【新概念英语三】第12课 Life on a desert island 荒岛生活
Most of us have formed an unrealistic picture of life on a desert island.We sometimes imagine a desert island to be a sort of paradise where the sun always shines. Life there is simple and good. Ripe fruit falls from the trees and you never have to work. The other side of the picture is quite the opposite. Life on a desert island is wretched. You either starve to death or live like Robinson Crusoe, waiting for a boat which never comes. Perhaps there is an element of truth in both these pictures, but few us have had the opportunity to find out.
Two men who recently spent five days on a coral island wished they had stayed there longer. They were taking a badly damaged boat from the Virgin Islands to Miami to have it repaired. During the journey, their boat began to sink. They quickly loaded a small rubber dinghy with food, matches, and cans of beer and rowed for a few miles across the Caribbean until they arrived at a tiny coral island. There were hardly any trees on the island and there was no water, but this did not prove to be a problem. The men collected rainwater in the rubber dinghy. As they had brought a spear gun with them, they had plenty to eat. They caught lobster and fish every day，and, as one of them put it 'ate like kings'. When a passing tanker rescued them five days later, both men were genuinely sorry that they had to leave.
unrealistic adj. 不真实
paradise n. 天堂，乐士
wretched adj. 可怜的，艰苦的
element n. 成分
starve v. 挨饿
opportunity n. 机会
coral n. 珊瑚
dinghy n. 救生筏，小船
lobster n. 龙虾
tanker n. 油轮
genuinely adv. 由衷地
1.The global slump has made those targets unrealistic.
2.Unless he's planning to surprise you, your expectations may have been unrealistic.
1.The wretched man have lose all his money.
2.Then you condemn me to live wretched and to die accursed?
1.A good story has an element of suspense.
2.Both books highlight the human element of science.
英英：die of food deprivation
1.They were trying to starve us to death .
2.The rest of the poor now face higher food prices but no greater income, and begin to starve.
3.He would starve before stealing.
1.Big problems are the opportunity for big thinking.
2.The first-generation Americans viewed the country as a land of opportunity.
seize the opportunity 抓住机遇，抓住机会
rare opportunity 稀有机会，难得机会
equal opportunity 机会均等
opportunity cost 机会成本
business opportunity 商业机会
1.Everyone all across this vast land genuinely wished to befriend us.
2.A world that was genuinely free of nuclear weapons would look very different.
【form a picture of】
【an element of truth】