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There are many religious and secular festivals in the world but Christmas is perhaps one of the most widely celebrated, and yet most misunderstood.
The original religious purpose of this festival, namely the remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ in a small town called Bethleham in the Middle East, has gradually been eroded by the secular and materialistic emphasis.
Devout Christians (estimated to be approximately 10% of the population) remember the coming of Christ into this world in humble circumstances, just over 2000 years ago. They will attend church on Christmas Eve, and /or Christmas Day and will sin carols and pray and thank God for sending Jesus to be the saviour of mankind.
Nativity plays, the angel's visit to Mary to tell her hse is to bear a divine child and call him Jesus. Mary and Joseph and the baby have  to say in a stale.
The story generates a colourful and interesting spectacle and is a great favourite with the children.
It also served to brighten up the cold dark days of mid-winter and to create a distraction form the discomforts of the season.
Christians adopted this festival and made it their own.
Christmas tree, the traditional dinner which usually consists of turkey, or goose followed by a special Christmas pudding and cake, the sending of cards, Father Christmas/Santa Claus, Boxing Day...etc. Many of these aspects of Christmas are enjoyable and heart warming, and can have symbolic meaning for those who participate in them. 
The Christmas period may come as a profound shock particularly for those religious, this once deeply religious festival now means nothing more than an endless round of parties, an excuse for over-eating, increased intake of alcohol, and a huge spending spree, urging people to buy more and more expensive toys, drinks and presents. But in spite of the increasing trend towards secularisation, Christmas can still be a precious and meaningful time for those who believe its truths and sesire to see its message of peace, love and forgiveness spread around the globe.

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I rarely change my taste in breakfast which always contains bread and a mug of milk tea. 

Salad, which provides vitamins and nutrition, is needed for everyone. So it is compulsory menu for every week(at least) for me. It is as sound as a bell.
Study oversea is not an easy job, espeically for youngers who have never cooked themselves in their own experences. They tend to be malnourished. To eat healthily and easily is essental and vital for students study abroad. 
Western food is too fat to eat, however, vegetable and fruit, which are the most easy and healthy food to prepare and eat, can be included in your every meal if you like.  

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It is unlawful and unacceptable : Golden Brown said it's a scandal to recieve a funding from a tycoon tried to disguise his gift. Migrant will double the Uk population this century.  A " block buster" will premiere named Golden compass

scandal: strong moral disapproval
tycoon: millionary/ a wealthy and powerful person 
disguise: appear but hide its true form
block buster: very famous and popular film
premiere: very first time public performance
compass: 指南針

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The research was completed in 2004 by Professor Richard Brown.
His interest in this subject began when he was an undergraduate. He was given a topic by his tutor for a special project, and he found the work so fascinating that when he started his PhD, he decided to use the same material and to investigate it further.

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In recent years, many students have come to Britain to do research and gain more qualifications. There are many reasons for this.
Firstly, because English has become an international language, there are more materials/ journals etc. in English; consequently it is easier to obtain information.
Secondly, the standards of research and facilities are higher in Britain than in some other countries. However, the level of commitment and potential of overseas students is not less than that of British students. Therefore, they are frequently highly successful.
There are other advantages of studying in Britain such as historical environment. Obviously, there are a huge number of colleges which have deeply cultural backgrounds providing students with the best study circumstances and beautiful scenery. In addition, in education aspects students obtain profuse knowledge from their experiences and teacher/student relationships.

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Technology has made such dramatic advances in the past decade that by the year 2050 who knows what changes will have taken place. It is quite likely that by 2050 we will have used up most of the earth’s natural resources and so we will be relying on wind power and hydropower for our energy needs. As a result of this shortage of energy, it is quite probable that scientists will have found a way for us to live outside the earth. By the next century it’s possible that people will be living in cities on the Moon or perhaps in cities on the seabed. It is to be hoped that scientists will have discovered cures for fatal diseases such as Aids and due to the advancement of genetic engineering, hereditary diseases passed down from generation to generation will no longer exist
It is quite possible that by 2050 life expectancy will have increased to 100 and that we will be able to enjoy a healthier existence than is now possible. Another area likely to have been further affected by technology in the year 2050 is education. In schools, computers will have replaced teachers and many students will stay at home to complete their education. We will see changes in the work-place too. The two main areas of employment will be the so-called creative and caring professions, and the disappearance of jobs in manufacturing will result in massive unemployment.

When you take a holiday with Activity Wales, you will have the time of your life. As soon as you arrive, you will feel as if you are in a different world. While you are staying with us, we will do our best to ensure that your holiday runs smoothly and you don’t get bored. Activity Wales has something to offer for all ages and tastes. If you want to play golf, ride, sail or fish, our staff will be happy to make the necessary arrangements, or if you simply want to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery we will be delighted to organize some guided walks. Before your holiday is over, you will have already planned your next visit.

