Don't desire to walk when you have wings to fly
Once upon a time, there lived a generous and kind-hearted king. He was fond of birds and animals, and had a huge bird shelter in his kingdom. He disliked harming the animals and birds. He did not kill them even for meat.
In order to thank his generosity and kindness towards birds, the king was gifted two beautiful falcons（猎鹰）by a businessman. Those two falcons were used to different climatic conditions. The king thanked the businessman and ordered the head bird trainer to provide all the facilities to those beautiful falcons and make them feel comfortable in their country. The head trainer took care of the birds. Gradually, the birds got adapted to the country's climate.
One day, the king wanted to see the falcons fly as he had heard that one of those falcons could fly to great heights at very high speed. The bird trainer let the falcon out of the enclosure（围场）. It flew very high, very quickly, and came down to the enclosure within minutes.
The king was quite surprised, and rewarded the bird trainer with a handful of gold coins. He asked about the other falcon. The bird trainer stated with regret that the other falcon had not moved even a step from day one and had just sat on the branch. The trainer also added that he had tried everything he could but still failed to make the bird move.
The king comforted him and told him that he would bring someone more experienced than him to try to train the other falcon.
Soon, the king announced that he needed someone to make the falcon move and fly.
The next day, the king was very surprised to see the other falcon fly like the first one to great heights in rapid speed.
参考词汇：三孔景区Three-hole Scenic Spot 孔庙Confucian Temple孔府Confucian Mansion
孔林Confucian Garden孔子文化园Confucius Cultural Park
I' m excited to receive your letter.
That's my suggestions and I' m looking forward to your coming to China quickly.
Irma started a business, but later because of lack money, he had to close it. After that he started to feel very _________.
This problem of Irma was later _________ by Professor Krishnan. One day he _________ Irma to his home and asked, "Are you still _________?" "Yes, all my efforts have been _________." Ima answered. Hearing this, the professor _________ him a dead tomato plant and said, "I take care of it carefully, _________ it still died. There is always something _________ that happens." "If success is only a matter of luck, what is the _________ of doing so much?" asked Irma. "You will understand after you open that door," said the professor. Irma opened it, and saw lots of __________ and healthy tomato plants there. "Oh! How did you do that?" asked Irma.
"Of course, not all my efforts have been wasted; so it is with yours. If you __________ doing the right things, then your __________ of success are greatly increased. But if you feel defeated because of failure, life won't give you any __________. "At last, Irma understood the lesson of success, __________ what to do and came out with renewed energy. Finally he had a very big business.
It is true that no matter what we try, we can't __________ the result, but it's also true that those, who never give up, achieve success in the end.
1.A.scared B.depressed C.shocked D.determined
2.A.discovered B.analyzed C.valued D.complained
3.A.wished B.encouraged C.invited D.permitted
4.A.interested B.determined C.committed D.annoyed
5.A.recognized B.wasted C.acknowledged D.ignored
6.A.mailed B.returned C.showed D.indicated
7.A.but B.so C.or D.and
8.A.unusual B.unfortunate C.unforgettable D.unexpected
9.A.importance B.purpose C.advantage D.theory
10.A.strong B.new C.weak D.regular
11.A.avoid B.consider C.keep D.enjoy
12.A.options B.chances C.features D.virtues
13.A.reward B.property C.money D.harvest
14.A.pointed out B.figured out C.left out D.gave out
15.A.replace B.select C.control D.indicate
Don't be too concerned about money, because all it will do is distract you from achieving happiness. And the irony is that people think they will be happy when they have money. 1.. If you are happy and you have money, you can use it for happiness. If you are unhappy and you have money, you will use that money for more unhappiness. Because money is simply a neutral force.
Don't misunderstand me: 2.. I am not against anything. Money is a means. Your money will enhance your pattern, whatever it is good or bad.
3.. They are ready, at any moment, to change their pattern, to change their ways, if more money is available somewhere else.
Once the money is there, then suddenly you are no longer yourself; you are ready to change.
This is the way of the worldly man. Remember, I don't call a person worldly because he or she has money. 4.. This applies to people with no money as well-they may simply be poor. Just being poor does not equal to being spiritual; and just being rich does not equal to being a materialist. The materialistic pattern of life is one in which money predominates over everything.
The non-materialistic life is one in which money is just a means: happiness predominates, joy predominates, your own individuality predominates. 5., and you are not distracted.
Then suddenly you will see your life has a meaningful quality to it.
A.I am not against money.
B.However, money has nothing to do with happiness
C.So they attach great importance to money
D.You know who you are and where you are going
E.Money brings great joy to people who pursue it
F.I call them worldly if they change their motives for money
G.But people keep looking for money as if money is going to bring happiness
The United States space agency will send a spacecraft to explore the sun more closely than ever before on Saturday. NASA'S Parker Solar Probe（探测器）will fly through the hot solar atmosphere and come within just 6 million kilometers of the sun's surface.
