日期:2018-05-07 21:36



Hello and welcome to the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories.

Independence Day is a huge celebration in the United States. People celebrate by having parades and picnics and usually end the day with fireworks. So what do some of these words mean?


Cities and towns, large and small, across the U.S. close their main streets to make way for Independence Day parades. Clean and shiny firetrucks and school marching bands parade down the streets lined with people watching and cheering.

Parade floats, which are decorated vehicles, carry local stars, like the child who won the spelling bee or the winner of a local beauty contest.

People work very hard making a parade. So, the worst thing to happen on parade day is rain. To rain on someone's parade is to ruin something for someone else. Here's an example: "I hate to rain on your parade, but the guy you like is not coming to the party."


On Independence Day people in the U.S. like to eat outside. Friends, family, and neighbors will come together and picnic. Picnics are easy and fun. So, when something is difficult we say it is no picnic. "Taking the TOEFL exam is no picnic. I studied for months and it was still so hard! "


Many people around the world celebrate important days with fireworks, including the United States. Independence Day fireworks shows are explosive, bright and colorful.

The word "fireworks" can be used in other situations, both good and bad. For example, if two people are having a fiery argument others may tell them to "stop all the fireworks." Fireworks, in this case, are a bad thing.

But, good fireworks are exciting and beautiful, like falling in love. A kiss or touch of a lover's hand can create fireworks between two people. Even couples who have been married for many years but who are deeply in love can have fireworks explode each time they kiss.


If you want to see real fireworks in the U.S., visit during the 4th of July. The U.S. traditionally celebrates its freedom with huge, outdoor public gatherings and fireworks at night.

In Washington, D.C., for example, large crowds gather near the Washington Monument to listen to music and watch a big fireworks show. In other cities and smaller towns, local people also listen to music concerts and watch fireworks explode after dark.

They also play songs that that celebrates the American dream. You might hear Neil Diamond's "America," a song that honors the American Dream and America's immigrant experience.

"Got a dream to take them there / They're coming to America / Got a dream they've come to share / They're coming to America /

Some songs are about the dream of the American Dream, one that perhaps did not happen. In his song, "American Tune" famous singer/songwriter Paul Simon paints a more complex view of the American experience. He sings of weariness, hard work and homesickness but promises that in the end it will be all right.

And I dreamed I was flying / And high up above my eyes could clearly see / The Statue of Liberty / Sailing away to sea / And I dreamed I was flying

I'm Anna Matteo.


1.end the day with 以...来结束一天
End the day with Love.

2.make way for 为...让路
The crowd was parted right and left to make way for the party.

3.line with 两旁是
Lined with about a dozen 18th century homes, Little Green Street only stretches a city block in length.

4.rain on your parade 泼冷水
I hate to rain on your parade, but I just can not help you with your plan.







为了举办一次游行,人们会非常努力。因此,游行当天发生的最糟糕的事情就是下雨。To rain on someone's parade的意思是指因为其他人而使某事遭到破坏。这里有一个例子:“我不想泼你的冷水,但是你喜欢的那个家伙不会来这个派对了。”


在独立日,美国人喜欢去外面吃饭。朋友,家人,邻居会聚在一起野餐。野餐很容易,也很有趣。因此,当某事是很困难的时候,我们会说it is no picnic。“参加托福考试可不是一件轻松的事。我学习了好几个月,仍然觉得托福太难了!”



fireworks这个词还可以用于其它情景当中,有褒义也有贬义。举个例子,如果有两个人吵架吵得很凶,那么其他人可能就会对他们说:“stop all the fireworks(不要争吵了)。”在这种情况下,fireworks指的就不是一个好东西。






有一些歌曲是关于美国梦的,可能没有发生。在著名歌手、歌曲作家保罗·西蒙的《American Tune》一歌中,他描绘了美国印象的复杂性。他为疲倦、艰苦的工作和思乡而歌唱,但是也承诺,最后一切都会变好。