PART 1 OPENING
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PART 2. Free talk
PART 3. RECOMMENDATION
A: Hey, you guys, nice day. Welcome to our recommendation part. Well, can’t help telling you something attractive about idioms!
B: Yap, it is estimated, there are at least twenty-five thousand idiomatic expressions in the English language, thousands of which are frequently used in all languages.
A: And, many idiomatic expressions, in their original use were not figurative but had literal meaning. For instance, spill the beans, even if it means to let out a secret nowadays.
B:Emmm, in ancient times, it refers to an ancient method of democratic voting. In this case, voters would spill their beans to their supporting cabdidate. In this way, they could tell by which candidate is the winner.
A: That’s it. However, as time went by, this practice was discontinued. And this phrase became figurative.
B:On the contrary, many natural language words have idiomatic origins but are assimilated, so they had no figurative meaning at all.
A: AHA, so idioms tend to confuse us students, and we are supposed to learn not only vacabularies but also some idiomatic expressions when we are involved in a second language.
B: In the end, here are some pieces of idiomatic expressions for you.
An arm and a leg: a large amount of money.
To rain cats and dogs: to rain very heavily (a downpour)
To keep one’s head above water: to manage a situation.
To drop sb. a line: to send a note to sb.or call sb.
A: OK, hope you get something useful. Let’s take a break.
A1:South Korea's Park Tae-hwan begs for Olympic chance
South Korea's Park Tae-hwan got down on his knees and begged for the chance to compete at the Rio Games on Monday as the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) shows no signs of lifting the additional doping sanctions it has imposed on the swimmer.Park was banned for 18 months by governing body FINA after testing positive for testosterone ahead of the 2014 Asian Games, and while the ban expired in March he must now wait three more years before he can be considered for selection under KOC rules.
A2: Sea turns fluorescent in Dalian, Northeast China
The Heishizi outdoor bathing place in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province, saw its seaside turning fluorescent after a heavy rain on Wednesday.Glowing with the shimmering blue light, the shore looked exactly like the starry galaxy.According to experts, the light comes by a kind of plankton called flagellate, it gives out the light when its living environment changes, for example, in times of tides or storms. Usually, the stronger the tides are, the shinier the glow would be.
B1: Shanghai Disneyland starts soft opening on Saturday
SHANGHAI - Shanghai Disneyland, Disney's first theme park on the Chinese mainland, started trial operation on Saturday to prepare for its opening on June 16, the resort said Friday.During the test period, the theme park is only open to staff and invitees, it said.The invitees will have the opportunity to enjoy some activities and shows and have a taste of the meals in the park.Tickets for Shanghai Disneyland went on sale to the public on March 28.Regular price of admission is 370 yuan ($56). Peak pricing for holidays and weekends is set at 499 yuan. The ticket price during the opening period (June 16-30) is also 499 yuan.The Shanghai Disney Resort is Disney's sixth resort destination worldwide. Construction began in 2011 in Pudong New District.
B2: Celebrities turn into public educational examples: Good or bad?
The recent Chinese TV hit Ode to Joy, a drama telling life stories of five girls in Shanghai, is one of them. In the first episode, the five leading characters are trapped in an elevator and one of them presses each floor button in order to stop the elevator from falling, which earned a slew of likes on social media and was cited as a good example for self aid.
Meanwhile, negative examples for public teaching are also commonly seen. In the same drama, one protagonist parks her car in the middle of a road in a rage before her boyfriend drives it away, which drew critics from Hunan Provincial Public Security. The security officers pointed it out as a wrong-doing in their official Weibo account, China's equivalent to Twitter, and stressed that the behavior shown in the TV plot will cause traffic congestion or even fatal accident, calling the public not to follow the
Part 5 ENDING
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