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一月正是集邮时

On January 6th, Year of the Dog stamp designed by graphic designer and artist Zhou Lingzhao went on sale throughout designated post offices around the country.今年1月6日,由我国著名美术家、艺术家周令钊先生设计的狗年生肖邮票在全国指定邮局发行。In cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, stamp buyers waited in lines outside post offices days before opening hours. Every year the New Year zodiac stamps' release is eagerly anticipated by collectors. Although China Post provides online sales, many local people, especially the elderly, queue up outside post offices with some even using items such as benches to save their place in the line and meanwhile chat with fellow collectors.在北京/上海等城市,集邮爱好者们早在开售前几天就在门口大排长龙。每年新年生肖邮票的发行都备受邮迷瞩目。尽管中国邮政已经开通了线上预约销售,但是很多本地居民,特别是老一辈,仍然喜欢在邮局门口排队等待开售,他们有些甚至用椅子等用品占位,边排队边和其他的集邮迷们闲聊。The stamps were designed by 98-year-old Zhou Lingzhao, a master artist who participated in devising China's national emblem and the emblem of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. He also contributed to the design of the second, third and fourth editions of yuan notes.今年的生肖邮票是由98岁高龄的艺术大师周令钊老先生设计的,他曾参与了我国国徽和人民政协会徽的设计。此外,我国发行的第二、三、四套人民币设计也都有周老先生的功劳。A year ago, Zhou was commissioned by China Post to design the postal stamp to celebrate the Year of the Dog on the Chinese lunar calendar, which will begin on February 16th. He recalled the dog which accompanied him when he went into town in his youth, and recreated it on one stamp. And he paired it with another stamp on which he drew a mother dog and a puppy, both of the same indigenous breed which is often referred to as the "zhonghuatianyuanquan", or China rural dog.一年前,周老先生受到中国邮政委托,设计戊戌狗年的生肖特种邮票。他想到了在自己年轻时陪伴自己一起前往镇上的一条狗,并把它再现于邮票之上。在与其相配套的另一枚狗年特种邮票上,他画上了一条母犬和一条幼犬,它们都是中国的特有犬种——中华田园犬。Back to the Birthplace of Stamps回到邮票的故乡On January 3rd, Britain's Royal Mail announced that characters from the award-winning hit fantasy TV series, Game of Thrones, will appear on a new series of stamps. The collection of 15 stamps will feature British contributions to the US show based on the books by George R. R. Martin.本月3日,英国皇家邮政(Britain’s Royal Mail)宣布,斩获艾美奖多个奖项的热门剧集《权力的游戏》中的主角将会亮相一系列新发行的邮票。这套邮票共有15枚,体现这部改编自乔治·雷蒙德·理查德·马丁(George Raymond Richard Martin)同名小说的热播美剧中英国的贡献。Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and Arya Stark are among 10 characters featured on the set of stamps which will go on sale at UK post offices on Jan 23rd. The three are played by British actors Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and Maisie Williams.人像邮票共有10张,包括剧中主角丹妮莉丝·坦格利安(Daenerys Targaryen)、琼恩·雪诺(Jon Snow)、艾莉亚·史塔克(Arya Stark)等人,英国邮局将于1月23日正式开售。这三个角色由英国演员艾米莉亚·克拉克(Emilia Clarke)、基特·哈灵顿(Kit Harington)和麦茜·威廉姆斯(Maisie Williams)出演。英国演员艾米莉亚·克拉克(Emilia Clarke)英国演员基特·哈灵顿(Kit Harington)英国演员麦茜·威廉姆斯(Maisie Williams)The fantasy production involves a very significant British contribution. Principal filming of the series takes place in Belfast, Banbridge and at locations elsewhere in Northern Ireland. Additional filming takes place in Scotland and other European locations including Malta, Croatia, Iceland and Spain.在这部魔幻巨制的制作中,英国功不可没。主要场景的拍摄都在北爱尔兰的贝尔法斯特、班布里奇等地完成。其余场景在苏格兰和其他欧洲国家如马耳他、克罗地亚、冰岛和西班牙等地取景拍摄。In addition to the stamps there is an extensive range of products-exclusive souvenirs, limited editions and gifts, also issued by Royal Mail. The hit TV series Game of Thrones will come to its eighth and final season in 2019.除了邮票之外,皇家邮政还发布了一系列专属纪念品、限量版礼品等衍生产品。这部人气大热的剧集将于2019年开播第八季——亦是该系列的完结季。VOCABULARYphilately:n.集邮devise:v.设计;策划

Can You Say How You Feel?

