衡水中学 2015-2016 学年度小学期一调考试 高三年级英语试卷
本试卷分第Ⅰ卷（选择题）和第Ⅱ卷(非选择题)两部分,共150分,考试时间120分钟。 注意事项：1.答题前,考生务必将自己的姓名、考号用铅笔涂写在答题卡上。 2.每小题选出答案后,用铅笔把答题卡上对应题目的答案标号涂黑。 如需改动,用橡皮擦干净后,再选涂其它 答案标号。 3.二卷试题用黑色中性笔作答。
第一卷（选择题 共 90 分）
第一节 (共 5 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 5 分) 听下面 5 段对话。每段对话后有一个小题，从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最佳选项，并标 在试卷的相应位置。听完每段对话后，你都有 10 秒钟的时间来回答有关小题和阅读下一小题。每段对话 仅读一遍。 1. What does the man ask th e woman to do? A. Buy a desk for him. A. Nervous. 3. What is the woman doing? A. Watching a movie. B. Buying a ticket. C. Waiting for James. B. The clothes are expensive. 4. What does the woman say about the new clothes shop? A. It’s crowded on Saturday. C. There are many changing rooms there. 5. What will the man probably do? A. Have the fax machine repaired. C. Get the paper faxed next door. 第二节(共 15 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 15 分) 听下面 5 段对话或独白。每段对话或独白后有几个小题，从题中所给的 A、B、C 三个选项中选出最 佳选项. 并标在试卷的相应位置。听每段对话或独白前，你将有时间阅读各个小题，每小题 5 秒钟；听完 后，各小题给出 5 秒钟的作答时间。每段对话或独白读两遍。 听下面一段材料，回答第 6 和第 7 题。 6. How did the man know about Bossa Nova? A. From a newspaper. A. The food. B. From the woman B. The atmosphere. C. From his mother C. The service. 7. What did the woman like most about Bossa Nova? 听下面一段材料，回答第 8 至第 9 题。 8. Why does the man call the woman? A. To make an appointment. B. To change an appointment. C. To cancel an appointment. 9. What does the woman ask the man to do? B. Call Mr. Stevens in Washington. B. Get a key for Joe. B. Confident. C. Share the cupboard with him. C. Surprise. 2. How does the woman feel now?
A. Have her pipes checked.
B. Repair her front stairs.
C. Replace her back door.
听下面一段材料，回答第 10 至第 12 题。 10. What are the speakers talking about? A. A book B. A website. C. An article. C. He wrote an article. C. Incorrect. 11. What did the man do yesterday? A. He went to a wildlife park. B. He visited Namibia. 12. What does the man think of the information on Wikipedia? A. Out of date. 13. What is the man? A. A writer. B. A teacher. C. A guide. 14. How did the man learn Khalkha? A. He taught himself before his journey. B. He took lessons with a teacher. C. He learnt it from the local people. A. Having a talent for it. B. Being ready to take risks C. Using the language as often as possible. 16. What will the man probably talk about next? A. The Mongolian family. B. The Mongolian language. C. The Mongolian food. 听下面一段材料，回答第 17 至第 20 题。 17. What do we know about the speaker ’s parents? A. They experienced with different recipes. B. They cooked with different materials. C. They made simple meals. 18. What did the speaker do first after she left college? A. She started a food magazine. C. She worked in a restaurant. 19. What did the speaker dislike about her first job? A. The stress she had. C. The cooks she worked with. 20. When did the speaker start writing articles about food? A. Before she worked at a restaurant. B. As she was studying journalism. C. When she applied for a job. B. The food she had to cook. B. She did a journalism course.
