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星期一学中级英语口语(难度:高中以上) 002

玄幻极子半分钟英语2018-01-07 18:17:57


British Council(英国文化协会)经典口语教程,分为从中等到高级4级难度系列。会话场景设计相当精致和广泛。是我认为最好的一套英语口语教材。

值得一提的是,女主播Tess的声音绝对的美,那就是天籁之音啊,特别是那句“It’s none of your business”。我的女神!

 

 

 

Tess: What’s next, Ravi?

 

    Ravi: The next part of the show is called ‘Our person in’. We’ll listen to people in interesting places all over the world telling us something about life in the country they’re in. Today, we’ll hear from Mike Southern. Mike is our man in New York.

 

    Mike: New York. What do you think of? Skyscrapers(摩天大楼).Taxis. Noise. People. John Lennon(约翰·列侬(英国男音乐家)) said that New York is the capital city of the world,and it certainly feels that way.

 

    But in the centre of this exciting, noisy,polluted city there is a place to find peace and quiet. A short walk from busy Fifth Avenue in Manhattan you’ll find Central Park.Central Park is the green heart of New  York City and over 25 million people come here each year to escape the city. People run, swim, climb or simply sit and read a book in the huge park’s different scenery. And it’s not just for people. Lots of rare birds have made their home in the park and there are legends of big cats hiding in the dark trees.

 

    Although it looks completely natural, the park is man made, created over 150 years ago. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed the park at a time when the city was a very crowded, dirty and unhealthy place to live. They wanted to make a place where rich and poor people could find fresh air in the dirty city.

 

    It does the same job today. As a friend of mine always tells me, “Life in New York would be impossible without Central Park”

 

    Tess: Wow! Really interesting. We’ll hear from another one of our people next time. Or if you’d like to write in and tell us something interesting about your city or town, we’d love to hear from you.You can send it to us at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org<mailto:learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org>

 

    Section 5: Your turn

 

    Tess: Now we’re going out into the street to listen to ‘Your Turn’

 

    Ravi: In this part of the show, we go out into the street to find out what people think about our question of the day. And today we’re going to ask a question about celebrities, like film stars, actors, singers, who promote charities and ask people to give them money or aid. At the beginning of the show, we listened to Zara from Bristol talking about Angelina Jolie. Zara talked about Angelina Jolie’s work for charity. And nowadays, lots of famous people, celebrities, do the same. But is it a good idea? So today’s question is ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’

 

    Tess: Hmm. ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’ Interesting question. Let’s listen to the answers.

 

    Voice 1: I think it’s a good thing. People don’t want to listen to boring politicians but everyone likes celebrities so they listen to what they have to say. When Bob Geldof and Bono organised Live 8 a few years ago, everybody was talkingabout how to end poverty in Africa. My little brother was only twelve years old, but he was talking about it. That can’t be bad.

 

    Voice 2: I hate it. The celebrities only want publicity, and they want us to think that they’re really nice people, you know, they care about the world, they care about poverty, so they can sell more records. But it’s a big lie. They’re not interested in poor people or the charities at all.

 

    Voice 3: Why is it a problem? The charities need money, and if celebrities can help them to get more, then what’s wrong with that? I think that some celebrities only want publicity, but, well, who cares! The charities get some money, that’s the really important thing.

 

Voice 4: If you think for example, Angelina Jolie or George Clooney (乔治·克鲁尼)is really cool, then you want to do the same things that they do. So you might give to charity too because you want to copy your favourite star. I think it’s a good thing. Helping people is cool nowadays.

 

    Voice 5: I think the celebrities do it because they copy other celebrities. Everyone’s doing it nowadays, it’s the fashion to do work for charity. I hate it. These film stars make millions of dollars for a film and live in houses that cost millions of dollars, and travel in private planes and stay in expensive hotels. And then they go and visit some ‘poor people’. It’s ridiculous.

 

    Ravi: OK,some interesting answers there.

 

    Tess: Hmm. Do you have an opinion about this question? We’d love to know what you think. ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’ Or do you have an idea for a question that we could ask on Your Turn? Send us an email at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org <mailto:learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org> and we can take your question into the street.


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