I have just m ________ to a new house in a new town and am f ________ very lonely. I have a very good j ________ but no real friends, so every evening I s ________ at home al ________ and watch television. I find it difficult to m ________ friends and don’t know where to meet new people. Can you give me some a ________? I'm looking forward to h ________ from you.
What is language for? Some people seem to think it's for practicing grammar rules and learning lists of words? The longer the lists, the better. That’s wrong. Language is for the exchange of ideas and information. It’s meaningless knowing all about a language if you can’t use it freely. Many students I have met know hundreds of grammar rules, but they can't speak correctly or fluently (流利地). They are afraid of making mistakes. One shouldn’t be afraid of making mistakes when speaking a foreign language. Native speakers make mistakes and break rules, too. Bernard Shaw once wrote, “Foreigners often speak English too correctly.’’ But the mistakes that native speakers make are different from those that Chinese students make. They’re English mistakes in the English language. And if enough native speakers break a rule, it is no longer a rule. What used to be wrong becomes right. People not only make history, they make language. But a people (民族) can only make its own language. It can’t make another people’s language. So Chinese students of English should pay attention to grammar, but they shouldn’t overdo it. They should put communication first.
1. Generally, when an American or all Englishman speaks English, he _________.
A. never makes mistakes
B. often makes mistakes
C. can’t avoid (避免) making mistakes
D. always makes mistakes
2. The sentence “Foreigners often speak English too correctly.” means that _________.
A. foreigners speak correct English
B. foreigners speak incorrect English
C. foreigners speak English according to the grammar rules
D. foreigners never make mistakes when they speak English
3. When we speak a foreign language, we should _________.
A. speak in the Chinese way
B. speak according to the rules
C. break the rules
D. not be afraid of making mistakes