北京:“瑞来”语言培训点人去楼空

“我刚交了钱,一节课还没上呢就关了。”昨天,瑞来语言培训中心的国贸分校已是一把铁将军把门,近30名学生们聚集门外。由于几天前国贸分校和望京分校突 然人去楼空,担心自己上当受骗的学生们遂相约一同去公安机关报案。而记者试图拨打瑞来相关的联系电话,全部处于无人接听状态。

记者探访

分校大门上锁 学生相约报案

昨天中午,记者来到瑞来国贸分校看到,位于穿堂右侧的玻璃门上已是一把铁锁把门。门上贴着两张通知,一张是 “由于内部供暖系统发生故障,因此10月19日、20日休息两天,21日照常开放”。另一张落款时间为21日的通知则写明:“因资金周转问题,校区临时关 闭,具体开放时间另行通知。”

“我们要去报案!”在前台处,聚集着近30名学生。其中的宋先生告诉记者,瑞来在北京共有三个分校,分别位于国贸、望京和海淀。他在国贸分校交了 17000元学费,可只上了30多节课,还有200节课没上。前天他来学校上课,却发现校门已锁,随后他得知另一个分校也如此。“还有交了钱一节课没来得 及上的。”他说,昨天愤怒的学生们相约来到这里,一起前往公安机关报案。记者了解到,到现场的学生交纳的学费基本都在万元左右,都是到学校把钱交给顾问, 而这些顾问或早已离职,或手机关机。

学校外教

已遭工资拖欠 学校称会再开

昨天,一位外教也到达现场。他表示,学校拖欠了他工资,但他曾于几天前接到学校通知,告知学校还会再开放,昨天距这个期限还有两天,所以他还会再坚持两天。他表示,他只能通过电子邮件来跟总部联系,其他情况则不便透露。

“前天他们还发短信告诉我说老板会打钱。”昨天,在大批学生前往公安机关报案后,又陆续有学生来到国贸分校,得知情况后都大呼上当。其中一位 中年女士告诉记者,瑞来为外教和学生租了许多公寓,她的公寓就租给了瑞来,里面住了一位外教和在瑞来学汉语的外国学生。但从7月开始,瑞来就开始欠租,而 前天,她还收到了瑞来一直与她洽谈租房事宜的一位工作人员张女士的短信,在短信中告知老板说会打钱,让她再查查,可随后再拨打对方手机就一直无人接听。

朝阳教委

瑞来并未注销 将联系负责人

刘先生告诉记者,原本国贸分校是瑞来的总部,但望京分校成立后,瑞来的财务等办公人员就搬到了望京分校。随 后,记者分别拨打望京、海淀分校、瑞来400咨询电话以及张女士的手机,始终无人接听。在瑞来的网站上,“我们的背景”一栏中写着“瑞来英语是由国际著名 教育机构万联(WorldLink Education)在中国投资设立的专业语言培训中心。”随后,记者拨打万联网站上提供的北京分部电话,依然无人接听。

昨天下午,记者致电朝阳区教委社会力量办学管理所,接听电话的工作人员表示,瑞来英语确实在朝阳教委备了案,应由朝阳区教委管理。如果瑞来正式关闭就一 定要来教委进行注销,但目前瑞来英语并没有来注销。她表示,如果接到瑞来人去楼空的投诉,他们可以按照备案所留的电话联系瑞来的负责人,但具体情况还要与 社办科联系。随后,记者致电社办科,接听电话的工作人员表示,了解情况的工作人员去开会了。截至记者发稿时,未能与该工作人员取得联系。

一封员工要求加薪的英文信,以及老板的回信

员工的信

Dear Bo$$
In thi$ life, we all need $ome thing mo$t de$perately. I think you $hould be under$tanding of the need$ of u$ . worker$ who have given $o much $upport including $weat and $ervice to your company.
I am $ure you will gue$$ what I mean and re$pond $oon.
Your$ $incerely,
Marian $hih

第二天,她收到了老板的回信:

Dear Marian
I kNOw you have been working very hard.NOwadays,NOthing much has changed. You must have NOticed that our company is NOt doing NOticeably well as yet.
NOw the newspaper are saying the world`s leading ecoNOmists are NOt sure if the United States may go into aNOther recession. After the NOvember presidential elections things may turn bad.
I have NOthing more to add NOw. You kNOw what I mean.

