The Five Best Countries TO Move To For Retirement
Retiring in a different country is gaining popularity. Below are five of the best countries to seek retirement.
Mild climate, breathtaking landscapes and beaches draw retirees(退休人员)to Costa Rica. The country readily welcomes immigrants and offers a simple residency process. With a monthly income of at least $ 1,000 per month from Social Security or a similar source, people enjoy a high standard of living at a much lower cost than the U．S.
Retirees who choose to make Malaysia home will appreciate its rich culture and attractive scenery. Moreover, the country offers modern facilities at modest prices. Immigrants enjoy convenience and comfort in their daily life. You will find lowcost rental units, delicious street food, and various shopping malls.
Because it’s close to the U．S. , Mexico draws more than a million American retirees to its borders. Increasing immigrant communities enjoy seaside living and conversations with friendly English speaking locals. Plus, legal residents over the age of 60 receive airline, grocery, and restaurant discounts.
Gentle ocean wind takes the heat out of hot year round temperatures, which has been the chief attraction to foreign retirees. Beautiful beaches and a booming economy also attract retirees to Panama. An income of $2,000 per month covers modest living costs. Furthermore, the country offers discounts to retirees with a special visa.
Lazy coastal towns, sunshining hot spots, and nature filled views wait for immigrants seeking a carefree lifestyle. Public transportation costs in Ecuador make owning a vehicle unnecessary. A bus ride only costs 25 cents and taxi rides will run about $3.
1．What do Costa Rica and Malaysia have in common?
B．Relatively low living cost.
C．Various cultural activities.
D．Simple immigration procedures.
2．Which country’s location specially attracts retirees from the U．S. ?
3．What is the main reason for retirees to choose Panama?
B．A booming economy.
C．A pleasant climate.
D．Discounts for retirees.
(2019·甘肃静宁模拟)A five year old dog named Kelsey has been praised as a hero for helping to save the life of her owner who slipped in the snow and broke his neck.
The man, Bob, was alone when he left his Michigan farmhouse on New Year’s Eve to collect firewood. Expecting a journey of only several meters, Bob was wearing just long johns (衬裤), a shirt and slippers when he went outside, although the temperature was around －4℃.
After the accident, he was unable to move in the snow. Fortunately, Kelsey came to his assistance.
“I was shouting for help, but my nearest neighbor is about 400 meters away, and it was 10∶30 pm，” Bob explained. “But my Kelsey came. By the next morning, my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking. ”
Kelsey’s companion kept him warm by lying on top of him. She licked his face and hands to keep him awake. “Kelsey kept barking but never left my side，” Bob recalled. “She kept me warm. I knew I couldn’t give up and that it was my choice to stay alive. ”
Bob spent 20 hours in the freezing cold. When he finally lost consciousness, his dog kept barking. Finally, hearing the barking, Bob’s neighbor discovered him at 6∶30 pm on New Year’s Day and called the emergency services at once. When Bob arrived in hospital, his body temperature was below 21℃. However, doctors were surprised to find that he didn’t have any frostbite (冻疮)．They believed it was because of Kelsey’s determination to keep him warm, Dr. Chaim Colen, the doctor who treated Bob, said, “Animals can help and his dog really saved him...He was very fortunate. ”
Bob said he was “enormously” grateful to both Dr. Colen and his Kelsey，“They saved my life, They are truly heroes！”
4．What happened to Bob on New Year’s Eve?
A．He left his dog alone in his farmhouse.
B．He was praised for saving a dog owner.
C．He broke his neck and couldn’t move.
D．He heard his neighbor’s shouting for help.
5．Why did Kelsey keep barking?
A．To keep warm.
B．To stay alive.
C．To keep Bob awake.
D．To seek help from others.
6．How does Dr. Chaim Colen feel about Kelsey?
7．What can be a suitable title for the text?
A．A Neck breaking Accident
B．The Magic Night
C．Warmth on a Winter’s Night
D．Determination to Keep Alive
(2019·河北保定模拟)Given the recent interest in green buildings in the media, let’s think differently. Instead of focusing on increasing the supply of energy, what if we focus on reducing demand?
Can we start with ending the open door practice of street front shops? While cool air from these shops is refreshing to pedestrians, it carries a cost. Energy is used in the air conditioning process.
So it must be possible to look for changes in regulations that would encourage more energy saving designs. For instance, if we fix ceiling fans, air conditioning homes could surely be avoided for part of the year. Ceiling fans use far less energy. They were in a year air conditioners could stay if ceiling fans were fixed.
In homes built under the smallhouse policy in New Territories, the ceiling may be too low for ceiling fans. If the 9 meter maximum building height regulation were relaxed, ceiling fans could be fixed to reduce energy use. Current thinking in sustainable building design and operation involves integrated(协调统一的) design, that is, bring together all parties to create a building with better performance that achieves energy reduction.
For integrated design to succeed, all parties must come together and think beyond each person’s circle of influence. Better solutions are impossible to avoid with integrated design. Buildings would no longer be engineered after the basic architecture was built. Positive project outcomes may include reduced air conditioning load, reduced power use for electric lighting, and a reduction in the amount of materials used.
We need to ask if we are ready to look beyond our own small circles and seek an improved approach to building design. By that I mean an integrated design resulting in more sustainable buildings.
