本课您将学到：down-to-earth（实际的），also known as句型，once解析
James Fenimore Cooper, an early American writer, once said, "The Americans are almost ignorant of（在……方面无知） the art of music." If that was once true, you would never know it today. Most Americans——even those without a musical bone in their bodies——have a favorite style of music. Many people enjoy classical（古典的） and folk（乡村的） music from around the world. But other popular music styles in America were "made in the U.S.A."
Country and western music lies close to the heart of many Americans. This style originated（发源） among country folks in the southern and western United States. Country music tells down-to-earth stories about love and life's hardships. Guitars, banjos（五弦琴） and violins——also known as fiddles——give country music its characteristic（特有的） sound. The home of country music is Nashville, Tennessee——Music City U.S.A. Country music even has its own theme park（主题公园） called "Opryland" where you can enjoy music shows and fun rides. "The Grand Ole Opry," the oldest radio show in the United States, broadcasts country music live（现场的，实况的） from Opryland every weekend.
一位美国早期的作家柯柏（James Fenimore Cooper）曾说：“美国人对音乐艺术几乎可以说是相当的无知。”（The Americans are almost ignorant of the art of music）如果这话曾经是事实，今***绝不会这么认为了。大部份的美国人，甚至包括那些没有音乐细胞的人，（even those without a musical bone in their bodies）都有自己喜爱的音乐型态。许多人喜欢世界各国的古典音乐和民俗音乐，（classical and folk music from around the world）然而美国其它的流行音乐则是“美国制造”。（other popular music styles in America were "made in the U.S.A."）
乡村和西部音乐深得很多美国人的人心，（lies close to the heart of many Americans）这种型态的音乐起源于美国南部和西部的乡村小民们。（This style originated among country folks in the southern and western United States）乡村音乐传述着真实不加渲染的爱情故事和生活中的艰难。（tells down-to-earth stories about love and life's hardships）吉他、五弦琴和小提琴（violin又名fiddle）可弹奏出乡村音乐的特殊音色。乡村音乐的发源地（The home of country music）是田纳西州的纳许维尔市——美国的音乐城市。而乡村音乐甚至还有它自己的主题乐园（theme park）——Opryland呢！在那儿你可以享受音乐表演以及好玩的游乐设施。（music shows and fun rides）美国最老牌的广播节目“The Grand Ole Opry”每个周末都实况播放Opryland的音乐。（broadcasts country music live from Opryland）
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