学习啦 韦彦 2016-12-09 15:23:23
M: Hi, Ellen ! Is this your new bike?
E： Yes, I bought it only yesterday.
M: It's cool! May I have a try?
E： Of course. Don't forget to ride on the left.
M: Oh, I think it'll take me some time to get used to it. You know, in my country, we should drive, ride and walk on the right.
M:嗯，我想我还需要一定时间来适应这个规则。你是 知道的，在我们国家，不管开车，骑车还是走路都 要靠右行。
E： Well，it could be dangerous if you break the rules.
M: OK, I think I'd better try on your bike when I get more familiar with the traffic regulations here. Why do so many people commute by bike in Cambridge?
M:好的，我想我还是等熟悉这里的交通规则以后再来 试骑你的车吧。为什么剑桥有那么多人都以自行车 作为交通工具呢?
E: You see, Cambridge City is small and flat, besides, the colleges of Cambridge University scatter in every comer of the city. Riding a bike between lectures is quick and convenient.
M: And it is almost the most environment-friendly way of commute.
E： That's right. Since riding a bike is the most common way to commute in this city, there are a lot of regulations about riding.
M： For example?
E: For example, people under 18 or above 60 should wear a helmet when they ride, and your bike should be equipped with two lights, with one in the front and the other in the back.
M： We don't have this kind of regulations in our country.
E: It's a little bit troublesome but it's for the sake of safety.
M： I agree. I noticed that people just leave their bikes propped against a wall and some of them are even unlocked, thus I'm wondering is it because that there is no bike crime here?
E： No, it's far from the case. People sometimes just take their bikes casually and Cambridge is the UK's bike crime capital.
M: You must be careful with your bike.
E: I will. If you're interested in biking, you can join the CUCC. That's the Cambridge University Cycling Club.
M: I'd like to, but I'm not very skilled in cycling.
E: It doesn't matter. CUCC has a wide variety of events for members of all abilities. Membership is available for all types of students and university staff.
M： Really? Can you tell me more about the club, for example, the history of it?
E： Of course. The club came into being in 1874 with 11 members; within five years this figure was in excess of 260 and included all members of the University from undergraduates to Fellows.
E:当然啦。这个俱乐部成立于1874年，当时只有11位成员。5年之内，成员人数 就增长到了 260人，包括大学里各类人士，即有本科生又有研究员。
M： How popular it is! Is there any competition held by the club?
E: Yes. Within two months of its formation, the Dark Blue Bicycle Club requested the first inter-varsity race. This inaugural race was held on the 18th June 1874，and consisted of an 80 mile course between Oxford and Cambridge. Cambridge won, taking both the first and second places.
E:举行过。在它成立两个月内，深蓝自行车俱乐部就向它发起了第一次大学对抗 赛。这次比赛在1874年6月18日举行，赛道是牛津到剑桥之间的_条80米的路。 剑桥蠃了，第_名和第二名都由剑桥的学生取得。
M: Wow, Cambridge is really good at cycling.
E: Yes, but sometimes Oxford won the match. The club went from strength to strength through the 1880s, with amateur racing flourishing.
M: OK, thanks for your information. I will join the club and maybe someday I will be the winner of the amateur race.
E: Great. There are few easier ways to get fit and healthy than by enjoying a leisurely cycle ride instead of catching the bus or getting in the car.
L: Hi, Joanne. I’m thinking about borrowing some books from the University Library, but you know, I am new here，so could you please tell me something about the library?
J:Of course. Some students said that it is a huge labyrinth.
L:Yes. It must not be easy for a new-comer to find what he or she wants.
J:Don't worry. At the beginning of every semester, introductory tours would be given by the librarian, explaining the catalogues, shelving arrangements, closed access collections and book-fetching.
J：不要担心。每个学期开始的时候，大学图书馆的管理员都会义务举办各类主题的 图书馆使用讲座，讲解图书目录的编排，书架的摆放规则，非开放类资料和图书 借取。
L:They are really considerate. But I think it will take us some time to get familiar with it
J:True. There is an online library floorplan to help you find your way around. The library staffs are very kind; I think they will be pleased to help you.
L： That's great. Maybe if s better for me to ask the staff for help when I can，t find what Vm looking for.
J: Yes. In addition, the library is the centrally-administered library of the University of Cambridge and comprises five separate libraries.
L: Five separate libraries?
J: Yes. They are the University Library main building, which is commonly referred to simply as “the UL”，the Medical Library, the Betty and Gordon Moore Library, the central Science Library and the Squire Law Library.
L： Who can use the Library?
J: All members of the University of Cambridge are welcome to use the library. Besides, academic staff and research students from other universities, private and business researchers may apply to use the library for reference*
L: Does the library charge any fee?
