Lucky Guesses Maybe More Than Luck

 

这是给晚上美语发音班的同学的。下面是我在课堂上给大家做过示范的:

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下面我把全文以及录音都放在这里,希望同学们用所教方法来练习,把这篇文章能够轻松读出来,并且做到像自己在说话一样。

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文本:

This is Scientific American 60-Second Science. I’m Cynthia Graber. This’ll just take a minute.

        In the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, the star answers game show questions correctly based on his life experiences. At least one right answer, however, is a lucky guess. But maybe the guess wasn’t so lucky. Maybe his brain actually knew the answer—even though he didn’t realize it.
        That’s what scientists at Northwestern University are saying about so
called lucky guesses. They published their research online in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
        Study participants were shown brightly colored pictures. They had to memorize half. While viewing the other half, they had to concentrate on remembering a spoken number. So they were distracted. Later, they were quizzed on all the images. Surprisingly, they were more successful at remembering those images that they only paid half a mind to. Not only that, but they were more accurate when they said they were just guessing. The researchers say their visual systems stored memories quite accurately, even when the participants weren’t paying attention. And that what we call intuition, some of those gut feelings we get, may often be based on good information.

Thanks for the minute for Scientific American 60-Second Science. I’m Cynthia Graber.

 

答两位同学问:关于语音的改进和解决美音与以前所学发音的冲突

最近来兰州新东方之后,课程特别密集,也没有多少精力来更新博客。今天看到两位同学(署名为清蓝、suixin)的留言,我就做一下简单的答复。

清蓝同学问道:如果我想训练自己的发音,应该参考什么材料?采取什么方式?

答:对于发音的训练其实是有很多途径的。但总体来说我认为可以分为精与泛两种方式结合。并且牢记,学习英语要把它做为一个整体去学,千万不要因为要学习发音而去在音标上钻牛角尖。选择精学与泛学的标准就是自己的喜好,你看到一篇文章(句子、诗歌等等),如果觉得特别想要拥有它,那可以做为精学的内容。一般喜欢的就是泛学了。方便起见,我来整理成以下的步骤以供参考:

steps suixin问道:从小到大,课本英标、磁带录音都是英音,所以很多发音都已经习惯,有时候在刻意在往美音上读时,会发现不会读了。老师能不能就就此给我一些建议与解释?

答:其实在中国大多数地方老师教的,他们自己认为是英音,而实际上是多种发音混合的。所以在这样的情况下,最好就是能有一个空杯心态,这样学起来就能避免出现纠正发音的过程中自己跟自己较劲的情况。但是关于英音和美音也不要因为大家学什么自己就学什么,还是根据自己的喜好来选择,其实都有大量的资料的。不论英、美音都可以按照上面的那个流程来学习的。

 

以上对两位同学的答复其实总结一下,我还是觉得最重要的是兴趣,有了兴趣大家的这些问题也就没有了。所以应该多去用心体会一下英语,全方位去接触英语,亲密地接触,喜欢上了之后就好办了。

 

附:

http://www.hjbbs.com 沪江英语

http://www.putclub.com 普特听力

http://bbs.wwenglish.org/ 旺旺英语

http://www.yeeyan.com/ 译言——在这里可以和大家一起翻译一些东西,提高英语的好方法

http://www.nciku.com/ 词酷

http://www.speak2me.cn 跟我说——在线人机对话英语学习软件

http://www.urbandictionary.com/ 一个专门收集并解释俚语的网站

http://www.thefreedictionary.com 一个免费在线词典,不止是词典,还有每日一词、每日一句之类的学习内容以及英语学习的小游戏

http://www.livemocha.com/ 在线学习多种语言

http://www.ivyenglish.com.cn/ 赖世雄免费英语学习网——赖世雄不用多说了吧,大家都知道的。

http://ocw.mit.edu/ 麻省理工学院免费教学资源——你可以在网上上这个大学,与真实不同的只是你学完了没有任何学位证书而已,如果想要在家留学,这是个很好的资源

时间有限,就先列以上这些吧,除了这些专门学习的之外大家其实可以在网上找到好多英语的资料,只要用google.com(不是.cn)用英语关键词去搜索,会有很多的国外的网站出现。以后有时间再共享一些资源吧。

To my students – 请大家用那天所讲的方法好好练习

 相信同学们那天在课堂上练习了前三句后今天再看到这些对话内容一定会有一种特别的感觉,自己在说的时候好像能很容易找到那种真正说英语的感觉,并且好像那种语音语调已经在自己的潜意识里了。这就是那天那样练习后的效果。所以再在这里啰嗦一下,理论学再多都没有用,只要稍微实践一下就能明白很多。

我把整个对话内容贴在这里,大家可以点每句话来下载单句的录音,也可以在这里下载全文的录音

A: Are you going to do anything exciting this weekend?

B: Well, I”m going to celebrate my birthday.

A: Fabulous. When is your birthday exactly?

B: It’s August ninth – Sunday.

A: So, what are your plans?

B: Well, my friend Kayla is going to take me out for dinner.

A: Nice. Is she going to order a cake?

B: Yeah, and the waiters are probably going to sing "Happy Birthday" to me. It’s so embarrassing.

收藏一较牛回贴

忽然屋顶瓦片响动,偶从草榻上一跃而起,低声喝问:“谁?!”屋顶有人答道:“阁下请出来说话。”偶飞身跃入院中,但见屋脊上站立一人,打扮颇为怪异,似是异邦之人。背负一口长剑,剑柄镶了一颗极大的珠子,月光之下发出幽幽绿光。偶心头一凛,想起一人,拱手道:“原来是还珠楼主,楼主久不到中原,不知今日所来为何?”还珠楼主却不答话,一扬手,一道白光直射下来,偶不敢怠慢,侧身让过,卸了暗器飞来之势,探手将暗器接住,却是一张纸。还珠楼主一笑:“今日特来发帖。”偶再看那张纸,虽是好纸,却已发黄,上写道:“恭请阁下于猴年马月猪日羊时参加英雄会”。再一想,那猴年马月已是三年之前了。偶不禁冷笑道:“楼主,这帖子未免也太老了吧!”

You can make it if you try

点下面每句话可以下载每句话的录音:

You can make it if you try

You can’t be beaten at anything, until you quit in your own mind.

There is no failure except in your not trying.

There is no defeat except from within.

 

You have no really insurmountable barrier except your own inherent weakness of purpose.

The odds are with you if you keep on trying.

 

Consider yourself on a very long journey.

Sustain your personal vision of success until you achieve it.

In the end, you can fail only if you don’t try.

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to is.

Success is a road that’s paved with perseverance.

这里是全文的录音文件:You can make it if you try(Full).mp3