英语话题:环境篇——一座老房子

日期:2019-06-26 06:39:34

今天的话题是一座带着诡异传说的老房子,雅思、托福口语考试中描述一个有趣的地方、一个陌生的地方、一个旅游的地方都可以套用今天的话题。与此同时,日常沟通中跟外国人聊到自己的老家、自己住的地方、自己家乡的传说也可以借鉴本次话题中的很多表达和用法。接下来,我们就一起看看今天的内容吧。


今天的老房子是哈利波特中伏地魔家的老宅,伏地魔的父亲一家非常有钱,庄园很大,但是传说却很诡异。


房子外观

The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it "the Riddle House", even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there. It stood on a hill overlooking the village, some of its window boarded, tiles missing from its roof, and ivy spreading unchecked over its face.


小汉格拉顿的村民仍然叫那座房子“里尔德家的房子”,尽管这距离里尔德家住在那里已经很多年了。房子坐落在小山丘上,俯视着整个村庄,房子的窗户被木板钉起来了,屋顶上的瓦片也有遗失,未修剪的藤蔓覆盖了房子的表面。


  • It stand on a hill 坐落在小山丘上
  • overlook 俯视
  • be boarded 被木条封住
  • tiles missing from its roof 房顶上瓦片也有遗失
  • ivy spreading unchecked over its face 未修剪的藤蔓覆盖了房子的表面;ivy 藤蔓

Once a fine-looking manor, and easily the largest and grandest building for miles around, the Riddle House was now damp, derelict and unoccupied.


里尔德家的房子以前是一个很好看的庄园,也是方圆几英里最大最宏伟的建筑。但是现在它潮湿、被抛弃、无人居住。


  • a fine-looking manor 一个好看的庄园
  • the largest and grandest building 最大最宏伟的建筑
  • for miles around 方圆几英里
  • damp 潮湿的
  • derelict 被抛弃的
  • unoccupied 无人居住的

恐怖传说

The Little Hangletons all agreed that the old house was "creepy". Half a century ago, something strange and horrible had happened there, something that the older inhabitants of the village still liked to discuss when topics for gossip were scarce.


小汉格拉顿的村民都认同老房子很奇怪。半个世纪前,有件奇怪又恐怖的事情在那里发生,以至于到了今天当人们没有什么八卦话题的时候,老居民们还是会聊起那件事。


  • creepy 诡异的
  • inhabitant 居民
  • scarce 稀有的

The story had been picked over so many times, and had been embroidered in so many places, that nobody was quite sure what the truth was any more. Every version of the tale, however, started in the same place: fifty years before, at daybreak on a fine summer"s morning, when the Riddle House had still been well kept and impressive, and a maid had entered the drawing room to find all three Riddles dead.


这个故事被传播了太多次,也在很多地方被大肆渲染过。尽管如此,每一个故事版本都仍然起源于同一个地方:55年以前,在一个夏季的美丽黎明,那时里尔德家的房子还是被很好地保养,美丽得令人印象深刻。一个女仆走进客厅,发现里尔德家的人都死了。


  • pick over 传播
  • embroider 渲染
  • version 版本
  • be well kept 被很好地保养
  • drawing room 客厅

好了,今天就分享到这里吧~希望大家能够喜欢。


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