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

[word-lover] 【整理】2008-07-27 Words and Their Stories

提高英语听力能力 找对方法很重要!

homework

第一次听写 貌似对大家挺简单的东西对我还有点困难 不过我会加油的~` 感谢putclub论坛给予的平台 Now the VOA Special English word and its story today'worid:pan Takes us back to the days of gold rush in California On january 24th 1848,a men named _ discovered gold in the territory of California The news spread quickly.Thousands rushed west.They traveled on foot , by horseback and by boat to reach gold fields. By 1849, the great gold rush was on. Towns and cities grew overnight.Thoughout the territory ,in the mountains,along streams and rivers, thousands of people seached for gold.They had food to eat and blankets to cover them.They also had mules to ride, and picks and pans to search for gold. Some found areas of mountain rock thick with gold.These men got rich.But such areas was few and quickly claimd by the first men to find them.Others searhed for gold in the rivers coming down the mountains.They were after pieces of gold that the rain had washed down above. The only way to find this gold was by panning. First,a gold miner put dirt in a matel pan and added water.Then he shook the pan so that the water would wash the dirt.Slowly he poured the water out of the pan.If he was a lucky miner,pieces of gold would remain. Across the nation, newspapers carried stories of gold being (that the gold was been) found.One told how tousnads of people climed the moutains looking for gold.Some stories told how others followed the rivers and streams with pan.Each one hoped that place he claimed (pan washed clean) panned out well had some gold. For many,gold mining did not pan out.For a few, it paned out well.But in time,huge machines were built that could wash many tons of(a town) dirt at a time.Panning died out. The word,however,remained in the language.Today,Americans still say:it paned out well.When something they has done pleases them. a business,a discovery,a simple event pans out well if it is successful.Unhappily,sometimes things do not pan out. In recent years,the word pan has taken on another meaning.Today it also means to criticize.How it got this meaning is hard to discover.But the job of a critic is to sometimes pan the work of a writer,artist or singer. Sometimes critics may pan a movie or play so severely that no one will go to see it.There are times,however,when a play became highly successful eventhough most of the critics paned it without mercy.The pans should have washed out the paly.But, as actors have pointed out, sometimes a critic's pan turns up gold.
返回列表