第一部分 听力 (共两节，满分20分)
1. Who is the man looking for?
A. Tami. B. Dr. Maxwell. C. Alison Simpson.
2. What will the woman probably do?
A. Call the airline soon. B. Stay at home for a while.
C. Leave for the airport before lunch.
3. What does the man think of his current book?
A. It’s exciting. B. It’s relaxing. C. It’s long.
4. When does the man hope to see the woman?
A. This afternoon. B. Tomorrow night. C. Tomorrow afternoon.
5. What does the man mean?
A. He didn’t put in any sugar. B. He added some natural flavors.
C. He also thinks the coffee tastes strange.
6. Why is the woman upset?
A. Her order isn’t ready yet. B. The man forgot her order.
C. Some guests will be late.
7. At what time will the wedding start?
A.10:00. B.10:30. C.12:00.
8. Who lived in Los Angeles?
A. The woman’s aunt and uncle. B. The man’s grandparents.
C. The woman’s parents.
9. What will the speakers do next?
A. Have a walk. B. Go hiking. C. Try to catch some fish.
10. What did the man study in college?
A. Art history. B. Medicine. C. Business.
11. What is the relationship between the two speakers?
A. They’re neighbors. B. They’re salesman and customer.
C. They’re teacher and student.
12. What is the man’s advice for the woman?
A. Doing what her father suggests. B. Exploring all the possibilities.
C. Making a decision as early as possible.
13. How does the woman want to pay?
A. In cash. B. By credit card. C. With her smartphone.
14. What does the man think of PayPal?
A. It is free. B. It is popular. C. It isn’t very fast.
15. Where is Venmo accepted?
A. At many small shops. B. At most large stores. C. At a lot of restaurants.
16. What does the woman offer to do for the man?
A. Download the app. B. Send him an invitation.
C. Lend him some money.
17. What is the weather probably like?
A. Hot. B. Dry. C. Rainy.
18. Where did Matt begin his journey?
A. In England. B. In California. C. In Hawaii.
19. How many hours was Matt’s longest flight?
A. Fourteen hours. B. Sixteen hours. C. Sixteen and a half hours.
20. What will Matt do next?
A. Interview someone. B. Share his experiences.
C. Plan on another journey.
21. We saw lots of unique flowers at the garden that are said to have developed from ______
were once grown in the forest.
A. where B. which C. what D. that
22. After his graduation, this project was exhibited in art galleries all over China, _______ him famous nationwide.
A. making B. made C. to make D. having made
23. You are waiting at a wrong place. I think it is at the hotel_______ the coach picks up tourists.
A. where B. that C. in which D. which
24. They have been married for nearly two years and they are ________ to have a baby. However, their wish hasn’t come true.
A. cautious B. desperate C. contradictory D. rigid
25. “Tokyo seeking international support over the Diaoyu Islands will be ______,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Tuesday.
A. in vain B. in silence C. in ruins D. in chorus
26. Feng Chu, reported ________ the National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology in 2017, is a post-90s PHD candidate.
A. winning B. to win C. to have won D. having won
27. The school faced a scandal and student demonstrations after school officials were caught misusing money _________ student aid earlier this year.
A. being meant for B. intended for
C. had intended for D. having been meant for
28. We want to _________ the kids _______ as much art and culture as possible.
A. lay; out B. put; out C. expose; to D. commit; to
29. While ________ the National Congress of Communist Party, President Xi instructed the party never to forget _______ we started and then we can accomplish our mission.
A. sponsoring; when B. delivering; when
C. dismissing; where D. addressing; where
30. --- When do you think I can access Blackberry App World on my computer?
--- Not until _________ your device password correctly.
A. you have entered B. have you entered
C. will you enter D. you will have entered
31. If it had not been for the fact that she _______ sing, I would have invited her to take part in my party.
A. can’t have B. could not C. couldn’t have D. shouldn’t have
32. Glad to see you back! How long ______ in Hong Kong for business? Have you got the project want?
A. have you stayed B. did you stay
C. had you stayed D. were you staying
33. I don't think there will be more than 4 students left in the class, ________, because the environment is not fit for studying.
A. if so B. if possible C. if ever D. if any
34. ______, you need to be failing more if you are expected to succeed in the end.
