Come and buy your clothes at Huaxing’great sale! Do you like sweaters ? We have sweater at a very good price—only ￥25！Do you need bags for sports ? We have great bags for only￥12! For girls, we have T-shirts in red, green, and white for only 18! For boys, you can buy socks for only￥5 each. Anybody can afford our prices!
Come and see for yourself at Huaxing Clothes Store!
June really likes action movies, and she often goes to see Chinese action movies She thinks they are very exciting. She thinks documentaries are boring, and she doesn’t like thrillers. She thinks they are scary. She also likes Beijing Opera. Some people don’t like it, but she thinks it is very interesting. She thinks she can learn about Chinese history. She often goes to see Beijing Opera with her father.
I often go to movies with my friend, Mike. My favorite actor is Paul Jackson. He has a new movie, My Father’s Birthday. It’s a very funny comedy. Mike likes the actor Rick Smith. He really likes his moves. Black September. It’s a very successful thriller, but I think it’s boring. One interesting thing: Mike is English, but he likes Beijing Opera! He often goes to see Beijing Opera on weekends. Mike’s father likes it, too.
Scott works very long hours. He usually gets up at 17:00. He brushes his teeth and has a shower Then he eats his breakfast. What a funny time to eat breakfast! After breakfast he plays his guitar, then he goes to work. To get to work, he takes the number 17 bus to a hotel. The bus
usually takes him to work at 19:15. He works all night People love to listen to him. He gets home at 7:00, and he watches morning TV. He goes to bed at 8:30 . Can you think what his job is?
Thanks for your letter. Do you want to know about my morning? Well, I usually get up at around six-fifteen.
I do my homework at six-thirty, and then I eat breakfast at around seven-thirty. At around eight o'clock, I go to school.
School starts at nine o'clock. Please write and tell me about your morning.
It's Tuesday, November 11. I'm really busy At 8:00 I have math. I don't like math. Then at 9:00 I have science. It's difficult, but interesting. Next, at 10:00, I have art. It's boring, but at 11:00 I have P.E. That's my favorite subject! I eat lunch at 12:00. After lunch, I have music. Music is relaxing. I like my music teacher, Mr. Cooper. He is fun. My last class is at 2: oo. After class I
have volleyball for two hours. Our teacher is very strict and I'm usually very tired after class. Then
I have Chinese history club. It's really interesting!
My name is Paul Brown. I 'm English, and I'm 13 years old. My birthday is November 3rd old.
I usually get up at 6:30 am. My favorite subject is history. I like it because it is interesting.
I play sports in the afternoon. I can play tennis and basketball. I go to the movies on
weekends. My favorite actor is Jackie Chan.
Dear Wang Yao,
Hi! I'm Jim. Nice to meet you. It's very exciting to have a Chinese friend! In America, school
starts at eight-thirty, so I usually get up around seven o'clock. What time does school start in China?
I have breakfast at seven-thirty, but before that I take a shower. My favorite subject is history,
because I think it's interesting and I really like my teacher.Mr Hall. What's your favorite subject?
My last class is at four o'clock, and after school I like to play basketball. Can you play
basketball? I can also play the guitar, but I can't play it very well. What are you hobbies? Action
movies and thrillers. I don't like documentaries because I think they're boring.
Please write and tell me about your life in China.
9. Unit 1 Where’s your pen pal from?
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My name is Bob. I live in Toront ,Canada,and I want a pen pal in China. I think China is a very
interesting country. I'm 14 years old and my birthday is in November.I can speak English and a
little French. I have a brother,Panl and sister,Sarah. They have pen pals in the United Kingdom
and Australia. I like going to the movies with my friends and playing sports. My favorite subject
in school is P.E. It's fun. But I don't like math. It's too difficult!Can you write to me soon? Bob
10. Unit2 Where’s the post office?
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Welcome to the GardenDistrictTurn left on the First Avenueand enjoy the city's quiet street
and small parkTake a walk through the park on Center Street.Across from the park is an old
hotel.Next to the hotel is a small house with an interestinggarden.This is beginning of the garden
Come to the Bridge StreetBridge Street is a good place to have fun.Brid street is a very busy
strret.You can play the guitar in the park,is there,between the restaurant and the post office.If you
are hungry,you can buy some food in rhe supermarket,it's across from the post office.
12. Self check
I know you are arriving next Sunday.Letme tell you the way to my house.Take a taxi from the airport.You pass a bank on your right and then go down Long Street.You go through the Sisth Avenue,Seventh Avenue and Eight Avenue.When you see a big supermarket,turn left.Then go down Bridge Streer and turn left at New park .Go down Center Street and my house is on your left.
