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大学英语四六级晨读经典365:夏日激情篇 173 Birth of a Dream孕育梦想(mp3)

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像鸟儿一样在天空飞翔,自古以来就是人类的梦想。为了实现它,人们付出了多年坚持不懈的努力,甚至许多先驱者的生命。
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173 Birth of a Dream

173 孕育梦想

"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

“只要能想到,你就能做到。”

Would you agree with the statement that a dream is born from an idea-a simple idea conceived in the mind?

你是否同意这样一种说法——梦想是孕育在思想武器中的一种简单的想法?

Back in the 19th century two brothers had an idea,which eventually became their passionate and consuming dream. Their relentless pursuit of that dream was rewarded with an accomplishment that changed world travel.

追溯到19世纪,有两兄弟,他们有—个想法,这个想法最终转化成激情,并且成为他们执着追求的梦想。他们对梦想的不懈追求取得了极大的成功,并改变了世界的旅行方式。

On Friday December l 7, 1903 at 10:35 a.m., the Wright brothers (Wilbur and Orville) achieved their dream They flew the world's first power-driven. heavier-than-air machine in which man made free. controlled. and sustained flight. This memorable feat took place at Kitty Hawk. North Carolina on a cold windy morning.

1903年12月17日星期五上午10点35分,莱特兄弟(威尔伯和奥威尔)实现了他们的梦想。他们驾驶着世界上第一辆动力驱动的比空气要重的机器飞行。人类能够自由地控制驾驶它。这一值得纪念的伟业于一个寒泠多风的早晨在加利福尼亚北部的圣地基蒂霍克村诞生了。

The dream started with an idea that was planted in their minds by a toy given to them by their father In the words of the boys. Late in the autumn of 1878, our father came into the house one evening with some object partly concealed in his hands. and before we could see what it was. he tossed it into the air. Instead of falling to the floor, as we expected. it flew across the room till it struck the ceiling. where it fluttered a while, and finally sank to the floor." This simple toy made of bamboo, cork and stretched rubber bands, fascinated the Wright brothers and sparked their lifelong interest in human flight.

这个想法的萌生源自父亲送给他们的一个玩具,并从此在他们的脑海中根植。用他们自己的话说:”在1878年的深秋,一个晚上父亲回到家,手中的东西有一部分被藏起来。在我们看清它以前,父亲将它抛向空中.它并没有像我们想像的那样跌落地上,它在房间里飞着,直到撞到天花板,它才震颤了一会儿,最后落到了地板上。”这个简单的玩具是由一些竹子,软木和一些可伸缩的橡皮筋做成的。它令莱特兄弟着迷.并激发了他们在人类飞行史上一生的兴趣。

The Wright brothers were great thinkers They enjoyed learning new things. Initially, they recycled broken parts, built a printing press and opened their own printing office. Their interest moved to bicycles and in 1893, they opened the Wright Cycle Company where they sold and repaired bis. But Wilbur (the older brother-had his mind set on something more exciting He decided to serious pursue flying.

菜特兄弟是伟大的思想家.他们喜欢学习新的事物。起初,他们回收一些印刷机损坏的零件,制了一个印刷机,后来,又开了自己的印刷公司。慢慢地,他们的兴趣转移到了自行车上。在1893年,他们开办了自己的莱特自行车公司,主要出售和维修自行车。但是威尔伯(哥哥)将注意力转到了更有兴趣的事情上,他决定全身心投入飞行事业。

The brothers spent many hours researching. testing their machines and making improvements after unsuccessful attempts at human flight What started out as a hobby soon became a passion With determination and patience they realized their dream in 1903.

两兄弟在研究和测试他们的机器上花了不少的时间,同时在人类飞行的多次尝试失败后,他们也在不断地进行改进。他们在飞行方面的兴趣,最后变成了一种激情。由于坚定的决心和持之以恒的耐心,在1903年,他们的梦想终于实现了。
 

英语词汇注释

conceive vt. 构思
power-driven adj. 电力驱动的
take place 发生
conceal vt. 隐藏
spark vt. 引起,激发

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