A. Strange as it might seem B. Strange as might it seem
C. As it might seem strange D. As strange it might seem
35. ---You look frustrated. What is the matter?
---You know, I am thinking about dropping out chemistry. I have been working very hard on it, but it’s still__________.
A. as clear as mud B. as hard as nails
C. as cold as stone D. as poor as a church mouse
There was my mother, standing in a fuzzy (毛绒绒的) pink bunny(兔子）costume. This can’t be , 36 I thought to myself. Being ten was 37 enough.
Our class was taking a trip to a convalescent home（疗养院) that day．I had 38 to stay at home pretending I' d caught some rare disease. My mother who's a(n) 39 , sent me to school anyway.
When we got there, I 40 wished for that 41 . I’d fall to the ground and be 42 the humiliation (耻笑) of anyone ever knowing that I 43 every day after school there, dressed as a bunny.
“Hi, Shelly!” The residents waved at me, “ Do you know them?” someone asked. “No! They 44 me for someone else. I’m Machille,” I responded. I didn't look up 45 I might make eye contact with them. Then, Mrs. Deist, our teacher, handed us tulips (郁金香) to give to the residents. I quickly went to the back of the 46 . My mother just went along her way--- hopping（单足跳跃）. Last year, we hopped together. 47 , “I'm too old for that now”, I thought.
I hid behind my class. “ Shelly, how about a game of Fish?” Lou asked. My class and teacher 48 and stared. “ Machille, do you know these people?” Mrs.Deist asked me.
“Well you should 49 the way,” she said, smiling. So I stepped forward, handed a tulip to Rose, waved to Frank and gave Mr. Blusso a high-five.
“My mother is in a convalescent home. I wish she could have someone like you to 50 her.” Mrs Deist said. My mother hopped over then. “This is my mom. Every day she looks after these special people who need nurses’ care.” I stood straight as I 51 the information. My mother then explained a program where kids can 52 after school. The residents cheered at the 53 , and my class seemed excited, too.
I realized how 54 it made me to make other people smile and feel good. I should never be 55 of that.
36. A. mixing B. surviving C. quitting D. happening
37. A. lovely B. hard C. common D. active
38. A. hesitated. B. hated C. begged D. managed
39. A. nurse B. teacher C. athlete D. actress
40. A. frequently B. smartly C. secretly D. formally
41. A. costume B. journey C. award D. disease
42. A. fought B. spared C. contained D. left
43. A. spent B. counted C. waited D. saved
44. A. prepared B. left C. exchanged D. mistook
45. A. as if B. in case C. so that D. even if
46. A. line B. room C. door D. school
47. A. Moreover B. Otherwise C. However D. Therefore
48. A. clapped B. turned C. nodded D. parted
49. A. mend B. change C. push D. lead
50. A. drop in on B. meet up with C. stand up for D. put up with
51. A. obtained B. checked C. gathered D. delivered
52. A. challenge B. volunteer C. update D. develop
53. A. success B. rule C. measure D. idea
54. A. delighted B. curious C. absurd D. anxious
55.A. uncertain B. tired C. afraid D. ashamed
Automatic dishwashers have been around for more than 100 years. It started in 1886 with Josephine Cochrane, a woman in Shelbyville, Illinois. She was a rich woman who could afford servants to wash her dishes, so she really didn't mind the work. What she did mind was that her servants broke the dishes. She hosted quite a few dinner parties, and after every party the servants broke more of her expensive dishes.
Finally, Cochrane took action. First, she measured her dishes and bent wire into racks to hold them. Next, she put the racks on a wheel in a large copper boiler. Then, the boiler sprayed hot, soapy water on the dishes as a motor turned the wheel. After a hot water rinse(冲洗),the dishes were clean!
Josephine Cochrane's friends were impressed with the machine and asked her to build more. After that, word got out fast. Soon hotel and restaurant owners who didn't like broken dishes also were interested. Cochrane then knew that she had a wonderful machine, so she received a patent from the government, which said that only the inventor can make money from an invention. Then in 1893 Chicago held a World Fair where inventions from all over the world were shown. Cochrane's labor-saving machine was a big hit. Her dishwasher won the highest award.
