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。

高夫先生说一位来自中国的生意人不久要来拜访他。我们将邀请(invite)这个人来我们班。那样(inthat way),他就可以给我们讲述更多关于中国小学生的事情了。



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.



恋爱中(be inlove)的年轻男士经常(often)送花(flower)给女友,这个传统(tradition)可能来自(comefrom)土耳其。

18世纪的土耳其,热恋中的人相互赠送装满奇怪(strange)物品的篮子,这种做法在当时很流行(popular)。篮子(basket)被秘密地(secretly)送给接收篮子的人(person)。通常(usually),由街上卖花或水果(fruit)的老婆婆把篮子送到那人的门旁边(besidethe door)。

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”。

为了帮助恋爱中的年轻人理解他们收到的花所代表的含义,人们编制出很多关于花的词典(dictionary)。但是,对于每一种花的含义,不是所有的词典都能达成一致(agree on)。因此,人们在送花时必须谨慎选择(choose)。




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.



我的许多同学认为他们是被强迫(force)去上学的,他们说只对玩感兴趣。但我喜欢上学,我最喜欢的学科(subject)是科学(science)。我喜欢科学是因为做实验(experiment)和野外(field)旅行令人兴奋(exciting)。上科学课时,我们在实验室(lab)做许多令人兴奋的实验。有~次,我们利用水中的盐(salt)在一个瓶子(bottle)里做晶形。还有一次,我们观察小鸡(chick)是怎样被孵化出来的。为了学习科学,我们还进行令人兴奋的野外旅行。我们去了一个博物馆(museum),看到了巨大的恐龙还有微小的(tiny)蝴蝶(butterfly)。在植树节,我们去了一个森林(forest)并收集树叶(collectleaves)。玩耍很好,但我宁愿做实验(would rather do experiments)以及去野外旅行。那就是我最喜欢科学课的原因。


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!



简在深夜(late at night)才回家。她正要敲门,门开(open)了。她的父亲正站在门旁。他是高(tall)个子,头发(hair)都白了。“进来吧,”他说,“我都觉得冷了。”简进了家。她的母亲正在房间(room)里等她。她母亲个子很小,正坐在沙发(sofa)上,看上去脸色苍白(pale)。简的父亲把门关上了。“那么,你上哪去了?”父亲闷道,“你答应(promise)在外面不超过(beyond)11点的.现在都1点了。”


“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。






这是在我们生活中经常看到的一个情形(situation)。请不要再让你们的父母为你们担心(worryabout you)了!



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?”



自从我儿子三岁起,他就一直在问我“为什么”,他要对一切事情刨根问底。为什么天空(sky)是蓝色的(blue)?为什么会有云朵(cloud)?为什么我不能去外面?为什么我必须要对人友好?无论如何(anyway),我总会尽一切努力回答他的问题。如今我儿子十岁了。在这个年龄,他对各种事情都感兴趣(be interested in),他有更多的问题要麻烦我了。在监狱(prison)里的人庆祝(celebrate)节日(festival)吗?狗的鼻子(nose)为什么总是湿韵(wet)? 女人和男人的鞋码(shoe size)为什么不一样呢?……这几天,这个孩子对生命是怎么回事感兴趣了,因此我从图书馆(library)借(borrow)书并准备(prepare)了他可能(might)会问到的所有的问题。在我们的长谈结束时,他看上去仍然很迷惑。“如果你有什么问题,尽管问好了,”我说,“没有愚蠢的(stupid)问题(问什么都行)。”“好吧,假设(suppose)我结婚了(married),”他带着羞愧(withshame)说,“我的妻子要生小孩了,我必须赶紧(rush)将她送到医院,对吗?”




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