13. Unit 3 Why do you like koalas?
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Molly This is Molly .She is twelve years old.She likes to play with her friends and eat grass.
LingLing This is LingLing .She's five years old.She is from China .She's very beautiful,but she is very shy.So,please be very quiet.
Bill This is Bill.Isn't he cute?He's from Australia.He sleeps during the day,but at night,he gets up and eats leaves.
Larry This is Larry.He's eight years old.He's from Africa.He eats meat.Larry is lazy,he usually sleeps and relaxes 20 hours every day!
14. Unit 4 I want to be anactor.
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wanted :Do you like to work late? Do you like to work hard?Do you like to meet people?If you answer is"Yes",then we have a job for you as a waiter.Call Alan's Restaurant at 555-3937.
Summer job: DO you like to talk with people?Do you like write stories.DO you want to work for a magazine.Then come and work for us as a reporter.Please call Karen at 555-8823
HELP WANTED:Do you like to sing and dance?Do you like to work with other young people?Do you want to be in the school play?Do you like to work evenings and weekends?we need an actor today!Call Frank at 555-2559.
wanted:Do you want a busy but exciting job?Do you want to work with actors, policeman and other interesting people ? We need a reporter .Call the Evening newspaper at 555-3256.
15. Unit 5 I’m watching TV.
Dear Linda: Thanks for your letter and photos ,Here are some of my photos. In the first photo.I'mplayingbasketball at school. In the second photo, I’m swimming at the pool. In the next photo.You can see my family at home ,We're eating dinner. In the last photo. I’m with my sister Gina. She’s doing her homework-I'm watching TV
16. Unit 6 It's raining
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Thank you for joining CCTV’s Around The World show. Today, we’re in Australia.Tt’s a beautiful, sunny day! There are many people here on vacation .Some are taking photos. Others are lying on the beach. Look at this group of people playing beach volleyball. They look cool ! I am surprised they can play in this heat. This is a very interesting place. The people are really very relaxed!
It’s winter in France. The weather is windy and cold . People are wearing coats and scarfs .But everyone is having a good time .Friends are eating in restaurants . In a park , a musician is playing the guitar and some boys are playing football .One man is taking a photo .
18. Unit 7 What does he look like?
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Wang Lin is the captain of the basketball team. He’s tall and he is of medium build . He has short straight hair. Wang Lin is very popular.
Mary is thin and she is of medium height. She has short curly blonde hair. She’s good-looking but she’s a little bit quiet.
Xu Qian loves to tell jokes. She’s short and a little bit heavy. She has beautiful long black hair. She never stops talking！
Mike is a good student. He’s very tall. He has curly brown hair and is of medium build. He likes reading and playing chess.
19. Section B 3a
Johnny Dean’s New Look!
Do you remember Johnny Dean, the pop singer with funny glasses and long curly hair? Well, now he has a new look. He doesn't wear glasses any more. But some people don't like his new look. “I don't think he's so great,” says Ruth from New York. “But my mom does."
20. Gloria Green, a popular singer, has a new look. She doesn’t have long hair. She has short hair. And she doesn’t wear jeans and a T-shirt. She wears shorts and glasses. “It’s great,” she says, I can go shopping, and nobody knows me.”
21. Unit 8 I’d like some noodles.
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House of Dumplings
At the House of Dumplings, we have some great specials! Special 1 has beef and onion, and is just 10 RMB for 15 dumplings. Special 2 is only 8 RMB for 15,and has cabbage and mutton. Orange juice is only 2 RMB. The dumpling and soup lunch special is 10 RMB. Come and get your dumplings today!
22. Unit 9 How was your weekend?
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How Did Kids Spend the Weekend?
Yesterday, we asked ten students at No.3 Middle School what they did last weekend. For most kids, the weekend was fun. On Saturday morning, the kids did homework or studied. On Saturday afternoon, five kids went shopping, and three went to the library. Two kids also played computer games. On Saturday evening, eleven kids watched a movie of stayed at home and watched TV. On Sunday, two kids visited friends, nine kids cleaned their, and five played sports.
23. Section B 3b
I had a busy weekend. On Saturday night, I cleaned my room. In the afternoon, I visited my aunt. It was a little difficult for me. On Sunday morning ,I went to the library. I read a book about
history. Then in the afternoon, I played soccer with my friends. On Sunday night, I watched TV .I saw an interesting talk show.
24. Self Check
Do you think everyone enjoys their weekends? Old Henry does not. Last month, he went for a walk with Wang Wang, his cute dog. It was a nice day and Old Henry was happy. He sat down and watched Wang Wang play with a friendly black cat. Then it was time to go home. Old Henry looked for his dog. But Wang Wang wasn't there....Now Old Henry is very sad He has no dog and no family. He doesn't want to do anything.
