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新视野大学英语 读写教程第一册 unit2-b

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Section B

Parent Talk

After Sandy had left for school, Jane Finch1 sat down in peace and quiet to drink her coffee. She sipped2 slowly and tried to read the newspaper. Soon her husband joined her.
"Would you like some coffee, Steve?" asked Jane.
"No thanks, honey. My stomach feels upset — like it's full of knots. It's probably that awful music that wakes me up every morning. I don't think I'm old-fashioned but hearing those tuneless, offensive lyrics4 repeatedly makes my blood boil. There is no message to them either. I can't believe Sandy really likes that stuff."
"You know, honey, different music appeals to different generations," reasoned Jane. "Remember some of the music we listened to?"
Steve smiled. "You're right. Maybe eating breakfast will help me get rid of some of the knots in my stomach."
"I'll get you some juice," she offered, starting to get up.
"That's okay," said Steve. "I'll get it. You're reading."
"I'm not really reading. I'm distracted. I've been thinking about Sandy too."
Steve prepared his breakfast and then sat down with his wife. She gave him a section of the newspaper and they both tried to read for a few moments. Then Jane broke the silence.
"Did you notice how much makeup5 our fifteen-year-old daughter was wearing this morning? When I asked about it, she told me she's been wearing eyeliner for months. I can't believe I never noticed. I suppose we should feel lucky because makeup is our biggest problem with her. I've seen other teenagers walking around town with tattoos6 and piercings all over their bodies—in their eyebrows7, their noses, everywhere. I suppose they're expressing their identity but it's so very different from what we did."
"Is it so different?" asked Steve. "I remember defying my parents when I grew my hair long. Remember? It was so long it was down below my shoulders."
"And you almost got expelled from school," added Jane.
"That's true but my hair could be cut. These tattoos are permanent. Tattoos seem radical8 to me."
"Actually, tattoos can be removed," said Jane. "It's painful and expensive but they can be removed. Every generation seems to need to identify itself."
"What worries me," said Steve, "is that music has a very negative message. It could have a negative influence on Sandy. I don't know what's happening to our little girl. She's changing and I'm concerned about her. Makeup, terrible music — who knows what will be next? We need to have a talk with her. The news is full of stories about teenagers in trouble whose parents hardly know anything about their problems."
"Oh, I don't think her music is so terrible. I like it." said Jane.
"You like it? "
"You know I like loud, weird9 music. Anyway, you're right. We need to have a talk with Sandy," agreed Jane.
Jane glanced at the clock. "Oh dear, I'm late!" she moaned. "I have to run or I'll be late for my first appointment." She kissed her husband quickly, picked up her briefcase10, and started for the door.
"Bye, honey," called Jane.
"Bye, dear," answered Steve.
As Jane Finch drove to work, she thought about her children, Sandy and Bill. "Sandy is beginning to mature," she thought. "Soon she'll be dating and going out but I don't want her wasting her time talking on the phone and watching TV. I want her to do well in school and to continue her music. How can I tell her these things? I don't want her to get angry with me. If I'm too strict, she'll rebel. I often worry she may rebel and go too far. So many young girls rebel, drop out of school and get into all kinds of trouble. Sometimes they even run away from home. I wouldn't want that to happen to Sandy."
Jane knew what she wanted to say, what she had to say to Sandy. She was so glad that she and Sandy could still talk things over. She knew she had to have patience and keep the lines of communication with her daughter open. She wanted to be there as an anchor for her but at the same time she would give her her freedom to find her own identity.

Words: 700


v. drink with very small mouthfuls 啜,呷,小口地喝,抿

n. 1. (esp. AmE) darling; dear 亲爱的,宝贝
2. sweet food that bees make 蜂蜜

a. worried; anxious; physically11 ill 不安的,担心的;不舒服的
vt. make sb. worried or ill 使心烦意乱,使苦恼,使不适;使(人)不安

n. 1. a hard lump in an animal body 肿块,节疤
2. a fastening made by tying rope, etc. 结

a. very bad 糟糕的,极坏的

n. way of dressing12 or behaving that is popular at a certain time 时尚

a. out of fashion 不时髦的;陈旧的,过时的

n. (pleasing) pattern of musical notes 调子;曲调;旋律

a. without tune; not musical; not tuneful 无旋律的;不动听的

n. (often pl.) words to a song or poem 歌词;抒情诗

ad. again and again 反复地,一次又一次

vi. 1. please; attract; interest 吸引,有吸引力,有感染力
2. make a strong request for help, support 呼吁,恳求