听下面一段材料，回答第 13 至第 16 题。
15. What does the man think is the key to good language learning?
阅读理解（共 20 小题；每小题 2 分,满分 40 分）
第一节 阅读下列短文,从每题所给的四个选项（A、B、C、D）中,选出最佳选项。 People in the western state of California who are in the United States illegally can now request a driver's license. The law went into effect on January l. California is not the first American state with such a law, but it has the largest number of illegal immigrants. More than a million people began to request lice nses shortly after the new state law went into effect. Among them was Christian Alvarado. Mr. Alvarado entered the United States from El Salvador eight years ago without permission from the U.S. government. Some call such people "illegal immigrants." Others call them "undocumented immigrants". Mr. Alvarado thinks it so exciting, for he has been waiting for the license for a long time. But some are worried that their personal information will be used to find them and deport them. Armando Botello is a spokesman for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, or DMV. He says people should not be afraid, for such information will not be shared. The new licenses are the same as licenses given to citizens except that they have the words "Federal Limits Apply". That means the license cannot be used to travel on an airplane or enter a federal building. Ana Garcia, working at the Central American Resource Center, says some illegal immigrants fear those words will be used to abuse them. Civil rights groups say the police and others will not. Dan Schnur, a political scientist at the University of Southern California, said that the main argument against the new law is that it rewards illegal behavior. But Professor Schnur argued that young, white Americans generally support immigration reform, including giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants "It's simply because they grew up in a much more multicultural society than their parents or their grandparents did." Professor Schnur says he believes the changes in beliefs about illegal immigrants that have taken place in California will spread throughout the United States. 21. Why did the new law make Mr. Alvarado excited? A. Because he can request a driver's license. B. Because he became a legal immigrant of California. C. Because he got his driving license as an illegal immigrant. D. Because a law went into effect for the new immigrants. 22. What is the difference of the new licenses compared to those given to citizens'? A. The words “Federal Limits Apply” will abuse illegal immigrants B. They can't be used to travel on an airplane or enter a federal building. C. They can be used to act against the police and other people. D. With the words "Federal Limits Apply", immigrants can enjoy special rights. 23. What's the public's attitude towards the new law released on January l in California? A. supportive B. negative C. neutral B ◆Walking tall, and safely Some women simply refuse to give up high heels, despite slush (雪泥), ice and snow. Now there's Winter Trax for them, designed to fit over high-heel boots and make their walk on the wild side a little more safe. Metal coils (圈) wrap around rubber at the front end of the shoe, with the heel end open. D. controversial
◆Snow skirt steps up into fashion Down with snow pants. Up with snow skirts! Montreal's Fantasy World Heroes has created these skirts to layer over minis and jeans as the snow season sets in. In a range of colors and available in wool, and quiltings, they come in four sizes and adjustable. ◆ Doc Martens, those army-inspired leather boots, are back. They were last popular when Kurt Cobain was all the rage (风靡一时). So far, just a few teens and fashion people have been spotted wearing the slight fat boots, but they have already appeared on stylish models like Irina Lazareanu and Agyness Deyn. Neon stores sold Doc Martens 15 years ago and its owner Irving Tajfel wasn't sure at first if he was ready to relive the trend. "I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Doc Martens at a fashion fair in Barcelona last year. Then I saw all the cool fashion kids wearing them in Paris. That got me thinking that it was about time Doc Martens came back in style here." Tajfel said. 24. We can know from the passage that WinterTrax A. makes women like Doc Martens more B. pro tects the back end of high-heel boots C. makes women enjoy high-heel boots in winter D. protects women from being robbed 25. When in Barcelona last year, Irving Tajfel probably _ A. wore a pair of Doc Martens C. placed an order for Doc Martens A. Leather boots are popular again C. How to choose high-quality boots 27. What is this passage mainly about? A. High-heel boots. B. Seasons. C Can eating a chocolate bar every day really prevent age-related memory loss? No. But a new research shows that large amounts of flavones, substances found in cocoa, tea and some kinds of vegetables, may improve age-related memory failure. Dr. Scott Small is a professor of neurology (神经病学) at Columbia University in new York City. He is the lead writer of a research paper describing the effects of cocoa flavones on brain activity. His study involved 37 volunteers aged between 50 and 69. Researchers gave them a high-level flavones drink made from cocoa beans or a low-level flavones drink. For a period of three months, some subjects got 900 milligrams of flavones a day. The others got 10 milligrams of flavones each day. Brain imaging and memory tests were given to each study subject before and after the study. Dr. Small says that the subjects who had the high-level flavones drink showed much improvement on memory tests. The researchers warn that more work is needed to be done because this study was performed only on a small group. Dr. Joann Manson is the lead researcher of a four-year study involving 18,000 adults. This study will use flavones capsules(胶囊). The study subjects will be divided into two groups and will take two pills per day. The C. Clothes fashion. D. Weather. . B. found Doc Martens was put on show D. saw fashion kids wearing Doc Martens B. Kurt Cobain and its music D. Doc Martens make a brave return .
