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【听力教程】中级英语听力lesson 13  

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 Lesley: Ah ... it's such a lovely day. It reminds me of last week, doesn't it you? 

Fiona: Oh don't! I mean that was just so fantastic, that holiday! 
Lesley: I love that city, you know. 
Fiona: I do too. Really, it's got something about it, a certain sort of charm ... 
Lesley: Mm, and all that wine and good food ... 
Fiona: And so cheap. Right, I mean, compared to here ... 
Lesley: Yes, although the shops are expensive. 
Fiona: Mm, yes. 
Lesley: I mean, really I bought nothing at all. I just ate and ate and drank and drank. 
Fiona: I know. Wasn't that lovely? 
Lesley: Yes, and I, I go there. I like listening to the people talking, sitting outside drinking wine. 
Fiona: Yes. Could you understand what they were saying? When they were speaking quickly, I mean. 
Lesley: Well, it is difficult, of course. And then I liked that tower, too. 
Fiona: You liked that tower? I'm not sure about it, really. (No) It's very unusual, right in the centre of the city. 
Lesley: True, but there's a lovely view from the top. 
Fiona: Oh, you went right up, didn't you? (Mm, yes) Oh no, I didn't. 
Lesley: Of course you didn't. 
Fiona: I remember that day. We weren't together. 
Lesley: No, that's right. (Mm) You went down by the river, didn't you? 
Fiona: That's it. Oh, walking along the river and all the couples (Yes) and it's so romantic ... (Is it true) and the paintings too ... 
Lesley: They do have artists down by the river, do they? (Yes) Oh, how lovely! 
Fiona: Oh, it really is super. 
Lesley: Yes. Oh, I think we ought to go back there again next year, don't you? 
Fiona: I do, yes. (Mm) If only just to sample some more of the wine. 
Lesley: It'd be lovely, wouldn't it? 
Fiona: Yes.

(Doorbell rings.) 
Peter: Hello, John. Nice to see you. Come in. How are you? 
John: Fine, thanks. Peter. And how are you? I expect your patients are keeping you busy at this time of year? 
Peter: Ah, well. I can't really complain. Let me take your coat. There we are. Well, now, I don't think you've met Ann Patterson, have you? Ann, this is John Middleton. He's the local schoolteacher. 
Ann: Oh! How do you do? 
John: How do you do? 
Ann: Well, that's very interesting. Perhaps you'll be looking after my son. 
Peter: Yes, that's right. Ann and her family have just moved into the old barn, up by the village hall. They're in the process of doing it up now. 
Ann: Yes, there's an awful lot needs doing, of course. 
(Doorbell rings.) 
Peter: Er, please excuse me for a moment. I think that was the doorbell. 
John: Well, if I can give you a hand with anything ... I'm something of a handyman in my spare time, you know. I live just over the road. 
Ann: That's very kind of you. I'm an architect myself, so ... Oh, look! There's someone I know, Eileen! 
Eileen: Ann, fancy seeing you here! How's life? 
Ann: Oh, mustn't grumble1. Moving's never much fun though, is it? Anyway, how are things with you? You're still at the same estate agent's. I suppose? 
Eileen: Oh yes. I can't see myself leaving, well, not in the foreseeable future. 
Ann: Oh, I quite forgot. Do you two know each other? 
John: Yes, actually, we've met on many an occasion. Hello, Eileen. You see, we play in the same orchestra. 
Ann: Oh, really? I didn't know anything about that. 
Eileen: Yes, actually, just amateur stuff, you know—once a week—I come down from London when I can get a baby-sitter for Joanna. 

Paul: Er ... excuse me, I hope you don't mind my butting2 in. My name's Paul Madison. I couldn't help overhearing what you said about an orchestra. 
John: Come and join the party. I'm John Middleton. This is Ann Patterson and Eileen ... or ... I'm terribly sorry. I don't think I know your surname? 
Eileen: Hawkes. Pleased to meet you, Paul. You play an instrument, do you? 
Paul: Yes, I'm over here on a scholarship to study the bassoon (loud yawn from Ann) at the Royal Academy of Music for a couple of years. 
Ann: Oh, I am sorry. It must be all that hard work on the barn ... 
Paul: Well, anyway ...

First speaker: I'm a night person. I love the hours, you know? I like going to work at around six at night and then getting home at two or three in the morning. I like being out around people, you know, talking to them, listening to their problems. Some of my regulars are always on thelookout3 for ways that they can stump4 me. Like last week, one of them came in and asked for a Ramos gin fizz. He didn't think I knew how to make it. Hah! But I know how to make every drink in the book, and then some. Although some of the nights when I go in I just don't feel like dealing5 with all the noise. When I get in a big crowd it can be pretty noisy. People talking, the sound system blaring, the pinball machine, the video games. And then at the end of the night you don't always smell so good, either. You smell like cigarettes. But I like the place and I plan on sticking around for a while. 

