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每日跟讀#575: Measuring the Rise of the Doughy, but Desirable, Dad Body

4/23/2019
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每日跟讀#575: Measuring the Rise of the Doughy, but Desirable, Dad Body The Internet has burned recently with commentary about women’s alleged new interest in the soft, doughy “dad bod.” 網路最近發燒的話題是,柔軟不結實的「爸爸肚」成為女性的新寵。 How much softer a man’s body gets, on average, when he becomes a father? 為人父後,男性身材平均會變多軟? Every few years the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the United States herds...

Duration:00:06:11

每日跟讀#574: Hong Kong Recast As Hub of Creativity

4/22/2019
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每日跟讀#574: Hong Kong Recast As Hub of Creativity When Candace Campos moved from the United States to Hong Kong six years ago, she encountered few hurdles to opening her own interior design company. 康妲絲.坎波斯6年前自美國搬到香港時,設立她的室內設計公司,過程順利。 She started small, transforming her 70-square-meter home from a gutted commercial rental into a bright living space styled like a New York loft. A 2008 cover piece featuring her apartment in the Hong Kong magazine...

Duration:00:06:01

每日跟讀#573: Mushrooms may ’reduce the risk of mild brain decline’

4/21/2019
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每日跟讀#573: Mushrooms may ’reduce the risk of mild brain decline’ Eating mushrooms more than twice a week could prevent memory and language problems occurring in the over-60s, research from Singapore suggests. 每週吃兩次以上香菇,或可預防逾60歲時發生的記憶與語言問題,新加坡的研究顯示。 A unique antioxidant present in mushrooms could have a protective effect on the brain, the study found. The more mushrooms people ate, the better they performed in tests of thinking and processing...

Duration:00:02:15

文法跟讀 In-Tense #004: Simple tense 簡單式

4/20/2019
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Hi guys, and welcome to 15mins.today the home of English Shadowing. This is your host Gavin and today we are doing InTense Episode 4. Today is an interesting one because I won't be doing a specific tense. Instead I am going to do some words, and these are a number of verbs that are used only, most of the time, in the simple tenses. So, what it means is they almost never get used in the continuous or progressive tenses, and the reason I'm doing this because I have...

Duration:00:04:30

精選詞彙 Vocab #009: Cables and electricity poles in cities

4/19/2019
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Summary: This article discusses the phenomenon of public wiring on utility poles and hanging off buildings across the world and how in some countries it is very dangerous and very unorganized, creating hairballs of wires. Vocabulary and sample sentences: Hairball- a collection of hair or fur formed in the stomach of animals and even sometimes in humans, Insouciant - not being worried about anything Hapless...

Duration:00:14:37

每日跟讀#572: Second man cleared of virus invigorates quest for AIDS cure

4/18/2019
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每日跟讀#572: Second man cleared of virus invigorates quest for AIDS cure Scientific investigation into the world’s second man cleared of the AIDS virus is zooming in on a gene and a treatment side-effect, as newly-enthused researchers strive to find a cure for the disease that has killed millions. 日前全球出現第二例愛滋病患,體內已完全檢驗不到俗稱愛滋病的後天免疫缺乏症候群病毒,讓研究人員重新燃起熱情,力圖找到解藥,治癒這種已奪走數百萬條生命的疾病。對該病例進行研究後,科學家開始聚焦於某個基因和一項療法的副作用上。 Known as the “London Patient,” the man...

Duration:00:05:37

每日跟讀#571: An Opportunity Rises Offshore

4/17/2019
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每日跟讀#571: An Opportunity Rises Offshore When engineers faced resistance from residents in Denmark over plans to build wind turbines on the Nordic country’s flat farmland, they found a better locale: the sea. The offshore wind farm, the world’s first, had just 11 turbines and could power about 3,000 homes. That project now looks like a minnow compared with the whales that sprawl for miles across the seas of Northern...

Duration:00:04:40

每日跟讀#570: Taiwan’s PChome and Japan’s Rakuten join forces

4/16/2019
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每日跟讀#570: Taiwan’s PChome and Japan’s Rakuten join forces Direct delivery from Japan and cross-border trade between Taiwan and Japan has just become a whole lot easier. Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc and Taiwanese e-commerce operator PChome Online Inc have signed a cooperation agreement to pool their respective membership bases and services. This will enable the establishment of a unified reward system, which will combine PChome’s “P-coin” and Rakuten’s “Super Points,”...

Duration:00:04:29

每日跟讀#569: Now Hiring: Anyone

4/15/2019
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每日跟讀#569: Now Hiring: Anyone When Peter Enevoldsen won a lucrative order for the precision tractor parts that his company, Sjorring Maskinfabrik, makes in northern Denmark, his eyes lit up. The contract was worth more than half a million euros — a boon for his profits. There was just one hitch: He did not have enough employees for the job. Delivery was delayed, by one month, then two, then three, as he searched for skilled welders to speed the...

Duration:00:04:03

每日跟讀#568: New York Seeks to Make Parks More Inviting Spaces

4/14/2019
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每日跟讀#568: New York Seeks to Make Parks More Inviting Spaces For years, chain-link fences a dozen feet high have been a fixture of some of New York's parks, a reflection of a time when the city was a more dangerous place, erected to protect the children playing inside. But now, those fences have become barriers, city officials say, dividing a park from its neighbors, and so at some parks the high fences will be knocked...

