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A calf (L) and a hamster (R) are displayed during a ceremony held to mark the passage from the Chinese "Year of Rat" to the "Year of Ox" at the Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo on December 26, 2008. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)
2020年是十二生肖里的鼠年。鼠也是十二生肖里排名第一的动物。 The year 2020 is the year of the mouse. It ranks number one out of the twelve animal signs.
传统中国新年在围炉时,桌上会出现的几道菜色,想必大家都不陌生。但,我们要怎么跟外国人介绍这些传统年菜的英文与典故呢?
President Trump Addresses The Nation After Iranian Attacks In Iraq Target Bases Where U.S. Troops Stationed WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: With a portrait of former U.S. President George W. Bush hanging in the Grand Foyer (R), President Donald Trump speaks from the White House January 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. During his remarks Trump addressed the Iranian missile attacks that took place last night in Iraq. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
美国总统川普因为下令击杀伊朗高阶将领,同时也是头号恐怖份子领袖苏雷曼尼(Qassem Soleimani),造成近日美伊两国的情势一度紧张。美国防部发出声明,为确保美国人民与美国安全,甚至全球利益,美国须采取必要行动!
President Trump Signs National Defense Authorization Act At Joint Base Andrews JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 20: Operations Chef John Raymond and US President Donald Trump at the signing ceremony for S.1709, The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 on December 20, 2019 in Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. President Trump is headed to Florida for the Holidays after a historic impeachment vote on the house floor this week. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
“Keep America Great Again!”(让美国再次伟大!) 真的不只是口号!美国总统川普以行动证明,美国的强大与世界第一,并不是浪得虚名。川普在2019年12月21日签署《2020国防授权法案》,除了陆、海、空三军外,正式成立另一支菁英部队,叫做“太空军队”(the Space Force)。
US President Donald Trump watches the game with members of the Navy during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
美式足球或美式橄榄球(American Football),这是一个全世界只有美国人在玩的运动。根据《富比士》资料,2019年超级杯(NFL)时段的电视广告费用,创下30秒钟以约台币1.6亿元售出的纪录。是什么魔力让这个运动“价值超凡”?本周让我们一起来了解美式橄榄球的威力!
TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump poses for selfies during a Thanksgiving dinner with US troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on November 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. (Photo by Olivier Douliery / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
感恩节(Thanksgiving Day)在西方是年度最重要的节日之一。家人及亲朋好友会在这天团圆相聚,借着火鸡大餐之际叙叙旧,回顾这一年的努力,并且聊聊未来的心愿与展望。川普总统选择到美军在阿富汗的基地,与这些阵前将士们同乐,感恩他们远在他乡,却为国家无私的奉献及付出。
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 04, 2019 in New York City. U.S. stocks finished at records highs on Monday with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 114 points to close at a record high. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
尽管联邦众议院议长裴洛西(Nancy Pelosi)和民主党人士仍在运作对川普总统的弹劾案,甚至持续透过媒体与假新闻进行不实的指控,川普仍然以事实与实力证明,美国当前的经济大好、工作就业机会佳、企业持续回流投资等。当然,股市大涨更是一国经济强盛的不争事实。
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26: People walk by Trump Tower on September 26, 2019 in New York City. Following the controversy over the phone call between Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine, senate Democrats have launched an impeachment inquiry as the events around the call and the actions following it continue to be of concern to lawmakers. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
从小在纽约市皇后区长大的川普总统近日感慨:“纽约不再!”身为纽约客(New Yorker),川普感到骄傲;而坐落在纽约市第五大道上的川普大楼(Trump Tower),更是他成就霸业中的经典。对于纽约,他贡献良多;但却因为政治理念不同,近年来,川普却未受到善意或合理的对待。
