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  Restoration Man 老屋重生術
by Evan Witkowski

Fixing up old structures and buildings is the name of the game.
翻新老舊建物至關重要。

(右鍵可另存)
  The United Kingdom is home to many historic buildings, from abandoned churches to outdated industrial structures and more. It takes a certain skill to repurpose these kinds of buildings into family homes or offices. Good thing architect George Clarke has a passion for restoring and converting fixer--uppers. His show Restoration Man on National Geographic follows him and his clients as he tackles a variety of projects and overcomes the obstacles standing in the way of property owners achieving their dreams of the perfect home. Clarke uncovers the history of each building by doing research and conducting interviews with local experts and the previous owners or occupants, which inform his design and construction decisions.
  It all started as a show on British television back in 2010, and the idea was eventually picked up by National Geographic. Using innovative architectural programs, historical photos, and animated graphics, Restoration Man takes viewers through the whole complicated process of what it takes to renovate a property into a livable home. The drama caused by challenges the owners face, and how Clarke helps them create a unique living space they can be proud of, make for compelling television.
  Learning about the past and shaping the future is one way that Restoration Man stands out from other home renovation or building shows on reality TV. Clarke uses his expertise and experience to turn shabby, broken-down abodes into beautiful designs. Tune in to National Geographic to see Clarke work his magic and make each structure a work of art by changing and improving on its existing structure.


精解字詞

1. restoration n. 恢復;修復
: restore vt. 復原
The historical museum is closed temporarily for restoration.
這間歷史博物館暫時關閉以進行整修。
The new government is trying hard to restore the country's economy to its full strength.
新政府正努力設法讓該國的經濟回復到全盛狀態。

2. abandoned a. 廢棄的;被遺棄的
: abandon vt. 丟棄;遺棄
The abandoned building is scheduled to be torn down this afternoon.
這棟廢棄大樓預計今天下午進行拆除。
If the river floods, we'll have to abandon our house.
如果河水氾濫,我們就得遺棄家園。

3. outdated a. 過時的
My grandfather's suit looked really outdated, so I bought him a new one.
我爺爺的西裝過時了,所以我買了一件新的給他。
*suit n.(男性)西裝(上裝及褲子);
(女性)套裝(上裝及裙子)

4. repurpose vt. 重新利用;改變……的用途
The company's role is to repurpose printed data for use on the web.
這間公司的職責是將印刷品資料轉成電子版以供網路使用。

5. architect n. 建築師
: architecture n. 建築(物)
architectural a. 建築的
Tom is the architect of this building.
湯姆是該棟大樓的建築師。
The stylish architecture took me back to the Renaissance in the 15th century.
那風格典雅的建築將我帶回到十五世紀文藝復興時期。
Ieoh Ming Pei received the Pritzker Prize, the world's highest architectural award.
貝聿銘獲頒全球建築界最高榮譽的普利茲克建築獎。

6. convert vt. 改裝;使轉變,使轉換
: convert A into B  將 A 轉變∕轉換成 B
Scientists are now able to convert garbage into usable fuel.
科學家現在能將垃圾轉變成可用的燃料。

7. tackle vt. 應付,處理
Mark tackled the problem by getting his friends to help him.
馬克叫朋友來幫他解決這個問題。

8. overcome vt. 克服(困難等)
I'll try my best, no matter how many difficulties I have to overcome.
不論要克服多少困難我都會盡力而為。

9. obstacle n. 障礙(物)
This weather is certainly an obstacle to playing volleyball today.
今天的天氣一定會妨礙我們打排球。

10. inform vt. 影響;告知,通知
: inform sb about / of sth  告知∕通知某人某事
Victor informed his coworker about the retirement party being thrown in his honor.
維克多通知他同事將為他舉辦退休派對,以表敬意。
*in sb's honor  向某人致敬

11. innovative a. 創新的
The company's innovative training program is part of the reason for its success.
該公司創新的訓練課程是其成功的原因之一。

12. renovate vt. 更新,翻修
The gallery is being renovated and will be closed until the end of the year.
這間美術館目前正在整修,要到年底才會開放。

