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VOA慢速英语[词汇典故]汽车与生活方式

2016-03-11    来源:普特英语听力    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
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Hello and welcome to Words and Their Stories -- a weekly program from VOA Learning English.

It can be said that the United States is a driving culture. The U.S., after all, is a big country and many Americans love cars.

So, it is no surprise that many Americans English expressions come from the world of driving. One exciting example is “life in the fast lane.”

This expression comes from the country’s large system of highways. The roads are marked with painted lines to keep vehicles safely apart.

These lines divide each road into separate lanes.

Most highways in the U.S. are wide enough for three or four cars to travel side-by-side. Many areas require that slow drivers drive in the far-right lane. Faster moving traffic operates in the middle lanes. The fastest cars drive on the far-left side -- also called the fast lane.

Someone living in the fast lane is like a fast-moving car. They live dangerously, at breakneck speed. It is a way of life marked by a fast pace and usually the chase of immediate satisfaction.

A person who lives in the fast lane is not happy to just live life quietly like other people. No. For someone living in the fast lane life is one exciting experience after another. Every night is a party!

Living life in the fast lane can be a selfish way to live. Sometimes these people only care about finding their next big thrill.

Such people might drink a lot of alcohol or use other drugs. They do not think twice about how their lifestyle may affect them down the road or how it may affect others.

So, who lives in the fast lane?

Living in the fast lane has a high price tag. You need lots of money for this kind of life.

Some Hollywood movie actors are famous for their rich, fast-paced lives. Sports stars can have days filled with events, parties and groupies – people who like famous people and follow them.

But you do not have to be famous to live in the fast lane. Many politicians, lawyers and business tycoons live in the fast lane. For them, life is full of movement, excitement and action!

However, most people -- even actors and sports stars -- need to be well-rested to perform well. If not, they could burn out quickly. But getting a full 8 hours is usually not part of life in the fast lane. 

Many people who live in the fast lane are young. Sometimes, the fast lane leads them down a rocky road, or a very difficult phase.

Others may hit a fork in the road. They must decide to stay in the fast lane or slow down to possibly have a longer and more meaningful life.

And some never learn. Their life in the fast lane leads them to the end of the road – meaning they die.

Rock musicians are known for living in the fast lane. We do not have time to name all of the performers who died young from their fast ways.

Members of the rock band the Eagles lived in the fast lane. In fact, the group’s founders, Glenn Frey and Don Henley, co-wrote a song about it.

“Life in the Fast Lane” is one of their biggest hits.

The two men were honest about this way of life, singing it will “surely make you lose your mind.”                                    

Glenn Frey died on January 18, 2016. As he aged, Frey did slow down. He became interested in health and physical fitness. But he died at the relatively young age of 67.  

I’m Anna Matteo.


这里是美国之音慢速英语一周一期的词汇典故。

通常我们都说美国是一个具有汽车文化的国家。毕竟美国是一个大国,而且很多美国人都喜欢汽车。

因此,美国的很多英语表达来源于驾驶界也不足为奇了。一个让人感到激动的例子是"life in the fast lane"(紧张刺激的生活。)

这个表来出自于美国大规模的乡村公路系统。这些道路画上很多线来确保汽车安全隔开。这些线也把每条路划分成单独的路段。

美国大部分公路宽度足够三到四辆车并列通行。许多地区要求开得慢的司机在最右侧车道行驶,更快的车流在中间车道行驶,开得最快的司机在最左边车道也就是快车道行驶。

我们说某人生活刺激,就像是快车道上的汽车,他们以飞速惊险的(breakneck)速度体验刺激。这是一种以快节奏和追求瞬间满足为标志的生活方式。

生活刺激的人不满足像其他人一样平静地生活。对于生活刺激的人来说,生活就是一次有一次历险,每天都是一场盛会。

生活刺激是一种自私的生活方式。又是这些人在乎的只有寻找他们下一个大刺激。

这类型人可能会喝很多酒嗑药。他们不会仔细考虑(do not think twice)他们的生活方式会如何影响他们的将来(down the road),不会考虑可能会给他人带来什么影响。

那么谁在追求生活刺激呢?

生活刺激需要高额投入,过这种生活你需要很多的钱。

很多好莱坞电影明星因自己丰富,快节奏的生活著称。体育明星整天都充满了各种事件,聚会和追星族。追星族就是喜欢名人并且追随他们。

但是你无需出名去过刺激的生活。很多政客,律师和商界大亨(tycoon)都生活刺激。对他们而言,生活充满了变化,刺激和挑战。

然而,大多数人--即使是演员和体育明星也需要很好休息以表现很好。如果不这样,他们很快就会精疲力尽(burn out)。但是每天睡足八小时通常不是刺激生活的一部分。

很多生活刺激的人群都是年轻人。有时,生活刺激会把他们带向一个非常困难的阶段。

还有些人可能会遇到人生抉择(fork in the road)。他们必须决定继续生活刺激还是放缓速度进入到一种更长久更有意义的生活。

而有些人永远也学不乖,他们的刺激生活将他们带向了终点,也就是死亡。

老鹰乐队就因生活刺激而出名。我们没有时间一一列出所有因刺激的生活方式而早逝的表演者。

老鹰乐队成员生活就很刺激。实际上,该乐队创始人格伦·弗雷和唐·亨利就就此合写了一首歌。

《Life in the Fast Lane》是他们最热门的一首歌曲。

这两人对这种生活方式十分诚实,他们唱到,“这无疑会让你失去理智”。

格伦于2016年1月18日去世。当他老了的时候,他不在追求刺激生活了,开始对健康和健身感兴趣了。但是67岁去世也是比较年轻的。

我是安娜·马特奥。



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