The Pace of Life
Brainstorming
Discussion:
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What did we use to expect from technology? Has technology made our lives easier or more burdensome? Do you agree with the author that all time-liberating techniques in relieving the widespread sense of time famine are doomed to failure?
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Text A Text Organization
Part One?(Paras 1-
  11) One? 1Part Two?(Paras 12-
  18) Two? 12Part Three?(Paras 19-
  23) Three? 19Part Four ?(Paras 24-
  28) 24-
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on the go: (infml) very active or busy. I was on the go all day and went home at about 10 o’clock in the evening. o’ go: (n.) go:
  1. an attempt or trial at sth. I thought I’d give it a go. I’ go.
  2. a person’s turn to use sth. or to move or act in person’ a game Come on Tony, it’s your go. it’
  3. a project or undertaking which has been proved Tell them the project is a go.
  4. being successful in sth. He’s determined to make a go of his marriage. He’
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Cf. on the move: in the process of moving (from one move: place or job to another); making progress - It’s difficult to contact her because she’s always It’ she’ on the move. - The economy appeared to be on the move. move. - Science is always on the move. (发展) move. (发展 发展) - It was vacation time, and the highways were full move. (驾车出游的家庭往来不绝 驾车出游的家庭往来不绝) of families on the move. (驾车出游的家庭往来不绝) - As it was a very cold day, I kept on the move to stay warm.
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cope: cope: deal successfully (often followed by with ) People who attempt suicide usually suffer from extreme emotional distress and feel unable to cope with the stress and their problems. The task looks a formidable one, but I think we can cope. In their crazy search for fulfillment, they’ve they’ gotten themselves into situations in which they are not able to cope. cope.
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set about sth. / doing sth.: start doing sth, with vigor or determination After breakfast, she set about her household duties. The school authorities must set about finding solutions to the campus security problems. set sb. off : cause someone to start doing sth., esp. laughing or talking set sth. off: set off a bomb; cause an alarm to go off; cause a series of things to occur; set off a chain reaction in other financial markets. set out to do: aim at intend to do sth. set to: begin doing sth. vigorously
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tangle: v. twist together into a confused mass; become involved in a conflict or fight with Long hair tangles easily. The wind tangled my hair. I tangled with him over politics bitterly. be tangled in a controversy卷入 controversy卷入 The power failure had tangled traffic in the city. (陷入混乱) 陷入混乱)
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n. - a tangle of ropes / people - diplomatic tangles (外交纠纷) 外交纠纷) - His thoughts were in a tangle. (陷入混乱) tangle. (陷入混乱 陷入混乱) - have a tangle with sb. over sth. untangle: untangle: free from a tangled or twisted state; make sth. complicated easier to deal with - untangle the problem / a cable /the traffic jam (解开缠结的电缆/整顿交通堵塞) (解开缠结的电缆 整顿交通堵塞) 解开缠结的电缆/
Part I (Paras 1-
  11) 1Main Idea: The author gives three reasons why we feel so time-pressed today. time-
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1eat into (Line
  6): use up (profits, resources, or time), especially when they are intended for other purposes; gradually reduce the amount of (sth. valuable); damage or destroy His extravagances ate into his inheritances. Responsibilities at home and work eat into his time. Sales were hard hit by high interest rates eating into disposal income. The fear has eaten into my bones. (感到极为恐惧) (感到极为恐惧 感到极为恐惧)
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Part I (Paras 1-
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eat sth. away or eat away at sth. (syn.) sth. Rust was eating away the pipe. Inflation has eaten away at the value of some of their assets.(使财产价值下跌) assets.(使财产价值下跌 使财产价值下跌) I never did understand what was eating away at her. (烦扰) (烦扰 烦扰)
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1-
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eat sth. up: use resources or time in very large up: quantities an operating system that eats up 200 Mb of disk space He ate up valuable minutes with long, dull answers. (浪费) (浪费 浪费) Extravagant spending ate up his savings. (花完) (花完 花完) She is eating up the course in algebra.如饥似渴地 algebra.如饥似渴地 学.
