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Zoe Chou said
學英文的人大抵要經歷兩個過程,由簡入繁,再由繁入簡,最高明的境界是用最簡單的語言把一件事情說清楚。 今天介紹的這6個句子都是很簡單的句子,也都是你認得的字,但一開口說出來,高下立辨。 1、Let's push it back to next week.(我們把(會議)延遲到下周吧。) 延期我們習慣用postpone,push back更口語,有「推」的動作。如果是時間往前提,就用bring forward,一樣是非常實用的片語。例句:We decided to bring forward the date of the next meeting.(我們決定將下一次會議的日期提前。) 2、You're cutting it a bit fine, aren't you?(你把時間卡得太緊了吧?) 時間或預算卡得很太緊,你第一個想到的字大概是tight,現在你可以用cut it fine或cut it close來表達。 3、I got loads out of it.(我從中學到了很多東西。) 你當然可以說I learn a lot. 但偶爾換一下新鮮說法,參加一個研討會,收穫很多,這句就派上用場:I got loads out of it. 4、Can I pick your brains for a second?(能否請你借一下你的腦袋?) 這是和熟人之間有點俏皮的對話。你可以直接問Can you help me? 但用pick your brains顯得你看重的是對方的腦力,而不是勞力,人家也許更樂意幫忙了。 5、That figures.(怪不得/原來如此) figure這個字我們習慣的用法是figure out,意思是「瞭解、明白」。That figures. 意思是這件事,可以想見,或是像中文的口語「怪不得」、「在意料之中」、「原來如此」。 6、I am at your service at any time.(隨時都樂於為您服務。) 這句話很簡單,卻是客戶喜歡聽的話。有時候也會以更簡單的形式出現,例如客戶有一個新產品發表會,希望你提一份企劃畫,你胸有成竹,就可以說:No problem. At your service。  文/世界公民文化中心
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Zoe Chou said
學生到世界公民上課,多半是下了班之後,課程大都在晚上。有一次,一名學生在走廊上看見外籍老師,順口打招呼:Good night! 老師愣住,心想,怎麼還沒上課就要走了? 原來,學生在打招呼。 英文裡的Good morning,Good afternoon,Good evening 就等於中文裡的「你好」,只是招呼的時間不同而已。但 Good night不一樣,它不是打招呼,這只是告別時說的,相當於Good bye。 用英文說再見,除了最常用的Good bye、Good night、See you,其實還有一些新鮮的說法。 1、Later(等會兒見) 假如你常看美劇、英劇,對 Later! 應該不陌生了。我們熟悉的 See you later. 省去後半段變成See you,或者省掉前半段,更乾脆,一個字later,待會兒見,輕鬆的道別。 Catch you later.大偵探福爾摩斯在他的死對頭離開時說了這麼一句,雖然也有再見的意思,但一語雙關,「稍後會逮你。」 另外老外說 I’ll see you later. 或者 I'll talk to you later. 不要做字面意思解,以為等一下會找你談話。這就是再見、道別了。 2、Take care(保重) 這句話符合東方的人情味。和朋友談話,談到最後都會向對方說聲:「保重」,take care 就是這個意思。更周到一點,就說:Take good care of yourself.(好好的照顧自己)。但要人保重有時要看語境,當你得罪某人,而他對你說:I will take good care of you. 他的意思是:你等著瞧! 3、Until we meet again.(後會有期) 這句話也是再見的意思,說白了是「直到我們再見面」。歐普拉告別她主持了25年的電視節目,結束前,她深情地說:I won't say goodbye...I'll just say, until we meet again. Until we meet again 大概有點「後會有期」的味道。 4、Ciao 這個字很特別,發音 [tʃaʊ],像中文的「俏」,既是見面時的招呼,也可以是道別。  文/世界公民文化中心
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Lien said
