What do they really mean?
Food manufacturers and retailers are letting shoppers down. This is the view of the CWS, which has just brought out a new report.
According to the report, shoppers believe food labels(标签) because they think there are strict regulations in place. 67． So the food industry can get away with all sorts of tricky strategies to make products look bigger and sound better than they are.
The report has identified the different ways in which shoppers are misled. 68．____ Descriptions on packaging are sometimes inaccurate in an attempt to oversell the product. One example given in the report is the phrase "haddock fillets", used for a product that is in fact cut from big blocks of fish rather than individual slices.
69． These include "traditional", "wholesome", or "premium". The claim that a brand is "90% fat-free" hides the fact that it contains 10% fat, which above recommended levels. Phrases such as "free from preservatives" make a virtue out of a normal attribute of food.
Labels have a wide variety of text sizes on them. You sometimes need a magnifying glass to read the small print. 70．
Another deliberate type of misinformation lies in the image. Many pictures on packets use small plates to make the product look bigger. 71．
However, misleading messages on packaging could soon be a thing of the past. The CWS recently produced a code which, if used, would end the current inaccuracies and half-truths. It has called on the government to support it as a way of improving food standards.
A. Meaningless adjectives are often used to give a positive message.
B. An officer says the labels will receive very serious consideration.
C. Photographs are sometimes retouched(修饰) to achieve the same effect.
D. By contrast, the hard sell (强行推销) information is given emphasis.
E. The rules are, in reality, very weak at present.
F. This result has not pleased the food industry.
G. The most common of these is poor labeling.
When I was 16 years old, a boy gave me an important present. 36
It was the early autumn of my first year at a junior high school, and my old school was far away. 37 I was very lonely, and afraid to make friends with anyone.
Every time I heard the other students talking and laughing, I felt my heart broken, I couldn’t talk with anyone about my problems. And I didn’t want my parents to worry about me.
Then one day, my classmates talked happily with their friends, but I sat at my desk unhappily as usual. 38 I didn’t know who he was. He passed me and then turned back. He looked at me, with a smile on his face. Suddenly, I felt the touch of something bright and friendly. It made me feel happy, lively and warm.
39 I started to talk with other students and made friends. Day by day, I became closer to everyone in my class. The boy with the lucky smile has become my best friend now!
One day I asked him why he smiled, but he couldn't remember smiling at me!
40 I believe that the world is what you think it is. If you think it lonely, you might always be alone. So smile at the world and it will smile back.
A. At that moment, a boy entered the classroom.
B. He’s living in Australia now and he loves it.
C. It doesn’t matter because all the dark days have gone.
D. It was a smile.
E. That smile changed my life.
F. It’s impossible to make friends here.
G. As a result, no one knew who I was.
Whether you' re a child, teenager, young adult or are middle-aged, respect for your parents is an important value. Your parents are the people who raised you, devoting time, energy and money to your development. 36 No matter your age, there are 5 ways to show respect.
● Respect their belongings.
One important way to show respect is to show regard for the things important to your parents. For younger children, this may mean not touching jewelry or other valuable things. For grown children, respect may mean returning a borrowed tool in good condition and on time. Lack of respect for a parent's belongings is a violation of personal boundaries. 37 And never borrow things without asking first.
● Punctuality .
38 Therefore, always be on time. For teenagers, showing up on time means coming home by curfew（宵禁）.Adult children should show up on time for family dinners or events, or to pick a parent up for a medical appointment. Call if you're going to be late because parents worry about children, no matter their age.
Remembering birthdays, anniversaries and other special days is a sign that you honor your parents. Make plans to take them to lunch or dinner or bake a cake or cookies. Most parents don't expect expensive gifts, but a handmade gift is always appreciated .A phone call from a grown child who lives too far for a visit is a welcome sign of respect.
● Be kind.
