The Most Popular Airbnbs
Airbnb最受歡迎的住房

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Airbnb is a booking service that has taken the world of accommodation by storm. Founded in 2008 and with its headquarters in San Francisco, Airbnb is now one of the world’s most popular accommodation services, with over 3 million places to stay listed. The Airbnb website enables hosts to offer up their home, apartment, hostel, hotel, or even tree house to potential guests. Here we look at the top-3 most popular Airbnbs listed in 2016. If you want to make a reservation at any of these, you’d better do it way, way, way in advance.

Airbnb是席捲世界住宿的預先訂房服務網站。2008年,Airbnb的總部在舊金山成立,現在已經是世上最受歡迎的訂房服務網,網站上有超過三百萬處住房。Airbnb的網站讓房東能出租他們的家、公寓、青年旅社、或甚至是樹屋給可能的租客。讓我們來看看2016年Airbnb最受歡迎的三大住宿點。假如你想要預訂任何一間,你最好要在很早、很早、很早之前就先預訂。

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1. Tree House, Atlanta, USA
第一名:美國,位於亞特蘭大的樹屋

This tree house, or rather three tree houses connected by rope bridges with lights on them, was the most popular Airbnb in the world in 2016. This listing receives rave reviews, with guests praising its laid-back atmosphere. Despite being located in a forest, it is only a few minutes away from downtown Atlanta. So how much does it cost for you and a friend to have the whole thing to yourself for a night? NTD12,000 is the current going rate for one night. 
這間樹屋,或有掛燈的繩索便橋連接的三間樹屋,是Airbnb2016年最受歡迎的住宿選擇。這一個項目收到的褒評如潮,入住客人讚賞樹屋悠閒的氛圍。儘管住房的位置在森林中,但到亞特蘭大的市中心只要幾分鐘就到。你和朋友要包下一間一晚的要價多少呢?目前的價位一晚為一萬兩千元台幣。

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2. Seashell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
第二名:墨西哥,位穆赫雷斯島的貝殼屋

This quirky home on Isla Mujeres, or “Island of the Women,” takes the number two spot. The two buildings on site are shaped like a pair of white seashells, and all of the furniture and decorations inside are in line with the seashell theme. There’s also a gorgeous pool, as well as a beach nearby. One night goes for NTD9500 for four guests.
這一間位在穆赫雷斯島或稱「女島」上的古怪房子位居第二名。這兩棟建築物實地上形狀像一對白色的貝殼,屋內所有的傢俱及裝飾都符合貝殼主題。同時還有一座華麗的泳池,附近也有海灘。四位租客一晚要價9500元台幣。

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3. Modern Glass Tree House, Florence, Italy
第三名:義大利,位在佛羅倫斯的現代感玻璃樹屋

Another tree house sits in the third spot. More of an elevated structure than a tree house, this handsome property sits on a family’s land about 30 minutes-walk from Florence’s main square. The land also features tennis courts, and guests can use the hosts’ kitchen. The rate is NTD7000 per night for two.
第三名比較像一座架高的建築物而不像樹屋,這座漂亮的建築物座落於離佛羅倫斯主廣場約30分鐘路程的一片家庭土地上。這片土地也有網球場,租客也可使用主人家的廚房。兩人每晚價格為7000元台幣。

Vocabulary 好字精選

1. accommodation (n) place to stay  住宿;調節,和解
Does your company cover your accommodation on all your business trips? 
你的公司會幫你支付你的出差的住宿費?