26. Which of the following can be used to fill in the blank?
capsules used will all look the same. But one group's capsules will contain flavones, while the other group will take capsules made of an inactive substance, or placebo Dr. Manson says it's not necessary for people to start eating more chocolate, because 3 persons would have to eat a huge amount of chocolate to get the same level of flavones given to the rest subjects. He adds many manufacturers have planned to remove the flavones from their chocolate products. Similarly, Dr. Manson says a cocoa-based flavones extract（提取）may be developed in the future But he says that more studies are needed to see how much flavones is good for our health. 28. What was done to the subjects after Dr. Small's study? A. They were asked to take a high-level flavones drink. B. They were given capsules containing flavones. C. They were given brain imaging and memory tests. D. They were asked to take two pills of flavones capsules per day. 29. What's the similarity of the two experiments? A. Both use high-level flavones capsules. B. The number of the subjects is the same. C. Drinks and placebos are used in both experiments. D. The subjects are divided into two groups in both experiments. 30. Why will Dr. Manson carry out the four-year study? A. To prove the first experiment is wrong. B. To carry out the experiment further. C. To test how much flavones can improve our memory. D. To show eating chocolate is better to improve memory. 31. What can we learn from the last paragraph? A It's not necessary for us to eat chocolate. B The more we eat flavones, the better our health will be. C. In the future we can get flavones without eating chocolate. D. It's easy for people to get the same level of flavones given to the test subjects. D All you have is what you bring with you I've always felt a need to be prepared for whatever situation I've found myself in. My mother once took me to a store when I was seven years old. She and I got to the checkout counter, and she realized she had forgotten a couple of things on her shopping list. She left me with the cart and ran off to get what she needed. "I'll be right back." she said. She was gone just a few minutes, but in that time, I had loaded all the things on the belt and everything was rung up. I was left staring at the cashier, who was staring at me." Do you have money for me, son?" she said. "I'll need to be paid." I didn't realize she was just trying to amuse herself. So I stood there, ashamed and embarrassed. By the time my mom returned, I was angry. "You left me here with no money! This lady asked me for the money, and I had nothing to give her!" Now that I'm an adult, you'll never catch me with less than $200 in my wallet. I want to be prepared in case I need it.
