How's everything going? I'm so happy because I join the soccer club on Tuesday.
There I can learn how to play soccer well. We have some rules there. For example, we have to wear T-shirts and shorts. I know you also have different kinds of clubs at school. What club do you join? Why do you join the club? Can you tell me some of the rules there?
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The weather is getting hot. Would you like to have some cucumber with mashed garlic? When you enjoy this tasty summer dish, don't forget to say "thanks" to one person—Zhang Qian.
Zhang Qian lived in the Han Dynasty. He was an early visitor on the Silk Road and brought many new foods and other things to China.
The Silk Road was a long road. It was from China to Central Asia, and even Europe.
Where is this dish from? Cucumbers came from South Asia. In early times, Chinese people called it "hugua". "Hu" means "foreign". That is to say it isn't from China. Later, its name changed to "huanggua".
What about garlic? Its home was in Central Asia, too. Zhang Qian brought it to China about 2,000 years ago. Garlic can make many dishes taste better. It kills germs in our body and is good for our health.
What is the Silk Road? The Silk Road was also called "Sweet(甜的) Road". Besides(除了) vegetables, it brought many kinds of tasty fruits to China, too. Do you like grapes? They also came from Central Asia. Chinese people used them to make wine.
Did you know?
Do you ever see the words "hu", "yang", "fan" or "xi" in Chinese names of some foods? These names usually mean that these foods do not come from China. For example, "huluobo (carrots)" and "yangcong(onions)". Can you find more?
An old woman lost her only son. The sad woman went to a clever man and asked, "Is there any way I can throw away my sadness?"
The clever man said to her, "Go and 1 me a seed from a home that only knows happiness. I will use it to drive the sadness out of your life." The woman went off at once to2 for that magical seed.
First, she came to a beautiful house, knocked at the door, and asked 3,"Excuse me, I am looking for a 4that has never known sadness. Is this such a place? It is veryimportant to me. "
They told her, "You've certainly come to the5place," and began to describe all the sad things that had recently happened to them.
The woman said to herself, "Who is able to6these people that have had such sadness like me?" She stayed to cheer them up7she went on looking for a home that had never known sadness.
But wherever she went, whether in the homes of the poor or the rich, she found one sad8after another. She became so busy helping other people that she9about looking for a seed that would magically10her own sadness. She even never realized that her helping others had driven the sadness out of her life.
If you live in Shanghai, Beijing or many other cities, you may see many orange bicycles on the streets these days.
These bikes are owned by a company called Mobike. You can order a bike through an app on your phone. When you find a bike, you just scan a QR code (扫描二维码) on the bike so you can use it. You don't need to return the bike to a station – you can park it anywhere and pay for it on your phone.
China was known as "the kingdom of bicycles" and was famous for its largest number of bicycles in the world about 30 years ago. But more people choose to drive cars and catch the subway these days. Bike rental (租赁的) services like Mobike are bringing bikes back.
"Back then, I got the feeling that Chinese people were trying to be modern and push away the past. So they did not want to be linked with bicycles," said Ines Brunn, a German woman who runs a bike store in Beijing. "I do believe changes(变化) in people's tastes will shape new thinking about bikes. "
Online rental services are making biking more convenient, but it's still not easy to ride bikes in Chinese cities. Cars often take up bicycle lanes (道路). Bikers have to ride next to cars in car lanes, which can be very dangerous.
Beijing plans to build over 3,200 km of new bike lanes. Drivers who drive in bike lanes will be punished. Traffic signs will be put up to better protect bikers.
① People will not be allowed to ride bikes next to cars.
② Beijing will build new bike lanes.
③ Beijing will punish drivers who drive in bike lanes.
④ Beijing will put up traffic signs to protect bikers.
Yoga (瑜伽) from ancient India started during 1970-1980 in western countries. However, what has changed is not only the number, but also the style.
Imagine yourself in a room that is heated to about 40℃, moving quickly for 90 minutes. Yes, that's hot yoga. Fans of hot yoga believe it helps to lose weight. Even Lady Gaga likes doing it.
Anti-Gravity Yoga (反重力瑜伽)
Anti-gravity yoga is easy. With a silk hammock (吊床) hung from the top, this style of yoga allows you to hold positions longer. It is good for your blood flow. American actress Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the many fans.
Laughter is the best medicine. This style of yoga seems silly and funny. You clap (拍手), laugh and sometimes shout like a lion. The aim is to relax yourself and get more feelings of happiness.
Do you ever have a day when everything seems to go wrong, and nothing seems to go right? Not too long ago I had such a day. I was so down that I didn't want to do anything. I kept myself at home the whole morning.
I told what I was like to my mother. Mom said, "Sally, I heard Jamie was having a difficult day too. Why don't you make her some cakes and visit her this afternoon?"
I didn't really want to, but decided to make some. I made some cakes and put them in a small box. Then I made a card with a sunflower on it and wrote something good with my new pen.
That afternoon I visited my friend's house. I went to the door and rang the bell. Soon, Jamie came to the door and looked at me in surprise. I said," I heard you were having a hard day and decided to bring you your favorite cakes. I hope your day goes better." The look on Jamie's face was one that I couldn't put into words. She smiled and said thanks to me. It seemed that her day got brighter.
I got back into the car. I felt a lot better. That day I had the same feeling as someone tried to describe--If a person brings sunshine to others, he can't keep it from himself.
I am a fat girl. I weigh 336 pounds and look as big as my fridge. I am never 1 it. But one day I have a medical examination (体检). The2tell me that I am having heart trouble. It 3 me up. I begin to feel nervous. Then I decide to do something!
In a year and five months, I 4 104 pounds. What a great thing I do! I don't have any expensive food, medical treatment (治疗)or camp-style (训练营式的) exercise. What is the secret to my 5?
First, I look through the Internet6do-it-yourself advice(建议) that people could follow on losing weight. Of course, I see countless ads which try to get me to buy their products. But I buy nothing. The only thing I do is to change my bad 7. The following are what I have done. You can try these. Stop drinking something with too much sugar in it. Eat green vegetables. Use only vegetable oil. Never eat after 6:30 pm. Also, do light exercise8 15 to 20 minutes five days a week.
Then I keep doing what I should do. People sometimes say, "You don't need to tell me 9 to do. I know it already!" But the fact is that knowing what to do and doing what you know are quite 10. The important thing is to know what to do and then just keep doing it.
Parents often believe that they have a good relationship with their teenagers (青少年). But now, Joanna and Henry notice a change in their elder son: suddenly he seems to be talking far more to his friends than to his parents. "The door to his room is always shut." Joanna notes.
Tina and Mark notice similar changes in their 14-year-old daughter. "She used to cuddle up (蜷伏) with me on the sofa and talk," says Mark. "Now we joke that she does this only when she wants something, sometimes she wants to be treated like a little girl and sometimes like a young lady. The problem is figuring out which time is which. "
Before age 11, children like to tell their parents what's on their minds. "In fact, parents are first on the list." says Michael Riera, writer of Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers. "This completely changes during the teen years." Riera explains(解释). "They talk to their friends first, then maybe their teachers, and their parents last."
Parents who know what's going on in their teenagers' lives are in the best position to help them. To break down the wall of silence, parents should create chances to understand what their children want to say, and try to find ways to talk and write to them. And they must give their children a mental(心理的) break, for children also need freedom, though young. Another thing parents should remember is that to be a friend, not a manager, with their children is a better way to know them.
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