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Directions: Talk on the following topic for at least 3 minutes. Be sure to make your points clear and supporting details adequate. Y ou should also be ready to answer any questions raised by the examiners during your talk. Y ou need to have your name and registration number recorded. Start your talk with “My name is…”,”My registration number is…”

T opic: Can shopping vouchers increase consumption?

Questions for Reference:

1.To stimulate consumption, which is more effective, tax reduction or shopping vouchers?

2.What are the major purposes of issuing shopping vouchers?

3.In what way can the shopping vouchers best be distributes? Shall every citizen be given the

same amount of shopping vouchers or should the vouchers be limited to the lower-income people only?


Part A

Directions:In this part of the test, you will hear 2 passages in English. After you heard each paragraph, interpret it into Chinese. Start interpreting at the signal…and stop it at the signal…Y ou may take notes while you are listening. Remember you will hear the passages ONLY ONCE. Now let’s begin Part A with the first passage.

Passage 1

As for us Americans, you may think that we give too much importance to individualism and personal gains, so much so that it might sacrifice collective benefits, and even bring harm to the harmony of the society.//

Y es, but you don’t have to be worried. American work ethic is more individual-oriented. We often value the results and accomplishments of work more than its process.//

If I am not mistaken, the traditional Chinese work ethic is based on Confucianism, which stresses the benefit of communal harmony rather than individual freedom.//

It’s really very hard to say which is better because if the cultural differences. With the economic globalization, cultural exchanges have become more and more extensive and Americans and Chinese will know and understand each other better.





Passage 2

The knowledge-based economy represents a new strategic era that human beings are entering. So knowledge is becoming the most important source of growth as well as productivity.//

The knowledge-based economy has one characteristic that is innovation. Innovation means the ability to generate and use knowledge to innovate. It is not only a determinant of wealth; it is also the basis of competitive advantage.//

The first step towards the knowledge-based economy can be made it one is able to effectively develop a vision of the future, exploit one’s self-potential and stay open-minded.//

I am very glad that China will soon carry out the National Medium-to-long Term Program for Education Reform and Development. This program, I’m sure, will encourage your young people to absorb new knowledge and apply it in science and technology.





Part B

Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear 2 passages in Chinese. After you have heard each sentence or paragraph, interpret it into English. Start interpreting at the signal…and stop it at the signal…Y ou may take notes while you are listening. Remember you will hear the passages ONLY ONCE. Now let’s begin Part A with the first passage.

Passage 1





Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Jinghe High-tech Park. I am Operation Manager of the Park. It’s my great honor to give you an introduction on how to attract foreign investment to the Park.// The park’s two leading industries are information technology and modern biotechnology. The Park Administration takes strong measures to improve the investment environment, and to make the Park one of the best investment destinations in North China.//

The Park’s selection criteria for the target industries are as follows. They must strengthen research and development functions, and collaborate with universities and public research institutes.//

So far, multinational companies from the United States, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom

have already settled down in the Park. Great achievements have been/ remarkable progress has been made in attracting forging investments.

Passage 2




The World Expo and tourism have always interacted, promoted and complemented each other. Tourism is an important field and part of the World Expo.//

It is a historical mission and glorious task that the Party and the people have shouldered on us in the (provision of) World Expo tourism. Therefore, it is our duty-bound responsibility to do a good job.//

At the same time, we should be fully aware that the successful holding of the World Expo is a very rare and important opportunity for China’s tourism and also an important opportunity for China’s tourism to display a good image and expand international influence.//

The modern World Expo experience has shown that of the combined/ comprehensive effects of the Expo, the effort of tourism is (the) most direct, obvious and lasting.



T opic: Chilly Season for Job Hunters

Questions for Reference:

1.With the worsening global financial crisis, university graduates are facing a very serious

employment situation. Could you say something about what you or your friends are planning to do to sort out this problem?

2.The government has adopted some measures to help university graduates seek employment.

Could you mention one or two of these measures and then comment?