I've always admired people who are over-prepared. In college, I had a classmate named Norman. One day he was giving a presentation on an overhead projector (投影仪) and in the middle of his talk, the light bulb（灯泡） on the projector blew out. We would have to wait ten minutes until someone found a new' projector. "It's Okay." he announced. "There's nothing to worry about." We watched him walk over to his bag and pull something out. He had brought along a spare bulb for the Overhead projector. Who could even think of that? I often told my students, "When you go into the wilderness, the only thing you can depend on is what you take with you." And essentially, the wilderness is anywhere but your home or office. So take money. Pack a light bulb. Be prepared. 32. Why did the cashier ask a seven-year-old boy to pay for the purchases'? A. The boy was shopping by himself. B. The boy's mother asked her to do so. C. The cashier was playing a joke on him. D. The boy's mother was away for something else. 33. Why was the boy angry with his mother? A. His mother left him alone. B. He lost face in front of the cashier. C. His mother forgot to buy something. D. He had just quarreled with the cashier. 34. Why did Norman bring a spare bulb with him? A. He was always well-prepared. B. His presentation was about bulbs. C. He knew the classroom equipment was of poor quality. D. He predicted the bulb on the projector would blow out. 35. What do the two stories tell us? A. Accidents happen almost every day. B. Money is the key that opens all doors. C. In fair weather, prepare for a rainy day. D. Chances favor those who are well-prepared. 第二节 根据短文内容,从文后的选项中选出能填人空白处的最佳选项。选项中有两项为多余选项。 E Have you heard about Leap year? Leap year is a year that has 366 days instead of the usual 365. It normally occurs every four years, always on an even-numbered year. The extra day is added to our shortest month. That is the second month of the year, which in non-leap years has 28 days, two fewer than any other month. We also call Leap year the bissextile year (闰年). 37 36 In our calendar system there is a need for a
leap year because the solar year (the time it takes the earth to go around the sun once）is actually slightly more than 365 days long. That extra day—Feb 29 every four years—helps correct the difference between our calendar and the solar calendar.
It is said that Leap year was first made part of the calendar by the ancient Roman leader Julius Caesar. His astronomers had calculated the length of the solar year to be 365 days and six hours. So Caesar declared that an extra day be added to the calendar. 38 However, Caesar’s adjustment was not completely accurate because his astronomers’ year exceeded the true solar year by eleven minutes and fourteen seconds. By 1582, a difference of ten days had developed between the calendar year and the true solar year. To correct this error, Pope Gregory XⅢ ruled that every fourth year would continue to be a leap year except for century years that could not be divided evenly by 400. By this system, century years such as 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years, but the year 2000 was a leap year. 40 people. A. They acknowledge that they get older each year. B. When you see Feb 29 on a calendar, you know that year is a leap year. C. This is its formal, or scientific title. D. This may seem complicated, but it works. E. In a leap year, the extra day is added to the second month, giving it 29 instead of the usual 28 days F. The leap year was introduced in the Julian calendar in 46 BC. G. This is done every four years. 39 People born on Feb 29 celebrate their growing up a little differently from the rest of us. But if they go strictly by the calendar, they have only one-fourth as many birthday celebrations as most
第一节 完形填空（共 20 小题；每小题 1.5 分,满分 30 分） 阅读下面短文,掌握其大意,然后从各题所给的 A、B、C、D 四个选项中,选出最佳选项。 There is a fine line between a parent who is active and open-minded and one that doesn’t know when to let go （放手）. As my daughter, Nicole, prepares to leave home for college, I’m discovering how hard it is to stay on the to 41 43 side of this line. When I hold 42 the apron strings（围裙带） connecting us, Nicole, eager 44 mother-daughter, push-me, independence, tries to loosen my grasp. What results is a (an)
pull-you kind of tango. For the past two years, it’s gone like this: Mother’s question: “Have you thought of taking an advanced class （大学预备课程） so that you can earn college credit?” Daughter’s …… Two months ago, she was a 47 catalog carefully and and Nicole’s face was astonished, (an) 51 49 50 48 46 to a great university. However, I was still the mother having time letting go. The night before the introductory meeting of the university, I had read the course courses which I thought looked good. We met on the campus the next afternoon, with excitement. “I have had my entire schedule figured out,” she said. “Already?” I she should have discussed it with me. I examined the schedule. Nicole hadn’t taken a 52 suited her interests. Just 53 mind and the ability to shape her future. She no longer 45 : “No, I’m not interested in that.”
one of the courses I had suggested. Every course she had chosen
then I saw a mature, capable young woman with a
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every decision she made. I felt proud, though still a bit 58
. 57 , sympathy, and the 60 we both needed.