DALLAS, TEXAS - OCTOBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a "Keep America Great" Campaign Rally at American Airlines Center on October 17, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
2019年10月17日,川普总统在美国德州达拉斯的空军中心体育馆举办造势活动。到场支持民众的数量不仅将室内会场挤满,无法入内的,场外更有电视墙直播实况。值得一提的是,入场民众的耐心排队、守秩序、环境清洁维护等,所有细节都展示出民主国家的风范与素养。
PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 8: Vice President of the United States Joe Biden watches a game between the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipman on December 8, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Navy won 17-13. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
2020年美国总统大选即将在明年的11月3日举行,虽然还有长达一年的时间,但两党主要竞争对手,都早已磨拳擦掌,进行着各种造势与相关的活动,以拉抬声势。现任总统川普,除了长期备受反对党在政治上的抹黑与迫害(Witch Hunt),还遭受多数主流媒体的偏颇报导。近日,川普总统干脆自己在推特上发文,指出民主党角逐总统大选提名的候选人乔.拜登(Joe Biden)说过的谎言,供选民一起来检视它的真实性。
TOLEDO, OH - SEPTEMBER 18: General Motors workers wave at passing cars in front of the GM Powertrain Plant on September 18, 2019 in Toledo, Ohio. GM and the United Auto Workers union, which is leading its first strike against the auto maker since 2007, bargained into the evening yesterday and had plans to continue today over wages and health care, according to published reports citing sources familiar with the negotiations. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
近期川普总统为全面翻转美国汽车产业,重拾以往美国汽车制造的荣景,施展奇招:降低车辆废气排放标准;甚至还得到德国总理梅克尔的支持。除环保人士立即严正抗议反对外,一般民众多数是雾里看花,甚至不解,到底这葫芦里卖的是什么药?难道这只为提振经济、赚大钱,却放弃环保、制造空污,进而破坏地球的举动吗?
A Chinese military policeman guards the front of t BEIJING, CHINA: A Chinese military policeman guards the front of the US embassy in Beijing as a US delegation prepares to leave the US embassy in Beijing 18 April 2001 to China's foreign ministry for talks on a midair collision between a Chinese fighter jet and a US surveillance plane that severely strained US-Sino relations. The eight-member delegation will ask the Chinese "tough questions" about their interceptions of US surveillance planes and demand the return of the EP-3 Orion that made an emergency landing in China after the April 1 collision. AFP PHOTO/Stephen SHAVER (Photo credit should read STEPHEN SHAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
美中贸易这个烫手山芋,没有一任美国总统愿意采强硬态度处理!除了重拾美国第一、让美国再次伟大的信念之外,还有什么原因,让这位“被赋予神圣使命的”总统,择善固执?
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 9: U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping (not shown) speak to business leaders at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo by Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)
美中贸易议题,持续延烧!早在去年3月开始,美国即采渐进式与谈判式的作法,擘划时程,展开对中国政府加征关税的举动。原因当然包括从2000年以来,持续超额的贸易逆差与层出不穷的智慧财产窃盗问题,迫使川普总统不得不采取行动,以维护美国国家与国民的权益;当然,期间中国政府企图采取的手段与谈判策略,最终却都以“无法履行承诺”而告终,讲究诚信的美国,只好如实地采取必要行动。
US-politics-trump-shooting-crime US President Donald Trump (R) greets Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (C) as he arrives at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio on August 7, 2019. Trump is visiting the mass shooting sites in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. - Nine people were killed on August 4 in Dayton's popular Oregon District. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
2019年8月3日、4日,连续两天,位于美国德州的艾尔帕索(El Paso)及俄亥俄州的岱顿镇(Dayton)相继发生大规模枪击事件,不但造成人员的伤亡,又再次突显美国枪支泛滥问题;当然,枪手的身家背景、精神与心理状态,又再次沦为讨论与关注。
休闲的时间上网时,也可以尝试看外语网站的新闻或感兴趣的议题,很多人从这当中学习到本国文化中没有的新知识,这也是一种很好的文化学习,既学习了外语,又拓展了视野,添增了生活的乐趣。