25. Unit 10 Where did you go on vacation?
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Great weather! It was sunny and hot all day , We went to a beautiful beach. We had great fun playing in the water. In the afternoon, we went shopping. The shops were too crowded. so I didn't really enjoy it.
Today it rained, so we went to a museum. It was kind of boring. I found a small boy crying in the corner .He was lost and I helped him find his father .That made me feel very happy. I didn't have money for a taxi, so I walked back to the hotel. I was really tired.
Today the weather was cool, so we decided to play tennis. We played all morning. It was really fun. We had Sichuan food for dinner. It was delicious!
26. Unit 11 What do you think of game shows?
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This week, I asked students about fashion. I showed each student six things and asked them about each one. Some of their answers were interesting. Here are their likes and dislikes:
Judy Smith likes the key ring. Her friend Jeff says h can't stand the scarf. “It’s for moms!” he said. William Jones loves the wallet, and his classmate Gina Taylor loves the watch.(Her best friend Ann Rice doesn't mind the watch, but she really likes the sunglasses!)Jerry Green also likes the sunglasses.
And the coolest thing was the belt. Everyone loved it!
27. I can’t stand the idea the idea that old people can’t be beautiful. So I like rings, scarfs and sunglasses. I wear colorful clothes because I want to be young and beautiful. I enjoy nice words about my looks. And I don’t mind what young people think of me.
28. Unit 12 Don’t eat in class.
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I'm not happy. I have too many rules in my house. I have to get up at six o'clock every morning. I can't meet my friends after school because I have to take my dog for a walk. I can't watch TV on school nights. And I have to be in bed by ten o'clock. On weekends, I have to clean my room and wash my clothes. Then I have to help my mum make dinner, Later I have to go to the children's palace to learn the piano. I never have any fun. What can I do?
What Do Students Do at Green High School？
Here are the results of the student activity survey at GreenHigh School.Most students exercise three or four times a week . Some students exercise once or twice a week. Some students are very active and exercise every day. As for homework, most students do homework every day. Some
students do homework three or four times a week. No students do homework once or twice a week. The results for "watch TV"are interesting. Some students watch TV once or twice a week, some students watch TV three or four times a week,but most students watchTV every day.
It's important to keep healthy for everyone.I think I am pretty healthy.I exercise every day,usually when I come home from school.My eating habits are pretty good.I try to eat a lot of vegetables.I eat fruit and drink milk every day.I never drink coffee.Of course,I love junk food too,and I eat it two or three times a week.Oh,and I sleep nine hours every night.So you see,I look after my
health.And my heathy lifestyle helps me get good grades.Good food and exercise help me to study better.
Traditional Chinese doctors believe we need a balance of yin and yang to be healthy.For
example,are you often weak and tired? Maybe you have too much yin.You should eat hot yang foods,like beef.Eating Dangshen and Huangqi herbs is also good for this.But people whoare too stressed out anf angry may have too much yang.Chinese doctors belive that they should eat more yin foods,like tofu.Chinese medicine is now popular in many western countries.It is easy to have a healthy lifestyle,and it is important to eat a balanced diet.
Ben Lambert's Vacation Plans!
Ben Lambert,the famous French singer,is taking a long vacation this summer!He thought about going to Greece or Spain,but decided on Canada."I always take vacations in Eurpore,"he said. "This time I want to do something different. I heard that Canada is beautiful,and I know there are many people there who speak French."
Ben is going to Canada's Great Lakes. He is leaving the first week in June and staying until
September.He plans to have a very relaxing vacation. "I'm taking walks,going fishing,and going bike riding.I'm planning to spend time in the beautiful countryside.I love nature. I hope I can forget all may problems! At night,I'm renting videos and sleeping a lot...A great vacation!I can't wait!"
Lin Fei’s home is about 10 kilometers from school. He gets up at six o’clock every day, showers, and has a quick breakfast. Then he leaves for school at around six-thirty. First, he rides his bicycle to the bus station. That takes about ten minutes. Then the early bus takes him to school. The bus ride usually takes about 25 minutes.
