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饭店英语2 Unit 28

2006-08-12 09:59

  Part One  Talking about Health Club Facilities

  Part Two  Sauna

  Part Three  At the Indoor Swimming Pool

  Words and Expressions

  Exercises

  Part One Talking about Health Club Facilities

  [Scene: After dinner Mr Smith (S1) and Mrs Smith (S2) come to the Health Center of Wuxi International Hotel. A clerk approaches them.]

  C: Good evening, madam and sir. Welcome to our Health Center.

  S1: Good evening. We're fond of exercises. Would you tell us something about the facilities here?

  C: Yes, of course. We have a well-equipped gymnasium with the latest recreational sports apparatus. There is no fee for registered guests. Look! We have bar bell, dumb bell, spring grip, chest-expander, muscle builder set, and rowing machine. They're all for body building.

  S1: Are these apparatuses imported or made in China?

  C: Some of them are home-made, but most are imported. They're of the Universal Brand.

  S2: That's a world-famous brand. But can you tell us some more details?

  C: Certainly. We have got racing apparatus, stationary bike, slenderizor, and wall bars as well.

  S1: I was wondering if there is a coach around here supervising the exercises?

  C: Yes. The man standing over there is our resident coach. He supervises all the activities.

  S2: That's great!

  C: Would you like to have a try here, madam and sir?

  S1: I'd like to use the race apparatus. What about you, Marilyn?

  S2: Sorry, I'm not interested in it. What else is there to do for exercise?

  C: Besides the gym, we have a billiard room, a squash court on the fifth floor, bowling center and mini-golf on the 3rd floor. They're all open from morning till midnight. In addition, we have an indoor swimming pool on the top floor. Also, there are some sauna rooms on the sixth floor. All these are ready to serve you at your convenience.

  S2: Thank you for telling us. Since we're in China, can you recommend some traditional Chinese exercises to me?

  C: Have you heard of Tai Ji Quan or Qi Gong exercises?

  S2: We call Tai Ji Chinese Shadow Boxing. I've seen it on TV. Its movements are even and slow. I'm afraid I have no patience for it. What is Qigong?

  C: It's a kind of breathing exercise.

  S2: Is it similar to Indian Yoga exercise?

  C: You are right, Ma'am. You are very knowledgeable.

  S2: 0h, I'm flattered. So far as I know, it takes a long time to have a good command of it. I'm afraid we haven't enough time to learn it.

  C: What a pity! I'm afraid I can't recommend anything more to you.

  S1: In fact, you've done us a favor. You showed us around here, and taking a walk is a very good exercise. Thank you for your patient explanations.

  C: It's the least I could do.

  Part Two Sauna

  [Scene: A recreation clerk (C) is talking with a guest (G) how to take the sauna.]

  C: Here are Hotel's sauna rooms (Pointing to the notice board) Those who have heart disease or high blood pressure are not allowed to take sauna, for their health's sake.

  G: Thank you for telling me this. What should I do next?

  C: First, change your shoes to slippers. Then walk up to the changing room to get prepared for a shower. After the shower, step into the wash room with a wooden pail of warm water and birch switches. You are supposed to dip them in the warm water and briskly whisk them over your skin. Then you enter the bath room proper you choose.

  G: Yes.

  C: In the Finnish sauna room, there's a stove in the sauna, fired with wood, and on top of the stove a pile of stones, which keep the heat. Throw some water on the stones, and dry steam is given off. In the Turkish bath room (also called a hararaca steam room), you are supposed to change the temperature on the thermometer.

  G: Why should you have dry steam?

  C: That is to step up the blood circulation and produce vigorous perspiration. You'll be sweating bullets. After ten minutes or so it's time to cool off under a shower or go for a quick swim.

  G: Sounds crazy to me.

  C: Actually it's fun. People usually go back into the bath room proper three times.

  G: What happens then?

  C: Then you wash yourself, or rather to be washed. And then you wrap yourself up in your sauna robe. You can have a manicure, a massage or solarium. But that will be charged. You can also take a snack, if you'd like it.

  G: I see. Thank you for telling me.

  G: My pleasure.

