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常春藤赖世雄解析英语杂志(24):Is It Real 3 奇闻大揭秘3

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常春藤解析英语杂志由英语名师赖世雄教授编著,收集了很多不同的主题,进行英语听力强化训练。赖教授用解析的方式,把自己亲身学习英语的经验与读者分享,假设读者群也是
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常春藤解析英语杂志由英语名师赖世雄教授编著,收集了很多不同的主题,进行英语听力强化训练。赖教授用解析的方式,把自己亲身学习英语的经验与读者分享,假设读者群也是和赖教授过去英文很差时一样,以深入浅出的方式,尤其注重字的用法,详尽的为读者解说。

Is It Real 3 奇闻大揭秘3

by Jerri Graham

Most people have some common sense. When we see something suspicious on TV, in the newspaper, or on the Internet, we roll our eyes and wonder how anyone could believe something so stupid. Nevertheless, there are stories that even educated people still believe. These tales may or may not be true, but they leave us wondering whether they are real or not. On National Geographic Channel, these stories are dissected in full detail in the series Is It Real 3.

大部分的人都有些基本常识。当我们在电视、报纸或网络上看见可疑的事物,我们转动眼珠,怀疑怎么会有人相信如此愚蠢的事情。然而,就算受过教育的人,也会相信某些故事。这些故事或真或假,但的确让我们怀疑其真实性。国家地理频道的系列节目《奇闻大揭秘 3》将为您剖析这些故事。

Thousands of years ago, aliens landed on Earth. They tampered with the evolution of humans and the results of this can be seen practically everywhere. Sound ridiculous? Not to some people. Believe it or not, there are those who believe that alien astronauts had a hand in making the human race what it is today. Travel back in time with Ancient Astronauts and visit our "alien ancestors."

几千年前,外星人曾登陆地球。他们干预人类的进化,其结果几乎到处可见。听来荒谬吗?对某些人来说可一点儿也不。信不信由你,许多人相信外星人插手人类的演进,让人类成为今日的模样。跟着《古代航天员》回到过去,拜访我们的『外星祖先』吧。

In the autumn of 1888, Jack the Ripper roamed the streets of London's East End. After his reign of terror was over, five women had been butchered. To this day, the mystery of who slaughtered these ladies remains unsolved. No one knows for sure, but the truth may be revealed on Jack the Ripper.

1888年秋天,开膛手杰克在伦敦东区肆虐。他的恐怖事迹结束后,共有五名女子惨遭杀害。时至今日,究竟是谁杀害这些女子依旧是个无解的谜。没有人知道确切的答案,但真相也许就在《开膛手杰克》中。

Vampires. Just the thought of these fictional beasts is enough to make your blood run cold. While we may think that they only come to life in books and movies, vampires are actually based on real people. Historians, folklorists, scientists, and doctors all work together to investigate the plausibility of vampires. Take a bite into this juicy mystery on Vampires.

吸血鬼。这种虚构的怪物光是想象就足以让人毛骨悚然。虽然我们觉得吸血鬼只在书籍或电影中现身,但事实上他们是根据真实人物所创造出来的。历史学家、民俗学家、科学家与医生一同调查吸血鬼的可信与否。《吸血鬼传说》将带您探索这令人血脉喷张的谜团。

No other channel can offer this type of programming other than National Geographic Channel. In this unique series, they've stripped away 12 myths that have stood the test of time to expose the truth and find out the answer to the question, Is It Real?

除了国家地理频道,没有其它频道能呈现这样的节目。在这独特的系列节目中,他们将抽丝剥茧十二个历经时间考验的神秘事件,揭发真相,寻找解答。

练习与答案:

1. What type of person would believe these stories?

(A) Anyone with a fear of ghosts.

(B) A person without any common sense.

(C) Anyone with a bit of imagination.

(D) Only educated people.

1. 什么样的人会相信这些故事?

(A) 任何怕鬼的人。

(B) 没有常识的人。

(C) 有一点想象力的人。

(D) 只有受过教育的人。

题解:根据第一段,就算受过教育的人,也会相信某些不可思议的故事,暗示只要有想象力,几乎每个人都可能会相信某些传说,故选 (C)。

2. Who was Jack the Ripper?

(A) A notorious actor in London's East End theater district.

(B) A name assigned to a famous butcher.

(C) The moniker given to an unknown murderer.

(D) The serial killer of hundreds of women in the 1800s.

2. 谁是开膛手杰克?

