September 9, 2007
5. Tongue-twister－Sea Shell
學習英語的人當中，有些人不會發 / s / 的聲音，把a, b, c 唸作a / e /, b / bi /, c / si / 例如：I see her. 有些人唸作 I / si / her. / 英文可以很好玩，我就用下面這繞口令教他們練習 / s / & / sh / 兩個音。
She sells sea shells on the sea shell shore.
The sea shells she sells are sea shore shells.
And the shells he sells are sea shore shells, too.
If neither he sells sea shells, nor she sells sea shells,
who shall sell sea shells? Shall sea shells be sold?
6. An Interesting Love Letter
Once there was a boy who loved a girl very much. The girl‘s father, however, did not like the boy and did not want their love to grow. The boy wanted to write the girl a love letter, but he was sure that the girl’s father would read it first. At last he wrote this letter to the girl.
英文可以更好玩，曾經有一個男孩深愛著一個女孩，但是這女孩的父親並不喜歡他。他寫了一封給這個女孩說：他對她愛與日俱增，唯一想做的事情就是娶她。但是他也知道，第一個看到這封信的人，就是這位女孩的父親，所以他是這樣寫的。這位女孩隔行閱讀這封有趣的情書，她的父親則是循序閱讀這封絕交信，豈非兩全其美(to kill two birds with one stone)。
The great love I said I have for you
is gone, and I find my dislike for you
increases every day. When I see you,
do not even like the way you look;
the one thing I want to do is to
look the other way. I never wanted to
marry you. Our last conversation
was very dull and in no way has
made me anxious to see you again.
You think only of yourself.
If we were married, I know that I would find
life very difficult, and I would have no
pleasure in living with you. I have a heart
to give but it is not a heart
I want to give to you. No one is more
demanding or selfish than you, and less
able to care for me and be of help to me.
I sincerely want you to understand that
I speak the truth. You will do me a favor
if you consider this the end. Do not try
to answer this. Your letters are full of
things that do not interest me. You have no
true concern for me. Good-bye! Believe me,
I do not care for you. Please do not think
I am still your loving friend.
The girl’s father read the letter. He was pleased, and then gave the letter to his daughter. The girl read the letter and was very happy. The boy still loved her! Do you know why she was pleased? She and the boy had a secret way of writing to each other. She read only the first line of the letter and then the third line, and then the fifth line, and so on, to the end of the letter.
－From English Readers by English Language Services, Coller-MaCmillan
7. Grammar Test