Unit 01
Blind box craze

Overseas Life/Leisure and entertainment


Share your ideas with your teacher and try to make sentences.

What do you think is the blind box craze all about?


Repeat  these  sentences  after  your  teacher.

1. blind box (phr.) 盲盒
I purchased a blind box item.

2. figurines (n.) (人物)小塑像
I love your collection of figurines!

3. hottest in town (phr.) 最火的,最受歡迎的
The new product is the hottest in town.

4. designer toys (phr.) 設計師玩具,名師設計的玩具
The designer toys Marie designed were awesome!

5. derivative (n.) 模仿的,缺乏獨創性的
Critics argued that his work was derivative.

6. sought-after (adj.) 熱門的,廣受歡迎的
His books are always sought-after.

7. craze (v.) 時尚;風行一時的東西
I am afraid to enter the blind box craze.

8. hooked (adj.) 入迷的;上癮的
She’s completely hooked on the idea of a camping holiday.


Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

Hey, Holly. What’s that you’ve got there?

It’s a blind box. Fingers crossed there’s a special Molly waiting for me inside!
是個盲盒。 希望盒子裡是個特別款Molly在等著我!

Oh, that’s one of those Pop Mart figurines, right? I was reading about their IPO recently.
哇,這就是泡泡瑪特出的玩偶,是嗎? 最近我看到這家公司上市的消息了。

Yes! They’ve really taken toy design to the next level. Their characters are the hottest in town!
沒錯! 他們真的是把玩具設計提升到了一個新高度。 泡泡瑪特的玩偶現在可是最火的!

Wow, designer toys. Who would have guessed?

It just goes to show that young consumers value original design and self-expression, not some recycled or derivative IP.

Maybe that’s why the IPO was so sought-after. They tapped into a genuine craze!
或許這就是為什麼泡泡瑪特上市這麼備受青睞。 他們充分利用了這種真正的狂熱!

Yeah, my friends and I are totally hooked. We just can’t stop buying!

Far be it from me to question your compulsions, but why do you think that is?

Well, some people have a “gotta collect ‘em all” attitude. For me I kind of like the mystery of not knowing which character I’m getting next.

Ah, so you like the uncertainty, kind of like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates.

Right, but even I can only take so much. I’m opening it now!
對,我真的已經迫不及待了。 我現在就要開盒啦!


Far be it from me to…

In today‘s lesson, we see the phrase “far be it from me to question.” This is a phrase that we can use to distance ourselves from questions or criticisms in order to make them easier for the listener to hear.
You can just use this phrase by itself, as in “far be it from me to judge.” However, we just as commonly follow the phrase with a “but” clause, signaling that we actually are questioning or criticizing, albeit politely.

1. Far be it from me to tell you what to do with your life, but you should probably have a plan.

2. Far be it from me to criticize, but isn’t this a little unreasonable?

3. Far be it from me to question the manager’s authority, but I think he’s in the wrong here.


Make a conversation with your teacher.

1.Would you join the blind box craze and buy blind boxes? Why or Why not?