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Unit 1

Using language (II)

Which festival will you think of when you see the two pictures?
It is celebrated on February 14th.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated by many people throughout the world. In the English-speaking countries, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery(糖果).

We have our own Valentine’s Day in our country.
The day is not as wellIt is celebrated on known as many other the seventh day of the seventh lunar Chinese festivals. But month. almost everyone in China, young or old, is Qiqiao Festival very familiar with the story behind it.

One of the most famous poems about the legend, Fairy of the Magpie Bridge (鹊桥仙), was written by Qin Guan of the Song Dynasty (9601279).

Fairy of the Magpie Bridge By Qin Guan Among the beautiful clouds, 纤云弄巧 Over the heavenly river, 飞星传恨 Crosses the weaving maiden. 银汉迢迢暗度 A night of rendezvous, 金风玉露一相逢 Across the autumn sky. 便胜却人间无数 Surpasses joy on earth. 柔情似水 Moments of tender love and dream, 佳期如梦 So sad to leave the magpie bridge. 忍顾鹊桥归路 Eternal love between us two,
两情若是久长时

Shall withstand the time apart.
又岂在朝朝暮暮

Fast reading

True or False

1. The girl Li Fang loved and waited for didn’t turn up.( F ) 2. Because her most lovely daughter got married to a human secretly, the Goddess got very angry.( T ) 3. Zhinv was made to return to Heaven without her husband. They were allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the tenth lunar month.( F ) 4. Hu Jin had been waiting for Li Fang for a long time with a gift for him.( T )

Careful reading Read carefully and answer the following questions.
1. How did Li Fang feel at the beginning of the story? Why? He felt like a fool. Because Hu Jin didn’t come to meet him at the coffee shop. 2. What was Li Fang afraid that Hu Jin was doing? He was afraid that she was with her friend laughing at him.

3. How did Li Fang know the manager wanted to shut the coffee shop? The manager wiped the tables, then sat down and turned on the TV. 4. Why did Hu Jin not meet on time? Because Hu Jin waited in the tea shop. 5. How did Li Fang feel at the end of the story? Why? He was worried because he had thrown away Hu Jin’s Valentine’s gifts.

With a partner, answer the following questions. 1.Why was the TV story what Li Fang needed? The TV story was a sad story about lost love – the same situation as Li Fang. 2. Why do people want the weather to be fine on Qiqiao Festival? People want the weather to be fine so they can meet the one they love. 3. What more do you know about Qiqiao Festival?

Practice
Act out the story, thinking of an

ending to the story.

1. turn up 1) 出现 He hasn’t turned up so far. You’re always turning up late for everything! 2) 调大 (声音,力量) Please turn up the fire / tap.

turn的常见短语:
turn off 关掉 turn back 折回, 返回 turn out 结果是, 生产, 出现 turn in 上交, 交还 turn against 背叛 turn over 滚动, 翻过来, 移交 turn away 把 ... 打发走 turn down 调低, 关小, 拒绝 turn on 打开, 发动 turn to 求助于, 转向 turn a blind eye to (对 ... ) 视而不见 turn about 回头,转向, 转身

Practice
1). Don’t do any other things while you are doing your homework. So please _____ D your MP3.(2009 江西) A. turn up B. turn down C. turn on D. turn off 2). With no one to _____ A in such a frightening situation, she felt very helpless. A. turn to B. turn on C. turn off D. turn over

2. keep one’s word 信守诺言 He had again failed to keep his word. How do I know you'll keep your word? break one’s word = break one’s promise 毁约、说话不算数 give one’s word 许下诺言 You can trust him. He is a man who never ______ breaks his word. What children hate most is that adults often break their word to them. ______ Don't cry. I'll buy you a new one tomorrow. I give you my word. _____

3. hold one’s breath
= stop breathing for a time 屏息

The girl held her breath at the sight of the snake.
I can hold my breath for about one minute. take (one’s) breath 呼吸 get one’s breath 喘过气来 be out of breath 喘不过气来 breathe v.

4. apologize apologize to sb. for (doing) sth. = say sorry to sb. for doing sth.
You must apologize to the teacher for being so rude. apology n. make an apology to sb. for (doing) sth.

Practice
1). 他因迟到而向老师道歉。 He apologized to the teaching for coming late. 2). 他因为未能去接她而向她道歉。 He apologized for not being able to meet her. 3). 他为他所说的话道了歉。 He made an apology for what he said.

5. drown (drowned, drowned ) 1) 浸,泡

The floods drowned the streets and houses.
The cook drowned the fruit with cream.

2) 淹死
There is a drowning man in the river. 借…消愁 drown one’s sorrow / sadness in …

6. remind sb. of sth. 提醒某人某事 remind sb. to do sth. remind sb. that … He reminded me of my promise. He reminded me to get up early. He reminded that I should have been more careful.

Practice
1). Michael put on a picture of Yao Ming beside the bed to keep himself _____ C of his own dreams. (2011 重庆) A. reminding B. to remind C. reminded D. remind 2). His words remind me _____ we did D together. A. that B. of that C. what D. of what

7. forgive (forgave, forgiven)原谅,饶恕,宽恕 I'll never forgive you! Please forgive him for his rudeness. I forgave him his crimes. forgiving adj. 宽仁的,宽大的 forgiveness n. 宽恕 ask for forgiveness receive forgiveness

Reading Task

The Quebec Carnival is probably the most well-known North American winter event, and has been popular since the beginning of the 20th century. Quebec City is situated on the St Lawrence River. The winter climate is very severe, and at carnival time people must dress very warmly and cannot stand around and watch the parades for long. It is similar to Harbin in climate and also has ice sculpture competitions that are very popular. The carnival has a very energetic atmosphere, as people take part in various kinds of races and competitions.

Read carefully and fill in the blanks.
City Similarity Difference

ice snowboarding competitions, canoe Harbin sculptures races, dog-sled races snow sculptures, skiing, skating ice Quebec sculptures and other activities just for fun, but not part of the festival

Homework
1. Read the story A Sad Love Story again. Write an ending to the story. Use the hints to help you. 2. Finish exercises on Page 44-47.


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