There are many ways of (1) ______ free time in Australia. Some people are fond of riding a sky-lift in Snowy Mountain or riding a surfboard in Queensland. Others love (2) ______ kangaroos and koalas in wild forests. My sister says she only enjoys watching Sydney (3) ______ the skywalk. But I myself like going to the Sydney Opera House where the great opera (4) ______ of the world can be heard. If you are (5) ______ with listening to the opera singing, there will always be at least two or three other shows to suit your taste.
Language teaching within the education system in Australia has traditionally been concentrated at the secondary school (1) _______. However, many people argue that the (2) ________ age to commence language learning occurs in the early primary years or even in pre-school, when children are able to (3) _______ a language naturally with minimum interference from their mother tongue. Some suggest that early adolescence is in fact the worst time to begin to learn a language, given the psychological and (4) _________ problems many high school students face. It should be remembered, however, that many studies have shown that there is (5) ________ age at which one cannot learn a language. At 60 years, 70 years or 80 years you can still learn a language.
It’s quite rare to meet teenagers who don’t like sports. When you are young, you know how (1)______ it is to do physical exercise if you want to be healthy and strong, and for that reason you often concentrate on just one sport with so (2)______ enthusiasm that in the end you can’t live without it. The problem, though, that as you grow up you have less and less spare time. At your age, you have to study harder if you want to get good marks to go to university, with perhaps only one afternoon a week to do any sport. This happens just when you are at the best (3)______ for many sports, such as gymnastics and swimming. By the time you finish all your studies, you will probably be too old to be really good at sports like those, but if you spend enough time on (4)______ while you are young, then one day you will find that you are very good at your sport but too old to study, and you will find it (5)______ to get a good job. Somehow, it doesn’t seem fair.
This true story is about a policeman in New York City who had a girlfriend he cared for very much. The policeman regarded New York City as a (1)_______ place. He warned his girlfriend about the danger of walking on the street alone after dark. But as he also believed in being prepared for the (2)_______, he bought a can of gas that would protect his girlfriend from attackers. The idea is (3)_______ you point the thing at your attacker and spray him with the gas, which knocks him over. On the day he bought the gas, the policeman and his girlfriend had arranged to (4)______ out for the evening. So he was looking forward to giving her the can later on. When he got home from work, he had a bath and then sprayed some deodorant on (5)________. He knew nothing more until he woke up in hospital the next day. He had picked up the wrong can and sprayed himself with the gas.
There are a lot of things you should follow to be a welcome guest in America. When you are (1) ______ to have dinner at your friend’s house, it’s necessary to bring a small present. Flowers are always nice; or you may (2)______ a bottle of wine if you know that your friend likes drinking. You are expected to arrive for dinner (3) ______ time or just a few minutes late. Don’t get there early. If you are going to be more than fifteen minutes late, you should call and tell them. Try to relax and enjoy yourself at the dinner table. If you don’t know about choosing the right fork or knife, just watch the other people, and follow them. If you still have no idea of 6 (4) ______ to do, ask the person next to you. When it comes to the food, if you like it, say so. They are looking forward to hearing your compliments. Of course, you will thank them for the meal and for their kindness. It is also a good idea to send a (5) ______ note the day after.
Water is necessary for life. People can live only a few days (1)______ it. Yet nearly 25 million people die each year because of it. Both industrial nations and developing countries are worried about the (2)______ and quantity of water in the world. Even though people, animals, agriculture, and industry use a lot of water, there is more than enough on the earth. Water covers about three-quarters of the Earth’s surface. However, 97.4 percent of it is salt water. Three-fourths of the Earth’s fresh water is frozen in glaciers and in the great polar ice caps. Most of the water we use (3)______ from rivers, lakes, and the atmosphere. Less than one percent of the Earth’s water is usable, and we use it over and over again. One of the (4)______ about water is distribution. Water is not always distributed where the large (5)______ centers are. Some regions get enough rain. But it is all in one or two short rainy reasons.