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发表于 2010-7-31 09:59 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
An Air Show for Showing Off;West Bank's Speed Sisters
This is the VOA Special English Economics Report.
One of the largest air shows in the United States is also one of the largest trade shows in the aircraft industry. AirVenture is taking place this week at an airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Ron Wagner is from the Experimental Aircraft Association, which holds the event each year.
RON WAGNER: "Nearly every major manufacturer is represented and a lot of minor, smaller ones."
Visitors can find everything from old passenger planes to new unmanned aircraft, like the Predator drone.
But Ron Wagner says the spirit of the event is best represented by the pilots and engineers who build their own aircraft.
RON WAGNER: "Much of the modern innovation has come from the home builder community. We are really and truly very fortunate here in the United States. We have a lot of freedom to build and design airplanes for our own use and build them and fly them."
AirVenture ends Sunday in the American Midwest. This year there is greater interest in electric-powered aircraft.
But if you are more interested in fast cars, here is a new turn in the world of motorsports.
(SOUND)
Suna AweidahMembers of the Speed Sisters


The Speed Sisters are a racing a team of eight Palestinian women in the West Bank. The team is a dream come true for Suna Aweidah, the captain.
But not everyone was happy to see her in the driver's seat of the BMW race car she drives.
She says her family thought motor racing was not safe and mainly for men. But she says there is no sport that is especially for men or especially for women.
SUNA AWEIDAH: "I think that driving -- many of the people think that driving is just for men. I don't think that. I think that driving is driving for women, for men. It's a sport. And we can compete [with] men in all kinds of sports."
In June, the Speed Sisters became the first all-female racing team to compete in the Speed Test, a popular race in the West Bank. They faced some mechanical problems. But one of them finished in the top ten.
The team includes Muslims and Christians, mothers, a librarian, a business student and a woman who competed in a beauty pageant. Two of the drivers were born into racing families.
The Speed Sisters received money from the British Consulate in Jerusalem to buy a race car. They also received driving lessons and guidance from two British women in motorsports, Helen Elstrop and Sue Sanders.
Ms. Sanders says she knew right away they had the drive to succeed.
SUE SANDERS: "When Suna particularly said to me 'I really want to be best,' it was just such an instant affinity. And it really didn't matter whether we had the same language or the same culture, but we actually had the same passion and the same desires to achieve things."
And that's the VOA Special English  Economics Report, with reporting by Kane Farabaugh and Leslie Hollis. Transcripts, MP3s and podcasts of our reports are at www.kekenet.com. I'm Steve Ember.
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这里是VOA特别英语经济报道。
美国规模最大的飞行表演之一也是航空行业最大的贸易展览之一。AirVenture(飞来者大会)本周在威斯康辛州的奥什科什举行。
今年的表演由美国实验飞机协会(Experimental Aircraft Association,EAA)举办。Ron Wagner是该协会的工作人员。
RON WAGNER:“这次盛会几乎代表了每一个大型制造商和许多小型的制造商。”
游客可以看到许多种飞机,从老式客机到新的无人驾驶飞机,例如掠夺者无人机(Predator Drone)。
不过Ron Wagner表示,该盛事的精髓则是自己建造飞机的飞行员和工程师。
RON WAGNER:“许多现代的创新技术都来自国内的建造者团体。我们美国真的非常幸运。我们有许多自由来建造和设计自己的飞机,自己建造,自己驾驶。”
AirVenture将于周日在美国中西部结束。今年最大的兴趣在于电动飞机。
但是如果你对赛车更感兴趣,全世界汽车体育界已经开始了新一轮的比赛。
Speed Sisters是由西岸八名巴勒斯坦女性组成的赛车队伍。对于队长Suna Aweidah来说,该车队是成为现实的一个梦想。
但是并不是所有人看到她驾驶着宝马赛车都感到高兴。
她说,她的家人认为,赛车主要是男人的运动,对女人来说是不安全的。但是她说,没有哪种运动是只属于男人或只属于女人的。
SUNA AWEIDAH:“许多人都认为驾车是男人的事。但是我不这么认为。我认为,这是一项运动,没有男女之别。我们在所有种类的运动中都可以与男人竞争。”
六月份,Speed Sisters成为西岸非常受欢迎的Speed Test赛车中第一支全部由女性组成的车队。她们遇到一些技术问题。但是其中一人位列前十名。
车队中有穆斯林,基督徒,母亲,一名图书管理员,一名商业学生和一名参加孕妇选美的女性。其中两名车手出身赛车世家。
Speed Sisters获得了耶路撒冷英国领事馆提供的资金来购买赛车。她们还从两名英国赛车运动专家Helen Elstrop和Sue Sanders那里学习了驾驶课程,获得了指导。
Sanders说,她当时立即知道她们一定能获得成功。
SUE SANDERS:“Suna跟我说‘我想做到最好’的时候,我就立即被她吸引了。我们是否有相同的语言和文化并不重要,重要的是我们有着同样的激情,有着达到目标的同样的渴望。”
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 楼主| 发表于 2010-7-31 10:00 | 显示全部楼层
1.represent v.代表, 象征, 表示
例句:The pilots respectfully represented that they were not at all tired.
