轻松背单词新浪微博 轻松背单词腾讯微博
当前位置:首页 -> 10级英语阅读 - > 双语美文:最好的圣诞礼物
添加时间:2018-06-12 08:24:53 浏览次数: 作者:未知
  • I have received many Christmas gifts over the years. The best gift I ever received was presented to me by a stranger. I never even knew his name and I only had contact with him for less than 60 seconds. His Christmas present to me changed the way I think about people and about Christmas.


    I hate Black Friday sales. It's often a gathering1 of people who are there for many different reasons. Some are looking for a deal on that one item for their loved one, or perhaps themselves. Their intentions are completely unrelated to the festive2 time of year, and can merely be summed up with one word, "EBay!"


    It was several years ago when my wife asked me to meet her at the local department store on Black Friday morning. They had advertised a child's bike that she wanted to purchase for our son. We stood with a very large crowd, waiting for the manager to blow the whistle. After a while the whistle blew. It was like throwing a bucket of chum into a tank of sharks. I told my wife that if we obtained a bike, fine, but if we did not, I was OK with that too.


    As the pallet of bikes began to gradually decrease in size, I saw my polite opportunity to wrap my hands around the corner of one of the boxes. I lifted it off the crate3 and suddenly felt some mild resistance. I looked up to see one of the largest gentlemen I had ever seen in my life. Intimidating4 was not the word to describe his presence. He was adorned5 with numerous straps6 of metal spiked7 leather around both arms and even his neck. Tattoos8 were an obvious passion of his.


    I started to relinquish9 the box but he gently pushed it back in my direction and back into my hands. He then directed it into my shopping cart. He looked at me, smiled, and said, "Merry Christmas."My wife and I went to the checkout10, paid for the bike and went home. All the way home I was thinking that this moment was by far the best Christmas gift I had ever received. The kindness of a stranger that broke all preconceived notions I may have had of stereotypes11 and prejudices. The tenderness of a human heart in a simple act. I will never forget it.


     10级    双语 


    1 gathering [ˈgæðərɪŋ] ChmxZ   第8级
    • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering. 他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
    • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels. 他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
    2 festive [ˈfestɪv] mkBx5   第10级
    • It was Christmas and everyone was in festive mood. 当时是圣诞节,每个人都沉浸在节日的欢乐中。
    • We all wore festive costumes to the ball. 我们都穿着节日的盛装前去参加舞会。
    3 crate [kreɪt] 6o1zH   第10级
    • We broke open the crate with a blow from the chopper. 我们用斧头一敲就打开了板条箱。
    • The workers tightly packed the goods in the crate. 工人们把货物严紧地包装在箱子里。
    4 intimidating [ɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪtɪŋ] WqUzKy   第7级
    vt.恐吓,威胁( intimidate的现在分词)
    • They were accused of intimidating people into voting for them. 他们被控胁迫选民投他们的票。
    • This kind of questioning can be very intimidating to children. 这种问话的方式可能让孩子们非常害怕。
    5 adorned [əˈdɔ:nd] 1e50de930eb057fcf0ac85ca485114c8   第8级
    • The walls were adorned with paintings. 墙上装饰了绘画。
    • And his coat was adorned with a flamboyant bunch of flowers. 他的外套上面装饰着一束艳丽刺目的鲜花。
    6 straps [stræps] 1412cf4c15adaea5261be8ae3e7edf8e   第7级
    n.带子( strap的名词复数 );挎带;肩带;背带v.用皮带捆扎( strap的第三人称单数 );用皮带抽打;包扎;给…打绷带
    • the shoulder straps of her dress 她连衣裙上的肩带
    • The straps can be adjusted to suit the wearer. 这些背带可进行调整以适合使用者。
    7 spiked [ˈspaɪkt] 5fab019f3e0b17ceef04e9d1198b8619   第10级
    • The editor spiked the story. 编辑删去了这篇报道。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • They wondered whether their drinks had been spiked. 他们有些疑惑自己的饮料里是否被偷偷搀了烈性酒。 来自辞典例句
    8 tattoos [tæˈtu:z] 659c44f7a230de11d35d5532707cf1f5   第9级
    n.文身( tattoo的名词复数 );归营鼓;军队夜间表演操;连续有节奏的敲击声v.刺青,文身( tattoo的第三人称单数 );连续有节奏地敲击;作连续有节奏的敲击
    • His arms were covered in tattoos. 他的胳膊上刺满了花纹。
    • His arms were covered in tattoos. 他的双臂刺满了纹身。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    9 relinquish [rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ] 4Bazt   第8级
    • He was forced to relinquish control of the company. 他被迫放弃公司的掌控权。
    • They will never voluntarily relinquish their independence. 他们绝对不会自动放弃独立。
    10 checkout [ˈtʃekaʊt] lwGzd1   第8级
    • Could you pay at the checkout. 你能在结帐处付款吗。
    • A man was wheeling his shopping trolley to the checkout. 一个男人正推着购物车向付款台走去。
    11 stereotypes [ˈsteriəˌtaɪps] 1ff39410e7d7a101c62ac42c17e0df24   第7级
    n.老套,模式化的见解,有老一套固定想法的人( stereotype的名词复数 )v.把…模式化,使成陈规( stereotype的第三人称单数 )
    • Such jokes tend to reinforce racial stereotypes. 这样的笑话容易渲染种族偏见。
    • It makes me sick to read over such stereotypes devoid of content. 这种空洞无物的八股调,我看了就讨厌。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》

    文章评论 共有评论 0查看全部