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Unit4 Dieter Rams, the Man Who Shaped Our World ——《21世纪研究生英语教材阅读教程》上册  

2011-11-08 23:09:11|  分类: Unit4《21世纪研 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Para1 take one’s cue from …
?    …from which everything else takes its cue.
?     the design of other parts in the room follows the style of the floor.
?    cue = evidence that helps to solve a problem
?    take one’s cue from …
?    follow one’s suggestion or take one’s advice
Para1 align with
?    = place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight; bring, come, into agreement, close co-operation, etc
?    The second key skill is to keep your head in its most natural position, align with your spine.
?    So for me, Teach for America is an opportunity to actually align my actions with my thoughts and my hopes and be part of the change we all talk about wanting to see.
Para1 line up
?    = form a line; place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight
?    Everyone let's line up so we can make our way down please.
?    Your level of success and fulfillment depends on how often and how well those decisions line up with your dreams.
Para1 out of sync
?    = out of step or tune; working badly together; out of agreement
?    Being out of sync with ourselves and our surroundings can cause depression, fear and loneliness.
Her eyes and her brain seemed to be seriously out of sync.
?    Natural selection would create people who were in sync with their environment.
Para3
?    All is no quite as it should be in the home of this design god.
?    = Everything designed and placed in Rams’s home is totally not what the ordinary people expected.
?    Para4 revere: respect or hold in awe and veneration
?    Despite Saunière's reputation for being reclusive, his recognition for dedication to the arts made him an easy man to revere.
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
Para4 make plain
?    plain = clear; clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
?    At the same time, she felt impelled to make plain of her position.
?    As in the real world, your Internet friends will assume what you want unless you make plain.
Para4 lust after
?    = have a strong desire for
?    The iPhone is quite another story, game changing as usual for Apple, and something to lust after.
Para4 beam down 
?    beam=emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light;  broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
?    Once you arrive at that planet you can beam down from your spaceship and attempt to complete the mission.
?    From a sky of untarnished blue, the sun beamed down upon the city.
?    Satellites like the ones that beam down television signals today are in geosynchronous orbit 22, 000 miles above fixed points on the equator.
Para 5
?    … were chunky, fruity things.
?    =the products were heavy, dull and strange to look at.
Para 6 spa
?    The term spa is associated with water treatment which is also known as balneotherapy. Spa towns or spa resorts (including hot springs resorts) typically offer various health treatments. The belief in the curative powers of mineral waters goes back to prehistoric times. Such practices have been popular worldwide, but are especially widespread in Europe and Japan.
Para 6
?    After the war, in the self-improving spirit of the new Germany, he went to art school to study architecture,…
?    After the world war II, the self-perfection spirit was advocated in the new Germany. Under the influence of this tendency, Rams went to learn architecture in art school.
Para 7
?    Rams, though, was fired up with the prewar Bauhaus dream of functional, beautiful objects, … 
?    The design style of Bauhaus school in Germany focuses on the function as well as the outward appearance of the products they designed, and Rams was encouraged and inspired by this concept.
Para 7 be fired up with …
?    =(of a person) become excited or angry
?    It's cold. We'd better fire up the stove.
?    Want to fire up your meals with homegrown chilies?
?    Fire up their curiosity and excitement about life by extending their horizons.
Para 8
?    …Germany’s electronics industry was locked in competition with Japan, …
?    =Germany was involved in the competition with Japan in the field of electronics industry.
Para 8 be locked in
?    = be engaged or involved in
?    We are locked in war, wanting peace. We’re torn by division, wanting unity.
They complain that heavyweight lawyers are locked in the fray, and that recovered works are being auctioned off and disappearing from public view.
Para 8
?    It made electronics approachable.
?    Because of the design, the electronic products were more easily accepted by consumers.
Para 9 detach
?    detach = means to separate (a small unit) from a larger, especially for a special assignment.
?    The fear was that when this quantity of water hit the bottom, it would detach the ice from the bed on which it rested and lubricate its passage to the sea.
?    She also shrugs off the criticism that Britain's multiculturalism has allowed Muslims to detach themselves from their fellow citizens.
Para 9
?    Most, though, were as much form as function.
?    --Most of the products designed by Rams were concerned with outward appearance as well as function.
Para 10 baby boomers
?    --The members of the baby boom generation in the 1950s;
?    --The larger generation than expected in United States born shortly after World War II.
Para 10
?    What followed was a decade of astonishing productivity.
?    = In the following ten years, Braun designed and produced a lot of electronic goods which brought great surprise.
Para 11
?    For the first time in electronics a company became known for its design as much as its technical performance.
?    -- Braun became famous not only for its specialized technology, but also for its design. This is the unprecedented case in the filed of electronics.
Para 11 glossy
?    =having a smooth, gleaming surface
?    Their glossy barks are a faint light green with hazy silver spots.
?    The beautiful glossy coat of the cat shone as it lay in sunlight.
Para 12 end up
?     = finally be or do something; come to be in a particular situation or state, esp. when you did not plan it
?    A deal might also end up acting as a poison pill for other potential acquirers.
?    he dispute between Tie and Bollinger Berger could yet end up in the courts.
Para 12
?    Likewise, you need a dynamic designer, technical staff and leadership to push the boundaries.
?    =In addition, what a company needs is a designer with vitality, a team with technical performance and leaders with enterprise to pioneer new fields.
Para 12 push the boundaries
?    boundary -- the line or plane indicating the limits of an area
?    push the boundary -- to extend one’s frontiers
?    In a way, they push the cultural boundary of taboo of display of body.
?    Malaysia plans to push the boundaries of space travel/ solar technology.
?    The funding that flows from such outstanding results allows Oxford to provide academics with facilities to help them push the boundaries of knowledge further.
Para13 on the side
?    = as an occupation which is not one’s main work or without official authorization
?    It is like riding on a dangerous road with no guardrails on the side.
?    As a software developer, I had a working week of 60 to 80 hours, as well as building my own company on the side.
Para13 marvel at
?    = be amazed at; express astonishment or surprise about something
?    We marvelled at the child's linguistic abilities.
?    When Bean returned to Earth he would sit in shopping Malls, simply to marvel at the variety of human life.
?    Visitors marvel at Asia’s largest viewing window at the aquarium.
Para13 revolve around
?    = treat as the most important point or element; center upon
?    For them, questions of public morality often revolve around what it means to be a decent, tolerant society.
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