Write an essay of 160-200 words based on the following drawing. In your essay, you should:
1) describe the drawing briefly,
2) explain its intended meaning, and then
3) state your point of view.
You should write on ANSWER SHEET 2.
This picture describes an old Beijing resident’s encounter with a foreigner on the subway. The old man is learning English, and he seizes the good chance not only to practice English but also to ask some questions. From the picture we can perceive that the foreigner is also very happy to do him a favor.
The harmonious atmosphere conveyed in the picture is quite stimulating, implying that Beijing is becoming a more international and friendly city. Moreover, the whole country of China is opening her arms to embrace a world that is witnessing strong globalization. Against such a background, Chinese citizens are presented with a lively stage for more frequent and in-depth communications with people from the outside world. Especially at the eve of China’s hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, studying English, for instance, is no longer a business of the youngsters, but of those of all ages, occupations, and social status.
In my opinion, this tendency is very encouraging. That is, Chinese people are increasingly interested in the rest of the world, and are quite willing and ready to befriend foreigners. Consequently, it can enhance not merely economic trade but more importantly, culture communications. With more mutual understanding, China and the world can both anticipate a brighter future.
encounter: n. 相遇，遇到
do someone a favor: 帮助某人
embrace: v. 拥抱
in-depth: adj. 深入的
at the eve of: 在……之前
youngster: n. 年轻人，少年
social status: 社会地位
befriend: v. 与……为友
anticipate: v. 预期，期望
The harmonious atmosphere conveyed in the picture is quite stimulating, implying that…
In my opinion, this tendency is very encouraging.
Consequently, it can enhance not merely economic trade but more importantly, culture communications.