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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:你是胜利者吗?

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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,今天要说的是你热衷于参加比赛拿奖品吗?
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Are you a winner?

你是胜利者吗?

你是热衷参加各种比赛的人吗?如果是,你可以被称为“拿奖专业户”。这些人无法抗拒获得奖项的机会,就如从一个巧克力盒子到一个新的快艇。

你可以随处找到比赛:在食品包装袋上,在杂志里以及在网络上。

Rob和Neil将会和我们一起说说这些频繁参赛的人会做些什么和为什么他们要如此热衷于比赛,然后我们将会从一个曾经的拿奖专业户之王口中了解原因。

本期问题:

美国有史以来支付过的最大一笔彩票奖金是多少?

a) $590 million 5.9亿美元

b) $890 million 8.9亿美元

c) $1 billion 10亿美元

一起听节目,找找答案吧。

听力内容:

Are you a winner?

NB: This is not a word-for-word transcript

Rob: Hello I’m Rob. Welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m joined today by Neil. Hello Neil.

Neil: Hello Rob.

Rob: Now Neil, I have a question for you – do you think you are a winner?

Neil: You mean someone who has a lot of success in everything?

Rob: Well, not exactly – I'm just talking about competitions – do you have a lot of success or luck in winning them?

Neil: Competitions? No, not at all. I don't think I've ever won a competition.

Rob: Ah, bad luck. That means you're not a 'comper'. That's an informal name for someone who takes part in – or enters – competitions on an almost semi-professional basis. They spend a lot of time trying to win something.

Neil: You mean winning prizes – or free gifts.

Rob: I do. And Neil, you could win a prize if you can correctly answer today's question. So, are you ready?

Neil: I'm ready.

Rob: Well, a lottery is one kind of competition where the prize is money. The biggest cash prizes can be won in the USA – but do you know what the biggest ever cash prize to be paid in America is? Is it:

a) $590 million

b) $890 million

c) $1 billion

Neil: Well, things tend to be big in America, so I'm going to go for c) $1 billion dollars.

Rob: I'd like to win that. We’ll find out if you are right or wrong later on. So let’s talk more about 'compers' – people who regularly take part in competitions. We could say they are hooked on – meaning addicted to – taking part.

Neil: Yes, the lure – or attractiveness – of winning big prizes means these people just can't stop answering quiz questions, writing slogans and captions or solving puzzles.

Rob: Some people go to great lengths – or put a lot of effort into winning something – even if it's just a box of chocolates or a coffee mug. It's just the excitement of winning.

Neil: But sometimes there are big prizes to win – a new car, a speedboat or a holiday of a lifetime. The only problem is that these prizes are either not easy to win or there are millions of people trying to win them.

Rob: I've certainly never won anything as fantastic as that – but one man who has had plenty of good luck is Martin Dove, who is a retired lecturer and an expert 'comper'.

Neil: He certainly is. He's won a yacht, a racehorse and lots of smaller prizes too. Let's hear from him now. Listen out for the names he says people have called him…

Martin Dove, a 'comper':

I've been a comper for 40 years. It's like admitting some addiction isn't it really! Some people have called me the Master of Comping, the King of Comping, the Guru of Comping, but it's just a word, it's just a phrase, it's just I was fairly high-profile.

Rob: So, he says he was fairly high-profile – that means he was often seen in public, mentioned in newspapers, or appeared on television. And because he was high-profile he got called a few nicknames…

Neil: …names like the master of comping – so someone who is very good or skilled at it. And the king of comping – not an actual royal king but someone is the best at doing something. And the guru of comping – that's someone who other people respect and go to for advice about comping.

Rob: Well, he knows his stuff and he still checks out competitions on cereal boxes and crisp packets for the next big win. He's even written books on the subject and offered advice to other compers.

Neil: But comping has changed, Rob. There are lots of competitions to enter on the internet now. Every webpage you look at seems to tempt us with a fantastic prize to be won.

Rob: That's true. But Martin Dove doesn't think that is necessarily a good thing. Can you hear why?

Martin Dove, a 'comper':

The thing is now competitions are far easier to enter than they ever were. In the old days I could spend a fortnight crafting a slogan and really working hard and really being proud of it. Now all you have do is 'click, click, click, click, click' and because it only takes 30 seconds to do, 20 minutes you can knock out 40 competitions. And you can get a million entries now, so it's a million to one.

Neil: So, competitions online are easier to enter – you just have to click. Martin said he could enter about 40 competitions in just 20 minutes!

Rob: But because it's so easy, more people enter and so the odds – or chances of winning are less. Sometimes, a one in a million chance of winning – a very rare or unlikely chance. I wonder what your chances are of getting today's question right Neil?

Neil: One in three maybe?

Rob: Maybe! Well, earlier I asked you what is the biggest ever cash prize to be paid out in a lottery in the USA? Is it:

a) $590 million

b) $890 million

c) $1 billion

Neil: I said it was c) $1 billion

Rob: And you are wrong. It's actually only $590 million; that was won by an 84-year-old woman in Florida last year. Neil, what's the biggest prize you've ever won?

Neil: I think I once, about 10 years ago, won £10 on the British National Lottery.

Rob: Wow, that's a big win! Well, for getting today's question wrong you get the consolation prize of reminding us of some of the words that we've heard today.

Neil: OK, we heard:

luck

comper

prizes

lottery

hooked on

the lure

slogans

high-profile

master

guru

the odds

one in a million

Rob: OK. Thanks Neil – you really are a winner. Well, we hope you’ve enjoyed today’s programme. Please join us again soon for 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English.

Both: Bye!

词汇学习:

1. luck 幸运

2. comper (为了赢得更多的奖品) 频繁参赛者的人;拿奖专业户

3. prizes 奖品

4. lottery 彩票

5. hooked on 迷上了

6. the lure 诱惑

7. slogans 口号

8. high-profile 备受瞩目的,高调的

9. master大师

10. guru大师,专家,权威

11. the odds 机率

12. one in a million 一百万分之一

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