Wednesday, May 31, 2006

How do I improve English ability through using English websites?

Nowadays, learning English is very important to everyone .For me, English is not only one of my subjects but also my tool .Because English becomes the interlanguage, I can get everything that I want to know by English. Before I get information on the premise that I should learn English well. There are so many ways to learn English. But which way is the most convenient to learn it? Maybe the Internet is a good answer.

ICRT is a website that I often visit to. In this website, there are “Netsroom”, “Study zone”, “Broadcaster”…and so on. When I want to practice my listening ability, I can choose the “Broadcaster”. When I want to improve my reading ability, I can select the “Netsroom”. When I have questions about learning English, I can ask for the “Study zone”. Altogether, ICRT is a very useful website for me.

In addition to visiting the ICRT, I use the MSN to improve my English ability. MSN is a way to communicate with our friends no matter where they are and what time is. On the other hand, we can have the interactions about English to foreigners or overseas friends. Take me for instance, I usually contact with my overseas friends in English through the MSN. If I have problems about English, I could ask for them immediately. However, the most important thing is that we can share everything to each other.

Learning English is every minute and every moment. Everyone should find their own study ways. No matter we choose books, broadcaster, or go aboard to improve English ability, we have to develop studied-English habit. I like to learn English in all respects. I hope that I can learn more skills to improve my English ability and get more information I want by the Internet.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Online Garage Sales
1. Introduction: What's meaning of “Online Garage Sales”?
(Ans): Before the Internet, Americans sold stuff from their garages or yards. Online shopping sites now provide a new venue for people around the world.
2. Why the Garage sale is famous around the world?
(Ans): The Internet supplies the convenient place and diverse goods to shop. So “Online Garage Sales” has spread quickly around the world.
3. How do we get engaged in online purchase?
(Ans): The step about putting our used stuff online: First, find a Web site that serves our area. Second, make sure to market our item well.
4. Which advantage….
(Ans): We can find anything that we want and sell out the stuff that we don’t want. The Internet is very convenient to everyone.
5. Which disadvantage…..
(Ans): We just image the stuff according to the pictures.
6. Conclusion
(Ans): The Internet can help us turn that extra stuff into cash. And make our money stretch with these “Online Garage Sales”.

Friday, April 07, 2006

On Generation N

Who’s the “Generation N”? What’s the “Generation N”? In short ,those people born after 1975 are called “Generation N” .Because they are the first generation to fully embrace the Internet ,they are more comfortable with new technology .Obviously ,the Internet changes our life .We can do a lot of things through the Internet .For example :shopping ,chatting ,reading ,listening the radio or music ,getting the information we want…and so on .Although Gen N’s process information more efficiently ,corresponsively ,they become more impatient and individualistic .

What kinds of characteristics about Gen N’s? They have been described as self-confident, independent and unrealistic .They want their own personal space and freedom. This is resulting in many people to get marry later, or not at all. Gen N’s are eager to buy the latest products .They often buy on credit and don’t worry about getting into debt. Above mentioned, maybe those are shortcomings to older generation.

Irrefutably, Gen N’s have many excellences to different from older generation. They are full of creativity. They have the courage to try all kinds of new things. They are more open to new things then previous generations. Their spending power and technological abilities make them a force to be reckoned with. Definitely, Generation N is challenging society’s traditional ideas and creating new life style. Although still some worry if Generation N is ready to become tomorrow’s leaders, Gen N’s are optimistic. The world is watching as the first of the Internet generation grows up. Let’s to wait and see!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Opening ceremony - February 10
Main article: 2006 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Olympic Flame at Turin
The 2006 Winter Olympics open in Turin, Italy, with the opening ceremony at the Stadio Olimpico. The opening ceremonies were the last ones for a Winter Olympics to be held outdoors until at least the 2014 Winter Olympics because those for the 2010 Winter Olympics will be held indoors.
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Day 1 - February 11

