Dario: What is your favorite food, Brian?
Brian: That‘s a tough question Dario! You know that I am a food machine.
Dario: Does that mean you will eat anything?
Brian: Within reason! My motto is try everything once and eat the things you like often.
Dario: I prefer my food hot and spicy.
Brian: I remember the chili chicken dish you made at your place. It had so much chili that I cried
Dario: I forgot that. I did feel a little guilty when I saw how much pain people‘s mouths were in!
Brian: I like ice-cream.
Dario: Maybe we could make a chili ice-cream. We would both be happy that way.
Brian: That sounds disgusting! Neither of us would eat that!
NEW WORDS 新单词
1) Hassle: trouble, problem
Managing my homework is such a hassle, I would rather be out playing with my friends.
2) Decade: period of 10 years
By the time I was 20 I had lived through three decades, the seventies, the eighties and the nineties.
3) Goofing: not taking things seriously
The teacher threw the student out of the class because he was always goofing off.
4) Anarchist: someone who believes in having no rules
I never really understood how anarchists work – how do they get people to follow the rules?
Jessie: What do you think happens when you die?
Tina: I know that all of my family and friends will be so upset that they will cry for a year.
Jessie: But what happens to your body and bones?
Tina: They go to dust I guess.
Jessie: I have heard that line before I think.
Tina: It is from one of my favorite songs.
Jessie: What is the name of the band who sings it?
Tina: The Smashing Pumpkins.
Jessie: They sound like farmers!
Tina: Settle in and I will sing their song “1979” for you.
New Words 生词
1) Long face: saying used to describe someone unhappy or sad
When he came into work this morning I could tell that he was unhappy from his long face.
2) Discrimination: to make judgments and treat people based on the color of their skin, their age, their culture or religion
If everyone knows that discrimination is wrong, why do so many people still do it?
3) Fogey: a person with old-fashioned ideas, usually used with ‘old‘
Some old fogeys are OK but I cannot relate to their ideas very well.
4) Bargain: very cheap
The round of drinks I bought at the nightclub was a real bargain because it was two-for-one!
Discrimination means treating someone unfavorably or unfairly because of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, physical/mental handicap or sexual orientation.
Discrimination has been happening for hundreds, if not thousands of years, but slowly countries are making laws and policies to stamp it out. The next step is to make all people aware of discriminatory behaviors and to convince them that the world will be a better place when they stop.
One of the most effective ways to help people stop discriminating against other people, is for them to actually experience discrimination themselves. Once you have been really discriminated against, it is highly unlikely that you will ever do it to others again because you have a real understanding of how it made you feel.
Another good way to prevent discrimination, is to actively teach children the right way to treat people and to stop them when they treat people simply based on the way someone looks or speaks. Children who get a good education in non-discriminatory behavior will be able to teach others including their own children and eventually stop it all together.
What should you do if you think you have been discriminated against? First tell the person who discriminated against you why you think their behavior was wrong. If they don‘t make an effort to change, most companies and countries have strong laws against discrimination, see your human resources manager or a lawyer to find out if you have a claim or legal case.
Ending discrimination is in the interests of all human beings. We must all work together to stop this evil practice. All men (and women of course) are created, and born, equal. Discrimination, of any type, is simply the result of ignorance and envy.
Jeff: Wouldn‘t it be nice to live in a world without discrimination?
Joan: That sounds like a dream to me, Jeff.
Jeff: Do you know a man by the name of Martin Luther King?
Joan: I have heard of him. He was shot in America in the 1960s, wasn‘t he?
Jeff: That‘s right. He said that he dreamed that one day all people could live together and treat each other equally.
Joan: Is his dream coming true?
Jeff: I think so but it is a very slow process.
Joan: As long as we all do our small part, eventually Mr King‘s dream will come true.