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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:王室宝宝

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大家好,欢迎收听BBC六分钟英语听力精选,我们将会给你带来各种各样的消息新闻,今天要说的是英国王室宝宝。
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王室宝宝

等待已经结束了!剑桥公爵和公爵夫人的新宝宝已经出生了。

出生于2013年7月22日星期一的小王子,被称为“剑桥的乔治王子殿下”,全名是乔治·亚历山大·路易斯,是英国王室的第三顺位继承人。

在今天的6分钟英语中,我们将会一起说说当一个新生婴儿出生时应该说些什么祝贺的话语和一个王室宝宝将要展开的新生活是怎样的。

这一期的问题:

新的王室宝宝的父亲——威廉王子是什么时候出生的呢?是:

A) 1982年5月21日

B) 1982年6月21日

C) 1982年10月21日

听力内容:

Rob: Ah, what a familiar sound - a baby crying! Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Rob…

Neil: ….and I'm Neil, hello. So Rob, is that the sound of the new royal baby?

Rob: No – it's not the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's new-born baby – although I'm sure their little one is just as loud!

Neil: Yes – we know all about babies, don't we Rob, because we are parents. We know all about childbirth – well, almost as much as our wives – and all the advice people give us about caring for our children.

Rob: We do – hold on, I'll just calm this baby down (Baby stops crying) – that's better. So, I might have excellent parenting skills but how different are they to the ones William and Kate will need? We'll be discussing that soon and looking at some of the language of having a baby. But first, how about a question, Neil?

Neil: Good idea.

Rob: How well do you know the British royal family? Do you know when Prince William – the father of the new baby – was born? Was it on:

a) 21st May 1982

b) 21st June 1982

c) 21st October 1982

Neil: I don't really remember but I'm going to go for b) 21st June 1982.

Rob: Ok - I'll let you know the answer later on. But now let's get back to 2013 and the arrival of the latest member of the royal family. Neil, when your baby was born, how did you announce it – or tell people?

Neil: With my first child I phoned and texted. With my second child only two years later it was all about Facebook.

Rob: Indeed. Well, when my daughter was born in the maternity unit at our local hospital, I sent out texts messages to my friends and family. I know people also send out cards or photos of the baby.

Neil: And then later some people have a baby shower – not a shower with water – but a party where people give presents for the baby.

Rob: I'm sure the royal baby will get a lot of presents but when royal births are announced, there is a lot of protocol – or special, traditional ways of doing things.

Neil: Yes, when Prince Charles was born in 1948, the announcement was very formal. Listen to the words that were used in this BBC broadcast….

BBC Newsreader:

It has just been announced from Buckingham Palace that her Royal Highness, Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh was safely delivered of a prince at 9.14pm and that her Royal Highness and her son are both doing well. Listeners will wish us to offer their royal congratulations to Princess Elizabeth and the Royal Family on this happy occasion.

Rob: So, the newsreader very formally gave the good news that Princess Elizabeth – now Queen Elizabeth – was ‘safely delivered of a prince'.

Neil: Delivered – that sounds like delivering a letter – but here it means ‘gave birth to a baby’. The newsreader also said that people want to give their ‘royal congratulations’.

Rob: Yes, and he described it as ‘a happy occasion’ – so a happy moment and something to celebrate. But now, once it was officially announced, news about the latest royal birth spread quickly around the world via social media.

Neil: It is the 21st Century Rob - and I think this new baby will have a very different upbringing – that's the way parents look after the baby. Of course William and Kate will have the benefit of having a nanny – someone to help out with childcare and doing the housework around the palace.

Rob: Very nice. But it has been reported they want to become more involved in caring for their baby than royal parents did in the past. They don't want the nanny to be a replacement mother.

Neil: Well that's good to hear and by showing modern parenting skills it may set an example to other parents.

Rob: Of course the new baby is going to lead a very different life to our children. One thing is for sure, ours won't become king. But babies from all backgrounds need feeding and changing. Not everything about having children is great eh Neil?

Neil: That's true. I don't think I'm going to miss those dirty nappies. So come on Rob, it's time you gave me the answer to the question.

Rob: Earlier I asked you if you knew when Prince William – the baby's father – was born?

Neil: And I said 21st June 1982.

Rob: You are right. He was born in June 1982 – so would you say he is quite young to be a father?

Neil: These days I suppose he is quite young, compared with me, yes – but those sleepless nights will make him feel older!

Rob: OK Neil, could you remind us of some of the vocabulary that we heard today.

Neil: little one

maternity unit

a baby shower

protocol

delivered

upbringing

nanny

nappies

Rob: Thanks Neil. OK that's it for this programme. Do join us again soon for more 6 Minute English.

Both: Bye.

词汇学习:

1. little one 小婴儿

2. maternity unit 产科病房

3. a baby shower 新生儿派对

4. protocol 礼仪

5. delivered 接生

6. upbringing 培养

7. nanny 保姆

8. nappies 尿布

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