要说2017到2018的“跨年网红”是谁,很多人或许一下子说不上来,但点亮手机界面,你或许就有了答案——支付宝。自去年的“双十二”以来,“马云爸爸”就开启了撒钱模式,除了每天的常规红包,还在圣诞节和元旦派发了大额的专享红包,加上琳琅满目的“赏金”、“奖励金”等等,惹得每个人都心里痒痒的。到了新年,一则“支付宝版清明上河图”的文案又收获了制作精美、创意十足的好评。紧接着,支付宝账单也隆重发布,朋友圈瞬间被各位土豪们的炫目账单刷屏。2018年的第一个新年亮点也随之诞生——年度关键词。一张用户头像,配上一句带有美好解释的年度关键词,让支付宝收获了满满的好感。刚当上妈妈的关键词是“付出”,追究个性的年轻人被给予了“潮”的肯定,精致的生活家们收获了“小确幸”的标签,常年出差在外的商务人士则被冠以 “远方”。支付宝方面称,年度关键词根据用户的过往消费数据和特征生成,仅供参考。即便如此,在花样百出的今天,能有一个关键词对我们进行一个小小的概括,还是一桩新鲜有趣的事情。此次支付宝“关键词”在朋友圈中掀起的热潮,很大一部分原因还是出于人们内心对于外界评价的期待,特别是积极正面的评价概括。但是反过来,要是让我们自己对自己做一个总结,比如用一个词来概括自己的2017年,或是表达自己在新年时刻的内心感受,我们可能会不知所措,无法选择出精准的词语来对自己加以概括。从语言的角度来看,用丰富的动词来描述世界和人类生活中发生的变化是一桩难度极高的语言技能;微观来说,运用形容词来准确描绘个体内心的感受亦是一桩颇具挑战的语言行为。将大脑中的所思所想准确地转化成语言表达,或许就是我们语言学习中所追求的终极目标。不同的人生境遇造就了不同的个体性格,也因此让我们的生活呈现出属于自己的光彩。人生路漫漫,与人分享自己内心的想法是了解世界的重要方式,在此,小编禁不住要问诸君一个问题——Can you say how you feel? 答案请在今日的微课中探寻。

中西婚礼文化

Happy当熟悉的《婚礼进行曲》的旋律开始奏响,洋溢着幸福笑容的新人缓步走上红毯,在亲朋好友们的祝福中,人生最重要的仪式之一:婚礼,便拉开了帷幕。婚礼不仅是一种生命礼仪,其意义还在于获取社会的承认和祝福,同时也是一个人一生中重要的里程碑。Forever婚礼,与出生礼、成人礼、丧礼一起被称为人生仪礼(rites of passage),即一个人在世间成长过程中的一系列仪式。在大部分的文化里,通常都会发展出一些结婚上的传统与习俗,婚礼也扮演着民俗文化的继承作用和本民族文化教育的一种仪式。不同民族的婚礼代表了不同民族的世界观和人生观,中国的传统婚礼便是华夏文化的重要部分。 婚礼,在中国原为“昏礼”。由于古代婚礼通常都于黄昏举行,取其阴阳交替有渐之义,因此得名。到了周朝,逐渐形成一套完整的婚姻礼仪,即纳采、问名、纳吉、纳徵、请期、亲迎,这“六礼”作为华夏传统婚礼的模板,流传至今。大红花轿、浩浩荡荡的迎亲仪仗队、拜天地、掀盖头,身穿"凤冠霞帔、状元服,这些都是中式传统婚礼的特色。而说到西式婚礼,人们脑海中往往会浮现神圣的教堂、华丽的婚纱以及新郎新娘互换戒指的美好时刻。西式婚礼在我国的兴起并不是什么新鲜事儿,晚清民初第二次“西学东渐”便将新式婚礼,也就是西式婚礼带入了中国。新娘身着洁白的婚纱,繁复的装饰尽显雍容与华贵;新郎则身着西服或晚礼服。婚礼场地的布置温馨、浪漫,宣誓环节虽常常没有牧师的参与,但也神圣且感人肺腑。值得一提的是,现在也有越来越多的年轻人将中西方的元素交融在一起,开创了“中西合璧式”的婚礼,婚礼的花样百出,也时刻反映着人们对于婚姻观念的变化。接下来,我们就来观赏今天的微课《中西婚礼文化》,更加细致地比对两种婚礼文化之间的差异,探讨中西方文化的精微和博大。
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EU leaders: The UK can still change mind on Brexit

The United Kingdom can still change its mind on Brexit and stay within the European Union, senior European leaders said on Tuesday.We, here on the continent, haven’t had a change of heart. Our hearts are still open to youDonald Tusk - European Council PresidentThe president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said in a speech to the European Parliament that Brexit would “become a reality – with all its negative consequences” – in March 2019 “unless there is a change of heart among our British friends”.Citing the UK’s Brexit Minister David