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  When most people hear about a hearing aid1 or a set of false teeth, they think about their health. Also, when they hear about a Hawaiian volcano2 or the Tower Bridge in London, travel automatically comes to mind. How about Russian submarines3, stealth aircrafts4, or World War II bomber5 planes? Of course, one can't help but think of military vehicles. Believe it or not, all of those mentioned above are related to buildings. How? You may ask.


  In National Geographic Channel's Engineering Connections 2, Richard Hammond takes the audience behind the scenes of six of the world's modern structures. He reveals how some special ideas and unusual tools were connected with the designs of the Hong Kong International Airport, Sydney Opera House6, and Wembley Stadium to name a few.


  Built in the late 1990s, the Hong Kong International Airport is one of the largest international airports in the world. It was just a stretch of water before engineers found a way to build an artificial island. What's more, the airport's design is connected with a World War II bomber plane and a brass band7.



  大多數人聽到助聽器或一副假牙時,他們會想到他們的健康。此外,在聽到夏威夷火山或是倫敦塔橋時,他們自然而然就想到旅遊。那麼聽到俄羅斯潛艇、隱形戰機,或是二次世界大戰的轟炸機呢?想當然爾,人們不禁會聯想到軍用載具。信不信由您,上述的這些事物都跟建築物有關聯。怎麼說呢?您可能會這麼問。


  在國家地理頻道的《工程新典範》節目中,理查•哈蒙德帶領觀眾一窺世界六大現代建築的幕後秘辛。他揭露了香港國際機場、雪梨歌劇院和溫布利球場等建築的設計是如何跟一些奇特點子與特殊器具扯上關係的。


  香港國際機場建於1990年代後期,是世界最大的國際機場之一。在工程師找出方法來建造一座人工島之前,這塊地區僅是一片水域。此外,這座機場的設計跟二次世界大戰轟炸機與銅管樂隊可是大有關聯。




 


 
 


  1. automatically adv. 自動地
    The lid of this trash can automatically open.
    這個垃圾桶的蓋子會自動開啟。


     
  2. connection n. 關聯,關係
    There are close trade connections between these two countries.
    這兩國之間有密切的貿易往來關係。


     
  3. reveal vt. 揭露,透露
    Jenny insisted on not revealing her secrets.
    珍妮堅持不透露她的秘密。


     
  4. unusual a. 獨特的;不尋常的
    This exotic fruit has a very unusual flavor.
    這種異國水果有股奇特的味道。


     
  5. stretch n. 一片水域/地域 & vi. 延伸
    I saw a great stretch of flowers over there.
    我看見那兒有一大片花海。


     
  6. artificial a. 人工的,人造的
    This jacket is made of artificial fibers.
    這件外套是以人造纖維製成。
 

 



  1. come/spring to mind  突然想到,猛然想起
    Your name sprang to mind when I needed someone to talk to.
    當我想要找人談談時,腦中立刻浮現了你的名字。


     
  2. behind the scenes  在幕後;秘密地
    Many business deals are made behind the scenes.
    許多商業交易都是在私下達成的。
 
 

 



  1. hearing aid n. 助聽器
  2. volcano n. 火山
  3. submarine n. 潛水艇
  4. stealth aircraft n. 隱形戰機
  5. bomber n. 轟炸機(本文中作形容詞用)
  6. opera house n. 歌劇院
  7. brass band n. 銅管樂隊

     
 
《SENTENCE PATTERN》
 


What's more, the airport's design...
(此外,這座機場的設計……)
What's more, 主詞 + 動詞  此外/而且……
= Furthermore, 主詞 + 動詞
= Moreover, 主詞 + 動詞
注意:
"What's more, 主詞 + 動詞"原為"What's more is that + 主詞 + 動詞",但由於經常使用,故化簡為"What's more, 主詞 + 動詞"。
My teacher is knowledgeable. What's more, she is very patient with students.
= My teacher is knowledgeable. Moreover, she is very patient with students.
(我的老師知識淵博。此外,她對學生也很有耐心。)


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