3.One alternative is to apply for government jobs or to set up your own business. Are you

planning to become a civil servant or self-employed? Why or why not?


Part A

Passage 1

Ladies and Gentlemen, during my stay here for 5 years, I have noticed many cultural differences. Such cultural differences arise from a different in region, race, history, environment and in the level of social and economic development.//

Here are some examples. We American emphasize efficiency, competition and originality, while your management gives priority to careful planning and encourages close cooperation.//

In American schools, discussion is given top priority and seminar is the usual way of class.

Teachers with flexible and adaptable talents are regarded as good an popular ones.//

But Chinese teachers like to lecture in class, and a lot of them are obsessed with examinations; they spend long hours planning and preparing classes, and writing consistent and standardized plans. It’s very interesting to us.





Passage 2

Ladies and Gentlemen, the world today is facing a serious problem of poverty in some areas. We must refocus our attention, and resources, on the places and people that are economically being left behind.//

As we do, we must bear in mind that none are more committed to ending poverty than the poor themselves. Often, all they lack is the guidance and the tools to get rid of poverty.//

Therefore, it requires all citizens to actively participate in policy-making, and government to become more accountable to their citizens in their efforts to achieve their goals.//

Today, we join hands with the poor in a collective effort. This is a close and extensive cooperation which brings together civil society, the private sectors, and individuals around the world.





Part B

Passage 1





Now, I’d like to give you a brief introduction to the World Heritage Sites in China. China is a country with an age-old history, a brilliant civilization, and magnificent landscapes.//

On this land, China enjoys diverse and beautiful natural and geographical conditions, and landscape with the varied features of north, east, south, and west. Such excellent geographical conditions have produced many natural scenic spots.//

The rich and precious cultural and heritages left by China’s long history are assets for both the Chinese nation and the rest of the world.//

Today, however, these cultural and natural heritages are threatened by the increasing damages mainly caused by their own old age and some by man-made damage, to which we should pay high attention.//

Passage 2





Being a common language of humanity, sport is an important factor in the promotion of peace and development. Ever since ancient times, sport has transcended differences in race, color and culture.//

Sport has given expression to humanity’s aspirations for and pursuit of a peaceful and better world, as evidenced in the Olympic spirit that came into being more the 2,000 years ago.//

Sport and physical education are activities undertaken in humanity’s ceaseless pursuit of the Olympic ideal.//

Sport not only builds one’s physique, but also teaches communications, cooperation, respect for others. It is also an important medium for strengthening the ties among different civilization and values.//



T opic: Can shopping vouchers increase consumption?

Questions for Reference:

1.To stimulate consumption, which is more effective, tax reduction or shopping vouchers?

2.What are the major purposes of issuing shopping vouchers?

3.In what way can the shopping vouchers best be distributes? Shall every citizen be given the

same amount of shopping vouchers or should the vouchers be limited to the lower-income people only?


Part A

The whole world has focused its attention on China, an oriental country that still appears mysterious to many people in the west. China is providing the greatest fascination in the 21st century.//

Since the Second World War, countries like Britain and Germany have had major achievements and minor problems, while Southeast Asia has had major problems and minor achievements.// China, though, is experiencing both major achievements and major problems. I do believe the tough line on population control has been a great contribution to humanity on an international level.//

I’m positive that China will definitely become an economic superpower in the not too distant future and will play an irreplaceable role in promoting economic prosperity in the world.//





Passage 2

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to have the opportunity to address you at the opening of the 7th China International High-tech Expo. In the last two years I have witnessed tremendous advances across China, particularly in hi-tech manufacturing sectors, in science and research.// Britain is well placed to enable China to develop even faster in these areas. Hi-tech manufacturing industries are global and they are important to us all.//

British companies and research institutions can make a strong contribution to China’s success in hi-tech sectors. We’re specially interested in such field as Information and Communications Technology, biotechnology and many more,//

China has more world-class companies and they go out into the international markets. Many of them are attracted to Britain. We now have over 300 Chinese companies operating profitably and successfully in Britain.




