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新概念英语第三册:Lesson 17 The longest suspension bridge in the worl

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小朋友们是否对口语练习和听力的训练感到迷惘?听和说本就是一体的,谁也离不开谁,在练习听力的时候,跟着文章一起读的同时也是锻炼自己口语水平的好机会。

这次太阳abc为小朋友们准备了《新概念英语》。每一个课时都有一个问题需要小朋友们认真听完录音后回答。小编希望小朋友们在听懂录音的时候也可以跟着录音一起读,从而提高自己的口语水平。这篇文章的主题叫做“世界上最长的吊桥”小朋友们快跟着我一起来学习吧!



Lesson 17 The longest suspension bridge in the world

世界上最长的吊桥

Listen to the tape then answer the question below.

听录音,然后回答以下问题。

How is the bridge supported?

Verrazano, an Italian about whom little is known, sailed into New York Harbour in 1524 and named it Angouleme.

1524年,一位鲜为人知的意大利人维拉萨诺驾船驶进纽约港,并将该港名为安古拉姆。

He described it as 'a very agreeable situation located within two small hills in the midst of which flowed a great river.'

他对该港作了这样的描述:“地理位置十分适宜,位于两座小山的中间,一条大河从中间流过”。

Though Verrazano is by no means considered to be a great explorer, his name will probably remain immortal,

虽然维拉萨诺绝对算不上一个伟大的探险家,但他的名字将流芳百世,

for on November 21st, 1964, the longest suspension bridge in the world was named after him.

因为1964年11月21日建成的一座世界上最长的吊桥是以他的名字命名的。

The Verrazano Bridge, which was designed by Othmar Ammann, joins Brooklyn to Staten Island.

维拉萨诺大桥由奥斯马.阿曼设计,连结着布鲁克林与斯塔顿岛,

It has a span of 4,260 feet.

桥长4,260英尺。

The bridge is so long that the shape of the earth had to be taken into account by its designer.

由于桥身太长,设计者不得不考虑了地表的形状。

Two great towers support four huge cables.

两座巨塔支撑着4根粗大的钢缆。

The towers are built on immense underwater platforms made of steel and concrete.

塔身建在巨大的水下钢筋混凝土平台上。

The platforms extend to a depth of over 100 feet under the sea.

平台深入海底100英尺。

These alone took sixteen months to build.

仅这两座塔就花了16个月才建成。

Above the surface of the water, the towers rise to a height of nearly 700 feet.

塔身高出水面将近700英尺。

They support the cables from which the bridge has been suspended.

高塔支撑着钢缆,而钢缆又悬吊着大桥。

Each of the four cables contains 26,108 lengths of wire.

4根钢缆中的每根由26,108股钢绳组成。

It has been estimated that if the bridge were packed with cars, it would still only be carrying a third of its total capacity.

据估计,若桥上摆满了汽车,也只不过是桥的总承载力的1/3。

However, size and strength are not the only important things about this bridge.

然而,这座桥的重要特点不仅是它的规模与强度。

Despite its immensity, it is both simple and elegant,

尽管此桥很大,但它的结构简单,造型优美,

fulfilling its designer's dream to create 'an enormous object drawn as faintly as possible'.

实现了设计者企图创造一个“尽量用细线条勾画出一个庞然大物”的梦想。
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