J： It is not free to eveiybody. A 10 pounds administration charge for 6 months applies to applicants from non-UK universities and the public.
图书馆并不是对每个人都免费。非英国大学 的申请人和公众需要缴纳10英镑，这是半年 的费用。
L: Not expensive. I guess the library must have covered all the subjects in human history.
J: You are right. There are many precious copies of the ancient works.
L： I heard that it is a legal deposit library, what does this mean?
J： It means that it is entitled to claim a copy of every publication in printed form published in the UK and Ireland. Almost all of this material is claimed and can be consulted in the library.
这就是说，它有权利要求所有在英国和爱尔 兰出版的图书都交送一份绐它。我们可以在图 书馆里找到所有的这类材料，并进行使用。
L: That's great!
J: It also holds extensive collection of books, journals, maps, microfilms, photographs and sound recordings published overseas and has extensive special collections of rare books, manuscripts, and other materials.
L: It's no wonder that scholars all over the world want to come to Cambridge and meanwhile so many world-famous scholars and scientists who have made great contribution have spent part of their life studying in Cambridge.
L: When is it open? I am afraid it is closed now.
J： Let me see. No, you still have the time. It won't be closed until 19: 00 from Monday to Friday. If it is on weekends, you should be more careful with the time. On Saturdays it will be closed at 5 pm and it is closed on Sundays.
L: I see. I'd better hurry up now.
J：. Don't forget to take your University ID Card with you. It's all you need to start using tiie Library.
L: I won't. Thanks for your information!
S: Do you know that Cambridge received 14,585 applications and Oxford 13,287 for entry this October?
S:你知道吗，今年10月，剑桥大学收到了 14585份入学申请，牛津收到了 13287份。
J： Yes. But how many of them will survive the interview is still in doubt.
S： Cambridge alone rejected at interview more than 5,000 students last year who went on to get three A grades in their A levels, underlining the intensity of competition.
S:去年剑桥就拒绝了 5000多名学生的申请。这些学生都是获得了 3个A-level成 绩的学生，这就说明了竞争有多么激烈。
J： True. Interviewers in those two Universities are good at posing eccentric questions.
S： They may all be academic thoroughbreds, but success in the Oxbridge stakes can seem as remote as winning the Grand National,
J： It was said that the tutors select people they want to teach ultimately.
S: The competition against other students is fierce and candidates need to differentiate themselves, “To be honest, they're competing against each other，not against the interviewers，"said a don in the university.
J： Yes. Nearly all applicants have excellent A-level grades, so places are increasingly awarded for original answers in interviews.
S： So it's worth actively engaging with the questions, without being rude or confrontational, rather than tiptoeing around to avoid mistakes.
J: Some entrants are so nervous that they even practice the interview on a daily basis with the help of their parents at home.
S: Really? Does it help?
J: It's hard to say. But a mother of a twin said that she thinks the practices are really helpful, and she even suggested parents of the applicants should help their children to practice their reaction and creative thinking.
S： That might be true. However, I also heard that over-rehearsing does no good to the interview because they might lose the ability of responding naturally and spontaneously.
J： Yes. You really have no idea what the tutors are looking for. One of my friends who got 5 As at A-Level, was head boy, involved in Drama, charity work and debating did not get into Cambridge.
j：有道理。很难说这些老师们到底要寻找什么样的人才。我有一位朋友曾经在 A_level得了 5个A、担任班长、参加戏剧演出、慈善工作、也是辩论社的一员， 可是他还是被剑桥录取。
J: Who knows why? Maybe he just didn't fit what the tutor was looking for.
S： Well, I think the teacher must also be highly pressured on this since they might have made the wrong decision.
J: Yes, I heard that next week, in an attempt to standardize its admissions procedure, Oxford will announce that all dons are to be put through training sessions to remind them how to interview fairly and well.
S: They just shouldn't be so picky.
J: They might appear to be cruel, but there are only few places, they must make the decision.
S： Let me tell you an interesting story about the admissions ritual at Peterhouse, Cambridge. When a candidate entered the room, someone would kick a rugby ball towards him. If he caught it, he was in; if he drop-kicked it back, he won a scholarship.
S:我跟你讲一个有趣的故事，是关于剑桥彼得学院招生面试的。面试者一进入面试 的房间，就会有人踢给他一个橄榄球，如果接到了，他就会被录取;如果把球踢 了回去，就能赢得奖学金。
J: That's interesting but can't be true!
S: No one suggests that happens now, but tales still circulate about baffling questions posed by dons.
J: They said sometimes teenagers can break down in tears.
S: How does the teacher cope?
J; One of the dons said to them: 4tif you want to cry for another five minutes, you can.” Sometimes they go away, have a cup of coffee and come back.
S: Are you kidding me?