Kind words and affection are simple ways to show respect. Tell your parents you love them. Listen and allow your parents to speak without interruption. Show a sincere interest in what your parents have to say. Be patient with your parents and don't rush them. Never talk back or be rude or disrespectful. Acknowledge your parents' achievements. 40
A. Be a good listener.
B. Celebrate with them.
C. Lateness indicates a lack of respect.
D. Treat your parents the way you would like to be treated.
E. And they love you unconditionally throughout your life.
F. Being respectful helps build positive relationships with others.
G. Don't take advantage of your parents' kindness and generosity.
An epitome(缩影) of American culture
The United States of America is an immigrant country with all kinds of races from all over the world, such as Africans, Asians, Europeans and South Americans, with the Indians its natives. 36 .
37 .So English plays an important role in the USA and becomes its only official language. If someone asks who do say only one language, the answer must be Americans. 38 . You can recognize Americans and know he is southeastern (one speaks a bit slow but clearly)or northeastern (one speaks quickly) by their accents. 39 . Take the followings as an example, if you hear an English-speaking person says “would you like to pay a visit to my flat for diner tonight?”, but does not say: “would you like to visit my apartment…?” he may be an English but not American.
40 . The U.SA took an active part in the G20 summit conference held in Hangzhou, China last month. And many people regard American English as the standard English. Believe it or not, many people retell what the Americans say and try to learn a mouthful of American accent!
American English is an epitome of American culture which shows The USA is tolerant, easy-going, but commanding!
A. Because of it, the USA is a country with colorful and special culture, in which English is a good example
B. But the language differs from area to area in USA, for most of Americans have strong accent but less dialect.
C. In the modern time the USA plays an important part in the international affairs.
D. You also can tell them from Englishmen by the words and phrases which they use.
E.The British have ruled America for over 300 years.
F. As a result, the USA becomes a powerful country in which English are widely used.
G. At present the language used in the USA is very wonderful.
We spend so much time waiting to be loved, hoping love will find us, and looking for that special love．Unfortunately, that’s not usually how life works. To be loved, you should love and respect yourself as much as you do others. In order to love someone, you should love yourself．
●Stop comparing yourself to others． 36 We all have different gifts．When you compare yourself to others for what they have, whether it is a car, a house, or a job, it makes you feel bad about yourself. Really be grateful about everything you have. Gratitude keeps your heart open to love．
●Practice receiving love. To truly love is to be able to receive it. When someone loves you, does some kind deeds to you, or says kind words, accept it． 37 Know that you are worthy of love. It is important to accept a gift of love by others. You give yourself a chance to learn more about yourself that you are lovable． 38
● 39 Write about your experiences, good and bad. When you write down good experiences, allow yourself to feel those feelings. When you remember bad experiences, allow yourself to feel self-compassion. Compassion is not self-pity, but rather willingness to accept one's own pain and regret．
●Stop trying to be perfect. Stop blaming yourself for being less than perfect． 40
Just follow all the steps above and don't let anyone's expectations of you put any pressure on you．
A. Keep a diary．
B. Appreciate yourself．
C. Do not feel sorry about it．
D. Always do your best, but not reaching perfection is NOT failure．
E. Allow yourself to feel the love that has come your way．
F. You give someone a joy of giving by loving you．
G. Everyone on the earth is unique．
How teens can stay fit
Any type of regular, physical activity can improve your fitness and your health. __36__
Exercise should be a regular part of your day, like brushing your teeth, eating and sleeping. It can be in gym class, joining a sports team, or working out on your own. Keep the following tips in mind：
__37_ A good attitude is important. Find an activity that you think is fun. You are more likely to stick with it if you choose something you like. A lot of people find it’s more fun to exercise with someone else, so see if you can find a friend or family member to be active with you.
Take it one step at a time.__38__ For example, walk or ride your bike to school. Get on or off the bus several blocks away and walk the rest of the way. Use the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
Get your heart pumping(跳动). Whatever you choose, make sure it includes aerobic (有氧 的) activity that makes you breathe harder and increases your heart rate. This is the best type of exercise because it increases your fitness level and makes your heart work better. __39__ Examples of aerobic activities are basketball, running, or swimming.
