常远新托福口语真经试读 15

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2013-6-28 15:14

新托福口语第五题预测真题

2012年01月21日 北美托福考试 口语真题

Question 5

Narrator: You will now listen to a conversation. You will then be asked a question about it. After you hear the question, you will have 20 seconds to prepare your response and 60 seconds to speak.
Narrator: Now listen to a conversation between two students.

The speakers discuss two possible solutions to the man’s problem. Describe the problem and the two solutions. Then explain what you think the man should do and why.

Preparation Time: 20 Seconds

Response Time: 60 Seconds

回答详解

Note-taking笔记

Problem

→ tutor frd → math test
but tk ← rmt → concert / nite

2 solutions

miss the show → tutor frd & → show, find another tutor

Better choice

1st √

Reasons

1) promised → tutor
rude → another tutor ×warn
2) duty > entertain~
if man ×keep cmt (commitment), when ?

Paraphrasing 笔记转述

Problem

 → tutor frd → math test
The man promised to tutor a friend for a math test.
 but tk ← rmt → concert / nite
But his roommate got tickets for a one-time-only concert

2 solutions

 miss the show → tutor frd & → show, find another tutor
He can either miss the performance to tutor his friend, or he can go to the concert and tell his friend to find another tutor.

Better choice

 1st √
Personally speaking, the first solution is better.

Reasons

 1) promised → tutor
He made the promise to do the tutoring first.
 rude → another tutor ×warn
It would be rude to tell his friend to find another tutor without any warning in advance.
 2) duty > entertain~
I think duty takes precedence over entertainment.
 if man ×keep cmt (commitment), when?
If the man does not learn to keep a commitment now while he is young, when will he learn to do so?

Sample Response 参考答案

Problem

The man is faced with the problem that he promised to tutor a friend for a math test. But then his roommate got tickets for a one-time-only concert given by his favorite musician. He is facing a dilemma and doesn’t know what to do.

2 solutions

He can either miss the performance to tutor his friend or he can go to the concert and tell his friend to find another tutor.

Better choice

Personally speaking, the first solution is better.

Reasons

He made the promise to do the tutoring first. Plus, it would be rude to tell his friend to find another tutor without any warning in advance. Also, I think duty takes precedence over entertainment. If the man does not learn to keep a commitment now while he is young, when will he learn to do so?

实用表达课堂

one-time-only 仅此一次的 keep a commitment 信守承诺

常远老师提示

take precedence over

意为“比…更重要;优先于…“。在本答案中,这句话意为“履行责任比娱乐活动重要“。又如:Friendship takes precedence over beauty. 不要重色轻友。

听力原文

[Conversation]

W: Hi, Jeff, you seem thoughtful today.
M: Well, I do have a problem. I’m not sure how to solve it.
W: So tell me about it. Two heads are better than one.
M: I promised to tutor Joe in math. We’ve got that test, and…
W: Joe is hopelessly confused, I know. I heard you talking to him.
M: But, my roommate just got tickets to go hear Muddy Watters play jazz. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to hear him! I’ve got all his records and everything. Problem is, the concert is tonight, at the same time I told Joe we’d meet. So… what should I do?
W: If it was me, I’d go see Joe. He is your best friend, and a promise is a promise. Plus, you told him first. Go listen to Muddy Watters tomorrow.
M: I know and I feel so guilty. But Muddy Watters is here for just the one night. If I don’t go now, I’ll not have another chance.
W: Well, there is the Tutoring Center. You could tell Joe to call them and line up another tutor. That way you could go to the concert and Joe could still get the help he needs.
M: True… But Joe likes the way I explain things. Telling him “Get someone else.“ like this and on short notice is like saying “I don’t care.“ He’s got enough worries with the test coming. He doesn’t need me making things even harder on him.

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