Davis, who said a democracy could always change its mind, he added: “We, here on the continent, haven’t had a change of heart. Our hearts are still open to you”.His comments were supported by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who told the parliamentary session that the EU door remained open and he hoped Tusk’s comments would be clearly heard in London.The Commission’s vice-president also weighed in, Frans Timmermans, telling MEPs that “if at some point the United Kingdom has second thoughts or would take another decision, obviously the European Union would leave the door open”.A harsher tone came from the European Parliament’s chief Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt, who in several tweets ahead of his speech called for the withdrawal agreement to be formalised and again warned the UK there could be no “cherry-picking” on a transition period after the UK’s exit.Tusk’s suggestion was quickly dismissed by Conservative Brexiteer Bernard Jenkin, who told Sky News it would be “absurd” for the government “to just ignore the referendum”. The UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016.There has been a growing debate in the UK on the possibility of holding a second referendum on a final Brexit deal – with the implication that if it was rejected, the country would remain in the EU.However, both the British government and the European Union remain committed to the negotiations, which passed the first phase in December and are due to move on in the next few months to considering a transition period and future relations.In his speech, Donald Tusk again called for “more clarity on the UK’s vision”.Several media outlets have reported on Tuesday that the EU has toughened its conditions for a post-Brexit transition deal, based on draft negotiating directives being prepared for the next stage of talks.The guidelines reportedly include demands for the UK to continue to accept the free movement of people until the end of 2020, as well as agree to special status for all EU citizens moving to the UK before that date. This would delay Britain's ability to introduce stricter immigration controls, which many Brexiteers want to see implemented immediately after Brexit in March 2019.

