只用一本书提高英语听力能力!重温经典名著双语阅读小编推荐:跟着纪录片学英语不背单词和语法,轻松学英语
返回列表 回复 发帖

[Report] SENEWS-2007-09-23 Report

提高英语听力能力 找对方法很重要!
Homework



Now,the VOA Special English program Words and Their stories.

Today's word is "be little". It was first used by Thomas Jefferson, the third president of United States.

Many years ago, a French naturalist, the C/, wrote some books about natural history. The books were great success even though some critics did not like them. Some critics said C/ is more a poet than scientist. Thomas Jefferson did not like what they called / about the natural wonders of the new world. It seemed to Jefferson that / out his away to speak of natural wonders in American as if they were unimportant.

This troubled Thomas Jefferson. He, to was as a naturalist, as well as a farmer, inventor, historian, writer and politician. He had seemed the natural wonder of Europe. To him there were no more important than those of the new world.

In 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote about his home state, Virginia. While writing, he thought of its natural beauty and then of the world's C/. At that moment, Jefferson created a new word, "be little". He said the C/ believes that nature be little / productions on this side of the /. /, the American word expert, like this word. He put it in his English Language Dictionary in 1806.

Be little, to make small, unimportant. Americans had already accepted Jefferson's word and started to use it. In 1797, the independent / newspaper used the word to describe a politician the paper supported. He is the / man, the P/ R/. So / opposition tried to be little him as much as their please.

In 1844, the Republic Senator of Virginia wrote this, about the opposition party. The / may attempt to be little our candidates. That is a / games of theirs. In 1872, a famous American word expert decided that / come to kill this word. He said be little has no chance of the coming English. And that is more critical writers of America, like those of Britain, feel no need of it. The sooner it is forgotten, the better.

This expert failed to kill the word. Today be little is used not only in the United States an England but in other countries were the English language is spoken. It seemed that efforts to be little being word did not stop people from using it.

You have been listening to the VOA Special English program Words and Their stories. I'm /.


非礼勿视,非礼勿听,非礼勿言,非礼勿动!
返回列表