练习 | CNN新闻: 美国日用品价格上涨

练习 | CNN新闻: 美国日用品价格上涨

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Ding Dong. Friday's at the door and even though it's keeping its social distance it's still delivering awesome. I'm Carl Azuz delivering your Friday edition of CNN 10. We're starting at the grocery store and we're going to need some extra cash. In the month of April, the price of groceries grew 2.6 percent according to the U.S. Labor Department. So if a family spent $1,000 on groceries in March, they would have needed an extra $26 for those same groceries in April. The 2.6 percent increase was the biggest jump from one month to the next since 1974. You can guess why this happened. It's another side effect, really a series of them, to the ongoing corona virus pandemic. 

When restaurants shutdown and businesses closed, more Americans started cooking at home. So demand for groceries went up but then many food producers and farmers had trouble quickly shifting their deliveries from those restaurants to grocery stores. It's a very complex process and there've been outbreaks of COVID-19 in some food processing plants forcing some of them to shutdown. So there's this perfect storm of increase demand, jarring changes in delivery and reduced supply but on top of all that some shoppers started panic buying. Picking up lots of food that they didn't plan to eat right away. 

So to keep certain groceries in stock, stores put limits on the amounts people could buy. They've also raised prices to discourage people from buying so much and to recover some of the extra money they've had to pay to suppliers. Meat, eggs, bread, cereal, soup, soda, fruit and coffee all went up in April. Some prices went down though. Ham, breakfast sausage, butter, prepared salads and cupcakes got cheaper. As stores and shoppers made adjustments to the ways they responded to all this, technology has found some fascinating new roles in this changed way of life.

VOCABULARY

1. jarring changes n. 令人不安的变化
2. cupcake n. 杯形糕饼,(用杯状容器烤成的)小糕饼

QUESTIONS

Read the statements. Then listen to the news and decide whether the statements are true (T) or false (F).

1. According to the U.S. Labor Department, the price of foods grew 2.6 percent in April. 
2. The 2.6 percent increase was the biggest jump from one month to the next since 1974. 
3. When restaurants shutdown and businesses closed, more Americans started cooking at home. 
4. To keep certain groceries in stock, stores put limits on the amounts people could buy. 
5. Stores have also raised prices to encourage people from panic buying. 
6. Meat, butter, bread, cereal, soup, soda, fruit and coffee all went up in April. 
7. Ham, breakfast sausage, eggs, prepared salads and cupcakes got cheaper. 

KEY 

Read the statements. Then listen to the news and decide whether the statements are true (T) or false (F).

(F) 1. According to the U.S. Labor Department, the price of foods grew 2.6 percent in April. (正确表达)According to the U.S. Labor Department, the price of groceries grew 2.6 percent in April. 
(T) 2. The 2.6 percent increase was the biggest jump from one month to the next since 1974. 
(T) 3. When restaurants shutdown and businesses closed, more Americans started cooking at home. 
(T) 4. To keep certain groceries in stock, stores put limits on the amounts people could buy. 
(F) 5. Stores have also raised prices to encourage panic buying.(正确表达)Stores have also raised prices to discourage people from panic buying. 
(F) 6. Meat, butter, bread, cereal, soup, soda, fruit and coffee all went up in April.(正确表达)Meat, eggs, bread, cereal, soup, soda, fruit and coffee all went up in April. 
(F) 7. Ham, breakfast sausage, eggs, prepared salads and cupcakes got cheaper.(正确表达)Ham, breakfast sausage, butter, prepared salads and cupcakes got cheaper.

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  • 来源:刘立军 2020-06-02