【英语学习】每日对话:我们到纽约了! [声频]

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这套英语每日对话围绕一家人在美国旅行的经历展开——从开始办签证,到逐一游历50个州 。他们在旅途中了解美国文化历史,学习英语,体验各州风情 。这个对话系列适于中级或中级以上英语水平的学生使用

在以下对话中,一家人在商量在纽约市(New York City)的参观游览安排。

Claudine: I can’t believe we’re in New York City! What are we going to do first?

Gina: There’s so much to do in New York City, and we don’t have that much time. It’s too bad we won’t have time to see the rest of the state. The state of New York is quite large.

Paul: Let’s make the most of our stay here. And next time we can see the rest of the state. There’s plenty to do in the five boroughs.

Sam: Okay, so where should we go first? I know we’re going to a Broadway show tonight, but what should we do before then?

Gina: I’d like to go to some of the museums. We’ll go to the Met tomorrow. It’s soextensive that we’ll probably spend the whole day there.

Paul: Let’s take a ferry to Liberty Island and see the Statue of Liberty. We’ll also get a great view of the Manhattan skyline from the island.

让我们复习一些词语:

人们常用 can’t believe(难以置信/简直不敢相信)来强调自己对某事成真感到的吃惊,震惊或兴奋。

To make the most of :最大程度地利用/享用某种经历或时间,以便取得最佳体验或结果。

纽约市包含五个行政区,一个区称为一个borough。五个行政区分别是曼哈顿区(Manhattan),布朗克斯区(The Bronx),皇后 区(Queens),布鲁克林区( Brooklyn),以及斯塔腾岛区( Staten Island)。

Broadway ,百老汇,是纽约市一条大道的名字,然而实际上已成为在它四周40多家剧场上演的音乐歌剧的代名词,也用来指这个剧场区(Theater District);林肯表演艺术中心(Lincoln Center)坐落在附近。A Broadway show指在百老汇剧场上演的音乐歌剧。

The Met:纽约大都会博物馆(Metropolitan Museum of Art的简称)。它是美国最大的艺术博物馆。

Extensive :范围、面积或数量大而多的

ferry (or ferryboat):轮渡

Liberty Island :自由女神岛,位于曼哈顿附近,岛上坐落着自由女神像( Statue of Liberty)。自由女神像是法国赠与美国的礼物,并已成为自由与民主的世界性象征。

Manhattan (or Manhattan Island):曼哈顿(也称曼哈顿岛),纽约市的五个行政区之一

skyline :天际线

The American English website (含中文版)为英语学生和教师提供免费使用的多种英语资源。TheAmerican English Facebook page 为学生提供每日更新的英语学习资料。American English for Educators Facebook为教师提供每日更新的英语教学资料。

“日常对话”由美国国务院教育与文化事务局英语语言项目处(Office of English Language Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)资深项目官员海蒂•豪兰(Heidi Howland)编写。

点击了解有关美国旅行计划 的更多信息及 旅行签证申请步骤

Everyday conversations: We’re in New York City! [audio]

This series of Everyday Conversations is about a family and their experiences during a trip to the U.S. Join them as they get visas and then travel to each of the 50 states. During their trip, they learn about U.S. culture and history, learn more English, and learn about some of the uniqueness of each state. These conversations are for intermediate-level English-language learners or higher.

In this conversation, the family talks about what they will do in New York City.

Claudine: I can’t believe we’re in New York City! What are we going to do first?

Gina: There’s so much to do in New York City, and we don’t have that much time. It’s too bad we won’t have time to see the rest of the state. The state of New York is quite large.

Paul: Let’s make the most of our stay here. And next time we can see the rest of the state. There’s plenty to do in the five boroughs.

Sam: Okay, so where should we go first? I know we’re going to a Broadway show tonight, but what should we do before then?

Gina: I’d like to go to some of the museums. We’ll go to the Met tomorrow. It’s soextensive that we’ll probably spend the whole day there.

Paul: Let’s take a ferry to Liberty Island and see the Statue of Liberty. We’ll also get a great view of the Manhattan skyline from the island.

Now let’s review the vocabulary.

The phrase can’t believe is used for emphasis to express surprise, shock or excitement at something that is true.

To make the most of something means to enjoy or use something as much as possible to get the best result or experience.

New York City has five boroughs.The boroughs are different areas in the city. Together, they make up the entirety of New York City. The five boroughs are Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Broadway refers to performances at 40 different theaters in the Theater District and Lincoln Center located on a street — named Broadway — in New York City. A Broadway show is a theatrical performance at one of these theaters.

The Met is short for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is the largest art museum in the United States.

Extensive means covering a large area, or large in size or amount.

ferry (or ferryboat) is a boat that transports people, vehicles and things for a short distance between two places.

Liberty Island is an island near Manhattan. It is home to the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from France. It is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.

Manhattan (or Manhattan Island) is one of the five boroughs of New York City.

skyline is the outline of tall buildings, mountains or other things, seen against the sky.

The American English website offers a variety of free resources for learners and teachers of English. The American English Facebook page posts learning materials for English-language learners daily. The American English for Educators Facebook page posts teaching materials for English-language teachers daily.

Everyday Conversations are developed by the State Department’s Heidi Howland, a senior program officer in the Office of English Language Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Learn more about planning a trip to the U.S. and applying for a tourist visa.

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