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Challenge both your English & minds





2012-11-22 07:57:27|  分类: Lectures |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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·                                 And they will be united in cheering for whichever country is playing against Japan—the Koreas' bête noire of history and their shared rival in Asian football.


·                                 To be united against a shared enemy is one of the strongest bonding forces there is.


·                                 People in the North tell you that they long for the two countries to be united again.


·                                 And that is why we must also be united in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and urging the Islamic Republic to live up to its international obligations.



·                                 But for your help, I could not have succeeded .



·                                 But for your help, I would not have succeeded in the experiment.



·                                 But for him, I would have drowned .



·                                 But for the traffic accident, we should have arrived a bit earlier.


But for this blow he might have borne with his fate .



Hidden door to a career

如何拓展你的职业道路?词数 300 建议阅读时间 4分钟


Have you ever been paid to fill up the salt, pepper and ketchup? Maybe you’ve taught prisoners to play the guitar, or run a comic stall? Many people are happy to do something out of the ordinary, for the money or the experience. But do these short-term jobs ever lead to a career that is similarly strange?

Strange jobs can help you to pick up new, unexpected skills, which you can develop. Sarah, who sold ice cream one summer, said she learnt about queue management, which came in handy for organizing students when she became a teacher. Adam, who sold comics, became adept at recognizing customer types and predicting their questions, which was another useful skill for his teaching career.

Judy, who is a manager with a wildlife trust, didn’t have a career in mind when she started doing voluntary conservation work from personal interest. Judy eventually took some formal qualifications to advance her career.

Now her days involve building shelters with children in the woods, making mud faces, animal spotting and looking up at the tree tops. She said her love of what she did made this possible: “You have to enjoy the outdoors and wildlife, love working with people, be highly adaptable and organized”.

Nigel used to be a truck driver, but he was involved in an accident, giving him time to rethink his work options. It was only much later when he sold his house and bought a longboat to live in that he discovered his second career: repairing boats on the canals. Seeing the opportunity, and boosted by engineering courses, he now has a thriving business.

Remember, if you want to do something different, there are many routes to get there. It can be the strangest small jobs that lead to a great career.


Hidden door to a career (P5)

Choose the best answer:
1. What is the point of the article?
A. To introduce some popular strange jobs.
B. To encourage readers to do something out of the ordinary.
C. To inform readers that strange jobs may develop into a career.
D. To explain why some people enjoy taking up unusual jobs.
2. The underlined word “adept” in Paragraph 2 probably means ______.
A. skilled B. slow
C. bored D. strict
3. Which of the following statements about Judy is TRUE according to the article?
A. She has dreamed of a career working with wildlife since her childhood.
B. She is very satisfied with her present work and enjoys her life outdoors.
C. She didn’t receive any formal training to further her career in wildlife.
D. She was forced to do conservation work and this got her interested in wildlife.
4. Why did Nigel decide to repair boats on the canals?
A. Because he had sold his house and had to buy a boat to live in.
B. Because the engineering courses he had taken prepared him for this career.
C. Because he thought it was a more adventurous career than working as a truck driver.
D. Because the accident he experienced made him reconsider a new career.

I’d been 16 for six days and was already preparing to deal with failure. I remember when my mom 1 me that morning, her voice wasn’t as scratchy (刺耳的) as it usually was.
I stayed in bed for a few minutes, 2 to leave its warmth and comfort, and unwilling to face the problem that I’d let myself 3 for the past six months. Finally, I 4 myself out of bed.
I went to the kitchen and prepared breakfast. I kept telling myself that I should 5 . Maybe it would make me relax a little, but I 6 it. I left the kitchen because 7 the smell of food made me feel sick.
I finished getting ready and tried to 8 . It didn’t 9 , so I decided that my mom and I should just go. We had a little time, so I thought we could 10 parking. I failed, with the wheel hitting the pavement (
人行道). After that, the little bit of 11 I’d had was gone. I tried two 12 times, but did not improve much. Then we headed to the test site.
I went into a room for some paperwork and 20 minutes of waiting, just enough time to convince myself that I was going to 13 . Then, finally, it was my 14 . I just wanted to get it over with and know for sure that I had to come back next Thursday.
I stepped outside and the sky was the light blue I love. It offered me some 15 and I realized something: sometime between when I pulled myself off the seat and when I got outside, I had become 16 .
The first thing I had to do was parking, 17 I did quite well. The confidence that came with it hit me like a wave. The rest of the test went well and I 18 it all.
    Back in the building, I didn’t have to say a word. My mom knew just 19 looking at me. Her smile made her face softer; I’m sure it was at least as big as mine. But, her eyes looked kind of teary, so, I knew she was 20 for me.

1. A. greeted B. called  C. woke D. scolded
2. A. ready B. determined  C. unlikely D. unwilling
3. A. forget B. forgive  C. worry D. solve
4. A. regretted B. dragged
C. imagined D. wished
5. A. wait B. eat C. drink D. cook
6. A. doubted B. made C. refused D. considered
7. A. ever B. still C. even D. then
8. A. eat up B. calm down C. go ahead D. lie down
9. A. work B. affect  C. matter D. fit
10. A. continue B. suggest
C. enjoy D. practice
11. A. chance B. choice
C. confidence D. patience
12. A. another B. more C. else D. many
13. A. prepare B. win C. calm D. fail
14. A. concern B. result
C. turn D. pride
15. A. comfort B. breath
C. effort D. support
16. A. quicker B. calmer C. more careful D. more anxious
17. A. where B. when C. what D. which
18. A. tried B. got C. passed D. achieved
19. A. with B. by C. for D. of
20. A. happy B. sorry  C. surprised D. proud




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