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美国总统奥巴马2012竞选胜利演讲(节选)

小施老师英语微课堂 2021-07-24 09:42:02

   相比起英式英语抑扬顿挫和起伏感较强,美式英语听起来比较平直,变化较少(flat),调域变化较小,直到句尾才稍有变化。另外,美式英语节奏较慢,这也是为什么我们常常感觉美式英语更容易。

   一般认为,“美国普通话”和它的口音(General American,有时也称“标准中西部美语”)是不成文的标准方言和口音。大家常常收听的VOA英语新闻,以及四六级考试的那位女播音员,说的就是GA。


    对美音感兴趣的同学可以通过模仿标准口音获得提高,今天给大家的是现任美国总统奥巴马的2012年选举胜利演讲节选。


And I ask you to sustain that hope. I'm not talking about blindoptimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead orthe roadblocks that stand in our path. I'm not talking about the wishfulidealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.

 

I have always believed that hope is thatstubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to thecontrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage tokeep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.

 

America, I believe we can build on theprogress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity andnew security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of ourfounders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter whoyou are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. Itdoesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or NativeAmerican or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, youcan make it here in America if you're willing to try.

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