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks as he announces his nominee for the chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell during a press event in the Rose Garden at the White House, November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Current Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's term expires in February. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
“央行降息”、“货币政策”、“量化宽松”,这些经济上的专有名词,又如何影响一般民众的生活呢?美国总统川普为国政竭尽心力,希望美国人民过得更好,近日他向美国联邦准备理事会提出建言,好让美国经济更具竞争力。
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: U.S. President Donald Trump greets sisters Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson also known as Diamond and Silk during a “Presidential Social Media Summit” in the East Room of the White House July 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted a group of his political allies to discuss “social media.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
科技的发展让现今的生活便利许多,不论是资讯的传递还是民生消费的必须,都只靠一只手机就能轻易完成。然而,正因为资讯的快速获取,真实性也遭到质疑,建构每位网路使用者独立判断讯息的能力的确刻不容缓。
JAPAN-G20-SUMMIT US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) as they sit beside China's President Xi Jinping as they attend a meeting on the digital economy at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. (Photo by Jacques Witt / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JACQUES WITT/AFP/Getty Images)
全球20国集团(G20)领袖经济峰会刚刚在日本大阪(Osaka)落幕,国际领导人分别就“世界经济”、“贸易与投资”、“创新”、“环境与能源”、“就业”、“女性赋权”、“发展”和“健康”等议题进行讨论。会后,美国总统川普也就现阶段美中贸易、解除华为禁令、中美洲移民、北韩等议题,在记者会中进行重点整理。
MONTOURSVILLE, PA - MAY 20: U.S. President Donald Trump tosses a hat into the crowd as he arrives for a 'Make America Great Again' campaign rally at Williamsport Regional Airport, May 20, 2019 in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Trump is making a trip to the swing state to drum up Republican support on the eve of a special election in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, with Republican Fred Keller facing off against Democrat Marc Friedenberg. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
2020年真是大选年,台湾将在1月11日选出第15届人民直选总统;而美国则在下半年的11月3日,揭晓谁会入主白宫。因为幅员广阔、事务庞杂,各政党参选人早在大约一年半前就开始磨拳擦掌、精心筹画各类活动。民调支持度维持在五成上下的川普总统,近期除不断强调他的政绩让美国经济大好,也开始对竞逐连任,展开下乡行程与造势活动。
美国总统川普(特朗普)发推文说,将自6月10日起,对所有输美墨西哥商品课征5%关税。
誓言让美国“再次伟大”,川普总统除了针对“非法移民”对症下药,更加大力度整顿长久以来、且日趋严重的“毒品”问题。历史上,鸦片泛滥,导致中国清朝晚期国穷民困,终遭鸦片战争打击,清朝溃败、接受不平等条约。今日的美国也因为“大麻合法化”问题,在联邦政府与各州政府间,来回交锋、各执己见。
美国总统川普提醒北京,在美方的关税措施下,未达成贸易协对中国非常不利。资料照。(NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
诚信,是中华文化传统的美德。在美国,一个拥有良好信用纪录的人,将会在生活日常方面享受各种便利;可是信用纪录一但出现污点,将会遇到诸多麻烦。所以,绝大多数在美国生活的人,都非常在意自己的信用纪录。近日,中国政府的轻诺食言,川普政府因此提高关税反击。美国此举师出有名,中共出尔反尔则让华夏子弟蒙上一层言而无信的臭名。
President And Mrs Trump Host National Day Of Prayer Service At White House WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) listens to Congregation Chabad Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Poway, California, speak during a National Day of Prayer service in the Rose Garden at the White House May 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. Goldstein suffered defensive wounds when a gunman opened fire during the last day of Passover services at his synagogue, killing Lori Kaye. The White House invited leaders from various faiths and religions to participate in the day of prayer, which was designated in 1952 by the United States Congress to ask people "to turn to God in prayer and meditation." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
“God bless America!”(上帝保佑美国!)这大概是美国好莱坞灾难片,片中主角最常说的一句台词,希望老天爷帮助美国渡过难关。5月2日是美国的全国祈祷日,川普总统说:“今天,我们感谢这了不起的国家,充满自信、团结一致,这都要归因于上帝。”信神、谦逊、充满自信,难怪美国仍是今日世界上最强大的国家之一。
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 14: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after being awarded the Green Jacket during the Green Jacket Ceremony after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
