l. A Young Officer and an Old Soldier (1)

A very new, young officer was at a railway station He was going to visit his mother, and he wanted to telephone her to tell her the time of his train. He looked in all his pockets, but found that he did not have the coins for the telephone, so he went outside and looked around for someone to help him.

1. A Young Officer and an Old Soldier (2)

At last an old soldier came by, and the young officer stopped him and said,Have you got change for ten pence?

Wait a moment,the old soldier answered, beginning to put his hand in his pocket.I'll see whether I can help you.

Don't you know how to speak to an officer?the young man said angrily.Now let's start again Have you got change for ten pence?

No, sir,the old soldier answered quickly.


2. Are You Going to Thank Her? (1)

Mrs. Green has lived near the park of the city for forty years. She's very rich and has got a lot of money. Bur she never buys something expensive for her family and always does all the housework herself. She sweeps all the rooms every day.

Last morning, when she got up, she felt terrible After breakfast she felt even worse She found some medicine and took it. But it was useless to her and she had to go to a hospital.


2.Are You Going to Thank Her? (2)

The doctor looked her over and asked her to be in hospital, but she refused and went home on foot. As soon as she got home, the telephone rang. She hurried to answer it. It was the doctor. He told her she had left her purse in the hospital and a nurse had found it.

Could you tell me her name, please?asked Mrs. Green.

Of course, Mrs. Green. Are you going to thank her? asked the doctor.

No, no.She said,My handbag was lost three years ago. I want to know if she found it.

3. Sam and Tod (1)

Sam had a dog. Its name was Tod. It was very helpful, but it ate too much. So Sam didn't like it, and he wanted to kill Tod, He tied Tod in a bag and put it in a small boat. He rowed the boat to the middle of a big river. Just as he threw the poor animal into the river, the boat began to go down. Both Sam and Tod fell into the river.

3. Sam and Tod (2)

Tod was able to swim, but Sam couldn't The dog bit () the rope and got out of the bag. It tried its best to swim to save Sam The man was saved, so he was very thankful to the dog. He did not want to kill the dog any more. From then on, he gave the dog as much food as it wanted.

4.In the Bar (1)

In England, if you are under the age of eighteen, you're not allowed to drink in a public bar.

Mr. Thompson used to go to a bar near his house, but he never took his son, Tom, because he was too young. Then when Tom had his eighteenth birthday, Mr. Thompson took him to his usual bar for the first time.

4.In the Bar (2)

They drank for half an hour, and then Mr. Thompson said to his son,Now, Tom, I want to teach you a lesson, You must always be careful not to drink too much. And how do you know when you've had enough? Well, I'll tell you. Do you see those two lights at the end of the bar? When they seem to have become four, you've had enough and should go home.”“But, Dad,said Tom,I can only see one light at the end of the bar.


5.Three Black Umbrellas (1)

Sally was a student. It was going to be her mother's birthday. She wanted to buy her a present that would be nice and useful but not expensive

A week before her mother's birthday, she went shopping after a quick and simple lunch. When she had been looking for half an hour, she found a shop that was selling cheap umbrellas, and decided to take a black one. Her mother had lost hers the month before.

5.Three Black Umbrellas (2)

She thought,You could carry that when you are wearing clothes of any color.So she decided to buy a lovely black umbrella and took it back to the school with her until her classes had finished.

On her way home in the train that evening she felt hungry because she had such a small lunch that she went along to the buffet car(餐车) for a sandwich and a cup of coffee.

6. Friends (1)

Friends are different things to different people. To my little sister, a friend is someone who likes to swim and ride bikes. My mom's idea of a friend is someone like Mrs. Smith who walks and talks with her every morning. My dad's friends are neighbors who help him with the work like building shelves and planting trees.


6. Friends (2)

Steve, our monitor, is my best friend We go skating, play football, talk about sports, and go to a concert. When I broke my leg, he always came over to play games; in school, he carried my schoolbag for me and got my lunch for me. I know I can always count on him, and he also knows that he can count on me.

Some friends may be in your life for a while. Others will be there for a long time, maybe even forever(永远). I would hate to move, unless I could take my friends with me They are too important to leave behind.

7. TheDeafWife

A man is talking to the family doctor.Doctor, I doubt whether my wife's going deaf.The doctor answers,Here’s something you can try on her to test her hearing. Stand some meters away from her and ask her a question. If she doesn't answer, move a little closer and ask again Keep repeating this until she answers. Then you'll be able to tell if she is deaf or not.

The man goes home and begins to test his wife's hearing. He stands by the wall and says,My dear, what's for dinner?He doesn't hear an answer, so he moves closer to her.My dear, what's for dinner?Still no answer. He repeats this several times, until he's standing just a few feet away from her.

Finally, she answers,For the eleventh time, I said we're having meat and rice!

8. We Really Don't Know (1)

Jack had gone to the university to study his history, but at the end of his second term, he failed his history exam, and he was told that he would be dismissed from university. However, his father decided that he would go to see the history professor(教授)to ask him to let Jack continue his studies the next year.

He's a good boy,said Jack's father,Please pardon him. If you let him pass this time, I'm sure he'll improve a lot next year and pass the examinations at the end of it really well.


8. We Really Don't Know (2)

No, no, that's quite impossible!replied the professor immediately.Do you know, last month I asked him when Napoleon died, and he didn't know!”“Please, sir, give him another chancesaid Jack's father.You see, I'm afraid we don't take any newspapers in our house so we even don't know that Napoleon was ill recently.

9. Raymond (1)

Everybody dreams of doing something important. As a boy Raymond dreamed of being a scientist, in fact, he is a postman now.

Raymond is an active young man. He lives by the saying(格言)If you can't live the life you love, Love the life you liveHe greets everyone with a big smile and a friendlyHi, how are you?And he really wants to know! It's hard to fee! unhappy when we hear him whistling(吹口哨)happily up and down the street.

9. Raymond (2)

Raymond looks good. His shirt and trousers always look very clean. After work, he likes going to the gym to take exercise

Raymond is strict in his work He cares about the people on this street everyday, he knocks on Mrs. Jordan's door to ask for a drink of cool water. He's not really thirsty. Mrs. Jordan is old, and he just wants to make sure she's okay.

10. That's Why!

Jimmy started painting when he was three years old, and when he was five, he was already very good at it. He also got many prizes for his painting. He painted many beautiful and interesting pictures, and people paid a lot of money for them They said,This boy's going to be famous when he's a little older, and then we’re going to sell these pictures for a lot more money.

Jimmy's pictures were different from other people's because he never painted it on all of the paper. He painted on half of it, and the other half was always empty.

That's very clever,everybody said.Nobody else does that!They all believed that the boy was a pioneer in painting.

One day, somebody bought one of Jimmy's pictures and then said to him,Please tell me this, Jimmy. Why do you paint on the bottom half of your pictures, but not on the top half ?

Because I'm small,Jimmy said,and my brushes don't reach very high.