One of the central preoccupations of the arts and humanities is the observation of human beings. Painters and sculptors create images of the human form; writers tell stories or compose poems about human experience; musical artists give melodic contours to the human spirit; historians and philosophers ponder the essential qualities of human civilization and nature. And in our own lives, in our own ways, we spend a great deal of our energy and attention on our fellow creatures, being in families and other kinds of relationship, observing people with curiosity and interest in the course of the day, thinking about and forming our own character-deciding what kind of person we wish to be-as we grow.
-- Don Knefel
above; before me; here; on the left; across from; below; in the distance; on the right; adjacent to; beyond; nearby; opposite to
first, second, etc. ; soon; eventually; in the meantime; then; thereupon; at the same time; next; thereafter
first, second, etc. ; now; for the first time; but; as a result; furthermore; finally; at last; moreover
another; furthermore; moreover; equally important; too, also; at the same time; besides; then; accordingly
on the contrary; different from/ in contrast; on the other hand; to; despite; in spite of; unlike; nevertheless
中心句： Since I began living in an apartment and going to school, my biggest problem has been the housework.
1.Cooking my food is a bigger problem.
2.The worst problem is doing my laundry.
3.Cleaning the apartment is not too bad; although it takes time away from my studies; at least when I finish the apartment looks nice.
4.Sometimes the food is burned, sometimes it is not cooked enough, and sometimes I have not measured correctly, so the food tastes terrible.
5.Shopping for my food is more difficult because I don't know the English names of many foods, and often I have to spend extra time asking for help.
6.The laundromat is far from my apartment, and I waste much valuable time.
7.I have never had to cook before, and usually the results are discouraging.
8.Mostly I am embarrassed as I sit in the laundromat with all the women, and so I wait until all my clothes are dirty before I do this horrible task.
9.I also have trouble with the complicated instructions, so occasionally I end up with pink socks or a shirt that is too small.
Americans are queer people: they can't play. Americans rush to work as soon as they grow up. They want their work as soon as they wake. It is a stimulant-the only one they are not afraid of. They used to open their offices at ten o'clock; then at nine; then at eight; then at seven. Now they never shut them. Every business in America is turning into an open-all-day-and-night business. They eat all night, dance all night, build buildings all night, make a noise all night. They can't play. They try to, but can't. They turn football into a fight, baseball into a lawsuit, and yachting into machinery. They can't play. The little children can't play; they use mechanical toys instead-toy cranes, hoisting toy loads, toy machinery spreading a toy industrial depression of infantile dullness. The grownup people can't play; they use a mechanical gymnasium and a clockwork horse. They can't laugh; they hire a comedian and watch him laugh.