Second speaker: If I had to sit behind a desk all day, I'd go crazy! I'm really glad I have a job where I can keep moving, you know? My favourite part is picking out the music—I use new music for every ten-week session. For my last class I always use the Beatles—it's a great beat to move to, and everybody loves them. I like to sort of educate people about their bodies, and show them, you know, how to do the exercises and movements safely. Like, it just kills me when I see people trying to do situps with straight legs—it' so bad for your back! And ... let's see ... I—I like to see people make progress—at the end of a session you can really see how people have slimmed down and sort of built up some muscle—it's very gratifying. 
    The part I don't like is, well, it's hard to keep coming up with new ideas for classes. I mean, you know, there are just so many ways you can move your body, and it's hard to keep coming up with interesting routines and ... and new exercises. And it's hard on my voice—I have to yell all the time so people can hear me above the music, and like after three classes in one day my voice has had it. Then again, having three classes in one day has its compensations—I can eat just about anything I want and not gain any weight! 
Third speaker: What do I like about my job? Money. M-O-N-E-Y. No, I like the creativity, and I like my studio. All my tools are like toys to me—you know, my watercolours, pen and inks, coloured pencils, drafting table—I love playing with them. and I have lots of different kinds of clients—I do magazines, book covers, album covers, newspaper articles—so there's lots of variety, which I like. You know, sometimes when I start working on a project I could be doing it for hours and have no conception of how much time has gone by—what some people call a flow experience.I don't like the pressure, though, and there's plenty of it in this business. You're always working against a tight deadline. And I don't like the business end of it—you know, contacting clients for work, negotiating contracts, which get long and complicated. 
Fourth speaker: Well, I'll tell you. At first it was fun, because there was so much to learn, and working with figures and money was interesting. But after about two years the thrill was gone, and now it's very routine. I keep the books, do the payroll6, pay the taxes, pay the insurance, pay the bills. I hate paying the bills, because there's never enough money to pay them! I also don't like the pressure of having to remember when all the bills and taxes are due. And my job requires a lot of reading that I don't particularly enjoy. I can have to keep up to date on all the latest tax forms, and it's pretty dull. I like it when we're making money, though, because I get to see all of my efforts rewarded.

TV Interviewer: In this week's edition of 'Up with People' we went out into the streets and asked a number of people a question they just didn't expect. We asked them to be self-critical ... to ask themselves exactly what they thought they lacked or—the other side of the coin—whatvirtues7 they had. Here is what we heard. 
Jane Smith: Well ... I ... I don't know really ... it's not the sort of question you ask yourself directly. I know I'm good at my job ... at least my boss calls me hard-working,conscientious8, efficient. I'm a secretary by the way. As for when I look at myself in a mirror as it were ... you know ... you sometimes do in the privacy of your own bedroom ... or at your reflection in the ... in the shop windows as you walk up the street ... Well ... then I see someone a bit different. Yes ... I'm different in my private life. And that's probably my main fault I should say ... I'm not exactly—oh how shall I say? —I suppose I'm, not coherent in my behaviour. My office is always in order...but my flat! Well...you'd have to see it to believe it. 
Chris Bonner: I think the question is irrelevant9. You shouldn't be asking what I think of myself ... but what I think of the state of this country. And this country is in a terrible mess. There's only one hope for it—the National Front. It's law and order that we need. I say get rid of these thugs who call themselves Socialist10 Workers ... get rid of them I say. So don't ask about me. I'm the sort of ordinary decent person who wants to bring law and order back to this country. And if we can't do it by peaceful means then ... 
Tommy Finch11: Think of myself? Well I'm an easy-going bloke really ... unless of course you wind me up. Then I'm a bit vicious. You know. I mean you have to live for yourself don't you. And think of your mates. That's what makes a bloke. I ain't got much sympathy like with them what's always thinking of causes ... civil rights and all that. I mean ... this is a free country inning? What do we want to fight for civil rights for? We've got them. 
Charles Dimmak: Well ... I'm retired12 you know. Used to be an army officer. And ... I think I've kept myself ... yes I've kept myself respectable—that's the word I'd use—respectable anddignified13 the whole of my life. I've tried to help those who depended on me. I've done my best. Perhaps you might consider me a bit of a fanatic14 about organization and discipline—self-discipline comes first—and all that sort of thing. But basically I'm a good chap ... not toopolemic15 ... fond of my wife and family ... That's me. 
Arthur Fuller: Well ... when I was young I was very shy. At times I ... I was very unhappy ... especially when I was sent to boarding-school at seven. I didn't make close friends till ... till quite late in life ... till I was about ... what ... fifteen. Then I became quite good at being by myself. I had no one to rely on ... and no one to ask for advice. That made me independent ... and I've always solved my problems myself. My wife and I have two sons. We ... we didn't want an only child because I felt ... well I felt I'd missed a lot of things.

1.       Bert is a natural listener. He can lose himself in conversation with friends or family. Bert has a few very close friends, and he works hard to keep his friendships strong.

2. One means of contact with friends is the regular exercise that Bert gets. He plays handball and swims with a friend twice every week. Besides that, he tries to stay in shape with morning exercises. Bert enjoys the exercise that he gets for its own sake as well as for the fact that it has kept him healthy all his life. 
3. In general, Adam has very few hobbies. He used to enjoy collecting coins and reading, but now can never find enough time. He has practically no release from his job and usually brings some work home with him. 
4. Like many modern Americans, neither man is very religious. Both belong to a church, but the religious services are not a sustaining part of their lives. But the difference in their spiritualmakeup16 is nonetheless remarkable17
5. Adam does not enjoy much self-confidence. He has never spent the time to think problems through carefully or to teach himself to think about other things. As a result, he is not a particularly creative problem solver. He spends quite a lot of time in compulsive, repetitive nervous activity which only frustrates18 him more.

6. Heart attack victims who have tried to change their behaviour after their first heart attack report that Type B behaviour has given them a new sense of peace, freedom, and happiness. Not for anything in the world would they return to their old lifestyle, which held them trapped like prisoners in an unhappy world of their own making.



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