Letters to Juliet 給茱麗葉的信 Need relationship advice? Shakespeare’s famous lover is here to help.
Nearly everyone knows the tragic love story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. But not everyone knows it’s possible to write a letter to the leading lady of the story, Juliet, and ask her for romance guidance. Being a fictional character, Juliet of course doesn’t actually reply to the letters. Instead, volunteers patiently respond to the thousands of letters that are sent to her.
Many years ago, people started sending letters addressed to Juliet to her hometown of Verona, Italy. At first, no one knew what to do with all of the letters, until a local man began replying to them. After he retired from the task, a team of volunteers formed Juliet’s Club, whose members are called Secretaries of Juliet. Following the release of the 2010 movie Letters to Juliet, even more letters began to pour into the city from all over the world.
People can apply to become a Secretary of Juliet and help answer letters. People of all ages, including many young people, mail in letters. Perhaps they just need someone to talk to, and Juliet never judges them. Some letters are touching, some are heartbreaking, and some ask for help finding the perfect partner—but not even Juliet can help with that!
1. advice n. 建議（不可數）
a piece / word of advice 一項建議
Sarah gave me a piece of advice on how to study English.
2. tragic a. 悲慘的，不幸的
To this day, Ian hasn’t forgotten that tragic accident.
3. romance n. 浪漫的關係／情調
Generally speaking, office romances are not a good idea.
4. guidance n. 指導，指引
Megan has always depended on her tutor for guidance on writing essays.
5. fictional a. 虛構的，編造的
The novel is based on a real event in history, but all the characters are fictional.
6. volunteer n. 義／志工，志願者 & vi. & vt. 自願從事……；當志工
The survey was carried out by volunteers.
I was very touched when I learned that so many of my coworkers volunteered to help me with my work.
7. retire vi. 退休；退役；退職
Mr. Johnson made a formal statement at the meeting that he would retire at the end of this year.
8. release n. 上映；發行；公開
The book you’re looking for should be in the new releases section.
heartbreaking, heartbroken, heartache 這些都是表「心痛（的）」，那到底該怎麼用呢？形容詞 heartbreaking 表「（某事物）使人心碎的／極度失望的」、形容詞 heartbroken 表「（人）感到極度傷心的／心碎的」，而 heartache 不同於前兩者，為名詞表「痛心，傷心」。讓我們來看看生活上的實例：
Luke was heartbroken over his breakup with Lisa, who he kept seeing in his dreams.
This heartbreaking relationship was just another heartache on my list.