Don’t forget to warm up with some easy exercises or stretching (拉伸) before you do any physical activity. __40__ It is also important to stretch out after you exercise to cool down your muscles.
A. It also burns off body fat.
B. Stay positive and have fun.
C. Make physical activity a habit.
D. Small changes can add up to better fitness.
E. The most important thing is that you keep moving!
F. This warms your muscles up and may help protect against injury.
G. Do the activity as often as possible, but don’t exercise to the point of pain.
There are certain steps you can take to relieve the damage done by some of the previously mentioned reading problems. 36 Be sure to use and practice them as you read.
Remember tiredness can lead to all of the health problems and to other problems as well. If you do not rest your mind, you will likely get tired and it will cost you points.
You can mark your place either by pointing to each word as you read it, or by placing a sheet of paper underneath the line you are reading. Pointing to each word with a pencil or your finger helps your eyes see where they should be reading. Placing a piece of paper under the line helps you to move smoothly from one line to the next.
38 If you must remain silent, whisper the words to yourself, or mouth the words, and say them in your head. It is important that you actually hear the sounds, even if you only hear them in your imagination. This multisensory approach allows you to see, hear, and feel what you are reading. Reading aloud should help you stay focused, understand better and remember what you are reading.
If you are thinking about what is important enough to write down, you will pay more attention to the reading. 40 It will also help you process the main point of the passage and improve the possibility that you will remember things. In addition, the notes you take are a record of the passage that you can refer back to if you do forget elements.
A. Highlight text.
B. Take notes.
C. Trace your place.
D. This will keep your mind from wandering.
E. Notes about the entire passage should be written.
F. Just knowing about these techniques is not enough.
G. If you’re in your own room, you can say each word aloud.
What is your favourite colour? Do you like yellow, orange, red? ___36___. Do you prefer（更喜欢） greys and blues? Then you are probably quiet, shy, and you would rather follow than lead. You tend（倾向于） to be pessimist. At least, this is what psychologists（心理学家） tell us, and they should know, because they have been seriously studying the meaning of colour preference, as well as the effect（影响） that colours have on human beings. ___37___ . If you happen to love brown, you did so, as soon as you opened your eyes, or at least as soon as you could see clearly.
___38___. A yellow room makes most people feel more cheerful and more relaxed than a dark green one; and a red dress brings warmth and cheer to the saddest winter day. ___39___ . A black bridge over the Thames River, near London, used to be the scene of more suicides(自杀) than any other bridge in the area---until it was repainted green. The number of suicide attempts(企图) immediately fell sharply. Perhaps it would have fallen even more if the bridge had been done in pink or baby blue.
___40___. It is an established fact that factory workers work better, harder, and have fewer accidents when their machines are painted orange rather than black or grey.
A. On the other hand, black is depressing（压抑的）.
B. They tell us, among other facts, that we do not choose our favourite colour as grow up --- we are born with our preference.
C. The rooms are painted in different colours as you like.
D. If you do, you must be an optimist, a leader, an active person who enjoys life, people and excitement.
E. Light and bright colours make people not only happier but more active.
F. Life is like a picture or a poem, full of different colours.
G. Colours do influence（影响） our moods---there is no doubt about it.
American black bears appear in a variety of colors despite their name． In the eastern part of their range, most of these bears have shiny black fur, but in the west they grow brown, red, or even yellow coats． 36 Even in the same litter (一窝幼崽）, both brown and black furred bears may be born.
Black bears are the smallest of all American bears, ranging in length from five to six feet, weighing from three hundred to five hundred pounds． 37 ． 38 ．However, if attacked, most can climb trees and cover ground at great speeds. When angry or frightened, they are formidable(可怕的) enemies.
Black bears feed on leaves, herbs, fruit, berries, insects, fish, and even larger animals． 39 ．
Unlike squirrels, woodchucks, and many other woodland animals, bears do not actually hibernate
(冬眠) ．. Although the bear does not eat during the winter months, sustaining itself from body fat, its temperature remains almost normal, and it breathes regularly four or five times per minute.
