【新牛津版】教材帮 高中版 必修第二册 UNIT 4
W: Oh, no! I’ve left my new hat somewhere.
M: I don’t remember you having it at lunch. Maybe you left it in your car.
W: The car broke down yesterday. Oh, yes. Now I remember. I got a taxi to work. That’s where I left it.
M: What time is it by your watch? I have 9:15. I guess mine is a bit slow.
W: A bit slow? Your watch is 2 hours slow. You didn’t set it to the local time. Mine is 11:15. I set it by the radio this morning.
M:What do you think about traveling by ferry to France?
W: The kids would love it, but I get seasick. The train is quicker.
M: Yes, and it goes all the way. But to be honest, I’d rather drive.
W: I guess that is the best way to see the countryside.
M: What’s wrong, Rachel?
W: My mum has got a job in Liverpool!
M: Oh, no!
W: Exactly! I’ve finally made friends after years of loneliness here. And now off we go again. Why can’t my mum have a steady job?
M: Gosh! It’s good to be home! That’s the last time we holiday in the Lake District.
W: Oh, come on! It was beautiful! At least it didn’t snow.
M: I would have preferred snow to constant rain. We have never seen the sun there!
W:I wish I could play music like you! When did you learn to play the guitar?
M: Oh, I’ve been playing it since I was eight, and I’m seventeen years old now. During that time I learned to play the drum too.
W: What about it? That must be really difficult.
M: In the beginning, it was, but after a few lessons I got better. For me, the most difficult is the piano. I once tried it, but gave up.
M:Hey, Julie, why don’t you go together with us to work? As you know, Cathy will leave our company next month for further education, so we’ve got a spare seat in my car.
W: Thanks, Gale, but I’ve found a suitable ride partner, Ms. Gomez. She is going to move near my apartment next week.
M: Oh, really? That’s so bad that you couldn’t join us but it’s good you’re taking a car with her. I used to work with her in the marketing department.
W: Well, I know for sure that she is never late for appointments.
M:Aren’t you the woman who gave the computer lecture at the city library last winter?
W: Yes, it’s me. You look familiar.
M: I’m so glad I took your lecture. I thought that it would be impossible for me to learn how to use a computer at my age, but now I’m exchanging e-mails with my grandchildren. It’s the happiest thing after my retirement.
W: That’s great. It’s rewarding for me to do something meaningful in my spare time. That was a good experience for me, too, because that was a change of pace from my daytime job as a sales representative.
M: Hi, Lornal! You seem busy.
W: Oh, hi! You can’t imagine what I have to finish by next Monday! This English literature course is so difficult! I have to read two novels by next Monday and compare them in a 3,000-word essay by next Friday.
M: So I suppose you don’t want to come to an exhibition with me this Saturday?
W: I’d love to but there’s no way. I’m already behind with my writing class because I had a cold for a week and missed a few lessons. It’s OK for you. You seem to have loads of free time.
M: I guess we just don’t have as much academic work as you. My college life is colourful compared with yours. There’re varieties of live performances as an art major.
W: Yes. I’m bored with the life of reading and writing every day now.
M: Hey. Why don’t we stop talking? Just work now. If you have finished everything by the 16th, we could go to that new play by the University Theatre Group.
W: OK. I’ll try. And I don’t want to miss the student party on the 28th, so I’d better get working.
Today we are visiting what is probably the most unusual animal shelter in Britain. It does not house, as one would expect, a variety of wild animals rescued from zoos or sea creatures from ocean parks. So don’t expect to see any lions, elephants or sharks here. What it does have is a lot of very lucky and happy cows, pigs, goats, sheep and chickens. Why lucky? Well, these poor creatures have basically been rescued from becoming your lunch by animal rights groups. They are able to live out the rest of their lives here in Woodhill Shelter.
The Shelter was set up by Jill and Ben Smith. Neither of them eats any animal products, but lives instead on a plant-based diet. They say it is a kinder way to live and better for the planet. The idea to build a shelter first occurred to them in 2011, and it was two years later that they put the idea into practice. Three years afterwards, they published a book called Our Farm Family, which was about the stories of the animals on the farm.
All the farm workers are volunteers without pay, but get free lunch and coffee in return for their work. But having done it myself, I can tell you that it is truly a rewarding experience.
If you want to visit the farm, you can phone 6978325 for more information. And if you want to become a volunteer, you must visit the website and fill in the online form. Post is not accepted because letters are easy to lose.