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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:做梦应用

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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,今天要说的是做梦的新应用程序。
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Dream apps

做梦应用

Chris和Rosie将会一起和我们聊聊一项令人激动的新手机应用程序,这种程序可以影响我们做的梦。让我们听节目,一起探讨如何使用这项应用,以及此项新技术怎么帮助我们了解更多自己的睡眠模式和睡眠质量。

本期问题:

撒切尔夫人、拿破仑和南丁格尔的共同点是什么呢?

a)他们在小时候都梦见过长大后做了一名农户。

b)他们都曾经试过梦见被蜘蛛咬的循环噩梦。

c)他们一晚都只需要睡4个小时。

让我们一起听节目,找寻答案吧。

听力内容:

Dream apps

NB: This is not a word for word transcript

Chris: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English. I'm Chris.

Rosie: And I'm Rosie.

Chris: And today we are going to talk about a new invention that promises to influence our dreams.

Rosie: Oh, that sounds exciting! I love new inventions!

Chris: That's good, Rosie! But calm down - hold your horses - because we have to start with the usual challenge for our listeners. Now, I want to put a question to you and the answer is linked to sleep and dreams. What do the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the former French leader Napoleon Bonaparte and the famous English nurse Florence Nightingale have in common?

Rosie: Oh, that's difficult because I didn't think they had very much in common.

Chris: Let me make it easier for you by giving you three options. What do Margaret Thatcher, Napoleon Bonaparte and Florence Nightingale have in common? Is it that:

a) They all dreamt of becoming farmers when they were children.

b) They all suffered from a recurring nightmare of being bitten by spiders.

c) They all usually slept for just four hours a night.

Rosie: Mmm… dreaming of being farmers… I dream about being a movie star!

Chris: Well, farmer or movie star, they ended up becoming famous due to their remarkable achievements. I will give you the answer by the end of the programme. Now, let's talk about this interesting invention that got you so fired up. It works in smartphones, Rosie.

Rosie: That's so cool! I just adore my iPhone and have loads of applications on it!

Chris: An 'app' or application is what Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire has developed to influence dreams. It plays specific sounds to you while you are sleeping. You select the sound and the phone automatically plays it when you're dreaming by monitoring your movements. Let's hear a report by the BBC's John McManus.

BBC John McManus:

Professor Wiseman says most people have about five dreams every night, but if they are pleasant, they can lead to people feeling more positive and being more productive during the day. A recent survey found that most people would choose sounds that prompted relaxing visions, perhaps set in woods filled with birdsong. Others though, wanted some night time adventure.

Rosie: So some people wake up feeling better after an agreeable, or a pleasant, dream. They are able to work more and are more productive. You know, I feel really sleepy when I get up and I need about three hours before I actually feel awake.

Chris: And what sort of sounds would make your mind produce – or prompt – relaxing visions, Rosie?

Rosie: Oh, I'm not too sure. But I am thinking about those nature CDs, the ones with the waterfall sounds and birds in the forest and things like that.

Chris: Well, for me a dream is all about adventure - all about going up a mountain and discovering somewhere new or exploring a new country. But it's good to keep in mind that this technology is in the experimental stage. They even plan to find a way so that when you wake up, the app will prompt you to feedback exactly what your dream was and how you felt.

Rosie: So they are still working to develop this project.

Chris: Yes, they are. But let's listen to the final part of John McManus's report to find out how the technology might be used if it is successful.

BBC John McManus:

A successful experiment could lead to new ways of treating depression and stress. It may also enhance creativity – Paul McCartney was said to have woken from a dream with the Beatles hit 'Yesterday' going through his mind, and Mary Shelley was inspired by a dream to write the horror story 'Frankenstein'. Most of us of course, will be hoping for sweeter dreams than that.

Rosie: I liked the idea that it could make us even more creative. John McManus said that it may enhance creativity and the mention of the ex-Beatle Paul McCartney is really enticing. He came up with so many great songs!

Chris: And the English novelist Mary Shelley was also very creative when she wrote the horror story, Frankenstein.

Rosie: I would have thought that Frankenstein is more of a nightmare.

Chris: Talking about nightmares, let's go back to our challenge, Rosie. I will repeat the question, the three options and you can guess the right one. What do the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the former French leader

Napoleon Bonaparte and the famous English nurse Florence Nightingale have in common? Is it:

a) They all dreamt of becoming farmers when they were children but ended up becoming something else.

b) They all suffered from a recurring nightmare of being bitten by spiders.

c) They all usually slept for just four hours a night.

Rosie: Oh, that's a very difficult question. I think I'm going to go for (b) – the nightmare of being bitten by spiders.

Chris: Okay. Well, the answer is actually (c) - Margaret Thatcher, Napoleon Bonaparte and Florence Nightingale usually slept for just four hours a night. Most people only feel rested after seven or eight hours of sleep but for these guys four hours would do.

Rosie: That's incredible! So they didn't even have much time to dream?

Chris: Some people might say that they didn't have time enough for nightmares either! Unfortunately we've run out of time ourselves and have to finish the programme now. But we leave you with today's words.

Rosie: And here they are:

hold your horses

remarkable

fired up

application (or app)

pleasant

productive

prompted

enhance

Chris: Thank you, Rosie. And that's all for today. Bye for now and sweet dreams.

Rosie: Bye.

词汇学习:

1. hold your horses 不要着急,耐心一点

2. remarkable 卓越的,非凡的,值得注意的

3. to be fired up 使人兴奋/激动

4. an application (app) 一项应用程序(简称app)

5. pleasant 令人愉悦的

6. productive 有用的

7. prompted 激励

8. enhance 提高;提升

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