2013～2014 学年度襄阳四中、荆州中学、龙泉中学高三 10 月联考
英 语 试 题
命题学校：荆州中学 命题人：李云标 李天英 熊晓梅 徐诗祺 审题人：李云标 考试时间：2013 年 10 月 19 日下午 15：00 — 17：00 本试题卷共 12 页，81 题。全卷满分 150 分。考试用时 120 分钟。
试顺利★ 注意事项： 1. 考生在答题前请认真阅读注意事项及各题答题要求，务必将自己的学校、班级、姓名、考号填或 涂在答题卡上指定的区域内。 2. 选择题的作答：每小题选出答案后，用 2B 铅笔把答题卡上对应题目的答案标号涂黑。如需改动， 用橡皮擦干净后，再选涂其它答案标号。答在试题卷、草稿纸上无效。 3. 完成句子和短文写作的作答： 用用 0.5 毫米黑色墨水钢笔或签字笔直接答在答题卡上对应的答题区 域内。答在试题卷、草稿纸上无效。 4. 考生必须保持答题卡的整洁。
第一部分：听力（共两节，满分 30 分）
做题时，先将答案标在试卷上。录音内容结束后，你将有两分钟的时间将试卷上的答案转涂到答题卡 上。 第一节（共 5 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 7.5 分） 听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有一个小题，从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最佳选项，并标 在试卷的相应位置。听完每段对话后，你都有 10 秒钟的时间来回答有关小题和阅读下一小题。每段对话仅 读一遍。 例如：How much is the shirt? A. ?19.15. 答案：B 1. What does the man want to use the third room as? A. A living room. 2. Where does the man work? A. In a hotel. A. He went out with Ken. A. Help Nick move house. A. It was terrible. B. In a travel agency. B. He watched TV. B. Go shopping. B. It was perfect. C. At an airport. C. He played baseball. C. Hold a house-warming party. C. It could be better. 3. What did the man do yesterday afternoon? 4. What will the man do this weekend? 5. What did the man’s teacher think of his paper? B. A guest room. C. A study. B. ?9.15. C. ?9.18.
第二节（共 15 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 22.5 分)
听下面 5 段对话或独白。每段对话或独白后有几个小题，从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最 佳选项，并标在试卷的相应位置。听每段对话或独白前，你将有时间阅读各个小题，每小题 5 秒钟；听完 后，各小题将给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。 听第 6 段材料，回答第 6 至 7 题。 6. Why does the man call the woman? A. To remind her of a trip. B. To invite her parents to a trip. C. To ask her to hand in the report tomorrow. 7. When does the conversation take place? A. On Sunday. B. On Friday. C. On Wednesday. 听第 7 段材料，回答第 8 至 9 题。 8. When will the man come to the restaurant? A. At about 9:00. B. At about 9:30. C. At about 10:00. 9. What can we learn from the conversation? A. The restaurant’s big tables have been reserved. B. Nine students will come for the meal. C. The man has booked three tables next to the window. 听第 8 段材料，回答第 10 至 12 题。 10. What will the woman do on the afternoon of April 7th? A. Watch TV. A. 2. A. To learn about a club. B. See a play. B. 3. B. To ask about the show. C. Go to Children’s Club. C. 5. C. To have a talk with Sophie. 11. How many tickets does the woman want? 12. Why will the woman make a call? 听第 9 段材料，回答第 13 至 16 题。 13. How much pocket money does Lily get a month? A. About 5 pounds. B. About 15 pounds. C. About 20 pounds. 14. Why does Lily want more pocket money? A. To get as much as her friends. B. To buy some clothes. C. To pay for music lessons. 15. When can Lily have more pocket money? A. When she proves good at her school work. B. When she no longer argues with her mum. C. When she is mature in her mum’s eyes. 16. What does David suggest Lily do? A. Have a discussion with her mum. B. Help her mum with housework. C. Sit down and wait calmly. 听第 10 段材料，回答第 17 至 20 题。 17. What do we know about Ranulph Fiennes and Mike Stroud? A. They both came first.
B. They came from New York. C. They didn’t break the record. 18. Why were the fans disappointed? A. They didn’t watch the race. B. The winners didn’t turn up at the celebration. C. Fiennes suffered a heart attack. 19. What will Fiennes do next week? A. Return to work. A. A news report. B. Take an operation. B. A football game. C. Have his body examined. C. A Marathon race. 20. What programme will be broadcast next?
