【英语学习】每日对话:缅因掠影[声频]

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每日对话围绕一家人在美国50个州的旅行见闻展开。请来跟随他们一起体验地方风情和历史。这个对话系列适于中级或中级以上英语水平的学生使用。

今天一家人驱车沿缅因州(Maine)海岸线游览。

Paul: This is a beautiful drive up the Maine coastline.

Gina: I still can’t believe how many lighthouses we’ve seen.

Paul: Well, the coastline is pretty rocky, so it makes sense that they’d need a lot of lighthouses. They guide the sailors and fishermen safely to the harbor.

Gina: That’s a good point. And it’s a long coastline.

Sam: Well, I’m hoping we get to see a moose and not just more lighthouses.

Claudine: The guidebook says there are about 75,000 moose in Maine, but I don’t think we’ll see one along the coast.

Sam: That’s too bad. Well, what else is Maine famous for?

Claudine: Lobster! It’s a staple dish of many of the restaurants in the state. We definitely should eat some before we leave.

让我们复习一些词语:

coastline 海岸线。A coast :海岸

lighthouse :灯塔

Rocky :多岩的,(海岸)不平展的

harbor  :海港

moose  :驼鹿,缅因州的标志性动物。Moose 一词是可数名词,但它的单复数同形,即复数不加s, 也是 moose ,例如:one moose, two moose,等。

guidebook  :导游书,指南手册

lobster  :龙虾

staple dish  :某一地区、群体或家庭中的常见菜肴

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“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。

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Everyday conversations: Some of the main things about Maine [audio]

This series of Everyday Conversations is about a family traveling to each of the 50 states in the U.S. Join the family members as they learn about local pastimes and history. These conversations are for intermediate-level English-language learners or higher.

In this conversation, the family drives along the coast of Maine.

Paul: This is a beautiful drive up the Maine coastline.

Gina: I still can’t believe how many lighthouses we’ve seen.

Paul: Well, the coastline is pretty rocky, so it makes sense that they’d need a lot of lighthouses. They guide the sailors and fishermen safely to the harbor.

Gina: That’s a good point. And it’s a long coastline.

Sam: Well, I’m hoping we get to see a moose and not just more lighthouses.

Claudine: The guidebook says there are about 75,000 moose in Maine, but I don’t think we’ll see one along the coast.

Sam: That’s too bad. Well, what else is Maine famous for?

Claudine: Lobster! It’s a staple dish of many of the restaurants in the state. We definitely should eat some before we leave.

Now let’s review the vocabulary.

coastline is the boundary between land and the ocean. A coast is the land along the ocean or sea.

lighthouse is a tower on or near the coast. A lighthouse has a strong light used to guide ships away from danger.

Rocky means having many rocks.

harbor is an area of water on the coast that is protected and deep enough to provide safety to ships.

moose is a large animal with very large, flat antlers, which are a type of horn. It is the official state animal of Maine. Moose is a countable noun, but the plural of moose is moose. One moose, two moose, etc.

guidebook is a book with information for travelers and tourists.

lobster is a sea creature with a long body, a hard, black shell, and a pair of large claws. Claws are curved and pointed arms for catching and holding things. The shell of a lobster turns bright red when it is boiled.

staple dish is a dish, or a food prepared in a particular way, that is eaten routinely among a group of people or in a certain geographic region.

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.

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