How exciting it is to visit China! China can offer what appeals to every visitor, 1 given the population, the crowds can be an issue.
Before getting on the plane, train, or bus, learn from these mistakes to avoid the crowds and make the __2__ (much) of your holiday.
There are certain 3 (date) throughout the year when the entire country takes a vacation at the same time. If you travel in China during one of these ＂golden weeks＂, you can expect never-ending lines, 4 (crowd) public transportation, and seas of strangers appearing in the background of your photos. So it is important to get familiar with the dates 5 (minimize) your travel stress.
Of course, any trip to China wouldn’t be complete without seeing major cultural landmarks like 6 Great Wall, or the Forbidden City. However, there are so many worthwhile places to experience 7 may not be listed in your tour book.
Also, with a family to travel together, 8 (wake) up early can be a challenge. Do your best to wake up early and take your breakfast to go; it’s worth it. Getting to an 9 (attract) early will allow you to experience it __10__ (full) without the hindrance(妨碍) of a large crowd.
Today, millions of people want to learn or improve their English. Is it good to study in Britain or in your own country?
The advantage of going to Britain seem obvious. You will listen to the language all the time, surround completely by the language wherever you go and don’t have to speak English if you are with the local people. In China, there is always possible to speak Chinese in class and the learn is slower.
On the one hand, there are also advantages of studying home. You don’t have to make big changes to your life. Besides, it’s much cheaper than going to Britain.
In my view, to most people with enough money, being at home is their only option. The most important thing to do in this situation is to maximize our opportunities: speaking only English in class and using English whenever possible outside the class.
Held once a month on Friday evenings from 6:30 pm—9 pm. A dance for kids of all ages 11 through 21. Allows kids with special needs to practice social experiences while having great fun. Parent supervision(监护) required. Drinks $ 2 at the door for children only. Bring a friend!
Contact: 50 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich
This teen Center offers activities for teens including balls, two televisions, video games, a library and a game table. A variety of events are offered throughout the year including midnight teen dances. Open Tuesday to Thursday 2 pm—6 pm, Friday 2 pm—10 pm, and Saturday afternoons 2 pm—6 pm.
Contact: 10 Governor Street Ridgefield
Teen Center "the Garage" is open every Friday and Saturday night. Come on and enjoy the fun or just hang out. There is a pool table, ping pong table, and CD player. Live Band events are for High School Students only. The Teen Center also provides music with a live DJ. When there is no DJ, bring your own music.
Contact: Church Hill Road Newtown
Parenting In Action
Ellen Swan, Director of Parenting In Action, is a former teacher, the parent of three young adult sons and has a formal education in human development and family studies with a specialization in parenting education and family support. Ellen believes all parents want to be the BEST parent possible. She will guide you to become a better parent and help turn the "job of parenting" into "the joy of parenting". Ellen is especially interested in the healthy development of children’s emotions. For information and to make an appointment please contact her by the phone number or email listed below.
Contact: 50 Sunnie Holme Drive Fairfield
【题文1】What will you join as music lover at a high school?
A. The Barn. B. The Garage.
C. Greenwich Family. D. Parenting In Action.
【题文2】What will you know from the teen center The Barn?
A. Your parents should come with you.
B. You can enjoy live band music there.
C. You can dance at midnight there.
D. You can spend $ 2 buying drinks at the door.
【题文3】 From Parenting In Action, we know Ellen Swan _________.
A. is a teacher who is interested in the healthy growth of children
B. is experienced in changing parents into the best ones possible
C. is able to find joy in the job of parenting and share it with parents
D. is good at helping parents how to educate their children at home
They text their friends all day long. At night, they do research for their term papers on laptops and communicate with their parents on Facebook. But as they walk the paths of Hamilton College, students are still pulling around old-fashioned textbooks — and loving it.
＂The screen won’t go blank,＂ said Faton, a sophomore. ＂There can’t be a virus. It wouldn’t be the same without books. They’ve defined ‘academia’ for a thousand years.＂
Though the world of print is receding before a tide of digital books, blogs and other websites, a generation of college students weaned on technology appears to be holding fast to traditional textbooks. That loyalty comes at a price. Textbooks are expensive, and students’ frustrations with the expense, as well as the emergence of new technology, have produced a lot of choices for obtaining them.
Many students are reluctant to give up the ability to flip quickly between chapters, write in the margins and highlight passages, although new software applications are beginning to allow students to use e-textbooks that way.
＂Students grew up learning from print books,＂ said Nicole Allen, ＂so as they transition to higher education, it’s not surprising that they carry a preference for a format that they are most accustomed to.＂
For now, buying books the old-fashioned way — new or used — prevails. If a campus store sold a new book for $100, it would typically buy the book back for $50 at semester’s end and sell it to the next student for $75. When Louis Boguchwal, a junior, tried to sell a $100 linear algebra textbook back to the college bookstore, he was offered $15. ＂It was insulting,＂ he said. ＂They give you next to nothing.＂
Rosemary Rocha, 26, she waits to borrow the few copies her professors leave on reserve at the library, or relies on the kindness of classmates. ＂My friends will let me borrow their books in exchange for coffee or a slice of pizza,＂ she said. ＂I very seldom buy the textbooks, but I’m always like a chicken without a head.＂
【题文1】Why do students prefer a book to a digital one?