the lessons carefully. Nicole has struggled to learn over the past 18 years:
hard work. There have been a few holes along the way. 41. A. left 42. A. onto 43. A. keep 44. A. awkward 45. A. comment 46. A. received 47. A. good 48. A. taken 49. A. lit up 50. A. imagining 51. A. only 52. A. mostly 53. A. sharp 54.A.encouraging 55. A. anxious 56. A. reviewed 57.A.competence 58. A. Therefore 59. A. determine 60. A. character B. right B. up B. refuse B. relaxing B. word B. invited B. great B. underlined B. built up B. thinking B. just B. hardly B. normal B. evaluating B. excited B. observed B. honesty B. Instead B. embrace B. strength C. either C. back C. taste C. lively C. concept C. treated C. hard C. offered
, she is well-equipped and eager to 59 D. each D. out D. bear D. beautiful D. response D. accepted D. easy D. emphasized D. made up D. adding D. single D. slightly D. typical D. agreeing D. tense D. studied D. responsibility D. Besides D. control D. independence
future. The next step, I recognized, was mine to take: giving my daughter and myself the
C. turned up C. hoping C. even C. exactly C. different C. disagreeing C. sad C. checked C. confidence C. Still C. discover C. relief
第二卷（共 60 分）(请把答案写在答题纸上)
第一节：语法填空（共 10 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 15 分） （不多于 3 个单词） 。 Nowadays, more and more schools in China have rules making students wear school uniforms to School. A lot of Chinese students complain about_ 1 (wear) their school uniforms every day. But 2 3 4 American is about (luck) 6 students get annoyed about their uniforms, too? American high schools usually have a dress code, requirements for students' dressing. Boys at school must wear clean jackets every day. Girls are than boys, they have more flexible wear a dress. In general, it takes a student 10-15 minutes every morning 7
5 (choose) than boys. They can either dress similarly to the boys
(dress) up for class. As 8 (actual) there're
students do in China, plenty of American students also have their complaints about school uniforms. What if students really dislike the dress code and want to get rid of it? Instead of getting punished, ways to do that. At my school, "dress down" tickets Chinese students can buy these tickets, too. 9 ticket, they don't need to wear school uniforms the following day. I have a strong 10 (sell) on school days. If students are willing to buy a (believe) that one day
第二节：基础知识测试（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 注意：1-5 题为词汇测试（只填一词） ，6-10 题为补全句子测试（多词填空,每空一词） 。 1. Here they stood, staring, 2. Do not trust his love -- he is 3. The days are 4. We may have lost some 5. A man comes round 6. There was a heavy curtain which 7. They hope 8. grows stronger and stronger. 9. 他讲英文的方式暴露了他的身份。His way of speaking English 10. I (挨了顿斥责)from my teacher. . (变短) now. (行李)so we 'd like to make a report. (定期) collecting scrap. (遮住了光). （很多像这样的活动）can be held. (随着我心理发育的成熟), my desire to turn into an adult (透不过气) with wonder. (善变).
第三节：短文改错（共 10 小题,每小题 1 分,满分 10 分） 短文中共有 10 处语言错误，每行中最多两处错误。错误涉及一个单词的增加、删除或修改。 增加：在此处加一个漏字符号(∧)，并在其下面写出增加的词; 删除：把多余的词用斜线(＼)划掉;
修改：在错的词下划一横线，并在其下面写出修改后的词。 注意：1.每处错误及其修改均仅限一词； 2.只允许修改 10 处，多者（从十一处起）不计分。 Dear Diana, Thank you for the lovely day we have with you. It was so kind for you to let us bring Anne's friend, Gina. Unfortunate, the only problem was the journey home. There had been a terrible accident on the highway and, for a result, there was a long line of traffic for at least six mile. In the end, we drove to a service station and waited there unless the road was clear. In the car park here Gina nearly got knocked over as car drove out far too quickly from behind a lorry. They finally dropped Gina off at her parents' and made our own way to home. Much love, Fiona 第四节：书面表达(满分 25 分) 假如你们学校“英语爱好者俱乐部”将对“良好饮食习惯”这一话题进行讨论。请根据下列提示，用英语 写一篇发言稿。内容要点应包括： 部分同学的饮食习惯 不吃早餐, 爱吃零食偏食 饮食过量 良好的饮食习惯 饮食多样化饮食 定时定量 个人看法 重要性：有助于身体 健康??