(A) 一个伦敦东区戏场恶名昭彰的演员。

(B) 用来指称一个著名的屠夫。

(C) 一名不为人知的杀人犯代称。

(D) 1800 年代杀了上百名女性的连续杀人犯。

题解: 根据第三段,开膛手杰克杀害五名女子,但身分成谜,故选 (C)。

3. The truth about vampires may be known because ______.

(A) a novelist is looking into it

(B) different people in different fields are weighing in on it

(C) there's new evidence that can prove their existence

(D) National Geographic Channel knows the truth

3. 吸血鬼的传说可能真相大白,因为 _____。

(A) 一位小说家正在研究

(B) 不同领域的人针对此事提出不同的论点

(C) 有新的证据能证明他们存在

(D) 国家地理频道知道真相

题解:根据第四段,历史学家、民俗学家、科学家与医生一同调查吸血鬼究竟可信与否,可知他们将站在各自的领域,提出不同的论点,证实吸血鬼的真假,故选 (B)。

4. What is the purpose of this series?

(A) To uncover the details about a series of murders.

(B) To solve well-known crimes.

(C) To hide the truth about fairy tales.

(D) To take apart stories that people believe.

4. 本系列节目的目的是什么?

(A) 揭露一连串谋杀案的细节。

(B) 解决知名的犯罪案件。

(C) 藏匿童话故事的真相。

(D) 剖析人们相信的故事之真相。

题解:根据最末段,国家地理频将抽丝剥茧12个历经时间考验的神秘事件,揭发真相,寻找解答,故选 (D)。

标准答案: 1. (C) 2. (C) 3. (B) 4. (D) 

单字小铺

2. educated a. 受过教育的

3. alien n. & a. 外星人(的)

4. ridiculous a. 荒谬的

5. astronaut n. 航天员

6. ancestor n. 祖先

7. reign n. 统治

8. butcher vt. 屠杀,残杀 & n. 屠夫

9. vampire n. 吸血鬼

10. folklorist n. 民俗学研究者

11. plausibility n. 可信度,合理性

12. juicy a. 多汁的

13. programming n. 电视节目(制作)

14. expose vt. 使暴露于

15. moniker n. 绰号

16. serial killer n. 连续杀人犯

17. existence n. 存在

词组小铺

1. in (full) detail 详细地

2. believe it or not 信不信由你

3. for sure= for certain 确定地

4. come to life 变得栩栩如生;活了起来

5. be based on/upon... 根据……

精解字词词组

1. suspicious a. 令人怀疑的

be suspicious of... 对……起疑心

例: The security guard was suspicious of the nervous man dressed in black.

(保全对那名神色紧张的黑衣男子起了疑心。)

2. nevertheless adv. 然而

例: Brian was tired. Nevertheless, he still went out to see a movie with Maria.

(布莱恩很累,不过他还是跟玛莉亚去看了场电影。)

3. dissect vt. 剖析;解剖

例: Why is the lawyer trying to dissect everything that I say?

(律师为什么试图剖析我说的每句话呢?)

4. tamper with... 胡乱摆弄……;擅自篡改……

tamper vi. 摆弄;窜改

例: Please don't tamper with my briefcase. I have everything in the order I like it.

(请别弄乱我的公文包。里头的东西是依照我喜欢的顺序摆放的。)

5. have a hand in... 干预∕插手……

例: The teacher had a hand in picking who would be the next president of the bridge club.

(老师插手干预下一任桥艺社的社长人选。)

6. roam vt. 在……来回走动,漫步于

例: Sam roamed the streets in search of his lost kitten.

(山姆四处奔走寻找他走失的小猫。)

7. slaughter vt. 屠杀

例: More than one million chickens have been slaughtered since the outbreak of bird flu.

(一百多万只鸡因禽流感爆发而遭屠杀。)

8. make one's blood run cold 使某人毛骨悚然

例: The picture of my ex-girlfriend makes my blood run cold.

(我前女友的照片让我看了毛骨悚然。)

9. investigate= look into... vt. 调查

例: The police promised to investigate the corrupt politician.

(警方承诺要调查那名贪污的政客。)

10. other than... 除了……(没有……);撇开……不谈

例:Other than the traffic, this city is not a bad place to live.

(撇开交通不谈,这座城市算是个不错的居住地方。)

11. strip away... 剥除……;除去……

例: The report stripped away the little bit of credibility the president had left.

(这份报告使该总统仅存的一点可信度都荡然无存。)

12. stand the test of time 禁得起时间的考验

例: This classic song has stood the test of time.

(这首经典歌曲历经时间的考验而不衰。)

13. be assigned to... 被认定给……;被指派……

例:The reporter was assigned to follow the movie star around for a day.

(该记者被指派一整天跟在那位电影明星身边。)

14. weigh in on... 就……提出论点

例: Howard weighed in on the controversy, saying that he supports strict gun laws.

(霍华就该争议提出论点,说他支持严格的枪械条例。)

15. take apart... 分析∕分解……

例:The interviewer took apart the woman's story and she ended up breaking down in tears.

(访问者剖析那女人的故事,让她最后崩溃地失声痛哭。)




 

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