Wenzhou: A Tale of Two Languages. Hello everyone, this is Appreciate Wenzhou, Voice of Kean. Welcome to our program.
I’m Chloe from Wenzhou-Kean University.
Let me tell you a bit about my university. Wenzhou-Kean University is a Chinese-American university. It offers students different ways to develop their minds by melding the best of American education with the best of Chinese education.
Charlotte's Web is a fairy tale about friendship. In the Zuckerman's barn, Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider formed a most sincere friendship. When Wilbur's life was in danger, the seemingly small Charlotte saved Wilbur with her own strength, but at this time, Charlotte's life came to an end...The author uses the narrative style of fairy tales to express the admiration and attachment to life, which gives us deep thinking about life.
Elwyn Brooks White（E.B. white）was born in 1899 in New York. He was a famous contemporary American writer and was known for his proses. White loved everything about the world, and in addition to his lifelong love of essay, he wrote three books for children, Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web and the Trumpet of the Swan. They are loved by children as well as adults.
Now let’s enjoy “Charlotte's Web”.
"Charlotte," said Wilbur after a while, "why are you so quiet?"
"I like to sit still," she said. "I've always been rather quiet."
"Yes, but you seem specially so today. Do you feel all right?"
"A little tired, perhaps. But I feel peaceful. Your success in the ring this morning was, to a small degree, my success. Your future is assured. You will live, secure and safe, Wilbur. Nothing can harm you now. These autumn days will shorten and grow cold. The leaves will shake loose from the trees and fall. Winter will pass, the days will lengthen, the ice will melt in the pasture pond. The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. All these sights and sounds and smells will be yours to enjoy, Wilbur-this lovely world, these precious days...”
Charlotte stopped. A moment later a tear came to Wilbur's eye. "Oh, Charlotte," he said. "To think that when I first met you I thought you were cruel and bloodthirsty!"
When he recovered from his emotion, he spoke again.
"Why did you do all this for me? " he asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you."
"You have been my friend," replied Charlotte. "That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that."
"Well," said Wilbur. "I'm no good at making speeches. I haven't got your gift for words. But you have saved me, Charlotte, and I would gladly give my life for you-I really would."
"I'm sure you would. And I thank you for your generous sentiments.”
Thank you for listening. I hope you’re back next time.
指导老师| 王葛琼 汤涟猗 James Tarwood