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VOA慢速英语--2017健康与生活方式回顾

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A Look Back at Health, Lifestyle for the Year

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.

As 2017 comes to a close, we look back at the Health & Lifestyle stories that were popular with our listeners.

One way we judge the popularity1 of an article is by how many comments it gets on our website.

Listeners also use the comments section to practice their English writing. This is a great way to use the tool!

To help everyone learn from the comments, we will post the original sentences and then some suggestions on how to improve them.

Here are some of the most-commented on stories from 2017.

How to be happier and more successful

Who doesn’t want to be happier and more successful? Self-improvement stories continue to be some of our most popular.

Small Talk May Make Us Happier

Many of you were interested in how small talk can make us happier. Over 70 listeners took the time to write about ways they use small talk in their lives.

One listener, Samo, says making small talk is hard. Samo was thankful to get some tips to make small talk easier.

Samo writes: “Actually, making a small talk is difficult for me, because I don't know what about can I speak. Like participants in Chicago research, small talks make me feel happier than the times I'm silent. The article suggested some good points and topics for start speaking. Thanks.”

Revised: To tell you the truth, making small talk is difficult for me because I don't know what to talk about. Like the participants in the Chicago study, I feel happier when I make small talk than when I stay silent. The article make some good points and suggested good topics to start a conversation. Thanks.

On the grammar side of things, please note a very common mistake when using “small talk.” We never add an “s” to “talk.” It’s just small talk.

Jane from Brazil claims that most Brazilians love “chit-chat,” another word for small talk.

Jane writes: “I am brasilian. In Brazil we love chitchat, i agree when you say smal talk make us happy, even with completely stranges. thanks!!!!”

Revised: I am Brazilian. In Brazil we love chitchat! I agree when you say small talk makes us happy, even with complete strangers. Thanks!!

Jane also added many exclamation2 marks in her comment. Adding exclamation marks is a great way to add excitement and enthusiasm to your writing. But you should know that adding too many makes your message sound much more casual. So, it’s great when you’re writing to friends. They will love it!!! But don’t over-use exclamation points if you are writing to a client or to your boss. They may not love it so much.

After reading the story 5 Habits of Very Successful People, many listeners commented on the suggestions and shared their own habits. Here are two suggestions from the article: Plan your day before you go to sleep and get up early. A listener named Ahmed agrees that these two tips are important.

Ahmed writes: “I love reading as these articles useful to know what others successful people do in their daily One of these things i agree and love is to get up early and plan your day before you sleep it is very important information.”

Revised: I love reading articles such as this. The information is very important. It is useful to know what other successful people do in their daily lives. Two things I love to do too are get up early and plan the day before falling sleep.

Sleep not only keeps us healthy, it also keeps us smarter.

Our story Sleep Helps Us Learn explains how sleep affects our brains and our ability to learn. When we sleep, our brains have time to clean themselves. This cleaning process allows new learning to occur.

The article also gives suggestions on how to get a better night’s sleep. Many listeners wrote in thanking us for explaining a complicated topic and for giving suggestions.

Biju is a loyal listener and often comments. He included a great grammar trick in the comments section: the parallel structure. His sentence ends with three verbs that are all in the same tense.

(BIJU. P. Y) He writes: “Without proper sleep, no man can rationally3 remember, think clearly, and act calmly.”

As life becomes more stressful, people may appreciate new ways to help them de-stress. Our story One Method for Controlling Emotions, Stress does just that.

Through the findings of two studies, a researcher explains that talking to yourself in the third person about a stressful situation may help you deal with it better.

Some listeners wrote that they tried it and it worked. Some shared that they didn’t think it would work for them. Some listeners simply said they are thankful for the English lessons we provide.

Bun Dorn writes: “I am great thanks with providing good lesson for learning English.”

Revised: I am very thankful for the good English lesson you provide.

Food!

Food is always a popular topic on the Health & Lifestyle report. We often report on the ways food affects our bodies and minds.

In the past couple of years, coconut4 has become very popular in the States. Our story Is Coconut Good for You? asks if the health benefits are worth the calories.

Nina writes: “First of all thank you so much for your lessons. They are all very interesting and help me to improve my English. I like coconut, but I didn't know that coconut oil is good for the health. Very interesting report.”

You’re welcome, Nina. And your English is excellent! By the way, an easier way to say “good for the health” is just “healthy.”

We would like to thank all the listeners who shared recipes in the comments section. They gave different ways to use coconut, coconut milk and coconut water.

The health benefits of olive5 oil are well studied. One of our most popular health stories, Olive Oil May Protect the Brain, explores how this popular oil protects the brain.

Exercise

Some of our other most popular stories report on the importance of exercise.

The story Walking: The Wonder Drug explores the findings of a study about the benefits of walking. A wonder drug is a very effective cure or treatment. Thomas Friedman is the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. He calls walking “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.”

The American Heart Association explains the findings of the study on its website. Walking quickly, or briskly7, can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol8 and diabetes9.

More than 50 listeners shared their love of walking. Many added very descriptive comments about their favorite places to walk, or how much they walk every day.

Andrew writes: “This is so true. I've tried many different sports, but still walking in the mountains or in a forest is one of the most enjoyable for me. Walking and enjoying nature brings me peace of mind. Sometimes simple things are the best.”

