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  Tattoos by Foot 克服逆境的無臂刺青師
by Daniel Howard
An American tattoo artist is making history.
一位美國刺青師創造了歷史。

(右鍵可另存)

  Brian Tagalog is an American tattoo artist. While being a tattoo artist is interesting on its own, Brian is unique among tattoo artists for a very obvious reason: he doesn't have any arms. _(1)_
  Brian's mother Angie was extremely upset to know that her son was born disabled. _(2)_ However, she never believed her son was anything less than what she was, and she always encouraged him to pursue his dreams. _(3)_
  However, Brian grew up using his feet for everything from driving a car to drawing, so he knew he could accomplish whatever he wanted. He had always been interested in art, so about 11 years ago, Brian got certified as a tattoo artist. Though difficult, this would prove to be the easiest part of his journey. _(4)_ Instead of being discouraged, he decided to make it on his own.
  Brian opened his own store called Tattoos by Foot in Tucson, Arizona. He developed his technique, which is similar to that used by other tattoo artists with their hands, except Brian's version uses his feet. His process involves drawing a sketch on a piece of paper, transferring it to his client's skin, and then tracing and filling in the pattern with a tattoo gun. _(5)_ As the first armless tattoo artist, and a good one, Brian is now getting a lot of attention online and from the media, proving that dreams do come true.

(A) The whole process is less traumatic, and patients are often able to return to work the day after an operation.
(B) He was born this way, so from the very beginning, Brian had incredible challenges ahead.
(C) When Brian decided to become a tattoo artist, everyone knew he had chosen a difficult path.
(D) For years, Brian applied for jobs at tattoo parlors without ever getting hired.
(E) He accomplishes all this with his feet, on which he wears surgical gloves to prevent infection.
(F) She cried every day for a year knowing how much more difficult life would be for her son.


原來如此
  1. 第一題空格應選 (B)
    理由:
    a. 空格前一句提及 "... Brian is unique among tattoo artists for a very obvious reason: he doesn't have any arms."(……但布萊恩在刺青師之中因一個明顯的原因讓他顯得獨特 ―― 他沒有手臂。),而 (B) 項的句子提及 "He was born this way, so from the very beginning, Brian had incredible challenges ahead."(他一出生就沒有手臂,所以打從一開始,布萊恩就面臨極大的挑戰在前頭等著他。),前一句的 doesn't have any arms(沒有手臂)與 (B) 項句子的 He was born this way(他一出生就沒有手臂)互相呼應,故形成關聯。
    b. 根據上述,(B) 項應為正選。
    大補丸:
    a. incredible a. 極大的,難以置信的
    The fact that Angel has been working here for over 30 years is incredible.
    安琪在這裡工作三十多年了,這真是令人難以置信。
    b. ahead adv. 前方地;在前面
    衍: ahead of...  在……之前
    I arrived at the airport ahead of my daughter.
    我在我女兒抵達之前就先到了機場。
  2. 第二題空格應選 (F)
    理由:
    a. 空格前一句提及 "Brian's mother Angie was extremely upset to know that her son was born disabled."(布萊恩的母親安琪得知她的兒子出生時就身體殘缺很是難過。),而 (F) 項的句子提及 "She cried every day for a year knowing how much more difficult life would be for her son."(第一年她天天以淚洗面,因為她知道她兒子未來的人生會是多麼地困難。),前一句的 upset(難過)與 (F) 項句子的 cried(以淚洗面)互相呼應,故形成關聯。
    b. 根據上述,(F) 項應為正選。
  3. 第三題空格應選 (C)
    理由:
    a. 空格前一句提及 "... and she always encouraged him to pursue his dreams."(……因此她總是鼓勵他去追求自己的夢想。),而 (C) 項的句子提及 "When Brian decided to become a tattoo artist..."(當布萊恩決心要成為一名刺青師時……),前一句的 dreams(夢想)與 (C) 項句子的 to become a tattoo artist(要成為一名刺青師)互相呼應,故形成關聯。
    b. 根據上述,(C) 項應為正選。
  4. 第四題空格應選 (D)
    理由:
    a. 空格後一句提及 "Instead of being discouraged, he decided to make it on his own."(他沒有覺得氣餒,相反地,他決定靠自己成功完成心願。),而 (D) 項的句子提及 "For years, Brian applied for jobs at tattoo parlors without ever getting hired."(多年來,布萊恩應徵刺青店的工作但卻沒有人願意聘用他。),後一句的 being discouraged(覺得氣餒)與 (D) 項句子的 without ever getting hired(沒有人願意聘用他)互相呼應,故形成關聯。
    b. 根據上述,(D) 項應為正選。
    大補丸:
    a. apply for...  應徵(工作);
    申請(會員身份、獎學金、貸款等)
    衍: apply for a membership card  申辦會員卡
    Alice plans to apply for that job.
    艾莉絲打算應徵那份工作。
    We recently applied for a loan to buy a house.
    我們最近去申請貸款買房子。
    b. parlor n. 店面
    衍: a beauty parlor  美容院
    a massage parlor  按摩院
  5. 第五題空格應選 (E)
    理由:
    a. 空格前一句提及 "His process involves drawing a sketch on a piece of paper..."(他的過程包括在紙上畫草圖……),而 (E) 項的句子提及 "He accomplishes all this with his feet, on which he wears surgical gloves to prevent infection." (他全程用雙腳來完成整個刺青,雙腳戴著外科手術的手套以防感染。),前一句的 process(過程)與 (E) 項句子的 all this(全程)互相呼應,故形成關聯。
    b. 根據上述,(E) 項應為正選。
    大補丸:
    a. surgical a. 外科的,手術的
    衍: surgical equipment  外科手術器材(集合名詞,不可數)
    Many relief materials were rushed to the
    refugee camps, including surgical equipment.
    許多救濟物資被火速運送到那些難民營,包括外科手術器材在內。
    *relief n. 救濟
    refugee n. 難民
    b. infection n. 感染,傳染

