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新视野大学英语 读写教程第一册 unit2-a

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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 forth1. 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 Finch2 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 weird3. 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 thoroughly4, 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 makeup5, 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 standing6 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?"
"Yes."
"Do you have your instrument?"
"Uh-huh."
"And your lunch?"
"Yah."
"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 bugging7 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 tattoos8 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 bugged9 Sandy much more than before, and she was arguing with her mother a lot more than usual, too.

Words: 694

NEW WORDS

weekday
n. any day except Sunday and Saturday 工作日(星期六、日以外的日子)

click
vi. make a short, sharp sound 发出“嘟”、“咔嗒”等轻微响声
n. a short, sharp sound 咔嗒声

blast
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

forth
ad. out; forward 出来;向前

horrible
a. shocking, frightening; unpleasant 可怕的;令人不悦的

stuff
n. matter; material 东西;材料

rhythm
n. regular repeated pattern of sounds or movements 节奏; 韵律

▲weird
a. strange; unusual 古怪的;离奇的

definitely
ad. certainly; with no doubt 当然;无疑地

powerful
a. 1. full of force 有力的,强壮的
2. having a strong effect 功效大的

youngster
n. a young person 青少年;青年

musician
n. a person who is able in music 音乐师

offensive
a. 1. very unpleasant 极讨厌的,令人作呕的
2. for attacking 攻击性的

disturb
vt. 1. interrupt, trouble or bother 打扰,妨碍
2. make sb. worry or unhappy 使……不安,使……烦恼

grab
vt. take suddenly and roughly 抓取,攫取

thorough
a. 1. complete in every way 彻底的
2. careful about details 认真的

thoroughly
ad. completely; carefully彻底地;仔细地

bang
v. (cause to) hit hard and with loud noises (使)撞击;(使)猛击, 使劲敲

towel
n. a piece of cloth for drying things 毛巾

■T-shirt
n. an informal, cotton article of clothing 圆领衫

jeans
n. strong cotton trousers 牛仔裤

wrap
vt. cover in material folded over 包,裹

sweater
n. (woolen) clothing for the top part of the body (羊)毛衣

■makeup
n. paint, powder, etc., worn on the face 化妆品

toast
n. bread made brown by heating 烤面包

instrument
n. 1. an object for producing musical sounds 乐器
2. a tool 工具

■yah
interj. (informal/slang) yes 用于表示讨厌、嘲笑、无耐心等发出的惊叹语

disgust
vt. cause not to like 使厌恶,使反感

disgusting
a. very unpleasant 令人厌恶的,令人作呕的

blouse
n. woman's shirt 女衬衫

▲closet
n. a box built into the wall to store things 壁柜

▲bug
vt. (informal/slang) bother; annoy; trouble 令人生气;使人烦;纠缠

■eye-liner
n. dark make-up lines around the lashes10 or the pencil for making lines around the eyes or in the eye-brows 眼线笔(液)

annoy
n. make a little angry 使生气;使恼怒

■tattoo
n. patterns made by putting paint into the skin 纹身

pierce
v. make a hole in 穿洞;刺穿,刺破

bolt
vi. suddenly start to run or break away 冲出去,逃跑
vt. 闩,拴住

PHRASES AND EXPRESSIONS

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

PROPER NAMES

Sandy
桑迪(女子名)

Steve Finch
史蒂夫·芬奇(男子名)

Green Waves
绿浪(作者为故事杜撰的名字)

Jane
简(女子名)

French Lilac Blue
法国紫蓝(眼线笔)


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1 forth Hzdz2     
adv.向前;向外,往外
参考例句:
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
2 finch TkRxS     
n.雀科鸣禽(如燕雀,金丝雀等)
参考例句:
  • This behaviour is commonly observed among several species of finch.这种行为常常可以在几种雀科鸣禽中看到。
  • In Australia,it is predominantly called the Gouldian Finch.在澳大利亚,它主要还是被称之为胡锦雀。
3 weird bghw8     
adj.古怪的,离奇的;怪诞的,神秘而可怕的
参考例句:
  • From his weird behaviour,he seems a bit of an oddity.从他不寻常的行为看来,他好像有点怪。
  • His weird clothes really gas me.他的怪衣裳简直笑死人。
4 thoroughly sgmz0J     
adv.完全地,彻底地,十足地
参考例句:
  • The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting.一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下种。
  • The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons.士兵们都系统地接受过保护武器的训练。
5 makeup 4AXxO     
n.组织;性格;化装品
参考例句:
  • Those who failed the exam take a makeup exam.这次考试不及格的人必须参加补考。
  • Do you think her beauty could makeup for her stupidity?你认为她的美丽能弥补她的愚蠢吗?
6 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
7 bugging 7b00b385cb79d98bcd4440f712db473b     
[法] 窃听
参考例句:
  • Okay, then let's get the show on the road and I'll stop bugging you. 好,那么让我们开始动起来,我将不再惹你生气。 来自辞典例句
  • Go fly a kite and stop bugging me. 走开,别烦我。 来自英汉 - 翻译样例 - 口语
8 tattoos 659c44f7a230de11d35d5532707cf1f5     
n.文身( tattoo的名词复数 );归营鼓;军队夜间表演操;连续有节奏的敲击声v.刺青,文身( tattoo的第三人称单数 );连续有节奏地敲击;作连续有节奏的敲击
参考例句:
  • His arms were covered in tattoos. 他的胳膊上刺满了花纹。
  • His arms were covered in tattoos. 他的双臂刺满了纹身。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 bugged 095d0607cfa5a1564b7697311dda3c5c     
vt.在…装窃听器(bug的过去式与过去分词形式)
参考例句:
  • The police have bugged his office. 警察在他的办公室装了窃听器。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He had bugged off before I had a chance to get a word in. 我还没来得及讲话,他已经走了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 lashes e2e13f8d3a7c0021226bb2f94d6a15ec     
n.鞭挞( lash的名词复数 );鞭子;突然猛烈的一击;急速挥动v.鞭打( lash的第三人称单数 );煽动;紧系;怒斥
参考例句:
  • Mother always lashes out food for the children's party. 孩子们聚会时,母亲总是给他们许多吃的。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Never walk behind a horse in case it lashes out. 绝对不要跟在马后面,以防它突然猛踢。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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