Six Thinking Hats    如果你想往前走,就挑一頂帽子 由愛德華. 德. 波諾發展出來的工具, 六頂思考帽(Six Thinking Hats)的技巧詳細地說明了做決定的時候我們會用到的不同思考風格。人們往往會有某種偏好的思考風格,但無論多麼有用,我們都還是可能因為無法跳脫既定模式,導致最後坐困愁城。六頂思考帽的方法給了我們彈性,不是利用適合某個情況的風格,就是透過應用一種以上的思考風格到某個問題上,讓我們的思考可以更全面。 Used with well-defined and explicit Return On Investment success in corporations worldwide, Six Thinking Hats is a simple, effective parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved. A powerful tool set, which once learned can be applied immediately! You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six clear functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a colored symbolic "thinking hat." By mentally wearing and switching "hats," you can easily focus or redirect thoughts, the conversation, or the meeting. The White Hat calls for information known or needed. "The facts, just the facts."  The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism. Under this hat you explore the positives and probe for value and benefit. The Black Hat is judgment - the devil's advocate or why something may not work. Spot the difficulties and dangers; where things might go wrong. Probably the most powerful and useful of the Hats but a problem if overused. The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition. When using this hat you can express emotions and feelings and share fears, likes, dislikes, loves, and hates. The Green Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas. It's an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions. The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process. It's the control mechanism that ensures the Six Thinking Hats® guidelines are observed.   Source: http://www.debonogroup.com/six_thinking_hats.php
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Zoe Chou said
美國一家知名公司徵才面試的問題是:How much is two plus two?(二加二是多少) 一位數學系畢業的應徵者不假思索地回答:Four; 一位經濟系畢業的應徵者沉思很久回答說:About four。 而當一位主修法律準備當律師的應徵者被問到這個問題後,胸有成竹地反問道: How much do you want it to be(你想要得多少呢)? 這是個笑話,我們今天來看看How much。大家都知道How much是「多少?」。帶有How much的問句最好是能不用就不用,因為這有打探他人隱私之嫌。就算老外不在乎,也可能有令人尷尬的後果。 比如到朋友家做客,你看到一件漂亮的家飾,你順口問這東西how much,人家告訴你XX美元。你怎麼接下去呢? 如果你說expensive,似乎在說人家買貴了是冤大頭;如果你說cheap,又似乎貶低了人家的欣賞品味。 How much和cheap合在一起,就更容易出糗了。 來看一段對話,How much帶來的小困擾,有個老外買了個小紀念品,他的老中朋友問他How much: (老中)How much is it? 這多少錢。 (老外)You guess. 你猜猜看。 (老中)I guess it should be 200 yuan. 我猜二百元。 (老外)No, it's only 20. 只要二十元。 (老中)What? Only 20 yuan? It's so cheap. (老外)No, it's not, it's so good. 老外才不承認他買的東西so cheap,是因為他不想讓別人認為他買的東西沒有價值。中文我們說很便宜,不見得是貶意,但英文裡是。 (X)It's cheap.(cheap有便宜、品質不佳的意思) (O)it's a good bargain.(很值得) 外國朋友請你吃飯,吃完了飯結帳,你也別太好奇問人家how much。當然,how much更不宜用來問他人的工資、房租、體重,尤其是體重,屬於高度個人隱私,打聽不得。 我見到過老外被問到這類how much問題時,用開玩笑的方式打馬虎眼擺脫窘境:As much as you may think. 這句話可以學起來! 
