are dropping or dying very quickly in large numbers. 如果人或是動物dropping/dying like flies就是表示大量的昏倒或是死去。
▪ The heat was so intense that people were dropping like flies. [=many people were fainting from the heat]

▪ Horses and cattle dropped/died like flies during the drought. These phrases are often used figuratively. 這些片語通常是借用一種說法來描述另一件事情

▪ Candidates were dropping like flies during the early part of the campaign.

 

fly on the wall : someone who secretly watches or listens to other people 專門在私底下探聽秘密的人,有時候可以翻成隔牆有耳(even the walls have ears)
▪ I would like to be a fly on the wall during the negotiations. [=I would like to be able to hear what is being said during the negotiations]

▪Let’s speak in a different language.  There are flies on the wall.

 

no flies on 主要用在英式英文,非正式用法chiefly Brit, informal ◊If there are no flies on you, you are a smart person who is quick to understand things and not easily fooled.如果no flies on you,表示你是一個悟性高的人,也就不容易被唬了。

 

wouldn't hurt a fly ◊Someone who wouldn't hurt a fly is too gentle to want to hurt anyone. 連一隻蒼蠅都不會去傷害的人,肯定是很溫柔的,不會去傷害別人的人
▪ He looks big and dangerous, but he wouldn't hurt a fly.

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