1. I just finished reading a book about Chinese history. It was mostly about the different dynasties and the emperors that ruled during these times. I certainly learned a lot.
● dynasty (n.) 朝代
● emperor (n.) 皇帝
2. I haven’t read anything but school books for some time. The last thing I read for myself was the first book in the Twilight series. It was about a vampire who falls in love with a regular girl.
● for some time (phr.) 很長一段時間
● vampire (n.) 吸血鬼
● regular (adj.) 正常的
3. The last thing I read was a comic book. I’m not sure if that counts, but I never read novels. They are too long and boring for me. I find comics much more interesting.
● counts (v.) 計數
4. I recently read the latest Harry Potter novel. Harry Potter is a boy who goes to school to become a wizard. He always has to overcome some evil power that threatens him.
● recently (adv.) 最近
● overcome (v.) 克服
5. Last month, I read the second book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was called The Two Towers. It was about a hobbit who is on a journey to destroy a ring that has magical powers.
1. I’m not sure whether I like it or not because I have never really done it. My mom does all the cooking around our house and she has never taught me how.
2. I hate cooking with a passion. It takes too much time to prepare everything. I would rather just go out and buy all of meals. It’s far more convenient.
● hate sth with a passion (n.) 非常討厭某事
● convenient (adj.) 方便的
3. No, I don’t really like cooking. I only do it if I have no other choice. Sometimes I have to cook for the family when my mother is busy. It is such a pain.
4. Yes, I enjoy cooking. I actually find it very relaxing. I also think that it is a very good skill to learn. Everyone should know how to cook for themselves.
5. Yes, cooking is so much fun. I think of it like art. I can be creative and come up with new dishes. It is nice because I never have to eat the same thing twice.
1. My mother organizes a family get-together every year. All my relatives come over and we have a big meal along with birthday cake. Then we just sit around and visit.
● organize(v.) 安排，組織
● a family get-together (n.) 家庭聚會
● relative (n.) 親戚
● come over (phr.) 過來
2. I’m not really that big on birthdays. I try not to mention anything about it and hope that no one remembers. I don’t like people making a big deal about it.
●be big on sth (phr.) 很喜歡…
3. I usually invite 5 or 6 friends over and have a little party. We sing songs on the karoake machine and my mother cooks a special meal for us. It’s nice to be surrounded by friends on my birthday.
● invite (v.) 邀請
● surround (v.) 圍繞
4. Most birthdays, I try to plan a weekend trip somewhere. It’s kind of a birthday present to myself. I take this opportunity to relax and unwind for a couple of days.
● opportunity (n.) 機會
● unwind (v.) 放鬆
5. We don’t really celebrate birthdays in our house. At most, someone will buy a birthday cake for me and everyone will sing Happy Birthday. If I’m really lucky, my parents might buy me a gift.
● celebrate (v.) 慶祝
● at most (phr.) 頂多
1. I don’t have anything too important in my wallet and I usually don’t carry much cash with me. So I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I’d just buy a new wallet.
2. First, I would frantically search everywhere for it. If I couldn’t find it, then I would call the bank and cancel my credit cards. What more could I do?
●frantically (adv.) 瘋狂地
●credit card(n.) 信用卡
3. I would ask around to see if anyone found it. If that didn’t work, I would report it to the police. Hopefully, they would be able to locate it for me.
●locate (v.) 確定...的位置
4. I’d wait for a few days and see if it turned up. If not, I’d cancel all of my bank cards and request new ones. I’d also have to get a new student ID card.
●turn up (phr.) 突然出現
●request (v.) 請求
5. It actually happened to me once. It was a big hassle having to phone around and report my cards stolen. Not to mention that I lost more than 2000 dollars in cash.
●hassle (n.) 麻煩，困難
●not to mention (v.) 更不必說
1. I’m only 12. I’ve never had a job before. I hope that I don’t have to get one for a long time.
2. I worked at the teashop near my house one summer. I gained a lot of work experience there. It was nice to make some extra spending money, too.
●gain( v.) 獲得
●extra (adj.) 額外的
3. I’m a student. School is a full time job for me, but the pay is terrible.
●full time (phr.) 全職
4. My first job was at a department store. I worked there on weekends and after school while I was in university. It wasn’t the best job, but my co-workers were nice.
●department store (n.) 百貨公司
●co-worker (n.) 同事
5. I’ve never had a real job, but my neighbor used to pay me to look after his dog sometimes. I learned 2 things while doing it. First, I learned about responsibility. Second, I never want a dog.
●look after (phr.) 照顧
●responsibility (n.) 責任
1. I am constantly worried about getting good grades at school. My parents put a lot of pressure on me to perform well. I hope I live up to their expectations.
●constantly (adv.) 經常
●pressure (n.) 壓力
●live up to (phr.) 達成
2. I often worry about my grandpa. He is getting old and his health isn’t very good. I wish I had more spare time to help him out around the house.
●spare (adj.) 多餘的
3. I am not a worrier. I try not to let anything get to me. However, I occasionally worry about my weight. With my busy schedule, I just don’t have enough time to exercise.
●get to sb (phr.) 讓某人不高興或生氣
●occasionally (adv.) 偶爾地
4. I tend to worry a lot when I’m riding my bike. I’m always afraid that a car is going to run me over and put me in the hospital. Maybe, I am overly concerned about it.
●run over (phr.) 輾過
●concern (v.) 憂慮
5. I worry a lot about my homework. I have so much of it everyday and I’m always worried that I won’t be able to finish it. I wish my teachers would lighten the load a bit.
●load (n.) 負荷
1. I surf the net whenever I get the chance. I spend a lot of time on Facebook looking at what my friends have posted. I play Facebook games, too.
● surf (v.) 衝浪
● surf the net (phr.) 上網
2. I don’t surf the internet more than a few times a week. I only go on to check my e-mail. I’d rather spend my time doing something more productive.
●would rather 寧可
3. I’m kind of a computer nerd, so I am on it every day. Most of the sites that I visit are about technical computer stuff like programming. It’s more or less a hobby of mine.
●technical (adj.) 科技的
●programming (n.) 程式設計
●more or less (phr.) 或多或少
4. I surf the net most evenings to relax. I like going on Youtube and watching funny videos that people have uploaded. It helps me to unwind down before I go to bed.
● relax (v.) 放鬆，休閒
● unwind down (phr.) 放鬆下來
5. Like many people today, I am addicted to the internet. I am on it constantly. I especially like online shopping sites. That is where I buy all my clothes and school supplies.
●addicted (a.) 上癮的，入迷的
●constantly (adv.) 經常地
●supplies (n.) 生活必須品，日用品