British Airways is to install (formal arrange) mini-cameras in every part of their planes. They hope this will reduce the threat of terrorism and also deter passengers from behaving violently and causing trouble on the flights. If passengers become violent or abusive, due to too much alcohol for example, their behaviour will be monitored by cameras and then will be used in court if they are prosecuted.
BA is planning/plans to start the scheme next year. The first trial starts in January.
By the end of the year they will have installed cameras in 60% of their planes. They hope that anti-social behaviour in planes will have been cut dramatically by the end of the year.
Some passengers object to the plan. They feel it will invade their privacy and it could be miss-used if films fall into wrong hands. They plan to campaign against the scheme.

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Henry the eighth, King of England, was a tall and handsome young man, who liked horse riding, tennis, writing and playing music. He wrote many beautiful songs and had a wonderful singing voice.
When he was older, he became very fat. He had a very bad leg, and often couldn't walk. And when his leg hurt, he was always angry.
He married six times because he wanted a son to be king after him. His one son, Edward VI, died just before he was sixteen.
Henry VIII is famous in England's history because he broke with the Pope and the Catholic Church, and started the Church of England.
In 1547 he became very ill and died. His three chrldren, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth, all became King and Queen after him. None of them had any children so Henry's family came to an end.
Elizabeth was Quenn of England for forty-five years. This was the time of Shakedpeare and Sir Walter Raleigh. Elizabeth was a great Queen, but she never married, and had no children. When she died, a Scottish King became King of England.

Katherine of Aragon
:" I wanted to so much to give you a son, but God's plan for us was different, and we cannot change that."
Anne Boleyn was very clever, " During the last few weeks my life has been hard, I wanted you to take me away from this terrible prison. I ask one last thing. Please be kind to our daughter Elizabeth."
That was very quick! King married Jane Seymour just ten days after Anne's death. " I was very much in love with you. I have given you a son, and I can die happy, knowing that Edward will be king after you."
Anne of Cleves married Henry because King wanted to please the Germans.
When Katherine Howard married Henry just in her eighteen, and soon she died in her twenty.
Catherine Parr " I was thirty-one years old and Henry didn't really want a wife, he wanted a friend, and a nurse, and a mother for his three children."

Pope: head of Roman Catholic Church
mistress: sexual partner of a married man
miscarriage: unintentional ending of pregnancy
        abortion: intentional ending of pregnancy
        stillbirth: the birth of dead baby

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Taiwan is a long narrow country. The population is concentrated in the north and south cities. Means of transport bring better quality of life between the cities. Transportation becomes more and more important. It makes life more convenient.
There are several methods of moving around Taiwan. Depending on the cost, one can take the areoplane which is the fastest and the most expensive way. Besides, train is another cheap and comfortable choice if you are not rushed. Next choice and chosen by many people is taking the long-distance-bus which has longer, flexible seats, and people no longer feel tired in seven hours' trip. Furthermore, if you want to travel fast but you are afraid of the height, now you can take the high-speed rail. From Taipei to Kaoshong takes you only 40 minutes and people never worry about the traffic jam.
In brief, transport plays an important role in our daily life. It makes life efficient.

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Last year, Tom and Fiona decided to buy a house. They had been saving up for ages, and by the end of May they had put by enough for the deposit on a house. (background describing)They were living in a tiny flat at the time and Fiona insisted that she wanted a house with a big garden. They had been searching for only a few days when they found exactly what they were looking for - a two bedroomed house in nearly an acre of garden. Unfrtunately the owner was asking (expressing annoying)much more than they were willing to pay, and when they looked more closely at the interior, they saw that whoever had lived /had been living before, had made an absolute mess of the walls and floors. Still, Fiona liked the garden and the location so much that she managed to convince Tom that, despite the price, it was the perfect house for them.

Last summer some friends and I arranged to go camping. We had been looking forward to going for weeks when finally the date of departure arrived. We loaded the car with our luggage and set off  early in the morning. The weater was perfect, the sun was shinning bughtly and the wind was blowing gently(background describing). There was not a cloud in the sky! Shortly afterwards, while we were travelling along the motorway, we noticed that the car was making a strnge noise. Pete, who had been driving/was driving very fast, suddenly stopped the car. Everyone got up and went round to the back of the car. To our surprise the boot was wide open- whoever had loaded the luggage had not loaded it properly, and eveything had fallen out! 

When she was growing up Beatrix Potter was very fond of animals and had been always drawing pictures of her pet rabbit. She earned a living as an illustrator for several years before her dream of becoming an author came true. It was the result of a letter she had sent to a sick child decribing the adventures of four rabbits. She published it later as "The Tale of Peter Rabbit". It became an instant success and more tales followed. By the time Beatrix died. She had written over twenty-five tales and had achieved recognition as one of the greatest children's writer.