A ticket to the February 11 Ice Hockey game
Biathlon
Michael Greis of Germany wins the first gold medal of the 2006 Winter Olympics, with a victory in the Individual 20km biathlon race.
Figure Skating
Russian pair Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin are the leaders after the short program.
Freestyle skiing
Jennifer Heil becomes the first Canadian woman to win a medal in moguls.
Ice hockey
The Canadian national women's hockey team sets an Olympic record for the most lopsided win when they beat their Italian hosts 16-0.
Nordic combined
Germany takes the lead in the medal count, with Georg Hettich picking up a gold medal in nordic combined.
Speed skating
American Chad Hedrick wins the 5000m long-track event.
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Day 2 - February 12
Alpine Skiing
Antoine Deneriaz from France wins gold in the men's downhill event.
Cross country
Estonian Kristina Šmigun wins the women's 7.5 + 7.5 km double pursuit event; a few hours later, Yevgeniy Dementiev secures gold for Russia on the men's 15 km + 15 km distance.
Figure skating
Michelle Kwan of the United States withdraws from the Olympics following a groin injury in practice. Emily Hughes is named as her replacement.
Ice hockey
The Canadian national women's hockey team defeats the Russian team 12-0. The American women's team defeats the Germans 5-0.
Luge
Armin Zöggeler of Italy wins the gold in men's singles.
Short track speed skating
Ahn Hyun Soo of South Korea wins gold in the men's 1500 m.
Snowboarding
Shaun White of the U.S. team takes the gold medal at the men's snowboarding halfpipe event.
Speed skating
19-year old Ireen Wüst of The Netherlands wins gold at the women's 3000 m long-track event.
Ski jumping
Lars Bystøl from Norway takes away the gold medal at the men's normal hill K95 ski jumping.
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Day 3 - February 13
Biathlon
Russia's Svetlana Ishmuratova wins the women's 15 km biathlon.
Figure skating
Russian pair Totmianina and Marinin beat two Chinese pairs to take home the gold, posting the only composite score over 200. Chinese pair Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao finish their free skate and win the silver medal, despite a fall and apparent injury to Zhang Dan after their attempt at a quadruple throw.
Snowboarding
Hannah Teter of the U.S. team takes the gold medal at the women's snowboarding halfpipe event. American teammate Gretchen Bleiler wins the silver, with Kjersti Buaas of Norway taking the bronze.
Speed skating
Joey Cheek of the United States wins the gold medal at the 500m long track event, skating both runs in less than 35 seconds; the fastest time of any other competitor was that of silver medalist Dmitry Dorofeyev, with 35.17.
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Day 4 - February 14
Alpine skiing
Ted Ligety wins gold for the United States in the men's Combined event. Then-leader Bode Miller was disqualified for straddling a gate in the first slalom section; in addition, the leader after the first slalom section, Benjamin Raich, skied off-course in the second section and was also disqualified. Ivica Kostelić of Croatia was second and Rainer Schönfelder of Austria took the bronze.
Biathlon
Sven Fischer of Germany wins the 10 km sprint race.
Cross country
Sweden's first medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics was brought home by Lina Andersson and Anna Dahlberg, who won the gold medal in women's team sprint, classical style. Minutes later Thobias Fredriksson and Björn Lind did the same in men's team sprint, bringing both gold medals in the event to Sweden.
Figure skating
Russian Evgeny Plushenko leads after the men's short program. Plushenko's score of 90.66 was the highest for any short program since the current scoring system was adopted in 2003.
Ice hockey
In the womens' competition, Canada defeats Sweden 8-1 and will face Finland in the semi-final. The United States defeats Finland 7-3 and will face Sweden in the other semi-final match.
Luge
Germany's Sylke Otto wins gold in the injury-plagued women's luge event while countrywomen Silke Kraushaar and Tatjana Huefner complete the podium.
Speed skating
Svetlana Zhurova of Russia takes gold in the women's 500 meter. Wang Manli and Ren Hui of China win the other two medals.
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Day 5 - February 15
Alpine skiing
Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria wins the women's downhill. Martina Schild of Switzerland and Anja Pärson of Sweden complete the podium.
Freestyle skiing
Dale Begg-Smith of Australia wins the men's moguls. Mikko Ronkainen of Finland and Toby Dawson of the United States win silver and bronze.
Ice hockey
On the first day of men's competition, Canada defeats Italy 7-2. In upsets, Latvia ties the USA 3-3 and Russia is defeated by Slovakia 5-3.
Luge
Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger win the men's doubles competition. Teams from Germany and Italy take the silver and bronze.
Nordic combined
High winds in the ski jumping hill force the jury to abandon the team competition midway through the second round. The teams will resume tomorrow. Norway had to withdraw their team because of illness.
Speed skating
Canada sets the first new records of the Games when both their men's and ladies' team pursuit team set new Olympic records. In the men's competition this is then broken by The Netherlands, and then by Italy. The Men's semi-finals on the 16th will be Canada vs. Norway and The Netherlands vs. Italy.