A. E-books usually spread viruses among students.
B. Textbooks are much cheaper than e-books.
C. E-books can’t be written in the margins.
D. They grew up learning from print books.
【题文2】What does the underlined sentence in the last paragraph mean?
A. I am always at a loss what to do.
B. I can’t learn without a textbook.
C. I don’t like eating the head of chicken.
D. I don’t know where to buy textbooks.
【题文3】What did the experience of Louis prove?
A. Bookstores cheated students in textbook sales.
B. Bookstores are king in buying and selling textbooks.
C. Bookstores made it convenient to buy textbooks.
D. Bookstores bought books from students fairly.
【题文4】What is the main idea of the passage?
A. Textbooks will be replaced by e-books soon.
B. E-books attract more students to read.
C. Students still like paper books in a digital age.
D. Technology makes paper textbooks out of date.
One day after we moved to our farm, I found that two of the neighbor’s cows and a calf had wandered through the fence along our woods. The neighbor, Lorne Wright showed up with his dog to herd them back into his grassland—and with part of a roll of nine-wire fence.
＂There’s probably enough to reach from the road to the first brace post if you were of a mind to fix this spot,＂ he said. My face lit right up. I wanted to be a good neighbor, but money was tight.
The next week I was pulling the old fence out of the tall grass when Bill Risk stopped his car. He said,
＂Fixing fence, are you? Hear a story? A long time ago, two fellows farmed next to each other, so they agreed that each would start building fence on opposite ends of their farms and meet in the middle.＂
＂When they finished, one said, ‘Well, it looks good.’ But the other said, ‘My half looks good, because I started where I should have, but you started your half about 2 feet over on my farm and I want it moved right away!’＂
＂Well, these two fellows, who could have been good neighbors, began to get angry with each other, and the bitterness went on for years. Finally one man sold his farm, and no sooner had the new owner moved in than his neighbor paid him a visit. ＂
＂He said, ‘There has always been a problem with our line fence. Your half begins 2 feet over on my farm. It should have been moved a long time ago.’ The new neighbor thought for a moment, then said, ‘I always intend to be a good neighbor. If you think the fence is on your farm, you move it to wherever you think it should be, and you’ll never hear a complaint from me.’＂
＂They became good friends. And the fence was never moved. So keep that fence straight, neighbor,＂ Bill went away, leaving me with a smile on my face as I went back to work.
【题文1】 How did the writer feel after hearing his neighbor’s words?
A. Excited. B. Embarrassed. C. Puzzled. D. Satisfied.
【题文2】After finishing their fence, the two fellows _________.
A. celebrated for building a solid fence B. have become good neighbors even since
C. started right off with hard feelings D. argued about whose fence was good
【题文3】How did the new owner treat the fence?
A. By moving it to his property. B. By finding where it should be first.
C. By taking it apart immediately. D. By allowing the neighbor to deal with it.
【题文4】What lesson can we learn from the text?
A. Good fences make good neighbors. B. Two neighbors build their fences.
C. Fences have their own stories. D. Keep your fence strong and tall.
A fish may not be the first creature that comes to mind when co-operation in the animal world is mentioned, but a new study has shown the caring behavior of one sea species. Scientists have found that pairs of rabbitfishes will help and support each other while feeding. While such behavior has been recorded for birds and mammals, it had formerly been thought to be impossible for fishes to exhibit the same features.
＂We found that rabbitfish pairs manage their caring activity quite firmly, thus providing safety for their partner that is looking for food,＂ says Dr. Simon Brandl. ＂In other words, one partner stays ‘on guard’ while the other feeds – these fishes just watch each others’ back,＂ Dr. Brandl says. ＂This behavior is so far unique among fishes and appears to be based on reciprocal cooperation between pair members.＂
Reciprocal cooperation, which requires an investment in a partner that is later reciprocated（报答）, is supposed to require complex cognitive and social skills — something that fishes had been considered not to have until now.
Dr. Brandl says the research shows clear support and presents interesting evidence for reciprocal support between the rabbitfish pairs.
＂There has been a long debate about whether reciprocal cooperation can exist in animals that lack the highly developed cognitive and social skills found in humans and a few species of birds and primates,＂ he said. ＂By showing that fishes — which are commonly considered to be cold, unsocial, and unintelligent — are able to have reciprocal cooperative systems, we provide evidence that cooperation may not be as special as earlier expected.＂
Professor Bellwood says that our opinion of fishes as cold creatures is slowly changing. ＂Our findings should further cause efforts to understand fishes as highly developed organisms with complex social behaviors. This may also require a change in how we study and treat fishes.＂
【题文1】 What does the first paragraph imply?
A. Rabbitfishes almost act like birds and mammals.
B. Fishes don’t belong to the animal world at all.
C. Fishes have the ability to feed each other.
D. The caring behavior is impossible for fishes.
【题文2】While one rabbitfish feeds, the other one _________.
