Think about “friendship”
In your mind, what are friends for?
“A friend in need is a friend indeed.”
Let’s see what the American pop singer
Dionne Warwick thinks about “friends”.
What is a fair weather friend?
One who is happy to stay with you
when things are going well but
leaves as soon as trouble arrives.
According to the song, what are
For both good times and bad times.
Forrest Gump---a good friend
Can you see which war it was? Where
did it take place?
Why did Forrest go back?
To look for his best friend, Budda.
What was Budda’s dream.
To become the shrimping boat
From a conversation with the
cab driver the author learned
how much he regretted failing
to keep up correspondence with
his old friend Ed.
Reading the letter by himself,
the author learned more about
the lifelong friendship between
the driver and Old Ed.
reach for his
Never delay expressing your true
feelings to a friend.
Writing Skills: a surprising
At first, did you mistake Ed for the writer
of this letter, like the storyteller did?
Could you find the sentences which first
--Is the letter from a child or a
--No. Ed was my oldest friend. L13
Find out more words or sentences that take
on different meanings for the speaker and
I’m sorry, but I was reading a letter. L5
The cabbie actually meant he was reading
a letter he had written to an old friend.
But the storyteller thought he was reading a
letter he had received from an old friend.
Other misleading sentences
Go ahead and finish your letter. L6
I’ve read it several times already. I
guess I almost know it by heart. L7-8
Thanks, but I don’t want to read your
mail. That’s pretty personal. L40
…and the first sentence reminded me of
myself. I’ve been meaning to write for
some time, but I’ve always postponed it.
It then went on to say that he often
thought about the good times they had
had together when they both lived in the
same neighborhood. L 46-48
This is a good part here, where it says
Your friendship over the years has meant
an awful lot to me… L70-71
That must have made you feel good,
didn’t it? L73
I know I’d like to receive a letter like that
from my oldest friend. L75-76
A surprising ending is usually adopted in stories.
Many great writers have tried this writing method.
The most typical one is O.Henry, American writer
of short stories. He was best known for his ironic
plot twists and surprise endings. His style of
storytelling later became a model not only for
short fiction, but also for American motion
pictures and television programs.
Could you list some of his works with surprising
The Last Leaf
The Gift of the Magi
Necklace by Maupassant
Ways to keep a conversation going
Express agreement to show you are an
L9/ L16 /para.17 , 25/ L 75
Ask a question to get information
L 11/ L17/ para.9/para.22/L73
tap: v. 1. hit sth. lightly often repeatedly 2.
obtain or make use of 3. fit a listening
1 The branches tapped against the
window./I could hear him tapping his
fingers on the desk.
2 The scientists are thinking of a new way
of tapping the solar energy.
3 I guess our telephone has been tapped.
n. a device that
controls the flow
n. tap dancing 踢
available: able to be obtained; free to
be seen or talked to
Is this book available in the
Mr. Morrison will be available in a
go ahead: continue; begin; be carried out
We've received permission to go ahead with
the music festival in spite of opposition from
I got so fed up with waiting for him to do it
that I just went ahead and did it myself.
INFORMAL said to someone in order to
give them permission to start to do
"Could I ask you a rather personal
question?" "Sure, go ahead."
Cf. go by (para.26)/on/off/over/through
estimate: form a judgment about (a quantity
He estimated the total speed of the winds
from the degree of damage.
The expert estimated the antique watch
was worth RMB350,000.
Cf. guess L 11 (more colloquial, =think)
If you don’t know the answer, just guess.
I would not have guessed that it would be
Cf. I take it that…: expect sb.will do
I take it that you’ll have no trouble with the
visa, since you have been to the country
I took it (that) you two would like to be put
next to each other in the seating plan.
might just as well: need to suggest doing
sth. that you do not really want to do
because you have no better ideas
You might just as well send your resume to
the company and give it a try.
I might just as well give you the money now
since you’ll be needing it so soon.
practically: almost, virtually;
My husband has tried to give up smoking
several times, but he finds it practically
His work is practically unknown before he
Let’s talk about the problem practically( 讲究
be on one’s mind: worry about
My deputy has resigned, so I’ve got a lot
on my mind at the moment.
The travel plan to Tibet has been on my
mind all the year.
cf. have sth. in one’s mind=be
considering sb./sth. as suitable for
Who do you have in mind for the job?
Do you have anything in mind for
Go over /turn over an event in your
mind=think about it repeatedly
She would go over the accident again
and again in her mind, wishing that she
could somehow have prevented it.
hang out: stay in a place, for no particular
reason, not doing very much
He often hangs out with his friends at the
mall on weekends.
Don’t hang out with that guy any longer.
choke up: become speechless, too upset
He choked up and couldn’t finish his
The boy choked up as he mentioned how
his father tried whatever he could to
support him in his studies.
skip: pass sth. over; omit
The intelligent boy skipped the second
A lot of senior students skip classes for
they are busy with job hunting.
Many people skip breakfast because
they get up late or because they don’t
What could you learn from this text?
Will you reach for your pen?
Who will be the first one you want to
write to? What will you say to him or
Bring with you a photo of you and your
friends to class, and share with your
partners the stories between you.
Write a letter in
no less than
120 words to
about your new
life in college.
Proverbs about friends
A friend is easier lost than found.
Better a good friend than silver and gold.
He who would have friends must himself be
We can live without a brother, but not
False friends are worse than open enemies.
Friendship cannot stand always on one side.