  Part Three At the Indoor Swimming Pool

  (Scene: Mrs Smith intends to swim at Jinling Hotel. So she goes to the hotel's indoor swimming pool.)

  C: Welcome to our hotel's indoor swimming pool, madam. Would you like to have a swimming bath?

  G: Yes, I'd love to. But I have no idea whether it'll be charged.

  C: There's no fee for registered guests.

  G: 0h, I'm still worried about whether the water is too cool to swim in.

  C: You don't have to worry about it. Ours is a heated swimming pool.

  G: Fantastic! You see, I am not a good swimmer. Can you tell me how deep the pool is?

  C: Certainly, madam. The deepest place is 2.5 meters. You can swim in the shallow area, which is only one-meter in depth. We have separate locker rooms over there. You can use them free of charge. You can also have a shower there.

  G: Can you give me the key to the locker? I can't wait to have a try.

  C: Yes. Here you are.

  G: 0h, the water is very clear. How often do you change the water?

  C: We change it every other day. You don't need to worry about the hygienic condition. We just changed the water this morning.

  G: That's good. How often is this swimming pool open?

  C: It's open every day, usually from 9 o'clock in the morning till 11:00 p.m…… If you feel hungry, just relax yourself by having some soft drinks and cakes at the poolside bar.

  G: Thank you. I'll do that.

  C: Have fun. If you need something else, please don't haste to call me.

  G: Thanks again.

  Words and Expressions

  facility

  n. 设施,设备

  well-equipped

  a. 设备良好的,装备精良的

  gymnasium

  n. 健身房

  apparatus

  n. 器具,设施

  register

  v. 登记

  body building

  健身

  home-made

  a. 国产的

  brand

  n. 牌号,商标

  coach

  n. 体育教练,私人教师

  supervise

  v. 辅导,管理,监督

  beauty parlor

  美容厅

  convenience

  n. 方便

  knowledgeable

  a. 学识丰富的;见多识广的

  flatter

  v. 过奖;献媚

  remind

  v. 提醒

  wooden

  a. 木头的

  pail

  n. 桶

  birch

  n. 白桦

  switch

  n. (树木的)细软枝条

  dip

  v. 泡,浸

  briskly

  adv.轻快的,活泼的

  whisk

  v. 掸,拂

  harara

  n. 土耳其浴蒸房

  thermometer

  n. 温度计

  circulation

  n. 循环,流通

  vigorous

  a. 充满活力的

  perspiration

  n. 汗,汗水

  sweat

  n. 汗

  sweat bullet

  汗流如注;汗珠

  shower

  n. 淋浴

  crazy

  a. 发疯的

  robe

  n. 袍

  snack

  n. 快餐

  fantastic

  a. 太棒了

  shallow

  a. 浅的

  separate locker room

  单独的更衣室

  hygienic

  a. 卫生的

  give off

  散发

  step up

  提高,增加,加速 cool off

  凉下来

  Exercises

  Topics for Discussion

  1. What are the main apparatus a well-equipped keep-fit gym should have? Can you list some other items besides those mentioned in the text?

  2. Which are you interested in most among these apparatus?

  3. Do you think the couple should feel satisfied with the clerk's explanations?

  4. What are typical traditional Chinese exercises?

  5. What is a sauna?

  6. Who cannot take a sauna?

  7. Why should people throw water on the stones now and then while taking sauna?

  Role Play

  1. A guest wants to know the service hours of the bowling room. And a recreational clerk is trying to give him the detailed explanations.

  2. A guest wants to take a swimming bath. He comes across the pool attendant at the corridor.

  3. A registered guest enters the gym. The clerk comes to greet him and shows him around.

  Complete the following:

  1. C: __________?

  G: You mean we can swim here even in cold winter.

  C: ________________________. Would you like to __________?

  G: But I still wonder what the temperature in the pool is.

  C: __________.

  G: That's good. But you see, I'm a beginner at swimming.

  C: __________. You can swim in the shallow area. Its depth is only __________.

  G: Good. I can enjoy myself in the shallow area. Thank you.

  2. G: Wow, you have such a nice health center.

  C: It's very kind of you to say so. Ours __________.

  G: Really? The best one?