第二部分：词汇知识运用（共两节，满分 40 分）
第一节 多项选择（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 从 A、B、C、D 四个选项中，选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项，并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 例：To make members of a team perform better, the trainer first of all has to know their _____ and weaknesses. A. strengths 答案：A 21. When he picked up a large sum of money by accident, he battled with his _____ whether he should keep it or return it to the owner. A. consciousness B. conscience C. commitment D. convenience 22. It’s better for you to take some time to prepare your annual (年度的) performance _____ carefully, which will decide whether you will get a promotion next year. A. revision B. remark C. review D. request 23. The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was _____ jointly (共同地) to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Sü dhof for their discoveries of a major transport system in our cells. A. awarded B. rewarded C. distributed D. contributed 24. Usually a meteorological observatory (气象台) _____ air quality in urban areas from one to five: excellent, fairly good, slightly polluted, poor, and dangerous. A. identifies B. purifies C. classifies D. clarifies 25. On our journey to Australia last summer, our luggage was _____ at the customs. We were not allowed to carry food such as meat and vegetables. A. looked through B. gone through C. seen through D. got through 26. Recently reports about the abuse of children have _____ as often as several times a week, causing a wide concern and discount of trust among the public. A. turned up A. beneficial live there. A. admirable B. available C. adjustable D. accessible B. pulled up B. fundamental C. taken up C. comparable D. brought up D. competitive 27. The performance of this reasonably priced digital camera is _____ in quality to that of more expensive ones. 28. Not all parts of the interior (腹地) of Australia are easily _____, because it is very hot and not many people B. benefits C. techniques D. values
29. Sometimes parents’ control of young kids will be thought to be such an invisible rope, with which to tie them tightly, that they _____ tried to cut it. A. thoroughly B. visually C. desperately D. appropriately 30. Being quick-minded and good at creating a win-win situation, the young manager was sent to sign the document _____ the committee. A. on account of B. on behalf of C. in favour of D. in honour of
第二节：完形填空（共 20 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 20 分） 阅读下面短文，从短文后所给各题的四个选项（A、B、C 和 D）中，选出可以填入空白处的最佳选项， 并在答题卡上将该项涂黑。 At the age of three, I was discovered to be totally deaf. Having consulted many specialists, my parents made a(n) 31 that would forever alter my future. 34 32 sending me to a special education school for the deaf, 33 hearing. 35 they chose an ordinary one for me. All of my schoolmates and teachers there would have I experienced great with the other students, I also doing homework just so I could 38 36 37 . 39 her lips and immediately raised my hand. Here was
throughout my primary school because, in addition to the problems of
with most of my school work. I seemed to spend every spare moment
for me, Mrs. Jordan, my 5th grade teacher, changed all of that with a simple three-word phrase.
One morning, she asked the class a question. I
an opportunity to impress the powerful teacher and even my classmates. Although a little afraid when I heard my named called, I felt unusually answered Mrs. Jordan's question. Her response 42 all of us. Mrs. Jordan enthusiastically 44 43 her right foot on the floor and turned 40 because I was sure I had the right answer. I took a deep breath and 41
her right hand around in a full circle RIGHT, STEPHEN!"