“老虎伍兹”回来了!曾经叱刹体坛风云、风靡高尔夫球界的传奇人物,在历经近10年的人生低潮,睽违14年,再次拿下了美国名人赛冠军,这是他生涯第5座美国名人赛冠军。同样热爱小白球的美国总统川普,更是老虎的粉丝,也在第一时间亲自对伍兹表达祝贺之意。
US President Donald Trump(R) speaks to the press alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he arrives on Capitol Hill on March 26, 2019 before joining Senate Republicans for lunch in Washington,DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)
耗时2年,保守估计耗费超过2,500万美元,传唤高达500名证人,甚至多达34人遭到起诉的“通俄门”调查,2019年3月24日结论出炉:“川普没有通俄与妨害司法。”毫无疑问,对支持川普总统的人们来说,犹如加注一剂强心针;相反地,对企图打击与反对川普的人士,真是感到全然错愕。
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 15: U.S. President Donald Trump (L), shares a moment with his guests, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (R), Attorney General William Barr (2nd R), and Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh (C) of Chester County, Pennsylvania, after he signed his first veto during an event on border security in the Oval Office of the White House March 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump has vetoed the congressional resolution that blocks his national emergency declaration on the southern border. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
保卫国家安全,维护社会秩序,本来就是一国元首的职务,但现在对美国总统川普来说,却是进退两难、寸步难行。从“关闭政府”到宣布进入“国家紧急状态”,到底反对党为何要顷全力不支持总统编列预算,修筑边境城墙?又是什么原因让川普坚持、想方设法找到修筑的预算呢?
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: Army Staff Sergeant Justin Peck sits with Fred and Cindy Warmbier during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the first State of the Union address given by U.S. President Donald Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
很难想像,身处在一个自由民主的国家中,如果因为企图偷拿饭店里的一张海报,就被判刑15年入狱劳教、甚至虐待致死。目前这类事件,仍然正在少数共产极权专政国家中发生。美国一位大三生,被北韩当局关押17个月后,在昏迷状态下,被营救返回美国,旋即去世,死因不明。
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) hosts a listening session with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors Julie Cordover (2nd R) and Jonathan Blank and his mother Melissa Blank and others in the State Dining Room at the White House February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump is hosted the session in the wake of last week's mass shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and teachers dead. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
“他真是一位好总统!”一位痛失爱女的父亲这样称赞美国总统川普。川普做了什么?对于失去亲人的痛苦,他感同身受;对于学生们的校园安全建议,他拉高层级,广纳意见。我们都由衷希望悲剧不再上演!
US-CRIME-SCHOOL-SHOOTING Flowers, candles and mementos sit outside one of the makeshift memorials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 27, 2018. Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school will reopen on February 28, 2018 two weeks after 17 people were killed in a shooting by former student, Nikolas Cruz, leaving 17 people dead and 15 injured on February 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
捷运持刀伤人、街上随机砍人,近年来这些危害社安事件频传;校园掳人、伤人、霸凌,甚至师生关系紧张,层出不穷。人心!到底出了什么问题?时值美国史上最严重的校园枪击事件一周年,人民与政府从中学到了什么?是否记取教训?
朝鲜电视台在播报“川金会”纪录片时,以前所未有的尊重口吻称川普为 “美国总统”。(ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
从闭门造车、发展核武,整天对国际呛声说要发射飞弹,由共产势力扶持起家的北韩政权,在第三代年轻的领导人金正恩的带领下,似乎将有偌大的转变。是什么原因?让超过70年的北韩共产专政,决定“放下屠刀”!
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Lion Dancers perform in China Town on China's New Years Day on January 26, 2009 in London, England. The Ox, the Chinese Zodiac symbol ushered in today, is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
,同样遵循大陆华人的文化习俗。新年,或称过年,可说是全球华人社会最重要的日子。 过年从黄历正月初一开始。2019年则落在2月5日。根据十二生肖,今年是猪年。 If you are interested in this famil...