学习啦【英语散文】 编辑：韦彦 发布时间：2016-09-14
When I was a child, I once went camping with my family in the summer. We decided to make a barbecue in the valley. So we collected some tree sticks to make a fire. My father asked me if I could try to make a fire. I was glad to take the job. Then I tried to set fire to the wood with a match, but produced only smoke. Then my father said, "That's not the right way. I'll show you how to do it. First use the small pieces of wood because they catch fire easily. Then put the larger ones on top of them."My father helped me make a big fire.
barbecue 烧烤 valley 山谷 stick 枝条 make a fire 生火
Making a Kite
One day, Paula and Richard decided to make a kite. First they went out and found two straight sticks of the same length. They brought them back home and tied them with a piece of string into the shape of a cross. Then they took some string and used it to tie the four ends of the sticks together. Then, they spread some brightly coloured paper over the frame and glued it around the string. They stuck a tail made of paper to one of the corners, and tied a long string to the centre of the kite. On the next windy day, they took the kite to a hill near their house and flew it.
straight stick 直木棍 tie 系 string 绳子 shape 形状 cross 十字
spread 传开 frame 框架 stick 粘 tail 尾巴 windy 有风的
A Joke— “I stand corrected”
I have this friend who always seemed to lean slightly to the left all the time. It used to bother me, so I suggested he see a doctor, and have his legs checked out. For years, he refused and told me I was crazy, but last week, he finally went. Sure enough, the doctor discovered his left leg was a quarter inch shorter than his right. A quick bit of surgery later, he was cured, and both legs are exactly the same length now, and he no longer leans. “So,”I said, "You didn't believe me when I told you a doctor could fix your leg. He just looked at me and said, "I stand corrected.
lean 倾斜 slightly 轻微地 check out 检查 refuse 拒绝 quarter 四分之一
surgery 手术 cure 治愈 fix 治愈 stand corrected 认错
Animals in Danger
Some of the animals and birds in the rainforest, such as monkeys and woodpeckers, live in the treetops. They are always swinging and flying from one tree to another looking for food among the leaves and branches. They even sleep in the treetops so they do not have to come down to the ground.
Have you heard that such animals and birds in the rainforests are in danger?Because people are cutting down so many trees in the forests, the animals are losing their homes. Do you know the reasons for it? Yes, people want wood, paper and land. As a result many animals and plants are dying. Some forests are so badly damaged that they become deserts.
rainforest 雨林 woodpecker 啄木鸟 treetop 树顶 swing 摇荡
leaves 树叶(leaf的复数形式) branch 树枝 desert 沙漠
濒 危 动 物
English in the World
Some people say that the English language no longer belongs to the English, and it belongs to the world. It is estimated that the number of people who use English exceeds 750 million. Among these, about 350 million are native speakers, while the rest use it as an official language. If we add to this number the people who have acquired the language to some extent, the total is close to one billion.
English plays an increasingly important role in the world as a medium for conducting international business and diplomacy, as well as in science and medicine, the Internet, air and sea communications, international sports events, radio and TV programs, pop songs and movies.
estimate 估计 exceed 超过 native 本族的，本国的 official 官方的
acquire 掌握 to some extent 达到某种程度 billion 千万
increasingly 越来越多地 medium 工具，手段 conduct 实行，执行
international 国际的 diplomacy 外交 medicine 医药
communication 通信 event 事件
When you read an English book, you often come across new words. You might try to guess what the words mean from the words you know, but when you cannot guess the meanings of new words at all, what should you do?
You have a good friend then. From him you can learn what a word means, how to pronounce a word, how to use a word, and so on. This friend can always be with you, and you can always ask him to help you. Do you know who this friend is?
It is a dictionary. You can learn some important things about words from it, so you must know how to use it.
come across 碰到 guess 猜测