Murphy's Law 莫非定律 內容由 普及美語雜誌社 提供



Candy signed up for a cooking class because she wanted to improve her cooking skills. After she browsed through the list, she chose a baking class. Candy had often thought that becoming a pastry chef would be fun. However, she had always been too hesitant to try it. On the first day of class, Candy was all thumbs. It seemed the other students were better at baking than she was. She feared she might be the worst student in the class, but she decided to try her best.

The second day of class was going better and, although she was still anxious, Candy was feeling more confident. It seemed to her that mixing everything together was quite easy. When that was done, she poured the mixture into a cake pan. Then, she placed the pan in the oven. As the cakes baked, Candy and the others watched the teacher demonstrate how to properly decorate a cake.

Afterwards, it was time to take out the cakes. Unfortunately for Candy, something had gone wrong with hers. It looked and smelled terrible. After the teacher checked and tasted the cake, she said Candy had made several huge mistakes. Instead of using sugar, she used salt. Instead of only using egg whites, she used whole eggs. And last, instead of using cocoa, she used cinnamon. It was a disaster that only Murphy's Law could explain.




坎蒂想使廚藝進步,所以她報名上烹飪課。在她瀏覽過課程表後,她選了烘焙課。坎蒂常在想,當一位糕點師傅會很有趣。不過她一直因為太猶豫而沒有嘗試。上課的第一天,坎蒂弄得手忙腳亂。其他學生的烘焙技巧似乎都比她好。她害怕她可能會是班上最糟糕的學生,但她仍決定全力以赴。

第二天的課程進行得較為順利,雖然坎蒂還是很不安,但她感覺比較有自信了。對她而言,把每樣材料混合在一起似乎相當容易。混合好以後,她把麵團倒進蛋糕烤盤中。然後她把烤盤放進烤箱裡。蛋糕在烤的期間,坎蒂和其他學員看老師示範怎樣正確地裝飾蛋糕。

之後該是把蛋糕取出來的時候了。很不幸地,坎蒂的蛋糕出了差錯。它看起來和聞起來都糟透了。老師檢查並嚐了蛋糕後,說坎蒂犯了好幾個天大的錯誤。應該用糖,她卻加了鹽巴。應該只用蛋白,她則放了整顆蛋。最後,她用的不是可可粉而是肉桂。這樣的失敗只有用莫非定律才能解釋得了。

Building Your Vocabulary    

1.hesitant a. 猶豫的,遲疑的
You will miss this chance if you are hesitant.
如果你猶豫的話,你就會錯失這次機會。

2.pour vt. 倒,灌,注
Alice poured some juice into a cup.
艾莉絲倒了一些果汁到杯子裡。

3.demonstrate vt. 示範
I'll demontrate how to use this machine later.
我待會兒會示範如何操作這台機器。

Phrases for Learning    

1.sign up for...  報名參加……(的課程)
Lisa signed up for a yoga class to stay fit.
麗莎報名上瑜珈課來健身。

2.browse through...  瀏覽……
I spent 30 minutes browsing through this magazine.
我花了三十分鐘的時間瀏覽這本雜誌。

3.be all thumbs  笨手笨腳
I am all thumbs when I play the guitar.
我彈吉它時指法都很生澀。

參考字詞    

1.pastry chef n. 糕點師傅
2.mixture n. 混合物;混合料
3.egg white n. 蛋白
4.cocoa n. 可可粉
5.cinnamon n. 肉桂
6.disaster n. 失敗;災難

Grammar Check    

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..demonstrate how to properly decorate a cake.
(……示範怎樣正確地裝飾蛋糕。)

句中的"how to properly decorate..."稱作名詞片語,所謂名詞片語乃由『疑問詞 + 不定詞片語(to + 原形動詞)』組成。名詞片語與名詞子句一樣,在主要子句中可作主詞、受詞或置於 be 動詞後作主詞補語。此處的"how to properly decorate a cake"即作動詞 demonstrate 的受詞。

We haven't decided where to go on vacation.
(我們還沒確定要去哪裡度假。)
 
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