【英语学习】英语日常会话:你想赢一辆车吗? [含声频]

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来自世界不同地方的六位学生在美国相遇。他们都是交换学生,到美国大学就读一个学期,学习英语,了解美国文化,同时修专业课程。英语日常会话” (Everyday Conversations)系列围绕这六位学生在美国的经历展开。这套材料适于中级或中级以上英语水平的学生使用


     



一个学生(Lee)带着同学(Jana)去看一辆电动小轿车。他们谈到电动车及其对环境的益处。

Jana: Lee, I have a class soon on the other side of campus. Why did you drag me all the way over here to the parking lot of one of the environmental science buildings?

Lee: It won’t take long, and you’re gonna love it. Close your eyes. Ready? Check it out!

Jana: Is that what I think it is? For real?

Lee: Yup. Isn’t it great? The best electric car on the market! Energy efficiency and beautiful engineering in one car. I thought you’d appreciate that.

Jana: I totally do. I’d love to have one. But why does your class have this car here?

Lee: Well, energy efficiency is one of the easiest ways to combat climate change, right? But that alone doesn’t seem to get people’s attention. Even though energy efficiency reduces energy costs, people still need a little nudge to start making changes.

Jana: I think this car will get people’s attention.

Lee: Exactly. Our entire department is holding an event to get people more interested in ways to be more energy efficient. And an alum donated the car as araffle prize!

Jana: When is that event? I’m definitely going to come and buy a raffle ticket!

让我们来学习一些词语(也可阅读英文解释):

To drag someone somewhere拉着某个(不情愿的)人去某处

Gonna是 going to 在英语口语中的非正式说法

For real是非正式的英语口语,意思是“当真”

An electric car以电力为动力的车,电源来自可充电电池或其他蓄电装置

Energy efficiency能效

Climate change气候变化

nudge(鼓励去做某事的)轻推

Alum校友,毕业生,是alumnus(男校友/毕业生)或 alumna(女校友/毕业生)的简写或统称

raffle有奖销售,抽签活动,通常为慈善目的

有兴趣听更多英语对话吗?请浏览“英语学习”专题网页。

American English 网站提供可供英语学生和教师免费使用的多种英语资源。American English Facebook网页提供每天更新的英语学习资料

“日常会话”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。

Everyday conversations: Do you want to win a car? [audio]



(© AP Images)


Six students from around the world meet. What do they have in common? They are all exchange students studying at a U.S. university for a semester. Throughout the semester, they learn more English, learn about U.S. culture, and learn more about their fields of study. This series of Everyday Conversations is about these six students and their experiences during a semester at a university in the U.S. These conversations are for intermediate-level English-language learners or higher.


A student (Lee) takes another student (Jana) to see an electric car. They talk about electric cars and their positive effects on the environment.

Jana: Lee, I have a class soon on the other side of campus. Why did you drag me all the way over here to the parking lot of one of the environmental science buildings?

Lee: It won’t take long, and you’re gonna love it. Close your eyes. Ready? Check it out!

Jana: Is that what I think it is? For real?

Lee: Yup. Isn’t it great? The best electric car on the market! Energy efficiency and beautiful engineering in one car. I thought you’d appreciate that.

Jana: I totally do. I’d love to have one. But why does your class have this car here?

Lee: Well, energy efficiency is one of the easiest ways to combat climate change, right? But that alone doesn’t seem to get people’s attention. Even though energy efficiency reduces energy costs, people still need a little nudge to start making changes.

Jana: I think this car will get people’s attention.

Lee: Exactly. Our entire department is holding an event to get people more interested in ways to be more energy-efficient. And an alum donated the car as araffle prize!

Jana: When is that event? I’m definitely going to come and buy a raffle ticket!

Now let’s review the vocabulary.

To drag someone somewhere means to make someone go somewhere he/she does not want to go.

Gonna is a shortened form of going to. It is used in informal spoken English.

For real is an informal phrase used in spoken English. It is used to emphasize that something is actually true and accurate.

An electric car is a car that uses an electric motor. It uses electrical energy stored in rechargeable batteries or another storage device.

Energy efficiency is using less energy to provide the same service. For example, light bulbs that are energy-efficient use less energy but still provide the same amount of light as other light bulbs.

Climate change means changes in the Earth’s weather, especially due to the increase in temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere that is caused in part by the increase in carbon dioxide.

nudge is a small push or encouragement to do something.

Alum is a shortened version of alumnus or alumna. An alumnus is a man who was a student at a particular school, college or university and has graduated from that school. An alumna is a woman who was a student at a particular school, college or university and has graduated from that school.

raffle is a contest in which people buy numbered tickets in exchange for a chance to win a prize. Raffles are usually organized to make money for a good purpose.

Ready to learn more English? Our materials can help.

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.

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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