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My fellow Singaporeans, Half a century ago, when we embarked on our nation-building journey, we could not yet call ourselves ;one people;. We found it hard to imagine how we would survive on our own, let alone progress together. But despite the odds, we made it. Last year, in SG50, we celebrated how far we had come. Singaporeans now own and live in beautiful homes. Our incomes and our lives have improved year after year. Our children receive good education and have bright futures. Most importantly, our different races and religions live together in harmony. We share common spaces, and celebrate one anothers festivals. In January, I celebrated Pongal with my Indian friends. At Chinese New Year, I exchanged mandarin oranges with non-Chinese friends. During Ramadan, I joined many Iftars and enjoyed the bazaar at Geylang Serai. Only in Singapore. But we did not start out as ;one people;. Never forget how rare and precious this harmony is, how much courage and toil went into creating it, and how much effort it takes to sustain this miracle. What we have here is remarkable, especially considering the state of the world today. Our journey to become ever more united continues. While we have made great strides, new challenges lie ahead. Let me name three of them. One, we have a harmonious multi-racial society, but extremist terrorism can tear our society apart. In recent months, terrorists inspired by ISIS perpetrated attacks in the US, Europe, Turkey, Bangladesh, and closer to home, in Malaysia and Indonesia. There will be more. We know Singapore is also being targeted. We have detained self-radicalised Singaporeans and foreign workers. If a terrorist attack were to occur here, will we stand together, or will we fall apart? Two, economic growth has benefitted us all, but our economy is at a turning point. Globalisation and technological change are disrupting our work and our way of life. Entire industries are being forced to innovate or perish. Our workers worry about their jobs. They face competition not only from workers elsewhere, but also from computers and robots. Can we continue to progress together, and share widely the fruits of growth? Will our children have a brighter future? Three, our political system has thus far delivered good government, stability and progress. But our society is changing, and our unity will come under new strains. How do we make sure Singapore continues to have clean and constructive politics, and effective and stable government? How do we avoid the pitfalls of populism or political gridlock? Other countries, facing similar challenges, have run into trouble. In multi-religious societies, terrorism has caused distrust and tensions. In many advanced economies, growth is disproportionately benefiting a minority of the population. In cities across the world, graduates struggle to find jobs and young couples cant afford homes. As a result of all these challenges, politics in many countries has become divisive and angry. Voters lose faith in moderate parties in the political centre. Extreme views and parties gain support – not by offering better solutions, but by expressing voters anger at their leaders, and frustration with the way things are. The Brexit referendum was a vivid example.201609/464484

From age 15 to 18, I hated myself for becoming the thing that I loathed: a bully.在15到18岁之间,我憎恨自己,憎恨我变成了我厌恶的样子:一个恃强凌弱的人。When I was 19, I wrote, ;I will love myself despite the ease with which I lean toward the opposite.;19岁的时候,我写道:“我将爱我自己,不去在乎自己是否站在自己讨厌的位置。”Standing up for yourself doesnt have to mean embracing violence.自强不息并不表示你需要使用暴力。When I was a kid, I traded in homework assignments for friendship,当我还是小孩子的时候,我用我的家庭作业换取友谊,then gave each friend a late slip for never showing up on time, and in most cases not at all.然后又通过迟到避开所有的朋友,一般都不会有什么问题。I gave myself a hall pass to get through each broken promise.每次爽约我都能立刻原谅自己。And I remember this plan, born out of frustration from a kid who kept calling me ;Yogi,;有次,一个小孩子让我很沮丧,他一直叫我“修行者”,then pointed at my tummy and said, ;Too many picnic baskets.;指着我的肚子说,“好大的野餐篮子。” 因此我有了一个计划。Turns out its not that hard to trick someone,我发现原来戏弄一个人也不难,and one day before class, I said, ;Yeah, you can copy my homework,;有一天快上课的时候,我对他说:“嘿,给你抄我的作业,”and I gave him all the wrong answers that Id written down the night before.然后我把自己昨天写好的错误递给了他。He got his paper back expecting a near-perfect score,他怀着满分的期待去拿作业,却得了0分and couldnt believe it when he looked across the room at me and held up a zero.他无法相信,在教室的另一头望着我,做出“零”的手势。I knew I didnt have to hold up my paper of 28 out of 30,我知道我不用把自己接近满分的作业举起来给他看,but my satisfaction was complete when he looked at me, puzzled,很奇怪,他看着我的时候,我感到很满足,and I thought to myself, ;Smarter than the average bear, motherfucker.;我对自己说,“比一般人聪明嘛,娘养的。”This is who I am. This is how I stand up for myself.这就是我。这就是我自强的方式。201611/480114