Cochrane's company came out with a smaller machine in 1914. It was supposed to be for the ordinary home, but it wasn't an immediate success. Many homes couldn't produce the extremely hot water it needed. Also, in most homes, dishwashing wasn't considered very difficult compared to most other housework. In fact some people liked to relax at the sink after a hard day! Sales of the home model finally picked up in the 1950s when people had more money and wanted to have more time to enjoy themselves. Now many homes have electric dishwasher that aren't very different from the one Josephine Cochrane invented more than 100 years ago.
56. What does the underlined words “After that, word got out fast.” in Paragraph 3 suggest?
A. The machine wasn't as efficient as described.
B. The invention drew immediate attention of the public.
C. Josephine Cochrane could no longer keep it a secret.
D. Josephine's friends soon began to talk about the new machine.
57. The smaller machine became popular only when______.
A. people had more relaxing jobs B. hot water was not needed
C. people's living conditions improved D. housework became easier
58. Compared with Cochrane’s invention, modern electric dishwashers_______.
A. cost less money B. are quite different
C. wash many other things D. are much the same
As a teenage rock fan, all Dennis Vorreyer really expected of the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago two weekends ago was the chance to see his favorite bands perform live.
But he and his father, Jeffrey, who accompanied him to the festival, signed up for Lollapalooza's text-message network, and thus learned about a guitar-playing contest taking place there. Dennis, 14, entered and won a new Gibson guitar. Tad Kubler, the lead guitarist for the Hold Steady, who was involved in the contest, then invited Dennis to perform with the band as it closed its set.
“Having your cell phone everywhere is important for everybody now,” Dennis said. “I never dreamed of playing Lollapalooza.” The modern mobile phone --- equipped with camera, Internet access and more--- has proved to be a liability for some performers, like Akon and Beyonce, whose regrettable moments were captured by fans and then immortalized on YouTube and similar sites. But for the fans themselves, mobile phones are becoming as important an accessory as an all-access wristband. Beyond using them to record a short souvenir, they are becoming a ticket to everything from free ringtones to VIP treatment.
On Gwen Stefani's recent tour, as many as 20 percent of the audience at some shows agreed to pay 99 cents for text messages and the chance to win better seats, according to the mobile marketing company Impact Mobile. At festivals like Lollapalooza, thousands of fans sign up to receive continuous updates from concert organizers about promotions and special events.
Even when there is no fee, the service comes at a price: fans must give their phone numbers to marketers. And purists --- and some artists --- disapprove of fans pecking out text messages or snapping pictures during performances. Still, the arrival of a new generation of phone-based activities could add a new twist to live events at a time when rising ticket prices have discouraged many concertgoers.
59. What did Dennis originally intend to do at the Lollapalooza music festival?
A. He wanted to keep company his father Jeffrey.
B. He expected to join in the performance with a famous band in the festival.
C. he wanted to see the live performance from his best loved bands.
D. He wanted to attend a guitar-playing contest held in the festival.
60.The underlined word liability in paragraph 3 here means___________.
A. trouble B. debt C. responsibility D. benefit
61.Why did some audience agree to pay money for the text message ?
A. Because they wanted to get better tickets for the concert.
B. Because they wanted to get the free tickets for the concert.
C. Because Gwen Stefani asked them to do so.
D. Because they wanted to have a good holiday
62. The author seems to believe that ____________
A. Dennis Vorreyer was fortunate to perform with the guitar band.
B. phone-based activities will become a turning point for the live events.
C. today cell phone is important and indispensable for everybody.
D. fans shouldn’t peck out text message or snap pictures during performances.
Cure for tiredness?
Staying up late is a potential battle between parents and kids. But the solution could be as simple as changing your meal time.
Researchers at the University of Surry, UK, found that delaying meals could help change one of the internal body clocks. Besides a “master” clock in the brain, there are clocks in other parts of the body. They are usually synchronized according to factors including light.
During the study, researchers tested 10 participants to examine the effect of changing meal times on their body clocks. The participants were given three meals ---breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the first stage, participants received breakfast 30 minutes after waking. Lunch and dinner followed, after 5-hour intervals. In the second stage, each meal was delayed by 5 hours. Right after each stage, blood and fat samples were collected.
