The following talks about choosing gifts for girlfriends, some exhibition projects, New Year traditions around the world, why people keep dogs, and how to use e-mail.
Article 1: How to choose gifts for your girlfriend
Tomorrow was his girlfriend’s birthday and the young man was having a difficult time deciding on a present for her.
She already had more clothes than she knew what to do with them, so he couldn’t get any kind of apparel.
She never ate sweets, so candy was out of the question. What then?
He had a very special reason for wanting to impress her with just the right gift; tomorrow he was going to make an offer of marriage to her.
He finally decided on perfume. All girls liked perfume. That raised another problem, however. What kind did she prefer? He couldn’t ask her because that would ruin the surprise.
At last the young man hit upon a brilliant idea.
That afternoon, pretending to take his girlfriend’s fox terrier, little dog for a walk, the young man and the dog went directly to the perfume counter of the town’s biggest department store.
Good! There was a large array of perfume. He beckoned a clerk, instructing her to open a large number of bottles and wave the stoppers under the dog’s nose.
Nestled in the young man’s arms, the terrier began to be restless and bored as this seemingly pointless game went on.
Then Fritz suddenly became frisky, wiggling in the young man’s arms and barking excitedly, as the clerk waved one stopper under its nose.
“I’ll take that one,” said the young man to the clerk. The price was high, but it was worth it, he thought.
“ My favorite perfume!” said the delighted girl the next evening as she unwrapped the package. “ How did you know?” she asked, dabbing some perfume behind each ear.
“ Intuition, I guess.” Said the young man, deciding that it wasn’t exactly wrong to tell a lie under the circumstances.
One day, after they were married, he would admit that his intuition had really been a little dog named Fritz.
Article 2: Notices of some exhibition projects
Long March exhibit
The Shanghai History Museum is putting on an exhibition to mark the 60th anniversary of the Long March.
On show are more than 220 photos and 40 items that explain with pictures how the communist Red Army drew back from its besieged bases in Jiangxi Province and fought its way to northern Shanxi province in the mid-1930s. Explanations are all in Chinese.
The show will end on November 20.
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm.
Address: 1286 Hongqiao Road
Admission:8 yuan for Chinese/ 15 yuan for foreigners
Eight elephants from Thailand are entertaining visitors at Changfeng Park by riding bikes, playing basketball, balancing on a beam, dancing and blowing a mouth-organ.
People are encouraged to have a tug-of-war with the animals or lie on the ground and have the elephants walk over them.
The elephants give three shows a day at 9:30 am, 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm and there is an additional show at 1:30 pm at weekends. The show will end on November 15.
Address: 189 Daduhe Road
Admission: 30-40 yuan
Dolphins jumping from the water to touch a ball, swaying their bodies to music, kissing people and soing math by tapping their tails have made the dolphinarium in Peace Park an attraction for children. Seals and sea lions also perform.
Hours:10:30 am, 4:00 pm, and 7:30 pm
Admission: 20 yuan for adults and 10 yuan for children.
Article 3: New Year traditions all around the world
“Happy New Year!” Everyone will greet each other with these words as they meet each other over the next couple of weeks. But it wasn’t always January 1 that marked the New Year.
At least 4,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians marked the changing of the year. In Egypt, the year started when the Nile River flooded, enriching farmers’ fields. This happened at the end of September.
The Babylonians held a festival in the spring, on March 23, to kick off the next farming cycle. The Babylonian celebration lasted for 11 days.
The date January 1 was picked by the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar as the change of the year when he established his own calendar in 46 BC.
The month of January originates from the Roman god, Janus. He is pictured with two heads.
One head looks forward and the other back. They represent a break between the old and new. The new calendar was in time with the sun and it has been used until the present day.
In Vietnam, the New Year holiday happens in February. They buy fresh flowers and a peach blossom to put in their house, following the Vietnamese custom.
Thailand has its specific New Year’s date; it’s different from the normal calendar. The Thai New Year is celebrated on April 13.
On this day, Thai people play with water, throwing it on each other. It is intended to bring good luck during the New Year ahead.
In China, the more favorable New Year is usually celebrated in February according to lunar calendar.
On New Year’s Eve, all family members sit together at table, enjoying lots of auspicious foods such as dumplings, chicken to bring good luck.
Article 4: Why people keep dogs
If you are in a town in a western country, you’ll often see people walking with their dogs. It is still true that a dog is the most useful animal in the world.
But the reason why one keeps a dog has changed Once upon a time, a man met a dog and wanted it to help him in the fight against other animals, and he found that the dog listened to him and did what he told him to.
Later people used dogs for the hunting other animals, and the dogs didn’t eat what they got until their master agreed. So dogs were used for driving sheep and guarding chicks.
But now the people in the towns and cities do not need dogs to fight other animals. Of course they keep them to frighten thieves, but the most important reason is that people feel lonely in the city.
For a child, a dog is his best friend when he has no friends to play with. For a young wife, a dog is her child when she doesn’t have her own.
For old people, a dog is also a child when their real children have grown up and left.
Now people do not have to use a dog, but they keep it as a friend, just like a member of the family.
Article 5: How to use email
The e-mail, which is also called email, stands for “electronic mail”. You can send messages in only a few seconds by e-mail.
On the Internet there are many powerful computers called “servers” to help people send and receive emails. The sending and receiving servers are just like post offices.
If you want to use the email service, you have to open at least an email account called a “mailbox”, just like we set up a mailbox in a post office.
Some mailboxes are provided free of charge by ISPs, which you can get when you open an Internet account.
Most widely used mailboxes are provided free by the ISPs, and anyone can apply for one even if he has no ISP account.
How to apply for a free mailbox? First you have to connect to the Internet and go to the homepage of the ISP providing free mailboxes.
Then you’ll find an icon showing “apply for a free mailbox”, click the icon, an agreement about the rules for using the free mailbox will appear.
If you want to go on, click the icon “I agree”. Then you have to fill in a form about your basic personal data, and the name and pin of the mailbox.
After finishing these, you’ll get a mailbox like this: your name @ mail server, for example: [email protected] 163. com.
The mailbox is separated into two parts by a separator “@”, which is read as “at”. The former part is the name of the mailbox.
The latter is the domain name of the mail server. All mails to you will be received by the server and put into your mailbox.
You can read this mail on any computer in the world as long as you have the name and pin of the mailbox.
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