Campus Life Part 1 校园生活 第一部分

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 About this lesson

In this lesson you will learn:

 - How to inquire about someone’s college living situation

 - How to explain your choice to live on or off campus

 - How to talk about life in a typical university dorm

Are you living on campus?

  Are you planning on living on campus this year?
  你今年打算住在学校里么﹖

  Are you gonna go for an apartment?
  你要去住公寓么﹖

  Or do you think you might join a Greek?
  你还是想加入个联谊会﹖

I’m gonna stay in the dorms

  I think I’m just gonna stay in the dorms.
  我想我会继续住宿舍。

  The food’s lousy, but there are other things I like about it.
  伙食不怎么样﹐不过其它方面我挺喜欢。

  I like studying and hanging out with my floormates.
  我喜欢和同一层的人一起学习﹐一起玩儿。

  We even go out to parties together.
  我们甚至一块儿出去参加聚会。

We’re close

  I love the dorms because you make friends that last you all through college.
  我喜欢宿舍﹐因为你能交到大学四年一直和你要好的朋友。

  My floormates and I have all gotten pretty close.
  我跟我们哪一层的人都混得很熟。

Where the party’s at

  When I go to other floors, everyone’s always closed up in their room studying.
  我到别的楼层去﹐看到所有人都把自己关在屋里学习。

  Everyone knows our floor is where the party’s at!
  所有人都知道﹐要想找派对就得来我们这层!

An apartment off campus

Most universities don’t offer on-campus apartment housing. However, apartments are usually no more than a short walk or bus ride from campus.

  My friend lives in an apartment off campus and loves it.
  我朋友住在一个校外公寓里﹐很满意。

  He’s got two roommates, and they all share a really nice two-bedroom.
  她有两个室友﹐三个人一起住一个特别好的双卧室公寓。

  It’s pretty pricey, but he really enjoys his freedom.
  租金挺贵﹐不过她喜欢这样住能自由自在。

Don’t wanna miss out

Many American college students don’t like living in apartments because they feel isolated from campus events and the general college spirit. Others don’t mind distancing themselves from campus life.

  But I feel like if you live in an apartment you might miss out.
  但是我觉得﹐如果你住在公寓里﹐就可能会错过很多东西。

  You have to make an effort to keep up with what’s going on.
  你得努力去了解﹐才能跟上校园生活的最新动态。

  I’m worried I’d miss out on all the fun stuff that goes on.
  我担心我会错过学校里所有好玩的活动。

general

Dorms are an extremely popular housing option for American students, especially in the first year of college.There are many reasons why students choose them. They tend to be located on campus, they provide the opportunity to meet friends and study partners, they’re secure and supervised, and they usually combine all living expenses, including meals, into one reasonable fee.

roomies

Of course, there are downsides to living in the dorms too. It’s almost certain that you will have a roommate,with whom you must share a very small living space. In addition, most dorms in the US are co-ed, meaning they house both men and women. Many even have co-ed bathrooms! Some students prefer not to live with people of the opposite sex.

floors

Dorms are organized by floor. Each floor tends to have 10-15 rooms, each housing at least two people.Some students like to make friends and bond with their “floormates,” others prefer a more solitary lifestyle where they can focus on their studies. If you feel you don’t fit in on your floor or with your roommate, you can request to be moved.

RAs

Each floor, or at least every other floor, has an RA, or “resident advisor.” This is a paid position that requires supervising the inhabitants of your floor, and making sure they have anything they need. Some RAs are very strict, and others can be quite lax. Strict RAs are vigilant about keeping drinking and other forbidden activities out of the dorms. Others turn a blind eye to such activities, as long as they know their students are safe.