VT Speaking Challenge 2: Public Safety (公共安全)

Vocabulary Challenge 2: https://tw.voicetube.com/everyday/20190327

心智圖詞彙攻略: ericvocab.com 


Hello, everyone! Welcome to today’s pronunciation challenge or rather vocabulary challenge! My name is Eric from Eric’s English Lounge, and I am once again, your VT host!

Today’s topic is

為什麼新加坡擁有全球最低的犯罪率? (Why Singapore has one of the world’s lowest crime rates | CNBC Reports)

OK, so I actually did some research and the safest city in 2019 is Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Taipei is actually the 5th safest city and Singapore dropped in ranking to 21.

I go to school in Los Angeles and it is nowhere near as safe as Taipei.* People usually do not walk out on the street too late at night in parts of downtown. Crime has been reduced but you still have to be careful of your own safety.

*nowhere near
Actual use in the news: https://goo.gl/j62g9w

So, why do you think Singapore is so safe? What words come to mind when you hear the words, public safety?

The police? Strict laws? Security cameras?

So, let’s jump into our sentence of the day:

Tens of thousands of cameras are actively monitoring areas around Singapore, and the cameras come in handy.


Tens of thousands of cameras 成千上萬的監視器
are actively monitoring 正在積極監控
areas around Singapore 在新加坡所有的地區
, and the cameras 相機

監視器? monitor? NO!!!!
security cameras
surveillance cameras
Surveillance cameras are video cameras 監視
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) 閉路電視

come in handy 派得上用場;有用處
To be especially useful, often in a particular setting or situation.

Now I want to focus on pronunciation, and I want to focus on word stress again. Which words do you think are the most important for listeners to hear?

Tens of thousands of cameras are actively monitoring areas around Singapore, and the cameras come in handy.

Tens of thousands of cameras are actively monitoring areas around Singapore, and the cameras come in handy.

Do you notice the difference? So we learned last week that we typically stress nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs but we place greater stress on words we want listeners to hear.

I love ice cream. I love studying English but others don’t.
I LOVE ice cream. I love, not just like.
I love ICE cream. Not other types of food, but ice cream.

Now, like I said, this is key for listeners and even raters on standardized tests such as the TOEFL and IELTS, which place great emphasis on word stress and not so much on accent as long as your words are intelligible.

OK, so the Chinese is:



So, like I mentioned earlier, I have been a teacher for many years, and I specialize in teaching international university students and for me, speech is not just about set phrases and pronunciation. It’s also a lot about thinking and deciding what to say, grammar,  considering the situation, before even talking. Of course, you should always speak and not worry too much when practicing but you can also be aware of these issues and the situation you are in. You have to think even when speaking your native language in certain situations or do we always speak without thinking? Hmm…what are outlines and powerpoints for then?

So if you are interested in learning more about using language to communicate and understand more complex thoughts in longer turns, with fewer hesitations, feel free to join our critical vocab course I am opening up with VT. It’s not just a vocab class, it starts with vocab but is a comprehensive way to approach English.

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Now, let’s go back to English learning and over some additional words:

Words Form
1. crime [uncountable] illegal activities in general違法行爲,犯罪活動

fight crime打擊犯罪

combat crime打擊犯罪

[countable] an illegal action, which can be punished by law案件

commit (a) crime犯罪

2. monitor監控;監測

to watch and check a situation carefully for a period of time in order to discover something about it

The government is monitoring his phone calls.

The noun form is


a computer screen or a device with a screen on which words or pictures can be shown

computer monitor


a machine that regularly tests something

a radiation monitor



3. security camera 監視器

A security camera is a video camera that records people’s activities in order to detect and prevent crime.

surveillance camera監視器

A mounted video camera used for the purpose of observing someone, as part of closed-circuit television (閉路電視).

security camera


a system that sends television signals to a limited number of screens, and is often used in shops and public places to prevent crime

4. arrest  逮捕;拘捕

If the police arrest someone, they take them away to ask them about a crime that they might have committed.

arrested for drunk driving 酒駕

the act of arresting somebody

driving under the influence (DUI)

Make an arrest (n)., under arrest

5. charge (警方)指控,控告

(of the police) to make a formal statement saying that someone is accused of a crime

She’s been charged with murder.她被控謀殺。


In closing, remember word stress and we will go over the details of word stress. It’s not just making a word LOUDER than others, and always remember collocation, and sign up for our class!

想到治安時就會聯想到目前在讀書和工作的洛杉磯 (因為不是那麼安全的地方><),來分享一首代表喔杉磯/加州的歌吧:

心智圖詞彙攻略: ericvocab.com 



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