Unit 1 Where's your pen pal from?
Clinton Afraid to Be Late
Impolite Questions for Foreigners
The Star-Spangled Banner
American Social Customs
The Rule of Gifts
Unit 2 Where's the post office?
The Gift of Life
Can You Tell Me How to Get There?
Asking for Directions
Map would help!
What's in a name?
Unit 3 Why do you like koalas?
Our Biggest Friend on Land
Seeking for the Animals' Novelties
Wolves Are Like That
Humans and Pets
An Unknown Dance
Unit 4 I want to be an actor.
Unit 5 I'm watching TV.
Unit 6 It's raining!
Unit 7 What does he look like?
Unit 8 I'd like some noodles.
Unit 9 How was your weekend?
Unit 10 Where did you go on vacation?
Unit 11 What do you think of game Shows?
Unit 12 Don't eat in class
In the lace of this sharp criticism, Mr. Clinton was careful to attend future meetings on time. But a few months later, he was late again. Of course, it did not escape the attack of the press. Articles such as "Look at This Guy - late Again" topped the papers again.
Is this sort of relentless criticism of the president' s tardiness too tough ? Isn' t it a little too fussy to complain about the busy president' s occasional tardiness? Americans don't think so.
America is a society on a schedule. Whether it' s a personal appointment or a public conference, the starting time should be exact. Those who are late are often considered lazy and inconsiderate and they lose the trust of others. In personal relationships, a friend may be lost, in business, an opportunity.
The reason why American are so concerned about time is that time is connected to efficiency. In the fast pace of America, people fill their schedules to the limit.
Nobody can patiently wait for half an hour beyond the designated time, because the next item on the timetable would be affected. Being late means losing opportunities and diminishing efficiency.
For purposes of my visit to the United States, my American friends planned my schedule as they would do. Sometimes, in one day there would be two meetings in the morning and two meetings in the afternoon. And these meetings were not at the same place; there were considerable distances between appointments.
After one meeting, | had to get to the next one within half an hour. Once 1 got there, we would exchange "hellos" and then plunge right into the topic at hand without much additional greeting. During the talk, we all looked at our watches now and then in order to determine what other subjects we would discuss in the remaining time.