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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:New transport on two wheels新型两轮代步工具

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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,今天要说的是新型两轮代步工具的话题。
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New transport on two wheels

新型两轮代步工具

骑行两轮悬浮滑板是一种新的最好交通方式吗?自行车是全球最流行的两轮交通运输方式,但我们将会在不久之后都使用悬浮滑板吗?它们看起来就像滑板,因为Lily Allen和Justin Bieber而流行起来。让我们一起听今天的节目会有怎样新鲜事,并且学习新词汇。

本周问题:

在英国,人行道上骑悬浮滑板是合法的吗?是还是不是?

通过节目,找出正确答案。

听力内容:

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

Finn: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Finn…

Neil: … and I'm Neil. Hello.

Finn: Today we're talking about one of the latest forms of transport on two wheels.

Neil: Yes. We're not talking about bicycles here.

Finn: No, we're talking about a… self-balancing transport device. What a complicated name! Now a device is an object which has been created for a particular purpose. But yes, you need to balance on this device which means you need to stand on it and not fall over.

Neil: Well this device has other names as well. It's called a rideable because you ride on it like you ride on a bicycle – or you can call it a self-balancing scooter - or others call it a hoverboard.

Finn: That's perhaps because it looks like a skateboard perhaps… but it's different, isn't it?

Neil: Yes it is, it is a bit different. And we'll be finding out more about hoverboards in a moment, but first it's time for our quiz question. I'm going to make a statement and I want you to tell me, Finn, if it is true or false. OK?

Finn: OK.

Neil: Here in the UK, it's illegal to ride a hoverboard on the pavement. Is that true or false, Finn? What do you think?

Finn: Well, I've actually seen someone riding a hoverboard on the pavement so I'll say it's false. I think it's legal to ride one on the pavement.

Neil: OK, then. We'll see if you're right at the end of the programme.

Finn: OK. So, Neil have you ever tried riding on a hoverboard?

Neil: No, I haven't, but I would like to give it a go. It looks like a skateboard, but it is different – it moves differently – and it goes in a different direction – it goes… sideways.

Finn: Yes. And, you know, the other big difference is that it is motorised. And when you change your balance the wheels turn. So when you lean forwards – you move forwards – and when you lean back you slow down and stop… and if you lean even further back, then you actually move backwards.

Neil: Yes. So it's hard to keep your balance. Like a skateboard, you need to practise to get good at this.

Finn: And I'm no good at skateboards. And I think, you know, if you don't practise you'll fall off the hoverboard lots of times.

Neil: BBC reporter Emma Ailes has tried a hoverboard. Who else has tried one of these rideables? Listen to her report.

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Emma Ailes, BBC Reporter

So you may have seen in recent weeks celebrities like Justin Bieber and Lily Allen riding one of these. It's a self-balancing transportation device or some people call them rideables. I've never had a go but I am going to integrate one into my life in the next couple of days and see how I get on.

Neil: And that was the BBC reporter Emma Ailes. She said that she's going to integrate riding a hoverboard into her everyday life and so perhaps she'll travel to the BBC on a hoverboard. Now to integrate means to combine things to make them more efficient.

Finn: Or maybe she'll go shopping on a hoverboard. Now she talked about celebrities – famous people - who are using hoverboards.

Neil: Yeah. She mentioned two celebrities – singers Lily Allen – who's British. And Justin Bieber - he's from Canada. So people are using hoverboards all over the world.

Finn: Neil, you were telling me about a guy you saw last weekend.

Neil: Yes, I was at a shopping centre and there were all these kids – teenagers - watching this guy using a hoverboard. Of course they all wanted to try it. You could hear them shouting: "Can I have a go? Can I have a go? Can I have a go?" Now, to have a go means to try something.

Finn: Yes. Now what was our reporter's experience of using a hoverboard? How did she get on? Did she learn how to use it? Did she enjoy using it?

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Emma Ailes

So overall this is really good fun and I definitely recommend giving it a go. But there are some downsides. It's really heavy, it's illegal to use it on the pavement and it's quite embarrassing being stared at. So are two wheels better than two legs? For me, probably not.

Finn: So that was the BBC reporter Emma once again. And she tried to use the two wheels of the hoverboard to move around but she said she prefers moving with her two legs.

Neil: But she did say this about using a hoverboard - it's good fun and she definitely recommends that people try it – they should give it a go!

Finn: But she said there are also some downsides – some bad things. First, it's heavy.

Neil: Yes, it's not very easy carrying a heavy hoverboard.

Finn: Also when she uses it everyone looks at her and they don't stop looking – they stare at her and she says that's embarrassing.

Neil: And there is one more downside about using a self-balancing scooter. And this is also the answer to our quiz question… I asked if it's true or false that it's illegal to ride a hoverboard on the pavement in the UK.

Finn: And I said that it's false.

Neil: And you are… wrong. It's illegal. There is a law here about that.

Finn: Yes, I realised I guessed the wrong answer when I heard that clip from Emma's report there.

Neil: Yes. Their use is illegal under Section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 for use on the public pavements and roads in the UK.

Finn: Oh, very impressive, Neil. Now, you can use a hoverboard, I've heard, on private property if you have permission from the owner but NOT on public pavements and roads.

Neil: OK. Well, next time you see your friend Justin Bieber, Finn, tell him that.

Finn: I will. Now, that's all for today. Please do join us again soon.

Neil: Please do. And let's hear the words before we go.

Finn: OK. We heard:

device

balance

pavement

scooter

skateboard

celebrities

to get on

to have a go

illegal

private property

That is it now. And we'll see you next time.

Neil: Goodbye!

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