I can’t believe how swiftly 2023 has flown by. It feels like the new year countdown was just yesterday! And now we’re here, already halfway through the year.

As I look back on the goals, well, not exactly goals, it’s more like the changes that I want to achieve. I’m proud to say that some of them, check! I have ticked them off. But others, well, I failed.
Today in this video, I want to share with you 2 things that didn’t go as planned, and 1 thing that turned out to be successful!

不敢相信 2023 年過得如此飛快,倒數跨年感覺就像昨天才發生,然後一下子就已經過一半了!回顧今年訂的目標,也不太算目標啦,比較像是希望自己做的改變,很開心有一些成功達標,但是有一些失敗了。今天這支影片,我要分享兩件失敗的事,和一件成功的事。

This is going to be an all-English video. So, you can take it as an opportunity for you to practice your listening skills.
And I have a tiny challenge for you. In this video, pay close attention to these words. Notice how I utilize them within sentences.
Don’t worry if you can’t find all of them on your first try. Feel free to replay this video, and hopefully, you will discover more and more words with each attempt.

這會是一支全英文影片,所以可以藉機會練習你的聽力,然後我還有一個小小的挑戰要給你:在這支影片裡,我想要你們專心聽聽看並找出這些字,注意我是怎麼在影片裡面使用這些字,如果第一次聽沒辦法全部找出來的話不用緊張,可以重看影片,希望你每看一次都可以多找到一些字喔!

2023年復盤:重要單字、片語

  • I have a sense of shame. 說來慚愧(感到慚愧)
  • ultimate remedy 終極的療癒(方式)
  • increase your exposure to… 增加你接觸…(的機會)
  • keep a photo diary 保持寫照片日記的習慣
  • capture the cherished moments 捕捉珍貴的片刻
  • feel overwhelmed 覺得不知所措、喘不過氣
  • I pride myself on… 我對於…感到自豪
  • There are no shortcuts to success. 成功沒有捷徑

The first thing that didn’t go as planned was, well, I have to confess, I have a sense of shame because it was one thing I suggested you do to improve your English. Remember in my previous video, where I discussed how to create an all-English environment for yourself in Taiwan? I mentioned that you could follow some foreign pop stars, celebrities, or English news channels on your social media. By doing so, you would come across English contents while you’re on Instagram or Facebook. However, I kinda stop doing so because ever since I got Cooper. All my attention has turned to those funny animal short videos. They are like my ultimate remedy after a stressful day.

第一個沒成功的事情是,說來慚愧,因為這是我之前建議你們讓英文進步的方法。在我之前影片中,有說到如何在台灣幫自己製造一個全英文的環境 對吧?我提到鼓勵大家多追蹤一些外國歌手、名人或新聞頻道等等,這樣一來,滑手機時多多少少就會接觸到那些全英文內容。但是呢,我最近有點懶散了,因為自從養了Cooper後,看些可愛狗狗的影片就變成我工作休息時最大的放空方式!

I do have a sense of shame because I failed to do the thing I told you to do.

But regardless of what I did not do, I still strongly recommend this approach as a way to increase your exposure to English reading materials.

好,我承認,我真的有點慚愧,因為我要你們做的事情,自己也沒有做到。但是,撇開我沒有做到的這部分,我還是覺得這是一個很棒的學習方法,能夠讓你增加接觸英文閱讀的機會。

The second thing that I failed to do was keep a photo diary. Who doesn’t want to keep those wonderful moments forever? I’ve always wanted to make a photo diary book for each year, featuring some best photos with journals that capture the cherished moments. Since I know it’s quite time-consuming, I actually had a strategy, which was to tackle only a small portion at a time, so that by the end of the year, I wouldn’t feel overwhelmed dealing with hundreds of photos. I expected myself to organize the photos from each month and document the memories.

第二個沒成功的是紀錄照片日記,誰不想要永遠記得那些美好的時光?我一直以來都很想要每年做一本日記相簿,精選那年的照片並記錄發生的事情。我從一開始就知道會很耗時間,其實還曾經想了一個策略,就是每次只做一小部分,所以到了年底,才不會覺得一次要處理太多照片而感到慌亂,我本來期望自己每個月可以整理那個月的精選照片。

However, seven months have passed, and my phone is still overflowing with a great amount of miscellaneous photos. I’m so bad at keeping up with it. So, if you guys have any tips on how to maintain a photo diary, please, I need your help. I need some tips!

但七個月過去了,我手機裡照片越來越多、越來越雜。怎麼辦?我真的無法好好持續做這件事耶。所以,如果你們有任何整理照片日記的小撇步,拜託!我需要你們的幫忙,我需要一些好方法!

 

2023年復盤

2023年復盤:成功養成的好習慣

Okay, end with the failure, now move on to the success!
2023, I pride myself on being committed to exercising regularly.
I managed to make time to go to the gym twice a week and to play tennis at least once a week. I have definitely noticed some changes in my physique through weight training. And in tennis, I started from level zero to now being able to compete in a game. Both of them have given me a tremendous sense of accomplishment.

講完失敗,來講成功的吧!

2023年,我很自豪的說,我成功維持固定運動的習慣,我每週會撥時間去健身房兩次,至少打網球一次。從健身中的確看到自己體態的變化,而網球,我從零開始到現在可以打比賽,兩件事情都讓我超級有成就感!

From these two experiences, I realized that practicing English is very similar to weight training and playing tennis. Now, let me tell you. The process of weightlifting is painful. It is so hard! But we fall in love with it because we see the improvement of our ​​physical changes.

Similarly, when playing tennis, practicing basic moves can be tedious and filled with frustration, but only by mastering these fundamentals can we perform even more challenging moves or even play in a game.

從這兩件事我發現,其實練英文跟健身和打網球好像,你想想看,健身抬舉的過程很痛苦,但我們會愛上健身,是因為愛上健身後體態改善的自己。一樣的道理,打網球時,練基本動作也非常枯燥而且充滿挫折,但基本動作紮實了,才能做難度更高的動作或甚至打比賽。

Isn’t it just like practicing English? There are no shortcuts to success. Practicing English is never easy, but we’re all looking forward to the better versions of ourselves through practice, aren’t we?

There’s still one more week before July ends. Do you still remember what your resolutions are for this year? What will you do to make yourself a little closer to your goals? I’m Catherine, and I will see you guys in the next video.

這不是跟練英文一模一樣嗎?沒有成功的捷徑,練習英文一直以來都不是一件簡單的事,但我們都期待著練習過後,那個更好的自己,不是嗎?

再一週七月就結束了,你還記得你今年的願望嗎,你打算要做什麼才會更靠近你的目標?

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