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【欢迎跟读】新概念第四册 Lesson 3 Matterhorn man

(2021-02-23 00:25:50) 下一个

I was busy last Saturday.

So, I catch up the Lesson3 of NCE4 today. 

Hopefully, after I finish NCE4, I can make some progress on my accent reduction, English reading and writing. 

Bricks are welcome!

My reading:

Original reading:(American English)

https://www.tingclass.net/show-5046-921-1.html

 

(British English):

https://m.irrting.com/English/nce/191054

 

Lesson 3
Matterhorn man
马特霍恩山区人

First listen and then answer the following question.
听录音,然后回答以下问题。
What was the main objective of early mountain climbers?
Modern alpinists try to climb mountains by a route which will give them good sport, and the more difficult it is, the more highly it is regarded. In the pioneering days, however, this was not the case at all. The early climbers were looking for the easiest way to the top, because the summit was the prize they sought, especially if it had never been attained before. It is true that during their explorations they often faced difficulties and dangers of the most perilous nature, equipped in a manner which would make a modern climber shudder at the thought, but they did not go out of their way to court such excitement. They had a single aim, a solitary goal -- the top!
It is hard for us to realize nowadays how difficult it was for the pioneers. Except for one or two places such as Zermatt and Chamonix, which had rapidly become popular, Alpine village tended to be impoverished settlements cut off from civilization by the high mountains. Such inns as there were were generally dirty and flea-ridden; the food simply local cheese accompanied by bread often twelve months old, all washed down with coarse wine. Often a valley boasted no inn at all, and climbers found shelter wherever they could -- sometimes with the local priest (who was usually as poor as his parishioners), sometimes with shepherds or cheese-makers. Invariably the background was the same: dirt and poverty, and very uncomfortable. For men accustomed to eating seven-course dinners and sleeping between fine linen sheets at home, the change to the Alps must have been very hard indeed.
WALTER UNSWORTH Matterhorn Man

New words and expressions 生词和短语
Matterhorn
n. 马特霍恩峰(阿尔卑斯山之一,在意大利和瑞士边境)
alpinist
n. 登山运动员
pioneer
v. 开辟,倡导;
n. 先锋,开辟者
summit
n. 顶峰
attain
v. 到达
perilous
adj. 危险的
shudder
v. 不寒而栗
court
v. 追求
solitary
adj. 唯一的
impoverish
v. 使贫困
Alpine
adj. 阿尔卑斯山的
flea-ridden
adj. 布满跳蚤的
coarse
adj. 粗劣的

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