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1-
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Promise (Line
  11): give good grounds for expecting (a particular occurrence or situation) The clear sky promises fine weather. It promised to be a night that all present would long remember. promising: promising: giving hope of success or good result a promising future / boy (有出息) (有出息 有出息) The weather is promising. (is likely to be fine) promising.
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1Deliver (Line
  11): bring or hand over (a letter, parcel, or ordered goods); provide sth. promised or expected struggle to deliver election commitments. She’ She’s waiting for him to deliver on his promise.
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toil at / on / over / through (Line
  18): work extremely hard or incessantly; move slowly and with difficulty toil at one’s task (辛苦工作) one’ (辛苦工作 辛苦工作) toil through the night (彻夜辛劳) (彻夜辛劳 彻夜辛劳) toil with one’s hands for a living one’ toil up a hill / along the path n. a life of toil: a hard life toil: succeed only after years of toil
103f I (Paras 1-
  7) 1multiply (Line
  21): increase in number or quantity; add a number to itself a particular number of times The weeds just multiplied, and before long the multiplied, garden was a jungle. Fear multiplies the difficulties of life. Multiply 16 by 4, to make
  64. (用16乘以4, 得 (用16乘以 乘以4,
  64。)
  64。 6 multiplied by 3 is
  18. (6 x 3 =
  18) multiply the height with the width to determine the area multiplication sign / table乘号/乘法表 table乘号 乘号/
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  7) 1multimulti- : (pref) having many of
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a multipolar world multiprocessing (多重处 (多重处 理) a multipurpose computer (多功能的) (多功能的 多功能的) a multistage rocket (多节火箭) (多节火箭 多节火箭) multimulti-racial country
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1-
burden (Line
  24): a load, typically a heavy one; a duty or misfortune that causes hardship, anxiety share the burden with sb. burden sb. with questions/ worries / a large family impose / lay the burden on sb. shift the burden to sb. alleviate / lessen / lighten the burden relieve sb. of the burden The room was burdened with flowers. (摆满了花) (摆满了花 摆满了花) The economy was further burdened by a flood of refugees.
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1timetime-pressed (Line
  28): be pressed: have barely enough of sth., esp. time - I’m terribly pressed for time. / I’m timeI’ timepressed. pressed. be pressed to do sth.: have difficulty doing sth.: or achieving sth. - They may be hard pressed to keep their promise. press sb. to do sth / for sth. 催促,敦促;逼迫 sth. 催促,敦促; press sb. into doing sth. / press sb. with questions a world pressed by / burdened with mushrooming populations.
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1accommodate (Line
  31): provide lodging or sufficient space for;
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Each flat can accommodate up to six people. Even the most prestigious universities, such as Oxford and Harvard, are making their efforts to make their graduates accommodate to the realities of the job market. accommodate to: adapt to to:
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1proliferate (Line
  35): increase rapidly in number; produce in large quantities; multiply
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With the development of science, the sciencescience-fiction magazines proliferated in the 1920s. The promise of new technology proliferates options on every hand.
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1amount to (Line
  41): add up to; be equal to
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Losses amounted to over 100 million dollars. In 1959 the combined value of U.S. imports and exports amounted to less than 9 percent of the country’s gross domestic products. Their actions amounted to a conspiracy. Her standards amounted to perfection. (她简直要求 她简直要求 事事十全十美。 事事十全十美。)
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1frontier (Line
  41): part of a country bordering on another country; (fig / usu pl) extreme limit of an area of knowledge or a particular activity - armed clashes on the frontier between the two countries - Our passports were inspected at the Czech frontier. frontier. - To open up the space frontier, NASA will try to frontier, lower the cost of access to Earth orbit. - The frontiers of medical knowledge are being pushed farther outwards every year. (开拓扩大) (开拓扩大 开拓扩大) adj. adj. a frontier zone / town / dispute / trade
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1border: border: (land near the) line dividing two states or countries; - a border town / incident - As the river changed its course, the border changed. v. - The park borders on the shores of the lake. ( be next to) boundary: boundary: line that marks a limit; dividing line; (fig) - This river forms a boundary between China and DPRK. - A boundary dispute is a quarrel about where a boundary should be. If something is beyond the boundary of human knowledge, man can know nothing about it
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1stress (Line
  42): pressure or worry resulting from mental or physical distress, difficult circumstances - Not all of us can cope with the stresses of modern life. - Population growth and pollution place enormous stress on the world’s supply of usable water. world’ v.: - A person who is stressed typically has anxious thoughts and difficulty concentrating or remembering. stress the point / need for sth. : attach importance to sth. stress / tension / nervousness: see Page 210 Ex.
