到底,我們是為了什麼才學英文?

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作者是新竹的一位英文老師,轉貼轉寄的郵件

到底,我們是為了什麼才學英文?每次看到有什麼IELTS,托福,GRE考試統計成績公佈,全國一片烏鴨鴨的檢討聲浪,身為英文老師的我,都有種罪惡感,好像自己該被拖出去槍斃一樣。

我們都知道,英文很重要。我們是個海島型國家,我們必須依賴四通八達的網絡和別的國家取得貿易的機會;我們是一個相對弱勢的國家,我們必須依賴大陸以外的強國提供某種形式的外交、武力保護。英文,對我們而言,不僅是一種國家競爭力的表現,同時,也代表著,我們這個國家在國際發聲的可能性。 Continue reading “到底,我們是為了什麼才學英文?”

Taiwan Team Won Junior League Baseball World Series

With a score of 9-1, the baseball team from Taiwan, primarily made up of members of Chung-Ching Junior High School 重慶國中 of Taipei City, is the 2010 Junior League Baseball World Series Champion, beating the team from Texas. From the first time they participated in the Little League since 1969, teams from Taiwan has now won 18 World Series. Throughout the series of games, the Chung-Ching Junior LL Team did not lose one single game. Earlier this summer, another team from Taiwan also won the World Junior Baseball Championship held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. We now turn our attention to the 2010 Little League World Series held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. So far, the team Fu-Hsing LL 復興少棒 from Kaohsiung has won its first game with a score of 18-0 against the team from Saudi Arabia.

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Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun Beat Roddick at Wimbledon

It was a shock for everyone when Lu Yen-Hsun 盧彥勳 (Lu is the family name), ranked 82nd in the world as of June 21, 2010, beat Andy Roddick, last year’s finalist, at Wimbledon and continued onto the final eight. This is the first time in 15 years an Asian player has continued this far in Wimbledon history. Lu, 26, was born in Taoyuan, Taiwan, to a chicken-farming family. He first started playing tennis in elementary school. His talent was noticed by the Taiwanese Nobel Laureate Yuan-Tseh Lee, who practices tennis at the elementary school. Lee has been helping Lu since then. At the end of the year 2000, Lu’s father, sole bread-earner of the family, passed away of a sudden myocardial infarction after discussing Lu’s future with his coach. With no financial resources, Lu gave up his plan of attending National Taiwan University or pursue education abroad, chose to attend the National Taiwan College of Physical Education (now National Taiwan Sport University), and pursue a professional career in tennis. Lu is no stranger at beating the world’s top tennis player. In 2004, he beat the then world number 3 Guillermo Coria on the grass court of Queen’s. He entered the ATP Top 100 one month after the victory. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic, he beat the then world number 6 Andy Murray. Even though he lost to the world number 3 Novak Djokovic, his world ranking is expected to top his previous record, 45th in the world. We applause his effort, and hope the best for his future career!

Taiwan’s Eco-Friendly Jerseys

The quadrennial FIFA World Cup tournament kicks off in South Africa tomorrow on June 11, 2010. Taiwan, though did not qualified as one of the 32 teams that will be competing, will participate as producers of team uniforms. And not just any kind of uniforms, but jerseys made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Plastic bottles are broken down and drawn into strands to create the fibers and materials used in these shirts. On average, eight plastic bottles can be recycled into one jersey, each of which is 13 percent lighter and can absorb and disperse sweat more quickly than traditional fabric. According to the Industrial Development Bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, which provides jersey manufacturers with assistance, over 13 million PET bottles were used to produce the 2010 World Cup jerseys for the teams and for retailers. Nine competing teams—from Brazil, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United States, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia and Slovakia—that will be participating in the 2010 World Cup soccer championship will be wearing uniforms made by Taiwanese manufacturers.

Ain’t technology grand? :)

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Extraordinary Measures 愛的代價 (2010)

Now, has this blog turned into those movie-review/promotion blogs? Nope, all posts must have something to do with Taiwan, so does this movie. Starring Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford, and Keri Russell, Extraordinary Measures 愛的代價 tells a story of a Portland couple who has two children with Pompe disease, a genetic anomaly that kills before a child’s tenth birthday. The husband, John, who’s in advertising, contacts Robert Stonehill, a researcher who has a theory on an enzyme treatment. He has little money to pursue his research, and a thorny personality that drives away colleagues and funders. John and his wife Aileen raise money for to get Stonehill going, then John takes on the task full time, working with venture capitalists and then a rival team of researchers. Time is passing, Stonehill’s antics get in the way, and the profit motive may upend John’s hopes….. (Excerpt from IMDB.) Continue reading “Extraordinary Measures 愛的代價 (2010)”

Taiwanese vegetable vendor awarded as a Hero in the 2010 TIME 100

Chen Shu-chu 陳樹菊, 61, sells vegetable in a stall in the Central Market in Taitung County, one of the counties on the east coast of the island. She was selected as a heroes of philanthropy from Asia by the Forbes magazine in March, 2010. Despite her modest income, she has donated nearly NT$10 million (US$320,000) to various charitable causes, including $32,000 for a children’s fund, $144,000 to help build a library at a school she attended and another $32,000 for the local orphanage, where she also gives financial support to three children. When asked what her motivation was, she simply answered, “every time I help someone, I sleep well at night” and “I feel happy when I give money to someone who needs it  When selected as a Hero in the 2010 TIME 100, she had set her mind on not attending the award ceremony, thinking only about getting her normal life back and her vegetable stall. It was only after the President of the ROC called her personally did she finally agree to attend. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued her a passport within an hour, paid for her plane ticket and spending in the US, and even send people from the Taipei Economic Cultural Representative Office in New York to accompany her during the trip. Meanwhile, the American Institute in Taiwan issued her a visa the next morning, all just to send her to New York in time for the award ceremony and recognition she deserves. With all these special treatment, Chen feels flattered and remains her humble self. It has been reported that because of her, the amount of small donations to charities in Taiwan have tripled for the past day.

Link to the TIME article about Chen.