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新视野大学英语听说教程2 01b

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Adjustment to a New Culture

I had to find more friends. After several weeks in school I knew a couple of students but saw them only a few minutes, perhaps three times a week. I decided1 to learn a few more names. I came ten minutes early to my News Media2 and U.S. Government class. Two young women, one black and one white, were already there. I told myself to be aggressive3 and went up to them.

"Hi." I tried to be casual4. "My name is Liu Zongren. I come from Beijing, China." I stressed5 Beijing, hoping that might create some attention.

"Oh, really? How do you find it here? " The white woman seemed interested.

I couldn't understand what she meant. "I came here by plane, of course." I must have looked lost. The white woman added6 quickly, "I mean, do you like this country?"

"Well, I don't know. " How foolish I was. Why had I said this?

"My name is Ann. This is Geri."

Several other students had arrived by now. I didn't know if the two women wanted to go on talking. I began feeling nervous when I realized I was standing7 in the middle of the classroom.

Ann started to move away. "Glad to meet you, Mr.— "

"Liu," I said in haste8, "Just call me Liu. My last, no, my first name is too hard to pronounce."

"Glad to meet you, Mr. Liu," Ann repeated.

"Thank you," I said, my face turning red. I wondered what I had thanked them for, as I made my way to a seat.

After the class began, most of what the professor said escaped my ears and I left as soon as the lecture ended. I had no other class that day and I didn't want to go back to the loneliness of the McKnight house, so I explored around the grounds. Many students were entering a particular lecture hall. I stopped and checked my list of classes. It was a history class. Good.

I went in. I sat in a seat away from the lecture stand. Nobody paid any attention to me. I saw several Asian faces among the crowd. I relaxed, took out my notebook, and opened the school newspaper, pretending9 to be an old hand. A young man sat down beside me and smiled. It was five minutes until class. Perhaps I could strike up a conversation with this friendly looking man. I started my set introduction10. "My name is Liu Zongren. I come from Beijing, China."

"Glad to meet you. My name is George Christi." He seemed ready to talk.

"Please write down your name for me." I handed my notebook to him. "You know, it is very hard for me to remember American names without seeing them spelled out." I said this out of a desire to speak two more sentences, rather than as an explanation. I looked at what he wrote. "Is yours the same name as that British woman who writes mystery novels? "

"Sort of," he answered.

Seeing me at a loss11, he asked, "How do you like the weather here?"

"Much the same as that in Beijing. We have cold winters, too."

"I hope someday I can go to Beijing."

"You'll be welcome. If you wait for two years, I can show you around." I was so very eager to make a friend of him.

Unfortunately, the professor appeared and the class began. I would be sure to come to this class again and locate12 this friendly person.

I didn't try my luck anymore that afternoon. Instead I found a seat in the library and tried to finish some assignments13. I took out my books, but my mind refused to absorb anything. I glanced around the library; some students were doing their homework; a few were dozing14 on the sofa along the wall. Looking at those tired students, I remembered an article in the newspaper had reported that the 1981 fees15 would be $6,900. How could I blame them for not wanting to talk to me? Costs were so high; they had to put their time and energy into their studies.

I closed my books and began a letter to Fengyun, but couldn't finish it. Sad, I packed up my books and walked slowly back to my room. I knew my sadness came not only from missing16 my family, but also from the frustration17 of being unable to learn. People in Beijing must be thinking I was enjoying myself here in the richest country in the world. Yet I was suffering, not because people in America were not accepting me, but because they didn't understand me and didn't seem to care how I felt — and because I didn't understand them, either. After my three classes each day, I walked without aim around the grounds like a lost soul. I had no place to go.

I felt better when dusk18 fell, knowing that another day had passed.


1 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
2 media 2Ckxo     
  • The local media reported rioting across the country.当地媒体报道了全国范围的骚乱。
  • His latest movie is being hyped up by the media.他新近的电影正被媒体大肆炒作。
3 aggressive UNDzj     
  • You'd better keep the two aggressive boys apart.你最好把那两个好斗的男孩分开。
  • These fish are very aggressive.这些鱼极具攻击性。
4 casual QnMyh     
  • He earns a living by casual labour.他靠做临时工为生。
  • The guests wore casual clothes.客人们穿着便服。
5 stressed mhPzAJ     
  • Loud music makes me stressed out.大声的音乐让我很紧张。
  • He stressed that we should always be honest.他强调我们应该永远诚实。
6 added mzJzm0     
  • They have added a new scene at the beginning.在开头他们又增加了一场戏。
  • The pop music added to our enjoyment of the film.片中的流行音乐使我们对这部电影更加喜爱。
7 standing 2hCzgo     
  • 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。
8 haste Ldczs     
  • In his blind haste he almost ran into the river.他匆匆忙忙地几乎跑到河里去了。
  • The contract says the work must be completed with all possible haste.合同上写明这项工作必须尽快完成。
9 pretending 26a648f443b5c43f09bbc9ec3f1a2fcd     
v.假装( pretend的现在分词 );伪装;(尤指儿童)(在游戏中)装扮;自诩
  • He deceived her by pretending to be a famous movie star. 他冒充著名电影明星来骗她。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • "We have a mission to perform. Quit pretending." cried he angrily. 他生气地高喊一声:“我们有任务, 别装蒜。” 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
10 introduction QaSzx     
  • The introduction tells you how to use the book.引言告诉你怎样使用这本书。
  • A letter of introduction will ensure you an interview.凭一封介绍信准保会接待你。
11 loss s0vxZ     
  • His death was a great loss to the country.他的逝世对这个国家是一大损失。
  • Because of the continued loss,the factory closed down.由于连续亏损,工厂关闭了。
12 locate 904xC     
  • The head company decided to locate in Qingdao.总公司决定设在青岛。
  • The general tried to locate the enemy's site.那位将军想找出敌人营地的位置。
13 assignments 17b32329e54191537595822b7b2794a3     
n.分配( assignment的名词复数 );工作;任命;归属
  • You will need to complete three written assignments per semester. 你每学期要完成三个书面作业。
  • Headquarters was swamped by an avalanche of applications for battle assignments. 请战书像雪片似地飞向指挥部。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
14 dozing dozing     
v.打瞌睡,假寐 n.瞌睡
  • The economy shows no signs of faltering. 经济没有衰退的迹象。
  • He never falters in his determination. 他的决心从不动摇。
15 fees a1ff09453cc85d1a8cc7fb1f4911f8e4     
费用; (加入组织或做某事付的)费( fee的名词复数 ); 专业服务费; 咨询费; 报酬
  • Employees are reimbursed for any legal fees incurred when they relocate. 员工调往异地工作时,他们可以报销由此产生的所有法律服务费用。
  • As a scholar you will not have to pay college fees. 作为接受奖学金的学生,你不必付大学的费用。
16 missing 3nTzx7     
  • Check the tools and see if anything is missing.检点一下工具,看有无丢失。
  • All the others are here;he's the only one missing.别人都来了,就短他一个。
17 frustration 4hTxj     
  • He had to fight back tears of frustration.他不得不强忍住失意的泪水。
  • He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration.他沮丧地用手打了几下方向盘。
18 dusk zPiz7     
  • The park closes at dusk.公园在黄昏时关闭。
  • At dusk bats appear in vast numbers.蝙蝠于傍晚时分大批出现。
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