精解字詞
  1. tattoo n. & vt. 刺青
    衍: a tattoo parlor  刺青店
    a tattoo artist  刺青師傅
    It will be quite expensive and time-consuming to remove all of these tattoos.
    要去除所有的這些刺青相當昂貴也很耗時。
    *time-consuming a. 費時的
    The gangster has a dragon tattooed on his back.
    這個流氓在背上刺了一條龍。
  2. upset a. 難過的;生氣的 & vt. 使難過(三態同形)
    We were all upset when we heard the news.
    我們得知這個消息時都很難過。
    It upsets Eddie to see animals being abused.
    眼見動物受虐讓艾迪相當不好受。
    *abuse vt. 虐待
  3. disabled a. 身障的
    衍: the disabled  身心障礙者
    = the physically challenged
    disable vt. 使(手腳等)失去能力;使無法正常運轉
  4. accomplish vt. 完成,實現
    同: achieve vt.
    I can accomplish anything I set my mind on doing.
    只要是我下定決心要做的事,我都能夠完成。
  5. certify vt. 認證,證明
    The psychiatrist certified that the criminal was legally sane.
    精神醫師證明那名罪犯心智正常。
    *psychiatrist n. 精神科醫生
    sane a. 心智健全的,神智正常的
  6. discourage vt. 使氣餒;勸阻
    衍: discourage sb from V-ing  勸阻某人(做)……
    Ben discouraged Jerry from stealing candy from the store.
    阿班勸阻傑瑞偷店裡的糖果。
  7. technique n. 技術,技巧
    衍: technical a. 技術的;技能的
    The young swimmer uses an unusual technique to increase her speed in the water.
    這名年輕的泳者利用特殊技巧增加她在水中的速度。
    You need technical training to do this job.
    要做這份工作,你需要先接受技術訓練。
  8. trace vt. 绘描出∕勾畫出(輪廓);追蹤,追查
    The police traced the missing girl to a cabin in the woods.
    警方一路追蹤那名失蹤女孩,來到了森林裡的一間小屋。

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單字小舖

sketch n. 草圖;素描 & vi. 畫草圖,素描
衍: illustration n. 插圖

片語小舖
  1. make history  創造歷史;成為創舉
  2. encourage sb to V  鼓勵某人從事⋯⋯
    encourage vt. 鼓勵
    The professor encouraged Robert to pursue a master's degree.
    該教授鼓勵羅伯特追求碩士學位。
  3. prove to be N/Adj.  證實是……
    I stand by what I said unless it is proven to be wrong.
    我堅守我所說的一字一句,除非這些話被證實是錯的。
  4. transfer A to B  將 A 轉移到 B
    Let's transfer all of your money to that bank. I'm sure it's safe.
    咱們把你所有的錢轉進那家銀行吧。我確定它很安全。

中文翻譯&標準答案


克服逆境的無臂刺青師
一位美國刺青師創造了歷史。

  布萊恩.塔加羅格是一位美國刺青師。雖然身為一名刺青師就其本身而言樂趣無窮,但布萊恩在刺青師之中因一個明顯的原因讓他顯得獨特 ―― 他沒有手臂。他一出生就沒有手臂,所以打從一開始,布萊恩就面臨極大的挑戰在前頭等著他。

  布萊恩的母親安琪得知她的兒子出生時就身體殘缺很是難過。第一年她天天以淚洗面,因為她知道她兒子未來的人生會是多麼地困難。然而,她從不覺得兒子比自己遜色,因此她總是鼓勵他去追求自己的夢想。當布萊恩決心要成為一名刺青師時,大家都知道他選擇了一條艱辛的路。
  然而,布萊恩在成長過程中運用他的雙腳來完成所有的事,從開車到畫畫都是,因此他知道他能夠完成任何他想要做的事。他一直都對藝術很感興趣,所以大約在十一年前,布萊恩就獲得了刺青師的認證資格。雖然艱苦,但這將證明是他人生旅程中最簡單的一段路。多年來,布萊恩應徵刺青店的工作但卻沒有人願意聘用他。他沒有覺得氣餒,相反地,他決定靠自己成功完成心願。

  布萊恩在亞利桑那州圖桑市開了自己的店,店名就叫『用腳刺青』。他發揮他的技術,就像使用雙手刺青的其他刺青師一樣,除了布萊恩是用他的腳刺青這點不同而已。他的過程包括在紙上畫草圖、將草圖移到客人的皮膚上,接著用刺青槍描邊以及將圖案填滿。他全程用雙腳來完成整個刺青,雙腳戴著外科手術的手套以防感染。身為首位無臂刺青師(且是優秀的刺青師),布萊恩現在在網路及媒體上得到許多關注,這證明了夢想真的會成真。

答案: 1. B 2. F 3. C 4. D 5. E





























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