Do you grow plants at home？
Yes， I do have some plants at my balcony. I have kept them for almost two years.
What plants do you grow？
I’m quite into a kind of plant called succulent. It has thick soft stems， and it varies in different kinds and colours. It’s now a very popular kind of ornamental plant in China.
Do you know anything about growing a plant？
Well， since succulent has thick soft leaves or stems that can hold a lot of liquid， you don’t have to water it very often. I usually water my succulent once a week and it can survive in dry sunny seasons for a long time.
Do Chinese people send plants as gifts？
Yes， we will. And we’ll send different kinds of plants on different occasions. For example boys will send roses to their girls on Valentine’s Day， and carnation is a common choice for Mother’s Day.
Describe a famous athlete.
You should say：
Who the person is
How you got to know this person
What he or she has achieved
And explain why this person is famous
The person I’d like to talk about is Sunyang， he is a Chinese swimming star who has broken the latest world record in swimming at the World Championships in Shanghai. Sun was born in a sporting family in east Zhejiang province. His parents were once volleyball players.
The first time I knew him was when he won the gold medal in the men’s 1500-meter freestyle at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai. I watched the TV rebroadcast， and I saw him celebrating this good news with boyish delight. Sunyang is the first Chinese male swimmer to win the gold medal and secures victory with an Olympic record. Besides， he is the only swimming athlete who won the champions of 200m， 400m， 1500m freestyle of the Olympic Games.
As a Chinese swimmer， he became famous because of all those remarkable achievements he made. Moreover， he is hard working and persevering. What people see now is a rising swimming star who celebrates his victory calmly， pursuing his dream firmly.
Eg：Greece won the European Championship.
Eg：There＇s no rebroadcast of the soccer game tonight.
Eg：He greets me at the door with his signature boyish grin and a hug.
④ persevering： 形容词；坚持不懈的，不屈不挠的
Eg：We all admired their persevering hard work.
1. What is the most important quality for an athlete to become famous？
From my perspective， an athlete has to be hardworking and persevering in order to become famous. Only by training hard and never giving up can an athlete achieve a good result. And achievements are the best and most convincing things to draw public’s attention.
①from my perspective： 常用表达；我认为，我觉得，在我看来
Eg：We＇re not going to do that， from my perspective.
②draw one’s attention： 词组；吸引某人注意
Eg：He was waving his arms to draw their attention.
2. Do you think it is fair that athletes get paid so well？
I think it is reasonable. After all， they train very hard to achieve a good result， and bear a lot that we cannot imagine. On the other hand， they can easily get hurt during the training and the matches. Sometimes the injuries can be fatal. So I think it is fair for them to get a higher salary.
Eg：One has to bear a little discomfort while travelling.
Eg：The virus causes fever and joint pain but is not usually fatal.
3. What contributions do athletes make to our society？
Oh， they make a lot of contributions. For example， they win medals on international games， and since athletes represent a certain country or an area， winning medals can bring honour to the country or the area. What’s more， most athletes have a very positive image， they can influence many people to engage more in sports， to exercise more often or to live positively.
Eg：For the French team， winning tomorrow’s game is a matter of national honour.
②engage in： 词组；从事于，参加
Eg：We never engage in irregularities.
题目：Viking ship and its replica
只用wooden tree nail False
flexibility使之valuable Not Given
船in poor condition True
media coverage True
20 percent slower
1.5 square meters
In many countries， people can eat a wide variety of food that are grown in other areas. As a result， they eat more food produced in other regions than local food. Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages？
TS：boost living quality and pleasure.生活品质和乐趣
TS： regional economy development through international trade.通过国际贸易提升区域经济