it pointed directly at me. With shining eyes she cried, "THAT'S
For the first time in my young life, I was an instant star. My heart burst with a little taller in my chair. My confidence make a(n) 47 46
45 . Smiling widely, I sat
like never before. I decided right then and there that I would 48 I might come across in life, I knew I could
in this world. No matter how many
overcome them. The very three-word phrase entirely improved greatly, my turnabout. 31. A. decision 32. A. Apart from 33. A. strong 34. A. excitement 35. A. making up 36. A. struggled 37. A. leave behind 38. A. Gradually 39. A. found B. effort B. Rather than B. normal B. sympathy B. getting away B. handled B. turn out B. Eventually B. read C. commitment C. Regardless of C. weak C. anxiety C. coming up C. impressed C. take off C. Luckily C. observed D. attempt D. Instead of D. sharp D. authority D. fitting in D. absorbed D. keep up D. Subsequently D. appreciated 50 49 my young life. From that day on, my grades and speech
among my classmates increased, and my viewpoint on life did a complete
40. A. confident 41. A. carelessly 42. A. fooled 43. A. hit 44. A. unless 45. A. regret 46. A. increased 47. A. fortune 48. A. feelings 49. A. devoted 50. A. hardship
B. embarrassed B. nervously B. delighted B. stepped B. since B. pride B. declined B. impression B. obstacles B. surrounded B. character
C. frightened C. casually C. surprised C. placed C. after C. envy C. escaped C. living C. competitions C. occupied C. popularity
D. jealous D. naturally D. upset D. settled D. until D. courage D. built D. difference D. opportunities D. transformed D. health
第三部分：阅读理解（共 20 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 40 分）
阅读下列短文，从每篇短文后所给各题的四个选项（A、B、C 和 D）中，选出最佳选项，并在答题卡 上将该项涂黑。 A Once upon a time, a man was walking on a mountain when he found an incredible cave with all kinds of treasure inside it. So he gave up his job, his home, and his friends, and spent all his time guarding the cave. He was so dedicated to it that he hardly ate or drank, and before long he fell ill. One day, when he could hardly move at all, he decided to share the treasure. He crawled into the cave to get a handful of jewels, but discovered, to his horror, that it was empty except for a small emerald (绿宝石). The man took it and gave it to the first person to come by, a woman. Then an old man came by. “What bad luck!” the man said. “Just a moment ago I gave a woman the last of the treasure I was guarding.” “Are you sure there is nothing left?” the old man asked. The man took him into the cave, where they found a chest with jewels and some bags of gold. The man was shocked, and the old man explained to him, “At last! At last! At last someone has broken the spell of this cave. This is the Cave of Treasure, and you’re the first to have passed its great test. Many have dedicated their lives to this cave, only to end up realizing there was nothing here …” “And why does this happen?” the man asked. “This magic cave has only as many riches as your own heart. When someone discovers it, the cave fills with the treasure they bring with them, but later, when they have devoted themselves to guarding the treasure, their hearts become empty, as does the cave. The only way to fill it is by filling your heart with all that is good, as you did by giving the woman that last jewel.” From that day on, the man understood that it was better to share than to keep. Thanks to the cave and the old man, he became noble and generous. 51. Why did the man give up his job, home and friends? A. Because he possessed a variety of treasure.
B. Because he devoted himself to a great test. C. Because he had to guard the treasure cave. D. Because he wanted to find the treasure cave. 52. What did the man find when he showed his cave to the old man? A. All kinds of treasure. C. A small emerald. A. They all found the cave empty at last. B. The old man freed them from its spell. C. They all filled the cave with the treasure they had. D. They thought it was better to share than to enjoy the treasure alone. 54. What can we learn from the text? A. Different people have different views. B. Treasure only belongs to those who possess it. C. Some people never learn what is really valuable. D. Purely material things cannot make us truly wealthy. B Eddie’s father used to say he’d spent so many years by the ocean, breathing seawater. Now, away from that ocean, in the hospital bed, his body began to look like a beached fish. His condition went from fair to stable and from stable to serious. Friends went from saying, “He’ll be home in a day,” to “He’ll be home in a week.” In his father’s absence, Eddie helped out at the pier (码头), working evenings after his taxi job. When Eddie was a teenager, if he ever complained or seemed bored with the pier, his father would shout, “What? This isn’t good enough for you?” And later, when he’d suggested Eddie take a job there after high school, Eddie almost laughed, and his father again said, “What? This isn’t good enough for you?” And before Eddie went to war, when he’d talked of marrying Marguerite and becoming an engineer, his father said, “What? This isn’t good enough for you?” And now, regardless of all that, here he was, at the pier, doing his father’s labor. Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. It is not until much later, as the heart weakens, that children understand: their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit on top of the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives. Finally, one night, at his mother’s urging, Eddie visited the hospital. He entered the room slowly. His father, who for years had refused to speak to Eddie, now lacked the strength to even try. “Don’t sweat it, kid,” the other workers told him. “Your old man will pull through. He’s the toughest man we’ve ever seen.” When the news came that his father had died, Eddie felt the emptiest kind of anger, the kind that circles in its cage. In the weeks that followed, Eddie’s mother lived in a confused state. She spoke to her husband as if he were still there. She yelled at him to turn down the radio. She cooked enough food for two. One night, when Eddie offered to help with the dishes, she said, “Your father will put them away.” Eddie put a hand on her shoulder. “Ma,” he said, softly, “Dad’s gone.” “Gone where?” B. A chest with jewels and gold. D. A handful of jewels.
