1、—I wonder if your friend will go to the party.
—If he ______,neither______.
2、Kevin,can I borrow your pen please? I just can't find _______.
Saying no can be very difficult. People who are very shy often have little confidence. It is very hard for them to say no. They would feel shy when they say no, but doing things that they don’t want to do will make them unhappy.
A simple and direct “No” is the best way. If you want to explain, you can keep it simple. Just say, “No, I've already made plans for this time” or “No, I'm not free at that time.”
Other indirect but polite ways of saying no:
● Sorry, I can’t do this right now.
● I’m afraid I can’t, but thank you for asking.
● Please accept (接受) that I cannot come.
● I'd rather not.
To say no you should:
● Start the sentence with the word “No”.
● Shake (摇晃) your head when you say no to make sure others understand. Your voice should be clear and direct.
Sometimes it is difficult to say no. You can try to reply and explain in the following way:
“Sorry. I would have taken care of your cat next weekend, but I will be going out. I know it will be hard to find someone to take care of the cat. I will try to help you next time.” Remember that: you have the right (权利) to say no!
1. Who usually have trouble saying no according to the passage?
2. How can indirect ways of saying no sound?
3. When you really want to say “No”, how should you make your voice?
4. What does the writer encourage us to do?
5. When it is really difficult to say no, what are you supposed to try to do?
The idea of what shaking the head means is not always the same in different countries. Maybe some visitors would be surprised when they first came to India. When talked to an Indian, he would often shake his head. The visitors might think that the Indian did not like what they said. But, in fact, they would be completely wrong.
Indians always shake their heads when they talk to each other. It does not have the same meaning as our “No”. If someone wants to visit India, he should know this, or it will give him some trouble.
One day, a foreign officer went to India on business. He hired a car and an Indian to drive it. When he told his driver to send him to his office, the Indian shook his head at once. The office said again, and the driver shook his head again. At last, the office, of course, got angry.
“How dare you refuse my order?” he shouted. “Drive me to my office at once!”
The driver answered in quite loud voice, too. “Yes, sir!” But to the officer’s surprise, the driver shook his head at the same time.
The car started, and the foreign officer was now too surprised to say a word. He thought about it for a while, and then he nodded with a smile, “No mean Yes here!”
1.An Indian would shake his head when ______.
A. he didn’t want to do anything B. he agreed with others
C. he talked to others D. other people were wrong
2.The foreign officer was surprised that ______.
A. the driver could not understand him B. the driver refused his order
C. the driver drove him to another place D. the driver shook his head as he said, “Yes”
3.The sentence “No mean Yes here!” means ______.
A. in India the words Yes and No have the same meaning
B. Indians don’t say No when they don’t agree with each other
C. there is no difference between Yes and No
D. We shake our heads to say No, not Yes as Indians do
4．India is ______.
A. a developed country B. in America
C. next to Australia D. to the southwest of China
5.Which of the following sentences isn’t true?
A. Shaking the head doesn’t always have the same meaning in different countries.
B. When an India shakes his head, he really means Yes.
C. In India shaking the head means No.
D. In China shaking the head means No.
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Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is one of the (1)_____ cities in the world. It is one of the world’s most (2)_____ cities. Twice in the 20th century, the city was (3)______ and rebuilt (重建).
In 1923, there was a great earthquake in the city. (4)______ of people were killed and millions left homeless. It (5)______ people there seven years to rebuild the city.
During World War Ⅱ, Tokyo was destroyed once again. After the disasters (灾难), nothing (6)______ in the downtown area of old Tokyo.
After the war, the people of Tokyo began to rebuild their city. The city was (7)______ at a high speed (高速地) between 1945 and 1960, and the city's population (8)______ very fast. As a result of this quick development, however, many problems have (9)______, such as housing shortage (短缺), pollution and unemployment (失业). But the government has (10)______ several programs to solve them.
Everyone has his own way of saying things and his own special expressions. Many American everyday expressions are from colors.
Red is a hot color. Americans often use it to express “heat”. They may say they are red hot about something unfair. When they’re red hot they are very angry about something. Fast loud music is popular with many people. They may say the music is red hot.
Pink is a lighter kind of red. People sometimes say they’re in the pink when they're in good health. The expression was first used in America at the beginning of the 20th century. It probably came from many babies who were born with a nice pink color showing good health.