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Zoe Chou said
聽唱讀寫,你最喜歡哪一種學習方式呢? 進入英語島的時候,我們都會邀請所有會員,開始21天的打卡循環,選擇用聽唱讀寫其中一種方式把英文融入生活。 有不少人選擇用聽英文歌或唱英文歌的方式學習英文,不過具體來說要怎麼做呢?每天都找不同歌好麻煩耶? 我們從等待小嬰兒說出第一聲mama這件事學到:要會聽才會說。這也正是英語島安排12講做為輔助練習的含意,利用聽來累積英文語感。也可能你已經會說,但總覺得卡卡的,不夠像native speaker,就是少了一種節奏感。 建立節奏感最有效的方法,其實不用每天找新的聽力練習教材,就是多聽英文歌。只要你同一句反覆聽個十次二十次,看到 want to 就會想到 wanna ,你的英文就開始有了fu。邊聽邊跟著唱出來,任何說不出口的字,不知為何用唱的就很順,這就是唱歌的優點,把發音跟節奏感一起安裝到自己的聲音裡。 不過不要心急,先專注於一種口音,等到有了基本功再來練習其他地區口音。 學好英文,不過是對自己的一個承諾。 延伸閱讀 Billboard 2014 Music Awards winners are... http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1458 What are you listening to? http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1309  
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Zoe Chou said
10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings   Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on. Here are my ten favorite tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings. 1. Draw a Venn diagram Getting up and drawing a Venn diagram is a great way to appear smart. It doesn't matter if your Venn diagram is wildly inaccurate, in fact, the more inaccurate the better. Even before you've put that marker down, your colleagues will begin fighting about what exactly the labels should be and how big the circles should be, etc. At this point, you can slink back to your chair and go back to playing Candy Crush on your phone. 2. Translate percentage metrics into fractions If someone says “About 25% of all users click on this button,” quickly chime in with, “So about 1 in 4,” and make a note of it. Everyone will nod their head in agreement, secretly impressed and envious of your quick math skills. 3. Encourage everyone to “take a step back” There comes a point in most meetings where everyone is chiming in, except you. Opinions and data and milestones are being thrown around and you don’t know your CTA from your OTA. This is a great point to go, “Guys, guys, guys, can we take a step back here?” Everyone will turn their heads toward you, amazed at your ability to silence the fray. Follow it up with a quick, “What problem are we really trying to solve?” and, boom! You've bought yourself another hour of looking smart. 4. Nod continuously while pretending to take notes Always bring a notepad with you. Your rejection of technology will be revered. Take notes by simply writing down one word from every sentence that you hear. Nod continuously while doing so. If someone asks you if you’re taking notes, quickly say that these are your own personal notes and that someone else should really be keeping a record of the meeting. Bravo compadre. You've saved your ass, and you've gotten out of doing any extra work. Or any work at all, if you’re truly succeeding. 5. Repeat the last thing the engineer said, but very very slowly Make a mental note of the engineer in the room. Remember his name. He’ll be quiet throughout most of the meeting, but when his moment comes everything out of his mouth will spring from a place of unknowable brilliance. After he utters these divine words, chime in with, “Let me just repeat that,” and repeat exactly what he just said, but very, very slowly. Now, his brilliance has been transferred to you. People will look back on the meeting and mistakenly attribute the intelligent statement to you. 6. Ask “Will this scale?” no matter what it is It’s important to find out if things will scale no matter what it is you’re discussing. No one even really knows what that means, but it’s a good catch-all question that generally applies and drives engineers nuts. 7. Pace around the room Whenever someone gets up from the table and walks around, don’t you immediately respect them? I know I do. It takes a lot of guts but once you do it, you immediately appear smart. Fold your arms. Walk around. Go to the corner and lean against the wall. Take a deep, contemplative sigh. Trust me, everyone will be shitting their pants wondering what you’re thinking. If only they knew (bacon). 8. Ask the presenter to go back a slide “Sorry, could you go back a slide?” They’re the seven words no presenter wants to hear. It doesn't matter where in the presentation you shout this out, it’ll immediately make you look like you’re paying closer attention than everyone else is, because clearly they missed the thing that you’re about to brilliantly point out. Don’t have anything to point out? Just say something like, “I’m not sure what these numbers mean,” and sit back. You've bought yourself almost an entire meeting of appearing smart. 9. Step out for a phone call You’re probably afraid to step out of the room because you fear people will think you aren't making the meeting a priority. Interestingly, however, if you step out of a meeting for an “important” phone call, they’ll all realize just how busy and important you are. They’ll say, “Wow, this meeting is important, so if he has something even more important than this, well, we better not bother him.” 10. Make fun of yourself If someone asks what you think, and you honestly didn't hear a single word anyone said for the last hour, just say, “I honestly didn't hear a single word anyone said for the last hour.” People love self-deprecating humor. Say things like, “Maybe we can just use the lawyers from my divorce,” or “God I wish I was dead.” They’ll laugh, value your honesty, consider contacting H.R., but most importantly, think you’re the smartest looking person in the room. 
