Dad: May, did you understand everything I said just now? Do you need more explanation?
May: Err…almost? I just need more time to reflect it.
Dad: It's OK. Just let me know when you have a problem.
May: But you've explained it three times. Oh, I am so stupid!
Dad: Don't lose heart, May. You have already made great progress in your biology.
May: Really? Did I?
Dad: Of course you did! You are making progress everyday, bit by bit, but you just cannot see it or feel it.
May: Dad, do you think I can get in Tsinghua University? I'm afraid it is a tough call for me.
Dad: Getting into Tsinghua is very competitive. You must study ten times harder than others. Why do you want to go to Tsinghua?
May: Tsinghua is the top university in China. Half of my classmates want to go to Tsinghua.
Dad: It's best only when it fits you. I don't advise you to go to Tsinghua. Though it ranks top in China, it doesn't fit you.
May: You think so? Why?
Dad: Don't you always want to study Chinese literature? Tsinghua is not good for that. I suggest you apply for Peking University.
May: Dad, you are right. Tsinghua is the best, but it isn't a fit for me. But do you really think I can get in Peking University? What if I failed?
Dad: Of course you can! No matter what the result is, the process is more important.
Dad: My daughter May is preparing for the entrance exams. She is really a hard worker but what she needs is to broaden her studies. Today I told her a bit about biology, and she made great progress. She also told me that she wants to go into Tsinghua, but I don’t think it’s right for her.
reflect vt. 深思熟虑
loose heart 灰心
bit by bit 一点一点
competitive adj. 竞争的
apply for 申请
情景练习 Scene practice
1.It looked like rain. In the afternoon it was clear. What would Daniel say?
2.May'd been looking for Daniel, but she could see him in nowhere. What would she say?
3.Shirley wants to buy a coat. She doesn't have enough money. What would she say?
4.May wants to take an elective course. There is no empty seat in the classroom. When she meets her roommate, what would she say?
5.When Daniel wants to express another idea about his essay, which is against the former one, what would he say?