For thousands of years, human beings have been fascinated by whales. It is uncertain when, how or why the ancestors of the whale gradually moved into a purely aquatic environment. Freed from the gravity of the land the whales evolved to become the true ocean beings of the planet. For most of our shared history, our relationship with the whales has been a distant one. If a memory remains behind the eyes of these gentle creatures. it is rarely if ever shown. Rather our first furtive attempts to enter the whale's domain seem greeted with curiosity and a longing for communication and understanding.
fascinate [ˈfæsɪneɪt] 着迷
ancestor [ˈfæsɪneɪt] 祖先
aquatic [əˈkwætɪk] 水上的
gravity [ˈgrævəti] 重力
evolve [iˈvɒlv] 进化
furtive [ˈfɜ:tɪv] 偷偷的
domain [dəˈmeɪn] 领土、领域
W: Hi, Dr. Brown. I know you just got back from a business trip.
M: Yes, I just came back last Friday.
W: How was the trip?
M: It was good. I did a training program for a treat company.
W: Hmm…what was the program about?
M: It was about how to dress properly at work places.
W: Really? I am going to start my first job. But I am a bit worried about what to wear for work.
M: Don’t worry. Most employers are flexible with dress code. They are allowing their employees to wear casual clothes at work.
properly [ˈprɒpəli] 适当地
flexible [ˈfleksəbl] 灵活的
casual [ˈkæʒuəl] 随便的
Question 1: 他们为什么这样做？Why do they do so?
Answer 1: Some studies show that people are more productive when they are wearing casual clothes. Employees also like the casual wear because they don’t need to buy many clothes, especially for work. Actually, people started to wear casual clothes on Fridays in the 1990s. Today, employees in many companies can wear casual clothes on most weekdays.
Question 2: 那意味着我可以穿任何衣服吗？Does that mean I can wear casually?/ Does that mean I can wear any clothes?/ Does that mean I can wear casual clothes?/ Does that mean I can dress casually?
Answer 2: Not exactly. For example, if you need to do a business presentation, or attend a formal meeting, you need to dress formally. Generally speaking, some types of clothes are not considered suitable at workplaces. Sandals, sportswear, vests, and shorts are clothes that are usually too casual for the office.
Question 3: 我怎么知道在我的公司该穿什么？How do I know what I need to wear in my company?/ How do I know what I should wear in my company?/ How can I know what I need to wear in my company?/ How can I know what I should wear in my company?
Answer 3: Usually, many companies have rules and regulations about dress code. You may check your company handbook for detailed information. You can ask some senior employees in your company for some tips. That would be most helpful.
Question 1: When did Dr. Brown come back?
Answer 1: Last Friday./ He came back last Friday./ Dr. Brown came back last Friday.
Question 2: What company was Dr. Brown’s training program for?
Answer 2: A treat company./ His training program was for a treat company./ Dr. Brown’s training program was for a treat company.
Question 3: What are the benefits of wearing casual clothes at work?
Answer 3: People are more productive when they are wearing casual clothes.
Question 4: When do people need to dress formally?
Answer 4: When they need to do a business presentation or attend a formal meeting./ When they do a business presentation or attend a formal meeting.
Question 5: Who can you ask for tips about dress code in your company?
Answer 5: Some senior employees./ I can ask some senior employees in my company./ I can ask some senior employees for tips about dress code in my company.
关键词：camera（照相机）a king photos（照相）thief（盜贼）evidence（证据）arrest（逮捕）
A New Camera
Mary received a present from her father at her birthday party. It was a new camera. Her father showed her how to take clear and good photos. Mary loved the present very much. Since then, she often took the camera with her and enjoyed taking photos wherever she went. One afternoon, when she was taking photos by the window of her room on the second floor, she noticed something strange through the camera. She saw two strangers breaking into a house in the neighborhood whose owners were on holiday overseas. Soon, she realized they were thieves. Mary immediately shouted and asked her father to call the police. At the same time, she used her camera to take a lot of photos of the thieves. When the police arrived, the thieves had already run away. Mary showed the police the photos she had taken. Some of them caught the thieves’ faces very clearly. The police thanked her and made a copy of all the photos of the thieves. These became important evidence. One month later, the thieves were arrested, and Mary received a certificate from the police to honor her assistance in the case. Mary felt very happy and proud.