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Zoe Chou said
Pic via The New York Times 踏出comfort zone、選好行業用語、也很有自信的表達出自己了,恭喜你就要完成自己的履歷了! 你可能會問,可是你沒教我如何寫履歷啊?只不過是一些減法啊? 我們在第一篇提到,【履歷的減法】系列不會教你格式,正如英語島不會只教你單字文法那些上網查就有的東西,建立起你的英語腦才是我們擅長的。所以在前面三篇當中,我們減去了你的不安、贅字、與過度謙虛,而【履歷的減法】系列最後一篇,是加法:你需要加上一個自我推薦信(Cover Letter)。 自我推薦信為何重要? 假如有兩個信用卡業務員來向你推卡,一個只給你簡介,另一位簡單說明了卡片優點及適合你的原因,如果兩張優惠幾乎一樣,你會選擇辦哪一張呢? 如果是我會選擇後者,因為對他第一時間產生了期待,印象比較突出,自我推薦信就是這樣的道理,這封信就是以後你工作上寄出的信的標準,收到的人會期望這位新員工以後也會這樣介紹公司、對待客戶。不過正如減法強調的,這封信絕對不會是履歷內容的重複,而是讓你表達出為什麼你想要進入這個公司。 ●Why am I a good fit? 如果把工作履歷想成一餐,履歷跟自傳是主菜,自我推薦信就是前菜了,前菜的目的就是讓人期待主菜。自我推薦信的第一要務,在於說明為何你就是那位適合的員工。社會新鮮人往往無法在履歷表裡用經驗襯托自己,同時對於大多數的公司來說,心態比經驗能力更重要,而這也是傳統履歷上看不到的部分,所以你更需要自我推薦信來說明。 ▼我在貴公司徵才攤位和負責海外業務的陳經理聊過,印象很深刻。 During career week, my encounter with Mr. Chen at your company's stall left me with an everlasting impression. ▼我父母親從事這方面的工作,讓我小時候就開始接觸。 As both of my parents worked in this industry, my exposure started young. ▼ 因為這從小就是我的夢想。 Because this has been a dream ever since childhood. 回想一下人生中各個經驗帶來什麼意義,讓你希望應徵這份工作,把經驗化成自己的故事,讓人留下深刻的印象。 ●How can my skills be matched with companies’ requirements? 你找的工作跟之前經驗有什麼關係呢?你覺得你能把經驗跟公司作連接嗎?好吧,假如之前的行業無關,那麼要不要看看自己的專長跟工作有什麼關係呢? 比方說: 你想應徵國貿人員,可是你的工作經驗都是當家教 或是 你想應徵記者,可是你的工作經驗是餐廳外場 那麼你想想看,有沒有什麼相關的專長,例如國貿需要用外語,如果你之前是教英文,不就剛好?而且教學代表你擅長溝通,不是嗎? 餐廳外場要面對各式各樣的客人,當記者也要,而且如果你本身喜歡寫部落格,那這就是開啟你記者夢的起點。 即使你是用人力銀行網站,也應該要在送出應徵時,站在收件人的立場,在「自我推薦」的部分使用上述的方法,給自己多一點機會。 如何推薦自己是一種需要時間思考的技巧。你可能小時候會覺得內容越多越豐富,可是進入社會後反而相反。太多字了,很快對方就會失去興趣。寫履歷應徵工作不是看誰寫的夠多,而是看你寫的內容多麼的Epic。Epic就是在幾秒間把自己形容到對方永遠會記得你是誰。每一個人都可以把自己的故事講得精彩。你有沒有發現屬於你的精彩? 所以,快點寫那封自我推薦信吧!Good luck!! 有任何困難就參考方法卡吧!方法卡都包含了對你有幫助的線索。 文/N.Dannenbring 只講自己最精彩的highlight,讓你寫完以後嘆一聲:「寫得有夠好!」 英語島【 履歷的減法】不只教你如何寫英文履歷、自傳,讓你中文履歷也讓人印象深刻。系列連載到這邊告一段落,祝大家都能進入理想的職場。如果想知道如何寫英文自傳,或更多關於英文面試的問題,歡迎上來英語島切磋討論。 延伸閱讀: 英語島方法卡 #6 Epic--Start from the Middle http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/6 【履歷的減法】1. What are you afraid of ? What am I afraid of?  http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1387 【履歷的減法】2. Prove that you are worth it http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1428 【履歷的減法】3. Solidify yourself. http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1468  
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Zoe Chou said