How do students around the world get to school？
In North America, most students go to school on the school bus.Some students also walk or ride bikes to school.In other parts of the world,things are different.In Japan,most students take trains to school, althongh others alsowalk or ride their bikes.In China,it depends on where you
are.In big cities.students usually rides to school ortake buses. And in places where there are rivers and lakes.Like Hongshanhu and Kanshandao,students usually go to school by boat.That must be a lot more fun than taking a bus！
Thank you for your invitation. I’m sorry I can’t visit you this week. I am really busy. This evening I’m going to my cousin’s birthday party. And tomorrow, I have to go to the dentist. (Yuck!) On Wednesday, I have tennis training with the school team. And I have to study for my chemistry test on Thursday. On Friday evening, I’m going to the movies with some friends. Can you come to the movies with us on Friday
Thank you for your last letter.here are photos of me
and my sister LiuYing.sa you can see,in some ways we look the same,and in some ways we look different.we both
have black eyes and black hair,although my hair is shorter than hers.we both like sports,although LiuYing is more athletic than me.she's more outgoing,and I'm quieter.Ithink I'm smarter than
her.my favorite subject are physics and chemistry,and her favorite subject is P.E.however,we both enjoy going to parties.
Please visit us soon!
Some friends have opposite views and interests, and some like the same things. What is your
opinion? Should friends be different or the same? We asked some people what they think and this is what they said.
I like to have friends who are like me. I am quieter than most of the kids in my class, and my best friend Yuan Li is quiet, too. There are some differences, though. I am smarter than Yuan Li. She is more athletic.
It's not necessary to be the same. I like to have friends who are different from me. My best friend Larry is taller and more outgoing than me. We both like sports, but Larry is more athletic than me. He always beats me in tennis. Also, I'm quieter than he is.
I don't really care. My best friend is Carol. Carol is very funny, and more outgoing than I am. But we both like doing the same things. I don't think differences are important in a friendship. Mary smith
Super Cbicken Sandwicb
First, put the butter on a slice of bread.Then cut up an onion and a tomato .
Add these to the bread.Next,put some lettuce and the chicken slice on the
bread.Put the relish on the chicken.Finally,put another slice of bread on the top
Class 9 had a great time on the school trip.They went to blue water Aquarium for the day. First they visied the Visitors'center and watched a movie about sharks.Then they watched a dolphin show.After that,they went to the Outdoor pool and saw a big octopus. After lunch, they went to the Gift Shop and bought lots df gifts. finally,tured but happy,they took the bus back to school.At the end of the day,the scince teacher was very happy because the class monitor cleaned the bus after the trip
How was your day off?Did you have fun camping?I didn't have a fun day.I visited my
cousins.It rained all day.In the morning,I stayed in the house and watched DVDs,played computer games and read.In the afternoon,Uncle Martin put some of his old things out in the yard and had a yard sale!However ,no one came to the sale because the weather was so bad.Luckily ,we bought our umbrellas and raincoats ,so we didn't get wet.
See you soon
You are never too young to start doing things.For example,Tiger Woods started golfing when he was only ten months old.Mozart started writing music when he was four years old.And
Ronaldo,the great Brazilian soccer player,played for his national team when he was seventeen.
Li Yundi,a well-known Chinese pianist,always loved music.He was born in 1982 in
Chongqing.When he was a small boy,he could hum songs and difficult pieces of music.He began to learn the accordion at the age of four,and he started to learn the piano when he was seven.In October 2000,LiYundi took part in the 14th Chopin International Piano Competition in Poland.He won first prize in his group.He was also the first Chinese pianist in the 70-year history of the competition to win this prize.
My dream job
When I grow up,I'm going to do what I want to do.I'm going to move somewhere
inretsting.Paris sounds like a city that I could enjoy. There are lots of art exhibitions there.I want to be an artist.So how am I going to do it?Firstk,I'm going to find a part-time job fora year or two and save some money.Then I'm going to be a student at an art school in Pares.And I'm going to study French at the same time.Next,I'm goingtu hold art exhibitions because I wantto be a rich and buy a big house for my parents.I also want to travel all over the world.One day,I'm going tu retire somewhere quier and beautiful.
New Year’s Resolution Survey Results
We got over 1,000 letters, faxes, and e-mails from our readers about their New Year’s resolutions. Thank you! Many readers are going to work harder in school this year. Lots of readers are going to play sports. Some readers said they are going to eat more vegetables. A few readers said they are going to learn a new language. Some girls said they are going to exercise more to keep fit. Some parents are going to study the subjects their children learn at school. They want to
communicate better with their kids. One old lady is going to leave her job and she wants to find a job as a language teacher in China .
Thanks for taking care of my dog. Could you please do these things every day? Take him for a walk.Give him water and feed him ,Don’t forget to clean his bed. Have fun! See you nexe week. Thanks, Thomas
What do young people think about places in town? We did a survey of our readers and this is what we learned. All the movie theaters are good, but the Screen City is the best in our town. It has the biggest screens and the most comfortable seats. However, Town Cinema is the cheapest, and it has the friendliest service. The most popular clothing store is Jason’s. It has the best quality clothing. It’s also the cheapest. Funky Fashions is the worst. It has really bad service. As for radio stations, most people think that Jazz 107.9 FM is really great. It plays the most interesting music.
