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Motto—New Beijing, Great Olympics


Reform and opening up to the outside world have brought about great changes in Beijing, a city with a 3,000-year history. The city has taken on a completely new look as it enters the new century. It will embrace the athletes and friends from the rest of the world attending the Olympic Games with great enthusiasm.

The great modern Olympic Movement has gone through many changes in the past 100 years. The Olympic Games should be held in China, the most populous nation in the world, the Olympic spirit will be even further disseminated and a new page will be turned in the Olympic history; and the Olympic Movement will show its unique splendor to the world in the new millennium.

reform and opening up to the outside world 对外改革开放

bring about great changes 产生巨大变化

a city with a 3,000-year history 三千年历史的城市

take on a completely new look 呈现新的面貌

with great enthusiasm 极度热情地

populous nation 人口众多的国家millennium 千年

A Pair of Red Shoes


I have ever seen a pair of red shoes with some colored butterflies on them. They were so beautiful that I like them at first glance. But I couldn’t persuade my mother to buy them for me. I had to make up my mind to realize my wish by myself. So I kept on saving money for several months. The shoes were bought at last.
However, to my surprise, the shoes didn’t fit me. When I was walking, my feet were blistered from the rubbing. From then on, I didn’t dare to wear them any longer. Day by day, I am growing up. Thanks to the pair of shoes, I have set up my own philosophy. There are so many temptations all our lives, but what we choose should first suit ourselves. We can’t wrong ourselves for other’s eyes. The shoes on our feet may be neither pretty nor charming, but both of which just fit ourselves. So no matter what we may do, perhaps it isn’t interesting or after our hearts, if we devote ourselves to it, we are sure to make great success.

at first glance 乍看

persuade my mother to buy them for me 说服母亲给我买鞋

make up my mind to do sth. 下定决心做某事

keep on 继续,持续

to my surprise 令我感到惊奇

temptation 诱惑

thanks to the pair of shoes 由于那双鞋

The Use of Computer


According to the survey by “Robert Computing Magazine”, computer sales increased greatly from 1992 to 2002. The total sales in 1992 were shown to be less than 5 million. However, from 1992 to 2002, computer sales rose rapidly. For example, computer sold to businesses increased from 2.5 million to 22 million while computers sold for home use went from 2.0 million up to 12.5 million. Schools also bought computers, but the sales wasn’t as big as that of homes and businesses, only rising to 4.7 million. It can be predicted that more computers will be sold in the following years because computers have already come into every field in people’s lives.

according to the survey 根据调查

less than 不到,少于

for example 例如up to 达到

it can be predicted 据推测

come into every field in people’s lives


Students Like Optional Course


This term our school has offered more than 10 optional courses, from which students can choose. The courses are given from 3∶30 to 5∶00 every Tuesday afternoon.

Students take great interest in the optional courses. Their favorites are computer, spoken English, arts and so on. They say they have learned a lot that is not taught in textbooks and they have got a great deal of practice. However, students are not quite satisfied. They hope more optional courses will be offered while their homework should be less. They suggest more trips and visits should be organized so that they can learn more about what is going on outside school.

Students take great interest in the optional courses.


learn a lot 学会许多(知识)

a great deal of practice 大量的练习

learn more about what is going on outside school


Watching Film or TV?


There are fewer people watching films now than before. Meanwhile, people watching TV are more and more. The reason for this is that TV industry has developed rapidly. TV provides many kinds of interesting programs. People prefer to stay at home watching TV rather than go out to see a movie. Besides, people are richer than before and many families can afford color TV sets.

Although movies are giving way to TV, there are still some people who like seeing films not only because good films are not shown on TV but also because film has its own advantages.

prefer to...rather than 宁愿……而不愿

afford 支费

give way to 让步,在先

not only...but also 不仅……而且

How to Practice Our Spoken English


In class you need to answer your teacher’s questions. If you meet a foreigner, you’d better talk with him in English. And it is a good way to practice our spoken English. Secondly, you’d better buy a short wave radio to pick up the English programmes. There are a lot of good English language programmes broadcast on the radio. Those programmes are usually easy to receive and not difficult to understand. They are of great help to you in learning English. At last, you can find some pen-friends in English-speaking countries and write to them in English. If you have some questions, you can write them down and ask for some information you need. Thus, I’m sure every learner can learn English well.

had better talk with him in English 最好和他用英语交谈

It is a good way to practice our spoken English.


short wave radio 短波收音机

pick up the English programmes 收听英语节目

pen-friends 笔友

How I Improve My Writing


I began to practice English writing a year ago. Though I’m very glad to say that I have made some progress, I still have a long way to go. Some pen friends and my classmates asked me how I improved my writing. Here I’d like to tell my story.

When I began to learn writing last term, I made many mistakes in grammar and also in idioms. I often thought in Chinese and just translated what I had in mind into English. My English teacher, Mr. Sun, helped me. He pointed out my mistakes and told me that I should try to think in English, not in Chinese, pay attention to English grammar and idioms, and use simple sentences whenever I can. I did as he said. When I finished writing, I read it very carefully and checked it up. As soon as I found out mistakes, I corrected them at once. I have kept on doing this and found I am making fewer mistakes than before. My teacher says I have improved a lot and he encourages me to continue practicing. No pains, no gains. Through nearly a year of practice, my writing has improved. I’m very lucky that two of my short English articles have been carried in the newspapers. I have become even more interested in writing. I’m an ordinary girl and I’m not very clever. But I know it is very important to keep on practicing. Practice makes perfect. So I think three things are important in learning writing: first, we must be sure of ourselves; second, we should pay attention to English grammar and idioms; third, we must keep on practicing and be more careful in writing. Do you think so?

practice English writing 练习英语写作

make some progress 取得一些进步

make many mistakes in grammar 在语法上犯错

point out my mistakes 指出我的缺点

No pains, no gains. 没有付出,就没有收获。

be sure of ourselves 相信我们自己

Learning How to Swim


During summer holidays, my good friend Chuanchuan and I went to join a swimming class. Before, I only knew how to do dog paddle—like a dog falling into the water and trying to swim.

At the swimming class, my teacher told us how to really swim. First, she taught us how to do the crawl. For the crawl we had to breathe on both the left and the right sides. After that, my teacher taught us how to do backstroke. For swimming backstroke, our arms needed to go back in a circular motion. My teacher demonstrated the backstroke first before teaching, and then we followed her.
Sometimes, our teacher let us play a game called “catch the ring”. This was how we played it: someone took a rubber ring and threw it into the water, then we dived down in the water and brought it back up to the surface. We all played happily.
Now I know how to swim!

a swimming class 一个游泳班

how to do dog paddle 怎样狗刨式游泳

how to do backstroke 怎样仰泳

throw it into the water 把它扔进水中

bring it back up to the surface 把它拿到水面上


because of因为as a result of 由于……原因

thanks to 幸亏,由于due to由于

owing to因为,由于therefore因此

thus 这样as a result 结果so因此

to conclude据推断in a word总之

in brief简而言之to sum up总计,合计

Smoking will shorten people’s life.


Many rare animals have disappeared.


The balance of nature is broken.


To save animals means to save the earth.


The medicine should be kept in cool, dry places.


This medicine has a great effect on him.


Plants are very important living things.

植物是非常重要的生物 。

Life could not go on if there were no plants.


According to a recent survey, four million people die each year from diseases linked to smoking.


The latest surveys show that quite a few children have unpleasant associations with homework.