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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:家庭

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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,今天要说的是家庭。
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Families

家庭

Yvonne和Rob将和大家一起聊聊关于英国广播公司电台的一个调查,这是专门设计出来调查下人们对于家庭的真正感受。在英国广播电台的家庭周期间,观众和网友都可以参与这项调查,爆料一些有趣的事情,甚至是一些小秘密。

本周问题:

英国大多数公民认为自己的孩子上学的最佳年龄是多少呢?

a) 5 岁

b) 8岁

c) 11岁

让我们一起来听节目,找答案吧。

听力内容:

Families

NB: This is not a word for word transcript

Yvonne: Hello, I'm Yvonne…

Rob: And I'm Rob.…

Yvonne: And this is 6 Minute English! Now lots of people have been getting together with their relatives for Christmas and the New Year, so we thought we’d talk about families today.

Rob: Now BBC radio in the UK has had a family week. They surveyed their listeners and web users to find out how they feel about their families.

Yvonne: And - they got some really interesting results! Before we hear them, I have a question for you Rob. Are you ready?

Rob: Of course.

Yvonne: People in the UK were asked, at what age should their children be able to go to school on their own. Can you guess what most people thought was an acceptable age, Rob? 5, 8 or 11 years old?

Rob: Hmm – I know people are quite cautious these days so I'd say, 11 years old.

Yvonne: Umm - as usual I won’t tell you the answer now, but we'll find out what the answer is at the end of the programme. Now recently, there's been a lot of attention given to the break-down of traditional British families.

Rob: The break-down of families – that's when parents get divorced or separate.

Yvonne: And lots of children are brought up by single parents

Rob: Single parents – just one parent, either a mother or a father

Yvonne: There’s also been a lot of talk about people needing to be better parents – or even attending parenting classes. But despite the negative view of families we might read about in the newspapers, most people said that their families made them happy.

Rob: People were asked which of the following things made them most happy – family, friends, job or hobbies.

Yvonne: Now families came in at almost 80%, friends just over 60%, next came hobbies and last on the list of the things that make people happy were their jobs. Only about 25% of the people surveyed said their jobs make them happy!

Rob: Umm - interesting!

Yvonne: Hmmm. One of the most surprising things was reading about how people felt about staying together if they were unhappy in their marriage but they had children. Would they stay together for the sake of the kids?

Rob: For the sake of the kids – if you do something for the sake of something – you’re not doing it for yourself, you’re putting other people's needs and feelings first, even if you're suffering.

Yvonne: Here’s Radio 5 Live’s Chris Warburton:

Chris Warburton/Quiz contestant

How many people say they would stay together for the sake of the children?

Woman:

40%

Nearly two thirds of you think it’s better not to stay together for the sake of the kids.

Yvonne: So Chris Warburton says two thirds of people from the survey think they shouldn't stay in unhappy relationships just for the sake of the children.

Rob: Perhaps that's because there are many happy single parent families. It is not unusual for children to grow up in single parent families. It's socially acceptable in modern Britain.

Yvonne: Now here's an interesting statistic: a large majority of people said they'd report a relative to the police if they found out their relative had committed a crime.

Here’s more from Radio 5 Live’s Chris Warburton:

Chris Warburton

A big majority of people said that they would report to the police if they thought they had committed a serious crime. 84 per cent of people are prepared to do that even if the consequences were pretty tough.

Yvonne: 84 percent of people said they were prepared to tell the police if they found out their relative had committed a crime – even if the consequences were pretty tough.

Rob: Pretty tough – that's relatively severe, like having a large fine or going to prison

Yvonne: People were also asked about their family secrets. You may have heard the phrase: ‘skeletons in the closet’.

Rob: Those are uncomfortable secrets which people try their very best to hide.

Yvonne: Ha ha – and most families have a few skeletons in the closet. The BBC’s Stephen Chittendon found out about some of the secrets people knew about their family, but, would rather others didn’t know. Rob, you may have to help us out here with some of the words and phrases we hear.

Stephen Chittendon

1. My brothers and sisters don't know I'm adopted.

2. My brother in-law pawned his Mum's engagement ring.

3. My Nan – this not all from the same person (woman: that's a relief to hear) – My nan votes Tory.

Yvonne: So, we heard: 'my brothers and sisters don’t know I’m adopted'

Rob: OK, well if you’re adopted, you don’t live with your biological parents – other people become your new parents.

Yvonne: And – 'my brother-in-law pawned his Mum’s engagement ring'

Rob: The sister's husband – my brother-in-law - gave his mother’s precious engagement ring to a pawn shop in return for money

Yvonne: And this one was odd: 'My nan votes Tory'

Rob: (Ha ha) That person’s grandmother voted for the Conservative Party! Of course, that wouldn't be a secret for all families.

Yvonne: OK, thanks very much, Rob. Now, do you have any skeletons in your closet?

Rob: Nothing at all. I'm very honest and upfront. No secrets at all.

Yvonne: Umm, I don't know if I believe you Rob!

Rob: I wouldn't tell you anyway; it's a secret!

Yvonne: (Ha, ha). And the answer to our question - what age do most people think it’s appropriate for children to go to school on their own?

Rob: And I said 11 years old.

Yvonne: And you're right, Rob! The largest number of people from the survey think that children are ready to walk to school on their own when they're 10 or 11. Thank you, Rob. We hope you’ve had fun with us today on "6 Minute English" – and that you’ll join us again next time.

Both: Goodbye!

词汇学习:

1. cautious 谨慎的

2. single parents 单亲家庭

3. hobbies 兴趣爱好

4. consequences 后果

5. skeletons in the closet 家丑不外扬

6. adopted 被收养的

7. pawned 被典当的

8. upfront 正直的,预付的

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