A whole new ball game 一個全新局面

更新時間 2012年 12月 13日, 星期四 - 格林尼治標準時間15:14
A Chinese farmer in a large ball called a 'survival pod'.

Chinese farmer Liu Qiyuan looks out from his 'survival pod'. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty

今日小常識

According to one interpretation of the ancient Mayan calendar, the world is going to end on 21 December 2012. In case it does, Chinese farmer Mr Liu claims to have the solution: his 'survival pods', which can withstand 1,000-metre-high waves and carry 14 people at a time. They are also equipped with oxygen tanks and food and water supplies.

根據一個古老的瑪雅曆法的解釋,世界末日將是2012年12月21日。設想上述預測果真應驗的話那麼這位姓劉的中國農民宣稱他已經找到了對策,那就是他的"生存艙"。這個裝置可以承受高達一千米高的巨浪並且可攜帶14個人。生存艙還配有氧氣罐、食品和水。

今日短語

A whole new ball game 意思是一個全新的,不同以往的局面。

例句

I thought I was good at speaking English in terms of day-to-day conversation. But working as a professional translator is a whole new ball game; I have to be much more accurate.

Tom says working as a manager for the first time is a whole new ball game.

I used to go jogging every weekend, but running marathons is a whole new ball game.

請注意

另外一個短語是 to get the ball rolling, 意思是開始、啟動什麼事情或行動。

After a long time planning the project, it feels great to finally get the ball rolling.

I really don't exercise enough and want to get fit. If I go to the gym once a week, that should get the ball rolling.

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