What would you do if you found a cockroach in your classroom? Would you cry? Would you laugh? Or would you just sit there and do nothing? Inmy class we did all those.Suddenly I heard a terrible cry from one of the girls. My heart missed abeat.I heard another cry. I am nowthinking to myself “what is going on”! Then there it was! It was at least aninchand a half long, just a little cockroach! Now this was the first time I had seen in real life, but from all the pictures and the movies I had seen in the past, I could tell it was a cockroach.My teacher quickly ran tofetchsome paper towels. To be honest, I didn’t think that window cleaner could help. I was wrong. The little cockroach got a big drop of “The Window Cleaner”, and lying on the floor,did not move.Well that was just the beginning.Ok, here is the whole story.My teacher walked over to the, now not moving, cockroach.If you have a weak stomach, I am warning you now…she stepped on it.I don’t know if you have seen the movies where someone steps on the cockroach and you hear a loud “CRUNCH”(嘎扎嘎扎的压碎), but I can tell you right now that those movies are one-hundred percent true.I was laughing so hard that I was crying.I looked around the classroom. Some of my friends were laughing too.Of course the girly girls were crying and some of the other kids thought it was no big deal and just sat there reading their books.My teacher was not very happy to find out that she was the one who had to clean up the dirty place.Most people will not realize that when you step on a cockroach it will make a terrible sound you may not want to hear.So when you ever go to kill a cockroach, watch out for “THE CRUNCH”.
Miss Green ate a lot for every meal, and she liked eating meat, especially pork and beef.So she was very fat.She weighed 100 kilos and she got heavierevery month.One day she went to see a doctor.The doctor said, “You have to go on a diet(节食), Miss Green “. He gave her a small book and said, “This is a book on how to lose your weight.Please eat the things on page 11 every day.Then come back and see me in two weeks.”Miss Green came again two weeks later, but she wasn’t thinner.She was much fatter.The doctor was surprised and said, “Are you eating the things on page 11 0f the small book?” “Yes, doctor“She answered.The next day, the doctor visited Miss Green when she was having her meals.“Miss Green,”he said, “Why are you eating potatoes and dumplings?They are not on the list of your diet.”“But doctor,”Miss Green answered, “I ate my diet at lunch time. This is my supper.”Funny enough! That’s why Miss Green is getting fat.But since then, Miss Green has made up her mind to lose weight, and she has made an effort to follow the doctor’s advice.
真有趣！那就是格林小姐更胖的原因了。但从那以后，格林小姐就下定决心(make up one’s mind)要减肥，还努力(make an effort to do)遵循医生的建议。
Two men were going along a lonely road and talking of what they would do if a bear or wolves attack(进攻)them.“Never fear,”said the larger one, “I can protect myself and you too, so there will be no danger.There is nothing in the forest for any man to fear, except a hungry bear, and I’d like to meet the bear that could be amatch for me.”Just at that time, a huge bear appeared in the road and moved towards the two men.The two men ran for a tree.The one who had spoken so bravely reached it first and climbed to safety.The smaller man，being left to face the bear alone, threw himself on the ground and lay as ifdead.When the bear came up, he smelt the man on the ground and went away.Then the larger man came down from the tree and said, “What did the bear say in your ear?You seemed like old friends.”“Oh,”the other answered, “he told me never to trust a boaster(自夸者)”
44.People Around the World Communicating in English
In only fifty years, English has developed into the language most widely spoken and used in the world.English is the working language of most international organizations(组织), international trade and tourism (旅游业).Businessmen and tourists often come to China without being able to speak Chinese.Chinese businessmen, taxi drivers and students talk with them using English.English is also the language of world culture, such as pop music and the Internet. You can listen to English songs on the radio or use English to communicate with people around the world through the Internet.With so many people communicating in English every day, it will become more and more important to have a good knowledge of English.
生意人与游客(tourist)经常来到中国却不会讲汉语。中国商人、计程车(taxi)司机以及学生就用英语和他们交谈。英语也是世界文化的语言，如流行音乐(pop music)以及互联网(the Internet)。你可以通过无线广播(on the radio)听英文歌曲(song)或用英语通过互联网与世界各地的人交流(communicate)。每天都有很多的人用英语交流，精通(have a good knowledge of)英语将变得越来越重要。
Saturday, March 24thWe have arrived in the hot, wet city of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.This is our first trip to Thailand.All the different smells make us want to try the food.We are going to eat something special for dinner tonight.The hotel room we booked is cheap, but very clean and tidy.We plan to stay here for a few days, visit some places like the Palace in the city and then travel to Chiang Mai in the North.Tuesday, March 27thBangkok is wonderful and surprising! The places are interesting.We visited the famous market which was on water, and saw a lot of fruits and vegetables.Everything is so colorful,and we have already taken hundreds of photos with our new cameral. Later we will leave for Chiang Mai.We will take the train north, stay in Chiang Mai for two days, and then catch abus to Chiang Rai.
Friday, March 30th
Our trip to Chiang Rai was long and boring.We visited a small village in the mountains.The village people here love the quiet life——no computers or phones.They arethe kindest people I have ever met.I feel good here and hope to be able to come back next year.