1. go haywire 陷入混乱
What are some problems caused by too much traffic?
Well, there are several issues. Initially too much traffic causes traffic jams, which result in tardiness, physical and mental stress and everything in between! Of course, vehicles emit exhaust fumes, which contribute to acid rain and other environmental concerns. In short, the environment and people’s health is going more and more haywire because of this!
2. be in dire straits 身陷绝境
Dire straits 恐怖的海峡
What are some problems caused when too many people move to the city to find work?
I think there are a host of difficult situations which arise from this. The first problem of course is overcrowding, which creates a burden on our transportation system. Another result of overcrowding is an increase in housing costs. To tell the truth, I think this problem is becoming worse day by day. If the government doesn’t put some controls in place we’re going to be in a dire straits.
3. a thorny issue 棘手的问题
Does using modern equipment affect people’s health?
Yes, this is a thorny issue. Although modern technology affords us a multitude of benefits, there are also a number of negative consequences. For example, if people always rely on machines to do their work they would become lazy and as a result-obese. Of course there are also directly harmful effects. It’s common knowledge that cell phones emit radiation which is hazardous to our health.
4. spiral out of control 急剧上升
Will people’s handwriting suffer if they use computers too much?
I think this is a very topical subject. A lot of young people these days almost solely use computers to write school workor correspond with friends. If this continues they could lose the ability to write script by hand. And this problem is spiraling out of control!