Last week’s talent show was a great success. There were fifteen acts.Eliza Clark won the prize for the prize for the best performer .She played a beautiful piano piece. Hu Yue was the quiestest act went to Steve Tian and his do ,Fido . They sang a cute song together.
In ten years,I think I think I'll be a reporter.I`ll live in Shanghai,because I went to Shanghai last year and fell in love with it.I think it`s really a beautiful city.As a reporter, I think I will meet lots of interesting people.I think I`ll live in an apartment with my best friends,because I don`t like living alone.I`ll have pets.I can`t have any pets now because my mother hates them,and our apartment is too small.So in ten years,I`ll have different pets.I might even keep a pet parrot!I`ll probably go skating and swimming every day.During the week,I`ll look smart,and probably will
wear a suit.On the weekend,I`ll be able to dress more casually.I think I`ll go to Hong Kong on vacation,and one day I might even visit Australia.
Unit1 (P7 Self check 2)
Predicting the future can be difficult.There are many famous predictions that never came true.Before 1929,there was no sound in movies.The head of one of the biggest movie companies in the United States predicted that no one would want to see actors talk . Of course,he was wrong!In 1977,the head of the largest computer company in the United States said, “No one will want to have a computer in his or her home.:He thought that coputers would never be used by most people.
I have a problem, and I need your help .I always fhought I was popular at school. But I just found out that my friends were planning a birthday party for my best friend, and they didn’t invite me. Everyone else in my class was invited except me, and I don’t know why. I can’t think what I did wrong. I’m very upset and don’t know what to do. What do you think? Can you help me?
I had a very unusual experience on sunday. At around ten o'clock in the morning,i was walking down the street when a UFO landed in front of me. You can imagine how strange it was!An alien got out and walked down center street. I followed it to see where it was going,and i was very surprised when it went into a souvenir shop.While it was looking at the souvenirs,the shop assistant called the police. Before the police arrived,the alien left the shop and then visited the museum of the flight.while the alien was inthe museum.I called the TV station.isn't that amazing!
Things are fine here. I finished my end-of-year exams last week and got my report card today. I always get nervous when I see the envelope from school in the mail, but luckily I did OK . this time. I had a really hard time with science this semester, and I wasn’t surprised to find that my worst report was from my science teacher. She said I was lazy, which isn’t true. It’s just that I find science really difficut. Another disappointing result was in history. My history teacher said I could do better. The good news is that my math teacher said I was hard-working. And my Spanish teacher said my listening was go
End of Year Party
I want you to remember the rules for school parties.
·Don’t wear jeans! If you wear yeans, we won’t let you in .
·Don’t bring food to the party. If you do, the feachers will take it away.
·Don’t bring friends from other schools. If you do, the teachers will ask them to leave.
·Don’t leave the gym during the party. If you do, the teachers will call your parents.
·Don’t run or shout at the party, If you do, you’ll have to leave.
·Please bring your ID card. If you don’t have your ID card, you can’t go to the party.
If I become an athlete, will I be happy?
For many young people, becoming a professional athlete might seem like a dream job. If you become a professional athlete, you’ll be able to make a living doing something you love. If you become famous, people all over the word will know you. Many athletes give money to schools and charities, and do a lot of work to help people, This is a great chance that many people do not have.
However, professional athletes can also have many proplems. If you are famous, people will watch you all the time and follow you everywhere. This can make life difficut.
If you play sports for a living, you job will sometimes be very dangerous. Many professional athletes get injured. And if you become rich, you will have a difficult time knowing who your real friends are. In tact, many famous people complain that hey are not happy. They say they were happier before they became rich and famous.
I’m talking to you from the Hilltop School Skating Marathon. Here, students are skating to raise money for charity. For every hour they skate, each student raises ten yuan for chairty. The skating marathon has been going for five hours now, and several skates are still skating. Alison was the first one to start and has been skating for the whole five hours. Next is Sam, and he has been skating for four hours. Lu Ning has been skating for four hours too, and Li Chen just started am hour ago.
Thanks for sending me the snow globe of the monster.I love it.In fact I think it's probably my favorite.I've been collecting snow globes for seven years,and now I have 226 of them.My mom says I have to stop,because we've run out of room to store them.They're all around our apartment.I even store them in boxes under my bed.The first one I ever got was a birthday cake snow globe on my seventh birthday.I particularly love globes with animals.I have a big one with bears in it and another one with penguins.If you know anyone else who collects them,please tell me.I'd like to start a snow globe collector's club.By the way, what's your hobby?
