新视野大学英语第三版第三册Unit4教案

Unit 4 Section A The surprising purpose of travel

令人惊奇的旅行目的

1 It's 4:15 in the morning, and my alarm clock has just stolen away a lovely dream. I almost return back to sleep before my eye catches my packed suitcase and I groan, remembering that I'm going to the airport. The taxi is late and then lost, and I'm getting increasingly nervous that I'll miss my flight. I run in when we arrive, stagger through security and finally get to my gate. After all the trouble of this morning, my flight is canceled and I'm stuck in this terminal for the next 218 minutes, and my only consolation is a cup of complimentary airport coffee. This is traveling, a burdensome series of running and waiting, and after countless hours, finally getting there.

1 早晨四点一刻,闹钟把我从美梦中惊醒,要不是突然看见早已收拾好的行李箱,我几乎又要睡着。想起来还要去机场,我叹了口气。 出租车来晚了,并且在途中迷了路,我越来越担心会赶不上飞机。 出租车一到机场我就冲进去,跌跌撞撞通过安检处,终于,我来到了登机口。 经历这一早所有的麻烦事,我乘坐的航班却被取消了。在接下来的218分钟里,我被困在了机场,唯一觉得安慰的是机场提供的一杯免费咖啡。 这就是旅行,让人心烦的跑跑停停。最终,在不知经过多少小时之后,终于到达要去的地方。

1 It's 4:15 in the morning, and my alarm clock has just stolen away a lovely dream. (Para. 1)

Meaning: It's 4:15 in the morning and my alarm clock has just woken me up from a lovely dream. Note: In Paragraph 1, present tenses are used to describe a scene which is not actually happening and to make the imaginary scene seem more immediate and more real.

2 I run in when we arrive, stagger through security and finally get to my gate. (Para. 1)

Meaning: I run in after we arrive, walk unsteadily through security and get to the place where I should get on the plane.

Note: The word gate here means "the place at the airport where people get on a plane".

3 … I'm stuck in this terminal for the next 218 minutes, and my only consolation is a cup of complimentary airport coffee. (Para. 1)

Meaning: … I am trapped in this terminal for the next 218 minutes and my only comfort is a free cup of coffee offered by the airport.

Note: The author used 218 minutes instead of 3 hours and 38 minutes in order to emphasize the trouble of waiting for a long time.

4 This is traveling, a burdensome series of running and waiting, and after countless hours, finally getting there. (Para. 1)

Meaning: Traveling means we have to spend countless hours running and waiting before we finally get

to the destination, which is quite troublesome.

2 Why do we travel? I don't mind the actual flying, the wonder of being airborne in a dense metal bird. The rest of the journey, however, can feel like a tedious lesson in the ills of modernity, from the predawn x‐ray screening to the sad airport malls selling clusters of keepsakes. It's the result of

a globalized world, and it sucks.

2 我们为什么要旅行? 其实,我并不介意飞行本身,在这样一个密实的金属大鸟中飞行,让我感到很奇妙。 然而,旅程其余的部分,从一大早X光检查到出售大堆纪念品的糟糕的机场商场,感觉就像是关于现代社会弊病的乏味课程。 这是全球化的结果,它糟糕透了。

5 I don't mind the actual flying, the wonder of being airborne in a dense metal bird. (Para. 2) Meaning: I don't mind the flying itself as it is a great wonder that the plane, like a heavy metal bird, can fly in the sky.

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