全新版大学英语听说教程第三册听力原文及答案

Unit 1

Part B

Text 1

Dating with My Mother (Part One)

After 22 years of marriage, I have discovered the secret to keep love alive in my relationship with my wife, Peggy. I started dating with another woman.

It was Peggy's idea. One day she said to me, 'Life is too short, you need to spend time with the people you love. You probably won't believe me, but I know you love her and I think that if the two of you spend more time together, it will make us closer.'

The 'other' woman my wife was encouraging me to date is my mother, a 72-year-old widow who has lived alone since my father died 20 years ago. Right after his death, I moved 2,500 miles away to California and started my own life and career. When I moved back near my hometown six years ago, I promised myself that I would spend more time with mom. But with the demands of my job and three kids, I never got around to seeing her much beyond family get-togethers and holidays.

Mom was surprised and suspicious when I called and suggested the two of us go out to dinner and a movie.

'What's wrong?' she asked.

'I thought it would be nice to spend some time with you,' I said. 'Just the two of us.'

'I would like that a lot,' she said.

When I pulled into her driveway, she was waiting by the door with her coat on. Her hair was curled, and she was smiling. 'I told my lady friends I was going out with my son, and they were all impressed. They can't wait to hear about our evening,' Mother said.

Questions:

1. What would make the speaker closer to his wife, Peggy?

2. What do you know about the speaker's mother?

3. Which of the following adjectives best describes Peggy?

Text 2

Dating with My Mother (Part Two)

We didn't go anywhere fancy, just a neighborhood place where we could talk. Since her eyes now see only large shapes and shadows, I had to read the menu for both of us.

'I used to be the reader when you were little,' she said.

'Then it is time for you to relax and let me return the favor,' I said.

We had a nice talk over dinner, just catching up on each other's lives. We talked for so long that we missed the movie.

'I'll go out with you again,' my mother said as I dropped her off, 'but only if you let me buy dinner next time.'

I agreed.

'How was your date?' my wife asked when I got home that evening.

'Nice...nicer than I thought it would be,' I said.

Mom and I get out for dinner a couple of times a month. Sometimes we take in a movie, but mostly we talk. I tell her about my trails at work and brag about the kids and Peggy. Mom fills me in on family gossip and tells me about her past. Now I know what it was like for her to work in a factory during the Second World War. I know how she met my father there, and know


how they went through the difficult times. I can't get enough of these stories. They are important to me, a part of my history. We also talk ab

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