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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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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
Ann代表公司參加雞尾酒會,與會的廠商多是跟公司合作密切的夥伴,這時迎面走來一位外國人拿著一杯酒,邊揮手邊迎面走來,Ann對他的印象不深,這時Ann心想:「完蛋了,我想不起來他到底叫什麼名字阿?」不知道直接問:「What's your name?」會不會失禮? 避免忘記名時打招呼的尷尬,請記住: 1、Your name is on the tip of my tongue.(你的名字我一時叫不出來。) on the tip of one’s tongue 字面上是「在..的舌尖上」,很像是我們常說的「熊熊想不起來」的意思。 2、I'm really sorry, but your name escapes me at the moment. Could you tell me again please?(真抱歉,一時間想不起你的名字,能再說一次嗎?) 這裡用escape,這個字我們熟悉的意思是「逃跑」、「溜掉」,想像一下,那個名字原來記得的,只是從記憶中溜掉,很有實境的語感。 3、I’m sorry I don’t recall your name.(我很抱歉,我想不起來你的名字。) 4、What was your name again?(你可以再說一次你的名字嗎?) 5、Can you remind me what your name is?(你可以提醒我你的名字是…?) [對話情境] 如果你不想讓對方發現你其實是真的忘記了他的名字,你可以先假裝問對方的名字,大家多半會直覺告訴你他們的first name,等到他們講完了,再修正問題,告訴他們其實你只是要問他們的last name。 A: What was your name again? B: Ethan. A: No, no, your last name. B: Oh, Kegley. Ethan Kegley. 當對方又告訴你一次他的名字之後,不要忘記要先說聲抱歉,才不會讓人覺得你很沒禮貌,再來就可以直接進入談話的內容了。 A: I’m sorry I don’t recall your name. What was your name again? B: It’s Ethan. A: Oh yes, of course, I’m so sorry! Ethan, of course. Please forgive me. 文/世界公民文化中心 
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Zoe Chou said
Jeff Bezos: Gifts Are Easy, Choices Are Hard  I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story. ~Princeton University, 2010 Michael Bloomberg: Don’t Stay Down Long  My first job out of school was on Wall Street and I stayed there for 15 years. It was a terrific ride: Fun times, and lots of praise from my bosses. Everybody loved me – right up until the day they fired me! But I remained optimistic – because happiness for me has always been going out and trying to beat the odds. So the next day after I got fired, literally the next day, I started a new company. ~Tufts University, 2007 Mark Zuckerberg: It’s Easier If You Do Something You Love  When you go home to dinner and you have the worst tasting vegetable on your plate you can make yourself eat that if you want. But if you play a game, even if it’s really hard, if it’s something that you like you’re going to power through it. If you actually do something you love it’s a lot easier and takes on a lot more purpose. ~Belle Haven Community School in Menlo Park, CA, 2011 Larry Page: Tackle Big Dreams, There’s No Competition  I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. I know that sounds completely nuts. But, since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. There are so few people this crazy that I feel like I know them all by first name. They all travel as if they are pack dogs and stick to each other like glue. The best people want to work the big challenges. That is what happened with Google. ~University of Michigan, 2009 Ross Perot, Sr.: Plan Your Decades  Your generation has more decades to plan than any that have come before it. Many of you should expect to be productive into your 80s and 90s. As you step into that future I encourage you to think about serving your country and giving something back to the United States. In your 20’s I encourage you to travel and explore the world. Get to know and respect the citizens of this planet. Have some adventure and learn about yourself and discover your true passions. And then I hope you bring it all back. ~Southern Methodist University, 2006 Source 
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