1. One of the advantages of living in a small town is the peace and quiet. However, the biggest disadvantage is that there is never anything to do.
advantage (n.) 優點
2. Living in a small town is much more relaxing. The pace of live is much slower. But a big disadvantage is that there are few places to shop.
3. I think one of the advantages of living in a small town is the lower cost of living. A disadvantage would be there are few amenities.
amenity (n.) 娛樂設施，生活福利設施
4. There is definitely less pollution in a small town, which is an advantage. But the public transportation isn’t as convenient as it is in larger places.
pullution (n.) 汙染
transportation (n.) 交通
5. Everyone knows everyone in a small town. This can be either an advantage or a disadvantage depending on how you look at it.
1. I prefer tea to coffee. I find that coffee is much too bitter and has strong tasting. Tea is much smoother and more pleasing to drink.
bitter (adj.) 苦的
smoother (adj.) 香醇的，濃厚的
2. My preference would be coffee. Not only does it taste good, but it also makes me more alert for class.
preference (n.) 偏愛
alert (adj.) 機敏的，警覺的
3. I don’t like either of them. I don’t care for hot beverages. I would rather just have a nice, cold glass of water.
don’t care for sth 不喜歡某事
beverage (n.) 飲料
4. I would have to say tea, especially green tea. It has a nice flavor that goes well with many foods.
flavor (n.) 風味，味道
5. I would say that my personal preference would be coffee. For some reason, I love the smell of coffee. I always have.
1. I have always dreamt of living in Venice, Italy. There they have canals instead of streets. It is the most romantic place in the world.
canal (n.) 運河
romantic (adj.) 富有浪漫色彩的
2. I would pick a metropolitan city like New York. I think there would be many opportunities for high-paying jobs there.
metropolitan (adj.) 大都市的
opportunity (n.) 機會
3. I would want to stay right here. I don’t like change. It would be too stressful to move somewhere where I wasn’t familiar with anything.
stressful (adj.) 壓力大的，緊張的
familiar (adj.) 熟悉的
4. I’d like to live in a country with more open spaces. Canada might be good. There are a lot of peaceful areas there.
peaceful (adj.) 和平的
5. If I could live anywhere, I would live on the moon. Then I would be the only person there and could do whatever I pleased. And, I wouldn’t have to go to school.
1. A perfect evening would be a night out with my friends. We could catch a movie or something. Afterwards, we could hit the night market and play games.
afterward (adv.) 之後，以後
2. For me, it would be a quiet and relaxing evening home alone. I would curl up on the sofa with a good novel. Then, maybe, take a long, hot bubble bath.
curl up (phr.) 蜷縮
bubble (n.) 泡泡
3. I would invite all my friends over to my house and have a little party. We could sing karaoke songs, play cards and tell jokes.
karaoke (n.) 卡拉OK
4. Believe it or not, it would be spending time with my grandparents. I really enjoy their company and my grandfather always has fascinating stories to tell about the old days.
company (n.) 陪伴
fascinating (adj.) 吸引人的，極有趣的
5. Nothing could be more perfect than an evening shopping with my friends. We always have so much fun trying on new clothes, but we rarely get the chance to do it.
rarely (adv.) 很少
1. I felt like I was going to throw up. I don’t handle pressure very well. Even before small quizzes, I get nervous.
throw up (ph.) 嘔吐
nervous (adj.) 緊張不安的
2. Actually, I didn’t feel too bad. I was a little anxious, but I think that is to be expected before such an important test.
anxious (adj.) 焦慮的，不安的
3. I was fairly calm given the circumstances. I did all that I could do to prepare and I think that helped me stay relaxed.
fairly (adv.) 相當地
circumstance (n.) 情況，情形
4. I felt the same as I do before any other test; terrified! I have this fear of failing tests because I don’t want to let my parents down.
5. I was totally stressed out. My parents have very high expectations of me that are hard to live up to.
stressed out (adj.) 壓力大的，焦慮的
expectation (n.) 期望
1. The same as every other morning, my father dropped me off on his way to work. It’s too far for me to walk there.
drop off (ph.) 讓....下車，將某人或某物帶到某地
2. I caught a ride with my neighbor. Normally I take the bus, but he said he was headed that way and offered to give me a ride. It was nice not to take the bus for a change.
catch a ride 搭便車
head (v.) 朝著某方向前進
3. It was raining this morning, so my mother drove me to school. Usually, I ride my bike, but my mother doesn’t like me to get wet.
4. I walked to school this morning. Most mornings, all the kids in the neighborhood meet on the corner near my house and we walk to school together.