請你為這段文字下一個標題: Most people don’t realize that we’re essentially locking ourselves in a box when we are too focused on something. It’s important to walk away from our work once in a while and have some alone time. Alone time is good for the brain and spirit. 這段文字原本的標題是 "Stop working, and have do-nothing time”,你有抓到重點嗎? 有的 leader 講的話拆開來都聽得懂,但合起來就不知道他想表達什麼。 有的 leader 總是可以快速找到方向,切入重點,推進事務。 關鍵就在閱讀時的下標能力。 面對事情的決策能力,其實是從閱讀開始培養,為文章段落下標題就是很好的練習。 如何進行? 每看完一段文字,試著用一句話總結其含意,盡量不要用文章本身的句子,而是用一句強而有力的標題來吸引人注意。下標題的能力不是只有記者、編輯才需要,好的行銷人員也需要有下標能力,一下就能吸引讀者了解產品。 這樣的能力還可以延伸到日常生活中,你想要推薦一項好東西給朋友,可能是一家餐廳、一瓶防曬乳液、一款電腦背包,東西再好,若沒有在兩三句話直中對方內心也枉然。回想一下自己最近的一次經驗吧,對方的反應如何呢? 學會下標跟提升閱讀其實是相輔相成。#29 Headlining 這張方法卡不僅是教你下標題,透過不同標題種類的反覆練習,熟悉用英文下標的主要原則,例如 "How to…” 句型的各種變化,讓你閱讀時更快抓到文章重點,經過反覆練習,讓你在實際對話時也可以更快聽出對方的來意,爭取時間思考回覆。這週就跟著方法卡練習,如果有問題、卡住了,可以隨時在 Curious  求救。 現在請就 “Sitting Is The New Smoking” 這個標題,告訴我們 Coach Claire 的這篇文章在講什麼呢?   延伸閱讀: #29 Headlining 下標題  7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science  文 / Zoe Chou
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Zoe Chou said
  小時候看過柯南的舉手! 還是你比較喜歡福爾摩斯? 推理小說、懸疑片總是讓人一看就停不下來,茶不思飯不想,恨不得快點知道答案,又捨不得太快看完。 又或是你有試過自己寫一個故事嗎?很少人天生就會說故事,尤其現在越來越少機會用文字表達,一回神發現已經寫不了超過140字的東西了,每到生日、畢業、或一次難忘的出遊後,面對朋友們如潮水般湧來的留言,竟然不知該如何表達自己的感謝。原來不會說的,竟是自己那最想被聽到的心。 還記得小時候用拼貼的方式作畫嗎? 這種紙撕一塊、那個顏色拿一片,索性亂撕,膠水塗一大片,什麼紙落上去了就是什麼,看起來好像也頗像一回事,好有成就感,自己也是畢卡索。 找回你的童年記憶了嗎?現在就用這麼有趣的方式練英文吧! 「公車、電話、文件夾、E-mail、瑜珈墊」 五個單字,是不是讓腦海裡浮現一個忙碌的上班族?他要去哪裡?他可能擅長什麼?他的個性如何?他喜歡他的工作嗎?他下班後都在幹嘛? 於是一篇故事就開始了。 這週英語島要帶給你的英文know-how,就是創意拼貼。把看似無關的單字概念放在一起,就會強化敘述間的關聯性。找出生活中五個單字,串成自己的一天,寫在今天的打卡裡吧!現在就去看本週的方法卡:創意拼貼 ,同時把單字片語的基礎打得更紮實,一次解決單字量不夠、說不出好故事的問題。  文/Zoe Chou       Pics from Pinterest
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勇敢跟自信到底有什麼關聯呢?如果你是個很有自信的人,面對機會來臨的時候你還會那麼謙虛嗎?還是其實不是謙虛而是膽小啊? 【履歷的減法】這次要減去的,正是你的謙虛。 What is humble? 謙虛是? 人家稱讚你的作品,明明知道自己花了不少功夫而且非常滿意成果,可是你卻回:「沒有,我覺得還可以。」 可是當要應徵工作時,還需要這樣謙虛嗎? 太謙虛 I know I don’t have this ability but I hope to try it anyway. 我知道我沒有這個能力,可是我還是想試試看。 I do not specialise in any area. 我沒有自己的專長。 這些都很不恰當,因為這樣代表:你還沒有想清楚為什麼應徵這份工作。 謙虛是美德,可是除了要認識自己的短處,更要肯定自己的優點。 ▼ 我經驗不夠豐富,但我願意從頭學。  I might not be very experienced, but I’m willing to start from scratch. ▼ 我當助理時做了許多雜事,但也讓我多加了解這個行業。  I did a lot of chores when I was working as an assistant, but it also gave me an insight into this profession. 現在來試試看加入自信的語調,你會怎麼介紹自己?你可能會說: Self motivated and charismatic Bilingual with a gift in languages 其實形容詞用多了,會越講越飄,少了底氣。你需要名詞來鞏固自己,例如: ▼ I believe my profession is about hard work, passion and love. ▼ With a passion for creative thinking, he creates fun, imaginative and surreal art in a simplistic and unique way. 你有沒有發現到,用一些比較中性的單字其實就足夠了。”love” “fun” 這些雖然不是所謂「困難單字」反而很容易就能傳達出這個人的自信與個性,一個溫暖的人躍然紙上。