Part B




Cooperation and communication should be mutual. I think we should do well with the relationship between competition and cooperation. Actually, cooperation is more beneficial to us than competition.//

However, (as we have noticed/ as we were aware,) there is a marked imbalance between China’s report on foreign countries and the reports on China by western media.//

In China, people can watch different programs about foreign countries. But you can find very few positive programs about China’s economic development and social progress in western countries.// I think that there are many reasons for this phenomenon. But I believe that enhanced cooperation and exchanges can eventually change this unbalanced situation.

Passage 2





Thanks to accelerated economic globalization, the growing China-US business relations have exhibited the features of interdependence, mutual benefit and win-win progress.//

We hope that the US administration will follow the trend of historical development, and pursue the right trade policy so as to enable our two people to gain more concrete benefits.//

China-US business relationship is the most complex one in today’s world owing to its huge scale, broad scope and the extensive interests of various parties involved.//

A case in point in China-US business relationship is the issue of product quality and food safety. China and the United States have had in-depth and frank discussions on this issue.



T opic: Chilly Season for Job Hunters

Questions for Reference:

1.With the worsening global financial crisis, university graduates are facing a very serious

employment situation. Could you say something about what you or your friends are planning to do to sort out this problem?

2.The government has adopted some measures to help university graduates seek employment.

Could you mention one or two of these measures and then comment?

3.One alternative is to apply for government jobs or to set up your own business. Are you

planning to become a civil servant or self-employed? Why or why not?


Part A

Passage 1

Mr. Mayor, let me thank you for the opportunity to share some thoughts about how to ensure Shanghai’s position as a world center of innovation in the near future.//

We have already recognized the importance of innovation to Shanghai’s economic growth and prosperity. Y ou have articulated a strategy that places technological innovation capacity at the top of the agenda.//

Innovation is the lifeblood of a country and business—there is no future without it. We have to think of innovation as more than basic science or new laboratory equipment.//

Innovation is the creation of value through new products or services, technologies and business models. And it requires strong leadership, a long term strategy and people who are committed to innovation.





Passage 2

Dear Chinese friends, tonight, we come to the end of 16 glorious days which we will cherish forever. Thank you to the people of China, and to all the wonderful volunteers to Beijing Organization Committee of the Olympic Games!//

Through these Games, the world learned more about China, and China learned more about the world. Athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees came to these dazzling venues and awed us with their talent.//

New starts were born. Stars from past Games amazed us again. We shared their joys and their tears, and we marveled at their ability. We will long remember the achievements we witnessed here.// The athletes tonight have shown us the unifying power of sport. The Olympic spirit lives in the warm embrace of competitors from nations in conflict. Keep that spirit alive when you return home.





Part B

Passage 1




China is the largest developing country, and Africa is home to the largest number of developing countries. Our combined population accounts for over a third of the world total.//

Without peace and development in China and Africa, there will be no global peace and development. In this new era, China and Africa share increasing common interests and have a growing mutual need.//

The forging of a new type of China-Africa strategic partnership is determined by the dynamics of/need for China-Africa cooperation, and it represents our wish to promote global peace and development.//

Building strong ties between China and Africa/Future development of the Sino-African relationship will not only be beneficial to the progress and development of each side, but also help cement/promote unity and cooperation among developing countries.

Passage 2





Dear friend, today I am very glad to be here, on behalf of the Chinese government, to address the conference on some of the practice/what we have done in China in the protection of children and related international cooperation.//

To promote international cooperation in the protection of children, the Chinese Government has taken an active part in international cooperation and exchanges on the one hand and effectively promoted children’s survival, protection and development on the other (hand).//

For (many) years, China has achieved great success through cooperation and exchanges with the UN Children’s Fund, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in its work to protect children.//

The Chinese Government will continue to/further give priority to children’s education in the promotion of education as a whole to ensure a fast development of children’s education in China, and bring it closer to the standard of the developed countries.



