英语学习杂志 2013-03-29 15:39




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By Alyson Leslie

I am a teenager. I am ignorant, illiterate and irresponsible. I lie, cheat, steal and hate for no apparent reason. I am rude, inconsiderate and, to all appearances, completely lost. I have never known failure, loss or despair. I never talk to my parents about my life, and would never suffer being seen with them in public. I don’t know the value of a dollar and am under the impression that money is cleverly disguised as foliage. I drive 90 miles an hour and cause wrecks, discord and trouble wherever I travel. I know nothing of events, current or past. I am superficial, loud and obnoxious. I am viewed with haughty disapproval as a person who drinks, smokes and parties at every opportunity.

I am a teenager. I am a stereotype. I have been cast unfairly in the role of an imprudent person who knows nothing, is inherently cruel, and always thinking of myself. I am the bane of a society of whom many have never read Tolstoy, Dickens, Bronte, Nietzsche or Rousseau. I am dismissed by many of the generation who fear the day when I become an adult, because then the world will surely fall to pieces. When people look at me, they evaluate through lenses tinted with suspicion, mistrust and doubt.

Some will never know that I am compassionate, humble and patriotic. I am an athlete, singer, artist and comedian. I am a daughter, sister, student and friend. I laugh and cry. I speak out and I brood. I love, dislike, and show indifference. I will be the next Nobel Prize winner, best-selling author, life-saving surgeon, president, or beloved teacher. I have lofty dreams and the ambition to make them reality. I have the determination and self-discipline to see every goal surpassed. I will go to college not just to party and have fun, but to pull myself one step closer to the destination I so greatly desire. Through kind words, intelligent conversation and common courtesy I will change the misconception of youth.

One day, one person at a time, I will show those who judge that they are wrong. When I am an adult there will be a new collection of disrespectful, reckless, hateful youth. Maybe, just maybe, when I look at them, I will see through the labels and see the promise of a future generation. For now, I am simply and proudly myself. I am faithful , loving and honest. I am inquisitive, intelligent and sincere. I am a leader, follower and teacher. I am a teenager.


1. ignorant: 无知的,愚昧的;illiterate: 不识字的,(某一学科)无知的;apparent: 显然的,表面上的。

2. inconsiderate: 不顾别人的,轻率的;to all appearances: 显然地,就表面来看;lost: 迷惘的,迷失的。

3. 我并不知道一美元的价值,我原以为金钱是经过巧妙伪装的树叶。disguise: 掩饰,假装;foliage: 叶子,植物。

4. discord: 不协调,不一致。

5. superficial: 肤浅的,表面的;loud: (举止等)招摇的,炫耀的;obnoxious: 可憎的,惹人讨厌的。

6. haughty: 傲慢的,自大的。

7. stereotype: 刻板印象,成见;imprudent: 轻率地,鲁莽的;inherently: 内在地,固有地。

8. 我是社会毒瘤的一分子,从没读过托尔斯泰、狄更斯、勃朗特、尼采或是罗素的作品。bane: 祸根,灾星。

9. dismiss: 不接受,拒绝考虑。

10. tint: 给……着色,染色;suspicion: 怀疑,猜疑。

11. compassionate: 同情的,有同情心的。

12. brood: 沉思。

13. misconception: 误解,错误看法。

14. reckless: 轻率地, 鲁莽的。

15. faithful: 忠诚的,忠实的。

(来源:英语学习杂志 编辑:丹妮)



















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