Unit6 P50 reading
When I lived in Australia, I studied history at school but we usually studied in Australian or western history. However, when I heard that I was going to work in China, I started studying Chinese history. I’ve been studying for over two years now. My friend in Australia said that Chinese histoy was very hard to understand, but I don’t really agree. I think if you study hard, you’ll be able to understand any culture. For a foreigner like me, the more I learn about Chinses histoy, the more I enjoy living in China.
Unit7 I can't stand it!
I don't like waiting in line when a shop assistant has a long telephone conersation. When that happens, I usual say, “Would you mind helping me?” And I don’t like it when shop assistants follow me around. Then I say, “ Could you please not follow me around? I'll ask you if I need some help. ” Often the shop assistant say they are sorry, but sometimes they get mad. If that
happens, I won’t go back to that store again.
I get annoyed when someone talks to me while I'm reading. This happens to me all the time in the school library. When it happens, I always talk to person because I want to be polite. Because I’m polite, people don't know I’m annoyed. So they do the same thing again. Perhaps in the future I should try not to be so polite.
The trendiest kind of pet these days is the pot-bellied pig. David Smith of North London has a pot-bellied pig named Connie.“Pot-bellied pigs make the best pets,”said David.“She watches TV on the sofa with me every might. She’s my best friend.”However, life with a pig isn’t always perfect.“When I got my pig ,she was small,”said David,“but she eats a lot .Now she’s too pig to sleep in the house, so I made her a special pig house. Also, pigs need a lot of love. Sometimes I don’t have enough time to spend with her.”
Disneyland is an amusement park, but we can also call it a theme park. It has all the normal attractions that you can find at an amusement park, but it also has a theme. The there, of course, is Disney movies and Disney characters. For example, you can find a roller coaster in most amusement parks, but in Disneyland, the theme of the roller coaster is Disney characters. This means that you can find Disney characters all over the roller coaster. You can also watch Disney movies, eat in Disney restaurants, and buy Disney gifts. And you can see Disney characters walking around Disneyland all the time!
Best way to learn English (P4+6)
English was difficult for many students.First of all, it wasn’t easy to understand every word the teacher said.Also they were afraid to speak in class.Another thing that they found very difficult was English grammar. This week we asked students about the best ways to learn more English. Many said they learnt by using English. Memorizing the words of pop songs also helped a little. Some students think studying grammar is a great way to learn a language. Others also think that watching English movies isn’t a bad way. helped a lot. They think that doing lots of listening practice is one of the secrets of becoming a good language learner. Another group of students said that joining the English club at school was the best way to improve English. Students get lots of practice and they also have fun.But some also added that having conversations with friends was not helpful at all. “We get excited about something and then end up speaking in Chinese.
P14 My biggest problem
My biggest problem is that I’m too busy. When I was young, I used to have so much time, but these days I get up early and stay in school all day. Before I started high school, I used to spend a lot of time playing games with my friends, but I just don't have the time anymore. In the evening, I used to watch TV or chat with my grandmother, but now have to study. I love music, and my father used to take me to concerts. These days, I hardly ever have time for concerts. I really miss the old days.
My friends and I talked about the rules in school. We have to wear uniforms at school every day. But the uniforms are ugly and we think young people should look smart, so we would like to wear our own clothes. But if we can’t do that, we should be allowed to design our own uniforms.
It’s also probably a good idea for parents to allow teenagers to study in groups during the evening. I know we get noise sometimes, but we learn a lot from each other. We also think that vacations should be longer. Longer vacations would give us time to do things like volunteering.
P23 Helping and learning
At our school, we sometimes have a special day to help others. Last year, we went to an old people’s home to sing songs and perform for them. The old people were very happy. And we als visit primary schools and help teach young students. I want to be a teacher when I’m older so it would be a great experience for me. Other students would like to do other jobs. For example, my friend Tian Ge wants to write for a newspaper. On Friday afternoons, many students are sleepy after a long week of classes. Some students should be allowed to have Friday afternoons off to volunteer and help others.
My best friend, Mei, have a problem. There is a really important English speech contest for our whole city next month. Our classmates want her to represent the class in the school contest. Everyone believes that she will win because she is very clever and can speak English really well. The problem is that she’s very shy and terrified of speaking in front of other people. But she doesn’t want to let her friends down.
You always come up with good suggestions to people’s problems. What do you think I should tell Mei and the rest of the students?
I’m really anxious, because I can’t find my backpack. I think I dropped it during the concert so it might be in the symphony hall. I really need it because I have a math test tomorrow. It’s crucial that I study for it because it makes up 30% of the final exam. I tried to call you but your mom said you were still at your optometrist appointment. If you have any idea where it might be, please call me.