T opic: Our students should have a better command of Chinese

Questions for Reference:

1.Have you noticed that some college students’ Chinese proficiency is not as good as required?

Why is it so?

2.What are some of the factors that may lead to the poor command of Chinese by our college


3.What measures should be taken to help university students further improve their Chinese?


Part A

Passage 1

I’m a research psychologist and I’ve been doing researches on the problems of marriage and family. Today I feel greatly honored to be invited to give a talk on this subject. Being a good parent is harder now than it has ever been before.//

In pressurized modern lives, it is hard to be a good worker and a good parent at the same time. We haven’t left space for the care and nurturing that parents expect to provide for their children.// Traditional family imposes too many roles on females. Therefore, today many highly educated and economically privileged women are opting to take career breaks so as to be at home w ith their children for longer than the 18 weeks.//

I think the whole point of marriage is that it imposes clear obligation, not just the right to pursue your own happiness. Children demand sacrifice and altruism, which means a long-term investment of parental time and money.





Passage 2

If you take a trip to V enice, Italy, you will take a romantic ride along narrow canals and under bridges. Y ou will also take pictures of the beautiful old buildings and famous works of art that have made the city one of Europe’s leading tourist spots.//

V enice is a city built on water and it has about 150 canals. The best time to visit V enice is during the clear spring days of March and April.//

From June to August, the city is hot and crowded with tourists. Autumn is quite pleasant, but winters are cold. Floods are common in November and December.//

It is well-known that V enice faces an uncertain future. The city is sinking into the sea. Unless solutions are found soon for the problem, V enice will no longer exit.





Part B

Passage 1





Today, people must pursue lifelong learning to adapt themselves to the transformation of the society. That’s why great importance has been attached to the idea of lifelong education in many countries.

Modern industry has removed many traditional occupations from the society. If one does not continue to learn, he will soon be abandoned by the times.

The advancement of science and technology also enables mankind to fully understand the relation between man and nature, the relation between man and society, and the development and responsibilities of his own.

Today, many people take up learning not only for making a living. Therefore, lifelong education should provide learning opportunities for people to constantly improve themselves.

Passage 2






Xujiahui Commercial Center, which came into being in 2000, is now one of the biggest commercial centers in Shanghai city proper.

The new Xujiahui commercial area has been expanded to 7 square kilometers from 4.5 square kilometers. The new area stretches to Fenglin Road in the east, Zhongshan Ring Road in the south, Kaixuan Road in the west, and Huaihai Road in the north.

To enhance its function as a trade and business center, the revamped Xujiahui will add to it one million square meters of office space apart from the current shopping center.

Xujiahui Commercial Center is accelerating its development to function as a center for business, trade and modern service, so as to prepare for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.



T opic: Should college entrance examination results be made public or kept private? Questions for Reference:

1.Shall we continue or abandon the college entrance examination? Give your reasons.

2.Do you agree with the view that the score of college entrance examination is private

information? Why or why not?

3.How can we achieve the fairness of the whole education system? Are there any better ways to

evaluate the students’ competence?


Part A

Passage 1

Toronto is famous for its damp weather and its own rainforest. People in Toronto like rain because it keeps the city green and the air clean. During the sunny day, they like to go hiking, biking, canoeing.//

People in Toronto like to host barbecues and picnics and water-skiing parties. It’s a shame sround here to not thoroughly enjoy every moment of every golden day.//

Y ou will have a good and memorable time here as a touring. Y ou will find a very magnificent canyon. The canyon walls are caved with tales about the native inhabitants.//

The magnificent view is completed with large stretches of forest that boast nearly every species of North American tree. The scenery of Toronto is indeed beautiful. It is no exaggeration to stay that Toronto is a paradise on earth.






