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VOA慢速[科技报道]加纳竹制自行车吸引全球目光

2014-12-17    来源:普特英语听力    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
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From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report.

Bicycle frames are usually made out of materials like carbon fiber, steel or aluminum. But in rural Ghana, a businessman has developed another way to make bicycles from a natural product -- bamboo. 

Bamboo does not get much respect in Ghana. Farmers think of bamboo as an unwanted plant that needs to be cleared from their land. Construction workers use it to support buildings while they are being built.

But Kwabena Danso thinks bamboo is much more valuable. He operates a business called Boomers International. His company makes bicycle frames out of bamboo. The wooden bike parts are sent from Mr. Danso’s village to other countries, including Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.

Kwabena Danso says bamboo can help a country like Ghana in many ways. He says he wants to, in his words, “get the people to know that there’s a great advantage to bamboo.”

Young men from nearby villages come to work at Boomers International. They sand, glue and connect the bamboo frames. The company makes about 50 of the bicycle frames each month. The bamboo is grown locally. The glue to hold the parts together is made of flour from the cassava plant.

Mr. Danso says Boomers International provides good jobs to young men like Abdul Razak. He serves as a foreman or supervisor for the company. Mr. Razak says that without this job, he would still be living at home with his parents. He adds that the job helps him a lot.

Kwabena Danso has sold only a few of his bamboo bicycle frames within Ghana. Walter Kudzodzi is one of his customers. He bought a bicycle earlier this year. Mr. Kudzodzi says his bike gets a lot of attention when he rides around his neighborhood.

“For example on Saturday, I rode about five kilometers around my neighborhood and everywhere I went, people were just looking at me. And once in a while you hear the exclamation, ‘Hey, it’s made out of bamboo, hey, that’s the bamboo bicycle,’ yeah know, and anytime I stopped to take a breathe, people come close to me and say, ‘Wow, we heard about this, but this is the first time we’ve seen it.Is it functional?’ Does it work?  I say yeah, try it.”

Mr. Danso’s business has received lots of orders for his bicycles. He says Booomers is ready for expansion. He hopes to have more of his bamboo frames not just in foreign countries, but also on the roads of Ghana.

And that's the VOA Learning English Technology Report. 

For more technology stories, go to our website learningenglish.voanews.com.

I'm Jonathan.

重点短语 Key Phrases

1.be made out of 以...制作,由...制成

2.be cleared from从...清除

3.once in a while是不是,偶尔

4.take a breathe休息一下,喘口气

文本来源于普特论坛[report整理] SENEWS-2014-11-17


 来自VOA Learning English科技报道

 
自行车的框架通常是由碳素纤维,钢以及铝这类材质构成的。不过在加纳的农村(加纳为非洲西部的一个国家),一个商人则发明出了另一种采用天然材质制作自行车的方法—竹子
 
竹子这种植物在加纳并不是多么的受人重视。农夫们都觉得竹子这种植物是没有必要存在的,并且可以从地里清除掉。建筑工人们则会在修建房屋时用竹子作为支撑物。
 
但是克瓦贝纳·丹索却觉得竹子其实可以更有价值。他运营了一家名叫Booomers International. 的公司,该公司便是利用竹子作为自行车的框架。这种竹制自行车的零件是从丹索的村子发往其他国家的,其中包括德国,荷兰以及澳大利亚。
 
克瓦贝纳·丹索表示,竹子其实在很多方面都可以帮助像加纳这种国家。用他的话说,他想让更多的人能够知道竹子其实是有很大价值的。
 
有来自其他村子的年轻人来到Booomers International.工作。他们将竹子打磨,粘贴然后衔接起来做成竹制的框架。这家公司每个月能制造将近50个自行车框架。竹子则是生产于当地。而用来衔接各个部位的胶水则是用木薯粉制作而成的。
 
丹索先生说, Booomers International向阿布杜雷拉扎克( Abdul Razak音译)这样的年轻人提供了大好的工作机会。拉扎克就任于该公司的总监。拉扎克说,如果没有这份工作,他可能现在还同父母住一起。这份工作帮助了他很多,他补充道。
 
克瓦贝纳·丹索在加纳国内只销售了少量的自行车车架。沃尔特肯加西(Walter Kudzodzi 音译)就是他其中的顾客之一。他在今年早些时候购买了该自行车,肯加西说,当他骑着他的自行车在邻里之间转悠的时候得到了大量的关注。
 
他说“打个比方,我通常在周六会在我家附近骑五公里左右,我每到一个地方,人们都会盯着我看。偶尔你还会听到一些感叹,”看,那个是用竹子做的耶,快看,是竹子做的自行车耶“,每一次我停下来喘口气的时候,人们都会走近我然后说,”哇,我听说过这个车,但是这是我们第一次看见实物。这个车怎么样,实用吗?好骑吗?我通常会说,“当然,要不你来试试”?
 
丹索先生公司的竹制自行车收到了大量的订单。他说Booomers 已经做好了扩大规模的准备。他希望能在加纳的公路上看到更多自己生产的竹制自行车,而不仅仅是在国外的公路上。
 
来自VOA Learning English科技报道
 
更多科技故事,详情请登录website learningenglish.voanews.com.
 
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