【暑期班】生活英语听说(2016暑期班) Unit 5
There can be tough times. The weather is getting worse, the traffic is always overcrowded and the tests can be really difficult. These may make you sad. Sometimes you are in a bad mood and sometimes you feel happy. You may feel better when it’s a sunny day or you find a way out of a problem. That is happiness.
So, how do we find the path of happiness? This seems to be the million dollar question. There are tons of books on the subject. The more you read, the more confused you are. Evaluating what makes us happy might take more time and energy and actually make us unhappy.
We may look at ourselves and decide what we like and don't like and set about making changes. It doesn't have to be big changes. Look in the mirror and be glad. If you don't like what you see, change it. Make the solution that simple!
You may be saying “Sure, that sounds easy”, It is always easier to talk about problems than to take the obvious actions to fix them. But for the most part, things are as difficult or as easy as we determine them to be. Sometimes we just make things harder than necessary.
Being unhappy takes no courage or effort. True achievement lies in struggling to be happy. As we grow and progress we will realize who we really are and what makes us happy and what we are responsible for. Steve Jobs said “Good times, hard times, but never bad times”.
Fabian: Hi, Yunling!
Fabian: What are you doing?
Yunling: Nothing special. I am going to the dining hall. Do you want to go with me?
Fabian: Sure. I haven’t had anything yet. I was at the library looking for this book.
Yunling: You are definitely the most hardworking student I have ever known. So how was your mid-term test?
Fabian: It was OK. I guess I happened to get No.1 again.
Yunling: I think you will definitely win the scholarship again. Lucky you!
Fabian: I suppose so. It is not much though.
Yunling: One thousand yuan! That is what my mom gives me as allowance every month.
Fabian: I don't spend much money. I just pay for my books.
Yunling: I think you may buy a Kindle if you really love reading.
Fabian: Sorry, Yunling. I got to go.
Yunling: Why you are in such a hurry?
Fabian: I lost my cell-phone.
Yunling: Is it black or white?
Fabian: It’s black.
Yunling: Okay. I think you may try the lost and found cause I found my wallet yesterday.
Fabian: My girlfriend gave it to me. I need to find it
Yunling: Well, you will be in big trouble. So I hope you will be lucky.
Fabian: Sir, I lost my cellphone here at lunch time.
Sir: Can you tell me the brand?
Fabian: It’s a Samsung.
Sir: What color is it?
Fabian: It is black. By the way, my number is 18899993488.
Sir: Okay, wait a moment. This is the only black one. It must be yours.
Fabian: It is! Thank you! Thank you very much!
Sir: You’re welcome. So don't forget to fill in this form. Take care
Sumeet: So I can't wait for the weekend. Do you have any plans at all?
Madison: Yeah! I was thinking about going to the movies tomorrow. Do you want to come?
Sumeet: Yeah! I'd love to. I haven't been to the cinema in over a year.
Madison: What do you want to see?
Sumeet: I really would like to watch the new Transformers movies.
Madison: Oh, great, that sounds good. I’ll go with you. I like all kinds of movies.
Sumeet: Hi, Madison. I arrived a bit early. How did you get here?
Madison: There is a direct bus from my dormitory, it only takes ten minutes. Why are you here so early?
Sumeet: I was just having dinner with my friends in the cafeteria, so I just walked here now.
Madison: Oh, cool. This cinema is brand-new. It was built in 2013. It is pretty nice don't you think?
Sumeet: It looks incredible. I heard the designer was Li Daozeng, from the School of Architecture.
Madison: You’re right! He’s also the designer of our new library.
Jessica: So how was class?
Liam: I thought the lecture was really really interesting actually. But I’m glad it’s Friday because I’m so tired.
Jessica: Go and get a good night's sleep.
Liam: Yeah. I am going to go back to the dorm soon I think. Do you have any plans for the weekend?
Jessica: Yeah actually, a group of us are thinking of going to the Temple of Heaven tomorrow. If you wanted to come with us.
Liam: Oh, wow. That’s meant to be very pretty actually. Although I have a lot of class work to do. And there’s a few movies I'd like to watch on Netflix. So I think I might actually stay in tomorrow.
Jessica: It is a shame to stay in when we’re in Beijing though. I mean if you are not that interested in it, maybe we can go to the Olympic park. We were thinking of going in the evening maybe.
Liam: Oh, actually, we drove past the Olympic Park the other day, on the way back from the market, and it looks really cool.
Jessica: Yeah, apparently the Bird’s Nest stadium is all lit up at night. Apparently it looks very pretty.
Liam: Ok, well, maybe if I’ve got enough work done, if I’m feeling better by the afternoon, I could meet you all at the Olympic Park.
Jessica: Yeah definitely. Just take the metro and meet us. I think it’s only a couple of stops away.
Liam: Ok. I’ve not got the metro on my own before though. So would you be able to explain the directions to me?
Jessica: Yeah, of course. I will just get my map out and show you over dinner. Won't be too hard.
Liam: Oh, that would be fantastic
Liam: Shall we get to dinner now?
Jessica: Yeah, sounds like a plan.
Liam: Oh brilliant!
Dillon: I don't know what to do this summer. I don't what to do with my life for this two months. What are your plans?
Zachary: Right now, I am planning on travelling and becoming a journalist. I think if I travel a lot and meet new people, it will help my business a little.
Dillon: Where do you plan on travelling?
