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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
剪刀石頭布是個簡單的遊戲,但我們常用它來解決很想贏的事。光靠搓手是不會帶來好運氣的,看看一些策略吧! 1. Watch your opponent play others.  Often, they will lean towards one of the choices (for example, rock). If you have a chance to watch them play before they play you, look for an overall pattern.  2. Know rookie tendencies. Rookie males tend to lead with rock. If you're playing a spontaneous game against a male rookie, there's an increased chance that his opening throw will be rock, so you'll want to go with paper. If you're playing a female rookie, however, keep in mind that competitive player Jason Simmons claims that women tend to start with scissors, so go with rock.  3. Play scissors or paper against an experienced player.  A non-rookie may know that throwing an initial rock is too predictable, because of the tendency for male rookies to do this. They'll probably use scissors or paper. Therefore, you should start off with scissors, as it'll beat their paper or at least tie with their scissors. If your opponent is an experienced woman, she may be familiar with the "scissors" stereotype and will likely throw either rock or paper--your best bet is paper.  4. Look for a double run.  If someone makes the same throw twice, they will not want to make that same throw the third time, because they don't want to seem predictable. You can use this information to your advantage. For instance, if someone throws paper twice, they'll probably throw either rock or scissors on their third gesture; use rock so that you can either win or draw.  5. Beat your last move.  This only works if you have just won; inexperienced or frustrated players tend to subconsciously throw the move that just beat them, so you should throw a gesture that will beat your own last move. For example, if you just won with rock against their scissors, they might throw rock next, so you should be prepared with paper.  6. Use probability to your advantage.  In competition play, it's been statistically observed that scissors is the least common gesture. If you're at a loss for what to throw, using paper will give you a slight advantage, as it's slightly less probable that your opponent will use scissors.  7. Keep your eyes on your opponent's hand just as the gesture is being thrown. Watch what shape they are forming their hand into. If you see them extending into the paper gesture, for instance, you may have a split second within the count to react accordingly with scissors. But, be careful when trying to see what your opponent is doing because it could lead to slow throwing, which is illegal in competitive play.  8. Study your opponent.  Watch how your opponent plays with other people. See which option they throw most and the pattern they usually throw in. Before your opponent throws, look at their hands. If all fingers are tense, it's likely that they will play rock. If they are all lose, you can guess paper, and if only the top 2 are lose, it's a fair bet that they'll play scissors.  圖文版Source 
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