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  Suspended Coffees  再忙,也要請你喝杯咖啡
by Marcus Maurice
It's about more than just coffee.
這不只是關於咖啡而已。

  Every morning, people who are addicted to caffeine lust for delicious cups of coffee so that they can actually wake up from their zombie-like state. They get to the counter of their local café and order an Americano, latte, or cappuccino. What if, for a small amount of money, anyone could help another person anonymously? A recent phenomenon called suspended coffees is just that. A person orders their cup of java and then also orders a suspended coffee. The person pays for two coffees but only receives one. The suspended coffee is for someone who is down on their luck, downtrodden, or just unable to afford the coffee. They can come into the participating café and ask for a suspended coffee and get it for free. The suspended coffee movement is a pay-it-forward scheme that enables people to show kindness by treating those unknown to them to a hot cup of goodwill.
  Suspended coffees are based on the honor system from both the stores and the recipients. Most baristas do not ask any questions when people ask for a suspended coffee. Instead, they smile and fill out their orders. The idea of suspended coffees was started in Naples, Italy, and because of social media, it has quickly spread to the US, Canada, and all over Europe. Now there is a website as well as a Facebook page with nearly 280,000 likes, which lists the cafés around the world that participate in suspended coffees. So far, more than 120,000 cups of coffee have been purchased and given to complete strangers. Suspended coffee has not made it to Taiwan, but it is about time that it did.
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1. What is suspended coffee?
(A) Free coffee for everyone.
(B) A way for people who are not doing well in life to have a free cup of coffee.
(C) A new blend of Mexican coffee.
(D) Coffee that is very cheap.
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2. How do café owners know who to give free coffee to?
(A) They only serve free coffee to homeless people.
(B) They just guess who is the poorest.
(C) They will not give them out unless someone has proof of unemployment.
(D) They trust people who say they want suspended coffee.
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3. Why has suspended coffee spread so fast?
(A) Because it has been featured on local TV.
(B) It has been promoted by cafés.
(C) People have been talking about it on Facebook and other websites.
(D) Everyone wants free coffee from strangers.
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4. According to the article, what is true about Taiwan?
(A) Suspended coffee has not made it here yet.
(B) Every Starbucks participates in suspended coffee.
(C) It has the best coffee in Asia.
(D) In Taiwan, if you do not have a job, coffee is half price.



文法一點靈

Every morning, people who are addicted to caffeine lust for delicious cups of coffee so that they can actually wake up from their zombie-like state.
注意
be / become addicted to...  沈迷∕熱衷於……
衍: addictive a. 使人上癮的
My little brother is addicted to video games.
我的小弟沈迷於電玩。
Morphine may alleviate your pain, but it is physically addictive.
嗎啡也許可以為你減輕痛苦,但在生理上卻會上癮。
*alleviate vt. 使減輕,緩和
What if, for a small amount of money, anyone could help another person anonymously?
注意
What if + S + V?  如果……的話該如何?
同: What would happen if + S + V?
What if Dad should ever find out that we are lying?
= What would happen if Dad should ever find out that we are lying?
要是爸爸發現我們在說謊怎麼辦呢?

精解字詞
  1. suspend vt. 暫停;使中止
    David's flight was suspended due to the bad weather.
    大衛的班機因為天氣惡劣而停飛。
  2. lust vi. 渴望 & n. 慾望
    Kevin is like a child lusting for toys.
    凱文像一個渴望玩具的孩子一樣。
  3. anonymously adv. 匿名地
    衍: anonymous a. 匿名的
    Someone has been contributing to this charity anonymously for 20 years.
    有位人士匿名捐款給該慈善團體已有二十年。
    The police located the suspects after getting an anonymous tip.
    警方在接獲匿名線報後找到嫌疑犯。
  4. phenomenon n. 現象(單數形)
    phenomena n. 現象(複數形)
  5. receive vt. 接受;收到
    The singer received a multitude of requests to perform live.
    那名歌手接獲大批現場點歌的要求。
    *a multitude of...  許多的……,大量的……
  6. participate vi. 參加
    衍: participate in...  參加……
    = take part in...
    My teacher suggested that I participate in some extracurricular activities.
    我的老師建議我應該參加一些課外活動。
  7. movement n. 運動,風潮
  8. scheme n. 計劃;機制;陰謀
    Fortunately, the swindler's scheme to cheat the old lady of all her money fell through.
    幸好,那名騙徒想騙走老婦人所有金錢的詭計並未成功。
    *fall through  失敗;成為泡影
  9. goodwill n. 友好,善意
    In a gesture of goodwill, the two countries agreed on a temporary trade agreement.
    為展現雙方的善意,兩國就臨時貿易協議方面達成共識。
    *gesture n. 表示;姿態
  10. purchase vt. & n. 購買(物)
    The washing machine was too expensive, so Tom didn't purchase it.
    那臺洗衣機太貴了,所以湯姆沒有買。
    This sports car is the most luxurious purchase I have ever made.
    這輛跑車是我買過最奢侈的東西。