vt. make free of 从……中清除,使摆脱,解除……的负担

vt. take one's attention away 分散注意力, 转移注意力,使分心

n. one of the parts 部分

a. having or bringing good luck 幸运的,侥幸的,吉利的

n. a person from 13 to 19 years old 青少年

n. 1. 眉,眉毛
2. 额

n. 眼眉

n. who or what a person or thing is 身份;本体

vt. rebel against; challenge (公然)违抗,藐视;挑,激

vt. push out; drive out; force out 把……除名,把……开除;驱逐,赶走,放逐

a. lasting13 forever 永久(性)的,固定的

a. 1. very different 彻底不同的,完全不同的,根本不同的
2. extreme 极端的,激进的
n. a person who favors very different changes or reforms; persons with very different opinions 激进分子;激进派

a. causing pain; hurting 悲伤的;痛苦的

vt. 1. show the identity of; tell who or what a person or thing is 认出,鉴定出
2. (with) cause (sb.) to be connected with 使与……相关连

a. 1. bad; unpleasant; harmful 不好的;负面的
2. no 否定的

n. an effect 影响,影响力
vt. have an effect on (产生)影响

n. 1. worry; over-anxiety 关心;担心
2. a matter of interest or importance to sb. 关切的事,有关的事
vt. be troubled or uneasy; cause to worry (使)不安;(使)担心

ad. anyhow; in spite of everything 不论怎么,不管怎么说

▲ moan
vi. 1. make a low sound of pain 呻吟
2. (about) complain 抱怨,发牢骚

n. a set time for a meeting 约会

n. a flat leather case for papers 公文包

v. (cause to) become an adult; become fully14 developed(使)成熟;(使)长成
a. grown; fully developed 长大了的;成熟的

vi. fight against sb. in control 反抗;反对,反叛

n. ability to wait for sth. calmly for a long time 耐心,忍耐

n. 1. a piece of heavy metal for dropping into the water to stop a ship from moving 锚
2. sb./sth. that makes one feel safe or supported 可依靠的人或物


in peace and quiet
calmly; in a peaceful and silent state 平静地

make one's blood boil
make one angry 使(某人)生气

get rid of
1. free oneself from (sth. unwanted or unpleasant) 清除
2. drive away;destroy 驱赶;消除

the knots in one's stomach
feeling nervous, tense, unwell 不安

go too far
do or say sth. that goes beyond accepted limits; go to extremes 走极端

drop out of
leave (school) without finishing one's studies 退出

talk over
consider (sth.) in detail (with sb.) 商量


1 finch TkRxS     
  • 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。
2 sipped 22d1585d494ccee63c7bff47191289f6     
v.小口喝,呷,抿( sip的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He sipped his coffee pleasurably. 他怡然地品味着咖啡。
  • I sipped the hot chocolate she had made. 我小口喝着她调制的巧克力热饮。 来自辞典例句
3 tune NmnwW     
  • He'd written a tune,and played it to us on the piano.他写了一段曲子,并在钢琴上弹给我们听。
  • The boy beat out a tune on a tin can.那男孩在易拉罐上敲出一首曲子。
4 lyrics ko5zoz     
  • music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hart 由罗杰斯和哈特作词作曲
  • The book contains lyrics and guitar tablatures for over 100 songs. 这本书有100多首歌的歌词和吉他奏法谱。
5 makeup 4AXxO     
  • 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 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
  • 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》
7 eyebrows a0e6fb1330e9cfecfd1c7a4d00030ed5     
眉毛( eyebrow的名词复数 )
  • Eyebrows stop sweat from coming down into the eyes. 眉毛挡住汗水使其不能流进眼睛。
  • His eyebrows project noticeably. 他的眉毛特别突出。
8 radical hA8zu     
  • The patient got a radical cure in the hospital.病人在医院得到了根治。
  • She is radical in her demands.她的要求十分偏激。
9 weird bghw8     
  • 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。
10 briefcase lxdz6A     
  • He packed a briefcase with what might be required.他把所有可能需要的东西都装进公文包。
  • He requested the old man to look after the briefcase.他请求那位老人照看这个公事包。
11 physically iNix5     
  • He was out of sorts physically,as well as disordered mentally.他浑身不舒服,心绪也很乱。
  • Every time I think about it I feel physically sick.一想起那件事我就感到极恶心。
12 dressing 1uOzJG     
  • Don't spend such a lot of time in dressing yourself.别花那么多时间来打扮自己。
  • The children enjoy dressing up in mother's old clothes.孩子们喜欢穿上妈妈旧时的衣服玩。
13 lasting IpCz02     
  • The lasting war debased the value of the dollar.持久的战争使美元贬值。
  • We hope for a lasting settlement of all these troubles.我们希望这些纠纷能获得永久的解决。
14 fully Gfuzd     
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
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