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常春藤解析英语【36】Finding Himself 印度之旅
2010-08-13 17:49:15 来源：常春藤英语
by Marcus Maurice
In the rural city of Kochi in Kerala, India, Michael Cheng felt that he wasn't experiencing the real India. He was far away from the comfort and technology of his home in Taiwan. Yet, he was staying at a house that had a car and a driveway. These are luxuries that only a few can afford in India. He kindly asked the family he was with if he could live as most Indians live.
They consented to his request and Michael got to live with a new family who made a living by fishing. Every day, Michael would go with them to work and do what they did, catching and cleaning fish. He would bathe in the river because that was the only water they had. When he had the soap on his body, a lot of small fish would come bite him and Michael said it felt like a massage.
Inside their house, everyone slept on mats that were on a dirt floor. However, there was one thing that looked out of place—a big recliner in the middle of the living room. Michael asked one of the kids, "Why do you have such a nice chair when all of the other things in the house are old?" One of the sons answered, "My father said that we have to have something nice in case we ever have a visitor. Would you please honor our family and sit in the chair?" At that moment, Michael learned that in India, a guest is a god.
1. rural a. 乡下的
urban a. 城市的
2. experience vt. 体验
3. comfort n. 安逸，舒适 & a. 舒适的
4. driveway n. 私人车道
5. luxury n. 奢侈
luxurious a. 奢侈的
live a luxurious life 过着奢侈的生活
6. bathe vi. 洗澡
7. massage n. 按摩
8. mat n. 垫子；草席
9. dirt n. 泥，土
10. recliner n. 躺椅
= reclining chair
1. afford vt. 负担得起
afford 其前通常与助动词 can 或 can't 并用，而不可单独使用，其后则可接名词或不定词作受词。
can/can't afford + N/to V 负担得起∕不起（做）……
例: After working for months, I can finally afford that scooter I want.
2. consent to + N/V-ing 同意∕答应……
consent vi. 同意
例: Lily's father consented to letting her borrow his car for the weekend.
3. make a living by V-ing 靠……维生
= earn a living by V-ing
例: Though he's rich now, Mr. Jones once made a living by collecting garbage.
4. feel like + N 感觉像……
feel like + V-ing 想要做……
例: The passing train made the building shake so much that it felt like an earthquake.
例: I feel like going out for dinner tonight.
5. out of place 不适当的；格格不入的
例: Jim felt out of place among all the girls in the dance class.
6. in the middle of... 在……中央∕中间
例: There is a small island in the middle of the lake.
7. in case + S + V 万一∕倘若……；以防……
例: Katie always carries a camera in case she sees something interesting.
8. honor vt. 使增光；对……表示敬意
例: There will be a party tonight to honor our retiring English teacher.
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