Then how to learn good manners? Personally, I believe measures can
be taken in the following aspects. In the first place, it is the
government’s duty to work out and enforce regulations and even laws to
penalize those would severely infringe upon others’ rights through their
selfish behavior. In the second place, a deep-going, widespread and
ever-lasting campaign should be launched to elevate people’s level of
social morality.

without being given the added responsibility 

  Good manners mean good behavior in social intercourse. For people to
live in harmony, there should be some common rules to obey in society.
Good-mannered individuals pay adequate respect for these rules. For
instance, they would not smoke or talk too loudly while eating in a
restaurant; nor would they jump in queue while waiting for their turn;
neither would they sneeze without covering their mouth and nose.

poor motivation

  Simple as the drawing is, the message it conveys is profound and
far-reaching. Evidently, it is meant to reveal the fact that, first, one
should have a grand ideal and associate it with the needs of society,
and secondly, one should have his own pursuits and should not follow
others blindly.

Many young people work on a volunteer basis, and this can only be
beneficial for both the individual and society as a whole. 

  Good Manners

P2 Notes:

  Yours Sincerely,

take part in = participate in

  Li Ming

students’ performance


impress a university admissions officer

  I would appreciate all your assistance in this matter. If you have
any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Look forward to your

as a whole

  I strongly suggest that a repairman should be sent to my home
without delay. I wonder if you could find out the exact cause of the
problem as soon as possible. If you can’t, I am afraid that I will
request for full amount of refund or a new air conditioner.


  Actually, history abounds with examples to prove this saying. Taking
a look around, we can also find examples too many to enumerate. Here I
can think of no better illustration of the proverb than the experience
of my own. Though performing well enough in the college entrance exam, I
was only provided with the opportunity to enroll in a second-class
university. However, I did not lose my heart. Instead, I found the
remoteness and quietness of the campus a favorable condition for my
study. In terms of English, I have passed CET-4 with a high score. Now I
believe I can do the same with my CET-6.

There are several reasons why I would argue against having compulsory
community services for secondary school students. 


Do you agree or disagree?

  Such volunteering activities are significant in many ways. First and
foremost, they have undoubtedly contributed considerably to this
society. As a newly emerging force, volunteers actually present
collectivism and the virtue of helping others for fun in a new form.
Secondly, by working as volunteers, the younger generation, especially
college students, can broaden their horizons, enhance their capacities
and associate themselves better with the society. Of course there exist
some problems with these volunteering activities, such as lack of
training and loose management of volunteers, but we have reasons to
believe that they can be solved in the near future.

I would argue against

  Frankly speaking, Sun Appliance has always been my favorite. On
December 4th, 2013, I bought the air conditioner (serial number 12345)
from one of your chain stores. The machine operated well at first, but
ten days later, there was a fault that bothered me, that is, the fan
made so much noise that I could not sleep well at night. Worse still,
the heating system didn’t work well and the machine began to leak
recently. Its poor quality ruined almost all my previous impression
toward your products.


it goes against that 

  A selfish man can never possess good manners. They tend to be
self-centered, putting their own interest above all others’. Taking a
look around, one can find examples too numerous to list. Some hold
parties in deep night, seriously affecting their neighbors’ rest; others
walk their dogs without chaining them, threatening the safety of
passers-by; still others talk at a high voice on phone, totally ignoring
the existence of people around them.


I would argue that

  The story is especially instructive when we think of similar
happenings around us. Some people, after making a fortune, feel empty
and desperate, resorting to drugs or other low style of life. Still more
young people do the same because they are in lack of lofty ideals and
are only drifting with the tide.

On the other hand, the opportunity to do voluntary community service
could be extremely positive for high school students.

  A famous saying goes that “A curse can be a blessing in disguise”.
Simple as the saying is, its meaning is profound and thought-provoking.
Evidently, it is meant to tell us that unfavorable conditions can one
day prove to be favorable ones ant that we should not be indulged in
depression after we have met setbacks.


P3 Notes:

  As far as I am concerned, I would like to devote myself to any cause
that is beneficial to mankind. My short-term goal is to learn about
environmental protection and find a job in this field. And I believe
this is a meaningful and useful career. It is worth my life-long
efforts. I will keep finding and attaining new goals in this field.

spare time = free time

  Dear Sir or Madam,

the values of a free and fair society 

  I’m writing to lodge the complaint about the poor quality of an air
conditioner that I purchased from Sun Appliance Company.

do something against their will


young people = teenagers 

  Personally, I didn’t work as a volunteer in the earthquake or the
Olympics for this reason or that. Nor did I have a chance to work for
Shanghai Expo. But I am indeed touched by those voluntary deeds and I am
determined to work as a volunteer for environmental protection from now
on, which I deem of great importance nowadays.

There are several reasons why

  This phenomenon is definitely unhealthy and requires remedying.
Naturally, measures should be taken in the three aspects mentioned
above. For one thing, it is imperative that the school perfect its
arrangement of courses. For another, teachers should be constantly urged
to improve their work. Last but not least, students should be warned
against some vicious trends in society and concentrate on their study.
Only with these measures taken can we expect a solution of the problem.

Finally, I believe that teenage students would be reluctant to take part
in any programme of obligatory work, and this could lead to poor
motivation and even bad behaviour.

  No one can have failed to notice the fact that the past years
witnessed an increasing number of volunteers in China. Taking a look
around, one can find examples too many to enumerate. The largest and
most notable group of volunteers might be those working for the Beijing
Olympic Games and Shanghai Expo.


  The Goal of Life

school leavers’ career prospects

  A Curse Can Be a Blessing in Disguise


  Volunteering Activities

lead to 

  December 14th, 2013

Currently, nobody is forced to volunteer, and this is surely the best

  A story goes that a disabled young man managed to reach the peak of
every famous high mountain in the world before he was 28. He did all
this just as his parents told him to do in their will. But the young man
committed suicide in the end and his last words were: “now I have
nothing to do with all my goals achieved and my fame well established. I
have no new goals.”

  Bringing what has been discussed into a conclusion, we may say that
a curse can also turn into a blessing. So, one should not indulge
himself in bitterness and complaint after he meets setbacks. What he
really has to do is to seek opportunities and turn adversities into
favorable conditions. In a word, we should truly understand the profound
meaning of the proverb and take the right actions in our life and work
in the future.

Having such experience and skills on skills on their CVs could greatly
improve school leavers’ career prospects. For example, a period of
voluntary experience might impress a university admissions officer or a
future employer.

P2 Notes:

In conclusion, teenagers may choose to work for free and help others,
but in my opinion we should not make this compulsory.

on top of 

it would not have been impossible to add to it.

Doing this can only lead to resentment amongst young people, who would
feel that they were being used, parents, who would not want to be told
how to raise their children. 

Most young people are already under enough pressure with their studies,
without being given the added responsibility of working in their spare
time. School is just as demanding as a full-time job, and teachers
expect their students to do homework and exam revision on top of
attending lessons every day. 


build their self-confidence

They have many years of work ahead of them when they finish their

compulsory = obligatory = necessary 

work on


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