53. What do we learn about the people who dedicated their lives to the cave before?
55. In Paragraph four, the writer indicates that __________. A. Children like moving away from their parents B. Children often feel regretful because they leave their parents C. Children wouldn’t have achieved so much without their parents’ support D. Children can never understand how much their parents have devoted to them 56. The underlined sentence “Don’t sweat it” (Para. 6) probably means __________. A. Don’t touch it C. Don’t let him down a. Eddie’s father died. b. Eddie married Marguerite. c. Eddie worked as a taxi driver. d. Eddie was bored with his father’s job. A. dbca B. dcab C. bcda D. bacd 58. From the last paragraph, we learn that __________. A. Eddie’s mother liked to listen to the radio B. Eddie’s mother missed her husband so much that she was at a loss C. Eddie and his wife lived in his mother’s apartment D. Eddie often helped his mother wash the dishes C Are you an optimist? Do you look at your glass and see it as half full? Do you believe that every cloud has a silver lining and that things generally turn out for the best? Do you believe that if something is meant to be, it will be? If you reply “yes” to all of these questions, then you are an optimist. You probably are enthusiastic, cheerful and outgoing. You may be successful at work and in love. But you may be misguided because things don’t turn out for the best. You may believe that when one door closes another one opens (for example, you may fail to obtain a new job; another chance will come around soon). Wrong. When one door closes, another door slams (砰然关上) in your face. That’s bitter reality. Now a book has been published which confirms what pessimists (悲观者) have suspected all along. It’s called The Positive Power of Defensive Pessimism. Its author argues that defensive pessimism can lead to positive results. Defensive pessimism is a strategy used to manage fear, anxiety and worry. Defensive pessimists prepare for the things by setting low outcomes for themselves. They carefully consider everything that may go wrong and plan for ways to handle these problems. And this gives them a sense of control. Lawrence Sanno, a psychology professor, says, “What’s interesting about defensive pessimists is that they tend to be very successful people, so their low opinion of the situation’s outcomes is not realistic. They use it to motivate themselves to perform better.” So far, so good. This is not rocket science. Defensive pessimists prepare carefully and consider what might go wrong, whether at work, on date or even in a sports game. It makes sense to have a back-up plan. There are many sayings in English urging caution. For example, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” And “Don’t count your chickens until they hatch.” To have a confident and optimistic approach to life’s problems is good. But listen to what Woody Alien, the American comedian says, “Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem.” There are pros and cons to being an optimist and a pessimist. Don’t feel bad if you see the glass half empty. You are a realist. But lighten up and hook up with someone who sees the same glass half full. B. Don’t give it up D. Don’t worry about it
57. Which of the following shows the right order of the story?
59. What’s the passage mainly about? A. A book that has recently been published. B. How to become successful in life. C. The dangers of being too optimistic. D. The benefits of defensive pessimism. 60. The underlined sentence “This is not rocket science” (Para. 4) means __________. A. it’s not a dangerous thing to do C. the cost is not so high A. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. B. The glass is half full not half empty. C. Whatever will be, will be. D. Every cloud has a silver lining. 62. The writer would probably describe himself as __________. A. an optimist B. a defeatist C. a realist D One day when I was driving on the freeway, I noticed all the way there were large dividing walls, which had been built between it and the road running parallel to it, for noise reduction (减少) and a sense of separation. The purpose was to create a sense of privacy (隐私) for people on the other side. This got me thinking: How often do we put up mental barriers that keep us distant from others? Lifting the artificial barriers that keep us apart can offer opportunities to express our goodwill and create better relationships. If we can do like this, maybe our life will be a little different. There is a little post office in a nearby town, and since it is closer to me than the post office in my own town, I go there. One day, with many people jammed into the little building, a man came hurrying in to mail a letter, and the girl at the counter saw he had too little postage on it. She told him he needed 2 more cents. Obviously he was a little at a loss. He had hurried over from his office, and didn’t have any money on him or time to stand in line. He was going to run back to get the needed money and wait in line again, but he hurried to get the letter mailed in the first place. As we were watching him, one woman volunteered a two-cent stamp, and the whole line became very quiet. It was a beautiful moment. The man hesitated for a little while and asked her if she was sure, and she assured him she was fine with giving him the stamp. He offered to go back to his office to get the two cents, and she told him not to bother. It was a small thing, but it meant something to both of the people involved, and to the rest of us. We aren’t a yard that needs defining or a freeway that needs barriers. We are human beings who can contribute to each other’s wellbeing by taking time to pay attention and interact. After all, we are all parts of a whole living in society. 63. The purpose of the first paragraph is to __________. A. summarize the main idea C. tell readers the author’s opinion B. give detailed information D. introduce the topic D. a scientist B. it is quite simple to understand D. there is no real proof
