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shout  (v.) 呼叫,喊叫

famous  (a.) 有名的


My teacher never shouts at the students, even if he is very angry.

I want to be famous and have lots of money.


Flags flew at half-mast upon the death of premier.


  “降半旗”,固定的表达方式就是“(旗子)fly at half-mast”。中文的说法是人作主语;英文的表达是旗子作主语,直接用fly作动词。



A: Ten dollars? Maybe there are a lot of them...
B: Seven dollars!!! Incredible! But I saw that the seller has kind of a bad rating.
A: Was it a delivery problem or a problem with the products?
B: I read that someone called him a cheat and a liar! And I noticed that he won't ship abroad.
A: Some people get nasty on those comments. Maybe you should write him and ask nicely.
B: OK. Wish me luck!

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A: 十块美金吗?说不定有很多支呢……
B: 是七块美金!!!不敢相信吧!但是我看到那个卖家似乎有个坏评价。
A: 是寄送出问题还是货品本身有问题?
B: 我看到有人说他是诈财的骗子!而且我注意到他不寄到国外。
A: 有些人写评价时是很不留情的。或许你该写信好好问他一下。
B: 好。祝我好运啰!


1、 incredible (a.) 难以置信的
rating (n.) 评价。网络拍卖交易后,买卖双方可以互相为彼此留下评价,作为对方的诚信纪录
delivery (n.) 交货,投递
cheat (n.) 作弊、诈财或欺骗感情的人。liar (n.) 说谎者
abroad (adv.) 到国外
nasty (a.) 恶意的,令人难受的
comment (n.) 评论,意见,批评


6.Man can climb to the highest summit, but he cannot dwell there long. (英译汉)


1. The eye is the mirror of the soul.
2. The +比较级,the+比较级   越……,越……
The harder you work, the more you will learn.
3. Our duty is to meet the people’s ever-increasing needs.
4. He wants to be as great a scientist as Newton and Einstein.
5. The moon looks much bigger than any other stars in the sky.
6. Wonders are many, and nothing is more wonderful than man. (英译汉)
天下奇迹无数,却无一比人更奇妙。—— 索福克勒斯(Sophocles)





Crabbers hunt for their quarry by torchlight on the Bahamas' Samana Cay. Many historians think that the island's Lucayan Indians using the same hunting technique may have been the lights "like a small wax candle" that Christopher Columbus wrote about in his diary before his fleet found land here in October of 1492.



You Can't Do It Because It Hurts Nobody

     Who do you think breaks the law in our society? If you believe that only tough guys commit crimes, you may have to think again. Answer the following questions honestly. Has anyone you know ever driven drunk? Can you think of a friend who has used drugs? Are you aware that your parents may not always tell the truth when they go through customs? Won't some of your friends admit that they have stolen an item from a store? Have any of your friends ever copied a CD onto a tape for someone else?
     In case you did not know, all of these acts are against the law. Now, among the people you know, how many have never broken the law? Does that mean that most members of our society should go to jail? Unlike in the movies, we can't divide the world into bad guys and model citizens. Real life is much more complex. In the same way that diseases range from the common cold to fatal forms of cancer, crimes vary in degree. For example, smoking in an elevator will inconvenience people, but much less than threatening them with a gun.
     In addition to breaking the law themselves, people tolerate various levels of crime. Why are we tolerant of some crimes? It may be that, by seeing others do something, we accept it more easily. We may even start committing that crime ourselves. For instance, most people will find it easier to speed on a highway when everybody else is driving over the speed limit. When people celebrate a sports championship, if they see someone breaking store windows, they might start breaking windows themselves or even steal from the store. So the people around us influence how much law-breaking we can tolerate.
     We must also wonder whether seeing violence on television or reading about it in the newspapers every day makes us tolerate crime more than we should. We become used to seeing blood on the news on television, or in full color in newspapers and magazines. Because we see thousands of dead people on TV, maybe we just try to ignore the situation behind the violence.
     If so many citizens tolerate violence and crime, or even commit crimes themselves, it may simply be because of the human mind. Our minds may not care about specific laws. Instead, our minds may have a system of values that usually prevents us from hurting other people to improve our own lives. Yet, when it comes to respecting the rights of a mass of anonymous individuals, we might not be so responsible. While most people would not steal a wallet containing $50, they may not mind cheating on taxes, because cheating on taxes does not hurt any one person. It hurts society, but "society" remains an abstract idea that is not as real as a neighbor or a friend's friend. Perhaps this is why someone who robs a few dollars by force from a corner store will often end up with a longer jail term than a fraud artist who swindles thousands of dollars: threatening the life of an individual is not acceptable in our society.
     When we look at the questions in the first paragraph and realize that many people have misconceptions about law-breaking, we could think it is surprising that only about 10% of Canadians have a criminal record. How could we improve the level of honesty in our society? Would a larger police force keep everyone honest? Would severe laws help make our society better? Probably not. The police would never be able to keep an eye on everyone, and people would still find ways to bend new laws. Honesty will have to come from social pressure: in the family, at school, on the job, each and every one of us can encourage honesty by showing which behaviors are unacceptable. Teaching respect should become everyone's responsibility.





U2《等你》:With or without you


熟悉并喜欢《老友记》的朋友们都记得这样一个场景吧,第一次Rachel和Ross相恋,Ross犹豫是否该离开自己的女友和Rachel在一起,他们在咖啡馆里拥吻时,响起的背景音乐正是这首“With or without you”。


With or without you    by  U2 See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I wait for you Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait without you With or without you
With or without you Through the storm we reach the shore
You give it all but I want more
And I'm waiting for you With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away My hands are tied
My body bruised, she's got me with
Nothing to win and
Nothing left to lose And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you
With or without you



起源于爱尔兰的U2组合从1977年就开始了他们的音乐生涯,当时乐团主要成员还都在都柏林上中学。乐队由四人组成,Bono (即Paul David Hewson,1960年5月10日出生于都柏林,乐手), The Edge (即David Evans,1961年出生于埃塞克斯,吉他手), Adam Clayton (1960年3月13日出生于英格兰牛津郡,男低音)以及Larry Mullen Jr(即Laurence Mullen,1961年是10月31日出生于都柏林,鼓手),他们最终在1978年确定乐队名称为U2。

U2的音乐历程是难以言尽的,就这一首歌来说,“With or without you”收录于专辑“The Joshua Tree”。这张名为“The Joshua Tree”的专辑在1987年3月推出,它巩固了U2的乐坛地位,使U2成为世界最受欢迎的乐队组合之一。这张专辑在英美连续占据排行榜前列,显示了U2乐队新的更为宽广的声音以及深入人心的抒情旋律。

专辑中的两首单曲“With or without you”和“I still haven't found what I'm looking for”共同登上了美国流行音乐排行榜的首位。U2以摇滚乐为主,这首歌则是极其抒情的一首。