注意：1.发言稿必须包括所有内容要点，可适当发挥； 2．发言稿开头与结尾已为你写好，不计入总词数； 3．词数：100 左右。 4．参考词汇：偏食 be particular about food Dear friends,
As we all know, we are what we eat. Therefore, it’s very important for us to form healthy eating habits._________________________________________________________. That’s all. Thank you!
衡水中学 2015-2016 学年度小学期一调考试高三年级
英语试卷 II 答题卡
第一节：语法填空（共 10 小题；每小题 1.5 分，满分 15 分） （不多于 3 个单词） 。 1. 6. 2. 7. 3. 8. 4. 9. 5. 10.
第二节：基础知识测试（共 10 小题；每小题 1 分，满分 10 分） 1. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 2. 3. 4. 5.
第三节：短文改错（共 10 小题,每小题 1 分,满分 10 分） Dear Diana, Thank you for the lovely day we have with you. It was so kind for you to let us bring Anne's friend, Gina. Unfortunate, the only problem was the journey home. There had been a terrible accident on the highway and, for a result, there was a long line of traffic for at least six mile. In the end, we drove to a service station and waited there unless the road was clear. In the car park here Gina nearly got knocked over as car drove out far too quickly from behind a lorry. They finally dropped Gina off at her parents' and made our own way to home. Much love, Fiona 第四节：书面表达(满分 25 分) Dear friends, As we all know, we are what we eat. Therefore, it’s very important for us to form healthy eating habits.
That’s all. Thank you!
衡水中学 2015-2016 学年度小学期一调考试高三年级
听力（一题 1 分，共 20 分） ： BABAC ABBAB CBACC ACCAB 阅读（一题 2 分，共 40 分） ： (A)ABD (B) CBDC (C)CDBC (D) CBAC 完形（一题 1.5 分，共 30 分） ： BACAD DCBAB DCABC ADCBD 语法填空（一题 1.5 分，共 15 分）: 1. wearing 2. do 6. or 7. to dress 8. actually 9. are sold regularly 6. blocked out the light 7. many such activities away 10.got a scolding 短文改错（一题 1 分，共 10 分） ： Dear Diana, Thank you for the lovely day we have with you. It was so kind for you to let us bring Anne's friend, had of Gina. Unfortunate, the only problem was the journey home. There had been a terrible accident on the Unfortunately highway and, for a result, there was a long line of traffic for at least six mile. In the end, we drove to a as miles service station and waited there unless the road was clear. In the car park here Gina nearly got knocked until there over as∧ car drove out far too quickly from behind a lorry. They finally dropped Gina off at her parents' a We and made our own way to home. Much love, Fiona
(E ) BCGDA 5. choices 4. baggage/luggage 5.
3. which 10. belief
基础知识测试:（每小题 1 分， 满分 10 分） 1. breathless 2. changeable 3. shortening
8. With my mental development
9. gave him
书面表达： （25 分） One possible version： Dear friends, As we all know, we are what we eat. Therefore, it’s very important for us to form healthy eating habits. However, bad eating habits are still very common among us students. Some of us often go to school without breakfast; some like to have snacks; some others are particular about food; and still some eat or drink too much. All these bad habits will surely do harm to our health. To keep fit, we should have various healthy diets, which generally include proper amounts of fish, meat, vegetables, fruit as well as main food. Besides, we’d better have meals regularly. In my opinion, we should try to develop healthy eating habits to build up a strong body. Only in this way can we have enough energy to study better. That’s all. Thank you! 听力材料： (Text 1) W: You and Joe each have a desk and dresser. But you’ll have to share the cupboard. M: No problem. And don't forget to make a second copy of the room key for Joe, Ms White. (Text 2) M: Hi, Betty. You don’t look so good. W: Oh. I have a big test tomorrow, and I have to do well on it. M: You are always like this before a test. I’m sure you’ll do it well.
