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饭店英语2 Unit 29

2006-08-12 09:59

  Part One  At the Barber's

  Part Two  A Cold Wave

  Words and Expressions

  Exercises

  Part One At the Barber's

  (Hairdresser = H, Mr Graham = G)

  H: Good morning, sir. Welcome to the beauty salon.

  G: Thank you. I'd like to have a trim and a shave. I also want my hair dyed where I'm going gray.

  H: Excuse me for saying so, but at your age, you look so much more dignified and manly with silvery gray hair. It would be a pity to have it dyed.

  G: Is that so? I never thought about that myself, but people tell me I look terribly old.

  H: 0h, that's just the idle talk of the young. Seriously, with all those fancy hairstyles, most young kids look very silly and immature.

  G: Well, you know best. What would you suggest then?

  H: To leave it as it is. I'll have to cut the back just to shape it. Also, I'd advise you to keep the beard.

  G: No, I think I'll shave it off. I feel so untidy with it.

  H: Not if I shape it. You see, the beard fits your face just perfectly.

  G: Thank you. But I still think I'll get rid of it. You don't know what trouble it is to take care of it.

  H: 0f course, whatever you say, sir. A clean chin is a nice feeling. All right, there you are. Would you lie back so that I can shave you, sir?

  G: Be careful with the razor, please.

  H: 0kay. How do you like it?

  G: Fine, you've done a good job. I'm very pleased.

  H: Is there anything else you want, sir? A manicure?

  G: No, thank you, not today. How much is it altogether?

  H: That'll be ten yuan. Thank you.

  Part Two A Cold Wave

  (Beautician = B, Mrs Graham = G)

  B: Good afternoon, madam. Welcome to our parlor.

  G: Good afternoon. I'm Mrs Graham. I have an appointment for a cold wave.

  B: 0h yes, Mrs Graham. Could you sit here, please? What style would you like, Mrs Graham?

  G: I'd like it done in one of the latest styles. Could you show me some pictures of hair styles?

  B: Certainly, Mrs Graham. Here are some of the latest styles in fashion now: mini style, hair sweptback, chaplet, shoulder-length, noble style, horse-tail style, etc…… Would you care to try one of them?

  G: Thank you. I like the style in this picture, but trim a little on the sides.

  B: May I make a suggestion? You see, the style you chose does not really suit you. Would you care to try another one? (He shows her another picture.)

  G: I really don't know. I don't really pay all that much attention to my hair.

  B: 0h, it is not just fashion, Mrs Graham. It is a matter of expressing yourself. Your personality shines through the right hairstyle.

  G: Really? Well, I can't decide what kind of hairstyle suits me.

  B: That, you can leave to us, the professionals, Mrs Graham, I can pick the best for you. Would you like a sophisticated style or would you rather have it fall naturally?

  G: Fall naturally, I guess.

  B: Very well. Now let me explain what I'll do. I'll cut your hair to the middle of your back, have it curled inside at the ends. And then, I'll part it in the middle and make it wavy at the sides.

  G: My hair is naturally curly, don't forget.

  B: Of course, as you are a regular customer, we know the quality of your hair.

  G: Sounds fine. But how long will it take? I have to meet my husband for lunch at one o'clock.

  B: You have more than enough time. Will you please step over here? First of all, Jack will give you a shampoo. I want to cut your hair wet.

  …

  B: Please have a look.

  G: 0h, it's beautifully done. Could you trim my eyebrows and darken them?

  B: Certainly. Would you like a manicure?

  G: Yes. Use a pink nail varnish, please.

  Words and Expressions

  trim

  n. 修剪

  shave

  v. 修面

  dye

  v. 染色

  dignified

  a. 高贵的,尊贵的

  manly

  a. 有男子气概的

  idle

  a. 无聊的

  fancy

  a. 稀奇古怪的

  immature

  a. 幼稚的

  beard

  n. 胡子

  chin

  n. 下巴

  razor

  n. 剃须刀

  personality

  n. 个性

  professional

  n. 专业人员

  sophisticated

  a. 复杂的

  curl

  n. 卷发

  wavy

  a. 波浪形的 shampoo

  n. 洗头,洗发剂

  eyebrow

  n. 眼睫毛

  varnish

  n. 指甲油

  Exercises

  Topics for Discussion

  1. How did the barber persuade Mr Graham not to do? Was he successful?

  2. How did the hairdresser persuade Mrs Graham to try a new hair style?

  3. The fashionable hair always looks nice. Is that so?

  4. Can you name a few girls' hair styles?

  5. What do you like best among all these styles?

  6. Some Western ladies like to have a manicure after the hairdressing. What about Chinese ladies?

  Role Play

  1. A middle-aged lady is an American who teaches English at a college in China. She wants to have a cold wave. You, the hairdresser is serving her.

  2. An old gentleman with gray hair wants to have a trim and a shave and also wants his hair dyed. You are receiving him.

  3. Try to persuade a customer to try a new hair style.

  Complete the following:

  1. C: Good afternoon, sir. Welcome to the beauty salon.

  G: Thank you. I'd like to have a haircut.

