So good to have you joined us today in English World. I am Mark, along with Wenjie.
Yes, Hello listener friends. Welcome!
Well I don't know about you Wenjie, but lately work and family have kept me quite busy.
It's the same for me. 近来我和马可都是工作家庭两头忙
On top of that, I have had parties, weddings, and family get togethers.
马可也活动多，派对、婚礼、家庭聚集等 Wasn't that nice?
Yes, I enjoy the fun of big gatherings with family and friends.
All the talking, noise, and activities get me going.
But I also look forward to a time just by myself.
Where I don't have to be social and talk with anyone. A time of peace and quiet.
也就是不需要和人社交,不需和人谈话，有一些自己的安静时间Ahhh… That sounds great.
You know, Some people get recharged from being with people.
While others get recharged by being alone.
What do you prefer, listener friend?
How about you, Wenjie?
Me? Definitely the latter one.
Everyday Noises 每天听到的声响
What kind of sound do you hear every day?
TV电视机, cell phones电话声, Music音乐声
People talking交谈声, laughter笑声, Children crying 孩童哭闹声
Machinery 机器声, appliances电器声音
Traffic 路上交通, car horn 车子喇叭声, dog barking狂吠的狗叫声
From early morning to midnight.
Our everyday life is filled with noises.
We do have ears and we can't live without sounds.
However, we all need peace and quiet, too.
That's our topic for today: “A Time To Be Quiet”.
Vocabulary 123 生词点滴
If you make little or no noise, that's "Quiet".
We say, Be quiet, keep quiet (Be quiet, keep quiet保持安静)
For example, I am trying to concentrate. Can you please be quiet?
Other words similar to “quiet” are: (跟quiet 含意类似的还有以下的字：)
Silent (silent, 无声，静音)
For example, A silent film has no speech. A silent machine makes no noise
Still (still, 静止的)
For example, After a stormy day came a still night.
Or, Calm (calm, 平静，冷静)
For example, The summer evening is calm.
Here you are again: Quiet, Silent, Still, and Calm.
Wenjie, when do you try to keep quiet?
什麽时候该安静？I can think of: When a baby is sleeping.当婴孩在睡觉时
Yeah, We say, shh-- Also, When we are in the Library, right?
还有，在图书馆里要肃静 The sign says, “Please be quiet.”
Or, when we are at a concert or play.
We also stay quiet during a funeral or a memorial service.
Being quiet is a sign of respect.
What does it imply?
It could mean lowering our voices.
Or closing a door gently.
Mark, It’s not easy to escape sounds and noise.要逃离噪音声响不容易
True. In our modern society, We often dismiss quietness.
We are constantly being occupied, we can't slow down.
But in order for us to grow deeper,
It’s essential to find a time and place for quietness.
Some people call this: Retreat.
Retreat involves a specific time, from a few hours to a month time length,
In which you get away from your normal everyday life
Or maybe away from TV, from your cell phone and computer.
You can go to a special place, or even just at your home,
And take time to rest and recharge.
Words to live by 圣经良言
"In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength.”
Isaiah 30:15 以赛亚书
Christians often have a time of spiritual retreat.
The purpose is to get away from everyday life and reconnect with God.
Some retreats are held in silence. We call it Silent /Quiet Retreat.
We see in the Bible that Jesus often took time to retreat from the crowd.
At those times, he drew close to God.
God wants to talk with us in times of quietness.
And when we come before Him to rest and listen,
We can hear his soft and quiet voice.
His peace then can rule in our hearts.
Giving us strength for every day.
Well, our time is almost up.
We hope you get to find time to be quiet.
You will be surprised how good it really is.
More importantly, spend time to pray and be close to God.
If you have some thoughts about today's topic, please write to us, we'd like to hear from you.
You are listening to English World. I am Mark.
And I am Guo Wenjie.
Until next time we meet again, May God Bless You.
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