40 They prefer to live in caves. Baby black bears are born in January or February after a gestation(怀孕) period of six to nine months, and they stay with their mother until they are fully grown or about one and a half years old. Black bears can live as long as thirty years in the wild, and even longer in some nature reserves.
A. To the north, the black bear is actually gray or white in color.
B. Black bears mate(交配) all year round.
C. One of the most interesting characteristics of bears, including the black bear, is their winter sleep.
D. Like all bears, the black bear is timid, clumsy, and rarely dangerous.
E. Bears often eat a lot of food before they hibernate in their caves.
F. Most black bears live alone, except during mating season.
G. Their eyes and ears are small and their eyesight and hearing are not as good as their sense of smell.
Starting high school means many changes in your life. Most teenagers look forward to the first day of high school, but still feel a little bit nervous. In order to make your high school life easier, 36
Learn all you can about your first day before the first school day. Take part in some activities that are held at the school for new students to know the school better. If parents are invited to these activities, take yours with you. Carefully look over all the materials(材料) you receive. 37
Get the things you will need for class. Buy the things suggested on your teachers’ supply lists and place your materials for each class separately(分开地）.
38 If you find you’re not doing well in a subject, make use of after-school study groups or ask your teacher to help you with your schoolwork. Consider private tutoring（家教） to get you through a difficult time.
There’s more extracurricular (课外的）activities in high school than in middle school, such as clubs, music and theatre groups, student government, and sports teams. Make friends and be seen at such school activities. 39 Ask someone in the school office about opportunities（机会） to take part in school activities if you don't know how. This is a good time to do what you like doing and an opportunity to try new things. Who said school has to be all work and no play?
Since you’re attending more activities in high school than in middle school, 40 .
A. you can follow these tips.
B. here are some tips for you to follow.
C. Keep up with your high school work.
D. you’ll have to learn to manage your time.
E. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
F. Be sure you know where the school’s buildings are.
G. Join a club or other organizations to meet people and develop friendships.
When it comes to the world of finance, first impressions mean everything. First impressions also mean that not everyone is treated equally, and people who look and sound the part are received better than people who make a poor first impression. 36
It only takes 30 seconds to make a lasting impression, and this is true even when you’re not there. This means don’t be late. 37 Being late shows that you don’t have respect for other people’s time. This is not the impression you want to give your employer.
Your handshake can say a lot about you. 38 Too tight, you’re domineering（盛气凌人的）. A warm and firm handshake is perfectly acceptable.
Your body movements are part of both your personality and appearance. Use them wisely. Carry yourself with confidence, like you’re very successful, even you’re not. Walk in with purpose and power will give you an air of confidence. 39
If your interviewer asks you what you think of the company’s recent efforts, the last thing you want to do is just stare back. Do your research. 40 Who founded it? What is their goal? You want to show the employer that you care enough to read up on who they are.
A. When was the company founded?
B. You may not be able to recover from it.
C. Too loose, you’re weak or not confident.
D. You’re expected to ask intelligent questions.
E. Here are a few tips that help you make your first impression.
F. By doing this, you can leave a good impression in your interview.
G. Being late will ruin your first impression in the eyes of your interviewer.
Everyone knows that good time management skills are important to students if you want to do well in school. 36 The skills listed below are quite important.
You should have the ability to say “no”. A party this weekend? A cool club to join? An overnight trip on Saturday? A quick pizza with your classmates that turns into 3 hours of just hanging out? Learning to say “no” can save you a lot of time. But it is not easy to say “no”. You should develop some good skills in saying “no”. 37 .
You shouldn’t spare time for all the fun activities. High schools are amazing because there is always something fun for you to take part in. Unfortunately, you cannot spend time on all of the fun activities. 38 You can go there when you finish your homework. In this way, you needn’t feel guilty about enjoying yourself.
