三名學生 Akinyi、Lee 和 Peter 坐在一起討論他們所學的專業 (State Dept./ D.A. Peterson)

來自世界不同地方的六位學生在美國相遇。他們都是交換學生,到美國大學就讀一個學期,學習英語,瞭解美國文化,同時修專業課程。英語日常會話” (Everyday Conversations)系列圍繞這六位學生在美國的經歷展開。這套材料適於中級或中級以上英語水平的學生使用

閱讀並聆聽六名學生 (Lucía, Peter, Ajay, Lee, Akinyi and Jana) 談論他們將在大學學習的不同專業


Lucía: Thanks for meeting up today, guys. I’m happy that I’ve met so many other exchange students already. It’s a big relief.

Peter: Yeah, we’re all in the same boat, so let’s try to support one another throughout the semester.

Ajay: Are we taking any of the same classes?

Lee: I think we all have different majors, so we might not be in any of the same classes.

Akinyi: What’s your major, Lee?

Lee: My major is environmental science. How about you?

Akinyi: Mine is quite different. I’m majoring in business.

Ajay: And my major is journalism. How about you, Jana? What’s your major?

Jana: I’m studying engineering. I’m not exactly sure what type of engineering I’ll eventually major in. Maybe electrical or aeronautical engineering.

Lucía: And I’m an American studies major.

Peter: That’s interesting. What do you study?

Lucía: We study the novels, music, film, politics, economy and history of the United States. I’m excited to be in the U.S. this semester to study as much as I can about the culture. How about you, Peter? What’s your major?

Peter: I’m an education major. I’d like to teach young children. They’re full of energy and curiosity. I guess kind of like us.

讓我們來學習一些詞語(也可以選擇閱讀英文解釋):

To meet up 是指為了共同做某件事而與一個或幾個人碰頭。

guys是對兩個或以上的人的一種非正式稱呼。雖然“guy”一詞的意思是“男人”,但非正式的guys可以指男性和/或女性。在美國有些人就是這樣使用guys一詞的。但是,也有人並不同意這種用法,因為“guy”的意思是“男人”而並不包括 “女人” (也不同時指男性和女性)。)。

To be in the same boat 意思是與他人處境相同。

在大學或學院,每個學生要選擇一個majorMajor 是學生所選擇的學習領域,是學生的專業。“Major”可以用作名詞或動詞。

談論某人的專業有不同的說法。其中一個是“My major is _____.”比如:“My major is history.”

另一種說法是將“major”用作動詞。當“major”用作動詞時,使用短語major in。比如:“I’m majoring in ____.”

一名學生也可以將“major”用作名詞來指他或她自己。比如:“I’m an American studies major.”

也可以用動詞study來談論自己的專業。比如:“I’m studying biology”和“I study biology”兩種說法都可以表明該學生的專業。

Not exactly sure: 一個人對某件事沒有百分之百的把握。

如果你想進一步學習英語,請瀏覽“英語學習”專題網頁。

Akinyi, Lee and Peter look at photos and discuss what they will study (State Dept./ D.A. Peterson).
Six students from around the world meet. What do they have in common? They are all exchange students studying at a U.S. university for a semester. Throughout the semester, they learn more English, learn about U.S. culture, and learn more about their fields of study. This series of Everyday Conversations is about these six students and their experiences during a semester at a university in the U.S. These conversations are for intermediate-level English-language learners or higher.

Read and listen to six students (Lucía, Peter, Ajay, Lee, Akinyi and Jana) talking about the different programs they will study at the university.

Lucía: Thanks for meeting up today, guys. I’m happy that I’ve met so many other exchange students already. It’s a big relief.

Peter: Yeah, we’re all in the same boat, so let’s try to support one another throughout the semester.

Ajay: Are we taking any of the same classes?

Lee: I think we all have different majors, so we might not be in any of the same classes.

Akinyi: What’s your major, Lee?

Lee: My major is environmental science. How about you?

Akinyi: Mine is quite different. I’m majoring in business.

Ajay: And my major is journalism. How about you, Jana? What’s your major?

Jana: I’m studying engineering. I’m not exactly sure what type of engineering I’ll eventually major in. Maybe electrical or aeronautical engineering.

Lucía: And I’m an American studies major.

Peter: That’s interesting. What do you study?

Lucía: We study the novels, music, film, politics, economy and history of the United States. I’m excited to be in the U.S. this semester to study as much as I can about the culture. How about you, Peter? What’s your major?

Peter: I’m an education major. I’d like to teach young children. They’re full of energy and curiosity. I guess kind of like us.

Now let’s review the vocabulary.

To meet up means to meet a person or people in order to do something together.

The word guys is an informal way to refer to two or more people. Although the word “guy” means “man,” the informal guys can refer to men and/or women. Some people in the U.S. use the term guys in this way. However, there are others who do not agree with this usage because “guy” means “man” and does not include “woman” (or both man and woman) in its meaning.

To be in the same boat means to be in the same situation as others.

In university and college, each student choices a major. A major is a chosen field of study, the specialization of the student. “Major” can be used as a noun or a verb.

There are different ways to talk about one’s major. One of these ways is to say, “My major is _____.” For example: “My major is history.”

Another way is to use the word “major” as a verb. When using the word “major” as a verb, use the phrase major in. For example: “I’m majoring in ____.”

A student can also use “major” as a noun to refer to him- or herself. For example: “I’m an American studies major.”

One can also use the verb study to talk about one’s major. For example: “I’m studying biology” and “I study biology” both show the student’s major.

Not exactly sure: The person is not 100 percent certain about something.

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