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新视野大学英语 读写教程第一册 unit2-a

2011-07-28    来源:网络    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
Unit 2
Section A
Pre-reading Activities
First Listening
You are about to read an early morning exchange between a daughter and her parents.
Second Listening
Discuss the following questions after the second listening.
1. What are some of the things you think the daughter and her parents might have different ideas about?
2. How can the older and the younger generation have real communication with and understand each other?
A Busy Weekday Morning
The radio clicked on. Rock music blasted forth. Like a shot, the music woke Sandy. She looked at the clock; it was 6:15 A.M. Sandy sang along with the words as she lay listening to her favorite radio station.
"Sandy," shouted her father. "Sandy, turn that music off!" Steve Finch burst into her room. "Why do you have to listen to such horrible stuff? It's the same thing over and over. I'm not sure it is really music though it does have rhythm. Hmmm. No, it isn't really music. It's weird. It is definitely horrible stuff."
"I like that music, Dad; it's my favorite group — Green Waves. Listen for a minute; I'm sure you'll like it. It has a really powerful message. Didn't you ever listen to music like this when you were a youngster?" Sandy reached for the radio to turn it up louder.
"No, no, don't do that. I can't stand it. The music I listened to had a message, too, but the words were clear and the musicians didn't use such offensive language. Turn that radio down so your mother and I can't hear it. I'm sure that music is hurting your ears as well as your brain. Now, would you please hurry up and turn it off? Get ready for school or you'll be late!"
Sandy walked into the bathroom and turned on the shower. At first, the water felt cold. It helped her wake up. Then, as the water got hotter, she thought, "This shower feels great and in here I can be alone and sing. No one disturbs me in here." She grabbed the soap and washed thoroughly, including her hair. If she stayed in the shower too long, her mom or dad usually banged on the door to rush her so she grabbed a towel and dried off.
After her shower, Sandy brushed her hair, put on her old, green T-shirt and some jeans and wrapped her sweater around her shoulders. Then she put on her makeup, grabbed her books and went to the kitchen.
She looked at the clock again; it was late. As usual, she didn't know what to have for breakfast, so she grabbed a glass of milk and ate a piece of toast while standing by the sink. Just then, her mother, Jane, entered the kitchen.
"Sandy, why don't you sit down and eat your breakfast? It isn't healthy to eat standing up."
"I know. Mom, but I'm already late for school. I don't have time to sit down and eat."
"Did you finish your homework, dear?"
"Do you have your instrument?"
"And your lunch?"
"Did you brush your teeth?"
"Mom, I haven't finished eating breakfast yet. I'll brush my teeth when I'm done."
"You should brush your teeth when you wake up and then brush them again after breakfast. Sandy, why are you wearing that old T-shirt? It's disgusting. I know you have some nice blouses in your closet."
"Mom, please stop."
"Stop what, dear?"
"Stop bugging me."
"Sandy, are you wearing eye-liner?"
"Yes, Mom, I've been wearing eye-liner for months. Isn't it pretty? It's called French Lilac Blue. I just love it." Sandy pretended not to notice that her mother was a little annoyed.
"Sandy Finch, you're too young to wear that much makeup. Please go upstairs and wash it off."
"Mom, I'm fifteen. I'm old enough to wear makeup. Believe me, all the girls at school wear makeup. Some have tattoos and pierced ears, and noses and tongues, too. Mom, I don't have time to talk about this now — I'm late. I've got to go. See you later." Sandy kissed her mother quickly on the cheek, picked up her books, and bolted out of the house.
As she ran to catch the school bus, Sandy thought of her older brother Bill who was away at college. He phoned her often so they could talk and share their problems, but she hadn't heard from him for a while. She missed him. Since Bill had gone to college, her mother bugged Sandy much more than before, and she was arguing with her mother a lot more than usual, too.
n. any day except Sunday and Saturday 工作日(星期六、日以外的日子)
vi. make a short, sharp sound 发出“嘟”、“咔嗒”等轻微响声
n. a short, sharp sound 咔嗒声
v. 1. make a sudden, loud sound 发出猛烈响声
2. break up by explosion 爆破
3. attack with explosives 以炸药攻击
ad. out; forward 出来;向前
a. shocking, frightening; unpleasant 可怕的;令人不悦的
n. matter; material 东西;材料
n. regular repeated pattern of sounds or movements 节奏; 韵律
a. strange; unusual 古怪的;离奇的
ad. certainly; with no doubt 当然;无疑地
a. 1. full of force 有力的,强壮的
2. having a strong effect 功效大的
n. a young person 青少年;青年
n. a person who is able in music 音乐师
a. 1. very unpleasant 极讨厌的,令人作呕的
2. for attacking 攻击性的
vt. 1. interrupt, trouble or bother 打扰,妨碍
2. make sb. worry or unhappy 使……不安,使……烦恼
vt. take suddenly and roughly 抓取,攫取
a. 1. complete in every way 彻底的
2. careful about details 认真的
ad. completely; carefully彻底地;仔细地
v. (cause to) hit hard and with loud noises (使)撞击;(使)猛击, 使劲敲
n. a piece of cloth for drying things 毛巾
n. an informal, cotton article of clothing 圆领衫
n. strong cotton trousers 牛仔裤
vt. cover in material folded over 包,裹
n. (woolen) clothing for the top part of the body (羊)毛衣
n. paint, powder, etc., worn on the face 化妆品
n. bread made brown by heating 烤面包
n. 1. an object for producing musical sounds 乐器
2. a tool 工具
interj. (informal/slang) yes 用于表示讨厌、嘲笑、无耐心等发出的惊叹语
vt. cause not to like 使厌恶,使反感
a. very unpleasant 令人厌恶的,令人作呕的
n. woman's shirt 女衬衫
n. a box built into the wall to store things 壁柜
vt. (informal/slang) bother; annoy; trouble 令人生气;使人烦;纠缠
n. dark make-up lines around the lashes or the pencil for making lines around the eyes or in the eye-brows 眼线笔(液)
n. make a little angry 使生气;使恼怒
n. patterns made by putting paint into the skin 纹身
v. make a hole in 穿洞;刺穿,刺破
vi. suddenly start to run or break away 冲出去,逃跑
vt. 闩,拴住
blast forth
(sounds) come out suddenly (声音)突然响起来
along with
in company with; together with 一道
turn off
stop; change to off 关
burst into
1. enter hurriedly, often with force 匆匆进入
2. start suddenly 突然爆发
over and over
again and again; regularly 一次次
reach for
move one's hand so as to touch or hold sth. 伸手去抓
turn up
increase the volume/size of (sound, flame, etc.) 增大(声音、火焰等)
turn down
reduce (sound, flame, etc.) usually by moving a switch 减小(声音、火焰等)
as well as
and; in addition to 和,以及,还有
turn on
change to on, cause to flow or operate 开,打开
as usual
as is common; as has happened before 与往常一样
that much
(informal) so much; to such a degree 那么……
bolt out
leave in a sudden or unexpected hurry 匆匆离开
Steve Finch
Green Waves

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