练习 | What is London like at Christmas

What is London like at Christmas?燕山大学 刘立军 宋葳 编写◆TRANSCRIPTLondon is an amazing place all year round, but at Christmas it is just unbelievably beautiful. The lights, the displays, the atmosphere, it really is breath-taking. It's this crazy, busy city for 11 months of the year, but when December comes along you can see all of the busy Londoners making time to take a step back from their routine and just appreciating what the city has to offer. One of the things I really enjoy doing at Christmas is buying amazing gifts for my loved ones. One thing I love doing is window shopping. I'll spend an afternoon looking at all the window displays without really buying anything, just trying to gather ideas and inspiration. London is so great for shopping. The most famous street is Oxford Street but I really like Kings Road as well. The luxury brands really compete with each other. Some of them are pretty impressive. Another lovely place to visit in London at Christmas time is Covent Garden, the centre of which used to be a fruit and vegetable market and then in the 1980s it changed to a shopping centre. There are lots of lovely little shops and you can also see some street performers if you go at the right time. I enjoy heading down south of the river and appreciating the views of the river Thames from one of London's many bridges. It really does make me feel very, very, very small in such a big city. One of my favourite lunch spots is one of the largest and oldest food markets in the whole of London - Borough Market. In 2014, it celebrated its thousandth birthday. If you do head over to Borough Market, don't forget to try some of the hot cider, perfect to warm you up on a cold day. So that was a little taste of my beautiful city at Christmas time, and I'd love to hear your recommendations. Bye for now.Adapted from website◆VOCABULARY1. breath-taking = take sb.'s breath away: to be very surprising or beautiful 令人惊叹;让人叹绝○My first view of the island from the air took my breath away. 我第一次从空中看到这个岛时,叹赏不已。○The views are literally breath-taking. 景色美得简直让人窒息。2. inspiration (不可数名词) inspiration (to do sth.) | inspiration (for sth.) the process that takes place when sb. sees or hears sth. that causes them to have exciting new ideas or makes them want to create sth., especially in art, music or literature 灵感。例如:○Dreams can be a rich source of inspiration for an artist. 梦境可以成为艺术家灵感的丰富源泉。○Both poets drew their inspiration from the countryside. 两位诗人都是从乡村得到他们的灵感。○Looking for inspiration for a new dessert? Try this recipe. 正在寻找制作新式甜食的灵感吗?试试这份食谱吧。3. impressive adj. (of things or people 事物或人) making you feel admiration, because they are very large, good, skilful, etc. 令人赞叹的;令人敬佩的。例如:○an impressive building with a huge tower有高塔的壮观建筑○an impressive performance令人难忘的演出○one of the most impressive novels of recent years近年来给人印象最深的小说之一○She was very impressive in the interview. 她在面试中表现得十分出色。◆QUESTIONSListen to the audio and fill in the gaps in the script.London is an amazing place all year round, but at Christmas it is just (Q1) __________________ beautiful. The lights, the displays, the atmosphere, it really is breath-taking. It's this (Q2) __________________, busy city for 11 months of the year, but when (Q3) ____________________ comes along you can see all of the busy Londoners making time to take a step back from their routine and just (Q4) ___________________________ what the city has to offer. One of the things I really enjoy doing at Christmas is buying amazing gifts for my (Q5) ____________________ ones. One thing I love doing is (Q6) ________________________________. I'll spend an afternoon looking at all the window displays without really buying anything, just trying to gather ideas and (Q7) _________________________. London is so great for (Q8) ______________________________. The most famous street is Oxford Street but I really like Kings Road as well. The luxury brands really compete with each other. Some of them are pretty impressive. Another lovely place to visit in London at Christmas time is Covent Garden, the centre of which used to be a fruit and vegetable (Q9) ________________________ and then in the 1980s it changed to a shopping centre. There are lots of lovely little shops and you can also see some street (Q10) ____________________ if you go at the right time. I enjoy heading down south of the river and appreciating the views of the river Thames from one of London's many (Q11) ________________________. It really does make me feel very, very, very small in such a big city. One of my favourite lunch spots is one of the largest and oldest food markets in the whole of London - Borough Market. In 2014, it (Q12) _______________ its thousandth birthday. If you do head over to Borough Market, don't forget to try some of the hot cider, perfect to (Q13) ___________________ you _______________on a cold day. So that was a little (Q14) ____________________ of my beautiful city at Christmas time, and I'd love to hear your (Q15) _________________________________. Bye for now.