       飞行员郑重表示他们一点也不累。
      He represented himself to be the Son of God.
      他自称是救世主。
2.innovation n.改革, 革新, 创新
例句:An enterprise should encourage innovation.
      企业应鼓励创新。
3.especially adv.尤其, 特别

例句:It especially excited their inquisitiveness.
      这尤其引起了他们的好奇心。
      Especially is Dennie good at swimming.
      尤其是丹尼精于游泳。
4.mechanical adj.机械的, 力学的
例句:He borrowed a mechanical book from me.
      他从我这儿借了一本力学方面的书。
      She bought a mechanical dog for her sister.
      她为她的妹妹买了一只机械狗。
5.particularly adv.特别; 尤其
例句:He isn't particularly clever.
      他并不特别聪明。
6.affinity n.(生性)喜爱;(本性)倾向
例句:He has an affinity for fine food.
      他喜爱美食。
      He has a natural affinity with numbers.
      他天生就喜欢数字。
7.consulate n.领事馆
例句:The Spanish consulate is the large white building opposite the bank.
      西班牙领事馆是银行对面的那栋高大的白色建筑物。
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 楼主| 发表于 2010-7-31 10:01 | 显示全部楼层
1.The team is a dream come true for Suna Aweidah, the captain.
come true实现, 成真
例句:His words came true.
      他的话应验了。
      Scientists’ dream has come true.
      科学家的梦想实现了。
2.But not everyone was happy to see her in the driver's seat of the BMW race car she drives.
部分否定
英语中的部分否定(即不完全否定)有如下一些表示方法:
一、 all 的否定式:not all…(或:all…not)表示"并非都……"、"不是所有的都……"例如:
Not all men can be masters. (= All men cannot be masters.) 并非人人都能当头头。
Not all bamboo grows tall. 并非所有的竹子都会长得很高。
二、 both 的否定式:not…both (或:both… not) "并非两个……都……" 例如:
I don't want both the books. 我不是两本书都要。
Both (the) windows are not open. 两扇窗子并不都开着。
三、 every…的否定式:"不是每……都……" 例如:
Not every book is educative. (或:Every book is not educative.) 不是每本书都有教育意义的。
Not everyone likes this book. 并非人人都喜欢这本书。
This flower is not seen everywhere. 这花并不是随处可见的。
四、 always的否定式:"并非总是(并非一直)……" 例如:
He is not always so sad. 他并不是一直都这样悲伤。
五、 entirely, altogether, completely 和quite 的否定式:"不完全……","并非完全……" 例如:
The businessman is never to be entirely trusted. 不可以完全信任商人。
He felt not altogether satisfied. 他并不完全满意。
I don't agree completely. 我并不完全同意。
What he did was not quite proper. 他做的不十分妥当。
六、 all the time 的否定式:"并非一直……"、"未必老是……" 例如:
A foolish man doesn't make a mistake all the time. 笨人未必老是犯错误。
3.And it really didn't matter whether we had the same language or the same culture, but we actually had the same passion and the same desires to achieve things.
it形式主语
it作形式主语时可以把句子真正的主语移到句子后面去,使句子变得平稳,以免主语太长,头重脚轻。it 作形式主语主要有以下几种类型:
1)It + is /was + 形容词/ 名词+不定式
It is easy to criticize others. 批评别人时很容易的。
It's better to be early. 早点去好一些。
2)It + is / was + 形容词/ 名词 + 动名词
It is no good eating too much chocolate. 吃太多巧克力不好。
3)It + is /was + 形容词/ 名词 + that 从句
It is a pity that I didn't know that. 很可惜我不知道。
4)It + 及物动词 +宾语 +不定式
It costs me 50 Yuan to repair my watch. 我花了50 元钱修表。
It makes me sick to think about it. 想到那个东西我就恶心。
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