Listening on P6
First read the letter. Dear Miss Wang, I am having some trouble with my classmates at the moment. I’m getting along well with a boy in my class. We
often do homework together and we enjoy helping each other. We have become really good friends.
But other students have started gossiping. They say that this boy and I have fallen in love. This has made me angry. I don’t want to end the friendship, but I hate others gossiping. What should I do? Lisa
Answer the following questions.
1.What does Miss Wang say about their friendship? She says that ___________________ there is nothing wrong _________________________________ in Lisa making friends with a boy and _________________________________ that it is possible for a boy and a girl to _________________ be just good friends.
2. Why does Miss Wang think it would be foolish if they end their friendship? Lisa would lose a She thinks that __________________ good friend who can help her with her _________________________________ studies. _________
3. How does she explain why Lisa’ classmates gossip about their friendship? teenagers like to gossip She says that____________________ and that perhaps they can’t understand __________________________________ Lisa’s friendship with the boy. __________________________ 4. What is Miss Wang’s advice? She asks Lisa to _________________ ignore her gossiping __________ classmates.
Dear Lisa, There is nothing wrong with you and this boy being friends and studying together. And no matter what other students say, it is possible for a boy and a girl to be just good friends. Ending your friendship with this boy would be a stupid thing to do.
Not only would you lose a good friend, but you would also lose someone who is helping you with your studies. Teenagers like to gossip, and they often see something that doesn’t exist. Perhaps they can’t understand your friendship with this boy. But that’s no reason to throw it away.
You should feel sorry for those students who have never enjoyed such a friendship. My advice is to ignore your gossiping classmates. That way you will show them that you are more grown up than they are.
Yours, Wang Fei
Listen to the tape and complete the following passage. (P41) What you write in a diary is usually something ______. special With it you can keep remembering what ________ happened to you when you __________. were young A diary is very _______ personal because you want to keep it only for yourself.
You don’t wish to share your secret thoughts and_______ feelings with others. That’s why ___ Anne_______ thought her diary a good friend of hers.
Do you keep a diary? Is there anybody or anything so special to you that you would like to write it down? You may say to yourself, “I will put this away for now, but later in my life I will read it again and think about what happened to me when I was young.” Why do you wish to do this?
Because you don’t want to forget it, whether it is good or bad. You are afraid that you will not be able to remember what really happened or how you felt about it at the time. Most important, perhaps, you hope to keep you memories of the person, place or thing, especially if it changed your life.
That is why some of us put our thoughts into a diary. A diary is very personal. It is usually filled with writing that you want to keep only for yourself. In other words, you don’t wish to share what you have written with anyone else. So, in a diary the writer and the reader are the same person—you.
Sure, you might decide to share your secret thoughts and feelings with your best friend, but you will not read everything to her or him. A diary is often only interesting to the person who keeps it. Now you may have a better understanding of why Anne thought her diary a good friend to her.
Listen to the story to find out what happened. (P43)
What Anne’s What Anne father thought thought about being friends with Peter She should be careful to make friends with Peter. She wanted her father to be happy for her to have a friend.
about talking to him every night
He was unhappy.
She wanted to continue.
He thought about Anne would She thought following her agree to stop her father father’s ideas seeing Peter was wrong. so often.
On Saturday evening I asked Peter whether he thought I ought to tell Daddy about our friendship. When we’d discussed it a little, he decided that I should. I was glad, because it showed he was a good person. As soon as I got downstairs I went off with Daddy to get some water.
While we were on the stairs I told him about Peter and my friendship. Daddy didn’t reply right away and then he said, “I think you must be careful, Anne. We live so close together here.” On Sunday morning he called me and we talked about it again. “Anne, I have thought about what you said.
I think you must not talk to him alone so often. This is a special situation. If you were outside like everyone else, you would see other boys and girls and you could do all kinds of other things. But here, you are a lot together and if you want to get away you can’t.
You see each other 24 hours a day—in fact all the time.” Then on Friday he showed he was not pleased with me. He had thought that after our talk on Sunday I would not go upstairs every evening. But I did not agree, so I continued to talk to Peter every evening.