| Short Conversations （短对话）
Read aloud the conversations two times, and then listen to the tape
without looking at the text.
| The Mystery Benefactor
Blackard: Whit, we're broke. We're
on the verge of1 going
out of business2. But someone promised us a
lot of money to do this class, and we think it's someone
connected3 with the class. But we don't
know who! So…
Whittaker: So you don't want to
offend4 anyone, just
in case5. And that's why you're doing this
Whittaker: Oh, that certainly
explains6 a lot. I'm glad to know that
it's only a problem with judgment7.
Whittaker: Well, if you want my
Blackard: Oh, yes, yes.
Whittaker: … you've put yourself in an
Blackard: I know, I know.
Whittaker: Not only9 are you trying to
please everyone in the entire class, but you've let money become the center
of your thinking!
Blackard: But we're going broke, Whit!
I had to do something!
Whittaker: But is this the best thing
to do? I'm sure whoever gave you the money wanted you to be less concerned
about offending your students than to guide and
instruct10 them, so they'd be good at acting.
Blackard: And if they aren't very
Whittaker: Then it's better to be
truthful and help them understand that.
1.on the verge of:快要…，险些…
用法：He is on the verge of bankruptcy for the investment.
2.out of business:破产，倒闭
用法：The competition was destroyed here in this town when his branch store
drove three small groceries out of business.
用法：The Internet connected people of different places.
用法：The servants did not like to offend their young master for fear of
losing their job.
用法：It may rain, you'd better take your umbrella just in case.
用法：We shall in another chapter explain this celebrated author's fallacious
conclusions respecting commercial restrictions.
8.humble:谦卑的。humble opinion 意为“愚见”、“鄙意”
9.not only… but (also)…:不仅……而且（not only 用于句首时后面的动词倒装）
用法：Not only did I hear it, but I saw it.
比较：I not only heard it, but saw it.
用法：When I met him, he was instructing his son how to deal with the car
| Long Conversations （长对话）
Conversations: (Find a partner and
practice these dialogues.)
Pop:(Working at his desk)
Pop! What's going on? We came here to get
away from1 the schoolwork stuff.
convinced me to get wired2.
Are you drinking more coffee?
Wired in an electronic sense! My place is becoming a
cyber3 cafe! I'm
putting in a few computers with Internet access. Not to mention that my
sales and inventory now will all be done on computers!
long as your triple-cheeseburgers4 stay the same, I'm here.
don't have a computer to do that yet.
B:(They start playing with the computer.)
Let's go surfing5!
Okay, Dick. Just because you're online doesn't mean you can get out of
I'll take a large burger and a Diet Coke. Wait a minute! Some pickles6 and
French fries, please.
(Victor and two other guys walk in the
This was a brilliant idea!
going on here? Homework?
course not! Pop's gone cyber! Everyone's cruising7the net!
(Watching the computer screen)
Hey, check this out! Oh, great! It's for me!
got a bunch of8 stuff on this one, too!
can I say! I'm a popular guy!
Dick, are youshavingsall your e-mail sent to my
the overflow9! My computer at home can only handle so much of my
C:(Three girls walk in.)
evening, ladies! Thanks for joining us.
I'd like you to meet Tiffany and Stephanie.
Can I get you girls anything? Shakes? Sundaes?
take an Espresso.
sounds delicious. Put me down for one, too. 11
mine a Cappuccino.
sorry, but we don't have Espresso or Cappuccino.
How can this be a cyber cafe if there's no Espresso or Cappuccino?
D:(Pop hears a lot of noise and turns
what's going on over here?
printing out my latest bit of fan e-mail from the girls I met on the net.
(A delivery boy walks in.)
this a joke? Why would someonesgroupsfood from another restaurant?
says right here, “Deliver to Pop's Cafe.”
ordered it? Oh, gee! Dick!
it's 20% off if yousgroupsa delivery online!
(Another delivery boy walks in.)
it comes with free collectible13 chopsticks!
1 get away from: to escape from ,to flee from
2 get wired: very excited and energetic极其兴奋的
用法：After drinking a pot of coffee, he got
wired the whole night. 喝完一壶咖啡，他整整一夜变得极其兴奋。
3 cyber: 网络上的虚拟空间
用法：Some youngsters are quite addicted to
wandering in the cyber space.有些年轻人十分沉缅于网络漫游。
4 triple-cheeseburger: 夹三层肉饼的奶酪汉堡包
5 go surfing: surf on the Internet 网上冲浪
用法：The teenagers nowadays always like to go
surfing on the Internet all day and all night. 现在的孩子们喜欢整日整夜地上网冲浪。
6 pickle: 酸黄瓜 (最常见的西式泡菜)
用法：The Korean restaurants are famous for
7 cruise: wander around in boat on the sea巡游,
用法：They always go cruising in their
8 a bunch of: 一捆，一束，一堆，一群
用法：He held a bunch of flowers at the school
gate to wait for his girlfriend. 他举着一束花在学校大门口等他的女朋友。
9 overflow: an excess or
用法：The city hospital is full enough already,
withoutshavingsto cope with the overflow of patients from other hospitals.
10 fandom: fan 运动迷, 影迷等 （集合名词，指全体）
11 Put me down for one, too. 也给我来一杯吧
12 bummer: any unpleasant or disappointing
13 collectible: 收藏品
Exercise: Turn the four mini-dialoguessintos
ONE descriptive narrative. Use only indirect speech.
| Lesson Six相关链接