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蓋棺定論 :  Set in stone

變數 :  Variables

Nothing is set in stone.  There are still a lot of variables out there for you to become the next chief operating officer

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Today is Good Friday.  I probably shouldn't introduce a rude phrase.  But, what the hell, learning knows no bounds.  By the way, I am not a Christian nor am I a Buddhist; though I do believe in Buddhism.  

 

Anyway, back to the subject.  While I was watching a movie, I came across this slang "talk to the hand".  It is used to say in a rude way to tell someone that you do not wish to listen to what they have to say and that they may as well stop. 

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It's about time for students to choose their elective courses in the upcoming school year.  My daughter came to talk to me about her options: (1) continue to take French which qualifies for one credit or (2) take 5 courses with a quarter credit each.  She preferred taking 5 courses with a quarter credit each.  She stated that she could continue French in high school anyway.  This would be a good opportunity for her to explore more in her last year of middle school.  She was thinking of taking wood-working, robotics, creative writing, art and design, drawing and painting.  I told her to choose whatever she liked.  It would help her to learn what she really likes and what she would like to study in the future.

 

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I am gradually getting back to blogging, though not fully engaged.  I started reviewing some of my old articles and added some more comments and more information on why I wrote them.  Maybe I can regain the fun of blogging again and do more.  

Oh, it happens to be New Year's Day.  I will write something for the occasion.

 

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Nail in the coffin:  something that brings one closer to a seemingly unavoidable negative outcome.  "the last nail in the coffin" or "another nail in the coffin":  equivalent to "the last straw". 最後一根稻草;使人最終崩潰的一擊

 

His infidelity is another nail in the coffin to end his marriage.

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裝聾做啞 假裝耳聾口啞。形容故意不理睬;裝做不知或不懂;或故意置身事外。

Pretend to be deaf and dumb; pretend to be deaf and mute; play ignorant; play dumb; remain aloof; turn a deaf ear

 

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Knock on wood   老天保佑

When we don't want something bad to happen, we knock on wood to ward off impending bad luck and to assure that good luck will continue. 

 

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Almost another 2 years have passed from my last entry.  Sorry, I am getting lazier and lazier as I get older.  

By the way, I was watching a korean movie:  The Con Artist, with English subtitles and came across this idiom “by the skin of one’s teeth”, which means barely, by a narrow margin, just in time, 差一點點就不成 , 險勝

For Example:

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填鴨式教育

Spoon-feeding education

I was just talking to a friend about the difference between Eastern and Western education.  Eastern education system tends to provide a more passive way of learning where students are hand

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2 1/2 years have passed since my last entry on this blog.  I am sorry to keep you waiting.  It has been hard without much motivation to write.  Anyway, since I like to whine, I will talk about whining.

發牢騷 -  Whine

Is it good to whine?  Sometimes, it is good to whine to get things off your chest, so you can be done with it and not get bogged down.  However, constant whining gets you nowhere and is unconstructive.  Instead of fixing issues, you are wasting your time whining. 

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