Do you read to show off? 你读书是为了炫耀吗?

TAE 587 reading book

课文内容

词汇 : reading  阅读

What do you read when you are travelling by train or bus? 

What are other passengers reading? Perhaps a woman sitting near you is reading a trashy romantic novel. A man is reading a serious biography about a politician. And there's a student reading an English textbook.

What do their choices say about them? Do you judge them by what they are reading?

I have got to tell you that your impressions of them are probably completely wrong. The woman reading the romantic novel could be a lawyer. She just wants a light read to take her mind off work.

The man reading the biography wants you to think that he is an intellectual, but he is just showing off. The student reading the textbook isn't a student at all. She's an English teacher.

Publishers know that some people are self-conscious about what they read on public transport and so they put out different versions of a cover. For example, books about Harry Potter have an original cover for young readers and then another more serious version for adults.

So next time you are on a train, look around and see what other people are reading, but don't jump to any conclusions. You will probably be wrong.

Here is a situation where you could say, "Don't judge a book by its cover".

词汇表

trashy 无价值的
a romantic novel 浪漫小说,言情小说
serious 严肃的
a biography 自传
a textbook 课本
a choice 选择
to say about someone  对他们的印象
to judge 判断
an impression 印象
a light read 文笔轻松,欢快的小说
to take one's mind off work 不再思考工作
an intellectual 知识分子
to show off 炫耀
a publisher 出版商
self-conscious 自我意识
a version 版本,说法
a cover 封面
an original 原版、原创
don't jump to any conclusions 不要轻率下结论
don't judge a book by its cover 不要以貌取人

测验与练习

1.  阅读课文并回答问题。

1. Is the woman on the train reading a serious book?
2. What is the topic of the biography that the man is reading?
3. Why is the person reading an English textbook?
4. True or false? Our impressions of people are always correct.
5. What do you call a person or company that produces books?

2.  请你在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。从每个表格中选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. I read fewer ______ than I used to. 

biography         impressions        trash        novels

2. This biography is ______. 

interestingly         interested         interesting         interest

3.  I am ______ with this book. 

boringly         bored         boring         bore

4. That author is an ______.

intelligent         intelligently         intellectual         intellectually

5.  He keeps telling everybody how great he is. I'm fed up with his showing ______!

on         off         up         in

答案

1.  阅读课文并回答问题。

1. Is the woman on the train reading a serious novel?
No, it's a light read.

2. What is the topic of the biography that the man is reading?
A politician's life story.

3. Why is the person reading an English textbook?
She is an English teacher. Perhaps she is preparing for a lesson.

4. True or false - Our impressions of people are always correct.
False. They are often incorrect.

5. What do you call a person or company that produces books?
A publisher.

2.  请你在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。从每个表格中选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. I read fewer novels than I used to.

2. This biography is interesting.

3. I am bored with this book.

4. That author is an intellectual.

5. He keeps telling everybody how great he is. I'm fed up with his showing off