北师大版高中英语第四册课文朗读:4kw lesson 48

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[00:00.10]Lesson 48 The New Australians

[00:1.00]We interviewed some people who have emigrated to Australia and asked:

[00:2.00]Is it all kangaroos and surfing?

[00:3.00]Martin:"I must admit that before I came here,

[00:4.00]I thought that Australia would be a rather dull place,you know,

[00:5.00]all beach barbecues and surfing but no real culture.

[00:6.00]I was surprised when I came to work at Systralia University.

[00:7.00]There's a really lively cultural scene here.

[00:8.00]Australia has produced some outstanding painters like Sidney Nolan

[00:9.00]and world class writers like Patrick White and Peter Carey.

[00:10.00]The film industry is pretty dynamic,too.

[00:11.00]As well as famous actors like Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman,

[00:12.00]there are some innovative film directors such as Peter Weir and Bruce Beresford.

[00:13.00]If you're looking for something to do at night in Sydney,

[00:14.00]you'll find a wide choice of opera,classical concerts,Shakespearean drama,

[00:15.00]Aboriginal culture,rock concerts,Broadway musicals,comedy,

[00:16.00]and cabaretyou're spoilt for choice,really,

[00:17.00]Of course,things are more limited if you live in a small town."

[00:18.00]George:"Well,you won't see many kangaroos in Melbourne,

[00:19.00]except maybe on the menu in a restaurant!

[00:20.00]They're great,really tasty,by the way!

[00:21.00]But it's true,most Australians live on the coast.

[00:22.00]We're a beach culture,I suppose,and yes,surfing is popular.

[00:23.00]Almost everybody lives in the big cities on the coast

[00:24.00]because most of the country inland is desert and farmland.

[00:25.00]Farming is mainly sheep farming.

[00:26.00]Somebody once told me there were seven sheep for every Australian

[00:27.00]that's a lot of sheep!Mining is also big here.

[00:28.00]we're the world's biggest Greece in the 1980s in fact,

[00:29.00]Melourne has one of the largest Greek communities outside Athens!

[00:30.00]One of the things we found hard t handle at first in Australia

[00:31.00]was the feeling of being isolated.

[00:32.00]Austraia is a long way from Europe!

[00:33.00]Flights take about twentyfour hours and they're not cheap either"

[00:34.00]Julie:"Sure,surfing is part of the beach scene,

[00:35.00]but it's not the main leisure sport.

[00:36.00]Because the weather's so good,we're an outdoor people.

[00:37.00]Bushwalking,fishing,horse riding,tennis,golf and sailing are all popular.

[00:38.00]We take sport very seriously and we've produced great CRIcket and rugby teams,

[00:39.00]Olympic swimmers and top cyclists.We're proud of our country.

[00:40.00]There are loads of really spectacular placees to see in Australia.

[00:41.00]The Great Barier Reef is the biggest structure on Earth made by living things.

[00:42.00]Then there's the outback.

[00:43.00]That's the desert and semidesert area in the middle of the country.

[00:44.00]It's a great place for trekking,or what we call bushwalking,

[00:45.00]and you can see some amazing animalskoalas,emus,platypuses,echidnas,

[00:46.00]possums,dingos and kangaroos,of course!

[00:47.00]One of the mst interesting places to visit is Uluru,

[00:48.00]which we used to call Ayers Rock.

[00:49.00]It's really impressive at sunrise when the red rock changes colour,

[00:50.00]By the way,if you travel in Australia by car,take care on the roads.

[00:51.00]Most of them are in pretty poor condition

[00:52.00]and then there are the road trainshuge trucks with two or three trailers.

[00:53.00]And look out for snakes and spiders

[00:54.00]Australia has the most poisonous collection in the whole world!"

[00:55.00]Fiona:"There's definitely much more to Australia than kangaroos and surfing!

[00:56.00]When we came to Australia from Scoatland,over ten years ago.

[00:57.00]we soon realised that Australian culture is a marvellous mixture

[00:58.00]of many different cultures.

[00:59.00]Apart from the early AngloIrish settlers,

[1:00.00]since 1945 the population has become more cosmoolitan,

[1:1.00]with immigrants from Italy,Greece,Yugoslavia,Turkey,Thailand,Vietnam and Cambodia.

[1:2.00]You can see all these influences in modern Australian cooking.

[1:3.00]We call it "fusion food"

[1:4.00]a brilliant mixture of delicious Mediterranean flavours,

[1:5.00]Southeast Asian spices and native Australia though.

[1:6.00]That's the way the native Australians,the Aborigines,have been treated.

[1:7.00]They now make up less than 1.% of the population.

[1:8.00]The new Australians took all their land and left them with virturally nothing.

[1:9.00]Most Aborigines live in deplorable conditions,

[1:10.00]while the rest of us are quite welloff.And they seem to be invisible.

[1:11.00]For example,you never see Aborigines in TV adverts.

[1:12.00]The "typical Australian is always blonde and blueeyed.

[1:13.00]I think that's unfair.

[1:14.00]The goverment is trying to improve things,but it seems a bit late.

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