学习啦 韦彦 2016-12-14 14:01:46
F: excuse me, can you pass me that newspaper, please?
T: here it is.
F: thanks. It seems that the flight will be late.
T: yes, it seems that way. This paper says the price of gasoline will rise.
F: I hope it doesn't affect the price of plane tickets.
T: it doesn't look good. We seem to have another energy crisis at hand .
F: we can definitely feel the oil shortage here in Beijing.
T: it has already had a negative influence on the global economy.
F: I think we must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources.
T: I can't agree more. We must use our energy resources wisely in order to maintain ourquality of life.
F: like what?
T: using efficient appliances.
F: don't we have other ways to bring us out of the energy crisis?
T: definitely. I think solar energy is the best way to solve the energy crisis.
F: you have a point here. But I think we should also enhance people's awareness of energyconservation.
T: yes, you're right. We should encourage energy conservation and improve energyefficiency .
M: the news says storms and floods have hit most of the South this summer.
L: yes. There has been tremendous damage and many people are homeless.
M: meanwhile, the northern provinces are suffering drought . It that abnormal ?
L: it's a global issue, not just in China.
M: that's true. There are natural disasters in almost every part of the world every year, but this year seems to be the most disastrous year for China.
L: you said it. There have been so many reports of snowstormm floods, earthquakes, sandstorms and landslides claiming people's lives.
M: it's so heartbreaking to see people struggling for help. Have you ever experienced a flood?
L: No, I live in thw northern part of China.
M: you are very lucky. I was in Guizhou three months ago on a business trip when there was a flood.
L: it must have been terrible.
M: I have never seen so many people wandering in water up to their waists through the streets and waiting on rooftops for help.
L: wow, I can't imagine!
M: actually, I would have drowned if the rescue team had not come.
M: so far, the quake in Sichuan has killed about 69,172 people and has left 374,159 people injured, 17,420 missing.
L: I feel so sorry for those victims. It's the scariestthing that I have ever seen.
M: did you feel the quake?
L: yes. Actually, I was traveling in Sichuan then.
M: oh,really? I didn't know that. Tell me what it was like.
L: well, it was on a Monday afternoon, a little after two o'clock, and I was reading some magazines when there was horrible grinding sound and the floor started bouncing and shaking.
M: oh, my dear! What did you do?
L: well, it took me a second or two to figure out what was going on. Then I called mycolleague. It's unbelievable that she was still asleep and didn't feel a thing.
L: as she realized what was happening, she panicked .
M: that must have been horrifying.
L: oh, it was. Then I managed to open the door and we finally made our way to safety.
M: oh, thank God. Was anyone hurt?
L: three people were killed and about fifty people were injured.
M: what a tragedy!
L: it was terrible. I hope it will never happen again!