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Learning on the Road  世界就是一所最好的學校


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Learning on the Road  世界就是一所最好的學校
An 11-year-old Australian goes to school in a very different classroom.
澳洲一位十一歲的孩子上學與眾不同。

  It’s often said that one of the best methods of learning is through experience and travel. Still, most people pursue a traditional classroom education, with travel being just a luxury. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t those who do things a little differently.
  For 11-year-old Louis Johnston of Adelaide, Australia, the world is truly his classroom. His mother, Ruth, sold all their possessions in order to give her son a more worldly education. They set off around the world in 2012. Starting in Fiji, they’ve managed to make it to 65 countries, with no sign of slowing down any time soon. They tried to live off as little as £25 per day, though sometimes they had to rely on the kindness of strangers for a hot meal or a place to sleep.
  What the Johnstons are doing is questionable for some. Louis doesn’t do any traditional schooling, but as Ruth says, when he’s doing currency conversions, that’s math. When he’s planning their next stop, he’s learning geography and time management skills, and when visiting historical places, he’s learning about history.
What’s next for this sightseeing duo? More traveling, of course! They want to reach a total of 100 countries within the next three years.

 

  俗話說,最好的學習方法之一是透過經驗和旅行。不過,多數人追隨的是傳統課程教育,因為旅行的支出太高。但那並不代表沒有人去做不一樣的事。
  對澳洲阿得雷德市十一歲的路易斯•約翰斯頓來說,世界就是他的教室。他的母親露絲為了給她兒子一個更多生活經驗的教育,她賣掉所有的財產。他們於 2012 年出發環遊世界。旅程從斐濟開始,他們已走遍六十五個國家,看來近期還沒有放慢腳步的跡象。他們試著每天以二十五英磅那樣少的花費生活,儘管有時他們必須依靠陌生人的善心來給予一頓熱騰騰的餐點或過夜的地方。
  約翰斯頓母子這樣的作法對一些人來說是有疑問的。路易斯沒受過任何傳統學校教育,但如同露絲所說的,當他在做貨幣換算時,那是數學。當他在計劃他們下一個要去的地方時,他在學地理和時間管理技巧,當他們造訪歷史景點時,他在學歷史。
  這旅遊雙人組的下一步會如何走?當然是更多旅行!他們想要在接下來的三年內走遍一共一百個國家。

 
  1. pursue vt. 追求
    Mary’s parents encouraged her to pursue her dream.
    瑪麗的父母鼓勵她追求她的夢想。
  2. luxury n. 奢侈,奢華
    This luxury hotel boasts three swimming pools and a golf course.
    這間豪華飯店以擁有三座游泳池和一座高爾夫球場而自豪。
    * boast vt. 以擁有……而自豪
  3. possession n. 財產(常用複數)
    Anna pursued material things like money, possessions, and high social status.
    安娜追求物質的東西,如金錢、財產和高階的社會地位。
  4. worldly a. 世間的;世俗的
    The man was eager to gain worldly fame.
    這位男子渴望獲得世俗的名聲。
  5. manage to V  設法……
    John couldn’t manage to save money even though he had a high income.
    儘管約翰的薪水很高,他還是存不了錢。
  6. rely on…  依靠……
    Helen relies on her friends and family for emotional support.
    海倫依靠家人和朋友給她精神上的支持。
  7. questionable a. 有疑問的,有問題的
    It is highly questionable whether Sam will pass the test.
    山姆是否能通過這次考試大有問題。
  8. management n. 管理
    Mr. Johnson gave me a few pieces of valuable advice on the importance of time management.
    強森先生針對時間管理的重要性給了我幾句中肯建言。

currency n. 貨幣
conversion n. 換算

duo 的相關用法
本文 "What’s next for this sightseeing duo?" 中的 duo 為名詞,為「雙人組」的意思,相關用法還有 trio(三人組)、quartet(四人組)和 quintet(五人組)。例:

Jim and his partner make quite a handsome duo.
(吉姆和他的搭檔為相當帥氣的雙人組。)

The police are looking for a trio of robbers who stole money from the bank last week.
(警方正在尋找上週搶銀行的強盜三人組。)


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