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新视野大学英语视听说教程 4 Unit 10-8

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Now Your Turn
Task 1:
SAMPLE DIALOG1
Maggie: Josh, you were late for work this morning.
Josh:   I was only about ten minutes late. Anyway, the boss didn’t say anything about it.
Maggie: As a friend, I must give you a warning. You should understand that Americans treasure time.
Josh:   What do you mean?
Maggie: You see, for them time is tangible2. It’s a thing. “Time is money.” You can “spend time”, “waste time”, “save time”. You can even “kill time”!
Josh:   Does this strong sense of time affect their lifestyle?
Maggie: If you’re 20 minutes late for a business appointment, the other persons will be annoyed. They may not trust you anymore. Today you were ten minutes late for work. That was bad enough.
Josh:   I was caught in a traffic jam. What could I have done?
Maggie: You should have called the secretary to say you might be late. I learned3 the importance of punctuality when I studied at an American university.
Josh:   Tell me about it.
Maggie: Some students were late handing in assignments and the professors gave them poor marks. One professor even refused to read a term paper that was turned in after the deadline.
Josh:   But as far as I know, English-speaking people may be 15-30 minutes late for a dinner party.
Maggie: That’s true. For an informal occasion4 like that, punctuality is not so important. Also, a boss may keep his employees waiting for a long time.
Josh:   But if his secretary is late, she’s in trouble. She will probably be reprimanded.
Maggie: How true!
 


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1 dialog IvtxH     
n.对话,对白
参考例句:
  • At last there can be a reasonable dialog between our two governments.我们两国最后终于能理智地进行对话了。
  • Address every primary view and dialog possible.要尽可能考虑到所有主要的视图和对话。
2 tangible 4IHzo     
adj.有形的,可触摸的,确凿的,实际的
参考例句:
  • The policy has not yet brought any tangible benefits.这项政策还没有带来任何实质性的好处。
  • There is no tangible proof.没有确凿的证据。
3 learned m1oxn     
adj.有学问的,博学的;learn的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • He went into a rage when he learned about it.他听到这事后勃然大怒。
  • In this little village,he passed for a learned man.在这个小村子里,他被视为有学问的人。
4 occasion DIAxo     
n.场合,时机,机会,诱因,理由;vt.惹起,引起
参考例句:
  • Her dress was too showy for such a formal occasion.在如此正式的场合,她的服装过分华丽了。
  • Her tears were fought back on such an occasion.在这种场合下她忍住了眼泪。
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