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听故事学4000英语词汇47: 亨利·福特的名车

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Unit 17 Word List

第17单元 单词表

aim n.

目的

An aim is a goal someone wants to make happen.

想要实现的某个目标。

→ My aim is to become a helicopter pilot.

我的目标是成为一名直升机飞行员。

attach v.

附属

To attach is to put two things together.

把两种东西放在一起。

→ I attached the socks to the clothesline to dry.

我把袜子挂在晾衣绳上晾干。

bet v.

打赌

To bet is to risk money on the result of a game or a business.

对某场比赛或生意的结果下注。

→ How much will you bet that your horse will win?

你下注多少赌你的马会赢?

carriage n.

四轮马车

A carriage is a vehicle pulled by a horse.

由马拉动的车。

→ We took a carriage ride in the park.

我们在公园里坐了一次马车。

classic adj.

经典的

If something is classic, it is typical.

表示典型的。

→ The athlete made a classic mistake-he started running too soon.

这名运动员犯了一个常见的失误-他抢跑了。

commute v.

通勤

To commute is to travel a long distance to get to work.

去上班走的长路。

→ I usually commute to work on the train.

我通常坐火车去上班。

confirm v.

确认

To confirm is to make sure something is correct.

确保某事是正确的。

→ Winning the game confirmed that James was a good player.

赢得比赛证实了詹姆斯是个好球员。

criticize v.

批评

To criticize is to say you do not like someone or something.

说出自己不喜欢某人某事。

→ He criticized his wife for spending too much money.

他批评妻子花钱太多。

differ v.

相异

To differ is to not be the same as another person or thing.

与别人或别的事物不相同的。

→ I differ from my brother; he is short, while I am tall.

我和我哥哥有所不同:他长得矮,但我比较高。

expense n.

消费,开支

An expense is the money that people spend on something.

人们花费在某物上的金钱。

→ She wrote down all the expenses for her trip.

她记录下了旅行中所有的花费。

formal adj.

正式的

If something is formal, it is done in an official way.

以正式的方式完成。

→ It was a formal dinner, so we wore our best clothes.

这是一次正式的晚餐,所以我们都穿了最好的衣服。

height n.

高度

Height is how tall someone or something is.

某人或某物的高度。

→ My height is 168 centimeters.

我身高1.68米。

invent v.

发明

To invent something is to create something that never existed before.

创造出前所未有的东西。

→ My grandfather has invented some interesting things.

我爷爷发明了一些有趣的东西。

junior adj.

下级的

If someone is junior in their job, they do not have a lot of power.

表示位卑言轻的。

→ When she started at the company, she was only a junior manager.

她刚进公司时只是一名初级经理。

labor n.

劳动

Labor is the act of doing or making something.

做某事或创造某物。

→ Building the house took a lot of labor.

建房子需要大量劳力。

mechanic n.

技工

A mechanic is someone who fixes vehicles or machines.

指修车或修机器的人。

→ We took the car to the mechanic to be fixed.

我们把车开到维修店里维修。

prime adj.

主要的

If something is prime, it is the most important one.

表示最重要的。

→ Dirty air is a prime cause of illness.

污染的空气是疾病的主要引源。

shift v.

移动

To shift to something is to move into a new place or direction.

将某物移动另一个地方或方向。

→ He shifted to the other side of the table to eat his breakfast.

他移到桌子的另一边吃早餐。

signal n.

信号

A signal is a sound or action that tells someone to do something.

告诉人们行动的某种声音或动作。

→ The coach blew his whistle as a signal to begin the game.

教练吹响哨子作为比赛开始的标志。

sincere adj.

真诚的

When people are sincere, they tell the truth.

表示诚实的。

→ He sounded sincere when he apologized to me.

他向我道歉时显得很真诚。

Henry Ford's Famous Car

亨利·福特的名车

My name is Henry Ford, and I invented a car called the Model T. I used to watch carriages on the streets. They fascinated me. Then I got a job as a junior mechanic. My father criticized me. He wanted me to run the farm. But I did not shift my plans.

我叫亨利·福特,我发明了一种型车。以前我在街上看到马车就会被吸引。后来我找到了一份初级技工的工作。我爸爸因此批评了我,因为他想让我接管农场,但我并没有改变志向。

Then I worked for the Detroit Auto Company. But I wanted to make cars using less labor. That way, there would be fewer expenses. I started the Ford Motor Company in 1903. At first, the company did not do well. But many people were betting on my success. I also had a sincere aim to make a car that anybody could buy.

后来,我去了底特律汽车公司工作。但我一直想以最小的投入生产汽车,那样就能降低成本支出。1903年,我开了一家汽车公司,叫福特汽车公司。起初,公司运营得并不好,但很多人都看好我,认为我会成功。同时,我也有一个真诚的目标,那就是生产所有人都能买得起的汽车。

Then, in 1908, I introduced the Model T in a formal ceremony. It confirmed that I was right; it was possible to build a car my way!

随后,到了1908年,我在一次正式集会上提出了我的T型车计划。事实证明我是对的:以我的方式生产汽车是可行的!

The Model T differed from other vehicles. Workers could attach different parts for cars or trucks. This saved time. One Model T could be put together in 93 minutes. All of them had the same classic design. They were all the same size and height. The prime reason for doing this was to save money.

T型车和别的汽车不同,工人们可以同时组装不同的部分。这样就节省了时间,93分钟就能组装好一辆车。所有车型的设计、尺寸和高度都一样。这么做的最主要原因是节约成本。

Over 19 years, I sold over 15 million Model Ts. This sent a signal to other companies. People would buy cars to commute to work if the price was low enough.

19年来,我总共卖了1500万辆T型车。其他公司也醒悟过来了,那就是只要价格足够低,人们还是愿意买车用于上班通勤的。

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