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新型冠状病毒肺炎疫情迅速在全世界范围内蔓延,这一切牵动着全人类的心。加拿大总理特鲁多的夫人苏菲近期从伦敦返回加拿大后出现低烧等类似流感症状,在接受新冠病毒测试后结果显示呈阳性。

这突如其来的消息瞬间引起一片轰动,苏菲成为了全世界首例第一夫人感染。随即苏菲通过媒体发布了一封公开信,在这样的非常时期,苏菲用最简单温暖的语言,不仅仅向人们公开了自己的身体状况,更重要的是给了加国人民战胜疫情的勇气。

这封公开信和雅思考试的半正式信件(Semi-formal)非常类似。那么,就和小编一起来解读,学习如何用最简单朴实的语言向读者表达自己的观点。

To all my friends, family, beloved (心爱的) Canadians, and allies (盟友) everywhere:

First, I'd like to say a big thank you to all of you who have reached out to me asking how I'm doing. Although I'm experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon. Being in quarantine (隔离) at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who might be going through (经历) this and for those facing (面对) more serious health concerns.

We will get through (度过) this situation together. Please share the facts and take your health seriously. I send you all my courage and warm thoughts (but only "get better" hugs from afar)!

Sincerely

- Sophie

知识点学习

01 a big thank you (一个大大的感谢)

乍一听好像很Chinglish,但是这充分表现出了加拿大人民平易近人的一面。英国皇室通常会用highly appreciate 这种高级词汇。

在英语里有很多和 big相关的表达方式,例如:

A big deal. 很大的事情,很重要的事情

No big deal. 没什么大不了

Big fish/potato. 大人物

Big apple. 大苹果(纽约市的别称)

A big fish in a small pond. 大材小用

Have bigger fish to fry. 还有更重要的事情要做

02 reach out to sb. (询问, 关心某人)

03 back on my feet (恢复身体,康复)

字面上的意思是可以站回到我的脚上,但是实际上是等同于recover或heal

04 quarantine(隔离)

self-quarantine 自我隔离= self-isolation

05 A is nothing compared to B. (A和B根本比起来根本不算什么)

在这个短语中A是小事,B才是更重要的。

例句:My pain is nothing compared to the families who lost their children.

我的痛苦和那些失去孩子的家庭比起来不足一提

06 go through(经历)

等同于experience

例句:You have no idea what I go through these years.

你根本不知道我这些年都经历了什么

07 get through(度过,熬过)

等同于get over

例句:I hope we can get through this epidemic soon.

我希望我们能快些度过这个传染病

08 face more serious health concerns(面对更严重的健康问题)

Face v. (动词)面对

Face the music 面对现实

写作大作文必备词汇

Health problems= health issues= health concerns

09 take something seriously 严肃对待某事

例句:We should take cyberbullying more seriously.

我们应该更加地严肃对待网络暴力

信件译文

致我所有的朋友,家人,心爱的加拿大人民以及世界各地的盟友:

首先,我要非常感谢所有与我联系并询问我近况的人们。尽管我正在经历这种病毒的不适症状,但我很快就会恢复健康。与其他可能要经历此疾病以及面临更严重健康问题的加拿大家庭相比,在家中隔离实在不算什么。

我们将一起度过这个难关。请分享事实,并认真对待你们的健康状况。我给予你们我所有的勇气和敬意(但是,只有“希望快好起来的”远远地拥抱)!

真诚的

-苏菲 (Sophie)

下面是一篇雅思书信类型题目和例文。

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You recently received a letter from a friend asking for advice about whether to go to college or try to get a job. You think he/she should get a job.

Write a letter to this friend. In your letter

• say why he/she would not enjoy going to college

• explain why getting a job is a good idea for him/her

• suggest types of jobs that would be suitable for him/her

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows:

Dear .........,

Model Answer:

Dear James,

I’m very glad that you have finally graduated from high school and will start a new life soon. I think you need to take a break with your educational process and try to work for a while. There are more difficult subjects there and you will have caught up with studying and don’t have free time at all.

By the way, there are a lot of programs provided by local companies in your city that aimed to employ predominantly youth. This is a good opportunity for you to try yourself working, moreover, collect money for your forthcoming education. When you finally decide to study at college or university, you’ll have enough cash to pay for your studying fees.

I want to advise you to buy some local newspapers because there are units with job advertisements. But first of all, you need to make an appropriate CV/resume and don’t forget to note your communication abilities. I think cashier in the supermarket is a good job position to start with, especially, in the customer service department. This is your field.

I look forward to hearing from you about job hunting and wish you good luck!

Yours sincerely,

Allen

最后愿疫情可以早日结束....希望大家都健康平安.....

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