2. headquarters (n) main office of a company  總部
The Disney headquarters is in Burbank, California.  
迪士尼總部在加州的柏本客。

3. rave (adj) enthusiastic/positive (related to a review or recommendation)  吹捧性評論,狂熱吹捧
Food critics gave rave reviews to the new Mexican restaurant.    
美食評論狂熱吹捧新的墨西哥餐廳。

4. praise (v) to say something/someone is great  讚賞
Brian was praised for his efforts in the project.  
Brian因為他在企畫案中的努力而備受讚賞。

5. laid-back (adj) relaxed  休閒的,閑散的
My friend Carlton is kind and laid-back. 
我的朋友Carlton很仁善且很悠閒。

6. quirky (adj) weird in a kind of cool way  古怪的,詭異的
Prince was known for his unique, quirky style of pop music. 
Prince因為他獨特、古怪的流行音樂而出名。

7. elevated (adj) raised  升高的,提高的
An elevated corridor connects the two buildings.
這座空中長廊連接兩棟建築物。

Phrases and Sentence Patterns 句型解析

1. take sb/sth by storm (phr) to succeed overwhelmingly within a group  席捲…
The boy-band’s first album took the world by storm.   
男子團體的第一張專輯成功的席捲世界。

2. going rate (expression) for sth.   the standard/typical rate 一般費用或酬金
What is the going rate for a 2L bottle of Coca-Cola these days? 
現在一罐兩公升的可口可樂的價格多少?

3. on site (expression) at that location 在現場,實地
The park has two swimming pools on site.
公園實地有兩座游泳池。

4. in line with (phr) matching, similar to  符合,與…一致
Manuel’s role in the play is in line with his actual personality.
Manuel在戲劇中的腳色與他真實的個性很一致。

Exercise 課後練習題

1. Marvin’s favorite form of ______________ is the B&B.
Marvin最喜歡的住宿類型就是B&B(提供早餐的民宿)。
2. Many technology companies have their ____________ in Silicon Valley, California.
許多科技公司的總部都在加州的矽谷。
3. Parker published a _______________ review of Microtel Hotel on Boracay shortly after his visit.
Parker去長灘島的Microtel飯店住宿不久後發表了一篇讚揚的評論。
4. The critic ______________ the chef’s artistic style of presenting dishes.
美食評論家讚賞主廚呈現餐點的藝術風格。
5. You don’t even need to wear shoes in this ______________, beach-side restaurant.
你甚至不需要在這間悠閒的海灘餐廳穿著鞋子。
6. Brett is known for his ______________ personality; he’s quite different than anyone you’ll ever meet.
Brett因為他古怪的個性而出名;他比你曾遇過的任何人都相當不同。
7. The host stood on a/an _______________ platform beside the stage.
主持人站在舞台旁架高的平臺上。
8. Bart’s guitar performance on the stage took the audience _____________.
Bart在舞台上的吉他表演席捲觀眾注意。
9. The _____________ for a newspaper in my dad’s childhood was 25 cents.
我父親小時候一份報紙價位為25分錢(一塊美金的四分之一)。
10. Are there any ATMs _____________ at the conference venue?
大會會場有任何提款機嗎?
11. Everything the speaker said was _____________ Jodie’s beliefs.
演講者說得每件事都符合Jodie的信念。

解答:
1. accommodation
2. headquarters
3. rave
4. praised
5. laid-back
6. quirky
7. elevated
8. by storm
9. going rate
10. on site
11. in line with

Comprehension Questions 閱讀理解

1. How can one book a room at one of the top-three Airbnbs?
a. One must pay a very expensive deposit.       
b. One must make a reservation very early.   
c. One must live in the USA, Mexico, or Italy.  
d. It is impossible.

2. Which accommodation is the cheapest per person for one night?     
a. Tree House, Atlanta, USA
b. Seashell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
c. Modern Glass Tree House, Florence, Italy
d. Seashell House and Modern Glass Tree House  

解答:
1. 以下選項何者是預定前三名的Airbnb住宿的方法?
a. 必須支付非常昂貴的訂金。
b. 必須很早就先預訂。
c. 必須住在美國、墨西哥或義大利。
d. 不可能訂的到。

2. 以下何者是每晚每人最便宜的住宿選擇?
a. 美國,位於亞特蘭大的樹屋
b. 墨西哥,位穆赫雷斯島的貝殼屋
c. 義大利,位在佛羅倫斯的現代感玻璃樹屋
d. 貝殼屋和現代感玻璃樹屋

 

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