Short track
China's Wang Meng wins China's first gold at Turin in the women's individual 500m. Bulgaria's Evgenia Radanova takes the silver, while Canada's Anouk Leblanc-Boucher claims the bronze.
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Day 6 - February 16
Biathlon
Florence Baverel-Robert of France wins the women's biathlon 7.5 km sprint. Anna Carin Olofsson of Sweden and Lilia Efremova of Ukraine complete the podium. Olga Pyleva of Russia, who placed second at the 15km on day 3, has been disqualified from the Games following a positive test for carphedon. She has been stripped of her medal.
Cross country skiing
Kristina Šmigun wins her second gold medal of these Games with a victory in the women's 10km classical and remains the only Estonian to medal.
Curling
In men's action, Great Britain edges Germany 7-6, Switzerland keeps New Zealand winless by winning 9-7, Canada edges Norway 7-6, and the United States defeats Sweden, 10-6.
Figure skating
Evgeny Plushenko of Russia dominates the competition and takes gold in the men's competition ahead of Switzerland's Stéphane Lambiel and Canada's Jeffrey Buttle. As he did in the short program, Plushenko sets a world record for the highest score in the free skate since the new scoring system was adopted in 2003.
Ice hockey
The upsets in the men's tournament continue as the Czech Republic is defeated by Switzerland 3-2. In other games, Finland shuts out Italy 6-0, Russia surprises Sweden 5-0, Slovakia defeats Latvia 6-3, Canada beats Germany 5-1, and the United States beats Kazakhstan 4-1. Play continues Saturday.
Nordic combined
Austria wins the men's team competition after Mario Stecher catches up with Germany's Jens Gaiser on the final 5km leg. Finland wins bronze, finishing nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the field.
Snowboarding
Seth Wescott of the United States wins the inaugural men's snowboard cross competition. Radoslav Zidek of Slovakia is second and Paul-Henri de Le Rue of France is third.
Speed skating
The German team of Daniela Anschütz-Thoms, Anni Friesinger, and Claudia Pechstein defeats the Canadian team to win gold in the final of the women's team pursuit. Italy wins its first ever Olympic speed skating gold in the men's team pursuit event. The Italians beat the favored Dutch team in the semifinals after Sven Kramer suffers a costly fall. In the final, Italy defeats Canada, which took its second silver in the Lingotto Oval.
Skeleton
Maya Pedersen-Bieri of Switzerland wins gold in the women's final. Shelley Rudman of Great Britain earns silver, the first medal of the games for Great Britain. Melissa Hollingsworth-Richards of Canada claims bronze.
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Day 7 - February 17
Cross country skiing
Estonia gains another gold as Andrus Veerpalu wins the 15km classical cross-country race ahead of Lukáš Bauer and Tobias Angerer.
Curling
In the men's competition, Great Britain makes short work of Sweden 8-2, while the United States defeats Switzerland 7-4. Finland edges Canada, 6-5.
Figure skating
In the ice dancing competition, the Italian team of Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio lead after the compulsary dance, with Russians Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov in second place.
Ice hockey
Sweden scores an upset victory against the United States in the women's hockey semi-finals after a 3-2 shoot out win to advance to the gold medal game. There, they will face Canada, who shut out Finland in the other semi-final.
Snowboarding
Tanja Frieden of Switzerland takes the gold in women's snowboarding cross after Lindsey Jacobellis of USA falls on the second to last jump while performing an unneccesary and difficult method grab to give up the largest lead of the entire tournament. Jacobellis settles for silver, while Canada's Dominique Maltais takes bronze after recovery from a crash.
Skeleton
Duff Gibson of Canada takes gold, just ahead of fellow Canadian Jeff Pain. Swiss slider Gregor Stähli wins the bronze. The 39-year-old Gibson becomes the oldest individual gold medalist in Winter Olympics history.
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Day 8 - February 18
Alpine skiing
Croatian Janica Kostelić takes gold in the women's combined. Austria 's Marlies Schild wins the silver and Anja Pärson from Sweden finishes third.
Kjetil André Aamodt wins gold for Norway in the mens Super G beating Hermann Maier of Austria. Ambrosi Hoffmann takes bronze for the Swiss.
Biathlon
Germany moves into first place on the medals table and stays there for a few hours as Kati Wilhelm and Martina Glagow finish first and second in the 10km pursuit. Albina Akhatova of Russia takes bronze.
Vincent Defrasne wins gold for France in the 12.5km pursuit event, followed closely by Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway. Germany's Sven Fischer takes bronze.
Cross country skiing
Russia wins the 20km women's relay handily, finishing 10 seconds ahead of silver medalists Germany and 11 seconds ahead of bronze winners Italy.
Curling
In the men's competition, Italy shocks Canada 6-5, while the United States beats Germany 8-5. Great Britain edges Switzerland, 6-5, and Finland takes out Norway 7-3.
Ice hockey
