take on a completely new look 呈现新的面貌
with great enthusiasm 极度热情地
populous nation 人口众多的国家millennium 千年
A Pair of Red Shoes 一双鞋子
I have ever seen a pair of red shoes with some colored butterflies on them. They were so beautiful that I like them at first glance. But I couldn’t persuade my mother to buy them for me. I had to make up my mind to realize my wish by myself. So I kept on saving money for several months. The shoes were bought at last. However, to my surprise, the shoes didn’t fit me. When I was walking, my feet were blistered from the rubbing. From then on, I didn’t dare to wear them any longer. Day by day, I am growing up. Thanks to the pair of shoes, I have set up my own philosophy. There are so many temptations all our lives, but what we choose should first suit ourselves. We can’t wrong ourselves for other’s eyes. The shoes on our feet may be neither pretty nor charming, but both of which just fit ourselves. So no matter what we may do, perhaps it isn’t interesting or after our heart s, if we devote ourselves to it, we are sure to make great success.
at first glance 乍看
persuade my mother to buy them for me 说服母亲给我买鞋
make up my mind to do sth. 下定决心做某事
keep on 继续，持续
to my surprise 令我感到惊奇
thanks to the pair of shoes 由于那双鞋
The Use of Computer 电脑的使用
According to the survey by “Robert Computing Magazine”, computer sales increased greatly from 1992 to 2002. The total sales in 1992 were shown to be less than 5 million. However, from 1992 to 2002, computer sales rose rapidly. For example, computer sold to businesses increased from 2.5 million to 22 million while computers sold for home use went from 2.0 million up to 12.5 million. Schools also bought computers, but the sales wasn’t as big as that of homes and businesses, only rising to 4.7 million. It can be predicted that more computers will be sold in the following years because computers have already come into every field in people’s lives.
according to the survey 根据调查
less than 不到，少于
for example 例如up to 达到
it can be predicted 据推测
come into every field in people’s lives
Students Like Optional Course 学生喜欢选修课
This term our school has offered more than 10 optional courses, from which students can choose. The courses are given from 3∶30 to 5∶00 every Tuesday afternoon.
Students take great interest in the optional courses. Their favorites are computer, spoken English, arts and so on. They say they have learned a lot that is not taught in textbooks and they have got a great deal of practice. However, students are not quite sat isfied. They hope more optional courses will be offered while their homework should be less. They suggest more trips and visits should be organized so that they can learn more about what is going on outside school.
Students take great interest in the optional courses.
learn a lot 学会许多（知识）
a great deal of practice 大量的练习
learn more about what is going on outside school
Watching Film or TV?
There are fewer people watching films now than before. Meanwhile, people watching TV are more and more. The reason for this is that TV industry has devel oped rapidly. TV provides many kinds of interesting programs. People prefer to stay at home watching TV rather than go out to see a movie. Besides, people are richer than before and many families can afford color TV sets.
Although movies are giving way to TV, there are still some people who like seeing films not only because good films are not shown on TV but also because film has its own advantages.[来源:Zxxk.Com]
prefer to...rather than 宁愿……而不愿
give way to 让步，在先
not only...but also 不仅……而且
How to Practice Our Spoken English 怎样练习我们的英语口语
In class you need to answer your teacher’s questions. If you meet a foreigner, you’d better talk with him in English. And it is a good way to practice our spoken English. Secondly, you’d better buy a short wave radio to pick up the English programmes. There are a lot of good English language programmes broadcast on the radio. Those programmes are usually easy to receive and not difficult to understand. They are of great help to you in learning English. At last, you can find some pen-friends in English-speaking countries and write to them in English. If you have some questions, you can write them down and ask for some information you need. Thus, I’m sure every learner can learn English well.[来源:Z。xx。k.Com]
had better talk with him in English 最好和他用英语交谈
It is a good way to practice our spoken English.
short wave radio 短波收音机
pick up the English programmes 收听英语节目
How I Improve My Writing 我是怎样提高英语写作的