Zachary: I plan on becoming an English teacher in Yunnan teaching middle-school English.
Dillon: You were talking about being a journalist and now you are talking about teaching. Do you want to be a teacher?
Zachary: Not really, I still want to be a journalist. I don't think I’d be a good teacher because I’m not patient but I do like the children and the scenery where I’ll be staying.
Dillon: Yeah, but I know one thing for sure.
Zachary: What's that?
Dillon: I could not be a teacher because I speak too quickly. Also I would not be a good journalist because I hate writing.
Zachary: Oh, do you have any friends?
Dillon: Yes, I chat with them online every day. But I do not go out and meet then because I don’t like interacting with people.
Zachary: Well, I suggest that either you see a doctor or you come with me and teach children. It will help your social skills and it will be a lot of fun.
Dillon: Let me think about it.
Zachary: Alright, well you have about a week before I leave so.
Dillon: I will send you an email.
Mark: So Marlena, where would you like you want to go this summer?
Marlena: I think we should go to Beijing. I have heard a lot about it. It has a lot of famous historic places.
Mark: That sounds so interesting like which places does Beijing have that are famous?
Marlena: It has the National Museum. You can go see the Great Wall, or the Summer Palace or Tiananmen Square.
Mark: Oh wow, Tiananmen Square is a famous spot in China. We should definitely go. Where else would you like to go?
Marlena: I think Shanghai sounds like a great place too. It has a lot of historical places too but it’s more industrialized and has a lot of business places.
Mark: How is the air quality there?
Marlena: I’ve heard it’s really good, especially compared to Beijing. Have you heard anything about Beijing's air?
Mark: Yeah. I heard during certain times it’s terrible.
Marlena: Yeah I‘ve heard that as well. I hear Shanghai's air is really good, so I'd like to go there.
Mark: So do you want to take a train from Beijing to Shanghai?
Marlena: That sounds good but we should look up online how long it will take to get there, cause if it is too long I'd rather fly.
Mark: Ok. That's great. Any other cities you'd like to go to this summer?
Marlena: I think Hong Kong would be great, but it might be too expensive. Is there any other place you want to go?
Mark: Umm. How about Liaocheng?
Marlena: Liaocheng? What is Liaocheng?
Mark: It is a small water city. Would you like to go there?
Marlena: I am not sure. How’d you hear about it?
Mark: Oh my teacher told me. We had a teacher last summer and she lived there.
Marlena: Oh. We could go and visit her.
Mark: That sounds great.
Marlena: We should make a trip when we go to Beijing we can take a train to go see your teacher.
Mark: Wonderful! Let's go!
Madison: Hey, I haven’t seen you in a while. Where have you been?
Yunling: I went back to my hometown.
Madison: Where is that?
Madison: What province is that in?
Yunling: Well, it’s in Zhejiang Province and it’s very close to Shanghai. I bet you know the city Shanghai.
Madison: Of course. What did you do when you went back home?
Yunling: Normal things. I watched TV and also I did my homework.
Madison: That sounds fun. Did you get to see any of your friends?
Yunling: Definitely. I went back to my high school and I saw lots of my teachers and also some of my friends.
Madison: That sounds like it was a really good trip.
Yang Huameng: So this is the auditorium of our university and it was designed by the American architect H.K. Murphy in 1913.
Graham: Wow! Look at it!
Madison: Incredible, isn't it?
Yang Huameng: Yes, the design is based on the design of the auditorium in the University of Pennsylvania.
Madison: It’s really huge. Do we get to go inside?
Yang Huameng: Yes, we go to see movies and students’ performances on the weekends.
Graham: It looks like a Roman building.
Susan: Moon Festival has just passed. What’s your favorite festival?
Corin: I like Christmas. What about you?
Susan: I like Thanksgiving in America．
Corin: Why do you like Thanksgiving?
Susan: Because there are many delicious food like turkeys, pumpkin pies, all my favorite. Why do you like Christmas?
Corin: Because it is very traditional and there’s lots of interesting things going on, like lots of things such as, there is interesting TV that is on at Christmas. And also you get lots of presents.
Susan: That is very fun.
Jaidee: Hi Kirk. I heard that you’ve studied Chinese for a long time. What about your recent study?
Kirk: Hey Jaidee. Well, sometimes it’s pretty hard for me. Do you have any suggestions?
Jaidee: Well, I think that you might start from learning our customs.
Kirk: You know that’s a good idea. Our teacher was talking about the Mid-Autumn Festival the other day. She showed us some moon cakes. I’ve never seen such wonderful stuff.
Jaidee: Oh, we eat moon cakes through the Mid-Autumn Festival in mid-August. On that day the moon is very bright. What about your favorite festivals?
Kirk: My favorite festival is probably Halloween. Halloween is a time of ghosts and witches. Pumpkins are a symbol of Halloween called Jack-O-Lanterns. You carve in a scary face and put a candle inside to light it up.
Jaidee: Oh, that must be very interesting.
Kirk: Halloween is one of the oldest holidays. Activities include trick or treating, bonfires, and costume parties. I usually don't like putting on makeup. But I do like dressing up scary. Actually you should come to my party next week. I’ve been getting ready for it since last Friday.
Jaidee: Oh, of course, I’m really looking forward to it.
we will take a glance at both eastern and western festivals
Which festivals do you think
the items in the pictures are special features of
【Dragon Boat Festival】【
】Moon Festival has just passed