我的第一堂課(2)

 

 

 

September 9, 2007

 

5. Tongue-twisterSea Shell

 

學習英語的人當中,有些人不會發 / s / 的聲音,把a, b, c a / e /, b / bi /, c / si / 例如:I see her. 有些人唸作 I / si / her. / 英文可以很好玩,我就用下面這繞口令教他們練習 / s / & / sh / 兩個音。

 

She sells sea shells on the sea shell shore.

The sea shells she sells are sea shore shells.

And the shells he sells are sea shore shells, too.

If neither he sells sea shells, nor she sells sea shells,

who shall sell sea shells? Shall sea shells be sold?

 

6. An Interesting Love Letter

 

Once there was a boy who loved a girl very much.  The girl‘s father, however, did not like the boy and did not want their love to grow.  The boy wanted to write the girl a love letter, but he was sure that the girl’s father would read it first.  At last he wrote this letter to the girl.

 

英文可以更好玩,曾經有一個男孩深愛著一個女孩,但是這女孩的父親並不喜歡他。他寫了一封給這個女孩說:他對她愛與日俱增,唯一想做的事情就是娶她。但是他也知道,第一個看到這封信的人,就是這位女孩的父親,所以他是這樣寫的。這位女孩隔行閱讀這封有趣的情書,她的父親則是循序閱讀這封絕交信,豈非兩全其美(to kill two birds with one stone)

 

The great love I said I have for you

is gone, and I find my dislike for you

increases every day. When I see you,

do not even like the way you look;

the one thing I want to do is to

look the other way. I never wanted to

marry you. Our last conversation

was very dull and in no way has

made me anxious to see you again.

You think only of yourself.

If we were married, I know that I would find

life very difficult, and I would have no

pleasure in living with you. I have a heart

to give but it is not a heart

I want to give to you. No one is more

demanding or selfish than you, and less

able to care for me and be of help to me.

I sincerely want you to understand that

I speak the truth. You will do me a favor

if you consider this the end.  Do not try

to answer this. Your letters are full of

things that do not interest me.  You have no

true concern for me.  Good-bye! Believe me,

I do not care for you.  Please do not think

I am still your loving friend.

 

The girl’s father read the letter. He was pleased, and then gave the letter to his daughter. The girl read the letter and was very happy.  The boy still loved her!  Do you know why she was pleased? She and the boy had a secret way of writing to each other. She read only the first line of the letter and then the third line, and then the fifth line, and so on, to the end of the letter.

From English Readers by English Language Services,  Coller-MaCmillan

 

7. Grammar Test

 

我先後分發完五張(2~6)講義及講解之後,分發第六張講義英文文法總複習測驗答案卷」,我告訴學生說:「除非你是生長在英語的環境中(English-speaking environment)否則學習英文的聽、說、讀、寫、譯五種語言技能,就不能不學英文文法,現在我想給你能三十分的英文文法總複習測驗,請看銀幕作答,做完之後,再請你們看銀幕上總複習測驗答案,自行閱卷,記分,交卷後可離開,下一次上課之前,請你們瀏覽我的網站上面總複習測驗答案解析。」

 

日有所思,夜有所夢,也許是因為前一天白天,我讀了英國文學浪漫時期(The Romantic Age)的知名散文作家查理士 (Charles Lamb)Dream Children (夢裡孩兒),他沒有結婚,沒有兒女,所以才會寫夢裡孩兒。我退休之教書的時候,我擅操作電腦,當然更沒有自己的網站,所以才會作這樣的夢吧!

 

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