新概念英语第三册第9课课文和听力:Flying cats飞猫

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Lesson 9 Flying cats 飞猫
Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
听录音,然后回答以下问题。
How do cats try to protect themselves when falling from great heights?
Cats never fail to fascinate human beings. They can be friendly and affectionate towards humans, but they lead mysterious lives of their own as well. They never become submissive like dogs and horses. As a result, humans have learned to respect feline independence. Most cats remain suspicious of humans all their lives. One of the things that fascinates us most about cats is the popular belief that they have nine lives. Apparently, there is a good deal of truth in this idea. A cat's ability to survive falls is based on fact.
Recently the New York Animal Medical Center made a study of 132 cats over a period of five months. All these cats had one experience in common: they had fallen off high buildings, yet only eight of them died from shock or injuries. Of course, New York is the ideal place for such an interesting study, because there is no shortage of tall buildings. There are plenty of high-rise windowsills to fall from! One cat, Sabrina, fell 32 storeys, yet only suffered from a broken tooth. 'Cats behave like well-trained paratroopers.' a doctor said. It seems that the further cats fall, the less they are likely to injure themselves. In a long drop, they reach speeds of 60 miles an hour and more. At high speeds, falling cats have time to relax. They stretch out their legs like flying squirrels. This increases their air-resistance and reduces the shock of impact when they hit the ground.

New words and expressions 生词和短语
fascinate
v. 迷住,吸引住
affectionate
adj. 充满深情,柔情的
mysterious
adj. 神秘的,难以理解的
submissive
adj. 服从的,顺从的
feline
adj. 猫的
independence
n. 独立,独立性
high-rise
adj. 高层的
windowsill
n. 窗槛
paratrooper
n. 伞兵
squirrel
n. 松鼠
air-resistance
n. 空气阻力
impact

n. 冲击力


第一段词汇解析

①affectionate = loving。

②submissive = obedient。

③As a result = consequently。

④remain = continue to be。

⑤suspicious 存疑, be suspicious of。

 

第二段词汇解析

①冒号后面的这个句子算作解释分句,是对 one experience in common 的具体说明。

②there is no shortage of = there are plenty of/not lack of。

③behave = act。

④injure =harm。

⑤increases = raises。

⑥reduces = cuts down。

 

Notes 学习笔记

词组归纳

1.never fail to do sth.

2.human beings

3.lead +adj.+ life

4.as a result

5.be suspicious of

6.a good deal of

7.be based on

8.make a study of

9.in common

10.die from

11.be shortage of

12.suffer from

13.stretch out


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