8．What’s the author’s attitude towards the opendoor practice of the street shops?
9．Why does the author suggest fixing ceiling fans?
A．To follow an old practice.
B．To help reduce energy use.
C．To completely replace air conditioners.
D．To help cut down on daily expenses.
10．What’s the key to making sustainable buildings a reality?
A．All parties should get started at the same time.
B．The basic architecture should be finished first.
C．Proper design and performance to achieve energy reduction.
D．Seeking the small house policy and some successful architects.
11．What would be the best title for the text?
A．Waste less, live better
B．Goodbye, air conditioning
C．How to reduce the energy cost
D．Green buildings call for integrated design
What Makes a Good School?
I’m a parent of two elementary students. The experience that my children are going through now in the elementary school is so different from mine when I was at their age. What I think of a good school is communication between teachers, students and parents. __1__Parent teacher communication guarantees that a child is educated in the same way and in turn a child will build special bonds in communication between their teachers and parents.
__2__My children return home telling me that their teachers ignore their questions when they raise their hands and don’t talk much. On the other hand, I feel the same when I write notes to school. __3__This is telling me there is a lack in communication from the school teachers nowadays as their life is so overwhelmed by the over crowded schools we have in the US.
However, choosing a career in education is not just for a good job. A teacher should really have heart in touching every child’s life. __4__Even now, I still remember all my elementary school teachers’ names.
__5__The answer lies in the fact that they spent every minute of their precious time helping me and answering all my questions with patience. When you have teachers who are willing to spend time for any child and communicate with parents, it is what I consider a GREAT school for a child to attend, not just GOOD．
A．I don’t get any response from the teachers to my questions, not even a one word response.
B．There are different ways of communication, according to different cultures.
C．Why is that?
D．Strong communication is very important to a child’s education.
E．I feel that schools nowadays don’t communicate with parents enough and neither is involvement.
F．My elementary school teachers all touched my life.
G．What do you think of it?
1.B [推理判断题。根据Costa Rica中people enjoy a high standard of living at a much lower cost than the U．S. 和Malaysia中You will find low cost rental units, delicious street food, and various shopping malls. 可知，Costa Rica和Malaysia的共同点是“生活费用相对较低”。 ]
2.B [细节理解题。根据Mexico中Because it’s close to the U．S. , Mexico draws more than a million American retirees to its borders. 可知，墨西哥特别吸引来自美国的退休人员。 ]
3.C [细节理解题。根据Panama中Gentle ocean wind takes the heat out of hot year round temperatures, which has been the chief attraction to foreign retirees. 可知，令人愉悦的气候是吸引退休人员的主要理由。 ]
4.C [细节理解题。根据第一段中的“to save the life of her owner who slipped in the snow and broke his neck. ”挽救了在雪中滑倒摔断了脖子的主人；以及第三段中的“After the accident, he was unable to move in the snow. ”事故发生后，在雪中他不能动。 ]
5.D [细节理解题。根据第六段中的“When he finally lost consciousness, his dog kept barking. Finally, hearing the barking, Bob’s neighbor discovered him at 6∶30 p．m. on New Year’s Day and called the emergency services at once. ”当他最终失去知觉时，他的狗不停地叫。最后，Bob的邻居听到了狗叫，在新年那天下午六点半发现了他，并且立刻给急救部门打电话。可知狗一直叫是为了向他人求助。]
6.A [推理判断题。根据第六段中的“However, doctors were surprised to find that he didn’t have any frostbite (冻疮)．They believed it was because of Kelsey’s determination to keep him warm. ”但是，医生惊讶地发现他没有冻伤。他们认为是因为 Kelsey让他保持温暖的决心。可知Chaim Colen认为 Kelsey帮助很大。]
B [推理判断题。根据第二段Can we start with ending the open door practice of street front shops? While cool air from these shops is refreshing to pedestrians, it carries a cost. Energy is used in the air conditioning process. 可知，作者认为虽然这些商店的凉爽空气给行人提神，但open door practice却带来了成本，在空调降低温度过程中消耗了能量。可知是持不赞成的态度的。 ]
B [细节理解题。根据第三段if we fix ceiling fans, air conditioning homes could surely be avoided for part of the year. Ceiling fans use far less energy. 如果我们安装吊扇，空调住宅一年中大部分时间可不用空调。吊扇使用的能量要少得多。由此可知建议安吊扇是因为能减少能源的使用。]
C [推理判断题。根据第五段Positive project outcomes may include reduced air conditioning load, reduced power use for electric lighting, and a reduction in the amount of materials used. 为了使集成设计成功，各方必须团结起。找出更好的解决方案。这种恰当的正确的设计结果，可以减少空调负荷，减少电力照明用电，减少使用材料的数量。故答案C符合题意。 ]
D [主旨大意题。作者认为商店开放空调导致能源的浪费，所以倡导在住宅区安装吊扇的节能环保的做法。这就需要建筑房屋前统一的综合的集成设计，才能有一个可持续的节约的环保绿色的建筑。因此本文最好的标题是绿色建筑呼唤集成设计。 ]
3．A [根据前面的ignore和I feel the same...可知家长也被忽略了。]
4．F [根据前面的touching every child’s life可知此处选F。]