主办:中国英语学习网  2007-04-12 

traffic  (n.) 交通

accident  (n.) 意外事故


Traffic in the city is really bad.

My brother had a terrible car accident.


Her daughter is blossoming into a beautiful girl.


blossoming:  开花,再如The apple trees are blossoming.  苹果树正在开花。
Our hopes are blossoming out.   我们的希望正在实现。



A: I quit! I'm so fed up with everything here!
B: Calm down! There's no need for you to get upset that much.
A: I'm sick of my work here. I can't stand it any more!
B: If you say so, just go ahead.

A: 我不干了!我受够了这里的一切!
B: 冷静一下!你没有必要这么不高兴。
A: 我烦透了这里的工作。我再也受不了!
B: 如果你这么说,那就请便。


1、 I quit!「我不干了!」I've had enough. I quit!「我受够了!我不干了!」

2、 calm down「冷静下来」

3、 get upset「不快、不高兴」

4、 be sick of ~「对~感到厌烦」

5、 can't stand ~「无法忍受~」

6、 go ahead的意思是「自行采取行动」,如You can't just go ahead and sell the car, it's partly mine.「你不能自作主张把车卖掉,车子我也有份。」




1. He's very popular.
2. He was eager for success.
3. This ticket entitles you to get a free French fries in the KFC.
French fries 可以直接说成fries/ chips
Entitle somebody to do something  授权某人做某事,
4. He hoped the firm would transfer him to the Suzhou branch..
5. His work seemed to lack energy.
6. Wearing ragged jeans is not very decent to match the party.




A spring blizzard blankets Calgary with snow. Born as a cow town, Calgary boomed with later discoveries of rich oil and gas fields in Alberta.



The Colorful History of Billiards

Anyone who refuses to leave prison simply because they are having too much fun playing billiards would be considered something more than just a diehard fan. Yet that is exactly what a Captain Mingaud did during the French Revolution. Granted, Mingaud was not only playing billiards, he was busy revolutionizing the game.

Though billiards had already been popular for more than 100 years at that time, Mingaud was the first person to round the end of a pool cue with a file and apply a leather tip to it. After prison, Mingaud promptly proved his invention's superiority over its flat, club-like predecessor in exhibitions throughout France. What the captain had developed was essentially the cue in use today, but the game he generated interest in did not involve shooting balls into pockets.

Pocket billiards such as modern-day pool and snooker were around, but they were considered to be the ill-bred cousins of carom billiards, which used a pocketless table. The name pool was born during the 1840s when billiards was closely identified with gambling parlors, or "pool parlors" in the lexicon of the day. The name stuck, and with more than 40 million people playing in America alone last year, so has the game.

Despite its universal popularity and frequent airtime on ESPN with professionally organized tournaments, billiards has rarely enjoyed universal respect.

Before hitting America, billiards already had a spotty history thanks to the likes of hustlers such as Englishman Jack Carr. Carr, the first person to put chalk on his cue tip, made a fortune peddling his magic "twisting chalk" around France in the 1820s. The "magic" was actually in Carr's wrist; he was the first player to apply spin to a billiards ball, and the term "English" is still used to denote this move.

In America, billiards had a questionable reputation because of its association with gambling. The 20-year rivalry of American pool masters Michael Phelan and Dudley Kavanagh in the late 19th century, however, attracted attention and respect as tournaments became standing-room-only tuxedo affairs. Ironically, the two also started a tradition of conflicting associations governing the game, which now makes all titles suspect, and the Olympics an impossible dream.

Fortunately, legitimacy and success are not invariably linked. When The Hustler, a 1961 movie starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason, glamorized the shady underworld of pool sharks, business boomed.

Coin-operated pool tables were born just in time to meet the rising demand. Initially found only in bars and bowling alleys, the new, smaller tables have taken center stage at packed pool halls from Boston to Beijing.

要是有人因为太爱打台球而不肯出狱,那他们绝对不只是球痴而已。而在法国大革命时期,敏高德上尉正是一个顽固的台球迷。他 不仅玩台球,还忙着改革这项运动。

尽管当时,台球已盛行了百余年,而敏高德却是第一个使用锉刀把球杆尾端磨圆,并用皮子包上的人。出狱后,在法 国的多次展览会上,敏高德很快就证明他的新发明比原先那种平头像球棍的球杆好用。上尉发明的球杆沿用至今,然而当时他引发兴趣的游戏,还未发展到将台球击进球袋的阶段。

“球袋台球”(pocket billiards)如花式、英式台球在当时比比皆是,但却被视为是“教养不良的兄弟台球”(carom billiards),它们的球台没有球袋。“弹子”(pool)这个名词 出现在19世纪40年代,当时台球室和赌场是紧密联系在一起的,以当时的辞汇称之即为“弹子房”。这个名称就保留下来,去年,光是美国就有超过四千万人玩台球,这项运动也常盛不衰。



在美国,台球因和赌博相联系,名声仍受到质疑。19世纪末,当台球公开赛成了盛装庆事,只能买到站票的时候,美国台球双雄迈克费兰和杜德利卡文纳长达20年之久的 霸,吸引了众人的目光,赢得了尊敬。具讽刺意味的是,他们 两人也开创了有冲突的台球协会间争相控制这种运动的传统,它使得所有的名次难以确定,列入奥运正式比赛项目仍只是一场梦。

好在,合法与成功并没有必然联系。1961年由保罗·纽曼和贾奇·葛利森主演的电影《江湖浪子》,表现了身处阴暗 下层社会台球高手们的魅力,台球生意兴隆起来。投币式的 台球桌也应运而生。这些新型小球 起初只在酒吧、保龄球馆中能找到;现在,从波士顿到北京,在挤满了人的台球场所 里,它俨然成为了主流。



She Will Be Loved 她会拥有我的爱

She will be loved 魔力红乐团maroon 5  红翻天的美国摇滚Maroon 5(魔力红乐团)带来的《She Will Be Loved》讲述了一个年少时的暗恋故事,淡淡的、幽幽的、有点凄美的感觉,曲中那种无条件的爱很让人感动。中国英语学习网每日英语频道倾情推荐。

  Maroon 5 是一支来自美国加州的5人摇滚组合,融合了红色的狂野魅力、神秘热情、奔放烈爱,再掺入摇滚力道和灵魂旋律,这样的红流泻着新灵魂乐性感风情的放克摇滚,这样的红在流行歌坛注入了一股新的颜色。他们是歌坛的后起之秀,他们是格莱美的新人王。

She will be loved  Maroon 5

Beauty queen of only eighteen
She had some trouble with herself
He was always there to help her
She always belonged to someone else

I drove for miles and miles
And wound up at your door
I've had you so many times but somehow
I want more

I don't mind spending everyday
out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
and she will be loved
She will be loved

Tap on my window knock on my door
I want to make you feel beautiful
I know I tend to get so insecure
It doesn't matter anymore

It's not always rainbows and butterflies
It's compromise that moves us along
My heart is full and my door's always open
You can come anytime you want

I don't mind spending everyday
out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
and she will be loved
She will be loved

I know where you hide alone in your car
Know all of the things that make you who you are
I know that goodbye means nothing at all
comes back and begs me to catch her every time she falls