Passage 2

Within a single generation, the relationship between the United States and China has been transformed. As two of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, our governments work together on problems affecting every corner of the world.//

We have seen closer and closer ties not only between government and government, but also business and business and more importantly people and people. We Americans have long cherished and respected our Chinese friends for their wisdom and hardworking.//

Today, more and more American tourists travel to China and we are happy to receive an increasing number of overseas students from China. They are the “cultural-ambassadors” bridging our two nations.//

I believe that with more people exchanging visit to the other country and rediscovering our ling-standing friendship, our relationship will become more and more prosperous.





Part B

Passage 1




China’s opening up policy is a long-term one. Opening up has brought great benefits to more than one billion Chinese people. It is the right path for China’s development.

China’s opening up policy is comprehensive in nature. We are open not only to developed countries, but also to developing countries. We are open not only in the economic field, but also in the scientific, technological, educational, cultural and other fields.

China’s opening up policy is based on mutual benefit, which naturally means we should open ourselves to the world, building inter-dependent economic ties with other countries.

We are convinced that only on the basis of mutual benefit and win-win situation can opening up endure, thus being conductive to the fundamental interests of all the people and promoting world peace and prosperity.

Passage 2





“One World, One Dream” fully reflects the essence and the universal values of the Olympic spirit —Unity, Friendship, Progress, Harmony, Participation, and Dream.

In spite of the differences in colors, languages, races, we share the charm and joy of the Games, and together we seek for the idea of Mankind for peace.

“One World, One Dream”is a profound manifestation of the theme of the Beijing Olympic Games. It expresses the common wishes of people all over the world, inspired by the Olympic ideals, to strive for a bright future of Mankind.

“One World, One Dream” is simple in expressions, but profound in meaning. It is of China, and also of the world. It voices the aspirations of 1.3 billion Chinese people to contribute to the establishment of a peaceful and bright world.



T opic: Should government relief recipients be kept from owning “luxuries”?

Questions for Reference:

1.What kind of products will you define as “luxuries”?

2.Should people who receive subsistence allowance from the government be allowed to own

luxuries? Why or why not?

3.What do you suggest will be the more “humane”restrictions on those who apply for

subsistence allowance?


Part A

Passage 1

By going online, companies can communicate instantly and directly with prospective customers. Promotion on the World Wide Web includes advertising, sponsorships, and sales promotion like contests, coupons, and rebates.//

Successful websites combine promotional and non-promotional information indirectly when delivering the advertising messages. To encourage visits to their sites and to create customer

loyalty, companies provide many opportunities for intension.//

Since the main purpose of advertising is to sell goods, the advertise is not always looking out for the best interests of the consumer. Some advertising is cheating the public, such as actors dressed as doctors promoting health products.//

It costs money to advertise. Consumers pay for television programs every time they buy a product they see advertised. The cost of advertising a product is added to its cost to consumers.





Passage 2

Hello Beijing, Hello China. Greetings from Switzerland. And a special hello to all the children and young people who may be watching this show because this day is for you! By now you’ve met your new little friends—the Five Friendlies.//

The Five Friendlies are an incredible little family, chosen carefully by Beijing 2008 Olympic Games to represent all of China, and to carry a message of friendship to the children of the world.//

If I’ve got my Chinese mythology right, Beibei will bring you prosperity. Jingjing will bring you happiness. Huanhuan will fill you with passion. Yingying will give you good health. And Nini will bring you good luck. How’s that a great blessing.//

Beijing is lucky to have so many beautiful animals to represent the Olympic spirit. I love them all. They’re carrying traditional Chinese blessings all over the world. I believe they will become the most popular mascots in Olympic history.





Part B

Passage 1






All delegates, at this October time when Shanghai is offering us its charming autumn scenery, the 13th General Assembly Session of the World Tourism Organization is officially opened here. On behalf of the Chinese government, I would like to extend our sincere welcome to all the guests here.

Tourism represents a kind of popular and pleasant activity that combines sightseeing, recreation, and health care. Tourism has been developing all along with the progress of the times.

