Pupils in China
On Tuesday, October 4, Mr. Goff visited our class. He is Karen’s dad, and he just got back from a business trip toChina.He has many pictures of busycities and beautiful mountains.His picturesare worthseeing Mr. Goff came to our class to tell us what life is like inChina
We learned that pupils inChinawent to school six days a week in the past but now they have a rest at weekends. They write with 2,000 characters(字) insteadof 26 letters.Each character is a complete word Theyalsoreviewtheir lessons. After school, pupilsplay basketball and volleyball and ride bikes They do the same thingsas we do.
Mr. Goff said a businessman fromChinawould visit him soon We will invitetheman to our class. In that way, he can tell us more about pupils in China.
10月(October)4日星期二(Tuesday)．高夫先生来到我们班。他是克伦的爸爸．他去中国(China)商务旅行(business trip)刚回来。他有很多图片——繁忙的(busy)城市和美丽的山川(mountains)。他的图片值得一看(beworth seeing)。高夫先生来我们班为我们讲述中国人的生活。
我们得知中国的小学生(pupil)在过去(in the past)是每周上六天课，但现在他们是在周末(atweekends)休息了。他们书写(write)2000个汉字而不是(insteadof)26个字母(letter)。每个(each)汉字是一个完整的字(completeword)．他们也复习(review)功课。放学后，小学生们打篮球和排球还骑自行车。他们和我们做一样的(the same)事情。
Say it with flowers
Young men oftengive flowersto young women when they are in love. Thetraditionmay have come fromTurkey(土耳其).
In the 1700sinTurkey,it was quite popular for people in love to sendeach other baskets full of strange things.The baskets were sent secretly tothe person who was receiving it.Usually,an oldwoman who sold flowers or fruit on thestreet left the basket beside the doorof that person.
These baskets included many kinds of gifts: flowers, stones, candles,etc. Each thing in the basket had a special meaning.By working out the secret message hidden in each gift, the person whoreceived the basket began to understand little by little the true feelings of the person who sent it.
The idea of sending gifts oflove with secret meanings quickly spread toother countries.However, as time passed, only sending flowers remainedpopular.
Flowers told young ladies aboutthe feelings in the heart ofyoung men. Eachdifferent flower had a different meaning. For example, the flowers from anorange tree meant,“you arebeautiful and pure(纯洁).”Pink carnations (康乃馨) meant,“My love far you is great.”Yellow roses, on the other hand,meant,“I saw you with someone else.”
Many flower dictionarieswere made to help young people in love understand the meaning of theflowers they received However, not all of the dictionaries agreed on the meaning of each flower, so aperson had to be careful about the flowers they choseto send
By the 1880s,using flowers to send messages had become unpopular, and the more direct way of sending love lettersbegan. Today,flowersare still consideredalovely gift, but the meaning for each kind of flower has been lost.
这些篮子里包括(include)许多种礼物(manykinds of gifts)：花、石头(stone)、蜡烛(candle)等。每样东西都有特殊的含义(specialmeaning)。篮子接收者想出(workout)每件物品所暗藏(hide)的信息(message)，然后就开始渐渐地(littleby little)理解(understand)赠送者的真实感情(truefeelings)。
花把男士心(heart)中的感情传递给女士。每种花都有不同的含义。例如(for example)，桔(orange)树上开的花表示，“你美丽又纯洁”。粉红色(pink)的康乃馨表示，“我对你的爱是热烈的”。另一方面(on the other hand)，黄玫瑰(yellow rose)则意味着“我看见你和别人在一起”。
Learning by Doing and Going
Many of my classmates thinkthey are forced to go to school. They say they are only interested in playing. But I love going to school, and my favorite subject is science I like science because the experiments and fieldtrips are exciting.
Inscience we do many excitingexperiments in the lab.One time we made crystal form(晶形)in a bottle byusing salt in water. Another time we watched how baby chicks arehatched(孵出).
We also take exciting fieldtrips for science, We went to a museumand saw huge dinosaurs(恐龙)and tiny butterflies.On Tree-planting Day, we went to a forest and collected leaves.
It’s good to play, but I would rather do experimentsand go on field trips. That’s why science is my favorite subject.
Jane Came Home Too Late
Jane got home late at night.She was going to knock at the door. Just then it opened.Her father was standing by the door. He was a tall manwith white hair.“Comein,”he said“I am getting cold.”Janewent in Her mother was waiting in the room Hermother was a short woman She was sitting on the sofa,andlooked pale Her father closed the door.
“Well,”he said,“Where have you been? You promisednot to stay out beyond 11 o’clock. It’s one o’clock now.”
“It’sonly a quarter to one.”
“That doesn’t make any difference. Youshould have come home earlier”her father replied angrily.
“We’vebeen very worriedaboutyou,”said her mother.
“I’m sorry,”Jane said.“I wasat a party.I didn’t noticethetime.”
“You’vegot a watch,”said her father.“Yourmother and I have waited for a long time. We didn’t know where you were”
“I can look aftermyself,”replied Jane“I’m not a baby any more”…
That is a situation thatwe often see in our life Please do not let your parents worry about youagain!
“那没什么差别(itdoesn’t make any difference)．你应该早(early)点回家的”，父亲生气的说。
My Son’s Questions
Since my son was three yearsold, he’s kept asking me“why?”abouteverything. Why is the sky blue?Why arethere clouds?Whycan’t I go outside? Why do I have to be nice? Anyway,I always try my best to answer his questions.
Now my son is ten years old. At this age, the boy is interested in all kindsof things, and he’s got more questions totrouble me Do people in prison celebrate festivals?Why aredogs’ noses always wet?Why are women and men’s shoe sizes different? …
These days, the boy showsinterest in the facts of life, so I borrowed booksfrom the library and preparedmyself for any questions he mightask At the end of our long talk, he still lookedconfused(迷惑的).“If you have any questions,”I said,“please ask them There are no stupidquestions.”
“Well. supposeI wasmarried,”he said with shame,“mywifewas going to give birth to a baby, and I had to rushher to the hospital, okay?”
“Yes,”I smiled and encouragedhimto continue his question.
Then he asked,“Can go through redlights?”