Blue is a cool color. The traditional blues music in the USA is the opposite of(与……相反) red hot music. Blues is slow and sad.
The color green is natural for trees and grass. But it’s an unnatural color for humans. A person who has a sick feeling stomach may say he feels a little green. A passenger on a boat who is feeling very sick from high waves may look very green.
1. What does the expression “be red hot about”mean?
A. Be very angry. B. Be unfair.
C. Be happy. D. Be very popular.
2. Why do Americans use the color pink to express the meaning of healthy?
A. Because the color pink is lighter than the color red.
B. Because their ancestors(祖先) did so many years ago.
C. Because many healthy babies were born with the pink color.
D. Because it’s a traditional expression.
3. What’s the opposite of the red hot music?
A. Fast music. B. Loud music.
C. Blues music. D. Country music.
4. How many colors are mentioned in the passage?
A. 3. B. 4. C. 5. D. 6.
5. Which is the BEST title for the passage?
A. Different Colors
B. Strange Expressions
C. Colorful World
D. Feelings Behind Color Words
HIGH-JUMPER and punk(朋克) rocker Kimi Qiao, 22, is very confident. In fact, he's something of a big mouth about his talent. “No one will ever forget me,”said Qiao.
The 2007 My Show winner has recently published Private Life, a photo-book. It records everything about the days when he was young.
As a teenager, he was a keen athlete, training every weekend and holiday. His event (项目) was the high jump and he won a number of national championships. He even shared a coach with Liu Xiang.
However, Qiao's parents wanted him to concentrate more on his studies and he finally went to a university in his city. It was during this time he became interested in music. When he was 18, he took part in a singing contest, where he met Wang Lee-hom. Later, he started a student band called Pink17. He was a drummer. Since then Qiao has known that music will be his life.
Today he's still a dreamer. He wants to make punk rock popular in China. “Although I've only been into it for a year, I'll do my best to make it big,” he said.
1. From the first paragraph, we can know Kimi Qiao ________.
A. has a big mouth B. thought everyone would forget him
C. is confident of his talent D. is a very shy girl
2. Private Life ________.
A. is a photo-book B. is about the 2007 My Show
C. was published in 2007 D. is an album
3. The Chinese meaning of the underline word “keen” is ___________.
A. 懒惰的 B. 热衷的 C. 愚笨的 D. 创造力的
4. When he took part in a singing contest, he was ________ years old.
A. 22 B. 17 C. 18 D. 20
5. Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
A. Kimi was a high jumper before going to university.
B. Kimi formed a band called Pink17 when he was 17.
C. Kimi’s parents prefer him to be a drummer.
D. Kimi is always dreaming to be an athlete like Liu Xiang.
Time flies quickly. Two months has gone by since I joined this boarding school. Everything is going well. During my first month here, I was like a fish out of water. I came to realize how many things I should thank you for.
On the cold winter days, I have to get up early almost every morning to fetch hot water. I began to feel ashamed that I never said "thank you" every time you prepared (准备) hot water for me each morning on winter days before I got up.
I am no longer that girl who was often unable to find her books in her bedroom. It used to take me a lot of time to collect all the books for the day’s classes. But I have gotten over that bad habit now. And now I know how much time you used to take to collect my books every evening.
I have learned to do the laundry on my own now. I came to realize that washing clothes is a boring job, especially on winter days. Sometimes there is no hot water and I have to wash my clothes with cold water by hand.
I came to know how grateful (感激的) I should be to have you as my mom. Thank you, Mom.
1.Silvia has been at the boarding school for _______.
A. one week B. two weeks
C. one month D. two months
2.The underlined word “ashamed” means “________” in Chinese.
A. 惭愧的 B. 恐惧的 C. 吃惊的 D. 轻率的
3.At the boarding school, Silvia doesn’t ______ anymore.
A. do her laundry B. put her books everywhere
C. say “thank you” to her mother D. spend much time on her studies
4.From the letter we can learn that ______.
A. Silvia used to do her laundry at home
B. Silvia often helps her mom do housework
C. Silvia’s mom has done many things for her before
D. Silvia’s mom usually does the laundry with cold water
5.Silvia wrote this letter in order to tell her mom _______.
A. her school life B. her thanks from her heart
C. she could do many things D. she could look after herself
10、—Could you please tell me _______?
—It's next to the post office.