39 Some students like putting off things. This is a bad habit. You may end up with too many tasks one day. If you have a task, don’t wait to get started until the last week, because you may not know what to do at all if you have too many tasks and you may end up in crisis.
40 Staying up a little too late? Maybe not eating a healthy dinner every night of the week? In order to keep in good health, you have to check on time so as to be energetic. Practicing a little self-care can really go a long way towards making sure you can have enough passion (激情) for your work with your limited time while in school.
A. You should keep your health in check.
B. Choose the one that you like most.
C. Try your best to get rid of your bad habits.
D. You should avoid putting off your tasks.
E. But what skills are needed for good time management?
F. Here are some tips to help you learn to say "no".
G. It is very good for your time management.
It is not so easy to disagree with your parents. Here are a few quick tips on how to show your opinion in the right way.
_36___Don't let angry words fly out of your mouth if you don't really want to say them, or you will have a lot of work to do later.
__37___How would you feel if you were your mother or father? Why do they do that? Is it really bad?
Try to stay calm. If you find yourself getting too angry, ask for soft time to be alone.__38__
Learn to listen. Maybe your parents aren't as persuasive (具有说服力的) as you think.___39__ Pay attention to needs rather than problems.___40__ Tell your parents that you want to discuss the problem with them rather than work against them.
A．Think before you speak.
B．Never listen to your parents.
C．Think about the problem from your parents' point of view.
D．It is quite common to disagree with one's parents.
E．Hear them out（听完）; and then decide how to deal with the problem.
F．Be clear about what you need, rather than focus on why you disagree.
G．If you can, try to discuss the problem with your parents at another time.
What Teenagers Can Do To Earn More Respect
As teenagers continue to grow and develop into young adults, the transition(过渡) into adulthood has begun. With so many physical and emotional changes going on, certain manners are often forgotten and other adult traits are not yet accepted as a way of life. 51 By doing the following things, you will earn more respect.
Contribute to the household
At the very least, clean up after yourself. As a teenager, you are old enough to clean up after yourself. When you make a mess, clean it up. 52 All chores(家务) that you do help to reduce the load of the person who did them before. Now that you’re old enough and capable, why shouldn’t you contribute to the household? 53
54 Whether they are basic things, like brushing your teeth or doing your homework, or more involved chores that contribute to the household, simply fulfill your responsibilities on time. When adults know that they can rely on you, their trust and respect for you will increase.
Solve more of your own problem without asking for help
Instead of taking the easy approach and asking for help, make an effort to solve your problems on your own first. The “easy way” is only easy for you, but it is an extra task for the person from whom you are seeking help. 55 Depending on the problem, 15 minutes of effort is usually a good guideline. When you become a good problem solver, you increase your value to the community.
A. Everyone has certain responsibilities.
B. It will make your life more pleasant.
C. The people doing the chores before will greatly appreciate the help.
D. This includes, but is not limited to, your dishes and your room.
E. By being aware of these manners and traits, you can manage them sooner.
F. Seek help only after you have made an honest effort to solve your own problems.
G. When speaking to a group, speak loud enough.
Things You Should Stop Doing to Be Successful
Are you a happy person? How often do you think of reasons why everyone around you is successful though they are not better than you in general? What do you do wrong? Here are some things you should stop doing to be successful.
Different people may interpret(解说) “success” in different ways： some of them measure it in money, other ones — in positive changes to people around them and the world in general. 17 Don’t worry about what other people think but come after what makes you happy.
2. Do not believe anything without questioning it.
18 They are critical（批判性的） thinkers, and they understand that we all are ruled by our prejudices, so they will always question new information.
3.Do not worry about all unpredictable things that may happen to you.
If you want to be successful,stop thinking about everything that MAY happen to you. 19 Be ready to improve and change your deeds and decisions when things suddenly don’t go according to your plan.
4.Do not care about what other people think of you.
20 Your attempts to become “good” for everyone will turn into nothing but new worries, stresses, and problems. Successful people do not concentrate on the quantity of people to please, but worry about their quality and focus on developing friendships with people they really care about.