Duration:00:03:42

文法跟讀 In-Tense #003: Present Continuous Tense 現在進行式

4/13/2019
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Welcome to 15mins.today the home of English Shadowing. I’m your host Gavin and this is InTense Episode 3. Today we're going to be talking about the present continuous tense and this is a tense that we use to describe things that are happening now. Now it's very easy to see when this tense is being used because there are the tell-tale signs of the “ing,” So basically what it is, is “ïs,am,are and ing” so, “I am working. He is singing.” Just a word...

Duration:00:05:14

精選詞彙 Vocab #008: Japan's porn magazine on shelves

4/12/2019
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Summary: In this article it is discussed how Japan is trying “clean up” its image by removing porn magazines from convenience stores ahead of the upcoming Olympics. Vocabulary and sample sentences: Chain Stores - a shop/store that is one of a series of similar/same stores owned by the same company Impression- an idea of feeling or an opinion that you get about somebody/something or that somebody/something gives...

Duration:00:18:14

每日跟讀#567: Meteor blast over Bering Sea was 10 times size of Hiroshima

4/11/2019
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每日跟讀#567: Meteor blast over Bering Sea was 10 times size of Hiroshima A meteor explosion over the Bering Sea late last year unleashed 10 times as much energy as the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, scientists have revealed. The fireball tore across the sky off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula on Dec. 18 and released energy equivalent to 173 kilotonnes of TNT. It was the largest air blast since another meteor hurtled into the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, in Russia’s...

Duration:00:05:16

每日跟讀#566: ‘English-only’ policy not necessarily ideal: The Economist

4/10/2019
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每日跟讀#566: ‘English-only’ policy not necessarily ideal: The Economist To promote the “bilingual country” policy, the Ministry of Education proposed late last year that certain subjects be taught in English only, to boost students’ English ability. According to a report recently published in the Economist, however, an “English-only” policy for all subjects may not necessarily benefit children’s learning, and may sometimes even be detrimental to...

Duration:00:02:02

文法跟讀 In-Tense #002: 現在式 Present Tense

4/10/2019
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Welcome to 15mins.today, the home of English Shadowing. I am your host Gavin and this is InTense Episode 2. Well guys welcome to the first real episode with regards to practicing grammar and in today's episode we going to be looking at the present tense. Now for a brief introduction, we use the present tense for things that are generally true, ‘’It is a sunny day. It is a cloudy day.’’ We use it for things that happen every day, ‘’I brush my teeth every morning,’’...

Duration:00:03:43

每日跟讀#565: In Bhutan, Happiness Index as Gauge for Social Ills

4/9/2019
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每日跟讀#565: In Bhutan, Happiness Index as Gauge for Social Ills As a downpour settled into a thick fog outside, Dasho Karma Ura let his eyes flicker at the ceiling of a wood-paneled conference room and began expounding on the nature of happiness. “People feel happy when they see something ethical,” he said. “When you think you have done something right and brave and courageous, when you can constantly recharge yourself as a meaningful...

Duration:00:04:24

每日跟讀#564: The Teenage Life, Streamed Live and for Profit

4/8/2019
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每日跟讀#564: The Teenage Life, Streamed Live and for Profit On a recent afternoon in Los Angeles, 15-year-old Bryce Xavier went to the Olive Garden with his mom, pulled out his phone and broadcast lunch. Across the country, teenagers’ phones lit up with a push notification: Bryce was live. The phone framed Bryce in close-up. His mom sat off-camera across the table; her son had really come to eat with his fans. Tens of thousands of them poured into a virtual chat room...

Duration:00:03:23

每日跟讀#563: Take a Load Off. The Robots That Fold Laundry Are Coming

4/7/2019
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每日跟讀#563: Take a Load Off. The Robots That Fold Laundry Are Coming Cars can now drive themselves. Cellphones talk to us. How long will it be until the dreams of every college student and overworked parent come true — and laundry can fold itself? At least two companies are promising to bring laundry-folding robots for the home to market by the end of 2017. Known as Laundroid and FoldiMate, both machines work by analyzing each garment they take in, figuring out its...

Duration:00:03:48

文法跟讀練習 In-Tense #001: 新節目介紹與如何練習

4/6/2019
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Welcome to 15minutes.today the home of English Shadowing. I'm your host Gavin and this is InTense, Episode 1. 歡迎大家來到15mins.Today的新節目,我是節目主持人Gavin 新節目介紹 In this episode I will be talking about what InTense hopes to be, and why we decided to launch it. First off, InTense will be a grammar program, now that does not sound very exciting, but it will improve your English and of course it will use English...

Duration:00:05:41

精選詞彙 Vocab #007: Turkey's brain drain

4/5/2019
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Summary: For 17 years, President Erdogan of Turkey has improved trade and military power and raised living standards through Economic growth. However in 2016, after a failed coup de tat against President Erdogan, he tightened his control of the country and the military power. In the past few years, Turkey’s economy and the currency, Lira, collapsed. As a result, people lost confidence in the government and began to leave the country in mass. In 2016, 178,000 people emigrated,...

Duration:00:15:50