不是只有 success 或 leadership 這些詞才能表現專業,有些名詞更 solid 更能回饋給你力量。 看過綠野仙蹤 (Wizard of Oz) 嗎?故事裡有一位角色,獅子。膽小又容易哭,怕東怕西的。雖然他跟平常獅子不一樣,可是每當遇到危險,他都是第一個出面、第一個勇敢地應付這些危險的事情。外表雖然是一個膽小的傢伙,可是他自己沒發覺的是,內在早就是一隻兇猛的獅子了。我們其實都含有自信的能量,只不過很多人還忙著看別人多好,卻沒有仔細看自己的優點。 你是自己的推銷員,對自己有信心,表達自己的優點,語言自然就會有溫度,平凡的用字也會有力量,而這就是英語島 The Birth of a Salesman 這張方法卡要傳達的訊息:自信就是最好的語言。  文/N.Dannenbring 只講自己最精彩的highlight,讓你寫完以後嘆一聲:「寫得有夠好!」 英語島【 履歷的減法】不只教你如何寫英文履歷、自傳,讓你中文履歷也讓人印象深刻。 系列專欄每週一、四只在英語島網站。   延伸閱讀: 英語島方法卡 # 45 The birth of a salesman  http://englishisland.com.tw/card/45  【履歷的減法】1. What are you afraid of ? What am I afraid of?  http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1387  【履歷的減法】2. Prove that you are worth it http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1428  【履歷的減法】3. Solidify yourself.  http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1468  【履歷的減法】4. Stamp! You’re in!  http://englishisland.com.tw/curious/post/1508 
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你多久沒準時下班了?  閱讀暖身  準時下班與完成每天工作事項不見得背道而馳。工作超時或許能贏得盡忠職守的美名,對長期的工作績效和生活品質卻不盡然。如果想盡力完成當天工作,又想準時離開辦公室,你需要一些技巧管理你的工作習慣。   進入本文前,請先想想怎麼表達以下單字:  a) 精疲力盡b) 應付c) 空出、 撥出  The clock has ticked past 6:30pm but you are still sitting in front of your computer. You have been thinking about going home on time today so as to spend some time with your kids, but you are still facing a pile of work. When you finally get to leave the office, it’s already 9 pm and you are the last one to turn off the office lights again. You feel a) drained by work after getting home, and feel like 1) hitting the sack right away. 牆上的時鐘早已過了六點半,你還坐在你的電腦前面工作。雖然一直想著要早點回家陪小孩,卻有堆積如山的工作還沒完成。當你終於準備要離開公司,發現已經九點鐘了,而且你又是最後一個離開辦公室的人。當你到家之後,早已覺得精疲力盡,一心只想趕快上床睡覺。 It's a pattern with which most full-time professionals are familiar–you’re spending increasing amounts of time at your office, compromising your personal life just to make a good impression at work. However, staying longer at the office does not necessarily make you more productive. It often works 2) the other way around. The following tips might help you shorten your office hours so you can leave work on time. 這是大部分全職上班族都不陌生的情況,每天花越來越多的時間待在辦公室,犧牲了自己的私人時間,只為求在工作上有好的表現。然而,在辦公室的時間越長,並不代表你會更有生產力,而且通常還會得到反效果。以下提供幾個方法,或許可以幫助你縮短工作時間,讓你準時離開工作崗位。 