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初学者爱上英语听力文摘 伟人传记01:一开始就与众不同(mp3+中英)

来源:慢速英语   时间:1970-01-01 08:00:00

Different from the Start

一开始就与众不同

Five-year-old Albert Einstein stared at his hand as if it held magic. Cupped in his palm was a small,round instrument with a glass cover and a jiggling needle. Albert's father called it a compass. Albert called it a mystery. No matter how he moved the compass, the needle always pointed to the North. Quietly Hermann Einstein watched his son. Albert was a chubby little boy with pale, round cheeks and thick, black hair that was usually messy. His bright brown eyes were wide with discovery.

五岁的阿尔伯特·爱因斯坦盯着他的手,仿佛手上掌控着魔法。他的掌心托着一个小小的、圆形的仪器,仪器带有一个玻璃罩和一根会摆动的针。阿尔伯特的父亲称它为指南针,阿尔伯特称它是一个谜。不管他如何移动罗盘,指针总是指向北方。赫尔曼·爱因斯坦静静地注视着他的儿子。阿尔伯特是一个胖乎乎的小男孩,白白的脸颊圆乎乎肉嘟嘟的,黑色的头发常常乱成一团。看到这一发现,他明亮的棕色眼睛睁得大大的。

Something was in the room with him, Albert realized--something he couldn't see or feel, but that acted on the compass just the same. Spellbound, Albert listened to his father explain magnetism, the strange force that made the compass needle point north. But nothing his father said made the invisible power seem less mysterious or wonderful. To many children the compass would have been just another toy. To Albert the compass was a miracle he would never forget.

阿尔伯特意识到,房间里有什么东西在他的身边——他无法看到或感觉到的某种东西,同时也对指南针产生着作用。阿尔伯特入迷地听父亲解释磁力,一股使罗盘的指针指向北方的奇特的力量。但是,不管父亲说什么,也丝毫没有减少这股无形力量的神秘感和奇妙感。对许多孩子来说,指南针本来只是一个玩具,对阿尔伯特来说,指南针却是一个他永远不会忘记的奇迹。

But then Albert had always been different from other children. Bom March 14,1879,in Ulm, Germany, Albert hadn't been looked like other babies. As she cradled her new son in her arms, Pauline Einstein thought the back of his head looked strange. Other babies didn't have such large, pointed skulls. Was something wrong with Albert? Although the doctor told Pauline everything was fine, several weeks passed before the shape of Albert’s head began to look right to her.

然而,阿尔伯特总是不同于其他孩子。1879年3月14日他出生在德国的乌尔姆,出生时,他看上去就不像其他婴儿。当母亲波林·爱因斯坦抚慰着怀抱里的这个新生儿时,她觉得他的后脑勺看起来怪怪的,其他婴儿没有那么突出的大头骨。阿尔伯特有什么问题吗?虽然医生告诉波林一切安好,但几个星期之后她才觉得阿尔伯特的头形正常。

When Albert was one, his family moved to Munich,where his sister, Maja, was bom a year later. Looking down at the tiny sleeping bundle, Albert was puzzled. Where were the baby’s wheels? The disappointed two year old wanted to know. Albert had expected a baby sister to be something like a toy, and most of his toys had wheels.

阿尔伯特一岁时,全家搬到了慕尼黑,一年后妹妹玛雅出生了。看着襁褓中熟睡的小婴儿,阿尔伯特感到疑惑不解。婴儿的轮子在哪里呢?这个失望的两岁的孩子很想知道。阿尔伯特以为小妹妹应该是像玩具一样的东西,并且他的大部分玩具都是有轮子的。

Albert's parents were amused by his confusion. But any response at all would have delighted them.At an age when many children have lots to say, Albert seemed strangely backward. Hermann and Pauline wondered why he was so late in talking. Was their son developing normally? As Albert grew older, he continued to have trouble putting his thoughts into words Even when he was nine years old, he spoke slowly, if he decided to say anything at all. Pauline and Hermann didn't know what to think.

阿尔伯特的父母被他充满疑惑的样子逗笑了,但孩子的可反应都令他们感到快乐。在这个年龄,许多孩子都能讲不少话了,阿尔伯特在语言方面却似乎异常落后。赫尔曼和波林不知道为什么他说话这么晚。他们的儿子生长发育正常吗?阿尔伯特更大一些的时候,仍然难以用文字表述自己的思想。甚至在他九岁时,如果他决定说些什么,速度还是很慢。波林和赫尔曼不知道该如何看待。

But Albert was a good listener and a good thinker. Sometimes when he went hiking with his parents and Maja, he thought about his father's compass and what it had revealed to him. The clear, open meadows were filled with more than the wind or the scent of flowers. They were also filled with magnetism. The very thought of it quickened Albert's pulse.

但是,阿尔伯特非常善于倾听和思考。有时当他和父母还有妹妹玛雅一起去远足时,他会想到父亲的指南针,思考它向他揭示的秘密。清新开阔的草地不仅充满着风声或花的香味,也充满着磁力,一想到这点阿尔伯特就脉搏加速了。

课堂笔记:
1.此句主语为“a small, round instrument”,其后由“with”引导的介词短语“with a glass cover and a jiggling needle”用于修饰主语,由于主语部分较长,为了避免头重脚轻,句子使用倒装,这在英语句式中较为普遍。
2.“the strange force”作“magnetism”的同位语,“that”从句为定语从句,用于修饰 “the strange force”。
3.此句助动词“would”后接“have done”,表示对过去的推测。
4.句中的“would have done”结构表示肯定的推测。“at all”与“any,anything,anyone, nothing”等词连用,表“一点都......”之意。
5. 英语搭配 “have trouble / difficulty (in) doing sth.” 表示“做什么有困难”。