暑假必读的新概念美文: 自己动手

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编辑点评: 2015年暑假已经开始,你的暑假打算如何度过呢?暑假这段时间,一定不要虚度,不妨读些新概念美文。即能提高英语成绩,丰富词汇量又非常有趣。下面就是小编为大家准备的非常有趣的新概念美文。

一、【Text】课文

So great is our passion for doing things for ourselves, that we are becoming increasingIy less dependent on specialized labour.

No one can plead ignorance of a subject any longer, for there are countless do-it-yourself publications. Armed with the right

tools and materials, newlyweds gaily embark on the task of decorating their own homes. Men, particularly, spend hours of their

leisure time installing their own fireplaces, laying out their own gardens; building garages and making furniture. Some really

keen enthusiasts go so far as to build their own computers. Shops cater for the do-it-yourself craze not only by running special

advisory services for novices, but by offering consumers bits and pieces which they can assemble at home. Such things provide

an excellent outlet for pent up creative energy, but unfortunately not all of us are born handymen.

Some wives tend to believe that their husbands are infinitely resourceful and can fix anything. Even men who can hardly drive a

nail in straight are supposed to be born electricians, carpenters, plumbers and mechanics. When lights fuse, furniture gets rickety,

pipes get clogged, or vacuum cleaners fail to operate, some women assume that their husbands will somehow put things right.

The worst thing about the do-it-yourself game is that sometimes even men live under the delusion that they can do anything, even

when they have repeatedly been proved wrong. It is a question of pride as much as anything else.

Last spring my wife suggested that I call in a man to look at our lawn mower. It had broken down the previous summer, and

though I promised to repair it, I had never got round to it. I would not hear of the suggestion and said that I would fix it myself.

One Saturday afternoon, I hauled the machine into the garden and had a close look at it. As far as I could see, it only needed a

minor adjustment: a turn of a screw here, a little tightening up there, a drop of oil and it would be as good as new. Inevitably the

repair job was not quite so simple. The mower firmly refused to mow, so I decided to dismantle it. The garden was soon littered

with chunks of metal which had once made up a lawn mower. But I was extremely pleased with myself. I had traced the cause of

the trouble. One of the links in the chain that drives the wheels had snapped. After buying a new chain I was faced with the

insurmountable task of putting the confusing jigsaw puzzle together again. I was not surprised to find that the machine still

refused to work after I had reassembled it, for the simple reason that I was left with several curiously shaped bits of metal which

did not seem to fit anywhere. I gave up in despair. The weeks passed and the grass grew. When my wife nagged me to do

something about it, I told her that either I would have to buy a new mower or let the grass grow. Needless to say our house is

now surrounded by a jungle. Buried somewhere in deep grass there is a rusting lawn-mower which I have prom-

ised to repair one day.

二、【New words and expressions】生词和短语

●plead v. 找(借口),辩解

●ignorance n. 无知,不懂

●publication n. 出版物

●newlyweds n. 新婚夫妇

●gaily adv. 愉快地,高兴地

●leisure n. 空闲

●keen adj. 热心的,渴望的

●advisory adj. 咨询的

●novice n. 新手

●consumer n. 消费者,顾客

●assemble v. 装配,组装

●outlet n. 出路

●creative adj. 创造性的

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