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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:Santa Claus 圣诞老人

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Santa Claus

圣诞老人

圣诞老人是一个标志性的人物。在每年圣诞节时,我们都会看到很多圣诞老人。本周Kate和Rebecca将会在节目中分享一下她们儿时欢乐的白胡子记忆,以及从别人口中听到的关于一家商店在圣诞节时雇请人装扮成圣诞老人的故事。

本周问题:

圣诞老人居住在哪里?

a) 北极

b) 冰岛

c) 挪威

让我们一起听节目,找答案吧。

听力内容:

Santa Claus

NB: This is not an accurate word-for-word transcript

Kate: Hello and welcome to this week’s 6 Minute English. Today I’m joined by Rebecca – hi Rebecca!

Rebecca: Hello Kate

Kate: Well tomorrow is the 25th December which is of course is …. Christmas Day! I love Christmas – how about you?

Rebecca: answers

Kate: Well, specific icon we all associate with Christmas is Santa Claus. What are your memories of him as a child?

Rebecca:answers

Kate: Before we go any further, here's my Christmas question for this week. Are you ready? An easy one this week…. whereabouts does Santa Claus live? Is it:

a) the North Pole

b) Iceland

c) Norway

Rebecca: answers

Kate: We'll check if you were correct at the end of the programme. Well apart from Santa who comes round to our houses to deliver presents to children, we can often see him in the run up to Christmas in many department stores and shopping malls around the world. But I've been wondering about these people whose job it is to dress up as Santa for the Christmas period?

Rebecca: Yes, it is certainly an unusual job - must be fun though!

Kate: Well today we're going to hear from someone called Santa Paul who works as Santa in a department store in the US. We're going to hear from him as he's putting his Santa costume on and gets into character! Have a listen – what items of clothing does he mention?

Extract 1

Putting on my fabulous boots right now and they have gold buttons with the names of all the reindeer on them. Pick up my sack that I have made. The white gloves really finish the suit because the white personifies Santa as being pure and the red signifies Santa as being an outdoorsman. The hat - and there you have it, I am Santa Claus ready to join the world again. Ho Ho Ho!

Rebecca: Well, first of all he put on his boots with gold buttons with the names of all the reindeers on them. Of course, reindeers are a type of animal with large horns, which are supposed to pull Santa's sleigh. Then he mentioned his sack, a type of bag in which he carries all the presents. Then he put on his gloves and hat and I think that was it. He is Santa!

Kate: Yes indeed. And did you manage to hear what the colours red and white signify?

Rebecca: The white personifies the purity of Santa. Personifies means that something is a perfect example of something so in this case the white gloves show how pure and good he is. And he said that red signifies or is a sign of him being an outdoorsman – someone who lives and works outside in the fresh air. He's certainly that!

Kate: Ah, so now we know. I've always wondered why he dressed in red and white… But how did Paul start being Santa in the first place? You're going to hear some new words next – could you explain what bleached mean?

Rebecca: Well, bleached means to remove the colour from something usually using chemicals. So if you bleach your hair, you make it very blonde or white.

Kate: And persona?

Rebecca: Persona means the particular type of character that a person seems to have

Kate: Thanks, so let's listen. How did Paul come to be Santa?

Extract 2

My friend Cliff, he had been a Santa for several years and he mentioned that he thought it was time that I be a Santa. So I had my hair bleached and once I saw that colour I knew I was Santa. I feel the persona coming out and once I'm in my full suit - I am Santa.

Rebecca: Well, he said his friend, Cliff had been Santa for a few years and he suggested to Paul that he do it too. So he bleached his hair and as soon as he did this, he felt Santa's persona.

Kate: Yes, exactly. And at least he's convincing to all the children who come and visit him. So finally we're going to hear about where he works inside the department store, where he sits to greet all the children and give them presents. You're going to hear the word reindeer again. Let's listen – can you tell me three things about his house.

Extract 3

I have a small house, almost full sized reindeer, stuffed reindeer – I have a couple of them. And a sleigh and the set is actually raised just a little bit so it does look very rustic…

Rebecca: So he said he has a small house in which he has two stuffed reindeer – so they're not real ones but toy ones and he also has his sleigh there and he said the overall impression is very rustic which means simple or typical of the countryside.

Kate: Sounds very cosy! Well we're nearly out of time unfortunately. So let's go over some of the vocabulary we've come across today. We had: reindeer, sack, personifies, outdoorsman, bleached, persona, sleigh and rustic.

Kate: And the question I asked you earlier. Where do you think Santa Claus lives?

Rebecc: And I said the North Pole.

Kate: Correct! Well that's all we have time for at the moment.We're off home now to hang up our stockings and wait for Santa to deliver our presents. So from all of us at BBC Learning English, we wish you all a very Happy Chrsitmas. Bye for now!

词汇学习:

1. reindeer 麋鹿

2. sack 麻袋

3. personifies 拟人化

4. outdoorsman 野外生存

5. bleached 变白;漂白的

6. persona 人物角色

7. sleigh 雪橇

8. rustic 乡下的,淳朴的

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