The Parker Probe will get almost seven times closer to the sun than earlier spacecraft. To do this, it will fly past Venus（金星）seven times over seven years. Each pass will change the probe's orbit by providing a gravity push. It will move ever closer to the sun and straight into the corona（日冕）, the sun's outermost atmosphere.
By exploring the sun's corona, scientists hope to learn why it is hundreds of times hotter than the sun's surface. They will also study what drives the solar wind.
The project was proposed in 1958, the same year NASA was established. Now, "it's becoming a reality," said project manager Andy Driesman.
The Parker spacecraft has a 2.4 meter heat shield（护罩）that is 11 centimeters thick. It is made of two carbon sheets. The front has a white coating to reflect sunlight. It is expected to shine red when it experiences the extreme solar heat. Almost everything on the spacecraft will be behind this shield to keep its scientific instruments relatively cool.
Besides, the spacecraft will also be traveling at a high speed. The probe will reach 690,000 kilometers per hour in the corona. The spacecraft will make its first flight past Venus in early October. Its first pass by the sun is expected in November.
The Parker Solar Probe is the first NASA spacecraft to be named after someone who is still alive. Eugene Parker is a 91-year-old professor at the University of Chicago. He predicted the existence of solar wind 60 years ago. He plans to be at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the southern state of Florida to see the launch.
1.What's the advantage of the Parker Probe compared to the earlier ones?
A.It can change the orbit by flying past the sun.
B.It can get closer to the sun and into the corona.
C.It can study the effect of solar wind.
D.It can fly through the hot solar atmosphere without protection.
2.What can be inferred from the passage?
A.Human had little achievements in exploring the sun.
B.Eugene Parker is the first one to study the sun.
C.The Parker Probe has to get close to the sun with the help of Venus.
D.Human can get close to the sun's surface within 6 million kilometers today.
3.What can we learn about Eugene Parker?
A.He started NASA.
B.He foresaw the solar wind when he was 31.
C.He designed the Parker spacecraft.
D.He will study the sun using the Parker spacecraft.
4.Judging from the content, the passage most probably belongs to .
A.a story book B.an advertisement
C.a science fiction D.a news report
I am Ewald. I' m not someone who has many secrets, because I' m a terrible liar. But there is one huge secret that I kept for years-I failed my driving test. I had never failed a test before, and had never even come close. Driving made me anxious, but my parents told me I had to. They signed me up for driving lessons. I had gotten a perfect score for my written permit exam, but getting behind the wheel was a different story.
But when October 30th rolled around, my pride set in. I wanted to be like everyone else at my school, showing off the brand new license they'd gotten. Looking back on that special day, I can't remember if I was nervous. What I do remember is starting the test, pausing at a stop sign after a few seconds, and being asked by the instructor to pull over. I had received an auto-fail since my pause was indeed a pause and not a real stop. I wasn't upset that I was leaving without a license, but I was scared everyone would know that I had failed. So when I got to class, I told everyone I didn't want to take the test on my birthday.
One Friday a month later, I went to the test spot again and passed. Later that night I drove for the first time by myself, which brought to me an amazing feeling I've never experienced-but sill, I couldn't imagine ever telling anyone the truth. So I didn't. It wasn't until midway through college that I came clean. It turned out plenty of my college friends had failed too! And I gathered enough courage to speak the fact out. Yes, I had also failed.
Now I realize failure and imperfection are two things everyone has to experience, without which one couldn't make a true man.
1.What can we learn about Ewald?
A.He relied heavily on his parents.
B.He was a slow learner of driving.
C.He was afraid of taking exams.
D.He was bored with telling lies.
2.Why did the instructor ask Ewald to pull over?
A.To give him a second chance.
B.To check his parking skills.
C.To put an end to his test.
D.To show him a better way of driving.
3.What made Ewald feel extremely worried after his first attempt?
A.Losing face before his classmates.
B.Missing his birthday celebration.
C.Making his parents disappointed.
D.Failing to get a driving license.
4.What did Ewald learn from his own experience?
A.Honesty is the best policy.
B.Truth stands the test of time.
C.Failure is a way to grow up.
D.Imperfection is another form of perfection.
PAssionArts Festival this year will run from 6 July to 25 August, bringing community arts to 250,000 residents across Singapore. The festival theme, “Our Home, Our HeARTs”, invites residents to use arts to express our love for our community and for Singapore.
Our aim is to bring residents together to experience and appreciate creativity. Look forward to over 500 arts activities and programmes, including visual art displays and performing arts co-created by residents and artists. The following are some of them.
ARTS PARTY @ TELOK BLANGAH
TIME: 14 July (9:00 AM—12:00 AM)
PLACE: Talok Blangah Mall
Art can happen in so many ways and for so many people—and that is what Arts Party @ Telok Blangah will show you this July!
For example, you can participate in the large oil painting activity to complete a huge oil painting art. Or carry art in your pocket anytime and anywhere by creating your own matchbox art.
