In England recently three foreign gentlemen came to a bus stop and waited . About five minutes later, the bus they wanted came along. They were just going to get on when suddenly there was a loud noise behind them. People rushed onto the bus and tried to push them out of the way . Someone shouted at them. The bus conductor came rushing down the stairs to see what all the trouble was about. The three foreigners seem all at sea and looked embarrassed (窘迫的 . No one had told them about the British custom (习惯)of lining up for a bus that the first person who arrives at the bus stop is the first person to get on the bus .
Learning the language of a country isn't enough. If you want to have a pleasant visit, find out as much as possible about the manners and customs of your host country. You will probably be surprised just how different they can be from your own. A visitor to India would do well to remember that people there consider it impolite to use the left hand for passing food at table. The left hand is supposed to be used for washing yourself. Also in India, you might see a man shaking his head at another to show that he doesn't agree. But in many parts of India a shake of the head means agreement. Nodding (点头) your head when you are given a drink in Bulgaria will most probably leave you thirsty .
In that country, you shake your head to mean 'yes'— a nod means 'no' . At a meal in countries on the Arabic Peninsula, you will find that your glass is repeated refilled as soon as you drink up . If you think that you have had enough , you should take the cup or glasses in your hand and give it a little shake from side to side or place your hand over the top.
In Europe it quite usual to cross your legs when you are sitting talking to someone even at an important meeting. Doing this in Thailand, however, could bring about trouble . Also, you should try to avoid (避免)touching the head of an adult (成人) ——it's just not done in Thailand .
1. The British people tried to push the three gentlemen out of the way, because 1
the gentlemen _________ .
A. were foreigners
C. made a loud noise
B. didn't have tickets D. didn't line up for the bus
2. According to the article, if you want to have a pleasant journey in a foreign country, you should _________.
A. learn the language of the country
B. understand the manners and customs of the country
C. have enough time and money
D. make friends with the people there
3. In India it is considered impolite ___________.
A. to use the right hand for passing food at table.
B. to pass food with the left hand.
C. to eat food with your hands.
D. to help yourself at table.
4. To cross one's legs at an important meeting in Europe is _______.
A. a common (平常的) habit B. an important manner
C. a serious (严重的) trouble
D. a bad manner
5. The best title (题目) for this article is ________.
A. People's Everyday Life
B. Mind Your Manners C. Shaking and Nodding Head
D. Taking a Bus in England
1．D。这是一道句子理解题，也可以看成细节题。在第一自然段的最后，有这样的句子： No one had told them about the British custom of lining up for a bus that the first person who arrives at a bus stop is the first person to get on the bus．从此句可知那三位先生并不知道在英国乘车的习惯，所以答案是D。
4．A。单句理解题。最后一个自然段中有说：In Europe it is quite usual to cross your legs When you are sitting talking to someone even at an important meeting．这个句子的意思是：在欧洲，开会时翘二郎腿是很常见的。这说明许多人有这样的习惯，所以答案应该是A。