2020.12 六级第一套 Passage Two
I work in advertising and I like to keep up with current trends.
Mainly because l'm aware that we live in an image obsessed world.
However, when I first started my job, occasionally l'd catch a glimpse of myself in the lifts and find myself thinking that I looked a total mess.
Was I being held back by my choice of clothing? The short answer is yes, especially when clients are quick to judge you on your style rather than your work.
But no one can be unique with their outfit every day. I mean that's why uniforms were invented. So here's what I did, created my own uniform.
Now, I never worry about what l'm wearing in the morning, even if I do get a bit tired of just wearing the same classic pieces.
Overall, when it comes to work, you have to ask yourself, “Will looking smarter enhance my ability to do my job?" For some, this question may not be an issue at all.
Especially if you work remotely and rarely see your colleagues or clients face to face. But if your job involves interacting with other people, the answer to this is often yes.
So rather than fighting the system, I think we should just do whatever helps us to achieve our goals at work. If that means playing it safe with your image, then let's face it. It's probably worth it.
Question 12: What do we learn about the speaker when she first started her job?
Question 13: Why were uniforms invented according to speaker?
Question 14: What does speaker say about looking smarter?
Question 15: What does the speaker advise people to do in an image obsessed world?
2.in spite of 尽管
5.up to the minute of 直到
Just because a certain book does not interest readers does not mean that the fault lies in the book.
I don't think that it is possible to generalize a whole nation, and say how all
Japanese people are.
In spite of the fact that drinking alcohol damages their bodies, many people still like to drink it.
I don't like it when mathematicians who know much more than I do can't express themselves explicitly.
Kids these days think that any issue in life can be resolved as easily as restarting a computer game.
Making this matter public would have an effect on our sales, so we're going to overlook it this once.
Because people in the world don't speak the same language, much effort is now devoted to translation.
I am very sorry that I have to ask you to change the meeting date to March 6 due to personal reasons.
Older couples often appreciate cash more than gifts because they neither need nor have room for them.
He was so healthy up to the minute of his sudden death. You really never know what might happen next.
1.on the ground 以...为理由
How long does it take to go from here to the Hilton Hotel？
What would become of our city if an earthquake were to hit it？
I can't agree to your proposal on the ground that it is not fair and reasonable.
This meeting is a waste of time，everybody is just talking in vague theoretical terms.
If you put more tea leaves into the pot，the tea will taste better.
Geometry，about which I know nothing，seems like a very dull subject.
I can know the past，but the future we can only feel.
When she returned home from school，she began to help her mother in the kitchen.
Computers will save you much time and energy when you deal with figures and graphs.
Now that you are a high school student，you are responsible for what you do.
Level 4-Day 4 Cowboys
1.cattle drives 赶牛
12.barbed wire 带刺铁丝网围栏
18.chuck wagon 流动餐车
The golden age of the American cowboy was short lived.
It began in the 1860s with the great cattle drives from Texas north to Kansas.
By 1890, when railroads had reached remote areas, there was no more need for large scale cattle drives.
Of course, cowboys have a history before 1860.
In fact, there were Mexican cowboys long before that.
The Spanish conqueror of Mexico, Hernan Cortes, brought cattle with him.
In 1521, Cortes also branded his cattle with a three-cross design.
The Spanish sharp horned cattle roamed the deserts and prairies freely.
Eventually, they found their way to Texas.
American settlers in Texas interbreed their animals with the Spanish breed.The Texas long-horn cow was the result.
It was famous for its bad temper and aggressiveness.
The long horn was a dangerous animal, with each of its horns measuring up to three and one half feet long.
After the American Civil War ended in 1865, disbanded soldiers who were former black slaves and young men seeking adventure headed west.
At that time, there were about 5 million cattle in Texas.
Back in the east, there was a big demand for beef.
By this time, railways from the east extended as far west as Kansas.
It was still more than 600 miles from South Texas to the railway between the two places.
There were rivers to cross Indian tribes, bad lands and other problems.
Fur trader named Jesse Chism had driven his wagon north.
In 1865, cowboys and cattle followed the Chism trail north to Abilene, Kansas.
This cattle trail became the most famous route for driving cattle, until it was barred with barbed wire in 1884.
In 1867, cattle dealer Joseph G McCoy built pens for 3000 cattle in the little town of Abilene.
Soon, Abilene was the most dangerous town in America.
After the long cattle drive, cowboys who had just been paid went wild.
Sheriff “Wild Bill”Hickok tamed Abilene in 1871 by forcing cowboys to turn over their guns when they arrived in town.
Other towns replaced Abilene as the wildest town in the west-Newton, Wichita, Ellsworth and Dodge City in Kansas.
A herd of 3000 Texas long horns might sell for 100000 dollars, making the rancher rich.
The cowboys might get 200 dollars in wages, which often disappeared on drink women and gambling.
Getting cattle to Kansas was far from easy.
One of the biggest difficulties was getting the herd across rivers, especially when the river was high.There were no bridges.
In 1871, 350 cowboys driving 60000 cattle waited two weeks for the water level in the Red River to go down.
Food for men and animals was also difficult to find at times. An early cattleman developed the Chuck Wagon, which were both a supply wagon and a portable kitchen.
In the 1870s, there were probably 40000 cowboys in the West.
After the prairies were fenced in, there was less work.
Large ranchers still employ cowboys to round up the cattle for branding or for sale.
Even today, about 20000 cowboys still work in North America.
2020.12 六级第一套 Passage One
To achieve financial security, how much you save is always more important than the amount you earn or how shrewdly you invest.
If you're under 30 years old, your goal should be to save 20% of your monthly income after tax deductions. This is irrespective of how much you earn.
Approximately 50% should be reserved for essentials like food and accommodation.The remaining 30% is for recreation and entertainment.
But for many young people, it will be difficult to designate such a large proportion of their income for savings.
If you find it hard to save any money at all, start by cutting all unnecessary spending, allocate the tiny amount of one or 2% for savings and gradually increase that amount.
Always keep that 20% goal in mind, prevent yourself from becoming complacent. It can be challenging to stick to such a strict plan, but if you adopt the right mindset, you should be able to make it work for you.
So what should you be doing with the money that you are saving? Some must be kept easily accessible in case you need some cash in an emergency.
The largest proportion should be invested in retirement plans, either through your employer or privately. And you can keep some money for high risk, but potentially lucrative investments.
Dividends can be reinvested or use to purchase something you like. By following plan, you should hopefully be able to enjoy your life now and still be financially secure in the future.
Question 9: What are people under 30 advised to do, to achieve financial security?
Question 10: What should people do if they find it difficult to follow the speaker's advice on their financial plan?
Question 11: What does the speaker think is important for achieving financial security?
Being unfamiliar with foreign languages, you'll never be able to understand the foreigner's silence.
You want to travel to so many countries, how do you plan to communicate with other people?
Are you trying to suggest that my emotional problems are no different than those of a stupid person?
Make sure you get rid of your cold. You've got to be ready again next week. We can't do without you.
Life is like a marathon, where short-term gains and losses are not significant in and of themselves.
My parents usually speak to each other in French, even though my mother is a native English speaker.
Well... the teacher said that we have to go into a group of 3-5 people, so this isn't
going to work.
"I'm going to count up slowly to three, Mary, and you'll wake up."
"I'm already awake, Mister Kant."
I can understand most of what they say, but I don't understand the slang they use (in their speech).
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.