◆KEY London is an amazing place all year round, but at Christmas it is just (Q1) unbelievably beautiful. The lights, the displays, the atmosphere, it really is breath-taking. It's this (Q2) crazy, busy city for 11 months of the year, but when (Q3) December comes along you can see all of the busy Londoners making time to take a step back from their routine and just (Q4) appreciating what the city has to offer. One of the things I really enjoy doing at Christmas is buying amazing gifts for my (Q5) loved ones. One thing I love doing is (Q6) window shopping. I'll spend an afternoon looking at all the window displays without really buying anything, just trying to gather ideas and (Q7) inspiration. London is so great for (Q8) shopping. The most famous street is Oxford Street but I really like Kings Road as well. The luxury brands really compete with each other. Some of them are pretty impressive. Another lovely place to visit in London at Christmas time is Covent Garden, the centre of which used to be a fruit and vegetable (Q9) market and then in the 1980s it changed to a shopping centre. There are lots of lovely little shops and you can also see some street (Q10) performers if you go at the right time. I enjoy heading down south of the river and appreciating the views of the river Thames from one of London's many (Q11) bridges. It really does make me feel very, very, very small in such a big city. One of my favourite lunch spots is one of the largest and oldest food markets in the whole of London - Borough Market. In 2014, it (Q12) celebrated its thousandth birthday. If you do head over to Borough Market, don't forget to try some of the hot cider, perfect to (Q13) warm you up on a cold day. So that was a little (Q14) taste of my beautiful city at Christmas time, and I'd love to hear your (Q15) recommendations. Bye for now.

练习 | VOA常速:Thanksgiving

VOA常速: THANKSGIVING 燕山大学 刘立军 宋葳 编写◆TRANSCRIPTOn the fourth Thursday in November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. The celebration is rooted in the ancient tradition of the harvest festival, but in the United States, it has taken a far greater significance. Although there are numerous regional claims as to where the first Thanksgiving was celebrated, the traditional observance stems from a celebration that took place in Massachusetts, in November, 1621.Those English settlers who celebrated that first Thanksgiving truly did have much for which to be thankful. Known today as the Pilgrims, these Christians were dissenters from the established English church. As part of their religious beliefs they observed Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving in response to events they believed to be special acts of Providence. The end of a drought, or of a plague, might call for a day of Thanksgiving.Intent on setting up a community wherein they could live according to their own religious beliefs, they sailed out of England on a ship called the Mayflower in September 1620. One hundred and two would-be colonists and some 30 crew came ashore at Cape Cod on November 9th. Within a year, half of them were dead due to starvation, disease and the harsh weather conditions of that first winter. But the summer brought a good harvest, and in autumn, 53 Pilgrims sat down to a feast with 90 of their neighbors, Wampanoag Indians who had helped feed and safeguard them over their first year in the New World.Although the holiday had been observed in Virginia since the first permanent colony was founded in Jamestown in 1609, modern Thanksgiving was first officially established in all states in 1863, by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. The observance was moved to the fourth week in November by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.Thanksgiving began as a prayer of gratitude by emigrants who faced death, who nevertheless came through and endured. Today, for many Americans it is an occasion for gatherings of family and friends; a day to share a holiday meal with those who matter the most; and a day to give thanks for the many blessings of freedom.Adapted from Thanksgiving 2017◆VOCABULARY1. stem from sth.: (not used in the progressive tenses 不用于进行时) to be the result of sth. 是…的结果;起源于;根源是2. Pilgrim: a member of the group of English people ( the Pilgrim Fathers ) who sailed to America on the ship The Mayflower in 1620 and started a colony in Massachusetts 清教徒前辈移民(1620年乘五月花号赴美洲,在马萨诸塞建立英国殖民地)3. Christian n. a person who believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ or has been baptized in a Christian church 基督徒;基督教徒。例如:Only 10% of the population are now practising Christians. 现在仅有10%的人口是虔诚的基督教教徒。4. dissenter n. a person who does not agree with opinions that are officially or generally accepted (对官方或普遍认可的意见)持异议者,持不同意见者。