Conversation 2 转校生
values and the way they can change. Possessions that give people status. Do you think it is a healthy way of thinking?
W： Good morning Mr。 Lee。 May I have a minute of ur time。
General attitude of young people towards old people in China. Do u think there’s an advantage of being old?
M： Sure Catherine。 What can I do for u。
What is the most respectful job in ur country? Why?
I suppose that university professor is the most respectful job in my
country. Because in general, the requirements for this position include
a postdoc degree, or at least a doctor. And then overseas research
experience. These two requirements are very hard to achieve. And on the
other side, since professors are highly educated, their opinions are
usually persuasive. And most of them don’t misbehave. They think of the
country and people, not only themselves. That’s how they’ve gained fame
W： I‘m quite anxious about transferring over to ur college。 I’m
afraid I won‘t fit in。
Did u ever do part-time job?
Yes, I’ve been a model for some journals, activities, phone companies
since I was graduated from high school. It cannot be my career because
my height limits the activities I can attend to a small range, even
though I love this kind of jobs very much.
M： Don‘t worry Catherine。 It’s completely normal for u to be
nervous about transferring schools。 This happens to many transfer
Should students be allowed to do part-time jobs?
Yes, definitely. If u r doomed to do something, u should do it as early
as possible. Especially in China, young people study in school not for
themselves, but for their parents and for the common value of the
society. They should have some independent thoughts, and doing a
part-time job could help them to find who they really are and what they
really want to do.
W： Yes I know， but I‘m unger than most of the students in my
year。 And that worries me a lot。
Is it necessary to hold music courses at high schools?
For high school, I don’t think it’s necessary to keep a music course as
a compulsory course. On one hand, students are busy studying,
concentrating on improving academic records. After all, they need to
attend the university entry examination eventually. On the other hand,
the purpose of holding such a course is to help develop hobbies and to
help form positive personalities for young kids. When they get into high
school, they are almost adults. If they have already developed such an
interest, they can chose to take the music course as an optional one.
M： Well u may be the only unger one in ur year but u know， we have
a lot of after-school activities u can join in。 And so， this way u‘ll
be able to meet new friends of different age groups。
What effects there will be if we let children or students learn an instrument?
refer to the piano one
- build up positive personalities: confidence/ a gentle characteristic
- develop a sense of rhythm
- feel and think, love the world, love my life
W： That‘s nice。 I love games and hobby groups。
Compare modern music with traditional music
On one hand, modern music has faster and stronger tempo. Like R and B,
rhythm and blues, it is faster tempo than blues, but still keeps the
good tunes and melody of blues. On the other hand, traditional music
focus more on the tunes than the lyrics. Even some of them don’t have
lyrics at all. When u close ur eyes, u can only feel and imagine how
upset, rigorous, peaceful, or joyful the composer was. But now, take
“where is the love” as an example. It a song of Black Eyed Peas. Its
lyrics is very thought-provoking and enlightening. So I think modern
music is more explicit. Every modern song expresses a topic.
M： I‘m sure u do。 So u’ll be just fine。 Don‘t worry so much and
try to make the most of what we have on offer here。 Also， remember
that u can come to me anytime of the day if u need help。
What family activities are popular in ur city?
Beijing is a famous historical city, with a lots of ancient buildings
and meaningful sites. It is popular that parents take their children to
visit these places, telling them stories, cultivating their sense of
honour and responsibility to the city. Besides, those spots are usually
scenic and picturesque. So it’s also a way to relax. When I was very
young, my parents took me to three or four places every year. I miss
those old times.
W： Thanks so much。 I definitely feel better now。 As a matter of
fact， I‘ve already contacted one of the girls who’d be living in the
same house as me and she seemed really nice。 I guess living on campus
I‘ll have a chance to have a closer circle of friends since we’ll be
Should parents punish their children physically?
No. That would make their children hate them. Especially for juveniles,
the heavier parents punish them, the worse they will act up. And for
adolescents, if their parents still hit them physically, they will
deviate farther from the way their parents set for them. I think the
best way to cultivate a child is to behave urself. Parents themselves,
how they treat others, how they deal with problems, their values, will
be silently learned and absorbed by their children. So personally I
think you should be the kind of person who u want ur children to be.
After all, parents are the best teachers.
M： All students are very friendly with new arrivals。 Let me check
who would be living with u in ur flat。 OK。 There are Hannah， Kelly
and Bree。 Bree is also a new student here like u。 I‘m sure u two will
have more to share with each other。
What foods are most nutritious? What foods are not?
Fruits are the most nutritious foods, so are veggies. Like kiwi, fig,
almond, grapefruit, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and so on. I took
one grapefruit when I had a bad cold. And I got recovered the next
morning. Isn’t it amazing? Grapefruit is very good for ur health. And
for the foods that are not nutritious, fish and chips is one of them.
This food is buttered, crumbled, grilled, and fried. It takes a lot oil,
very greasy. If I really want to eat fish and chips, I will use an air
Q12。 Why does Katherine feel anxious？
Do u think Chinese foods are nutritious?
Sure, way more nutritious than western food. For example, how do u eat
lettuce? U only take two leaves or at most a quarter of it to do salad.
But us Chinese will use a whole bunch of lettuce to make a course.
Besides, the oil we use is made from veggies, and urs is make from
animal fat, which contains high cholesterol.
Q13。 What does Mr。 Lee encourage Katherine to do？
In what way has the diet of the people in ur country been changing?
Q14。 what does Mr。 Lee promise to do for Catherine？
Q15。 What do we learn about Catherine’s schoolmate Bree？