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Window 1001是華人世界第一次企圖利用遊戲的方法,以創新的九宮格學習遊戲,專爲商業人士所量身訂做,涵蓋商業、科技、社會、人文、藝術等各面向知識的英文網路學習計畫。 以下這篇對話是為你的嘴巴和耳朵寫的,請不要只是用眼睛看。請你唸出聲音,一面聽,跟著唸,要確定自己懂了沒,請加入會員

Opening

LISA
: Hello and welcome to English Island. Today, we will be talking about cloud computing. It is a topic that is making headlines recently and understanding how the business works will put you in a better position in our globalizing world. 

MIKE is one of the biggest trends in technology right now and it is on track to be a major force of change in the technology industry. It will impact both consumers and suppliers in many different ways. Do you want to know how cloud computing will impact you? Do you want to know how to make investments related to cloud computing? Do you want to understand one of the hottest trends in the technology world right now? Well if you do you have come to the right place. By the end of this lesson, you should be able to understand and discuss cloud computing. We will give you the background of the industry and  important ways in which this trend will impact your life.

Background Knowledge

LISA: Cloud computing is delivering computing as a service instead of a product. Instead of buying a product like Microsoft Office, cloud-computing users will  to services over the internet. One example of this would be Salesforce.com which is a Cloud Computing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) service. 

MIKE of cloud computing oftentimes talk about the similarities of cloud computing and the . Users experience the end result of the service without needing to understand the infrastructure of configuration of the system, but that only  of what is possible with cloud computing. 

LISA: True, cloud computing is the idea that computing is . With cloud computing, as your business grows you do not need to make major capital investments in new computing infrastructure. Mike, can you explain that a bit more?

MIKE: Sure, think about your own company. Maybe right now your company’s IT server and database can support up to 1000 users. As the company grows, it will eventually find itself  by this computing hardware. When the company surpasses that 1000 users they would typically have to invest in hardware that is an  larger. In this case, we will assume that they want to upgrade to hardware that will support up to 5000 users, but the problem is that this is a major capital investment. This is where cloud computing shines. Cloud computing is a service, so users of the service will pay based on usage. Take Salesforce.com for example, they charge on a per user per month basis. So with each additional user, your business will pay an  higher fee. Can you see how this would be useful? 

LISA: Yes. This means that as my company grows I would pay only for what I am using. If I invested in that 5000 user server, but only employed 1500 people, I would be wasting 3500 people’s worth of capacity. Using cloud computing, I only pay for what I am using and, as an added benefit there are no  upfront costs. 


Window1001 7 分鐘經典路線


橫著走、直著走、倒著走、斜著走,每一條經典路線走三個月,保證一年內你的的英文就是 A +
經典路線 1 用英文跟世界打招呼
假如你的全部的英文剛剛好只夠用來做一分鐘英語自我介紹、談天氣及打招呼,建議從 Warm up 開始,讓你的英文從只會打招呼,到會說有意義的對話!
經典路線 2 把 Keywords 鋪成世界商業地圖
假如你英文說到一半,經常說出「 how to say… 」,因為腦袋無法立刻搜尋精確的用字而急跳腳;或是在英文會議中,總有一些 keywords 聽不懂,而漏掉重要訊息。建議從 主動聽 開始用耳朵記單字。
經典路線 3 從 ”OK” 到 ”Oh Wow ! ”
覺得自己的英文 OK ,但也就是 O K、馬馬虎虎,高不成低不就,不甘心只在 local 公司,程度又搆不上可以在外商工作,建議你循「最容易→最困難」落差最大的路線,強迫「打通」英文脈絡。三個月,你的英文說出來,一定讓人稱讚「哇!」 ” WOW ”。
經典路線 4 從 A 到 A +
這可能是最挫折的一條路線,假如你的性格是越挫越勇,建議你從這裡開始。就差一步能夠聽懂 BBC 或 CNN 新聞及閱讀 New York Times 或是 Business Week 。建議挑戰「最難」路線,聽完5個單字後就開始訓練 英文腦 ,即時英文思維,說出英文。