Strange events in Bell Tower neighborhood(P38)
Our neighborhood used to be very quiet. However, these days, strange things are happening in our neighborhood and everyone is unhappy. Zhou Gu, the local school teacher is extremely worried. When he was interviewed by the local newspaper, he said, “Every night we hear strange noises outside our window. My wife thinks that it could be an animal, but my friends and I think it must be teenagers having fun. My parents can’t find anything strange and they think it might be the wind. Everyone in our neighborhood is worried, and everyone has his or her own ideas. There
must be something visiting the homes in our neighborhood, but what is it?
Dear pen pal,
I’m having a great time in Shanghai. It’s a great place to visit and I’m lucky to be here for my six-month English course. Some students are learning French. So do I.
There’s just so much to see and do here. Last night I went to a Chinese music concert. Most of my friends like loud music that they can dance to.But I prefer quiet, traditional music.
My host family is taking me over to an Indian film festival next weekend. I’m not sure what to expect because I’ve never seen an Indian film. Have you? Some people say they’re boring, but others say they’re great. What kinds of films do you prefer?
Travel spotlight: Paris(P54)
For your next vacation why not consider visiting Paris? Paris is the capital of France, and is one of the liveliest cities in Europe. There are many things to do there. For example, it has some fantastic sights, including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most famous churches in the world.
Traveling around Paris by underground train is usually quite convenient. In general, things in France are quite expensive,except the wine there!
Most people in France have learned English. But many people don’t like to speak English,
especially in Paris. So unless you speak French yourself, it’s best to travel with someone who can translate things for you.
Dear Ace Travel,
My family and I want to take a trip this summer somewhere in the east of China. I hope you can give me some information. It has to be a place where we can do lots of exercise,such as hiking and swimming. We also need to stay in an inexpensive hotel with big rooms for three people. It would be nice if the rooms has kitchens . Please let us know if it’s best to travel by plane, train or bus. We’d like to be away for about three weeks. Thank you very much.
Being a volunteer is great!(P62)
Li Huiping, Lan Pei, and Zhu Ming are three very special young people. They all volunteer their time to help other people, about several hours a week. Huiping loves to read, so she chooses to work in the after school care center. There, she helps young children to read. Pei loves animals, so he works in an animal hospital. Ming wants to be a professional singer. He sings for groups of people at the city hospital to cheer them up. While helping others, three young people also learn a lot themselves. For them, being a volunteer is great.
Last week everyone was trying to cheer up Jimmy, the Bike Boy. But this week, Jimmy is happy
again. On Monday he told a radio interviewer that he had no money to buy old bikes. He also put up some signs asking for old bikes and called up all his friends and told them about the problem. He even handed out advertisements at a local supermarket. Then he told the teachers at school about his problem and they set up a call-in center for parents. These strategies worked out fine. He now has sixteen bikes to fix up and give away to children who don’t have bikes.
Who invented tea?(P72)
Tea is the most popular drink in the world. Did you know who invented it? Could you believe that it was invented by accident? According to a Chinese legend, it was the emperor Shen Nong who discovered tea. When he was boiling drinking water over an open fire, some leaves fell into the water and remained there for some time. They produced a pleasant smell. And the mixture tasted good. And in this way, one of the world’s favorite drinks was invented.
I’ve never been late for school, but yesterday I came very close. My alarm clock didn’t go off, and by the time I woke up, my father had already gone into the bathroom and I had to wait for him. Then it was my turn. I took a quick shower, and had some breakfast, and then ran off to the bus stop. Unfortunately, by the time I got there, the bus had already left. I started walking, but I knew I couldn’t get to school on time. Luckily, my friend Tony and his dad came by in the car and they gave me a ride. At last, I only just made it to my class before the final bell rang.
In 1938, a radio program by a famous actor reported that aliens had just landed on the Earth. He told the people the place where they had landed and said that the aliens were moving across the U.S. The words were so convincing that many people believed the story, and the whole country was in panic. And thousands of people had fled from their homes, before the authorities said that the story was not true.
One April Fool’s Day, a reporter in England announced that there would be no more spaghetti because the spaghetti farmers in Italy had stopped growing spaghetti. Many people ran to their local supermarket to buy as much spaghetti as they could. By the time people realized that the story was not true, all of the spaghetti across the country had been bought.
A famous TV star once invited his girlfriend onto his show on April Fool’s Day. He asked her to marry him. She was excited, because she really wanted to get married. However, when she said” Yes”, he replied “ April Fool !” That little joke didn’t have a very happy ending. The TV star lost both his girlfriend and his show.
They’re all at the mall.(P88)
After school, a lot of young people would like to go to the mall. Why do they go there? There are
some different reasons. Some students go there because their friends hang out there. But they themselves don’t really like it because it is too crowded. Some love the mall because there’s always something happening. There are a lot of free concerts there. And it’s also fun to watch people. Others like to listen to CDs and read books there. That is fantastic.
