Letters prove popular
The TV show Letters Alive has been a big hit with Chinese audiences. XINHUA
More than 95 percent of people in the world have phones today, according to the United Nations. Phone calls and messages help us easily make contact with others. It means that we seldom write letters now. But a TV show, Letters Alive (《见字如面》), is bringing back this old habit.
Letters Alive got its idea from a UK program with a similar name. Both shows invite famous actors and actresses, but there are no funny jokes or different competitions. Instead, it’s just one person walking up to a microphone and reading a letter.The letters were written by people from different times in history. For example, in one episode (集) they read a letter written by famous writer Xiao Hong to her younger brother in 1941. The letter shows that Xiao Hong missed her brother so much and had great hopes for his future.
“Every letter opens another world for us,” according to Guan Zhengwen, the director of the TV show. “It seems that we can experience the real lives and feelings of the writers.”Since its first episode on Dec 5, Letters Alive has been widely praised. Many audience members said that it has provided a breath of fresh air to today’s TV shows.
Apart from Letters Alive, some other cultural TV shows have also been well received by Chinese audiences. They include Chinese Poetry Conference (《中国诗词大会》), a classical Chinese poetry competition, and Readers (《朗读者》), a program that invites people to read poems and articles they like or wrote.“This means that our audiences are not only looking for entertainment like gossip (八卦) and eye-catching games,” reported China Youth Daily. “Cultural values and true feelings are the keys to winning praise.”
1.People seldom write letters now, do they?
2.Where did the TV show Letters Alive get its idea?
3.Who were the letters written by?
4.According to China Youth Daily, what are the keys to winning praise?
5.What do you think of these cultural TV shows?
6.(附加猜词题) audience entertainment
Slow down to appreciate life
A young rich man was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit fast in his new sports car. There were many kids playing __1.__ the cars.
As his car__2.__, one child appeared, and suddenly a brick hit the car’s side door. The young man stopped the car and jumped out. He grabbed the kid and pushed him up against __3.__car,shouting, “What is wrong with you? That’s a new car. What you did just now will __4.__me a lot of money. Why did you do it?”
“Please, sir, please, I’m sorry. I didn’t know what else to do! It’s my brother,” he said. “He fell __5.__his wheelchair. I can’t lift him up.” Almost__6.__, the boy asked the man, “Would you please help me get him back into his__7.__? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”
The young man was__8.__moved and had tears in his eyes. He lifted the kid’s brother back into the wheelchair.
“Thank you, sir. ” the __9.__child said to him. The man then watched the little boy __10.__ his brother toward their home.
It was a long walk back to his car ... a long, slow walk. He __11.__ did repair the side door. He kept it that way __12.__ a reminder. Don’t __13.__ life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention.__14.__, when you don’t have the time to listen, life throws a brick at your head. It’s your choice. Listen to the whispers of your soul, or wait for the__15.__!
1.A. between B.among C. near D. around
2.A. passes B.passing C. passed D.past
3.A. the other B. others C. others’ D. another
4.A. spend B. take C. cost D. pay
5.A. down from B. off from C.out of D. over from
6.A. cried B.crying C.to cry D. cries
7.A. car B. door C. home D.wheelchair
8.A. deep B.deeply C.deeper D.in depth
9.A.grateful B. sorrow C.little D. painful
10.A. pushing B. push C. pushed D.pushes
11.A. often B. always C.seldom D. never
12.A. like B.as C.on D. in
13.A. walk out of B. walk into C. go across D.go through
14.A. Sometimes B.Most of the time C.Every time D.In no time
15.A. door B. car C. boy D.brick
Emma Stone scaled (攀登) the heights of Hollywood.
On Jan 27, the 28-year-old US actress won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in La La Land. Before that, Stone picked up the Best Actress trophy(奖杯) at the Golden Globes. Stone plays an aspiring (有抱负的) actress in La La Land. She works in a café and auditions(试镜) for movies (A.)in her spare time. But she fails （B.）一次又一次地.
In fact, Stone experienced similar things in her own career. She loved acting as a child. At 14, she dropped out of high school and gave her parents a PowerPoint presentation. She wanted them to let her move to Los Angeles to pursue (追求) an acting career. And it worked. She moved to Los Angeles and auditioned for small TV roles. (D.)______ it didn’t go to plan.
One of the hardest moments was an audition for the NBC show Heroes. “I could hear that,(C.)在另外一个房间, a girl had just gone in and they were saying, ‘You are our pick … On a scale of one to 10 you’re an 11’,” Stone told Vanity Fair. She said it was her “rock bottom”. Luckily, she did not (E.)_______ and made a breakthrough in 2010 with the comedy Easy A.
“I realize that a moment like this is a huge confluence (结合) of luck and opportunity,” she said in her winning speech at the Oscars. (F.)“I still have a lot of growing and work to do. And this guy (the trophy) is a really beautiful symbol(象征) to continue on that journey and I’m so grateful for that.”
1. 将画线A处改写为______ _____ _______ ______
2. 将BC处翻译成中文 B. _____________ C.____________
3. 在DE处填入适当的词或词语 D._________ E.__________
4. 改写同意句 There ______ still a lot of growing and work _____ _____ _____
5. 请找出文中形容Emma Stone和她在电影中扮演的人物的两个形容词