A. is protecting its partner from any danger B. is carrying some food for its partner
C. is looking for more food for its partner D. is hiding behind the back of its partner
【题文3】 What did people use to think about fishes?
A. They have the same behaviors. B. They show no feelings for others.
C. They have high social skills. D. They support each other all the time.
【题文4】What can we infer from what Bellwood said？
A. We should change our way of eating fish.
B. The behaviors of fishes are difficult to learn.
C. More efforts are needed to understand fish.
D. Our study of social behaviors should be careful.
Ways to Have an Amazing Day
I’m a big believer in the Law of the Harvest: 1 . If we plant the seeds of success every day, we will reap a successful harvest. If we delay the planting, we cannot expect to harvest. Here are a few tips for making sure you can answer the pop quiz of life confidently:
A child has the opportunity to learn about 100 new things a day and they love the feeling of learning something new. That’s why a young child will ask their parents, ＂Why?＂ about a thousand times a week. They are learning and growing. It wouldn’t hurt us to look around throughout the day and ask, ＂Why did that happen? How does that work? What can I do about that?＂ 2
It has been said that you can measure a person by how they treat the people who can do nothing for them. One great way to get more out of your day is to fill it with people you know. 3 The best way to know more people is to take a moment to learn a little about them.
I have noticed for some time that a lot of the happiest and most satisfied people I know have one or more big ＂life goals＂ they are working towards. It may be to run a marathon, write a book, start a business, develop a product, or learn a new hobby or profession. It doesn’t really matter what it is as long as it is something big, something that inspires you, and something that will take a lot of time and hard work.
5 In fact, most people experience something like a ＂pop midterm＂. Those are the moments in life where you wake up and realize that you have wasted the last 5—10 years on cruise control. Some people lose a job and realize they haven’t taken the time to develop any skills that would help them find another one.
A. Find A Suitable Purpose
B. Be kind to everyone you meet.
C. Look for some ways to serve.
D. We harvest what we sow.
E. Is your life filled with meaningless activities?
F. A lifetime of learning leads to a love for life.
G. Life doesn’t always throw us too many pop quizzes.
Though it had been a bad day in the early morning, I thought works had to be done. Filled with 1 thoughts, I got in my car to drive into town. In the few minutes it took me to travel to the 2 . I made a decision. I would be careful not to 3 my bad day off to anyone else. I would be 4 .
Standing in line at the bank, I was 5 talking to myself. Actually, I was 6 myself. All of the events that had made my bad day were, in fact, so very 7 . I was over-reacting. I tried to 8 those who had been affected by the war, by the earthquake.
A voice broke through my mental thoughts. Somehow I had 9 finished my bank business and the teller was trying to get my 10 . ＂Young lady,＂ she was saying. Her eyes showed 11 as she softly said, ＂I don’t know what is happening inside of you, but 12 me that everything will be okay.＂
My hands were 13 on the counter. She took her hands and placed them gently on top of mine. The 14 was quick but electric. And in that moment my world 15 .
In the moment of her touch I found 16 . I knew that love was being channeled through the 17 of this beautiful woman directly into my heart. I knew that I am 18 . I didn’t say a word standing there. I 19 . It was my first smile of the day. But it would not be my 20 , as from that moment on my entire day was changed.
A warm handshake. A kind word. Through these, we open the power of love.
1.A. nervous B. fearful C. negative D. serious
2.A. park B. bank C. market D. company
3.A. give B. take C. show D. pass
4.A. honest B. wise C. brave D. polite
5.A. silently B. patiently C. secretly D. loudly
6.A. controlling B. warning C. blaming D. enjoying
7.A. small B. special C. important D. funny
8.A. serve B. comfort C. pity D. imagine
9.A. ever B. just C. never D. still
10.A. attention B. payment C. name D. address
11.A. surprise B. doubt C. wonder D. concern
12.A. tell B. advise C. believe D. remind
13.A. waving B. resting C. feeling D. placing
14.A. hug B. touch C. look D. talk
15.A. moved B. ended C. failed D. changed
16.A. understanding B. disappointment C. excitement D. shame
17.A. hand B. tenderness C. body D. work
18.A. respected B. loved C. scared D. rescued
19.A. sighed B. cried C. smiled D. complained
20.A. best B. sweetest C. last D. happiest
Many years ago, an incident had happened I had 1 (complete) forgotten about until I had to rush to the hospital to see one of my daughters.
While 2 (visit) her, the receptionist called out my name and then a nurse came over to me and said ＂Thank you＂. I thought: 3 ? She then said I’ve been wanting to say what a difference you 4 (make) to my daughter’s life. I was surprised as she told an incident my daughter could remember but I couldn’t for a few moments.
Years ago, when walking with my daughter we saw 5 young high school girl sitting on the foot path crying even a bit 6 (confuse). Apparently she had been laughed at by kids. She also had other emotional 7 (issue) which I didn’t know anything about, so I just picked her up — asked her where she lived, had a little heart-to-heart talk 8 her in the car, took her home and gave her my name and number. I thought nothing 9 (much) of it.
The nurse told me it had made a big 10 (different) to her life, that somebody cared enough to help her. That nurse looked after my daughter. Karma? I don’t know but I felt great.