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英语原版有声读物:《公主日记》Volume I_49

2015-11-18    来源:普特英语编辑部    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

公主日记 第一册 part 49

The Princess Diaries

英文有声读物,听原版小说,学地道英语。

【Audio Book】The Princess Diaries

【原版朗读者】Anne Hathaway (安妮·海瑟薇)

【小说简介】

米娅,是一位普通美国高中生。在一群张扬、活力四射的同学中,她显得很不自信,普通得会被老师忘记名字。米娅和她的单亲妈妈住在一起,有着自己生活的小圈子,在她的能力可以控制的范围内,米娅平凡的生活着。

在米娅16岁生日到来前,她忽然被告知要与她的奶奶克拉丽莎·雷纳尔蒂见面。当米娅终于见到这位气质非凡,谈吐高贵女士时,她才发现,她的奶奶是欧洲小国吉诺维亚的女王。而她,正是这个国度的公主。

而为了让米娅能够顺利继承这一身份,女王对她开始了全方位的改变。米娅的不拘小节和王室的繁杂规矩冲突中,从而笑料百出...最终,米娅逐渐改变,慢慢地像个美丽的公主了...

《公主日记》原著小说就是由电影版主角Anne Hathaway朗读,以第一人称的角度,为你讲述她生活中的点点滴滴,爆笑趣事,成长困惑,以及从普通人到一个公主所有的经历感受。如同一个朋友,在向你倾诉她的喜怒哀乐...

小说充满青春气息,通俗易懂,是学习英文的绝佳素材。一起来听《公主日记》,提高自己的听力与口语。

【原滋原味 英文小说】

Monday Night 
    
Well, I don’t know what I’m going to do now. I have detention for a week, plus math review with Mr. G, plus princess lessons with Grandmère.     

I didn’t get home until nine o’clock tonight. Something has got to give.
    
My father is furious. He says he is going to sue the school. He says no one can give his daughter detention for defending the weak. I told him that Principal Gupta can. She can do anything. She’s the principal.
    
I can’t say I really blame her. I mean, it wasn’t like I said I was sorry or anything. Principal Gupta is a nice lady, but what could she do? I admitted I had done it. She told me I’d have to apologize to Lana and pay to have her sweater cleaned. I said I’d pay for the sweater but that I wouldn’t apologize. Principal Gupta looked at me over the rims of her bifocals and went, “I beg your pardon, Mia?”
    
I repeated that I wouldn’t apologize. My heart was beating like crazy. I didn’t want to make anybody mad, especially Principal Gupta, who can be very scary when she wants to. I tried to picture her in her husband’s sweat pants, but it didn’t work. She still scared me.
    
But I won’t apologize to Lana. I won’t.
    
Principal Gupta didn’t look mad, though. She looked concerned. I guess that’s how educators are supposed to look. You know. Concerned about you. She went, “Mia, I must say, when Lana came in here with her complaint, I was extremely surprised. It’s usually Lilly Moscovitz I have to pull in here. I never expected I was going to have to pull you in. Not for disciplinary reasons. Academic reasons, maybe. I understand you aren’t doing very well in Algebra. But I’ve never known you to be a discipline problem before. I really feel I must ask you, Mia . . .  is everything all right?”
    
For a minute I just stared at her.
    
Is everything all right? Is everything all right?
    
Hmm, hold on a minute, let me see . . .  my mom is going out with my Algebra teacher, a subject I’m flunking, by the way; my best friend hates me; I’m fourteen years old and I’ve never been asked out; I don’t have any breasts; and oh, I just found out I’m the princess of Genovia.
    
“Oh, sure,” I said to Principal Gupta. “Everything is fine.”
    
“Are you certain, Mia? Because I can’t help wondering if this isn’t all rooted in some problems you might be having . . .  maybe at home?”
    
Who did she think I was, anyway? Lana Whineberger? Like I was really going to sit there and tell her my problems. Yeah, Principal Gupta. On top of all that other stuff, my grandmother is in town, and my dad is paying $100 a day for me to get lessons from her in how to be a princess. Oh, and this weekend, I ran into Mr. Gianini in my kitchen, and all he was wearing was a pair of boxer shorts. Anything else you want to know?
    
“Mia,” Principal Gupta said, “I want you to know that you are a very special person. You have many wonderful qualities. There is no reason for you to feel threatened by Lana Weinberger. None at all.”
    
