每日英語跟讀 Ep.964: 純白色口罩哪面朝外?

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------------- 即刻收聽John老師的「社會人核心英語」課程協助你面對外商主管、同事與客戶 : -------------   每日英語跟讀 Ep.964: Which side of a plain white mask faces out?   Pharmacist Ko Yu-pin, father of novelist Giddens Ko, says that even though white masks are the most popular type in Japan, they are not at all popular with the Taiwanese. Ko says that some customers asking for masks decline the minute they hear the masks are white. When he asks them why they do not want to buy white masks, they say that they have no idea which side is supposed to face out, so they would rather not use white masks at all. 作家九把刀的藥師爸爸柯毓彬說,日本人最愛的白色口罩,偏偏台灣人接受度不高,有的民眾一踏進藥局要買口罩,一聽到是白口罩,馬上就說「不用了」,他都會反問對方為何不買白口罩,才知道原來是因為買了白口罩,要戴的時候卻不會分內外,所以,乾脆就把白口罩列為拒絕往來戶。 Consequently, Ko decided to set up a “mask class.” Whenever anybody comes to buy masks, no matter whether the current batch is white or not, he always gives them a quick lesson, using a sample white mask to explain how to distinguish the inner and outer sides. 因此,柯毓彬決定開設「口罩小學堂」,只要來買口罩的人,不論這批是否為白口罩,統統都幫民眾上課,直接就以白口罩為例,說明如何來分辨內外。 Ko says that the easiest way to tell the difference between the inner and outer sides of a white mask is that the side with the pleats facing downward is the outer side. There are two reasons for this. The first is that having downward-facing pleats on the outside makes it easy to breathe, and people who wear glasses will not get their glasses misted up when they exhale. The other reason is that dust will not accumulate in downward-facing pleats. 柯毓彬強調,要分辨白色口罩的內外,最容易分辨的方法,就是「摺痕朝下」的就是朝外,原因有兩個,也就是摺痕向下朝外的話,這樣呼吸順暢,眼鏡族才不會因為呼氣、吸氣就會眼鏡模糊;同時因為摺痕向下,落塵才不會累積在摺痕裡。 Ko says that some people think they can distinguish the inner and outer sides of a white mask by the ear straps, but actually some mask factories put the straps on the inside and some put them on the outside, so the straps won’t tell you anything. The best way is still to look at the pleats. Just remember that the side with the downward-facing pleats is the outer side and you will get it right. 柯毓彬指出,有的民眾用白口罩的耳帶來分辨內外,但其實有的口罩工廠是把耳帶作在裡面,有的就作在外面,所以無法用耳帶判斷內外。最好的方法還是看摺痕,只要記得「摺痕向下」就是朝外,這樣就對了。 Ko says that every time he receives a batch of plain white masks, he and his wife set an example by putting on white ones. Ko says that previously only people who wanted to send masks to Japan would specifically ask for white ones, but since he started his mask class, most people have been accepting white masks. After all, no matter what style or color of clothes you are wearing, you can’t go wrong with neutral white masks, which go well with anything. 柯毓彬說,每當收到純白色的口罩,他跟老婆都會以身作則戴起白口罩。柯毓彬說,以前都是專程要寄口罩到日本的民眾才會特別指定購買白色口罩,但經過他的「口罩小學堂」之後,大多數人都會接受白色口罩,因為不管穿著各款各色的服裝,「百搭」的中性白色口罩都是最好的選擇! Source article:   每日英語跟讀Podcast,就在每週Vocab精選詞彙Podcast,就在每週In-TENSE文法練習Podcast,就在 用email訂閱就可以收到通勤學英語節目更新通知。

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