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新标准大学英语综合教程4课文Summary

Unit 1 Act.2 If You Ask Me

1.This is a story of a graduate who gets a job in a pub for a year and has a chance to be successful.

2.Since her family can’t support her to further study, she has to work. She has financial problems and feels lonely. She talks her trouble to Tony, a regular customer of the pub. Who gets her a loan to set up a business. With his help she has her monster’s degree and her own company.

3.After a few years Tony had been in a car accident and couldn’t work, the writer’s money helped him. Tony said investing in people gives the best return you can ever hope for.

Unit 2 Act.1 Danger! Books may Change Your Life

1.This article introduces the power of reading books to us. When we pick up a book, we are about to enter a new world. Books will influence the way we live.

2.The writer mentions a word “home-run book” that might be the answer for the book everyone should read. “Home-run”book is which can give you pleasure and satisfaction.

3.The title described the power of reading.

Unit 2 Act.2 They were alive and they spoke to me

1.The writer introduces what makes a book alive. A book lives through the passionate recommendation of one reader to another.

2.The writer suggests us read as little as possible not as much as possible. What is more important is the quality not the quantity.

Unit 3 Act.1 Fifty Years of Fashion

Fashion in the year 1960 to 2010 has two constant factors: the ubiquitous jeans and the rise and fall of hemlines of women’s skirts and dresses. The jeans date back to 16 century, and then jeans bacame the work cloth of miners. Jeans were worn with young people in 1950s, and after that developed a lot, associated with new ideas. The length of women’s dresses is associated with economy. When the economy is positive, women enjoy to show them.

Unit 3 Act.2 Eco-jewellery: Sea Glass

This article introduces the reason why sea glass is very popular. And describes the process of making jewellery from sea glass, makes people think about the importance of recycling. And paints the passion of Gina Cowen, who is a jewellery designer.

Unit 4 Act.1 The Credit Card Trap