CLASSROOM Grammar Elite
for Junior Secondary Students
Words by Theme

Unit 5

Theme: Teenage life—growing up (p.59)

  1. Socialise (v.): to spend time with other people in a friendly way

    Besides studying, college students can also socialise (參加社交活動) on various occasions (場合) to broaden their horizons (開拓眼界) and enhance (提升) their interpersonal (人際關係的) skills.

  2. New normal (n. phr.): a situation that used to be unusual but is now what you should expect

    Staying up late playing video games and binge-watching (追劇) seems to be the new normal (新常態) among teenagers.

  3. Interact (v.): to communicate with

    Most young people would rather stay at home doing nothing than hang out (閒逛) and interact (互動) with their friends on weekends.

  4. Get in touch (v. phr.): to writing to or phone someone

    Thanks to (多虧) advanced (先進的) technology, we can now get in touch (聯繫) with our friends and relatives in our home country (本國) even if we are overseas (在海外).

  5. Fatigue (n.): physical or mental tiredness

    Staring (盯著看) at the computer screen for a long time can cause eye fatigue (疲憊). Therefore, we should use electronic devices (電子裝置) moderately (適度地).

  6. Effort (n.): physical or mental activity needed to achieve something

    Even though it takes a lot of effort (努力), the teenagers in poor mountainous areas (山區) still study hard in the hope of leading a better life (過上美好生活) in the future.

  7. Hang out (phr. v.): to spend a lot of time in a place or with someone

    Young couples (情侶) usually hang out (閒逛) in shopping malls on weekends or after work.

  8. Gathering (n.): a meeting when many people come together as a group

    Different from the older generation (世代), many young people like to go to cafés (咖啡店) or bars (酒吧) for gatherings (聚會).

  9. Catch up with (phr. v.): to meet with someone you have not seen for a long time and learn about their recent situation

    Teenagers in this survey generally (普遍地) think it is necessary to have a meal to catch up with (敘舊) their friends they haven't seen for a long time.

  10. Connect with (v. phr.): to feel close to someone or have a good relationship with them

    The volunteer teacher (義工教師), who is now in Africa (非洲), connects with (聯繫) his family by writing letters.

  11. Demoralising (adj.): making someone lose confidence

    The principal always says that although life can be demoralising (使人洩氣的) at times, we should have the faith (信念) and courage (勇氣) to overcome adversities (逆境).