Results showed that later meal times greatly influenced blood sugar levels. A 5-hour delay in meal times caused a 5-hour delay in the internal blood sugar rhythms.
The discovery showed that meal times are in line with the body clock that controls blood sugar levels.
This is a small study but the researchers believe the findings could help jet lag sufferers and night-shift workers.
In a study by the University of Surrey in 2013, researchers explored what happened when a person’s body was changed from a normal pattern to that of a night-shift worker’s.
After people work through the night, over 97 percent of the body’s rhythmic genes are disrupted（扰乱，使混乱）.
These findings explain why we feel so bad following a long flight, or after working at night, according to Simon Archer, one of the study’s researchers.
“It’s like living in a house. There’s a clock in every room in the house and in all of those rooms those clocks are now disrupted, which of course leads to chaos in the household,” fellow researcher DerkJan Dijk told the BBC.
Changing meal times didn’t affect the “master” body clock --- the one controlling when we get sleepy --- but it can reset the body clock that controls blood sugar levels. This wouldn’t necessarily cure jet lag completely, but it might reduce the negative effects.
A study published earlier this year suggested that just a weekend camping trip could be enough to reset our body clocks. And now this latest research shows regular food schedules could play a key part too.
63. What did researchers at the University of Surrey find from their new study?
A. Connections between the “master” clock and clocks in other parts of the body.
B. Blood sugar levels are affected by when we eat rather than by our internal clocks.
C. A delay in meal times causes an irregular change in blood sugar rhythms.
D. Changing meal times can be enough to reset one of our body clocks.
64. Which of the following statements is TRUE about the new study, according to the article?
A. The interval between each meal being given was different.
B. Blood and fat samples of the two groups of participants were collected.
C. Each meal was served five hours later during the second stage.
D. Participants were asked to report their feelings after each stage.
65. What can we learn from the study by researchers at the University of Surrey from 2013?
A. All our body’s genes would be disrupted if we worked through the night.
B. Our genes often become less active after a long flight or night of work.
C. The disruption of one gene could lead to the disruption of other genes.
D. A disruption to the body’s rhythmic genes can cause people to feel bad.
66. According to the article, ______.
A. it’s impossible to reduce the negative effects caused by jet lag or night work
B. there is more than one way to reset body clocks
C. the “master” body clock controls all the other body clocks
D. a change in meal times can reset the “master” body clock
It was already midnight and I was walking quickly out of Recovery Room, knowing I had to be back early next morning. Though in a hurry, I noticed a lone woman with an anxious look on her face. As it turned out, her daughter-in-law had just been transferred to Intensive Care, so I decided to take her up there. Down the hall, she stated, “I bet you’re trying to leave, aren’t you?” I confirmed her observation, adding that it was quite all right. We soon arrived, and upon talking with the patient’s nurse, I was able to let her in right away. She turned to me and said, “Thank you, you will be blessed.”
The next day, on my way home after my day shift, I noticed a voice mail from my sister in Rochester, which gave me an uneasy feeling. I had to pull off the road as I listened to her message; “Mom had a stroke; she’s in the hospital and the Neurologist said it doesn’t look good.” My mind darted back to the words I had heard the night before as I cried out with anger; “This is a blessing?”
The following day I flew up to Rochester. My brother picked me up from the airport and we soon arrived at the hospital. I walked into my mom’s room and she looked as if I had never seen her before. Her usual bright smile was replaced with a look of emptiness. All at once the cruel reality of the signs and symptoms of a fresh stroke were there, but I wasn’t the instructor, I was just a family member. My mom seemed to recognize me, and I fought back tears as I told her how much I loved her.
Over the next five days, my mom made unexpected progress, as she began to speak a few words, slowly and almost painfully. With each milestone, it seemed the nurses and aides were almost as excited as we were. Everyone, without exception, treated my mom with kindness and compassion. I think the event that will stay in my memory forever occurred on my mom’s fourth day. It was time to repeat the swallowing study to assess if my mom could start eating. All four of us siblings hung together in the waiting room, nervous, our eyes shifting constantly to the door of 2607, anticipating and desperately hoping for good news. As her door opened, the therapist came out with a smile; we instantly knew she had good news, and we collectively breathed a sigh of relief. Five days after her stroke, my mom was ready for transfer to a rehabilitation facility, and I was headed back down South. With a very heavy heart, I said goodbye to my mom and the staff from the Stroke Unit.
