Lesson 8
           A famous monastery
【New words and expressions】 生词和短语
n.   寺院,修道院
abbot: 修道院院长
convent  nun: 修女
abbess: 女修道院院长
     ★St. Bernard
n.   关隘
n.   看门狗
adj. 莽撞地,冒失地
n.   围场,圈地
n.   和尚
n.   清静,隐居
n.   滑雪者
go skiing
n.   复活节
at Easter
at Christmas
at Thanksgiving
Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
What are the St. Bernard dogs used for?
    The Great St. Bernard Pass connects Switzerland to Italy. At 2,473 metres, it is the highest mountain pass in Europe. The famous monastery of St. Bernard, witch was founded in eleventh century, lies about a mile away. For hundreds of years, St. Bernard dogs have saved the lives of travellers crossing the dangerous Pass. These friendly dogs, which were first brought from Asia, were used as watchdogs even in Roman times. Now that a tunnel ahs been built through the mountains, the Pass is less dangerous, but each year, the dogs are still sent out into the snow whenever a traveller is in difficulty. Despite the new tunnel, there are still a few people who rashly attempt to cross the Pass on foot.
    During the summer months, the monastery is very busy, for it is visited by thousands of people who cross the Pass in cars. As there are so many people about, the dogs have to be kept in a special enclosure. In winter, however, life at the monastery is quite different. The temperature drops to -- 30 o and very few people attempt to cross the Pass. The monks prefer winter to summer of they have more privacy. The dogs have greater freedom, too, for they are allowed to wander outside their enclosure. The only regular visitors to the monastery in winter are parties of skiers who go there at Christmas and Easter. These young people, who love the peace of mountains, always receive a warm welcome at St. Bernard's monastery.

connects/join Switzerland to Italy  link Switzerland with Italy
connect...with: 把...与某事联系在一起
I can't connect the picture with my friend Mary
Are you connected with the government?
be connected with: 与...有联系
At 2,473 metres: 介词短语修饰全句用于句首表示原因、条件或状态
In red,she looks much more beautiful.
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