7_14_Trekking Through the Trees

Steve & Hazel

        You scared me.

Chelsea & Chip

Tarzan’s effortless flights through jungle treetops have had humans living vicariously through him for decades.

 jungle   /ˈdʒʌŋɡl/ DJ 

1.          an area of tropical forest where trees and plants grow very thickly (熱帶)叢林,密林uncountable countable

§  The area was covered in dense jungle. 這個地區叢林密佈。

§  the jungles of South-East Asia 東南亞熱帶叢林

§  jungle warfare 叢林戰

§  Our garden is a complete jungle. 我們的花園雜草叢生。

Vicarious /vɪˈkeə.ri.əs/

perienced as a result of watching, listening to or reading about the activities of other people, rather than by doing the activities yourself

Through her letters we were able vicariously to experience her excitement.

 If only swinging from branch to branch through the jungle rooftop were as feasible for real people. Thanks to canopy trekking, now it is! Today, humans can walk or “fly" through leafy treetops, all the while enjoying nature at its finest. 最佳探索地点“exploration at its finest

canopy noun  /ˈkæn.ə.pi/ [C]

the branches and leaves that spread out at the top of a group of trees forming a type of roof.

 

How it all started

Humans have long been drawn to the mysteries of rainforest canopies. Suspended at around 40 m in the air, these canopies are the most productive habitats on Earth.

habitat noun  /ˈhæb.ɪ.tæt/ [C or U]

the natural environment in which an animal or plant usually lives

With so many areas of woodland being cut down, a lot of wildlife is losing its natural habitat.

 

As much as 40 percent of the world’s species spend their lives living among the canopy branches! That’s not surprising seeing as(considering the fact that) the green canopy leaves receive so much sunlight that there is constant food and warmth.

Scientists were among the first to understand the vast diversity of rainforest canopies. diversity noun  /da ɪˈvɜː.sɪ.ti//dɪˈvɝː.sə.t ̬i/ [S or U]

In the 1970s they began to study canopies by using ropes to access their heights and building platforms for long-term surveillance.

surveillance noun  /səˈveɪ.lənt s//sɚ-/ [U]

the careful watching of a person or place, especially by the police or army, because of a crime that has happened or is expected

The police have kept the nightclub under surveillance because of suspected illegal drug activity.

More banks are now installing surveillance cameras.

Today, even more elaborate methods are used to study the canopies. One of those methods, canopy walkways, has recently become more than a science project -canopy walkways are now popular tourist attractions too.

 

Ken & Ashley

Overhear /ˌəʊvəˈhɪə(r)/ DJ

I overheard a conversation between two boys on the bus. 我在公共汽車上無意中聽到兩個男孩的談話。

We overheard them arguing. 我們碰巧聽到他們吵嘴。 VN -ing

I overheard him say he was going to France. 我偶然聽見他說他要去法國。 VN inf.

 

thanks to you thank you 不一樣

thanks to you 就等於 because of you

Thanks to you, I was late for the meeting.

No thanks to you= no help.

I finally got my license, no thanks to you.

用在諷刺 Thanks to your foolishness, we lost a lot of money.

多謝你的愚蠢,我損失了一大筆錢.

No thanks to you. 你沒有功勞

I finally got my license no thanks to you! 你沒有幫我任何忙

Thanks, but no thanks. 不要,謝謝

 

Liz

If only swinging from branch to branch through the jungle rooftop were as feasible for real people.

if only

I wish

I wish my house were bigger.

If only my house were bigger.

I wish the theater tickets were cheaper.

If only theater tickets were cheaper.

 

 

Michelle

trek (v) /trek/健行;艱苦跋涉; 緩慢地行進;移居; 離開

trekked / trekking

We trekked through the forest and reached the lake in the afternoon.

我們健行通过森林並且下午到達了湖邊。

Sam and his friends went treakking in the mountains last weekend.

山姆和他的朋友上個週末到山上健行。

vicariously (adv) 間接地;代替地

Through the author’s description we can vicariously experience his exotic journey.

我們可以透過作者的描述好像親身體驗這個異國風味的旅途。

Those who are addicted to online games live vicariously

through computers and stop living in the real world.

網路遊戲上癮者透過電腦而生活,他們停止在真實的世界上生活。

surveillance (n) 看守; 監視;監督; 檢查

The thief tampered with several surveillance cameras.

temper verb (REDUCE) /ˈtem.pər

formal to make something less strong, extreme, etc.

My enthusiasm for the venture was somewhat tempered by my knowledge of the work that would be involved.

I learnt to temper my criticism.

 

竊賊破壞了好幾臺监视錄影機。

如果是在某人的監視下 介係詞用 under

The police put the suspect under surveillance last week.

警察從上星期開始監視這名嫌疑犯。

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