The Importance of Computers

Since computers were invented in the USA in the 1950s, they have become very important in many areas of work and leisure. There is no doubt [1]doubt: US: [daʊt]  UK: [daʊt] v. 怀疑;不相信;不能肯定;无把握  n. 疑问;疑惑;不相信;不确定 [2]no doubt: 无疑地that [3]There is no doubt that … : 毫无疑问,…  *写作常用句型 computers are very useful in technology and business. In space, computers have been used to control the speed and direction of a spaceship. With the help of [4]with the help of: 在…的帮助下 computers, doctors can find diseases easily and solve other problems [5]solve other problems: 解决这些问题. For example [6]for example: 例如, tiny [7]tiny: US: [ˈtaɪni] UK: [‘taɪni] adj. 极小的;微小的;微量的 computers which are inside patients’ bodies can keep their hearts beating normally [8]normally: US: [ˈnɔrm(ə)li]  UK: [ˈnɔː(r)m(ə)li]  adv. 通常;正常地;正常情况下;平常地. In factories, robots are controlled by computers that are like human brains [9]brain: US: [breɪn]  UK: [breɪn]  n. 脑;脑力;智力;(供食用的)动物脑髓. They can do work that is dangerous to humans. In business, computers are used to place and cancel [10]cancel: US: [ˈkæns(ə)l] UK: [‘kæns(ə)l]  v. 取消;撤销;终止;废除(具有法律效力的协议) orders. They are also making the workplace [11]workplace: US: [ˈwɜrkˌpleɪs]  UK: [ˈwɜː(r)kˌpleɪs]  n. 工作场所 safer and better.

Since the Internet came into being [12]come into being: 形成;产生;开始存在, people’s lives at home have been changed, too. More and more people have personal computers that are used to play games and watch movies. Thanks to [13]thanks to: 感谢;幸亏;多亏;由于 the Internet, people can do shopping and do business at home. Instead of [14]instead of: 代替;作为…的替换;而不是 writing letters on paper, people communicate by sending e-mails and chatting online. The whole world is connected [15]connect: US: [kəˈnekt] UK: [kə’nekt] v. 连接;接通;沟通;联结. The Internet is making the world smaller, like a village.

Computers have improved our lives, but they have brought problems, too. For instance [16]for instance: 例如, if we work on computers too long, we may get headaches or sore eyes. If we play computer games too much, we won’t have enough time to study or exercise. Besides [17]besides: US: [bɪˈsaɪdz] UK: [bɪ’saɪdz] adv. 此外;而且;再说;以及 prep. 除…之外(还), not everything we read on the Internet is true or good for us. Computers help us at work and at home, but they must be used properly [18]properly: US: [ˈprɑpərli]  UK: [ˈprɒpə(r)li]  adv. 正确地;适当地;恰当地;得体地.

Word Bank

Word Bank
1 doubt: US: [daʊt]  UK: [daʊt] v. 怀疑;不相信;不能肯定;无把握  n. 疑问;疑惑;不相信;不确定
2 no doubt: 无疑地
3 There is no doubt that … : 毫无疑问,…  *写作常用句型
4 with the help of: 在…的帮助下
5 solve other problems: 解决这些问题
6 for example: 例如
7 tiny: US: [ˈtaɪni] UK: [‘taɪni] adj. 极小的;微小的;微量的
8 normally: US: [ˈnɔrm(ə)li]  UK: [ˈnɔː(r)m(ə)li]  adv. 通常;正常地;正常情况下;平常地
9 brain: US: [breɪn]  UK: [breɪn]  n. 脑;脑力;智力;(供食用的)动物脑髓
10 cancel: US: [ˈkæns(ə)l] UK: [‘kæns(ə)l]  v. 取消;撤销;终止;废除(具有法律效力的协议)
11 workplace: US: [ˈwɜrkˌpleɪs]  UK: [ˈwɜː(r)kˌpleɪs]  n. 工作场所
12 come into being: 形成;产生;开始存在
13 thanks to: 感谢;幸亏;多亏;由于
14 instead of: 代替;作为…的替换;而不是
15 connect: US: [kəˈnekt] UK: [kə’nekt] v. 连接;接通;沟通;联结
16 for instance: 例如
17 besides: US: [bɪˈsaɪdz] UK: [bɪ’saɪdz] adv. 此外;而且;再说;以及 prep. 除…之外(还)
18 properly: US: [ˈprɑpərli]  UK: [ˈprɒpə(r)li]  adv. 正确地;适当地;恰当地;得体地