  C: Yes, sir. __________?

  G: Well, not so much off on the sides, not too short at the back.

  C: __________, sir.

  G: Yes, How long does it take?

  C: __________.

  G: I see.

  C: What style __________?

  G: I'd like to keep my usual style.

  2. G: Good afternoon. I'm here for a cold wave.

  C: Yes, madam. __________ sit here, please?

  G: Yes.

  C: __________?

  G: I prefer a shoulder-length style. How long will it be?

  C: __________.

  G: How much do I owe you?

  C: __________.

  G: Here's 100 yuan. Keep the change.

  C: Thank you, madam. __________. Here's the change.

  Put the following into English:

  1. 您现在的发型不太适合您。

  2. 让我告诉您我将怎样做吧。我要把您的头发剪到后面中间,把下面往里卷。

  3. 那胡子很配您的脸型。

  4. “您需要脸部按摩吗?”“不,只要修剪一下指甲。”

  5. Jane喜欢波浪形的头发。她总是让头发做成大波浪形。

  6. 请原谅我这样讲,对您这样的年纪来说,您的银白色头发使您看上去更有尊严和男子气概。

  7. 我还想染染头发。

  8. 你不知道我要花多少时间去料理。

  9. 我想烫最新式的发型。

  10. 你的个性可以通过合适的发型显示出来。

  Put the following into Chinese:

  1. I'd like to have a trim and a shave. I also want my hair dyed where I'm going gray.

  2. Seriously, with all those fancy hairstyles, most young kids look very silly and immature.

  3. I'll have to cut the back just to shape it.

  4. It is a matter of expressing yourself. Your personality shines through the right hairstyle.

  5. Would you like a sophisticated style or would you rather have it fall naturally?

  6. I never thought about that myself, but people tell me I look terribly old.

  7. You see, the beard fits your face just perfectly.

  8. I like the style in this picture, but trim a little on the sides.

  9. The style you chose does not really suit you. Would you care to try another one?

  10. Of course, as you are a regular customer, we know the quality of your hair.

  Reading Material

  In some countries, long hair has been in vogue for more than ten years now. The problem of distinguishing a man from a woman by hairstyle has become too familiar to be taken seriously. Among other things, people have learnt that hairstyles are a deceptive indicator of sex. A person's way of walking, the body shape and the clothing are more reliable in this respect. Worth mentioning is that very long hair for men is losing its popularity.

  Indeed, if one pays close attention to hairstyles, one will discover men and women nowadays wear more or less identical hairstyles. This is not to say, of course, that the difference between a barber and a hairdresser no longer exists, but it does mean that similar services can be found in both establishments. Nowadays a man does not go to a barber only for a haircut, he might want a permanent wave, which makes his hair as wavy as any fair lady's. Even shaving, so masculine and regarded only as necessary for men, takes another form when it appears in a ladies' beauty-parlor. Although a delicate process is involved that is not easily comprehensible, electrolysis is just as efficient as any razor blade and shaving cream in removing women's facial hair.

  There are people who still prefer the conventional hairstyles and women do look more natural with feminine styles. To pursue this end, hair stylists have invented more equipment than one can name. Hairclippers, and curlers appear very primitive in the company of recent innovations, which make use of new discoveries in other fields of knowledge such as biochemistry, electronics and psychology. For the first category, hairsprays, conditioners and hair-restorer are the products of the joint-efforts of fashion and chemistry. Convenient sets of prongs, dryers and blowers would not have come into being without knowledge of modern physics. As for psychology, it seems that it is used widely by hairdressers to convince their customers that “original” is another word for “bad-looking”。

  Men's hairstyles remain simpler by comparison, despite the efforts of stylists to compete with the women's in complexity. Perhaps, there is really a natural lack of concern over appearance in some men. Although a barber's now provides different kinds of services, a trip to a barber's still means a haircut, a shampoo and a shave to most men. Nevertheless, even simple operations like these work wonders for one's appearance. They can turn a dishevelled beggar into a successful businessman. Freshness, brightness and optimism are all conveyed by a proper hairstyle.

  Words and Expressions

  vogue

  n. 流行式,时髦 in vogue流行

  distinguish

  v. 区别

  deceptive

  a. 欺骗的,靠不住的

  indicator

  n. (仪器上的)指针,指示器

  mention

  v. 提起

  identical

  a. 相同的

  establishment

  n. 部门

  permanent

  a. 永久的

  masculine

  a. 男性的

  delicate

  a. 灵巧的

  comprehensible

  a. 复杂的

  electrolysis

  n. 电针

  razor blade

  n. 剃刀

  dishevelled

  adj.(衣服,头发)散乱的;不整洁的

  Questions

  1. Why isn't it possible sometimes to distinguish a man from a woman by their hair style?

  2. According to the writer, what scientific fields have contributed to the recent hair-styling inventions?

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