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

在這段會話中,剛到校的新生亞娜(Jana)、露西婭(Lucia)和阿金伊(Akinyi)相互幫助尋找校園中的一個地點。

Jana: Excuse me. Do you know how to get to the Campus Center?

Lucía: Yes, I do. Go straight on this path. At the big brick building, take a left. Walk on that path for about a minute. The Campus Center is on the right. It’s a big white building.

Jana: Great! Thank you so much. Do you also know where the Burton Conference Hall is? It’s located somewhere inside the Campus Center.

Lucía: I’m not exactly sure. But my roommate and I are heading there now. Do you want to come with us?

Jana: That would be great!

Lucía:By the way, I’m Lucía, and this is my roommate Akinyi. We’re exchange students for the fall semester.

Jana: I am too! My name is Jana. It’s nice to meet you both.

Lucía and Akinyi: It’s nice to meet you too.

讓我們來學習一些詞語(也可選擇閱讀英文解釋:

問路的方法之一是:“Do you know how to get to _____?”[你知道怎樣去_____嗎?] 例如:“Do you know how to get to Main Street?” (你知道怎麼去主街嗎?) “Do you know how to get to the post office?”(你知道怎麼去郵局嗎?)

在指路的時候, go straight的意思是直走,不要轉彎。

Take a left的意思是向左轉。

在指路的時候也會用到On the right[在右邊]。 它用來告訴問路人其要找的地方的位置,例如是在馬路的右邊。

Not exactly sure: 不十分確定,不完全有把握。

To head somewhere的意思是前往某個地方。

短語by the way用於說話中要臨時插入或者改變話題的時候,意思是“順便提一下”。例如:“I went to the movies last night and saw the movie you recommended. By the way, I saw your sister there.” (我昨天晚上去看了你推薦的那部電影。順便說一句,我在那兒看見你妹妹了。)

交換生是來自其他國家的外國學生類型之一。

如果你想進一步學習英語,請瀏覽“英語學習”專題網頁。

American English 網站提供可供英語學生和教師免費使用的多種英語資源。American English Facebook網頁提供每天更新的英語學習資料。
“日常會話”由美國國務院教育與文化事務局英語語言項目處(Office of English Language Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)資深項目官員海蒂·豪蘭(Heidi Howland)編寫。

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.

In this conversation, new students (Jana, Lucía and Akinyi) at a university help one another to locate a building on campus.

Jana: Excuse me. Do you know how to get to the Campus Center?

Lucía: Yes, I do. Go straight on this path. At the big brick building, take a left. Walk on that path for about a minute. The Campus Center is on the right. It’s a big white building.

Jana: Great! Thank you so much. Do you also know where the Burton Conference Hall is? It’s located somewhere inside the Campus Center.

Lucía: I’m not exactly sure. But my roommate and I are heading there now. Do you want to come with us?

Jana: That would be great!

Lucía: By the way, I’m Lucía, and this is my roommate Akinyi. We’re exchange students for the fall semester.

Jana: I am too! My name is Jana. It’s nice to meet you both.

Lucía and Akinyi: It’s nice to meet you too.

Now let’s review the vocabulary.

One way to ask for directions is to use the question form: “Do you know how to get to _____?” For example: “Do you know how to get to Main Street?” “Do you know how to get to the post office?”

When giving directions, go straight means to move in the same direction without turning.

Take a left means to turn left.

On the right is used when giving directions. It means that a location (such as a building) is on the right side of the path or street.

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

To head somewhere means to go somewhere.

The phrase by the way is used to introduce a statement that changes the subject being discussed. For example: “I went to the movies last night and saw the movie you recommended. By the way, I saw your sister there.”

An exchange student is a student from one country who attends a school in another country.

Ready to learn more English? Our materials can help.

The American English website offers a variety of free resources for learners and teachers of English. The American English Facebook page posts learning materials for English-language learners daily.

Everyday Conversations are developed by the State Department’s Heidi Howland, a senior program officer in the Office of English Language Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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