On the way back home, I had plenty of time to think about my own experiences as a Recovery Room nurse. I could envision（想象）the smiles on so many of the faces of our patients as they leave our unit. I was also reminded of the fact that we as health care givers have a certain power: we can add to the stress of a patient’s hospital experience, or we can be the one ray of sunshine that leaves a smile on their face.
Truly, there will always be the pain of knowing that my mom had a stroke, but my memories will always be tempered by the thoughtful care she received in the Stroke Unit. I have since reflected on the words of gratitude spoken to me a week earlier by the visitor I took to the ICU. Yes, I was blessed; it was the kind of blessing that will warm my heart forever.
67. What actually made the author uneasy?
A. That she sensed something wrong with her mom.
B. That she didn’t believe the blessing she had heard.
C. That she had to listen to a voice mail form her sister.
D. That she must fly up to Rochester the next day.
68. By “I wasn’t the instructor, I was just a family member”, the author was trying to show ____.
A. sympathy B. anger C. helplessness D. respect
69. What can we infer from Paragraph 4?
A. Stroke recovery usually takes five days.
B. Her mother’s case was beyond expectation.
C. The author has been mentally prepared.
D. Empathy (共鸣) with patients makes a difference.
70. According to the passage, the author ____________.
A. doesn’t think a blessing was useful in real life as it didn’t protect her mother from a stroke.
B. believes she did get the blessing from the visitor.
C. believes everyone should work hard to get blessings from others.
D. thinks health care givers should give their patients blessing so as to make them smile.
Digitalization could Pay Off in Health and Sustainability
With technology permeating (渗透) everything we do, it has led to a significant transformation in the workplace --- specifically, how, where, who is working and what work employees do. The speed of change across industries has also caused greater uncertainty as many businesses rethink the way they manage their talent and real estate.
For one, automation and artificial intelligence will change many job functions---particularly jobs and tasks that are manual or process driven. Research has found that the future workforce will be divided into three parts；core employees，freelancers（自由职业者）and consultants．Core employees will be concentrated in smaller and fewer locations, ideally in central business districts with transportation and amenities(便利设施) concentrated nearby ---reducing their energy and resource usage. This smaller core workforce could mean smaller office footprints requiring less energy from power and less waste produced. In parallel, the appearance of the “liquid workforce”--- freelancers, consultants and more --- means potentially less commuting(通勤) and perhaps a cleaner way of working. The need for flexibility to accommodate the uncertain operating environment and more project-based work could require possibly less material and waste in the building process.
We’ve seen how many forward-thinking organizations have already adopted more efficient real estate management in the form of smart buildings and smart offices. This is essentially powered by the Internet of Things(物联网) to drive efficiency and real-time optimization (最优化）of building operations such as automatic monitoring and optimization of air conditioning
--- of particular interest in Asia, where indoor as well as outdoor air quality is a long-time issue.
Some features of smart buildings and workplaces also announce a shift to a less paper-based workplace. Companies are also accepting a whole view of sustainability. They ’re thinking about more than cost-savings or making the most of space. They are considering creating a healthy, fulfilling, and productive environment for employees.
We now speak about healthy buildings instead of simply sustainable ones. In fact, the World Green Building Council now promotes the concept of healthy green buildings---buildings that are not only environmentally sensitive but also provide for the well-being of staff. For instance, buildings with more access to nature and greenery make a significant difference to workers. A survey done last year found that over 90% of those surveyed felt more productive and creative with access to fresh air, indoor light, healthy food, fitness centers and even mental health services.
Overall, the drive towards a digitized workplace and improved employee experience could just lead us to a healthier, happier life and a more sustainable future.
Digitalization could Pay Off in Health and Sustainability
As digitalization influences the workplace and employees in many ways, business owners have to (71)____ on their way of managing.
Effects of digitalization on the (72)____ Due to automation and artificial intelligence, future employees will be classified into three categories: core employees, freelancers and consultants.