5. blessing n. (常用单数形式) God's help and protection, or a prayer asking for this 上帝的恩宠;祝福;祝颂。例如:○to pray for God's blessing祈求上帝降福○The bishop said the blessing. 主教祝福(会众)。◆QUESTIONSRead the passage. Then listen to the news and fill in the blanks with the words you hear.On the fourth Thursday in November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. The celebration is rooted in the ancient tradition of (1) ____________________________, but in the United States, it has taken a far greater significance. Although there are numerous regional claims as to where the first Thanksgiving was celebrated, the traditional observance (2) _______________________ a celebration that took place in Massachusetts, in (3) _____________________________.Those English settlers who celebrated that first Thanksgiving truly did have much for which to be thankful. Known today as the Pilgrims, these Christians were dissenters from the established English church. As part of their religious beliefs they observed Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving (4) ___________________________events they believed to be special acts of Providence. The end of a (5) ______________________, or of a (6) _________________, might call for a day of Thanksgiving.Intent on setting up a (7) _________________________ wherein they could live according to their own (8) _________________________________, they sailed out of England on a ship called the Mayflower in (9) ______________________________. One hundred and two would-be colonists and some 30 crew came ashore at Cape Cod on November 9th. Within a year, half of them were dead due to (10) _____________________________, disease and the harsh weather conditions of that first winter. But the summer brought a good harvest, and in autumn, 53 Pilgrims sat down to a feast with 90 of their neighbors, Wampanoag Indians who had helped feed and (11) ____________________ them over their first year in the New World.Although the holiday had been observed in Virginia since the first permanent colony was founded in Jamestown in 1609, modern Thanksgiving was first officially established in all states in 1863, by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. The observance was moved to the fourth week in November by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.Thanksgiving began as a prayer of (12) _________________________ by emigrants who faced death, who nevertheless came through and endured. Today, for many Americans it is an occasion for (13) ________________________ of family and friends; a day to (14) _____________________ with those who matter the most; and a day to (15) _____________________________ for the many blessings of freedom.◆KEY On the fourth Thursday in November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. The celebration is rooted in the ancient tradition of (1) the harvest festival, but in the United States, it has taken a far greater significance. Although there are numerous regional claims as to where the first Thanksgiving was celebrated, the traditional observance (2) stems from a celebration that took place in Massachusetts, in (3) November, 1621.Those English settlers who celebrated that first Thanksgiving truly did have much for which to be thankful. Known today as the Pilgrims, these Christians were dissenters from the established English church. As part of their religious beliefs they observed Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving (4) in response to events they believed to be special acts of Providence. The end of a (5) drought, or of a (6) plague, might call for a day of Thanksgiving.Intent on setting up a (7) community wherein they could live according to their own (8) religious beliefs, they sailed out of England on a ship called the Mayflower in (9) September, 1620. One hundred and two would-be colonists and some 30 crew came ashore at Cape Cod on November 9th. Within a year, half of them were dead due to (10) starvation, disease and the harsh weather conditions of that first winter. But the summer brought a good harvest, and in autumn, 53 Pilgrims sat down to a feast with 90 of their neighbors, Wampanoag Indians who had helped feed and (11) safeguard them over their first year in the New World.Although the holiday had been observed in Virginia since the first permanent colony was founded in Jamestown in 1609, modern Thanksgiving was first officially established in all states in 1863, by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. The observance was moved to the fourth week in November by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.Thanksgiving began as a prayer of (12) gratitude by emigrants who faced death, who nevertheless came through and endured. Today, for many Americans it is an occasion for (13) gatherings of family and friends; a day to (14) share a holiday meal with those who matter the most; and a day to (15) give thanks for the many blessings of freedom.