Yours truly,
Manager

两个学习外语的网站

学习一门外语时如果没有语言环境的话,当然离不开多听多看了。今天介绍两个很好的网站,一个是专门用来听的,另一个用来看(当然也包括听)。

第一个:Listen and Write

这个网站是专门用来做听写练习的。

举例说明,单击这里打开一个练习,首先会下载音频,完成后应该会跟下图所示一样:

Listen-and-Write-example可以看到,有两个播放按钮,第一个(Click play to listen all audio at once下面的)用来听全文。第二个(Click play to start dictation…下面的)用来做听写练习。操作其实非常简单,需要注意以下几点:

  • 开始听写后,你只需在下面的小方框里输入你听到的句子就可以了,不需要输入标点符号(有点不好的是像I’m都只需要输入im,我觉得不利于培养初学者正确的英文输入习惯)
  • 它会自动逐个字母地进行检查,如果输入错了它会自动删掉,如果正确的话会一个单词一个单词地显示在上面的大方框里
  • 在当前听的句子全听写完之前,音频会自动循环播放
  • 听写完成后,会在播放完当前这一句之后再播放一遍当前句,之后自动进入下一句
  • 以上说的是在默认情况下。你也可以更改一下如Auto Repeat和Auto Complete之类的选项,让它更符合你的需求。

Listen-and-Write-example注册后还可以查看自己的得分记录等等,也可以自己上传音频并且分段成练习题,和大家一起共享。

第二个:TVWeb360

这个是个在线看电视的网站,前面那个网站可以用做精学工具,而这个就可以作为泛学工具了。

你可以选择不同语言的节目,或者不同国家的节目,也可以根据不同类别来选择喜欢的节目。除了电视节目之外,还有一些地方的摄像头,你可以看到那些地方的实时画面。当然由于种种原因,可能有些节目可能收看不了,那就换台吧。

TVWeb360

语音课倒数第二次的综合练习资料

选这篇文章也有我自己的个人喜好的因素,这是VOA Special English的新闻播报节目In The News里当时对Michael Jackson的报道。这篇文章也希望同学们仔细听每个细节,尤其是开始不久那里有一段电话录音,那是最真实的英语。我们一般学习英语的过程中是很难接触到真正的现实生活中的英语的。比如我们大多是从一些英语教学的录音里、电影、电视、收音机等等地方听到的模拟场景的声音,而我们在生活中遇到英语国家的人的时候,他们给我们说话时经常会不由自主地放慢语速,尽量吐字清楚并且使用简单的词汇及句型。所以这篇文章中的那段电话录音是个很好的材料。在那段录音中有这么一句"OK, OK. How old is he?",而实际上我们听到的是"OK, OK. How’di?"这是个很严重的略读现象,并且把is给全省没了,我们要说他发音错了都不为过。而实际上呢,电话另一头的人一点都没有迟疑,立刻回答"He’s uh, he’s 50 years old, sir."。所以各位同学,请放心大胆地把该省的音省掉,该连的音连起来,该弱读的音就弱读。咱们中国人可能听不明白,但只要你不是乱说的,英语为母语的国家的人们反而会感觉到听你的英语很亲切!

