Holiday A: Hi, Belly. Have you bought the train ticket for the winter vacation? B: Not yet, what about you, Maria? A: Yes, of course. I bought a ticket yesterday. I’m so happy the Spring Festival is around the corner. Do you know the origin of Chinese New Year? B: Yeah, a little. Spring Festival starts from the beginning of the Spring. It’s the first day of lunar calendar. It’s the most important and popular festival in China. A: Yeah, Spring Festival is also my favorite, because I could have a long holiday. B: It’s really true. By the way, what do you usually prepare for the festival? A: In my family, we need to clean the house and buy enough food in order to guarantee having a good holiday. B: Yeah, we will do the same thing and I am always the one who is asked to do the cleaning. A: Oh, you are so diligent. And what do you usually do at the New Year’s Eve? B: First, of course, we must have a big dinner. All people in my family make dumplings together. After that, we see the Spring Festival gala. What about you? A: The same as you. My family have supper together and then play cards . No doubt, we stay up all night. B: And at the first day of the new year we will play firecrackers. Children always like doing that. A: Wonderful, I really enjoy that. Now, I hope that the Spring Festival comes as soon as possible. I can’t help doing that. B: Oh, calm down. Wish you a good time sincerely. A: Thank you. The same with you . Travel and Transport A: Hello, Belly. How are you? B: Pretty good. How are you going, Maria? A: I’m well. There are only 2 weeks left for the winter vacation, do you have any plans? B: These days, I have been preparing for the final exams. I would like to travel, but I have not found an appropriate destination. How about you? A: Haha. I plan to travel to Xi’an. Qin Shihuang’s Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses are very famous, and there are many delicious snacks. Do you have interest in that ? B: Wow, It sounds really interesting. But a little far from here. I just plan to travel in Beijing. A: But you know, it’s quite easy to have a traffic jam in Beijing. Especially in this season, there will be lots of people from all over the world traveling here. B: Yes, you are right. There are so many cars, buses and people here every day. So I have been taking it into consideration. I’m hesitating. And how are you getting Xi’an, by train or by airplane? A: I prefer to go there by train. It’s cheaper than airplane, and I like to see the land scene from the window of train. It may cost 12 hours, but if you can go with me, the trip will be full of fun. B: I think so. I also like traveling by train. It’s not very safe by plane. And we have enough time to travel, there is no need for hurrying. I would like to go with you. A: That’s wonderful. Let’s meet this Saturday to discuss the trip plan. Is it OK? B: OK. I am available then. See you, Belly. A: OK. See you later. Education and Environment A: Hello, Belly. Yesterday I took apart in a report meeting concerning environment pollution. Is the environment a big issue in your country? In my country, it is. B: It is in mine, too. The biggest problem of all is water pollution. The climate is dry, so water conservation is very important. A: What measures do you take to protect water? B: In my country, water supplies are limited. We can only use a certain amount of water every day. It means we cannot use some modern household items, such as washing machines. They need too much water to wash clothes. A: I see. But in my country the biggest environment problem is air pollution. We try many ways to solve this problem, but it didn’t work. Now the government educate people to realize the importance of protecting environment. B: That’s a good idea. This can solve the problem from the root. A: Yeah, you know, we have already attempted many ways. For example, we have been reducing emission of air pollutants in recent years, but cars are still a major reason for it. B: This is a global problem, I don’t believe that any single country can do anything about it. A: I think you’re right. Every country must take more concrete measures. B: Just as you say, the first thing we should do to protect environment is that let people fully realize the importance of environmental protection through education. A: Yeah, education is the fundamental of our country. It enables us to understand our duties as a citizen and encourages us to follow them. B: Yes, we have a lot of measures to protect environment, but if citizens don’t follow it, it doesn’t work. A: So the first thing we should do is improving population quality. B: Good. If everyone realized the importance of protecting environment, I believe we are not far from the success. A: And the air will be fresh, the water will be clean. Everything will be OK. B: Wow, what a beautiful world! Health Jobs Sports A： Hi, Belly. What are you going to do? B： Oh, Maria. I am going to play badminton in the playground. A： But you look tired. Are you OK? B： Don’t mention it. Recently, I find it difficult to interview an appropriate job for me. I feel that I miss the right direction. And I don’t know what I can do now. A: As far as I know it’s a big problem for college students to seek a job from 2008. There are so many jobhunters, but positions are limited. B: It’s really like this. And all of us are puzzled about jobs. It’s a big trouble. I’m very depressed. A： By the way, did you listen to the report concerned mental health by Professor Jiang yesterday? B： Not yet. What did he say? A： Well, the report is astonished. More and more people are faced with depression these years, especially among college students. As you know, depression is also called mental disease. B： I have heard that. In my opinion, depression may be triggered by severe stress. In fact, we earn a master’s degree, but we can’t realize our value as we imagine. A： It’s real. We can’t afford a house in a big city. We are faced with great life pressure. Also, we are reluctant to communicate with other people. So, it turns out that we are easy to feel depressed. That is really horrible. B： Yeah, so I just do some sports to relax myself. A： You are right. It is necessary for us to do some sports to distract our attention, such as: play basketball or badminton. Doing sports not only relaxes our mental stress, but also benefits our physical health. B： Yes, thank you. I am a little relaxed now. And I am going to the playground. A： OK. Wish you, Belly. Bye B： Goodbye. Culture and Entertainment A： Hello， Belly. B： Hi, Maria. What happened? You look so happy. A： Well, I just went to Jay Chou’s concert tonight. You know that Jay is my favorite singer. B： Jay Chou’s concert, really? How lucky you are. A： Yes. I really witness him on the stage. I couldn’t imagine that before. Now I am very very excited . I also heard my favorite song “ Listen to Mother’s Words” . B： Yes, he is a well-known figure in the entertainment circle. But I enjoy foreign songs more than Chinese songs. I like the rhythm of Western songs. Such as Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock and so on. A： That is the difference between Chinese culture and Western culture. Because of different life backgrounds and customs, Chinese singers and foreign singers will create various styles. Of course, these songs represent their unique culture characteristic. B： Yes, it’s true. I like Justin Bieber. Although he is very young, he has been under the spotlight. He is the example of overnight success. A： I sometimes listen to his songs in my spare time. I can feel that he is full of vigor and also he is self-confident. B： Yeah, as we all know, in America, all people are allowed to bars or clubs including teenagers. So they contact different adult cultures at their early age. These experiences have a deep effect on their life development. A: Well, in my opinion, foreign singers are really more passionate. B: Of course. And I expect to see a concert of foreign singers. I believe that will be more interesting. A: It sounds wonderful. Maybe I can go with you at that time. B: OK. That’s great.