随梦追逐 2022-06-22 18:08 热度：18873°C
How is everythinggoing?
How is everything going?I’m glad to receive your letter, in which you asked about my plan for the coming summer holiday. And now I’m writing to tell you something about it.
To start with, I intend to read some books, ranging from famous Chinese literary works to original English novels. As is known, wide reading contributes to enriching our knowledge and broadening our horizons. Then what I’d like to do is (to) spend more time accompanying my parents by chatting more with them and helping do the housework, which I consider is a good way to repay what they have done for me. Additionally, doing a part-time job during the holiday is also included in my plan because through it, not only can I acquire practical skills, but also the experience will enable me to adapt to the future social life more easily.
Such is my arrangement, and what about yours? Hopefully, you can share it with me. I’m looking forward to your reply.
ladies and gentlemen,
welcome to our school. we are glad to have such a group of experienced teachers visiting us. we are sure the exchange of views among us will promote① the friendly relationship between china and america. i hope you will enjoy your stay in china, make new friends and take away memories of pleasant, productive ② days.
after your visit,we sincerely hope you will give us your valuable suggestions.
This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. The writer O’Henry called it the one day that is purely American. Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday. But it has ritual meaning. Some Americans attend religious services on the day before Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving morning. Others travel long distances to be with their families. They have a large dinner which is the main part of the celebration. For many Americans, Thanksgiving is the only time when all members of the family gather. The holiday is a time of family reunion. Thanksgiving week is generally one of the busiest travel times of the year.
However, experts say this year probably will be different. On September 11th, thousands of people died when terrorists hijacked airplanes that struck buildings in Washington D.C. and New York City. Many people now say they are worried about flying on a plane. Travel experts say almost 6 percent fewer people will make long trips this Thanksgiving compared with last year.
Many Americans who usually visit family and friends by plane are driving shorter distances instead this week. Some mental health experts say the attacks have frightened people. They say people feel safer and happier close to home. More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving is a celebration of family and home. Many people say that this year they are especially thankful for their families and friends and the good things in their lives.
On Thanksgiving, people enjoy a long day of cooking, eating and talking. The traditional meal almost always includes the turkey with a bread mixture cooked inside. Other traditional Thanksgiving food served with turkey are sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. Stores are said to sell more food at Thanksgiving than at any other time of the year, and many people eat more food at Thanksgiving than at any other time of the year. Over the years, Americans have added new traditions to their Thanksgiving celebration. For example, a number off professional and university football games are played on Thanksgiving Day. Some of the games are broadcast on national television.
American eating is funny. They eat almost everything with a fork, and it appears that holding a knife in one"s right hand longer than a few seconds is considered to be against good table manners.
The system is that if it is absolutely necessary to use a knife, people take the fork in their left hand, and cut off a piece of meat or whatever it is in the normal manner. Then they put the knife down, transfer the fork to their right hand, and only then do they transport the food to their mouth. This is clearly ludicrous(滑稽可笑), but it is considered good manners.
There are several results of this system. First, if it is not absolutely necessary to use a knife, Americans don"t use one, because obviously this greatly complicates(使复杂化) things, and you will therefore see them trying to cut things like potatoes, fish and even bacon(熏猪肉) with a fork. Second, towards the end of a course, since only one implement(器具) is being used, food has to bo chased around the plate with the fork - and for the last mouthful the thumb has to be used to keep the food in place, although one is not supposed to do this.
Third, tables are generally laid with one knife and two forks, the outside fork being for the salad. There is no need for foreign visitors to follow the American system and try to eat the salad with only a fork, but if you do use your knife, remerber to save it for the meat course. Even desserts(甜食) (except ice cream) are eaten with a fork if at all possible, and the spoon you see by your dessert is meant to be for coffee (but if you use it for your dessert no one will say anything).