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Su Bingtian stands out as a 100-meter runner. Not only did he break the Asian Games’ record, but he competed with Usain Bolt many times.
Why do I like him? On top of his talent for sprint, what impresses me most is his intense training. His diligence and persistence have pushed his running career to new heights.
I learned a lot from him. In our studies and lives, as long as we hold on to our dreams and never give up, we will become better versions of ourselves.
He was going outside when his teacher, Mr. Bleachers, came with the ball. The “conflict” didn’t escape his notice. Having returned it to David, he turned to Jacob, demanding an apology. Jacob, drooping his head, uttered a sincere “sorry”. “Boys, remember the coming soccer match? With David, we can be a stronger team,” Mr. Bleachers said with encouragement. David cast Jacob a smile, who immediately straightended up his slumped shoulders. In the following days, it was David’s patient guidance that saw their strides in football skills.
With the help of David, they got prepared for the soccer match between classes. With soaring confidence and sharpened football skills, they put five consecutive wins under their belt and entered the tight final. Although the rival scored a goal first, Jacob battled to tie it with David’s smart assistance. Finally, they won the game. Wild cheers and applause erupted from the stand. When David held the trophy high, he knew that it was the football from his mother that overcame the language barrier and befriended his class.
M: I need a vacation. I haven’t had a day off in eight months. It’s about time I did something fun.
W: I agree. You’ve been working hard lately. Why don’t we go to Mexico? I can get us a good deal on a hotel.
W: I just spilled red wine on the carpet. Do you have any carpet cleaner?
M: No, I just ran out. Get a paper towel and try to get the stain out with water and some salt. Hurry!
W: Mark, please be quiet. We’re in the middle of a test. If you need something, our teaching assistant Brittany is here to help you.
M: Sorry, Mrs. Smith. Susie asked to borrow a pen, and I was just telling her I don’t have an extra one.
M: If you grab the towels, I’ll get the sunglasses.
W: Okay. Do you have everything else you need? A bathing suit? Your surfboard?
M: Yes, everything’s in the car already. I also packed some sandwiches in case we’re hungry later.
M: Indonesia is opening its first international modern art museum in 2017. It’s going to be called the Museum MACAN, which is short for Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara.
W: What does the word “nusantara” mean?
M: It’s an Indonesian term for a group of islands.
W: I’d like a ticket to the fair, please.
M: OK. This is an entrance ticket only. If you’d like to go to the petting zoo or the horse ride, there will be an extra fee.
W: How much do those cost?
M: The petting zoo is $2, and the horse ride is $3.
W: I’ll buy a ticket to the petting zoo as well, please.
M: Your total comes to $7.
W: Do you take credit cards?
M: No, we take cash only.
W: Okay, here you go.
M: I made us a pizza for tonight’s dinner. I baked apple pie, made the tomato sauce from our tomatoes in the backyard, and I bought the cheese from a local farm about five miles away.
W: Yum! I can’t wait to eat it. You’ve been cooking a lot lately. Why the change?
M: I’ve gotten really into watching cooking shows. I’ve been interested in cooking for a long time, but I just decided to give it a try recently.
W: I’m an okay cook, but I don’t enjoy it very much. It takes a lot of patience, which I don’t have.
W: Hello. My name is Christina. I’m just stopping by to bring you some cookies and to introduce myself.
M: Hi, Christina. I’m Bryce. It’s very nice to meet you. Please come in.
M: Thank you for the cookies. Would you like something to drink?
W: Water is fine. Thank you.
M: Here you go. Take a seat. So, where were you living before?
W: My husband and I were living in Nebraska, but he got a job out here, so that’s why we moved. I’ve never been to the West Coast before. I love Washington so far.
M: I’ve been in Washington for ten years now. I was born in Texas and came out here for college. I’ve stayed ever since.
W: What do you do for work?
M: I’m a computer programmer. It’s a good job, but my real passion in life is making furniture.
W: That’s interesting. I do a lot of painting in my spare time, although I’m a banker during the day.
W: What are you wearing?
M: A Fitbit. It’s a watch that helps me keep track of my health.
W: How accurate do you think it actually is?
M: I’m not sure. I read a study recently that said the Fitbit’s heart rate monitor doesn’t do a great job at measuring your heartbeat during physical activity. It gives a higher reading than it should.
W: Oh, I thought it would have been the other way around.
M: Me too. Of course, Fitbit was very upset by the study and said it wasn’t true.
W: Well, a study like that will probably really hurt its business.
M: Well, their products are very popular, so people will still most likely buy them.
W: Do you wear your Fitbit often, or just when you’re exercising?
M: I wear it all day, every day. I even wear it when I’m sleeping.
W: Wow, that’s impressive. Isn’t it uncomfortable?
M: No, not at all.
W: Maybe I should get one.
M: You should. I really like mine. There are many different kinds you can choose from. They’re expensive, but I think they’re worth the money.
Duolingo is a free language-learning website and app. It offers ad-free courses for those who want to learn a new language. As of 2016, Duolingo has fifty-nine different language courses for twenty-three languages. Over 120 million people are registered with the program. Duolingo was created in 2011 by Professor Luis von Ahn and his graduate student Severin Hacker, who was born in Switzerland. Prof. Luis von Ahn was born in Guatemala, and he was upset by how expensive it was for people in his town to learn English. He wanted to create a program that offered free education to anyone in the world. Because most of the services are available free of charge, Duolingo originally used a special business model to make money. Members of the public were able to translate content and vote on correct translations. The content came from large websites such as BuzzFeed and CNN.com, which paid Duolingo to translate their webpages. Many private investors have given money to the company, including actor Ashton Kutcher’s firm. Duolingo has also been used in public schools in Costa Rica and Guatemala.