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參考字詞

caffeine n. 咖啡因
java n. 咖啡(美式俚語)
downtrodden a. 被踐踏的
barista n. 咖啡師
blend n. 混合物

片語小舖
  1. down on one's luck  (某人)時運不濟
    You shouldn't kick a man when he is down on his luck.
    你不應該在一個人遭遇不幸時落井下石。
  2. fill out...  填寫……
    同: fill in...
    You'll have to fill out this form if you want to apply for a loan.
    如果你想申請貸款,必須先填寫這份表格。

中文翻譯&標準答案


再忙,也要請你喝杯咖啡
這不只是關於咖啡而已。

  每天早晨,對咖啡因上癮的人都有強烈的慾望想要來杯美味的咖啡,如此一來他們才能夠真正從殭屍般的狀態中甦醒。他們到當地咖啡廳的櫃檯點了一杯美式咖啡、拿鐵或卡布奇諾。如果任何人只需要花一筆小錢就能夠以匿名方式幫助別人會怎麼樣呢?最近有一個現象就是如此,稱為待用咖啡。某人點一杯自己的咖啡,並同時也點一杯待用咖啡。這個人付了兩杯咖啡的錢但只收下一杯。待用咖啡是給予那些時運不濟、歷經苦難或買不起一杯咖啡的人。他們可以來到參與這項活動的咖啡店要求一杯待用咖啡,不需要付半毛錢。待用咖啡運動是一種預支愛心的計劃,它讓人們能夠透過請陌生人喝一杯暖暖的愛心來展現善意。
  待用咖啡是基於商店與受惠者之間的誠信制度。當人們要求一杯待用咖啡時,大多數的咖啡師不會詢問任何問題。相反地,他們會微笑並照單全收。待用咖啡的點子起源於義大利拿坡里,由於社群媒體的緣故,它很快地便散播至美國、加拿大以及歐洲各地。時至今日,它有一個網站和累積了將近二十八萬個按讚的臉書專頁,列出世界各地參與待用咖啡活動的咖啡店。到目前為止,共有超過十二萬杯咖啡被購買並送給素未謀面的陌生人。待用咖啡還沒有來到臺灣,但也該是時候了。

1. 什麼是待用咖啡?
(A) 供應所有人的免費咖啡。
(B) 一種讓日子過得不太好的人們能夠得到一杯免費咖啡的方式。
(C) 一種新的墨西哥咖啡混合飲品。
(D) 非常便宜的咖啡。
題解:根據本文第一段,待用咖啡是給予那些時運不濟、歷經苦難或買不起一杯咖啡的人,故 (B) 項應為正選。
2. 咖啡店老闆要如何知道該給誰免費咖啡?
(A) 他們只供應流浪漢免費咖啡。
(B) 他們只是猜測誰是最窮的人。
(C) 除非某人提供失業證明,否則他們不會送出免費咖啡。
(D) 他們相信那些開口要求待用咖啡的人。
題解:根據本文第二段,當人們要求一杯待用咖啡時,大多數的咖啡師不會詢問任何問題,故 (D) 項應為正選。
3. 為什麼待用咖啡蔓延得如此快速?
(A) 因為當地電視曾經特別介紹它。
(B) 咖啡店曾推廣待用咖啡。
(C) 人們一直以來就在臉書或其他網站上談論它。
(D) 每個人都想要來自陌生人的免費咖啡。
題解:根據本文第二段,由於社群媒體的緣故,它很快地便散播至美國、加拿大以及歐洲各地,故 (C) 項應為正選。
4. 根據本文,下列哪一項關於臺灣的敘述是正確的?
(A) 待用咖啡還沒來到這裡。
(B) 每一間星巴克都參與待用咖啡活動。
(C) 它有全亞洲最棒的咖啡。
(D) 在臺灣,如果你沒有工作,咖啡就是半價。
題解:根據本文第二段,待用咖啡還沒有來到臺灣,但也該是時候了,故 (A) 項應為正選。

答案: 1. B 2. D 3. C 4. A

 
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