malleable adj.顺从的

同flexible, moldable, tractable, impressionable

When children are young, their minds are very malleable.

当孩子还小时,其思想具有相当的可塑性。

millennium n.一千年

同one thousand years

In the year 3000, we will reach the beginning of a new millennium.

到3000年时,我们将会到达一个新千年的起点。

murmur v.喃喃低语

同mumble, mutter, grumble

Carl murmured something that none of us heard clearly.

卡尔喃喃低语,没人听清楚他讲了什么。

negligible adj.不足取的;无关紧要的

同unimportant, insignificant, trifling, petty

The wind was so light that it had only a negligible effect on the outside temperature.

风这么弱,对外面的温度起不了多大的作用。

obsess v.迷惑;着魔

同haunt, besiege, beset

Professor Thompson has been obsessed with the history of ancient Egypt for more than twenty years.

汤普森教授痴迷地研究古埃及历史已有20多年。

outing n.远足

同excursion, expedition, pleasure trip

Our class went on an outing to the countryside where we had a picnic lunch.我们班到乡下去远足野餐。

paradoxical adj.矛盾的

同contradictory

Sam had a very paradoxical personality; he was very shy, but often outgoing, too.

山姆的个性是矛盾的,很害羞,但又有些外向。

perspective n.观点

同attitude, way of looking, proportion

What is your perspective on the problems in today’s schools, Harriet?哈丽特,你对当今校园问题的看法如何?

Exercise: Fill in the blanks.

1. The teacher’s _____ criticism made the little boy cry.

2. My parrot can _____ Michael Jackson singing“Bad”.

3. He was a weak, _____ man with no will of his own.

4. Dr. Kimble became _____ with finding the one-armed man who had killed his wife.

5. This book tells a story from the _____ of a ten-year-old child.

解答?1. harsh 2. imitate 3. malleable 4. obsessed 5. perspective