●Core employees will be concentrated in central business districts (73)____ by various amenities, which help to avoid a(n) (74)____ of their energy and resources.
●Freelancers and consultants have no need to (75)____ regularly from one place to another, which will leave (76) ____ carbon footprints.
Effects of digitalization on the workplaces ●Smart buildings and smart offices powered by the Internet of Things have been adopted by many forward-thinking organizations.
●Companies are thinking about reducing their reliance on (77)___ and building a healthy workplace, which is beneficial to staffs’ work in the long term.
●Green buildings are not only (78)____ to the environment but also do good to employees’ health. According to research, being (79)____ to nature and greenery can improve ones’ work efficiency and (80)____.
81. He has _________(选派角色) her as an ambitious lawyer in his latest movie.
82.These new ways of digging a_________ the pace of the London Underground’s development.
83. I have been s________ to this magazine for years and I like reading it every morning.
84. Under normal c____________, nobody would sign such an unfair agreement.
85. This thief was c___________ to a year of hard labor.
86. There are stories about his __________（慷慨）and the massive amounts of money he gave to charities.
87. This training will help you gain c_________ in a wide range of skills.
88. By popular ____________（共识）, this is the most valuable painting in the world--- it is impossible to calculate what price it would fetch if it ever came on the market.
89. The boy show great ___________（辨别力）in his choice of friends.
90. She is still f___________（经济上地）dependent on his parents.
第六部分 书面表达 (满分20分)
Scientists have observed that humans experience happiness from a wide range of stimuli(刺激), from traveling to an ideal destination to redecorating one’s home or from winning a game of soccer to eating a delicious meal. Simply watching a favorite television show or laughing at a funny joke can lift a depressed mood. While the happiness produced by such experiences tends to be short lived, a wide social network does promote a more long-lasting state of happiness as a lifestyle.
Surprisingly, income is not a primary factor in determining a person’s level of happiness once the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter have been met. More important is one’s social network. Being socially active may be more effective in increasing one’s immunity（免疫力）to illness than a vaccine. Misery may love company, but so does happiness, and having close friends and family is vital to one’s overall level of happiness. Even sharing one’s home with an animal companion can make a person happier.
听力 1-20 CBABA ACABC ABCCA BCBCB
单项选择 21-25 CABBA 26-30 CBCDA 31-35 BBDAA
完型填空 36-40 DBCAC 41-45 DBADB 46-50 ACBDA 51-55 DBDAD
阅读 A: BCD B: CAAB C: DCDB D: ACDB
任务型阅读: 71. reflect 72. workforce 73. surrounded 74. waste 75. travel/ commute 76. fewer 77. paper 78. sensitive/friendly/beneficial 79. exposed
单词拼写:81.cast 82.accelerate 83.subscribing 84. circumstances
85. condemned 86. generosity 87.competence 88. consensus 89.discrimination
Scientists have found that although various factors contribute to humans’ happiness, it is one’s social network, rather than one’s income, that plays an important role in promoting the long-lasting state of happiness.
Personally, happiness means achieving success after constant efforts. Take my participation in an English speech competition for example. Initially, I was lacking in confidence in my oral English. However, I held the belief that practice makes perfect. So, I kept practicing speaking English as long as two hours every day and consulted my English teacher about my pronunciation. Finally, my efforts paid off. When I was awarded the first prize, I felt a strong sense of happiness.
Faced with huge pressure from our study, we should do something to promote our sense of happiness. First, we should set a clear goal and keep it in mind. In addition, we can build friendships with optimistic people and move forward with their support.
1）概括文本内容： 5分；内容应包括：①幸福感来源的多样性，2分 ②social network是导致幸福感的重要来源，3分。
W: Hello, this is Dr. Maxwell’s office. My name is Tami. How may I direct your call?
M: I’d like to speak with Alison Simpson, please. (1) She’s a nurse there, but I believe she’s on her break now. It’s about our son Jimmy.
M: What time is your flight today?
W: Well, it was supposed to leave at 2:15 p.m., but the airline just called and told me it was delayed until 7:15 p.m. At least this way, I can take my time and have lunch at home. (2)
W: You like reading a lot, don’t you?
