v. make a serious, urgent, or heartfelt request
v. officially or legally prohibit
v. prohibit (someone) from doing something
v. prevent the occurrence of
n. a messenger or representative, especially one on a diplomatic mission
a. restricted or limited to the person, group, or area concerned
n. a boat or ship for conveying passengers and goods, especially over a relatively short distance and as a regular service
v. force (something unwelcome or unfamiliar) to be accepted or put in place
v. take (someone) away illegally by force, typically to obtain a ransom
a. of or relating to a government minister or ministers
n. a government department headed by a minister
v. dismiss as inadequate, inappropriate, or not to one's taste
v. settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter)
v. make an attack or assault in return for a similar attack
n. a threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule
v. move or cause to move slowly or rhythmically backwards and forwards or from side to side
v. raise (something) to a higher standard, in particular improve (equipment or machinery) by adding or replacing components
Directions: Listen to the following news recording once and decide whether the statements listed below are TRUE or FALSE. Write T for TRUE and F for FALSE.
1. ( ) Mr. Singh had an exclusive interview with the Associated Press.
2. ( ) Both countries claim they are optimistic about settling their border dispute.
3. ( ) The region of Kashmir is located near the Himalayan Mountains.
4. ( ) Mr. Singh has voiced his optimism about solving the problem within his term.
5. ( ) Both India and Pakistan claim sovereignty over the region of Kashmir.
Directions: Listen to the news recording again and complete the following statements. Write NO MORE THAN THREE words for each answer.
1. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he hopes to settle the issue with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while they' re both in power. W
2. The two leaders are expected to move forward their peace dialogue when they meet next week in New York.
[00:00.93]Passage 4. A Little Girl [00:05.09]Sitting on a grassy grave, beneath one of the windows of the church, was a little girl. [00:13.73]With her head bent back she was gazing up at the sky and singing, [00:18.87]while one of her little hands was pointing to a tiny cloud [00:23.58]that hovered like a golden feather above her head. [00:28.06]The sun, which had suddenly become very bright, shining on her glossy hair, [00:34.51]gave it a metallic luster, and it was difficult to say what was the color, dark bronze or black. [00:42.76]So completely absorbed was she in watching the cloud to which her strange song or incantation seemed addressed, [00:51.90]that she did not observe me when I rose and went towards her. [00:56.50]Over her head, high up in the blue, [01:00.00]a lark that was soaring towards the same gauzy cloud was singing, as if in rivalry. [01:06.59]As I slowly approached the child, [01:09.55]I could see by her forehead, which in the sunshine seemed like a globe of pearl, [01:15.78]and especially by her complexion, that she uncommonly lovely. [01:21.69]Her eyes, which at one moment seemed blue-gray, at another violet, [01:26.83]were shaded by long black lashes, curving backward in a most peculiar way, [01:32.75]and these matched in hue her eyebrows, [01:36.03]and the tresses that were tossed about her tender throat were quivering in the sunlight. [01:41.93]All this I did not take in at once; [01:44.78]for at first I could see nothing but those quivering, glittering, changeful eyes turned up into my face. [01:52.76]Gradually the other features, especially the sensitive full-lipped mouth, [01:58.56]grew upon me as I stood silently gazing. [02:01.95]Here seemed to me a more perfect beauty than had ever come to me in my loveliest dreams of beauty. [02:09.29]Yet it was not her beauty so much as the look she gave me that fascinated me, melted me.