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What is“Interest”? (123RF)
What is“Interest”? (123RF)
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文章一:What is “Interest” ?

OK, let’s say you’re a photographer. You have a big job offer, which will require you to borrow a camera. You’ll have to pay a rental fee, figured by the hour or the day. The longer you keep the camera, the more rent you will pay. Interest is like rent on money you borrow.

Now let’s say that, instead of you borrowing a camera for the day, you borrow $1,000 from your credit union. Each month that you do not return that borrowed $1,000, you must pay a kind of rent for using it, otherwise known as “interest.”

By the time you repay the $1,000 after one year, at 12 percent interest, you will have paid back a total of $1,120.00—the $1,000 you borrowed plus the $10 per month interest (rent) for the privilege of using money that did not belong to you ($1,000 x 12 percent = $120 / 12 months = $10).

想一想:

1. 根據文章,「利息」是什麼?

2. 如果年利率是15%,你向銀行借了2萬元,借期1年,請問每月該繳多少利息給銀行?

3. 你有借款或被借款的經驗嗎?試分享之。

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1. 解答:Interest is like rent on money you borrow.(利息就像租金,只是租借物是錢。)

2. 解答:250元($20,000 x 15% = $3,000 / 12 months = $250)

(文章來源:英文大紀元時報)

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文章二:
What can we do to prevent our cats from scratching our furniture?

What can we do to prevent our cats from scratching our furniture?(123RF)What can we do to prevent our cats from scratching our furniture?(123RF)

The best way to teach cats not to scratch furniture is to attract them to more appropriate surfaces through behavior modification and pheromones. Punishment isn’t effective.

Start by filling your home with a variety of cat scratchers, such as scratching posts and cat trees. Provide at least one more scratcher than the number of cats in your home. Position them near doors and windows and where your cats socialize with the family, nap, and sleep.

Make sure each scratcher is tall enough or long enough that the cats can fully stretch their limbs and backs while scratching. The scratcher also must be stable so it won’t topple over while the cat is using it.

Pheromones can also help. Apply Feliscratch paw pheromone to each scratcher to chemically lure your cats and visually signal where to scratch. Spray Feliway calming facial pheromone on furniture you want the cats to stop scratching.

1. 根據本文,如何才能防止貓咪抓壞家具,轉而抓更適當的地方?

2. 根據文章,噴上Feliway pheromone的作用是?

3. 你們家裡也養貓咪嗎?抓壞家具是否也常困擾著你們?試分享妙方。

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1. 解答:Through behavior modification and pheromones(透過「行為調整」與「費洛蒙吸引」。)

2. 解答:You want the cats to stop scratching.(鎮定貓咪,讓貓咪遠離抓壞的地方。)

(文章來源:英文大紀元時報)◇