[00:03.00]Unit 1 Happy New Millennium! [00:04.78]Part 1 [00:07.65]Warming up [00:10.53]Key words: [00:15.57]millennium celebration [00:20.24]Vocabulary: [00:25.81]chime millennium prospective [00:32.97]gala countdown fanfare [00:39.52]Kiribati Vietnam Hanoi [00:46.58]Bangkok Egypt [00:51.04]The world has entered the 21st century. [00:55.59]Here are some brief reports of "Happy New Millennium" celebrations. [01:01.65]Now listen and enjoy. [01:05.41]Supply the missing words. [01:09.07]1.The world is greeting the year 2000 with much celebration. [01:18.84]The first nation to celebrate was Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean. [01:25.97]2.In China,President Jiang Zemin [01:32.81]lit a fire to represent thousands of years of Chinese civilization. [01:40.86]The traditional_____begins in February. [01:47.02]3.___covering two continents will have the world's longest New Year celebrations. [01:57.60]4.Former____President Nelson Mandela says [02:06.07]he is hoping for a safer and more caring world in the next century. [02:14.43]The former President also said [02:18.79]science has given the world new ways to meet the needs of wold population. [02:27.54]5.Welcome from London.Welcome from the BBC World Service to the 21st century. [02:38.77]The year 2000 has arrived in____when the chimes of London's Big Ben signaled midnight. [02:45.93]Huge crowds cheered as spectacular fireworks displays [02:51.10]went along several kilometers of the Thames. [02:55.83]6.Welcome to the Pacific,welcome to Millennium Island. [03:03.98]Very shortly we and the tiny Republic of Kiribati [03:08.94]will take the word's very first step into the year 2000. [03:14.82]7.____is greeting the new millennium with fire works and parties. [03:23.28]As the clock struck midnight, [03:26.94]thousands of people braved rain showers to attend midnight celebration, [03:32.58]fireworks and concerts. [03:35.95]8.____a firework display lit up the sky over Sydney's famous harbor [03:44.78]at the stroke of midnight. [03:47.81]Earlier,the new century began its 24-hour march around the globe [03:54.34]in the tiny South Pacific island nation of Kiribati. [03:59.70]9.Joyous celebrations took place across____to celebrate the turn of the century [04:08.48]and the start of the new millennium. [04:12.24]____,tens of thousands of people started the New Year at the race track, [04:18.30]where a horse race began just after midnight. [04:23.34]10.More than 3,500 people lined____Orchard Road to cheer the new century [04:33.01]while hundreds of balloons were released into the sky. [04:38.36]11.____,hundreds of thousands of people crowded the [04:45.34]streets of Hanoi and Huzhiming City. [04:49.28]12.Two thousand couples from around the world gathered in ____ today [04:56.65]to mark the New Year with a mass wedding. [05:00.77]The day-long ceremony began in the morning with grooms neeting their prospective [05:06.73]brides and exchanging gifts in the convention center in the capital of Bangkok. [05:13.10]13.____President announced the birthof the first South Korean baby of the millennium. [05:21.57]14.____,millions of people wished for good fortune in the Year of the Dragon. [05:29.51]In Tokyo's waterfront area,10,000 people enjoyed a gala countdown to the New Year. [05:37.27]15.People across the world are welcoming the year 2000 with fanfare and celebration. [05:46.02]The spectacular dusk-to-dawn light show is marking the beginning of the new century [05:52.50]at the Pyramids in ____. [05:56.34]16.Just over an hour ago,millions of people in western and central____ [06:04.70]welcomed the New Year with fireworks and open air parties. [06:09.76]Part II [06:18.02]The time ball [06:24.29]Key words: [06:29.54]time ball drop time signals tradition [06:38.21]Vocabulary: [06:43.46]install observatory revive sweep [06:52.32]viable hoist gravity mechanism [07:00.57]aluminum flavor sponsor [07:06.92]Greenwich Miami Atlanta [07:13.40]A:Listen to some statements about the time ball. [07:19.14]Fill in the blanks with what you hear on the tape. [07:24.11]1.The time ball was originally used as a marine____. [07:32.05]2.The Greenwich time ball is said to be the world's first public____. [07:40.59]3.The ball is automatically raised halfway up the mast at____ [07:49.97]to the top at 12:58 P.m.,and drops at ____. [07:57.02]4.Around____pubic time balls are known or reported to have been installed [08:06.48]around the world after that at Greenwich in 1833. [08:13.45]5.The U.S. Naval Observatory dropped the first time ball in the United States in__ [08:23.59]6.Time balls were used in many cities around the U.S. during____. [08:33.23]7.At the turn of the 20th century dozens of time balls were being dropped____. [08:43.08]8.A few time balls are still ceremonially dropped around the world, [08:51.54]ranging from____to the Old Royal Observatory in____. [08:58.31]B:Listen to a news report about the lowering of the time ball. [09:05.07]Answer the questions with key words. [11:49.75]C:Now listen to a faster presentation of the matenrial.Check your answers.