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英語篇#6 Radio Address in 1940 - Winston Churchill

2024-03-17

英語篇#6 Radio Address in 1940 - Winston Churchill

2024-03-17
Summary of the Speech:
- He first openly shared the status in France.
- It was evident that the military situation was near catastrophic 糟蹋透頂的,災難性的.
- The speech is also known as Be Ye Men of Valour. He mentioned “Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour” (be men of courage) toward the end of the speech.
- It was a rallying cry for the British people, inspiring them to persevere in the face of overwhelming odds.

Some Important Parts of the Speech:
I speak to you for the first time as Prime Minister in a solemn hour for the life of our country, of our empire, of our allies, and, above all, of the cause of freedom.

- "Solemn hour" could refer to a significant or pivotal moment in time that carries a weighty or solemn atmosphere. It may imply a time of reflection, gravity, or importance.

Our task is not only to win the battle – but to win the war… That will be the struggle. In that supreme emergency we shall not hesitate猶豫 to take every step, even the most drastic嚴厲的,猛烈的, to call forth from our people the last ounce and the last inch of effort of which they are capable.

- Hesitate 猶豫
She hesitated slightly before answering the detective's question.
在回答警探的問題之前,她稍稍猶豫了一下
Please do not hesitate to contact me. 請不要猶豫與我聯絡

- Drastic 嚴厲的,猛烈的
Drastic measures 嚴厲的措施
This seems to be a drastic measure. 這似乎是個嚴厲的措施
There are drastic changes. 發生了巨大的變化

Having received His Majesty’s commission 委託, I have formed an Administration of men and women of every Party and of almost every point of view. We have differed and quarrelled吵架 in the past; but now one bond聯繫;關係 unites us all — to wage war 組織,籌備(活動)until victory is won, and never to surrender ourselves to servitude奴役 and shame, whatever the cost and the agony may be.

- Bond 聯繫;關係/ 債券/ 黏合處
They have a strong bond. 很好的關係

- Quarrel 吵架
What did you quarrel about/over? 你們為甚麼而爭吵?

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