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In the beginning....
I've found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said "Journeys end in lovers meeting. " What an extraordinary thought. Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to beieve Shakespeare had. I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives.  It was Shakespeare who also said "love is blind". Now that is something I know to be true. For some quite inexplicably, love fades; for others love is simply lost. But then of course love can also be found, even if just for the night.
And then, there's another kind of love: the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. Its called unrequited love. Of that I am an expert. Most love stories are about people who fall in love with each other.
But what about the rest of us? What about our stories, those of us who fall in love alone? We are the victims of the one sided affair. We are the cursed of the loved ones. We are the unloved ones, the walking wounded. The handicapped without the advantage of a great parking space!
 Yes, you are looking at one such individual. And I have willingly loved that man for over three miserable years! The absolute worst years of my life! The worst Christmas', the worst Birthday's, New Years Eve's brought in by tears and valium. These years that I have been in love have been the darkest days of my life.
 All because I've been cursed by being in love with a man who does not and will not love me back. Oh god, just the sight of him! Heart pounding! Throat thickening! Absolutely can't swallow! All the usual symptoms.

Amanda: Sex makes everything more complicated. Even not having it,  because the not having it... makes it complicated.
Graham: That's why it's better to have it... some say.

Iris, if you were a melody... I used only the good notes.

Amanda: So now I'm just gonna kiss you for the millionth time and say 'Be seeing you'.


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When it's cold and grey nothing perks you up(make you happy) quicker than cosy comfort food. Or sort out your routes for a quiet break. Mid September to late October is the time for the best fall foliage. 
Become a 'leaf peeper'. Make a day of the most spectacular colour and stunning scenic walk.

Throwing a fancy dress party in the spooky(幽靈) festival. YOu also need: a carved pumpkin, plenty of trick or treat goodies, scary films, scary tales tell some hair-raising ghost stories.

Make a Heaven
Creat a gorgeous autumn room with seasonal colour like: burnt orange, chocolate brown and ruby red (紅寶石)make a warm inviting retreat(a welcome safe and private place). Then snuggle up(依偎) by the cushions with that novel you've been meaning to read or a stack of classic films.

Blissful hour: zzzzZs
In your cool and dark bedroom, listening to the soothing music, taking a warm bath before bed with a few drops of lavender essential oil to help you relax. Avoid alcohol or caffeine in the evening.

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To begin with, the first school I attened was Ching-Shuei Elementary School when I was seven years old. I spent six years in that school. After that I attended Chongcing Junior High School in order to finish Nine-Year-Systematic-Curriculum which is compulsory education which aims at nuturing young students to reach maturity. Meanwhile, I had recognised five fields of knowlege, and they are moral, academic, physical and artistic studies and co-operation with others.
After the primary education, I had to choose my careere. My parents had given me a lot of advice and support. It was an awful period at that time. There was an essential exam and vitally important for those students who wanted to join the occupational training school. I had been studying very hard for one year. Subsequently, depending on my final result, I chose nursing school to be my further education. However, I was only a sixteen-year-old girl. Afterwards, I attended five years nursing courses including hodpital practice.

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A tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation, interweaving four stories set in Morocco, Tunisia, Mexico, and Japan. 
In the Moroccan desert, a rifle shot detonating a chain of events that linking two Moroccan boys involved in an accidental crime, an American tourist couple’s frantic struggle to survive, a nanny illegally crossing into Mexico with two American children and a Japanese teen rebel lost her mind in Tokyo. 
These separate groups of people are nevertheless hurtling towards a shared destiny of isolation and grief. Just a few days in this course, they become profoundly lost - - lost in the desert, lost to the world, lost to themselves - - as they are pushed to the farthest edges of confusion and fear as well as to the very depths of connection and love.

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"Well, I have never had anything like this berfore! I have only entered a few English courses in my life so this is a big surprise. Of course, I have learned English for years, but now I am thinking of taking part in more. The future is wonderful. I have been staying here in Swansea for three months now and I am having a great time. I have already seen all the sights in London and my friend has bought lots of souvenirs. I have sent postcards to all my friends to show them how I have been spending my time. Yes, I really am fnjoying myself. In fact, I want to stay forever."

Dear R,    First of all, sorry I haven't written for so long, but I was in oversea. Have you get your competition results yet? I'm sure you will get Gold Medal since you always work so hard. I am doing my assignment at the moment and I am trying not too worry! well, I am writing from my new flat. Yes, I have moved house! Now I am cleaning and decorating the place to make it looks nice. When it's finished, I am going to have a meeting with you because I have not seen you for months I want you to enter MSN. Write soon and let me know if I'll see you online.  Love, Vivian

For many years researchers have been trying to determine whether animals share with humans the ability to use language. One particular researcher in America has spent the last sixteen years exploring the degree to which a parrot understands what he says. He has found that the bird is able to answer questions about objects and also understands numbers. At the moment the researcher is trying to determine whether the bird actually knows what it is been said or whether it is simply imitating a collection of sounds.


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Decided to go -because his age people distracted from the policy. He feel irritated and frustrated and said that it is time to leave the stage.(metaphor) 

to stab -he is obsessed with the devil and now he detains indefinitely. 

British airways -the wing damage because the collision.

Army returned from alghanistan -it was a ferocious fighting.

John was an old man, he felt irritated and frustrated because his car collided with a cab. He said he was distracted from the couple who were fighting ferociously. The guy he saw, obsessed with the alcochol, wanted to stabbed to the woman .  Everybody watched and detained indefinitely until police came.


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