61. Which of the following English expressions would a defensive pessimist believe?
64. What happened after the man being told he needed two more cents? A. The man went back to his office immediately. B. The man turned to a lady for help. C. A woman offered a stamp to the man.
D. The man waited in line patiently. 65. What can we learn about the author? A. She pays too much attention to privacy. B. She believes people should participate in the world around them. C. She confuses real barriers with false ones. D. She insists all small things always have the greatest meaning. 66. Which of the following would be the best title for the passage? A. Artificial Barriers C. An Unforgettable Experience B. Unnecessary Separation D. The Kindness of People E Plastic is everywhere because plastic is an extremely useful material. It is cheap, strong and lightweight. What’s more, it can take on nearly any form or shape, from soft and stretchy (有弹性的) to hard and glasslike. Plastic, however, is far from perfect. It may even be bad for us. Studies now suggest that poisonous chemicals can get out of some types of plastic, get into our bodies, and cause a variety of health problems, including cancer, birth defects and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (注意缺陷障碍). Two types of chemicals in particular have raised special concern lately. They are called phthalates (邻苯二甲 酸盐) and Bisphenol-A (二酚基丙烷), BPA for short. Not all plastic products contain them. But the ones that do are surrounded by controversy (争议). That’s because experts disagree on how dangerous these chemicals are. Plastic is a single word, but plastic isn’t just one thing. What all plastics share in common are plasticizers -special chemicals that allow the material to be changed into nearly any shape or texture. Plasticizers (塑化剂) are added to plastic during the manufacturing process. Phthalates and BPA are two types of plasticizers that work in different ways. Phthalates add softness to things like shampoo bottles, raincoats and rubber. They are also used in perfumes and makeup. BPA, on the other hand, gives a hard, clear, almost glasslike feel to products such as infant bottles. BPA also appears in food and soda cans, DVDs and other unexpected places. How do these chemicals get into us? When plastic is heated in the microwave or dishwasher, chewed on or scratched, the chemicals can seep (渗透) out of the plastic. Even though we can’t see them, we eat them, drink them and breathe them in. Scientists and parents are especially worried about young children, who tend to chew on everything, including plastic. Dozens of countries, including the European Union, Japan, Canada and Mexico have already banned phthalates from products made for children younger than three. California and Washington have done the same. And a number of other states are considering similar rules. As for BPA, Canada became the first country to ban the chemical from baby bottles. A dozen states are considering it. 67. What can we know about the plastic from the first paragraph? A. Its characters and effects. C. Its importance and chemicals. A. A soft plastic cup. C. A baby milk bottle. A. through mouth or nose C. by feeling plastic products B. Its wide use and bad points. D. Its popularity and advantages. B. A pencil eraser. D. A new perfume. B. through blood transfusion D. by heating in the microwave
68. Which of the following products contains BPA?
69. Phthalates and BPA can get into us __________.
70. What is the passage mainly about? A. A new ban on plastic products. C. Good points of the plastic. B. Problems caused by the plastic. D. The use of plasticizers.