Oh, okay. Just because she’s the prettiest, most popular girl in my class, and she’s going out with the handsomest, most popular boy in school, you’re right, Principal Gupta. There’s no reason at all to feel threatened by her. Especially since she puts me down every chance she gets and tries to humiliate me in public.

Threatened? Me? Nah.
    
“You know, Mia,” Principal Gupta said, “I bet if you took the time to get to know Lana you’d find that she’s really a very nice girl. A girl just like you.”
    
Right. Just like me.
    
I was so upset, I actually told Grandmère all about it at our vocabulary lesson. She was surprisingly sympathetic.
    
“When I was a girl your age,” Grandmère said, “there was a girl just like this Lana at my school. Her name was Genevieve. She sat behind me in Geography. Genevieve would take the end of my braid and dip it in her inkwell, so that when I stood up I got ink all over my dress. But the teacher would never believe me that Genevieve did it on purpose.”
    
“Really?” I was kind of impressed. That Genevieve had some guts. I never met anyone who’d try to dis my grandmother. “What did you do?”
    
Grandmère let out this evil laugh. “Oh, nothing.”
    
There is no way she did nothing to Genevieve. Not with a laugh like that. But no matter how hard I pestered her, Grandmère wouldn’t tell me what she did to get back at Genevieve. I’m kind of thinking maybe she killed her.
    
Well? It could happen.
    
But I guess I shouldn’t have pestered Grandmère so hard, because to shut me up she gave me a quiz! I’m not kidding!
    
It was really hard, too. I’ve stapled it in here, since I got a 98. Grandmère says I’ve really come a long way since we started. 
 
Grandmère’s Test 
    
1. In a restaurant, what does one do with one’s napkin when one rises to go to the powder room?     

If it’s a four-star restaurant, hand it to the waiter who rushes over to help you with your chair.

If it’s a normal place, and no waiter rushes over, leave your napkin on your empty chair.       

2. Under what circumstances is it acceptable to apply lipstick in public?      

Never.       

3. What are the characteristics of capitalism?     

Private ownership of the means of production and distribution, and the exchange of goods based on the operations of the market.       

4. What is the appropriate reply to make to a man who says he loves you?      

Thank you. You are very kind.       

5. What did Marx consider to be the contradiction in capitalism?     

The value of any commodity is determined by the amount of labor needed to produce it. In denying workers the value of what they have produced, the capitalists are undermining their own economic system.       

6.White shoes are unacceptable . . .  .     

At funerals, after Labor Day, before Memorial Day, and anywhere there might be horses.        

7. Describe an oligarchy.      

Small group exercises control for generally corrupt purposes.       

8. Describe a Sidecar. 
    
1/3 lemon juice, 1/3 Cointreau, 1/3 brandy shaken well with ice, strained before serving.
    
The only one I missed was the one about what to say to a man when he tells you he loves you. It turns out you aren’t supposed to say thank you.
    
Not, of course, that this will ever happen to me. But Grandmère says I might be surprised someday.
    
I wish!

【重点词汇/俚语精解】  

1.detention n.拘留,扣押,放学后留校

2.Something has got to give.字面上的意思是“有些东西必须要给!”但是,是实际的意思是1.因为某件事情已经处于“濒于崩溃”状态  2.对于某件事,需要突破改变或是受不了了,大致表达"事情不能再这样了!"

3.bifocals n.( bifocal的名词复数 ) 双重焦点透镜,双光眼镜

4.pull in v.吸引,(火车) 进站,节省,拘留,在这里是指把某人留下来。

5. humiliate someone in public <超地道>当众羞辱某人,让某人出丑。

6.Nah n.<美俚>不

7.have some guts 还真有点胆量,有勇气敢做...

8.pester v.纠缠,一直追问,使...烦恼

牛津定义:to annoy somebody, especially by asking them something many times.

Don't pester me with your trivial matters.
别拿你那些鸡毛蒜皮的事同我纠缠。

题外话:普大真心建议童鞋有时间多查一下英英释义的词典,词汇的解释真的简单明了,一看就懂~比起中文的用类似,反复的词解释好太多,就是中文解释都差不多才导致很多英语词汇意思,用法死活分不清呀~

9.get back at <俚>实行报复

I'll find a way of getting back at him!
我会找到办法报复他的。

同义词汇:revenge v.为...报仇,复仇

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