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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—To Win Hands Down 輕而易舉獲勝

English in the News—To Win Hands Down 輕而易舉獲勝

  To win hands down: to win something easily or decisively輕易獲勝,贏得決定性的勝利。(也可以說to beat someone hands down) Examples: We were unprepared for our last game, and the other team won hands down. The Palace Hotel wins hands down for both comfort and location. He said he would beat me hands down. He didn’t. (the Local, 2016/7/14) ‘If...Continue reading
English in the News—Lie through One’s Teeth睜眼說瞎話,當面撒謊

English in the News—Lie through One’s Teeth睜眼說瞎話,當面撒謊

To lie through one’s teeth: 當面撒謊,睜眼說瞎話。To lie brazenly and unabashedly Examples: Stop lying through your teeth—we saw you there last night with our own eyes. I knew she was lying through her teeth but I didn’t want to say so at the time. (Fox News, 2019/10/02) Joe Scarborough accuses Mike Pompeo of being a “common...Continue reading
English in the News--Let Sleeping Dogs Lie 別多事

English in the News–Let Sleeping Dogs Lie 別多事

Let sleeping dogs lie: (informal) to leave a situation alone; not to interrupt or trouble a person, situation, etc. when this is likely to cause problems or disorder勿惹事生非,不要多事 Example: Remember, don’t mention that fight they had months ago—let sleeping dogs lie! (Tampa Bay Times, 2019/11/03) A St. Petersburg man couldn’t let sleeping dogs lie during...Continue reading
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