第四部分：书面表达（共两节，满分 50 分）
第一节：完成句子（共 10 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 20 分） 阅读下列各小题，根据汉语提示，用句末括号内的英语单词完成句子，并将答案写在答题卡上的相应 题号后。 71. The class remained very noisy although the bell had rung five minutes before. The teacher was about to lose his temper 72. . (settle) the old bike, we sold it to a waste recycle center. (apart) 我们把这辆旧自行车拆散，把它卖给了一家废品回收站。 73. A person with a severe mental health problem is (likely) 有严重心理疾病的人找不到知心朋友的可能性是普通人的四倍。 74. The TV entertainment program, the Voice of China, enjoys great popularity, with a large audience in its live show. (lose) 综艺节目《中国好声音》很受欢迎，很多观众沉浸在它的现场表演之中。 75. 76. Not until a week later with work should not be the reason for treating one’s neighbors as strangers. (occupy) 工作繁忙不应该成为“对面不相识”的借口。 at the meeting. (put) more than hearing. (matter) 直到一周后，这个问题才在会议上被提出。 77. Those successful deaf dancers think that dancing is an activity 那些成功的盲人舞者认为，舞蹈是一种视力比听力更重要的活动。 78. From then on I went all out to spend every minute available practicing my oral English . (suggest) 从那时起，我就竭尽全力地利用可能的每一分钟按照我老师的建议练习口语。 79. His parents died when he was a baby. Nobody knows who it was 他是婴儿的时候父母就双亡了，没人知道究竟是谁把他抚养成人的。 80. Because of Typhoon Fitow this October, some citizens in this coastal city would rather they the inland area some day. (move) 因为今年十月的台风“菲特”，这个沿海城市的一些市民宁愿有一天搬到内陆地区。 第二节：短文写作（共 1 题；满分 30 分） 请根据以下提示，结合一则人生励志故事，用英语写一篇短文。 Regardless of what happened yesterday and what may or may not happen tomorrow, the present moment is where we are. 注意： ①无须写标题，不得照抄英语提示语； ②除诗歌外，文体不限； . (bring) to have no close friends than the average. 五分钟前铃就响了，那个班还是非常吵闹，老师正要发脾气这时他们突然安静下来了。
③文中不得透露个人姓名和学校名称； ④词数为 120 左右。
2013～2014 学年度襄阳四中、荆州中学、龙泉中学高三 10 月联考
第一部分：听力（共两节，满分 30 分） 第一节： （共 5 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 7.5 分） 01-05 CBBAC 第二节： （共 15 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 22.5 分） 06-10 ACABB 11-15 CACBC 16-20 AABCB 第二部分：词汇知识运用（共两节，满分 40 分） 第一节：多项选择（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 21-25 BCADB 26-30 ACDCB 第二节：完形填空（共 20 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 20 分） 31-35 ADBCD 36-40 ADCBA 41-45 BCADB 46-50 ADBDC 第三部分：阅读理解（共 20 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 40 分） 51-55 CBADC 56-60 DABDB 61-65 ACDCB 66-70 ADCAB 第四部分：书面表达（共两节，满分 50 分） 第一节：完成句子（共 10 小题；每小题 2 分，满分 20 分） 71. when they settled down 72. Having taken apart; After taking apart; After we took / had taken apart 73. four times more likely 74. lost 75. Being occupied; To be occupied; That one is occupied 76. was the problem / issue / question put forward 77. where eyesight matters; in which sight matters 78. as my teacher suggested; the way my teacher suggested 79. that brought him up 80. moved to 第二节：短文写作（共 1 题；满分 30 分） One possible version: Regarded as a lecture master, Nick Vujicic, without arms and legs by birth, is the very person I’ve been admiring. Disabled as he is, he has proved to the world that he can live as rich and full a life as a normal person. He never sat around feeling sorry for himself, nor did he worry about his future. On the contrary, owing to his optimism and perseverance, not only has he succeeded in caring for himself and playing sports, but he also graduated with distinction and completed a double degree. What amazes and inspires me most is that he is keen on delivering speeches and has even started a non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs, to help others like him attain their ambitions.
On his life journey, Nick has sought after the best himself despite his disabilities. Similarly, We are what we are, not what we were or what we will be. Cherish the present, develop our limitless potential, and we’ll also lead a more meaningful life.
(Text 1) W: So, it’s a three-bedroom house? M: Yeah. One for my wife and I, the other for our daughter. W: What about the third one? M: My wife wants to use it as a guest room, but I’d like to make it into a study, so that’s what will happen. (Text 2) M: What can I do for you, madam? W: I’m Anna Simpson. I called yesterday, and I’m dropping by to pick up my tickets to London. M: OK. Wait for a moment, please. Here are your tickets. Remember to check in an hour before your flight. And your hotel reservations are confirmed as well. W: That’s great. Thanks. (Text 3) W: Where were you yesterday afternoon? M: I was at Ken’s house. We didn’t go out because there was a baseball game broadcast live. W: It’s not surprising that no one answered my call. M: Oh, I’m sorry. (Text 4) W: Do you have any plans for this Saturday? M: Err, I’m kind of busy. Why did you ask? W: I was wondering if you could go shopping with me this weekend. M: I’d like to, but Nick will move to a new house this weekend, and I’ve promised to give him my hand. (Text 5) W: What did your teacher think about your paper? M: Oh, I got quite a good grade but there was a long written comment at the end of it. W: What was it about? M: He said I could have spent more time on the background!