Switzerland stuns Canada 2-0 in the men's competition. Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Martin Gerber has 49 saves in the win. Slovakia men's team defeats United States 2-1.
Short track speed skating
Jin Sun-Yu and Choi Eun-Kyung of South Korea take gold and silver in the women's 1500m. China's Wang Meng takes bronze. In the men's 1000m, Ahn Hyun-Soo and Lee Ho-Suk of South Korea take gold and silver with United States' Apolo Anton Ohno taking the bronze.
Speed skating
The United States takes gold and silver in the men's 1000m with Shani Davis outskating Joey Cheek for first. Erben Wennemars of the Netherlands receives bronze. Davis' victory makes him the first black person to win an individual gold medal in the history of the Winter Olympics.
Ski jumping
After a disappointing performance on the K90 hill, Austrian ski jumpers Thomas Morgenstern and Andreas Kofler take gold and silver on the large hill, with the smallest possible margin of 0.1 points between them. Norway's Lars Bystøl, winner of gold on the normal hill, places third.
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Day 9 - February 19
Bobsleigh
The German bob driven by Andre Lange wins gold in the men's 2-man event 0.21 seconds ahead of the Canadian bob driven by Pierre Lueders and 0.35 seconds ahead of Martin Annen's Swiss sled.
Cross country skiing
Italy takes the gold in the men's 4x10km relay, with Italian anchor Cristian Zorzi crossing the finish line 15 seconds ahead of silver medalist, Germany. Sweden takes the bronze.
Curling
In the men's competition, the United States surprises Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 9-8. These teams have qualified for the semi-finals, as have Finland. All teams now have at least two losses in the round robin.
Figure skating
In an evening of ice dancing marred by mistakes and falls by other pairs, Russians Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov move into first place in the ice original dance phase. Americans Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto are in second and Ukranians Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov are in third.
Ice hockey
Finland defeats Canada 2-0 in the men's competition. Canada, the pre-tournament favorite, has been held scoreless over the past two games but is not at risk of being eliminated during this stage.
Speed skating
Marianne Timmer of the Netherlands wins the women's 1000m in 1.16.05, 8 years after winning in Nagano. Cindy Klassen of Canada comes in second and favorite Anni Friesinger of Germany wins the bronze, 0.06 seconds behind Timmer.
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Day 10 - February 20
Alpine skiing
Benjamin Raich of Austria comes from fifth place in the first run to win the men's giant slalom event after two runs.Two hours later Michaela Dorfmeister wins the women's super-g event and grabs her second gold medal of the Games and Austria's second gold of the day.
Curling
After downing Denmark 8–1, Norway becomes the third team to qualify for the semi-finals in the women's competition, joining Sweden and Switzerland. Canada beats Denmark 9-8, occupying the fourth playoff spot.
In the men's competition, Canada defeats the United States 6-3 to qualify for the semi-finals, and will play the USA again in the first game of the medal round.
Figure Skating
Russia continues to dominate on the ice as Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov win the gold in the Ice Dancing competition. Americans Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto get the first U.S. medals in this event since 1976 and take home the silver. Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov of Ukraine earn bronze.
Ice hockey
Canada wins the gold in the women's tournament, defeating Sweden 4-1. The United States shuts out Finland 4-0 in the bronze medal game. Katie King scores a hat trick for the Americans.
Ski jumping
Austria wins the team event for the first time ever. Finland takes the silver, while Norway takes the bronze.

References from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Winter_Olympics

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

English lesson homework
1. Winter Olympic Competition. Describe (define) the games of Winter Olympic Competition? Athletes?
2. What is Olympic spirit?
3. Where is the city, Winter Olympic? Describe its location and map?
4. Who is Olympic hopeful(potential players in Olympic)? Why?
5. How do the countries from warmer climates (players: AU, China) have a shot at taking home the gold? =champion, medal, premium, prize.

http://en.wikipedia.com
http://vedio.msnbc.com

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Luge
A luge is small one- or two-person sled on which one sleighs supine and feet-first. Steering is done by flexing the sled's runners or pulling straps attached to the sled's runners. Luge is also the name of the sport which involves racing with such sleds.
為競賽用的仰臥滑行小雪橇。

課文經典句:
1. This month in Turin, Italy, the Winter Games will take place once more.
2. Thousands of athletes from more than 70 countries will compete in 15 winter sports.
3. Athletes from Northern European countries typically dominate the Games.
4. After two disappointing Olympic attempts, Chinese-American Michelle Kwan hopes she will finally take home the gold this year.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

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