58. I should say... 我得说······ 用法透视 这个句型用来表达自己的看法,但这看法多少有些遗憾、感叹或出乎意料。 持范例 1. What do you think of the city? It's very busy and crowded, I should say. 你觉得这个城市怎么样?我得说,这是个非常繁忙拥挤的城市。 2. I should say it's really beyond my expectation. 我得说这确实出乎意料。 3. Well done, I should say. 干得好,我得说。 会话记忆 A: Do you know that scientists replicated a sheep into an identical clone. 你知道吗,科学家复制了一头一模一样的克隆羊。 B: I heard about that. It was successful. 我听说过,很成功。 A: It's a big jump in science. Maybe more like a leap. 这是科学上的一大跃进,也许说成飞跃更合适。 B: I should say, it stunned me. I can't imagine what they will think of next. 我得说,我很吃惊。我不能想象下一步科学家们想做什么 /200705/13337

VOA流行美语 90: BUY STH / BE SOLD ON STH今天Larry和Li Hua一起听了有关环境保护的讲座。Li Hua会学到两个常用语:to buy something和to be sold on something。(college hallway noise)LH: 哎,Larry, 听了这个讲座,我觉得"全球变暖问题"真挺让人担心的。LL: I don't know, Li Hua... I just don't buy the theory that global warming is caused by humans. There is a lot we just don't know.LH: 你说你不买什么? 哎,没人想卖你东西啊?LL: I said that I don't buy that theory. That mean's I don't accept it as completely true.LH: 噢,原来I don't buy the theory就是"我不接受这种说法"。哎,那不就是我们中文里说的"我不买这一套"吗?得了得了,我没时间跟你争论。哎,你听说了吗 - 我们今年的学费要涨百分之10呢!学校说他们计划要翻修图书馆。LL: What? That's ridiculous. I don't buy that excuse. They raised tuition last year by 5% to expand the stadium.LH: 就是嘛,去年学校为了扩建体育馆已经把学费增加了百分之5了。Larry, 那你是不是能够再用I don't buy it 给我举一个和学校没有关系的例子呢?LL: OK. You know my friend Angela? She's often late for class, and she always has different excuses. So finally one day, Professor Johnson said to her, "I don't buy your excuses. I think you are just not self-disciplined enough!"LH: 对,你那个朋友Angela,她老是迟到,而且总有借口。可是我不知道Johnson教授这么厉害,居然还公开说不相信她的话,还批评她是自己要求不严格。哎哟,那多不好意思呀。******LH: So Larry, 你打定主意去南京哪一所学校留学了吗?LL: I don't know. I guess I'm still not sold on that school.LH: Sold? 那不是"卖东西"的"卖"吗?哎哟,"卖东西"和"留学"这有什么关系呀?LL: No, silly! I said that I am not sold on that school. "To be sold on something" means to be convinced that it's worthwhile, or it's the best choice.LH: 噢,我明白了。To be sold on something意思就是"你认为这件事值得,是个好选择"。这个说法挺有意思的,你能不能再给我举了例子?LL: Well, remember when you were looking for a new apartment? At first you weren't sold on that place, but when you heard that the rent was only 0 a month, you were sold!LH: 对呀,我在找房子的时候,一开始还不太满意我现在住的那个地方,后来听说房租一个月才六百美元,马上我就动心了。哎,Larry, to be sold on something是不是只能用在和"钱"有关的事情上呢?LL: Not necessarily. For instance, suppose you can't decide if you want to vote for someone who is running for office, you could say "I'm not sold on that candidate yet".LH: 噢,选举的时候,要是我还不能肯定是不是要投某个候选人的票,我也可以说,I'm not sold on that candidate yet.LL: That's right. We were just talking about that Professor Johnson didn't buy Angela's excuses, we can also say he wasn't sold on her excuses.LH: 对,Professor Johnson不相信Angela老是迟到的借口,我们也可以说He wasn't sold on her excuses, 也就是说,to be sold on something也有"相信"的意思。LL: Hey, Li Hua, I guess I should have told you that was just an example -- Professor Johnson didn't really say it to Angela.LH: 什么?闹了半天Johnson教授根本就没对Angela说那些话呀?你可真会编故事!LL: I know - You were totally sold on it - You actually bought it!今天李华从Larry那儿学到两个常用语,一个是to buy something, 表示"相信某件事"。另一个是to be sold on something, 意思是"认为某件事值得、是真的"。 /200602/3165

即学即用英语会话词典E部分:不感兴趣进入《即学即用英语会话词典文本》下载页面即学即用英语会话词典这部词典着眼日常生活、学习、工作等语言环境,囊括了当今美国最最简洁、最地道的日常口语表达方式。本词典获得2002年全国优秀畅销书奖 /200708/16234

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