手機沒電不是”no power”,低頭族必學3C相關英文。


一、1分鐘單字速速記 Vocabulary

  • tech-savvy (adj.) 精通科技的
  • pertinent (adj.) 有關的;直接相關的
  • adapter (n.) 轉接器
  • magnified (adj.) 放大的
  • acquire (v.) 獲得;取得
  • navigate (v.) 瀏覽;導航
  • acquaint (v.) 使認識;熟悉
  • heartbreaking (adj.) 心痛的
  • periodically (adv.) 週期性地;定期地
  • intrusion (n.) 闖入;侵擾
  • self-sustainable (adj.) 自給自足的

二、易混淆字彙 Frequently Confused Words

For all the tech-savvy phubbers out there, it’s pertinent to know the differences between the most frequently confused tech-related words. Here’s a shortlist of the common mistakes we’ve collected!


1. A-P-P vs. app.

In Taiwan, it’s common for people to mistakenly pronounce the abbreviation of ‘application’ as ‘A-P-P’ (spelled out), when in fact, it should be ‘app’ (a single syllable).



2. charger vs. adapter

A charger is, as its name suggests, a device that charges the power of an electronic device or batteries. An adapter converts one voltage to another.



3. laptop vs. tablet

A laptop is a portable (folded) and much lighter version of a desktop computer (which usually consists of multiple parts). Laptops are designed to be used on the user’s lap, hence the name ‘laptop.’ A tablet, on the other hand, is a single flat-surface component that is typically lighter than a laptop. Think of this as a magnified smartphone with functions that are more similar to laptops rather than phones.



4. internet vs. web

Yes, there is a difference between these two. The internet is a way of allowing users to acquire data through interconnected networks. Web pages are the collections of data acquired. For example, this is a web page and you are using the internet to access this web page.



5. UI vs. UX

What’s the difference between User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX)? While it may look confusing, it’s actually quite simple. UI is how the website is designed and how the user interacts with it. You can think of UI as howwell the website is designed based on how it’s organized, overall aesthetics, and other visual elements. UX is all about the overall experience a user obtains from using a website; it is how the user feels while navigating around the website.



6. turn on/off vs. open/close

This one is a classic mistake most people make. Just remember, when you’re talking about anything electronic, you should say turn on or turn off. If you’re talking about a physical opening (such as a door, window, etc.), then you may use open or close.

這是相當多人會搞混的片語,但只要記得,當我們提到電子相關的設備時,就要使用「turn on」或是「turn off」,而若提到物理上的開啟(例如:門或是窗戶),這時候就要使用open或是close。

三、低頭族須知科技專有名詞與句型 Common Tech Terms & Phrases

Asides from understanding the frequently confused terms, a truly tech-savvy phubber should also become acquainted with some of the phrasal verbs and expressions to do with technology and the internet.


to be out of battery/juice (phrs. v.)

A lot of people assume that when your device stops working due to low or no battery, it’s okay to say ‘no power.’ It’s NOT okay. In a situation where your device has no charge left for it to work properly, you can either say it is out of battery or [the battery is] out of juice.

許多人以為,當你的電子設備由於電量過低或是沒有電的狀態下而停止運作時,可以說「no power」,事實上是不可以這樣使用的喔!如果你的設備沒有剩餘的電量可以正常使用,則可以使用「out of battery」,或是「the battery is out of juice」。


to browse/surf the web/internet (phrs. v.)

This is (or will be) one of the most practical phrasal verbs you’ll ever learn. To browse or surf the web/internet means to use the internet. To research, to scroll through different websites, to shop, to look for whatever.


to scroll up/down (phrs. v.)

You know how you use the wheel on your mouse to go up and down the page? Yup, that’s exactly what it means to scroll up and down, respectively.


to back up files (phrs. v.)

Not only is this a phrase you should learn, but it’s also a habit you should grow into! I think each and every one of us has had that heartbreaking experience where your computer or phone crashes and you realize you have been documenting your life for the past 2 years on that thing. And it’s all gone. Just like that… So learn to back up your files, save them on to an external hard drive or the cloud to ensure you’ll never lose these files!



to be wiped out (phrs. v.)

Another reason why you should periodically back up your files. Your device, whether mobile or not, can be prone to intrusions by ill-intended individuals and if they are skilled enough, they can wipe out all your data. That means they can erase everything. Everything.


pop-up ads (n.)

Sometimes, when you visit a web page, you get caught off-guard by a sudden appearance of another page on top of the page you’re trying to reach. Those are called popups, and more often than not, they’re advertisements for things like e-mail subscription and sales, hence the term ‘pop-up ads.’


spam (v. / n.)

When someone gets spammed, it means they are bombarded with a large number of messages/emails that are pretty much of the same nature. Spam mails are also used to refer to the countless and useless ads and irrelevant junk mail you get in your inbox.


to get off the grid (phrs. v.)

If you’re brave enough, it might do you some good to get off the grid for a few hours, a few days, or even a couple of weeks from time to time. Traditionally, when you get off the grid, it means you live a self-sustainable life and you don’t rely on any public utilities. Nowadays, most people ‘get off the grid’ by going offline on all social media accounts (yes, that means your IG, FB, twitter, LINE, you name it). You virtually disappear and become unreachable.

如果你夠勇敢,試著遠離電子設備幾個小時,幾天,或甚至是幾個禮拜,對你可能會有些好處喔!傳統上,這個片語的意思是你過著自給自足的生活,不依賴任何的公共設施。而現今來說,當人們「get off the grid」,指的是不使用任何社群軟體,包含你的IG, FB, Twitter, 還有LINE,你完全的消失在社群上,並且無法與外界聯繫。


We’re surrounded by technology every day and while we may not be able to keep up with the newest inventions or hi-tech gadgets, we should definitely be more familiar with the common lingos and terms of the tech world. You’ll surely find this article particularly useful in the online community!



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