- 2018年10月12日14:49 来源：小站整理
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1. Do you like rainy days?
No, not that much to be honest with you, because I mean, when it rains, you can’t really do anything outside, unless you don’t mind getting wet of course! And also for me, I find it a bit of a hassle carrying an umbrella around with me everywhere.
2. What do you do on rainy days?
Well it kind of depends really, because there are some things I have to do regardless of whether it’s raining or not, you know, like going to lectures and stuff. But when I’m free, I tend to just chill out at home if it’s raining. So for example, I might read a book or watch TV, and I’ll only leave the flat if I absolutely have to!
3. Do you think rain is good?
Yeah, for sure. I mean, for one thing, it helps get rid of all the dust in the air. And secondly, it’s good for the natural environment. You know, it helps all the plants and vegetation stay alive. So although I don’t particularly like the rain, I understand the need for it!
4. Does rain ever affect transportation in your hometown?
Yeah, most definitely, because you know, whenever it rains, the traffic always seems to get a lot more congested. I’m not exactly sure why, but I guess it’s probably because cars have to drive slower in the rain.
5. Is there any part of China where it doesn't rain much?
Yeah, I’d say there are quite a few areas of the country where it doesn’t rain a lot, the most obvious place being the Gobi Desert, which I guess never gets any rain, what with being a desert and all! And also I’d say the north of China, in general, doesn’t really get all that much rain, at least compared with the south, so a lot of that part of the country is quite dry and arid.
6. What effects can a shortage of rain have on people’s lives?
Well thinking about it, I suppose one of the biggest affects it can have is on our food supply, because things like fruit and vegetables need water to grow, and rain provides the water. So you know I think it’s pretty safe to say that a shortage of rain is likely to result in a decrease in our overall food supply.
7. Can you remember a time when it rained particularly heavily in your hometown?
Yeah I can. About a year or so ago, we had, like, several days of torrential rain, almost non-stop, and so the whole of my neighborhood got flooded. You know, the water was like, up to my knees, and so traffic came to a complete standstill. So yeah, that was probably the worst time I can remember.
8. Do you think the seasons have changed in recent years, compared to the past?
Yeah I’d say they have. You know, I think it’s fair to say the summer has got quite a lot hotter, because I mean, it seems to be hitting 40 degrees every year now, and that definitely wasn’t the case in the past. And also the winter isn’t as cold as it used to be, because you know, if I think back to when I was a child, it used to snow quite a lot during the winter, but now it hardly snows at all.
I find it a bit of a hassle = I find it an effort = 我觉得有点麻烦
I think it’s fair to say – 我觉得可以说
It hardly … At all – 几乎不……
That definitely wasn’t the case in the past – 以前绝不是这样的
About a year or so ago – 一年前左右
Like -(表示思考下面的话或用作口头禅) Some people say "like" when they are thinking about what to say next or because it has become their habit to say it. Torrential rain – 暴雨
The traffic came to a (complete) standstill 交通瘫痪了
So yeah – 所以嗯，所以说呢，(总结的时候可以用这话开头)
The Gobi Desert戈壁
What with it being a desert and all – 毕竟是个沙漠!
On the whole – 基本上，总的来说
Arid – 干燥
Congested = 拥挤的，堵塞的
Chill out = relax (used in spoken English)