Part I (Paras 1-
  7) 1drive (Line
  44): urge or force sb. to move in a specified direction or act in a particular way be driven: (of a fact or feeling) compel driven: (someone) to act in a particular way.
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You’ You’re driving yourself too hard. (You are pressing too hard.) He drove himself working until late at night. He was driven by ambition.
Part I. (Paras 1-
  11) 1abundance (Line
  46): quantity that is more than enough; plenty
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Most milk consists of an abundance of the major nutrients needed by the body for good health. She was blessed with talent and charm in abundance. food and drink in abundance live in abundance
Part I (Paras 1-
  11) 1oblige (Line
  45): do sth. for sb. as a favor or a small service (oblige sb. with sth. / by doing sth.) Will you oblige me by closing the windows? - Tell me what you want to know and I’ll see if I I’ can oblige. oblige. - If you can give me a few minutes of your time I’ll be much obliged. (grateful) obliged. repay an obligation n. 还人情?
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  18) 12Main Idea:
Not every one is time-stressed, and in timethe case of Americans they have actually gained more free time in the past decade.
Part II (Paras 12-
  18) 12shorthand (Line
  48): a short or simple way of expressing or referring to sth. Poetry for him is simply a shorthand for literature.
Part II (Paras 12-
  18) 12(Line
  53) peripherally involved in the economy: not fully involved in … / not fully employed
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a peripheral member of a group外围成 group外围成 peripheral provinces边缘省份 provinces边缘省份
Part II (Paras 12-
  18) 12perception (Line
  67): ability to notice and understand things; way of seeing or understanding sth.; intuitive understanding or insight color perception a vague perception of …模糊的认识/看法 模糊的认识/ a man of perception有洞察力的 perception有洞察力的
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v. perceive - Do you perceive what I mean?
Part II (Paras 12-
  18) 12nurture (Line
  76): care for and encourage the growth and development of; cherish (a hope, belief, or ambition); nourish His father nurtured his love of art. For a long time she has nurtured the dream of buying a shop. nurture resentment 滋生不满情绪 nurture connections with sb. 同某人拉关系 n. (often contrasted with nature) nature and nurture: nurture:本性和教养
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  23) 19Main Idea: Idea:
The perception of time-famine has timetriggered a variety of reactions. reactions.
Part III (Paras 19-
  23) 19Inequalities apart (Line
  84): apart from
  84) inequalities - See Page 213 Structure Ex. I Ex.
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  23) 19-
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famine (Line
  84): extreme scarcity of food; a shortage a severe famine / reduce the threat of famine / die of famine a water famine / the cotton famine of the 1860s Drought could result in famine throughout the region.
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starve: starve: suffer severely or die from hunger They got lost in the desert and starved to death. starve sb. out (of a place) / into a specified state I don’t know about you, but I’m starving. don’ I’ starving. (be eager to do …) The plant was starved of light. (be in need of light) The motherless children are starving for affection. The patient’s brain was starved for oxygen. patient’ n. starvation
Part III (Paras 19-
  23) 19provoke (Line
  85): stimulate or give rise to (a reaction or emotion, typically a strong or unwelcome one); deliberately make (sb.) annoyed or angry provoke general rage / press interest / a storm of protest They argued that NATO enlargement could provoke Russian hostility and lead to regional in
 

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