2009年 10月 28日, 星期三 - 格林尼治标准时间10:31

Emmet's Student Diary 伦敦学生博客第五周

Emmet Conlon O'Reilly

Wednesday 28th October 2009 – Thorpe Park

Hi guys,

I’m into week four of learning Mandarin now and it’s been a good week. I think the first two weeks must have been the most difficult; the shock of writing classical characters straight from the outset can be intimidating.

Once you’ve overcome that initial hurdle things start to fall into place. For instance I’ve started to come across many characters in different words and now I know at least some of the 214 radicals they tend to stick in my memory a lot easier.

We’ve got tests every Friday on the vocabulary and radicals we’ve memorised that week. In a way I don’t mind this because it gives me a good idea of where I stand. With a focal point every week it keeps me on my toes. I was quite happy with this week’s test so on Sunday I went out with a couple of friends to celebrate.

Emmet with his friends at Thorpe Park

Emmet with his friends Phil and Mark at Thorpe Park

Mark managed to get his hands on cheap tickets to Thorpe Park, which is a theme park on the outskirts of London. Their dizzying roller-coasters and rides have been churning stomachs for almost thirty years.

Emmet with his friends at Thorpe Park

Mark, Phil and Emmet on the Detonator ride

The Detonator ride at Thorpe Park

The Detonator ride at Thorpe Park

A particular favourite of mine was ‘the Detonator’. It’s pretty straightforward really. You’re hoisted into the heavens until your ears pop and then dropped straight down vertically at 45mph (72km/h). As soon as you’re confident that your lunch is intact you’re free to leave.

Emmet on the Nemesis Inferno ride at Thorpe Park

Emmet enjoying the Nemesis Inferno ride

‘Nemesis Inferno’ was another experience. If hurtling towards the ground while being twisted inside out and upside down is your thing I’d definitely recommend it. It certainly looks like we’re having a good time in the photos. I’m not sure how to say “I want to get off” in Mandarin but gladly it wasn’t too bad. It was a good day out all in all. In fact it was a blast and I’d probably go again.

If there are any football fans reading, check out next week’s diary entry. I was lucky enough to get tickets for a big match tonight!

Emmet.

intimidating 令人恐惧的, initial hurdle 最初的障碍, radicals 部首/偏旁, stick 记住, focal point 重点/要点, theme park 主题公园, dizzying 令人感到眩晕的, roller-coasters 过山车/云霄飞车, churning 令人反胃的, hoisted 举起/升高, pop 耳鸣, vertically 竖立的, intact 完整的, hurtling 猛烈冲撞, twisted 扭转/折磨, it was a blast 好开心/过瘾

Emmet used the phrase from the outset to mean from the beginning. For example, “I knew I’d love the job from the outset because everyone was so friendly.” He said that things have started to fall into place. This means that things have started to become clearer and easier to understand. E.g. “Everything fell into place when I realised he was her brother, not her boyfriend” or: “When I knew the plans for the project, everything started to fall into place.” Emmet said that a weekly test keeps him on his toes. This means that it keeps him alert and prepared. E.g. “My new job really keeps me on my toes because I’m learning new things every day.” If you can get your hands on something, it means you can find or buy it. E.g. “I was so pleased when I got my hands on the rare book I was looking for." Finally, if something is your thing it means it really interests you. E.g. “If chocolate is your thing then you’ll love the chocolate museum” or: “That concert isn’t really my thing, I don’t like the music.”

Question of the week

Is there an equivalent to Thorpe Park in your city? Have you been to a theme park recently? What theme park rides do you enjoy? Do you find roller-coasters scary or just exciting?

Email me and you might see your answers at the bottom of this page.

Email Emmet at 按键 chinaelt@bbc.co.uk

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