Once upon a time, there was a king. He only had one leg and one eye, but he was very smart and kind. Everyone lived a happy and healthy life because of the king. One day, the king was walking through the palace hallway and saw the paintings of his ancestors(祖先). He thought that one day his children would also walk in the same hallway and remember all the ancestors through these paintings. He wanted his children to remember him, too. So he invited many famous artists to his palace.
All of the artists began to think about the king's physical disabilities(生理缺陷). How could his painting be made very beautiful? It was not possible. They weren't sure what his painting would be like. So one by one, they all started to politely refuse to make a painting of the king.
But suddenly one artist raised his hand and said he would make a very nice painting of the king. The king became happy after hearing that. Then the artist started painting. After a long time, the painting was ready.
When the artist showed the painting, everyone was shocked. In the painting, the king was sitting on a horse, on the one-leg side, holding his bow(弓箭) and aiming(瞄准) something with his one eye closed. The king was very happy and gave him lots of money.
As we all know, no one is perfect. So we should try to focus on others' advantages instead of their disadvantages. Just take an optimistic(乐观的) view of the event. Everyone can do a good job.
1.What did the king see in the palace hallway?
2.Why did the king invite artists to draw a painting of him?
3.Was it an easy job or a hard job to draw a painting of the king?
4.How did the king like the painting?
5.What can we learn from the artist?
In a school, you may hear a student saying in Chinese,“我对汉语很感兴趣。” but you're not in China. You are in a foreign country. Like the student, many foreigners are learning Chinese. But it's not easy. The Chinese use a different character(汉字)for each word. People have to memorize about 600 characters before they can do even basic reading and writing. For foreigners, it's hard to memorize them. And the following chart shows the top 3 difficulties for foreigners while learning Chinese.
·Writing Chinese characters
·Understanding the same word in different sentences
·Reading Chinese poems
However, Chinese is more popular around the world today.The long history and colorful culture of China attract many foreigners to learn Chinese. With the rapid development, China is staying ahead in many fields and is playing its role in the world. Chinese is becoming a global language and its popularity has risen around the world. Many countries set up Chinese courses in their schools.
For example, in the UK, students used to choose between Spanish, Latin, French and other foreign languages, but now schools encourage their students to study Chinese. The increase in popularity of Chinese has been surprising. 1,031 people took Chinese language exams in 2001, and the number was 2,062 last year, while 2,561 people chose Spanish. It's predicted that studying Chinese in the UK could overtake Spanish in less than five years.
Just like the foreigners do, we also learn foreign languages. Different languages carry different cultures. So exchanges are necessary. By learning a foreign language, we not only have a useful tool of communicating, but experience a new culture. What's more important, learning a foreign language well will help us tell our own stories to the world.
April 20 Chinese Language Day
As one of the its official working languages of the United Nations. Chinese Language Day has been celebrated since 2011. The UN holds colorful activities on that day. This helps spread Chinese and Chinese culture.
1.According to the passage, why is it difficult for foreigners to learn Chinese?
2.Please translate the underlined sentence into Chinese.
3.How does the UN celebrate Chinese Language Day?
4.Compared with 2001, how many more people took Chinese language exams in the UK last year? What does the result tell us?
5.What can you do by learning a foreign language?
1.The king/He saw the paintings of his ancestors.
2.Because the king/he wanted his children to remember him, too.
3.It was a hard job./A hard job.
4. It was nice/perfect/wonderful…
5.We should try to focus on others' advantages instead of their disadvantages./We should take an optimistic view of the event.
1.Because they have to memorize a large number of characters./Because Chinese characters are not easy to write./Because the same word has different meanings in different sentences./Because they have difficulties in reading poems.
3.It holds colorful activities. /By holding colorful activities.
4.1,031. (It tells us)the increase in popularity of Chinese is surprising in the UK./Chinese is becoming more and more popular in the UK.
5.We not only have a useful tool of communicating, but experience a new culture./We can tell our own stories to the world.