課文:

After a year’s wait, we can soon see Jennifer Lawrence back in her signature role, The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen. Both Lawrence and Katniss are “Girls on Fire” in their own ways; it’s surprising to see how they compare and contrast.

back in:重新執政
signature:簽名、特徵
on fire:著火、失火、氣勢旺
contrast:對比、有懸殊差異、對照

Origin Story

Katniss lives in District 12, an imagined future version of Lawrence’s home state, Kentucky, yet the two places are different worlds. While Katniss struggled to provide for her family, Lawrence’s parents provided for her as she struggled through school. “I always felt dumber than everybody else,” says Lawrence. “School just kind of killed me.”

district:區、行政區、轄區、地區、區域
struggle:奮鬥、努力
dumber:啞的、愚笨的
kind of:有一點

But both girls were suddenly removed from these situations – one forced and the other willing. Katniss entered the Hunger Games, and Lawrence spent a summer in New York City looking for acting jobs. In both cases, the event came about because of siblings although in different ways. Katniss volunteered in place of her sister, and Lawrence’s brothers spoke up when their parents tried to make her quit. “You’d do this for us if this were sports, and this is her baseball diamond.”

force:強迫
willing:自願的、願意的
come about:發生
sibling:手足、兄弟姐妹
sibling rivalry:手足之爭
volunteer:自願、志願
in place for:代替、較喜歡
speak up:不顧忌地說出、大聲說
baseball diamond:棒球內野球場
diamond:菱形


文法:
one … and the other …
(一個…另一個…)

特別補充:
understatement
:保守的陳述
stifle:使窒息、扼殺

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