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听故事学4000英语词汇148: 彩票

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4000 Essential English Words 5 Paul Nation

4000英语核心词汇5 保罗·纳森

Unit 28 Word List

第28单元 单词表

aquarium n.

水族馆

An aquarium is a building where fish and underwater animals are kept.

养鱼和水下动物的建筑物。

→ We took a trip to the aquarium and saw a scary shark.

我们去了水族馆,看到了一条可怕的鲨鱼。

arbitrary adj.

任意的

If something is arbitrary, it is not based on any plan or system, so it seems random.

不基于任何计划或系统,看起来随机的。

→ The classroom had many arbitrary rules that made me confused.

教室里有许多武断的规定使我感到困惑。

autobiography n.

自传

An autobiography is a true story of a person's life written by that person.

一个人写的关于他一生的真实故事。

→ I read an autobiography about my favorite entertainer.

我读了一本关于我最喜欢的艺人的自传。

convention n.

习俗

A convention is behavior that is considered to be common or polite.

被认为是普通或礼貌的行为。

→ In the US, a popular convention is to shake hands when you meet someone.

在美国,一个流行的习俗是见面时握手。

gracious adj.

亲切的

If someone is gracious, then they are kind and helpful to those who need it.

对那些需要帮助的人很友好的。

→ The operator was gracious enough to help me find his number.

接线员很热心地帮我找到了他的电话号码。

improve v.

改善

To improve something means to make it better.

指使某物变得更好。

→ He studied hard to improve his test scores from the previous year.

为了提高考试成绩,他努力学习。

insulate v.

隔离

To insulate something means to protect it from heat, cold, or noise.

指保护某物不受热、冷或噪音的影响。

→ People can conserve energy by insulating their houses.

人们可以通过使房屋绝缘来节约能源。

intrigue v.

用诡计取得

To intrigue means to cause an interest in something or someone.

引起对某人某事的兴趣。

→ Her mysterious past intrigued her new friend.

她神秘的过去引起了她新朋友的兴趣。

longevity n.

长寿

Longevity is the ability to live for a long time.

能够活很长时间的能力。

→ Sea turtles have an amazing longevity.

海龟的寿命惊人。

misplace v.

放错地方

To misplace something means to lose it.

意思是失去。

→ I misplaced my wallet, and I didn't find it until a week later.

我把钱包放错地方了,过了一个星期我才找到。

naughty adj.

顽皮的

When children are naughty, they behave badly or do not do what they are told.

孩子们表现不好或者不听话。

→ The boy had to go to his room because he was being naughty.

这个男孩不得不回他的房间,因为他太淘气了。

norm n.

标准

A norm is a way of behaving that is considered normal in a particular society.

在特定社会中被认为是正常的行为方式。

→ Wearing a heavy coat all summer is not considered a norm in the desert.

在沙漠地区,整个夏天都穿厚外套被认为是不正常的。

orangutan n.

猩猩

An orangutan is a large ape with red and brown hair and long arms.

一种有着红棕色头发和长长的手臂的大型猿类。

→ Orangutans use their long arms to swing from trees.

猩猩用它们长长的手臂在树上荡秋千。

overload v.

超载

To overload something means to put more things into it than it is meant to hold.

指放入更多超过负荷的量。

→ If you overload the truck, it might crash.

如果你使卡车超载,它可能会撞车。

philanthropy n.

博爱

Philanthropy is the act of helping others, without wanting anything in return.

帮助别人且不需要任何回报的行为。

→ The wealthy business owner is well known for his acts of philanthropy.

这位富有的企业主以他的慈善行为而闻名。

probe v.

调查

To probe into something means to ask questions to discover facts about it.

意思是问问题来发现事实。

→ The bank probed into his financial history to see if he qualified for a loan.

银行调查了他的财务历史,看他是否有资格获得贷款。

recipient n.

接受者

A recipient of something is the person who receives it.

指接受某事的人。

→ I was the recipient of four phone calls today.

今天我接到了四个电话。

reptile n.

爬行动物

A reptile is a cold-blooded animal that lays eggs and has skin covered with scales.

一种冷血动物,会产卵,皮肤上覆盖着鳞片。

→ Lizards are my favorite type of reptile.

蜥蜴是我最喜欢的爬行动物。

thrive v.

繁荣

To thrive means to do well and be successful, healthy, or strong.

意味着做得好,成功,健康或强壮。

→ He may be an old man, but he continues to thrive.

他可能已经老了,但他还在继续茁壮成长。

ultimate adj.

最终的

When something is ultimate, it is the final result or aim of a long series of events.

一系列事件的最终结果或目标。

→ By trying hard in school, I will reach my ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.

通过在学校的努力,我将达到我的最终目标成为一名医生。

The Lottery

彩票

Joe was watching television when he heard a knock at the door. He thought, "Who could that be? It's probably one of the naughty neighborhood children." Joe stood up and walked to the door. When he opened it, he saw a beautiful woman.

乔正在看电视,突然听到有人敲门。他想:“会是谁呢?”可能是附近淘气的孩子。”乔站起身,向门口走去。当他打开门时,看到一个漂亮的女人。

She said, "Good morning, Joe! I have great news. You're the recipient of this check for one million dollars! You won the lottery!"

她说:“早上好,乔!我有个好消息。这张一百万美元支票归你了!你中了彩票!”

Joe couldn't believe it. His mind was overloaded with emotions. Joe said, "Thank you! Thank you!"

乔简直不敢相信。他的脑子乱成一团。乔说:“谢谢你!谢谢你!”

After he calmed down, Joe made a photocopy of the check in case he misplaced the original one. He sat and thought about what he wanted to do with the money. He didn't want to spend it in an arbitrary way. Joe thought, "I know there are others who need this money more than I do. I've always loved animals, so I think I'll buy things for the zoo!"

平静下来后,乔把支票复印了一份,以防把原件放错了地方。他坐下来,想了想他要怎么处理这笔钱。他不想任意挥霍。乔想:“我知道还有人比我更需要这笔钱。我一直很喜欢动物,所以我想我会给动物园买些东西!”

Joe knew that the zoo was in bad shape. The cages were too small, and they weren't insulated from the cold. Animals couldn't thrive in such conditions.

乔知道动物园的情况很糟。笼子太小了,而且不能御寒。动物在这种条件下不能茁壮成长。

He took out some stationery and wrote a letter to the zoo. He offered to help the zoo buy huge cages for the large mammals and reptiles. He offered to buy healthy food for the orangutans to increase their longevity. He even said that he would buy new glass walls for the aquarium because the old ones were cracked.

他拿出纸笔,给动物园写了一封信。他提出帮助动物园为大型哺乳动物和爬行动物购买大型笼子,并为猩猩们购买健康食品,以延长它们的寿命。他甚至说他会为水族馆买新的玻璃墙,因为旧的玻璃墙已经裂了。

Joe's act of philanthropy intrigued the zookeeper. He probed Joe to learn why he spent his money to improve the zoo. It wasn't a social convention for a person to be so gracious.

乔的慈善行为引起了动物园管理员的兴趣。他试探乔,想知道他为什么花钱改善动物园。一个人如此和蔼可亲有些反常。

Joe told the zookeeper, "I know it's not the norm, but my ultimate decision to help these animals is better than anything I could have done for myself. If I ever write an autobiography, I will write that this was the happiest day of my life."

乔对动物园管理员说:“我知道这不正常,但我最终决定帮助这些动物,这比我能为自己做的任何事情都要好。”如果我要写自传,我会写这是我一生中最快乐的一天。”

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