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English in the News--Get a Kick Out of 覺得好笑,有趣

English in the News–Get a Kick Out of 覺得好笑,有趣

Get a kick out of: 覺得好笑,有趣 To get a sense of enjoyment, amusement or excitement from something. (If you get a kick out of something, you enjoy it very much.)  Examples: Even as an adult, I still get a kick out of building sand castles at the beach. She really...
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English in the News--In the Crosshairs 被盯上,當成目標

English in the News–In the Crosshairs 被盯上,當成目標

In somebody’s (the) crosshairs 被盯上了,被當成目標 to be in a position to be attacked or criticized (or to be the object of intense observation or scrutiny, usually as a result of some wrongdoing or unpopular opinion) Examples: His misbehavior in class put him in the principal’s crosshairs. The company illegally dumped waste water a decade ago...Continue reading
English in the News--All Hands on Deck 全體出動,總動員

English in the News–All Hands on Deck 全體出動,總動員

All hands on deck: 全體出動,總動員(特別是指緊急情況) it’s used to say that everyone is needed in a particular situation (A call for all members of a ship’s crew to come to the deck, usually in a time of crisis. By extension, everyone available to help with a problem, or a call for those people to help) Examples:...Continue reading
English in the News--the Pot Calling the Kettle Black 五十步笑百步

English in the News–the Pot Calling the Kettle Black 五十步笑百步

The pot calling the kettle black: 五十步笑百步,鱉笑龜無尾 (鍋子說茶壺黑) It refers to the fact that both cast-iron pots’ and kettles’ bottoms turn equally black when hung over a fire, and thus the pot is accusing the kettle of a fault it shares. Example: You are judging me for wearing revealing clothing to a party? That’s the pot calling the kettle black,...Continue reading
English in the News—Hold One’s Feet to the Fire 施壓,逼迫

English in the News—Hold One’s Feet to the Fire 施壓,逼迫

Hold one’s feet to the fire—施壓,逼迫,究責 to pressure someone to consent to or undertake something (to maintain pressure on someone in order to induce him/her to comply with one’s desires, to make someone feet pressure or stress, to cause pain) (Or, to hold someone accountable for his/her actions) Examples: The only way you’ll get him...Continue reading
Chou Tzuyu is 2nd Most Beautiful Face 2018

Chou Tzuyu is 2nd Most Beautiful Face 2018

Tainan beauty and Kpop superstar Chou Tzuyu is the world’s 2nd most beautiful face! The 19-year-old TWICE band member is back on TC Candler’s annual “Most Beautiful Faces” list, with her highest ranking to-date. She placed 3rd in 2017, 8th in 2016, and 13th in 2015 Several of Tzuyu’s band mates also made the list, including Sana...Continue reading
Vlog 17: Medicinal Milk Tea, MaoKong (貓空) New Years and Taipei 101's Best Foods!

Vlog 17: Medicinal Milk Tea, MaoKong (貓空) New Years and Taipei 101’s Best Foods!

This is the ICRT Vlog where we cover some of the fun aspects of news, lifestyle, happenings and entertainment in Taiwan. Now we get to kick back and relax and talk about some of the more trendy and hip things going on around the island! This week, cough syrup in your pearl milk tea, New Years on...Continue reading
Vlog #16:Vlog #16: Feel Good Restore Your Faith in Humanity Edition (and Dogs!)

Vlog #16:Vlog #16: Feel Good Restore Your Faith in Humanity Edition (and Dogs!)

This is the ICRT Vlog where we cover some of the fun aspects of news, lifestyle, happenings and entertainment in Taiwan. Now we get to kick back and relax and talk about some of the more trendy and hip things going on around the island! This week, all the stories that make you feel warm and fuzzy...Continue reading
Vlog #15: Gucci in Taipei, Money Safely Returned, and Midnight Snacks (消夜)

Vlog #15: Gucci in Taipei, Money Safely Returned, and Midnight Snacks (消夜)

This is the ICRT Vlog where we cover some of the fun aspects of news, lifestyle, happenings and entertainment in Taiwan. Now we get to kick back and relax and talk about some of the more trendy and hip things going on around the island! This week, Gucci on the wall, big bucks lost and found, “Xiaoye”...Continue reading
New Game On! Review: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

New Game On! Review: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Eric Gau and Leslie Liao are back on Game On!, with their review of the hot new Nintendo brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! Click here to listen!  Continue reading
English in the News--Preach to the Choir 不必多費唇舌

English in the News–Preach to the Choir 不必多費唇舌

Preach to the choir: To convince people that are already convinced; to make one’s case primarily to one’s supporters (preach 傳道,傳教, choir 唱詩班) 白費唇舌 Examples: 1) Honestly, you’re preaching to the choir, but I just don’t have enough money now to donate. 2) Don’t waste your time telling us about the problem. That’s preaching to...Continue reading
Vlog #14: Marvel's Asian Movie, Six French Fries and Top Apple Apps in Taiwan!

Vlog #14: Marvel’s Asian Movie, Six French Fries and Top Apple Apps in Taiwan!

This is our new ICRT Vlog where we cover some of the fun aspects of news, lifestyle, happenings and entertainment in Taiwan. Now we get to kick back and relax and talk about some of the more trendy and hip things going on around the island! This week, Marvel’s Asian Superhero Movie, six french fries ONLY,...Continue reading
Vlog #13: Nose Cello and Pearl Milk Tea Cake!

Vlog #13: Nose Cello and Pearl Milk Tea Cake!

This is our new ICRT Vlog where we cover some of the fun aspects of news, lifestyle, happenings and entertainment in Taiwan. Now we get to kick back and relax and talk about some of the more trendy and hip things going on around the island! This week, Nose Cello and Pearl Milk Tea Pastry!Continue reading