13. expertise n. 專業知識∕技能
: expert a. 熟練的;專家的 & n. 專家
Your expertise in this area is greatly appreciated.
我們很欣賞你在這方面的專業知識。
You should talk to a consultant for expert advice on expanding your business.
針對擴張生意,你應該諮詢顧問的專業意見。
*consultant n. 顧問
Jacob is a computer expert, so his friends always turn to him for help.
雅各是電腦專家,所以他的朋友總是尋求他的幫忙。
*turn to sb  求助於某人


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單字小舖

fixer-upper n. (需要修繕的)舊屋
occupant n. 占有人,使用者
animated a. 動畫的
: animate vt. 繪製(動畫片)
animation n. 動畫
graphics n. 圖像(恆用複數)
livable a. 適合居住的
compelling a. 引人入勝的
shabby a. 破舊的
abode n. 住所

片語小鋪

1. fix up...  修理∕整理……
We fixed up the spare bedroom in preparation for our new baby.
我們把那間空房整理了一下,準備給我們新生的寶寶使用。
*spare a. 空閒的;剩餘的
 in preparation for...  為……而準備

2. stand in the way of...  妨礙∕阻擋……
Nothing can stand in the way of Kevin's dreams.
沒有什麼能阻擋凱文追求夢想。

3. pick up...  拾起……;購買……;開車接(某人)
I picked up the books that my brother dropped on the ground.
我撿起弟弟掉在地上的書。
I'm going to pick up a few things from the store. Do you need anything?
我要去商店買些東西。你需要什麼嗎?
Chris will pick up an important client at the airport tonight.
克里斯今晚要到機場接一位重要的客戶。

4. stand out  表現傑出
: outstanding a. 傑出的
Sharon stands out as a writer, but her talents in other areas are really lacking.
雪倫是名傑出的作家,但缺乏其他領域的天分。
Wayne looks up to his brother for his outstanding academic performance.
韋恩很欽佩他哥哥傑出的課業表現。

5. tune in to...  收看∕聽(電視∕臺節目)
tune vi. 轉到……頻道 & vt. 為……調音 & n. 曲調,旋律
: sing out of tune  唱歌走音
My mother tunes in to her favorite Korean soap opera every night after dinner.
我媽每天晚餐過後都會收看她最喜歡的韓劇。
David tuned his guitar before the performance.
大衛在表演前將吉他調音。
The girl was singing out of tune because of stage fright.
這名女孩由於怯場,所以唱歌走音了。
*stage fright  怯場

中文翻譯&標準答案

老屋重生術
翻新老舊建物至關重要。

   英國是許多歷史建築之鄉,從廢棄的教堂到過時的工業建築等都有。將這些建築物改造成家庭住宅或辦公建築需要一定的技術能力。幸運的是,建築師喬治‧克拉克對於整修和改造舊屋很有熱忱。在他與客戶們處理各種改造企劃,並克服屋主們想要實現夢想中完美之家所遭遇的困難時,國家地理上的節目《老屋重生術》一路跟隨著他們。克拉克透過與當地專家和先前的屋主或住戶進行研究和訪談,揭開了每座建築的歷史故事,從而影響了他的設計和建造靈感。
  這一切的想法是從 2010 年英國電視的一個節目開始的,而最終被國家地理所採用。《老屋重生術》使用創新的建築計畫、歷史照片和動畫圖像,帶領觀眾感受將老舊建物翻新成一個適合居住的家這一整個複雜的過程。屋主們面臨的挑戰所造成的戲劇性效果,以及克拉克如何幫助他們創造出一個讓他們感到自豪且獨一無二的生活空間,這些條件使它成為一個令人難以抗拒的電視節目。
  學習過去並塑造未來是《老屋重生術》從其他住屋或建築改造的真人實境節目中脫穎而出的方式。克拉克運用自己的專業知識和經驗來將老舊、破損的住所改造成出色的設計。鎖定國家地理,看看克拉克運用他神奇的力量,透過改造和改進現有的建築,使每棟建築物都成為藝術作品。

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