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A whole new ball game 一个全新局面

Chinese farmer Liu Qiyuan looks out from his 'survival pod'. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty


According to one interpretation of the ancient Mayan calendar, the world is going to end on 21 December 2012. In case it does, Chinese farmer Mr Liu claims to have the solution: his 'survival pods', which can withstand 1,000-metre-high waves and carry 14 people at a time. They are also equipped with oxygen tanks and food and water supplies.



A whole new ball game 意思是一个全新的,不同以往的局面。


I thought I was good at speaking English in terms of day-to-day conversation. But working as a professional translator is a whole new ball game; I have to be much more accurate.

Tom says working as a manager for the first time is a whole new ball game.

I used to go jogging every weekend, but running marathons is a whole new ball game.


另外一个短语是 to get the ball rolling, 意思是开始、启动什么事情或行动。

After a long time planning the project, it feels great to finally get the ball rolling.

I really don't exercise enough and want to get fit. If I go to the gym once a week, that should get the ball rolling.


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