  C: 0h, yes. You see __________

  G: Would you please give me more details on these apparatuses?

  C: __________. This is __________. That is __________. We also __________.

  G: Are they all imported?

  C: Some __________ and some __________. But the home-made apparatuses are just __________.

  Put the following into English:

  1. 无论夏天还是冬天,刮风还是下雨,你都可以去室内游泳池消遣。

  2. 打保龄球非常有趣。

  3. 在中国有许多人打太极拳。据说经常打太极拳能延年益寿,祛病强身。

  4. 洗了两小时的桑拿浴后感到有点饿,我们去享用桑拿浴后的快餐吧(a sauna snack)。

  5. 我们这个健身中心有一位住店教练员。他的职责就是辅导各项活动。他对各种器械都非常熟悉。

  6. 我们拥有一个设备良好的健身中心,里面有最先进的娱乐体育设施。

  7. 有些设备是国产的,但大多数是进口的。

  8. 除此之外,我们在顶楼拥有一个室内游泳池。

  9. 所有设施随时向您开放。

  10. 您不用担心这里的卫生状况。

  Put the following into Chinese:

  1. I was wondering if there is a coach around here supervising the exercises?

  2. What else is there to do for exercise?

  3. So far as I know, it takes a long time to have a good command of it.

  4. That is to step up the blood circulation and produce vigorous perspiration. You'll be sweating bullets.

  5. But I have no idea whether it'll be charged.

  6. If you feel hungry, just relax yourself by having some soft drinks and cakes at the poolside bar.

  7. The man standing over there is our resident coach. He supervises all the activities.

  8. So far as I know, it takes a long time to have a good command of it.

  9. There is a caution for taking sauna, those who have heart disease or high blood pressure are not allowed to take sauna, for their health's sake.

  10. We have separate locker rooms over there. You can use them free of charge.

  Reading Material

  Nowadays it is no longer true to say that the early bird catches the worm. People go out so early in the morning for exercise that worms, if they do come out, are all trampled to death. Indeed, public places like parks are often crowded in the morning with people who come here for exercise. They believe that the shortest way to stay healthy is to lead a healthy life.

  A survey on the annual expenditure on sporting equipment would probably yield amazing results as the trend of getting oneself into shape sweeps the world. The modern theory is that fifteen minutes exercise a day, rather than an expensive apple heavily sprayed with insecticide, keeps the doctor away. And a man can choose the kind of exercise most suitable for him. While a young man likes ball games and running for their excitement, an old gentleman may find these sports too vigorous. He would prefer to take a leisurely walk or move gracefully in the traditional Tai Ji. Whatever sport one chooses, the most important point is to enjoy it moderately. It is better to progress gradually than to push one's body too hard and to moan over stretched muscles.

  Prevention is better than cure. One should not hesitate to ask for advice from doctors. In some countries, including China, it is the national policy to insist on school children having regular check ups so that diseases can be detected early and cured before they get serious.

  It is useless to rely on help from doctors if a person's health is threatened daily, by dirty rooms and polluted air. Therefore, everyone should try to maintain a hygienic environment and good living habits. Keeping the surroundings clean and leading a well regulated life are the first two things one has to bear in mind. The old saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes one healthy, wealthy and wise” is quite true. Start today, and tomorrow you will be a healthier man.

  Words and Expressions

  annual

  a. 每年的

  expenditure

  n. 支出

  yield

  v. 产生,得到

  trend

  n. 趋势

  sweep

  v. 席卷,横扫

  heavily

  adv.大量地

  spray

  v. 喷洒

  insecticide

  n. 农药,杀虫剂

  leisurely

  adv.悠闲的

  gracefully

  adv.优雅的

  moan

  v. 发出呻吟声

  stretched

  a. 损伤的

  prevention

  n. 预防

  hesitate

  v. 迟疑,犹豫

  insist (on)

  v. 坚持

  check-up

  n. 体检

  detect

  v. 发现

  threaten

  v. 威胁

  polluted

  a. 污染的

  environment

  n. 环境

  regulated

  a. 有规律的

  Questions

  1. What would happen to the early worms if there were any to come out early in the morning?

  2. What is provided under the health policy for school children undertaken by some countries?

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