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This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.
(MUSIC)
Fans around the world are remembering the man who called himself the King of Pop. Michael Jackson died Thursday in Los Angeles. This was the emergency call from the house where he was living.
CALLER: "We have a gentleman here that needs help and he’s not breathing. He’s not breathing and we’re trying to pump him but he’s not –”
OPERATOR: "OK, OK. How old is he?"
CALLER: "He’s fifty years old, sir."
OPERATOR: "Fifty, OK."
A personal doctor was with him at the house. 
Michael Jackson would have celebrated his fifty-first birthday in August. He was just days from launching what he hoped would be a comeback — a series of fifty concerts in London.
More than seven hundred fifty thousand tickets sold out within hours of going on sale in March. The shows were set to begin July thirteenth. There were questions, though, about whether his health could handle the extended tour.
And after he died there were more questions — this time about his use of painkillers. Medical examiners did an autopsy on Friday, but tests for drugs in the body normally take weeks.
Around the world, fans like this one reacted to news of his death.
WOMAN: "Somebody like Michael Jackson who’s done so much for the world and stuff, you think almost like he’s invincible."
(MUSIC)
"Thriller," his nineteen eighty-two album, earned a place in Guinness World Records as the best selling album of all time. It produced hits like "Beat It" and "Billie Jean."
(MUSIC)
Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, the seventh of nine children. He was five years old when he and his brothers began performing in the Jackson 5.
He was eleven when they had their first album — "Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5" — in nineteen sixty-nine. Their album "ABC" followed less than a year later.
(MUSIC)
In nineteen seventy-one, Michael Jackson began his solo career. He went on to sell an estimated seven hundred fifty million albums. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — twice.
But as talented and successful as he was, he was also deeply troubled. His behavior and appearance grew increasingly strange. He was heavily in debt.
He was childlike. But in nineteen ninety-three, a thirteen-year-old boy accused him of child molestation. The case was settled out of court. Later, another accusation led to a criminal trial. But four years ago this month a jury cleared him of all charges.
Michael Jackson left his mark on popular culture. His music, his videos, his dance moves and moonwalking, the hand in a sequined white glove, the father of three was even married for a time to Elvis Presley’s daughter. Now, he leaves behind family, friends and fans to mourn his death. In a sad way he did make a comeback. His death has pushed sales of his music back to the top of the charts again.
And that’s IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English, written by June Simms. I’m Steve Ember.

语音课第二次课的综合练习

如题。语音课第二次的综合练习是选自VOA Special English的Words And Their Stories节目。在教材里只是那篇文章的片断。这里我把全文及其音频发出来,供各位同学学习:

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下面是文本内容:

Words and Their Stories: Pulling a Fast One

Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.

(MUSIC)

Today I will tell about expressions using numbers. Let us start with the number one. Numbers can be tricky. On the one hand, they are simply numbers. On the other hand, they have meanings. I for one use these expressions a lot.

Many people consider themselves number one, the most important person. They are always looking out for number one and taking care of number one. It is as if they are the one and only person on Earth. Some people however, are not so self-centered. My brother is such a person. It is true – no joke. I am not trying to pull a fast one on you.

First, you have to understand that my brother is one in a million. He is such a nice person. All his friends like him. They consider him one of the boys. Recently, my brother had a bad day at the office. It was just one of those days. Nothing went right. So he stopped at a local bar — a drinking place — after leaving work. My brother planned to have a glass of beer with his friends — a quick one – before he went home. But a quick one turned into one or two, and soon those became one too many.

As my brother was leaving, he ordered a last drink — one for the road. His friends became concerned. One by one, they asked him if he was able to drive home safely.

Now my brother is a wise and calm person. He is at one with himself. He recognizes when he has had too much alcohol to drink. So he accepted an offer for a ride home from a female friend.

At one time in the past, my brother had been in love with this woman. She is a great person — kind, thoughtful and intelligent — all good qualities rolled up into one. But sadly their relationship did not work. He always used to say "One of these days, I am going to marry this girl." But that never happened.

For one thing, she did not love him as much as he loved her. It was just one of those things. The situation was regrettable and my brother had to accept it. But even now, he considers her the one that got away.

However, they are still friends. And because my brother had been kind to her, she felt that one good turn deserves another. He was good to her and she wanted to help him in return. So she drove him home.

If my brother had driven home from the bar that night, his number would have been up. Something bad would have happened. Thankfully he made it home safely. And, he and the woman are back to square one. They are back to where they started – being friends.

(MUSIC)

This VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR STORIES, was written by Jill Moss. I’m Faith Lapidus.