Since the middle of the 20th century, modern tourism has been growing at a fast pace around the world. The number of tourists has ever been on the rise, the scale of the tourism industry has been on constant expansion, and the position of tourism in the economy has been obviously raised. Tourism gradually serves as an important bridge of cultural exchange, friendship and further exchanges and exert more extensive influence on the human life and social progress among various countries.

Passage 2





Over the 28 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries has gone through an extraordinary path. The continuous and steady development of such relations conforms to the fundamental interests of both countries.

China and the United States enjoy a promising prospect of wider cooperation in many cases. Developing the Sino-U.S. economic and trade relations is of great significance to the promotion of the comprehensive and sound growth of the Sino-U.S. relations in the new century.

It is inevitable that new problems will emerge in the process of fast growing economic and trade cooperation and it is a long-term task of both countries to resolve these problems.

The increased dialogues and communications benefit not only the economic development of both countries, but also the continuous and steady growth of the global economy.



T opic: How to promote the Chinese’ love of reading books in China?

Questions for Reference:

1.Do you like reading? What do you benefit from reading? What kind of books do you like


2.Do you think we Chinese are reading less or reading more today? Give your reasons.

3.Do you think the setting up of the “national reading day”will help develop the Chinese

nation’s habit of reading? Why or why not?


Part A

Passage 1

I am very glad to be invited here to make a speech on the topic of “an educator’s responsibility”. As an American high school principal, I worry, particularly, about the effects on our children of our own society.//

In American, there is already compelling evidence that adolescents have been affected negatively by changing social conditions. However, some people believe that the behavior of students should not be interfered unless it is directly related to learning.//

But good teachers should teach values of courtesy, mutual respect, persistence, and responsibility. They should remind students to say “please”and “thank you”and remind them not to interrupt when others are speaking.//

As a principal, I would never consider myself a successful educator unless our students graduated not only as successful learners bur also as ladies and gentlemen.





Passage 2

I visited Luoyang 28 years ago. Then I couldn’t have imaged the dynamic and impressive city that Luoyang has turned into today. China is definitely a more open place than at any time since the Tang Dynasty.//

We all need to become China experts now, because China, and especially its future, matters for all of us. The last 28 years have seen tremendous changes in China. The rest of the world has a big stake in China’s success.//

The possibilities that China’s social and economic development offers the world are extraordinary. This should be an opportunity for all of us. To make it so, we must forge a long-term strategic partnership between European and China.//

I don’t think China is likely to become an expansionist military power. China’s membership of the WTO is a good example of how working with China and interesting it more fully into the

international system can work to all of our advantage.





Part B

Passage 1





To the Chinese, the Lunar New Y ear is undoubtedly the most important festival of the year. It celebrates the passing of a peaceful year and indicates the welcome of a new one.

How do we celebrate the New Y ear? First, the elaborate multi-generation reunion dinner eaten leisurely and luxuriously at home is the norm. The reunion dinner, eaten on New Y ear’s Eve, is the most significant meal of the year.

It underscores the supreme importance of the family in Chinese culture. Visiting relatives and close friends is another time-honored custom that is undertaken cheerfully, and reciprocated enthusiastically too, as a thoughtful way of affirming the ties of kinship and friendship.

What would be retained in our New Y ear’s celebration is the family and kinship ties and attendant values like respect for one’s parents and elders. Without these, the New Y ear’s celebration will become a soulless commercial happening and devoid of meaning.

Passage 2




Hello, everyone! On behalf of the Olympic Movement, I would like to convey my greetings to all

the participants of the 1st“National Fitness Campaign of China”.

This event will bring together people of all ages and from all walks of life throughout the country. It will reinforce, without doubt, the deep-rooted enthusiasm of Chinese people for sports.

Y our active involvement showcases the great enthusiasm for sports among the general public in China. Together, we celebrate here this “International Y ear of Physical Education and Sports”proclaimed by the United Nations.

All my best wishes for success go to the Organizing Committee of “International Y ear of Physical Education and Sports”. Wish the event a complete success. And I hope that all of you taking part in the 1st“National Fitness Campaign of Chins” have a wonderful day!