(Text 3) W: Excuse me. Is this the line for the James Bond movie? M: Yes, it is. W: It has been a pretty long wait to get the ticket. (Text4) W: The new clothes shop has a variety of styles, but everyone does their shopping on Saturday so there aren’t enough changing rooms. M: And I heard the prices are really high. (Text 5) W: Ray, fax this paper as soon as possible. Mr Steven is waiting for this in Washington. M: I’m sorry, Ms Boil, but the fax machine isn’t working. If it needs to go out immediately, I can take it next door and ask them to fax it for us. W: OK.
(Text 6) M: Did you see the review in the paper about Bossa Nova? It says it has great Brazilian food. W: I read the article, but I’m not sure if I totally agree with it. I had dinner there with my mother last weekend. The food was great, but the atmosphere was what really made the place special. M: Really? What about the service? The review said it was just so-so. W: Yes, the service wasn’t great, but the affordable prices and comfortable surrounding s made up for it. (Text 7) M: Hello, can I speak to Mrs Wilson, please? W: Speaking. M: Oh, Mrs Wilson, this is Roy from Martin Plumbing. I’m sorry to inform you that I won’t be able to stop by this afternoon because I got an emergency call five minutes ago about a pipe bursting. W: Oh my god! Thank you for telling me. When will you be avai lable to come by and take a look at my pipes? M: I’m free tomorrow afternoon. Does that work out for you? W: Yes, that’ll be fine. Also, please use the back door. My front stairs need to be repaired. (Text 8) W: Do you know anything about Wikipedia? M: Yes, I often use it. W: Tell me more. M: It’s like any search engine. You simply type in a keyword, press Return and the information you want appears. W: What do you use it for? M: All kinds of things. Yesterday, I need to write an article about wildlife conservation in Nambia. It took me about a minute to find the information I wanted on Wikipedia. W: Have you any idea how correct that information is? M: No, but that’s no different from any other source of information. The article on Nambia had been updated the day before yesterday. W: So you would recommend using Wikipedia?
M: Yes, certainly. It’s free, as well as being quick and easy to use. (Text 9) W: It’s actually a remarkable book, Colin and unlike other travel writers, you’ve managed to talk to ordinary people in their own language. How in fact did you go about learning Khalkha? Did you go to classes? M: Not exactly. I’d done that for Russian and Chinese. But for Khalkha, I picked it up while I was there. Learn it on my own and in my own way. As soon as I arrived I settled into a flat and started to talk to people there and getting to know them. W: What do you think is the key to good language learning? Do you have to be naturally gifted? M: For adults it helps to have some sort of gift and being outgoing helps too, as you won’t get far if you’re scared of making a fool of yourself. But most importantly it’s practice that really matters. W: While you were there you had the experience of being invited to live with a Mongolian family, didn’t you? Tell me a little about that… (Text 10) W: Hello, everyone. I’m here today to talk about how I became a food reviewer. Well. I’ve always had an interest in food. As a child, I was always helping my parents with the cooking. In fact, neither of them were interested in cooking, so they just made something quick. I preferred experimenting with different recipes and materials from around the world to try to create new tastes. After I left school, I went to college and did a cooking course. I enjoyed every aspect of it—the theory and the practical sides. When I passed my exams, my tutors gave me excellent references so I was lucky enough to go straight to a restaurant in London. I was there for a year. But during that time, I found the speed of the work too fast and too stressful. There was never a time to really think about or appreciate what I was doing. Don't get me wrong. The cooks there were absolutely talented and friendly. Then I did a journalism course at a London college. I met some interesting people, including the editor of a food magazine. When she found out about my background, she asked me to write an article on healthy eating. This was before I had finished my course. That’s probably the beginning of my career. Now I’m thinking about starting my own food magazine.