A.Wait for the “right time” to do anything.
B.Do not let others decide what “success” is for you.
C.Successful people do not just accept any new information to be true.
D.As far as we all know, it’s impossible to please all the people who surround us.
E.Try to feel comfortable with the reality and accept the fact your future can’t be predicted.
F.If you want to be successful, do not let others force their interpretation of success on you.
G.Successful people never ignore or avoid problems，no matter how big and awful they seem.
Planking: a brief history
The rules are simple: you must lie face down, palms(手掌) flat against your sides, with your feet together and pointing at the ground. Points are awarded for an original location and for the number of onlookers and participants involved. 36 Without a photo, you’re just a person lying down. This is planking, described variously as a global participatory art project, a “meaningless internet craze”.
It began 14 years ago with a pair of bored kids. Gary Clarkson, then 15, and his friend Christian Langdon, 12, would perform the plank in public places, amusing one another and puzzling onlookers. 37 The game was a pointless way for the boys to pass the time. As Clarkson puts it: “It was just a really stupid, random thing to do.”
For its first 10 years planking spread very slowly, from Clarkson and Langdon to their friends at school and, after a while, on to other kids from the neighborhood. 38 Soon, they had a few thousand followers. Photographs of plankers came in from all over the world: American plankers on top of their televisions, British plankers in trees, and Europeans on country roads and steep riverbanks.
Then things got really interesting. A few days later, a mass gathering of plankers attracted more than 100 people. The planking in the photos posted to Facebook became riskier and stranger. One brave airport worker performed the plank in the engine fan of a jet plane.
39 Some people have linked the practice to the 1995 video for the Radiohead song, “Just”. In the video, a man lies down on a busy London road and a crowd of strangers gather to try to understand and help him. He refuses to move, or to tell them why he's lying there. He tells them – but not us, the viewers – and all we see is that now the entire crowd is lying down on the pavement as well. 40 “People generally think you’re mad,” as creator Gary Clarkson puts it. “That’s sort of the point.”
A. You must, of course, have somebody take a photo.
B. Many people believe planking is a good way to pass the time.
C. At that time, it was known simply as the Lying Down Game.
D. We can read about planking all of the time on internet websites.
E. Whether the video is the inspiration or not, it helps us understand the spirit of planking.
F. Then, in 2007, when the pair created a Facebook group for their game, the pace accelerated.
G. It’s not clear – and Clarkson and Langdon don’t remember – where exactly the idea for planking came from.
Americans use many expressions with the word “dog”. People in the United States love their dogs and treat them well. 36 However, dogs without owners to care for them lead a different kind of life. The expression, to lead a dog's life, describes a person who has an unhappy existence.
Some people say we live in a dog-eat-dog world. 37 They say that to be successful, a person has to work like a dog. This means they have to work very, very hard. Such hard work can make people dog-tired. And, the situation would be even worse if they became sick as a dog.
38 This means that every person enjoys a successful period during his or her life. To be successful, people often have to learn new skills. Yet, some people say that you can never teach an old dog new tricks. They believe that older people do not like to learn new things and will not change the way they do things.
39 People who are unkind or uncaring can be described as meaner than a junkyard dog. Junkyard dogs live in places where people throw away things they do not want. Mean dogs are often used to guard this property. They bark or attack people who try to enter the property. However, sometimes a person who appears to be mean and threatening is really not so bad. We say his bark is worse than his bite.
Dog expressions are also used to describe the weather. The dog days of summer are the hottest days of the year. A rainstorm may cool the weather. But we do not want it to rain too hard. 40
A. Still, people say every dog has its day.
B. We do not want it to rain cats and dogs.
C. Some people are compared to dogs in bad ways.
D. Dogs are their best friends and they are loyal to people.
E. There are many other expressions waiting for you to explore.
F. That means many people are competing for the same things, like good jobs.
G. They take their dogs for walks, let them play outside and give them good food and medical
What is your favorite color? Do you like yellow, orange, red? 36 Do you prefer grey and blue? Then you are probably quiet, shy, and you would rather follow than lead. You tend to be pessimist. At least, this is what psychologists tell us, and they should know, because they have been seriously studying the meaning of color preference, as well as the effect that colors have on human beings. 37 If you happen to love brown, you did so, as soon as you opened your eyes, or at least as soon as you could see clearly.