5. My mother brought me to school on her scooter. I hate riding on the back of it. I thinks it’s dangerous, but I guess it beats walking.
beat (v.) 比.....好
1. Hey, Gary. Sorry to bother you, but I need your help badly. I have a test coming up and I’m totally unprepared. Can you come over and help me out?
2. Hi, Nicole. I have a huge favor to ask of you. Would you be able to come over to my house and help me study? If I don’t get some help, I’m going to fail.
3. Hello, Harry. This is Scott. I desperately need you to come over and give me a hand studying. What do you say?
● desperately (adv.) 非常，極其
4. Oh, Brian. I’m so glad to hear your voice. Listen. I am having nothing but trouble trying to study for this test. Is there any way you can make time to help me?
5. Sally! Thank god I got ahold of you. I’m struggling with math again. I’d be forever in your debt if you could come over and tutor me.
● get ahold of sb 與...聯絡上
●struggle (v.) 掙扎
● be in sb’s debt (phr.) 非常感謝某人
●debt (n.) 債
1. Hi, Harold. It’s Michael calling. I can’t make it for dinner. I have to stay late at school to finish an assignment that’s due tomorrow. I hope you can forgive me.
● make it (phr.) 做到
● assignment (n.) 功課，任務
2. Good afternoon. George here. I’m really sorry, but I have to back out on you. Something important came up. Can we do dinner next week instead?
● back out (phr.) 食言
● instead (adv.) 作為替代
3. Hey there, Sonia. It’s me Ron. I have some bad news. I have to cancel our dinner plans. I feel really terrible about this. Is there any way that I can make it up to you?
● make sth. up (phr.) 彌補
4. Hi, Bob. I really hate to do this, but I have to cancel our dinner plans. There is a family emergency and I need to be at home. I hope you understand.
● emergency (n.) 緊急事件
5. Hi, Tony. I won’t be able to make it for dinner. I feel awful. I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, my teacher gave me last minute assignment that I can’t get out of.
● get out of sth. (phr.) 逃避，擺脫
1. Yes, I have been to Kenting National Park in southern Taiwan. I went there in the summer about 2 years ago. The scenery was out of this world. I would definitely recommend it to my friends.
● scenery (n.) 風景
● out of this world (phr.) 非常棒的
● definitely (adv.) 無疑地
● recommend (v.) 推薦
2. I went to Taroko Gorge National Park when I was 10. The steep, rocky cliffs were unlike anything I’d seen before. And, the hiking trails there were spectacular.
● gorge (n.) 峽谷
● steep (adj.) 陡峭的
●rocky (adj.) 崎嶇難行的，多岩石的
● cliff (n.) 峭壁
● spectacular (adj.) 壯觀的
3. I have never been to one, but I have always dreamt of going to Yangmingshan National Park. I have heard that the hot springs there are some of the best in the country.
4. In 2009, I visited Kinmen National Park with my parents. The architecture there is quite fascinating. Some of the buildings date back to the Ming Dynasty.
● fascinating (adj.) 迷人的
● architecture (n.) 建築
● dynasty (n.) 朝代
5. Last year, I went on a trip to Shei-Pa National Park in Hsinchu County. Snow Mountain was alright, but it really isn’t my sort of thing. I’d rather vacation in the city.
1. I am wearing my school uniform which consists of light pants and a short-sleeved shirt. It is green and yellow. On the front left of the shirt are my school number and the school’s logo.
● consist of sth. (v.) 由...組成
● short-sleeved (adj.) 短袖的
2. I’m wearing a tan cardigan, a striped long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. I should’ve worn something lighter. It is hot in here.
● tan (adj.) 褐色
● cardigan (n.) 羊毛衫
● striped (adj.) 條紋的
3. I’m wearing a plaid skirt, dark-blue stockings and a plain white blouse. I was wearing a vest with flowers on it earlier, but it was too hot.
● plaid (n.) 方格花紋
●stocking (n.) 長筒襪，絲襪
● blouse (n.) 女性襯衫
4. I have on light-brown cargo pants, a checkered polo shirt and my favorite sport coat. It’s nice to dress up once in a while.
● cargo pants (n.) 工作褲
●checkered (adj.) 有不同顏色格子圖案的
5. I’m wearing a long, bright-pink dress. It is made of silk and has short sleeves and a “V” neck. I think it looks great with these black, leather heels that I bought last week.
● silk (n.) 絲
● sleeve (n.) 袖子
● leather (n.) 皮革