First, learn to prioritize things. Make a list of the three most important things you have to get done in a day. Limit it to three and focus on them. Don’t try to b) juggle too many things at once. Tackle the important and difficult tasks first so they won’t slow you down at the end of the day when you might get stuck. Second, stay on top of your emails. c) Set aside two or three particular times a day for checking emails and that’s it! Don’t bother to reply to every email as soon as it arrives in your inbox. You are not going to miss out on important messages because people will call you if it’s urgent. 首先,訂出工作的優先順序。先寫下一天最重要的三件工作,記得要限制只有「三件」,並專注地完成它們,不要試著一次處理太多事情。先完成這些比較重要和困難的工作,不要留到下班前再做,這樣在遇到瓶頸的時候,才不會拖延到你的下班時間。第二點,控制回覆電子郵件的時間。每天撥出兩到三個時間點回覆郵件即可,不要一收到新郵件就急著立刻回覆。你不必擔心會漏掉重要訊息,若有緊急的情況,別人會直接用電話聯繫。 Third, be flexible. When you are busy, you can try to get to work earlier or compromise some of your lunch break time. Bring your own lunchbox so that it saves you more time. Don’t get involved in too many 3) “water cooler chats”; focus on accomplishing your tasks first. Lastly, feel good about what you have done. When you leave the office every day, don’t just think about the things you have yet to do. Remind yourself of the things you have accomplished today, ending your work-day feeling good about what you have done. 第三,「彈性」調配時間。當你業務繁忙的時候,可以試著早點進辦公室,或者是利用一點自己的午休時間工作,自己帶便當會比中午出去外面吃飯來的更省時。試著減少參與同事的「茶水間閒聊」,讓自己先專注在當天要完成的任務。最後,對自己的工作進度感到滿意。每天離開辦公室前,不要只掛念著自己還沒完成的工作,提醒自己今天已經完成了哪些任務,在結束一天工作前能夠感覺充實。 *口語詞彙: 1. hit the sack 上床睡覺 hit the sack 的意思和go to bed一樣,但hit the sack是更口語的表達方式。 E.g., I am very tired, so I guess it’s time for me to hit the sack.  我現在很累,所以我想該上床睡覺了。 2. the other way around 相反地、以相反地方式進行 I don't think the table will go through the door this way. Let’s try it the other way around.  我不覺得桌子可以從這個角度搬進門,我們應該要換個方向試試看。 3. water cooler chats 茶水間閒聊 Water cooler  是飲水機,water cooler chat 顧名思義就是在飲水機或茶水間的閒聊,也可以說 water cooler conversation.  The gossip has become water-cooler chat/conversation, and has spread around the office.  八卦已經成為茶水間閒聊話題,並且已在辦公室內傳開。 -- 文/ Claire Peng Photo via http://tinyurl.com/nfoaexs 
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很多學生常被中文的字詞順序 (word order) 干擾,把對的字放在不對的地方,所以英文聽起來就是有中文的味道。現在我們來看看大家常犯的 word order 錯誤。  Debug: I go to that restaurant one week three times. 我一周去那間餐廳3次。  Please tell me I should go where to meet them. 請告訴我應該去哪裡見他們。  Your wallet is in here. 你的錢包在這裡。  Debug Answer: 1. I go to that restaurant three times a week. 中英文對於描述時間次數的詞序剛好相反 。英文傾向先說重點細節,所以一周3次會把要強調的重點 three times 放在前面。要改變描述時間次數的詞序習慣,其實只要反覆念誦相關的方法,three times a week, once a day, 4 times a year...等到你習慣後,你聽到英文 one week 3 times, 反而會覺得奇怪呢! 2. Please tell me where I should meet them. 