We’re also bringing art therapy to the elderly as it becomes more popular in our society. Come explore Nagomi art, a Japanese art healing method that introduces calm and relaxation to the painter.
HUES IN TUNE
TIME: 20 July (2:00 PM—8:00 PM)
PLACE: Kampung Admiralty
One of the most expected part is Hues in Tune’s performance line-up. Sembawang Hues is the highlight with music performances. Fusion Tunes features cross-racial bands, and Our Own Tune presents heartfelt music by talented residents. Come to this festival village!
L.O.U.D @ KAMPONG GLAM TIME: 27 July (7:30 PM—9:30 PM)
PLACE: Kampong Glam Community Club
At Kampong Glam, the theatre performance Voices from the Belly of Carp will take us back centuries into Singapore’s history for new discoveries.
MAD TEA PARTY
TIME: 12 August (9:30 AM—11:30 AM)
PLACE: Pasir Ris Elias CC
ARTISTS: Stacy Huang, Jesse Chong and Lena Lok
Mad Tea Party is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. This will be an installation of delightful treats, where residents can gather around the tea table to create “food” together.
1.What is the goal of PAssionArts Festival?
A.To make the country more appealing in art.
B.To develop a sense of togetherness through art.
C.To promote cooperation between communities.
D.To cultivate a young generation full of creativity.
2.Alice, who is interested in painting, should go to _______ to enjoy the festival.
A.Kampung Admiralty B.Kampong Glam Community Club
C.Pasir Ris Elias CC D.Talok Blangah Mall
3.What can be learned from the poster?
A.Hues in Tune’s performances are intended for music lovers.
B.Mad Tea Party mainly involves learning to make and serve tea.
C.The performance at Kampong Glam is about the history of man.
D.Arts Party @ Telok Blangah is specially designed for the elderly.
The stage lights dimmed(变昏暗), and I took a quick look from behind the heavy black curtains into the audience. Blinded by the lights, I quickly _______.It seems that a great number of eyes were looking at me. I took a deep _______ as the music of my dance began to play. I entered the stage and began my _______, the graduation test of the classical Indian dance.
After a decade of learning,I was finally ready to take on the most difficult act.The test is the most important _______in a dancer's life as it pays respect to all the factors in one's life that _______the dance form:one's culture and family.
The performance is undertaken only by the most_______and determined students.It is a difficult process that requires much _______For more than six months,I spent two to three hours every day _______ these dances.Many times,1_______myself to my physical and mental breaking point,but still I would not stop.I could not give up.There was always so much more to do and so much more to________.
I discovered a lot about myself in those tiring hours,and I forced myself to meet my ________.Even when I was at the end of my limit,there was always something ________ me on,forcing me not to give up.
Fortunately,I made it.What I had done ________ the success.It was in those hours that I learned what a dancer ________ is.Those time was evidence that I could achieve something I________out to do.
1.A.pulled back B.set off C.reached out D.broke away
2.A.sleep B.thought C.breath D.sorrow
3.A.career B.comprehension C.response D.performance
4.A.routine B.incident C.accident D.event
5.A.develop B.purchase C.introduce D.promote
6.A.focused B.beautiful C.intelligent D.considerate
7.A.talent B.strength C.devotion D.cooperation
8.A.recording B.practicing C.discussing D.designing
9.A.applied B.addicted C.treated D.pushed
10.A.forget B.design C.learn D.research
11.A.budget B.expectation C.expense D.impression
12.A.driving B.competing C.benefiting D.representing
13.A.increased B.deserved C.expanded D.exposed
14.A.completely B.chiefly C.truly D.distantly
15.A.put B.carry C.turn D.set
Thank You Notes: The Essential Life Lessons
There is no greater gift for any of us to give our friends and family than the gift of gratitude. 1.Take a quiet moment to think about the blessings of the season and write a thank you note to everyone who made it special for you. There are some life lessons from thank you notes.
2.Even a child can make some lines on paper, help pick out a pretty stamp, and lick the envelope. This helps create a sense of ownership, confidence, and contribution.
Thank you notes strengthen communication skills. Wherever you are, no skill matters more than the ability to communicate clearly and sincerely. It conveys reliability, confidence and thoughtfulness.3.
Thank you notes remind you about what matters.4. But when we write a thank you note we have to locate within ourselves some way to be grateful and find some way to express it. We do not find happiness in what we get. We find happiness in being grateful for what we have.
5. Not, “Thank you for the sweater. It is cool.” but “Thanks for the sweater!” Not, “Thanks for the game,” but “We had a blast playing that game.”
I think you will soon discover that the more thank you notes you send, the more you become aware of how much there is to be grateful for, and how good it feels to let people know you appreciate them.
A.Everyone can write a thank you note.
B.Maybe the gift was thoughtless.
C.And that can begin with thank you notes.
D.Thank you notes must have specific details.
E.There is no other way to convey this message.
F.You can even write to people you do not know.
G.Those are the qualities that inspire people to trust and respect you.