Eat, have fun and learn in Watertown!(P90)
Watertown is a great place for the family to take a vacation. Teenagers will want to visit the great water slides and eat delicious food there. That’s very interesting and fun. Parents can also enjoy a lot in Watertown. If they love good food, they can find it. They can eat at the Farmer’s Market. The food there is both delicious and cheap. And they can also take dance lessons on the beach. There are three museums in Watertown! Teenagers can visit the Sports Museum and kids can enjoy the Science Museum. How about parents? They will like the History Museum.
Where I’m from, we’re very relaxed about time. If you tell a friend you’re going to their house for dinner, it’s okay if you arrive a bit late. Spending time with family and friends is very important to us. We often just drop by our friends’ homes. We don’t usually have to make plans to meet our friends. Often we just walk around the town center, seeing as many of our friends as we can!
In Switzerland, it’s very important to be on time. We’re the land of watches after all! If someone invites you to meet them at 4:00, you have to be there at 4:00. If you’re late, even fifteen minutes, your friend may get angry. Also, if we want to visit a friend, we will call first. We usually make plans to see friends. We usually plan to do something interesting, or go somewhere together.
Wang Kun is having a great time on his exchange program in France. He was a bit nervous before he arrived here, but soon he found that there was no reason to be. His host family is really nice. That makes him feel at home. And his French has improved, although he still makes lots of mistakes. Now his biggest challenge is learning how to behave at the dinner table. Things there are quite different. You’re not supposed to put your bread on your plate. And you can’t eat anything with your hands. Well, it is difficult to remember everything, but he is gradually getting used to things.
Restaurant owners have to know how to make food. They also have to know how to make money. For that, they can learn a lot from scientific studies. The color red makes people hungry. And it can also makes them eat faster. So many fast food restaurants have red furniture or walls. Soft lighting makes people look good, but it makes food look bad. Loud music may be nice at first, but it soon makes people want to leave. Hard seats also make people want to eat quickly. Many restaurants, especially fast food restaurants, use this knowledge to make customers eat faster.
Advertising: pros and cons(P106)
In the modern world, advertising is everywhere! Some people think that ads are great. They can be very useful. For instance, they can help you to compare two different products so that you can buy the one you really need. They can also help you save money. Ads also tell you when stores are having sales. But some don’t like ads. They say that advertising can be confusing or misleading. Sometimes the words sound good but they don’t really tell you anything about the quality. So you have to be careful.
I thought today was going to be really bad. It was raining, and the rain makes me sad. It was my birthday, but it seemed that no one remembered that. when I got up, no one was home. I walked to school with my best friend, Gu. And she didn’t say anything either. This made me angry. In class, the teacher asked me for my homework, but I found that I had left it at home. That made me annoyed. But things got better. Gu invited me for lunch. I was so surprised. Mom and Dad and all my friends were there. I had a wonderful surprise birthday lunch.
Crystal is very busy today. She has so many chores to do. She has to do her homework. That is much and also difficult. Then she has to take the dog for a walk, water her mom's plants and do some shopping. But she hasn’t finished any of those things yet. Because her grandfather came to chat with her. He told her a lot about the chores he had to do when he was a child, such as chopping the wood, lighting the fire for breakfast and feeding the animal. So much work are remained, so Crystal has to hurry up!
Don’t miss the New Ocean Waves!(P114)
Do you like pop music? Most people do. One of the best bands on the music scene is the New Ocean Waves. In the last twelve months, they’ve had three big concerts and made a bit CD. Next month, they’re going to appear on CCTV. And then they’re going on a world tour and perform in ten different cities. The band is great. Recently, they’ve had a few songs in the top ten. They’re off to a great start. And they’re really nice people. They have used half of their money to help homeless children?
Now people are concerned with the life of the animals. Some are against building zoos. Because they think zoos are terrible places for animals to live. The animals are kept in small cages and can hardly move at all. And they can only eat once a day. But others believe that zoos are important and necessary. They are like living textbooks for the young. They are the homes for the endangered animals and can help to educate the public to care for animals. So they say that we should support the zoos.
The house of trash(P122)
Amy is a most unusual woman. And she lives in a very unusual house. Her house is made out of trash. In other words, it’s called “recycled” material. The windows and doors came from old buildings. The walls are made from old glass bottles. The roof is made from discarded titles. And the fence is made out of used soda cans. Because of the house, Amy recently won an award from the Help Save Our Planet Society. And what does Amy do in her spare time? She makes model toys out of old TVs, and sells them to raise money for the Children’s Hospital.