句中的 where I should meet them 是名詞子句, 為tell 的受詞。 疑問詞 where 說明了提問者最想知道的訊息,所以放在名詞子句的最前面。請記得句子中只要有Wh- 開頭的疑問詞,一定會放在最前面。 她是誰? Who is she? 你住在哪裡? Where do you live?   3. Here is your wallet. Your wallet is here. 這句話其實也是對的,但是英語人士更常說: " Here is your wallet. " 地方副詞放在句首強調語氣。當地方副詞放在句首時,動詞要跟著移到主詞前,成為倒裝句。   [Debug]是英語島51張方法卡的其中一張,教你如何進行除錯式的英文學習。英文已經有基本程度的你,現在開始把腦子裡的錯誤程式:錯誤發音、錯誤文法、錯誤句型通通去除。你不必帶著這些英文bugs一輩子,來到英語島,我們每天幫你抓一隻!   -- Article via 世界公民文化中心 Photo via http://tinyurl.com/jwa24eh 
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英語島本週方法卡是Headlining,教你如何用標題判斷文章內容,還有如何用強而有力的標題吸引讀者注意。來看看國際商業媒體像是Wired, Bloomberg, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review是怎麼下標的吧>>http://tinyurl.com/o3pb766 *延伸閱讀: 1. 【English Insider】#29 Headlining 閱讀快狠準 http://tinyurl.com/px5bybt 2. 英語島本週方法卡#29 Headlining  http://tinyurl.com/owpvzyf -- Source: 英語島雜誌 
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Zoe Chou said
朋友打來討論晚上在哪裡碰面,但手機好像怪怪的,斷斷續續的,我脫口而出說:My phone is weird. 但是Nathan就會說:My phone is acting funny. 我也覺得這個說法很funny,原來funny不只可以用來形容人。也或者在英文的世界裡,物品和人一樣, 東西有問題就如同人在鬧脾氣,笑一笑就過去了 。而且用funny就感覺問題不是那麼嚴重,反正訊號不好時的雞同鴨講也有一種幽默。 文 / Zoe Chou
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「我在外面,不方便講電話耶!」「現在手邊有點忙,晚點再回給你喔~」 不管你是常跑外面的業務,還是要討論小組報告的學生,幾乎每個禮拜都會用到的一句話,不要再講 I’m at outside 了,也不要在那邊 hand 個半天。下面的狀況也常發生,到底該怎麼講好呢? 蛤我不在電腦前耶 我剛剛跟以前的同學聚餐現在要先陪其中一個同學去拿東西等下大家好像要去唱歌 我剛下班前被老闆叫進去講話所以比較晚出發然後又等不到公車現在要下車了等我一下喔我拿個悠遊卡欸我等下打給你好了 我們通常說自己在外面,不外乎是因為想表達: 自己在忙 在和朋友吃飯 在看電影 要下公車正手忙腳亂,反正就是急著要掛電話結果手機先摔地上了 (Oops!) 越急的時候越要把話說清楚,不用完整交代自己在幹嘛,其實這樣講就夠了: ●我在辦事 I’m in the middle of something. I’m doing something else right now. ●現在手邊有點忙 I have a few things coming up right now. ●我不在電腦前 I’m currently not using the computer. ●我不在辦公室 I’m currently out of office. ●我和朋友在一起(吃飯、聚會、玩樂......) I’m with my friends. ●現在不方便說話(任何一言難盡的狀況就先放一邊,直接這樣說就好) ─ I’m not available to take your call.(較正式) ─ I’m not available to talk. ─ I can't talk now. 上面講完對方已經懂你的意思了,但他還在等你的下一句,那才是重點:你什麼時候回他? ●我10分鐘後回電話給你 I will call you back in 10 minutes. ●方便我等下再回電話給你嗎? Can I call you back later? ●我等等回覆你 (可用於非電話的形式,例如 line、email…等) I’ll get back to you soon. ●我先確認一下,明天再告訴你好嗎? Let me confirm it and get back to you tomorrow. Is that ok for you? 雖然說要簡化,如果簡化到只講 “I’m busy now.” 其實有點沒禮貌,畢竟誰不忙呢?同理心是跨越語言的。想要切換成英語腦,就要掌握到英文思維的一個重點:重心放在動作上--想好下一步要做什麼,英文的 fu 就對了。準備好這幾句,視情況排列組合一下,讓自己更從容面對各種場合! 文/ Zoe Chou 【English Insider】學英文就像旅行總要走到巷落裡,才真正遇見風景。啊!原來這就是英文的 fu 。英語島 English Insider 每週不定期更新。
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