W: Hello. M: Hello, Carol. It’s Mike. We were given a letter last week about the Geography field trip. I just want to remind you that it needs to be signed by your parents, and it should be handed in by tomorrow. W: Are we leaving on Sunday or Monday for the trip? M: All the information is given in the letter. Final details will be posted on the notice board on Friday morning, the day after tomorrow. W: OK, thank you, Mike. M: You’re welcome. (Text 7) M: I’d like to book a table for ten, please. W: I’m afraid our last booking is at 9:30, sir. M: Not 10 o’clock. Ten people. I’d like a table for ten people on Friday at 9 o’clock. W: Oh, I’m sorry, sir. Well, I’m afraid we don’t do big tables. I could put you on three smaller tables. There’s a very romantic table for two next to the window, and two tables for four behind that. M: Oh, well, that sounds great. The name’s Trotter. The teacher and I will have the table next to the window, and the rest of the class on the other tables. W: OK, sir. Is that smoking or non-smoking, sir? M: Non-smoking. (Text 8) M: Westbury theatre. Can I help you? W: Yes. I’d like to book some tickets for the play for children, Cinderella. M: When would you like to go? W: The afternoon of either the sixth or the seventh of April. M: I’m sorry. There are no more tickets for the sixth. W: OK, the seventh then. How much are they? M: ?12.50 each. Children under sixteen pay only ?8.25 if they’re with an adult. W: All right. I’d like tickets for two adults and three children please. Can you tell me who is in it? M: Cinderella is played by Sophie Disley. W: Oh, I haven’t heard of her. M: She was in The Storm on television. W: Really? And the show starts at 3:15, doesn’t it? M: That’s right, but you need to arrive at 2:30 to get your tickets. W: OK. Thanks. Can you tell me about your Children’s Club on Saturday mornings? M: Call 7722801 and they’ll give you the information you need. W: Great. I will get in touch with them at once. Thanks.
(Text 9) M: Are you OK, Lily? You don’t look very happy. W: Oh, David. I had an argument with Mum again. I’m not getting enough pocket money. M: How much do you get? W: 5 pounds a week.
M: That sounds reasonable to me. W: Well, I’m 14. And if you’re going to town shopping, you can never have enough money. Everything is so expensive. M: But is it the fair amount of money, compared what your friends get? W: Well, we all get the same. But I have to buy all my music things as well as things for school, and have hardly anything left to spend on clothes. M: Right. Do you have to help around the house? W: Not really. M: So, you don’t have to do anything for this pocket money? W: Mum said if I did that I would never have time to do my school work. M: Has she said you can have more pocket money when you’re 15? W: Well, Mum just says she’ll decide when I’m ready to have more. And I have just got to wait. M: Maybe you should sit down with her and say “How can I prove that I’m old enough to get more?” W: So I should talk to her again? M: Yes, but don’t argue with her. Just discuss it calmly. W: OK. Thanks. (Text 10) W: The full football match will be after the news at 6 o’clock. Now, the other big event this weekend was the New York Marathon. To bring us up to date with the news from New York, here’s Martin. M: Yes, it’s all over here in New York. The biggest event of the afternoon for the visitors in Manhattan’s Central Park was the arrival on the line of the two Britons, Ranulph Fiennes and Mike Stroud. Fiennes and Stroud crossed the line together with an official time of 5 hours 25 minutes and 46 seconds and will surely be in the Guinness Book of Records. Perhaps the most surprising thing about this achievement is that Ranulph Fiennes suffered a heart attack earlier this year and had a heart operation just three months ago. But at the party tonight in New York’s Central Park to celebrate the end of the race, their fans were disappointed to find that Fiennes and Stroud were not there. A spokesman for the British Heart Foundation said that they are completely tired and they have gone home. They caught a plane to London earlier this morning. Fiennes has gone to join his wife before going into hospital for a check-up on his heart next week. Stroud has gone to London for a day of rest before returning to work on Tuesday morning. This is Martin reporting from New York’s Central Park. W: Thank you, Martin. And now is six o’clock Greenwich Mean Time.