38 A yellow room makes most people feel more cheerful and more relaxed than a dark green one; and a red dress brings warmth and cheer to the saddest winter day. 39 A black bridge over the Thames River, near London, used to be the scene of more suicides(自杀) than any other bridge in the area—until it was repainted green. The number of suicide attempts immediately fell sharply. Perhaps it would have fallen even more if the bridge had been done in pink or baby blue.
40 It is an established fact that factory workers work better, harder, and have fewer accidents when their machines are painted orange rather than black or grey.
A. On the other hand, black is depressing.
B. They tell us, among other facts, that we do not choose our favorite color as we grow up —
we are born with our preference.
C. The rooms are painted in different colors as you like.
D. If you do, you must be an optimist, a leader, an active person who enjoys life, people and
E. Light and bright colors make people not only happier but more active.
F. Life is like a picture or a poem, full of different colors.
G. Colors do influence our moods—there is no doubt about it
Could Organizing Your Home Change Your Life?
Marie Kondo is an expert on organizing and cleaning. She is considered an expert on clearing away unused or unnecessary things, better known as clutter. Actually, she did write a book on the issue, which is called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. 16 It has sold more than 2 million copies.
Marie Kondo says people can improve their lives by changing the way they think about all their stuff-- everything from books, documents and photographs to clothing and personal mementoes. “ 17 ” And this is pretty good.” Ms. Kondo writes.
This is not the first time an organizing expert has written a book on clutter. Other books suggest wonderful things will happen when you organize your home. One book says that if you throw out 50 things from your home, you will actually find your life. 18 . And still others promise a better job, more money and a perfect family if you simply organize the things that fill your life. 19 . She told the Business Insider website that some of her clients have lost weight. “Your self-perception is improved by living in a clean and neat room,” she said. “This can change lifestyles and, in turn, appearances.”
Marie Kondo teaches a method of organizing she calls KonMari. It is more of an event or ceremony. This is the part that followers say makes it more lasting. Ms. Kondo says KonMari creates a different relationship between you and your possessions. If the object meant something to you or served you well, you thank it for its service before throwing or giving it away. In her book, Ms. Kondo suggests that you touch the item and ask one simple question: "Does it bring me joy?" 20 .
A. Her book is a best-seller around the world
B. Marie Kondo makes some of the same claims
C. On the contrary, Marie Kondo disagrees with it.
D. Unnecessary things just take up too much space in your home.
E. If it doesn’t, you give it away so that it may give joy to someone else.
F. Another book says that if you make clutter disappear, you will also lose weight.
G. When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order too.
How to Make Friends
Good friendship has many advantages. 26 But for many of us it is difficult and requires courage. Below are some helpful suggestions on how to make and keep friends.
Start a conversation.
Starting a conversation is an important step in making new friends. ____27____ You can always start the conversation. Being able to make a small talk is a very useful skill.
Choosing friends with common interests is important in building friendship as these interests would always bring you and your friends together. Hanging out will always be a pleasant experience.
Let it grow.
It is a good thing to stay in touch. However, try not to disturb your new friend with too many calls, messages or visits as this would likely make him or her upset and finally you may lose your friend. 29
Enjoy your friendship.
The best way to enjoy your friendship is to allow your friends to be themselves. Try not to change them from who they are to what you want them to be. ____30____
A. Be cheerful.
B. Do things together.
C. Do not wait to be spoken to.
D. Making new friends comes easy for some people.
E. For a friendship to develop you need to stay in touch.
F. The best friendships are the ones that grow naturally.
G. Become the kind of friend you want your friend to be to you.