M: Yeah, I find it very relaxing. The one I’m reading now is really exciting. (3)
W: It’s that good, huh?
M: Oh, yeah. Ever since I started reading it, I haven’t been able to put it down.
W: I’m sorry to call so early, but I wanted to let you know I’ve come down with something and won’t be able to come into work today. I should be fine by tomorrow afternoon.
M: No problem. We’re having an office party tomorrow night, so I hope you’re well enough to come! (4)
W: Bradley, this coffee tastes a little strange. What did you put in it?
M: It’s actually what I didn’t put in it, Rachel! We consume away too much sweet stuff these days. (5) It’s time for us to get back to natural flavors, don’t you think?
W: I’m here to pick up the flowers for Anna.
M: I’m sorry, but those won’t be ready for another two hours. (6)
W: She’s getting married in two hours! I need time to bring them back so that I can set them up before the guests come. (6) (7)
M: We haven’t even started putting them together yet. We told you on the phone they’d be ready by noon. It’s only 10:00. (7)
W: Is there another flower company that can deliver them in the next thirty minutes?
M: I doubt it. Flower companies don’t normally do rush orders.
W: It’s nice and quiet out here in the countryside.
M: My grandpa used to take me fishing here when I was five.
W: My parents never took me anywhere when I was little. I guess we went to Los Angeles to visit my aunt and uncle a few times when I was in sixth and seventh grade. (8) But other than that, we just stayed at home.
M: It’s important to slow down and breathe some fresh air once in a while.
W: Absolutely. So, what’s the plan for the rest of the day?
M: I figured we could go hiking and then have a picnic on the top of the hill. (9)
W: Awesome! (9)
M: So, what do you want to study when you go to college, Megan?
W: I’m not sure, Mr. Sanders. My dad would be excited if I studied medicine, but that sounds too difficult. I’ve always been interested in art, but I’m not sure if I want to be a professional artist.
M: Well, you could study art history. That was my wife’s major, you know.
W: Really? What did you major in?
M: Oh, I always wanted to be a businessman, so that’s what I did in college. (10) It’s not for everyone, but I liked it. I wish I had taken some other classes, though. If you have a chance to learn about a bunch of different things and then make a decision, I think that would be your best bet. (12)
W: That’s good advice, Mr. Sanders. Thanks!
M: My pleasure. If you want to talk more, come next door anytime you want. (11)
W: I sure will. Thank you!
M: OK, your bill comes to thirty-six dollars.
W: Well, I never carry cash on me any more. Can I just Venmo it to you?(13)
M: What does that mean?
W: Venmo is an app that you download for your smartphone. (13) It connects to your bank or a credit card, and you can transfer money to other people in about ten seconds.
M: What? That’s fast! I’ve used PayPal before, but it sometimes takes several minutes for the transfer to be completed. (14) Plus, they charge you a fee for sending the money.
W: Venmo is free if you use a checking account. But if you use a credit card, I think they charge you a small fee.
M: That’s cool. I never use my credit card, anyway. So, what can I do with the money once it’s there? Can I use Venmo at stores?
W: You still can’t use it at most restaurants and big chain stores, but a lot of smaller shops accept it. (15) It’s getting more popular all the time.
M: All right, how can I sign up for Venmo?
W: Download the app from the App Store, and I’ll email you an invitation to join. (16)
Good morning! I’m Samuel Davis, and this is the ten o’clock news report. I hope everyone is having a fine Monday morning. It’s getting pretty wet out there, so grab an umbrella and stay dry! (17) I’m here today with Matt Miller, who has completed his 29,000-mile journey in just six weeks, with a total of 180 hours in flight. Beginning in California, he made twenty-five stops in fourteen different countries including England, Italy, Greece, Egypt, and Thailand. (18) His final trip was a sixteen-hour flight from Hawaii back to California, just half an hour less than his longest flight from Samoa to Hawaii. (19) Born in South Dakota, Matt is a freshman at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has said that as a child he was scared of flying. All of that changed when he received his pilot license at just seventeen. After that, he only spent a few years planning everything out before beginning his journey around the world. Matt is here with us today for an interview. Welcome Matt! First, why don’t you tell all our listeners about the craziest thing you saw during your adventure? (20)