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新视野听说教程第三册听力原文(Unit 9)  

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Understanding Short Conversations

1. M: You want me to sign a premarital agreement? And you think I’m going to do this? Incredible!

W: Listen. I know it’s not something a person wants to think about before getting married\, but I have to protect myself in case we get divorced.

  Q: What are the speakers talking about?

 

2. W: Premarital agreement aren’t just for the rich anymore. I’ve heard of poor people getting them too.

  M:Really? I haven’t ever heard of that before. But I do see more people get married without being certain they will stay together forever.

Q: What has the man witnessed?

 

3. M:You’r so beautiful, smart, and funny. Why is it that you haven’t gotten married?

  W: I’ve come close a couple of times. But I refused to get married without a prenup. Most guys can’t accept this. I hope you’re different.

  Q: What can be inferred from the conversation?

 

4. M: I heard your parents got divorced last week! What happened?

  W: My mother…she got a job four years ago, got a new boss three years ago, and fell in love with him years ago. She started divorced procedures with my dad one year ago.

  Q: How many years have passed since the woman’s mother got a new boss?

 

5. M: When the government relaxed the divorce requirements, I thought the new laws would increase the divorce rate.

  W: Yeah. So did I. But look at the numbers here in the paper. Divorce rates have stayed about the same.

Q: What did the woman expect?

 

6. W: Families aren’t like what they used to be. I know of so many families with only one parent, with mothers left all alone to raise children and work at the same time.

  M: And something really shocking—I know of one family with three parents!

  Q: What does the man find surprising?

 

7. M:In a marriage, do you think one person should handle the finances or both?

  W: I think it’s easier for one person to handle the finances. Two make a mess of things. Take my parents for example, my dad had money in his wallet for whatever he needed and the rest went into the bank for mom to pay bills with. Never saw it fail once.

  Q: What can be inferred from the conversation?

 

8. W: Who’s that strange man handling your baby? I don’t think I’ve seen him before.

  M: Oh, Sam? He’s, well, he’s sort of my nanny. I just hired him. I know it’s unusual for men to do babysitting. But he’s really good.

  Q:What can be inferred from the conversation?

 

9. M: Are you sure you want to go through with this ?Divorce is so final. You know, my parents did it, and they were never the same. It was hard for them.

  W: I know. And I expect it to be hard for our kids. But I think it’s the right thing to do.

  Q: What is the relationship between the two speakers?

 

10. W: My sister is having trouble with her boyfriend. He won’t marry without ma prenup.

   M: I can see why. I wouldn’t have married you if you would’ve made this demand. My parents would’ve flipped!

   Q: What is the relationship between the two speakers?

 

Understanding a Long Conversation

M: Before we get married, I’d like us to talk about the arrangements we need to make, OK?

W: Arrangements? I’m kind of afraid of where I see this going.

M: What do you mean?

W: I think you’re going to ask me for a premarital agreement. Am I right?

M: What? Come on! You think I’d such a jerk?

W: Well…

M: I know they are very common. And maybe there’s a good reason for them.

W: Good reason?

M: Calm down. I’m just saying….

W: Just saying what?

M: I can see why people would want them. Marriages aren’t stable like they were in the past. And since so many marriages last only a few years, I can see why people would want to protect their money and property.

W: Money and property aren’t so important . trust is.

M: Oh, I know, I know. When people get married, they shouldn’t think about getting divorced. They should plan on being together forever.

W: So what did you want to talk to me about?

M: I was just wondering if we should decide how many children to have. Is 10 too many?

Q: 1. What is the relationship between the two speakers?

2. What are the speakers talking about?

3. Why should people want to protect their money and property?

4. What should marriage plans include according to the man?

5. What can be inferred from the conversation?

 

Understanding a Passage

For many years, the model for families throughout the Western world was Roman family. And in the Roman family, a man was a boss. As the sole owner of the family property, he controlled the economic rights of the family. He also had power of life and death to his sons.

But in the 19th century, when Western nations began to grant equal rights to women, basic changes took place in the family. The state also intervened to change the authority of parents over their children. At the same time, education shifted increasingly from the household to the school. The effect was to loosen the family ties. In Western Europe, where legislation provides equal financial rights and legal standing to all children, families have also increasingly come to one or two unwed parents and children.

Another factor affecting the modern Western family was the Industrial Revolution, which transferred many economic tasks, such as banking, from the home to the factory. In industrial communities, the mother is now often employed outside the home, leaving the children to be cared for by others.

Q: 1. The passage is about all of the following BUT…?

2. What is implied in the passage?

3. What happened when Western countries offered rights to women?

4. What happened to education in the 19th century?

5. Why are more women working outside at home?

 

Supplementary Listening

Task 1

W: It seems that we have quite different views as to whether a couple should sign an agreement on their belongings before and during the marriage.

M: I think it’s rational. Marriage is an advanced form of love, and legally certifying ownership of wealth before getting married represents a high degree of rationality on the part of those getting marriage.

W: But it desecrates love. A couple gets married and naturally helps each other through thick and thin. If they make exit plans beforehand, it only shows that they really lack mutual trust and commitment.

M: Actually premarital agreements are common in Western countries and in economically developed regions.

W: Well, I guess that’s true.

M: Things are changing around here, too. I have a friend who’s from the Liaoning Province Women’s Federation. The Federation supports legally certifying ownership of wealth before getting married in all cases. It has received many complaints related to divorce, 80 percent of which are associated with financial dispute. Such disputes have delayed divorces and caused people great pain. That’s why over 50 percent of people say it’s exhausting to get divorced. If there’s an notarization of wealth, the divorce process will become not only smoother, but faster.

Q: 1.What are the speaker talking about?

2.Why does the man support the practice of signing prenuptial agreements?

3. Why does the woman disapprove the practice of signing prenuptial agreements?

4. What is the attitude of The Liaoning Provincial Women’s Federation?

5. According to the Liaoning Provincial Women’s Federation, what are the most complaints related to divorce about?

 

Task 2

Today the family is undergoing a radical transformation. Families are more diverse and unstable than in previous decades. Some of these trends are as follows.

In respect to single-parent families, among families with children under the age 18, nearly 30 percent are headed by a single parent. In about nine out of ten cases, women head single-parent families. This dramatic increase in single-parent families is largely attributable to divorce and out-of-family births.

In respect to divorce, in the United States the rate of divorce has more than doubled since 1960. The increase in the increase in the divorce rate was particularly high in the 1960s and 1970s.

The ever-increasing divorce rate is a source not only of single-parenting but also of several other forms more common now. remarriage introduces stepparents into children’s lives and creates the possibility of several families. Of children whose parents divorce and remarry, half will experience a second family break-up before reaching 16.

While over a million children see their parents divorce each year, we must also look at out-of-wedlock birth to understand the dramatic rise in single-parent families. In 1960, only five percent of all birth were to unmarried parents. By 1991, it was 29.5 percent.

Q: 1.What is the speaker talking about?

2. What percentage of single-parent families are headed by women?

3. What becomes likely for children of divorced families?

4. What do a million children experience each a year?

5. What increased from five percent in 1960 to 29.5 percent in 1991?

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