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PSY’S GANGNAM STYLE, EXPLAINED!

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  • 2012-10-19
  • 韓國江南 style 席捲全球,背後的社會因素是什麼呢?
    《 Psy風靡全球的江南 Style 》
    Since its release in mid-July, Gangnam style has taken the world by  __   1  __  . Even North Koreans, so cut off from the world, know of it. In the hilarious music video, the performer Psy (short for psycho) does an/a  __   2  __   horse riding dance. He, along with a group of gorgerous women, raps and hops around Seoul  __   3  __   to be galloping.

    This insanely addictive song does have its  __   4  __   side, though. What Psy sings is about Gangnam, a fashionable neighborhood in Seoul with a bizzare  __   5 __   of the country’s wealth. Psy choreographed the silly dance routines to poke fun at Gangnam’s rich people who take up horseback riding  __   6  __   to show off their luxurious lifestyles. This is exactly why the song soon gained enormous popularity in South Korea,  __   7 __   the growing gap between rich and poor is serious  __   8  __   to have become an issue in the presidential election . 大學堂英文

    選項:
    A. enough B. concentration C. storm D. simply
    E. invisible F. pretending G. where H. serious
    聽力請先下載擴充軟體:安裝方式說明
    Since its release in mid-July, Gangnam style has taken the world by storm. Even North Koreans, so cut off from the world, know of it. In the hilarious music video, the performer Psy (short for psycho) does an invisible horse-riding dance. He, along with a group of gorgeous women, raps and hops around Seoul pretending to be galloping.

    This insanely addictive song does have its serious side, though. What Psy sings is about Gangnam, a fashionable neighborhood in Seoul with a bizarre concentration of the country’s wealth. That the residents there have risen not by following the traditional virtues of diligence and dedication but by living on a coveted piece of geography inspires both envy and distaste. Psy choreographed the funny dance routines to poke fun at Gangnam’s rich people who take up horseback riding simply to show off their luxurious lifestyles. This is exactly why the song soon gained enormous popularity in South Korea, where the growing gap between rich and poor is serious enough to have become an issue in the presidential election. 大學堂英文

    Q:What’s the main idea of this article?
    A. Gangnam Style fever will continue unabated.
    B. Gangnam Style mocks the ostentatious display of wealth.
    C. Gangnam Style highlights the gap between rich and poor.
    D. Gangnam Style overturns some Korean stereotypes.

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    字彙 Flashcards :使用說明
    • 精選多益 / 全民英檢中高級 / 托福單字片語
    • release (n) 發行
    • take …by storm 在…造成轟動
    • hilarious (adj) 令人捧腹大笑的
    • invisible (adj) 隱形的
    • gorgeous (adj) 性感漂亮的
    • pretend (v) 假裝
    • gallop (v) (馬)疾馳
    • insanely (adv) 瘋狂地
    • addictive (adj) 上癮的
    • serious (adj) 嚴肅正經的;嚴重的
    • bizarre (adj) 怪異的;超乎尋常的
    • concentration (n) 集中;專注
    • wealth (n) 財富
    • resident (n) 居民
    • traditional (adj) 傳統的
    • virtue (n) 美德
    • diligence (n) 勤奮努力
    • dedication (n) 專心致力
    • covet (v) 垂涎;渴望
    • inspire (v) 激起;引發
    • envy (n) 嫉妒
    • distaste (n) 厭惡
    • choreograph (v) 編舞
    • poke fun at N 嘲笑 = mock (v)
    • show off 炫耀
    • luxurious (adj) 奢華的
    • = ostentatious (adj)
    • gain enormous popularity 大受歡迎
    • gap (n) 差距;裂口
    • issue (n) 爭議;問題
    • presidential election 總統大選
    • fever (n) 流行熱潮 = craze (n)
    • continue (v) 繼續
    • display (n) 展示
    • highlight (v) 強調凸顯
    • overturn (v) 推翻
    • stereotype (n) 刻板印象


    文意選填解答:
    1. C 2. E 3. F 4. H
    5. B 6. D 7. G 8. A
    1. 本題考點為片語「造成轟動;掀起一股風潮」:take N by storm 以「江南 style 紅遍全球」這句為例,相關用字和寫法如下:
    Gangman Style takes the world by storm.
    Gangnam Style fever hits the world. 
    Gangnam Style's become a global sensation.
    Gangnam Style craze sweeps the world.
    2. 江南 style 影片中,Psy 不是真的騎馬逛首爾,而是「假裝」騎馬,騎了匹「隱形」馬。horse 為名詞,前方需搭配「形容詞」,故選 invisible (隱形的)。
    3. 本題考點為「分詞構句」。主詞為 He (指 Psy ),主詞會主動執行「假裝」騎馬疾馳這動作,故改成具「主動執行」意味的 Ving 分詞構句。
    4. side 為名詞,前方需搭配「形容詞」。第一段繞著「江南 Style」是個 hilarious (搞笑) music video 的主題發展。第二段從第 4 格後方的轉折詞 though (雖然;然而) 可知應選hilarious 的反義字「嚴肅正經的」serious。
    5. 從第四行 Gangnam’s rich people 和 luxurious 可知住在 Gangnam 的都是有錢人,Gangnam 為財富的「集中」區。
    6. show off 為動詞,加強動詞需搭配「副詞」simply。
    7. 本題考點為「關係副詞」where。詳細解說請見 文法講座一文法講座二 。 句構分解如下:
    This  is     exactly …,   7    the growing gap between rich and poor is
    [主詞1] [動作1]                     [主詞2]                                 [動作2]
    兩個主詞,兩個動詞,就是兩個句子。連接句子可用「關係代名詞」。介係詞 in + 關係代名詞 which = 代替地點的關係副詞 where。
    8. 本題考點為「夠 … ,所以可以 … 」:adj / adv + enough + to 動詞原形。解說請見文法講座三十九

    閱讀解答:B
    「江南Style」大揭秘!

    自7月中旬發行以來,「江南 Style」已風靡全世界。即使是和世界隔絕的北韓人也耳聞「江南 Style」。在熱鬧的音樂視頻裡,Psy(瘋子)表演隱形的騎馬舞。他,以及一群漂亮性感的女生,邊唱饒舌歌邊在首爾跳透透,假裝騎馬疾馳。

    然而這首令人瘋狂上癮的歌曲確實有其嚴肅的一面。Psy 歌裡唱的江南是首爾附近一個詭異地聚集全國財富的時尚區。那裏的居民之所以崛起,靠的不是勤奮的傳統美德,而是因他們就住在令人垂涎的精華地段上。這點令大家既羨慕又厭惡。Psy 精心編排了滑稽的舞步,嘲謔那些學騎馬就只為了炫富的江南人。這就是為什麼這首歌在南韓迅速走紅的原因。南韓的貧富差距問題已嚴重到足以成為總統大選的焦點議題。

    問題:這篇文章的主要論點為何?
    A. 江南 Style 熱將持續不減。
    B. 江南 Style 嘲謔炫富的行徑。
    C. 江南 Style 凸顯了貧富差距。
    D. 江南 Style 推翻了一些對韓國人的刻板印象。
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