Amit Gadhvi writes: “I walk everyday for 45 minutes. It helps to improve mood and keep the body fit.”

Revised: I walk every day for 45 minutes. It helps to improve mood and keep the body fit.

We should note that many native speakers also confuse “everyday” - one word - and “every day” - two words. When it is one word, “everyday” is an adjective that means ordinary, such as “everyday clothes” or “everyday people.” When it is two words, “every day” means “each day.”

One listener uses “every day” perfectly10. He responds to a point mentioned in the story. The study recommends walking at least 30 minutes a day. But we don’t need to do it all at once to get the health benefits.

Thuy writes: “I usually walk 1 hour every day. But I don't walk at once, I split11 that into 3-4 times. I feel heathier and happier when I took a walk.”

Revised: I usually walk one hour every day. But I don’t walk all at once. I split that into three to four times. I feel healthier and happier when I take a walk.

And that is the last Health & Lifestyle report for 2017!

As we enter 2018, let us know what topics are important to you. Would you like to learn about sports and exercise trends? Would you like more stories about food? Are you curious about career advice or stories about parenting?

Let us know … in the Comments Section!

I’m Anna Matteo. I hope you had a great 2017!

Words in This Story

client – n. a person who engages the professional advice or services of another

tip – n. a piece of advice or expert or authoritative12 information : a piece of useful information

stressful – adj. making you feel worried or anxious

appreciate – v. to be grateful for (something)

excellent – adj. very good of its kind

brisk6 – adj. done with quickness and energy : briskly – adv.

trend – n. a general direction of change : a way of behaving, proceeding13, etc., that is developing and becoming more common

curious – adj. having a desire to learn or know more about something or someone

round up – n. a statement of the most important information


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1 popularity bO4xU     
n.普及,流行,名望,受欢迎
参考例句:
  • The story had an extensive popularity among American readers.这本小说在美国读者中赢得广泛的声望。
  • Our product enjoys popularity throughout the world.我们的产品饮誉全球。
2 exclamation onBxZ     
n.感叹号,惊呼,惊叹词
参考例句:
  • He could not restrain an exclamation of approval.他禁不住喝一声采。
  • The author used three exclamation marks at the end of the last sentence to wake up the readers.作者在文章的最后一句连用了三个惊叹号,以引起读者的注意。
3 rationally IkozDP     
ad.理性地
参考例句:
  • We are determined to set up a complete, rationally distributed scientific and technological research system. 我们一定要建成布局合理、相互配套的科研体系。
  • Neither side would rationally initiate an attack which only result in its own destruction. 任何一方只要稍有理性,都不会发动一次结果只能使本身遭到毁灭的袭击。
4 coconut VwCzNM     
n.椰子
参考例句:
  • The husk of this coconut is particularly strong.椰子的外壳很明显非常坚固。
  • The falling coconut gave him a terrific bang on the head.那只掉下的椰子砰地击中他的脑袋。
5 olive yI2x1     
n.橄榄,橄榄树,橄榄色;adj.黄绿色的,黄褐色的,橄榄色的
参考例句:
  • Have you eaten a kind of fruit called olive?你吃过橄榄这种水果吗?
  • She likes olive because It'symbolizes peace.她喜欢橄榄色因为它象征着和平。
6 brisk Ss7zp     
adj.轻快的,生气勃勃的,(天气等)令人振作的
参考例句:
  • The actress is walking at a brisk pace.那位女演员正以轻快的步伐走着。
  • It's great to work outdoors during brisk fall days.清爽的秋日里在户外工作是很愉快的。
7 briskly Txqz6P     
轻快的;敏捷的
参考例句:
  • The boy walked briskly along. 那男孩轻快地往前走。
  • The book is selling briskly. 书销售得很快。
8 cholesterol qrzzV     
n.(U)胆固醇
参考例句:
  • There is cholesterol in the cell of body.人体细胞里有胆固醇。
  • They are determining the serum-protein and cholesterol levels.他们正在测定血清蛋白和胆固醇的浓度。
9 diabetes uPnzu     
n.糖尿病
参考例句:
  • In case of diabetes, physicians advise against the use of sugar.对于糖尿病患者,医生告诫他们不要吃糖。
  • Diabetes is caused by a fault in the insulin production of the body.糖尿病是由体內胰岛素分泌失调引起的。
10 perfectly 8Mzxb     
adv.完美地,无可非议地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
11 split avXwG     
n.劈开,裂片,裂口;adj.分散的;v.分离,分开,劈开
参考例句:
  • Who told you that Mary and I had split up?谁告诉你玛丽和我已经离婚了?
  • The teacher split the class up into six groups.老师把班级分成6个小组。
12 authoritative 6O3yU     
adj.有权威的,可相信的;命令式的;官方的
参考例句:
  • David speaks in an authoritative tone.大卫以命令的口吻说话。
  • Her smile was warm but authoritative.她的笑容很和蔼,同时又透着威严。
13 proceeding Vktzvu     
n.行动,进行,(pl.)会议录,学报
参考例句:
  • This train is now proceeding from Paris to London.这次列车从巴黎开往伦敦。
  • The work is proceeding briskly.工作很有生气地进展着。
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