A good year for smelly fruit “臭”水果大豐收

What's causing a stink in Asia? Could it be the 'king of fruits'?!

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It may look delicious but this fruit’s pungent smell makes it an acquired taste

Durians, the so-called “king of fruits”, are something of a national obsession in Singapore. 

And 2015 is shaping up to be a very good year for durian lovers, with a bumper crop in neighbouring Malaysia. 

That means prices are coming down and sales are going up – much to the delight of buyers and sellers alike.

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這水果看似挺好吃,不過其刺鼻的味道非得靠後天培養才能接受。 

榴蓮,所謂的“水果之王”可是新加坡全民都為之癡迷的水果。 

2015年將是榴蓮喜愛者們的好年景,因為鄰國馬來西亞迎來了榴蓮的大豐收。 

這意味著榴蓮的價格正在下降,銷售量正在上升,買者和賣者都皆大歡喜。 

詞彙 

pungent (味道)刺鼻的
an acquired taste 需要適應的味道
is shaping up 正在成為
bumper crop 大豐收
delight 喜悅,高興

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pungent / an acquired taste / is shaping up / bumper crop / delight 

1. Apple growers in Worcestershire say they are harvesting a __________ due to almost perfect weather conditions. 

2. Residents in Ryde, Isle of Wight, have been living with a stench from rotting seaweed which smells like raw sewage. The warm weather has made the odour from the seaweed so __________ it is making people feel sick. 

3. More than 330 people were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences in the UK in the year to April 2015 – a third more than the previous year. Crucially, the average age of those being arrested has been falling, with almost a fifth under 20. In other words, given that the self-proclaimed caliphate isn’t going away anytime soon, this ____________ to be an enduring security problem.

4. With more than half the ballots in, results from the Greek referendum suggest voters have decisively rejected the terms of an international bailout.For “No” voters, as these pictures show, there was __________ at the result.

5. Higgs’ vocals are something of __________. They flit flamboyantly between a raspy alto and the keening siren of his falsetto. One review of the new album called it “almost unlistenable” as a result – although the vast majority of critics awarded it five star ratings. 

答案

1. Apple growers in Worcestershire say they are harvesting a bumper crop due to almost perfect weather conditions.

2. Residents in Ryde, Isle of Wight, have been living with a stench from rotting seaweed which smells like raw sewage. The warm weather has made the odour from the seaweed so pungent it is making people feel sick.

3. More than 330 people were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences in the UK in the year to April 2015 – a third more than the previous year. Crucially, the average age of those being arrested has been falling, with almost a fifth under 20. In other words, given that the self-proclaimed caliphate isn’t going away anytime soon, this is shaping up to be an enduring security problem.

4. With more than half the ballots in, results from the Greek referendum suggest voters have decisively rejected the terms of an international bailout.For “No” voters, as these pictures show, there was delight at the result.

5. Higgs’ vocals are something of an acquired taste. They flit flamboyantly between a raspy alto and the keening siren of his falsetto. One review of the new album called it “almost unlistenable” as a result – although the vast majority of critics awarded it five star ratings.

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