日期:2009-09-30 The term was first used by James Truslow Adams in his book The Epic of America which was written in 1931. He states: The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for ea... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-09-30 Thousands of new words are invented each year. Most of these come from science. When scientists discover something new, if they do not have a word for their discovery, they make one up. Young people too often make up new meanings for old words. One... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-09-30 The Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. in ancient Olympia. There are two mythological versions as to how they started. The first is the myth of Pelopas from whom the Peloponnese has taken its taken (the isle of Pelops.) According to the myth, King Inom... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-09-30 The first Olympic event was the stadium race, a course of about 200m (1 stadium) which was the only event until 724 B.C., when the diavlos was added, a distance run of 400m (2 stadiums.) In these races the athletes ran naked, a tradition which was e... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-09-30 Ping-pong started as a friendly game, which was played for fun. No one knows who invented it. One story is that it started when two students at Cambridge University began knocking a cork to each other across a table, using old cigar-boxes. In about... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-09-30 When you are in the U.S., you will find restaurants for every situation. If you're in a hurry, you may just want to grab some junk food at a grocery store or a candy counter or you can get a bite to eat at one of the many fast food chains, like McDo... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-05-22 January 1 New Year's Day (新年) 15 Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday 19 Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Observed February 12 Lincoln's Birthday 14 Valentine's Day (情人节) 16 President's Day 22 Washington's Birthday 25 Ash Wednesday March 8 Int... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-16 虽然最近在国内也相当盛行吃西餐,但是在内容和形式上,随著各餐厅的经营型态而纯、杂不等,繁、简不一,十分值得一谈。 美国的西餐,和欧洲许多国家也颇有不同。如果您到美国旅游,赴家庭宴会或在餐馆吃正餐时,请先注意下列一般原则: 1. 男女一起在餐馆用餐,通常由... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-16 玩具是每个人一生中必不可少的,它伴随我们度过无忧无虑的童年,又在我们成年以后给予我们心灵上的慰籍和美好的回忆。近年来随着收藏热的兴起,很多人也开始收集老玩具。那么世界上最古老的玩具在哪里呢? A carved animal figurine found buried alongside a prehisto... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-16 1.red states/blue states(红州/蓝州) 共和党支持率较高的州在大选地图上用红色标示,蓝色则代表民主党 2.Two Americas(两个美国) 民主党候选人克里在大选中,指责现任总统布什的经济政策导致美国社会出现严重分化。克里说他眼里有两个美国:一个富人的美国和一个... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-16 1. 第一个词是cock。这个词是一开始学英语就学到的基本词汇之一,大家都知道它是公鸡的意思,可是在美语里,最好就不要用它了,因为它的意思早就不是 公鸡了。在俚语里面,它指的是男性生殖器。比如你要说:他有两只公鸡。,千万不要说:He has two cocks。这样一定会... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-15 Constitution: 美利坚合众国宪法 通称美国联邦宪法或美国宪法。它是美国的根本大法,奠定了美国政治制度的法律基?C拦?芊ㄊ鞘澜缟系谝徊砍晌南芊ā?787年5月,美国各州(当时为13个)代表在费城召开制宪会议,同年9月15日制宪会议通过《美利坚合众国宪法》。1789年3月... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-15 2008美国大选进入倒计时,为了更全面、更深入地了解美国选举和美国文化,LT特别为您准备了美国大选词汇特辑,下面就一起来学词汇,关注我们期待已久的2008大选。 Air war:空中大战 美国总统候选人为尽可能争夺电视与广播中的广告而发起的竞争活动。 Balancing the tic... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-15 1 a cup of Joe 一杯咖啡。A cup of Joe也就是a cup of coffee。 这个说法是从纽约一家公司Martinson's Coffee的Joe Martinson的名字得来的,据说当时临近街区都弥漫着咖啡的芳香,所以人们都称咖啡为a cup of Joe。 Martinson's Coffee在美国历史悠久,它的追随者25%... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-12 在中国,普通话作为官方语言的地位日益巩固。然而在英国,为什么大多数的英国人不遵循标准的发音[standard pronunciation or RP(received pronunciation)],却喜欢操着一口地方口音呢?难道英国人不认为RP English是perfect English吗?可我们中国人学英语伊始接触的却... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-11 无论是习惯还是玩笑,我们常常把胆小的人称作老鼠,把脑子不好使的人称作笨猪,把愚蠢的人称作蠢驴。英文和中文一样喜欢用动物的名称来形容人。下面就介绍三种动物,它们都各自对应一类人: 1 crab 螃蟹有许多腿,还有一双很厉害的钳子。大概是由于它的相貌,人们都认... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-11 大街小巷,似乎随处都能看到快餐店。生活的节奏越来越快,人们有时不得不在快餐店将就一下。快餐因其美味,颇受孩子的青睐。在吃快餐的时候,你有想过它是怎样发展起来的吗?下文就为您简单介绍一下。 Unless you're in a particularly remote area, you can't go far... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-11 你知道美国人都喜欢喝喜欢喝哪几种饮料吗?在美国的酒吧或餐馆点饮料或结帐时又与在英国有什么不同呢? In the United States coffee is the usual drink at all hours of the day. American coffee is usually lightly roasted and often served very weak. Italian-s... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-10 纸牌游戏恐怕没有人不会玩,那纸牌的历史你了解吗?下面就让我们一起来看一看。 The origins of playing cards and poker are difficult to pin down. There are dozens of theories. Some say playing cards were developed by the Chinese as a variation on dominoe... 阅读全文>>

日期:2009-04-09 在美国,大家要特别注意行为举止是否有歧视(discrimination)或骚扰(harassment)他人之嫌,这里的歧视不仅仅是种族歧视,还有体征歧视,阶级歧视,性别歧视,等等等等,不一而足。 当年美国总统独立候选人、亿万富翁罗斯佩罗(Ross Perot)在一次对选民的演讲会上,连续数... 阅读全文>>

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