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专四听写训练98:Different "Styles" of Directions

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I travel a lot, and I find out different “styles” of directions every time I ask “How can I get to the post office?”

In Japan, people use landmarks in their directions instead of street names. For example, the Japanese will say to travelers, " Go straight down to the corner. Turn left at the big hotel and go past a fruit market. The post office is across from the bus stop."

In the countryside of the American Midwest, instead of landmarks, people will tell you directions and distances. For example, people will say, “Go north two miles. Turn east, and then go another mile.”

People in Los Angeles, California, have no idea of distance on the map; they measure distance in time, not miles. “How far away is the post office?” you ask. “Oh,” they answer, “it’s about five minutes from here.” You say, “Yes, but how many miles away is it?” They don’t know.

Useful Words and Expressions

landmark n. 地标
a landmark court ruling 深具意义的法庭裁定
a landmark decision 一项重大的决定
style n. 风格,格调
come into style 变得时髦,流行起来
cramp sb.'s style 使某人觉得不自由,妨碍某人
in style 别具风格地,时髦地
in the style of 仿……式
out of style 不时髦的,不时新的
That's the style. [口](表示赞同)这正对路;正是如此。
The style is the man. [谚] 文如其人。


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2011-12-13 16:45 编辑:wjy2005tom
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