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Promise to Be Language Friendly

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Promise to Be Language Friendly

    Promise to Be Language Friendly

     Liu Yang, Deputy Director of the Organizing Committee Office of the Beijing Speaks to the World Program, says, The Chinese Government is the only government that has made a promise to eliminate language barriers during the Olympics, and Beijing has been doing its best in this regard.

     The program was formerly known as Beijing Speaks English, dedicated to making

    English, the de facto world language, popular in the city. In March 2002, the scope of the program was broadened, ambitiously aiming at familiarizing residents with all major languages in the world, including French, German, Italian and Spanish.

     The committee consists of government officials involved in the campaign, among whom are officials from the municipal government, as well as leading officials in Beijing

    s 18 districts and counties. Vice Mayor Zhang Mao acts as the committee chairman.

     Its pilot, the Advisory Group of the Beijing Speaks to the World Program Organizing Committee, was set up in November 2002. The group is composed of foreign language professors from Chinese universities, as well as native speakers eager to offer their help.

     The committee sponsors a variety of activities to encourage foreign language learning among Beijing residents, such as foreign language contests, festivals, free lectures and training classes.

     From May 1 to 3 this year, the Beijing Foreign Language Week of 2004 was held in the Working Peoples Cultural Palace, which used to be the imperial ancestral temple in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. It is the third large-scale foreign language promotion organized by the committee. As many as 100,000 visitors flocked to the venue to improve their knowledge of languages. Various activities, such as public lectures on English and other languages, an English corner, a book and video fair, presentations by foreign language schools and overseas study agencies, were staged.

    Strong Enough

    CHER LYRICS

     年初以一首Believe,相信(重振世界歌坛的切尔,Cher(;最近又以Strong enough,足够坚强(风靡世界。该曲在《世界歌曲排行榜》冠军位置停留了数周后;对英文歌曲爱好者来说已是耳熟能详;它与Believe一样;表达了以一颗坚强的心面对负心人的女性心态。

     I don't need your sympathy

    me There's nothing you can say or do for

     And I don't want a miracle

     You'll never change for no one

     I hear your reasons why

     Where did you sleep last night?

     And was she worth it, was she worth it?

     'Cos I'm strong enough

     To live without you

     Strong enough and I quit crying

     Long enough now I'm strong enough

     To know you gotta go

     There's no more to say

     So save your breath

     And then walk away

     No matter what I hear you say

     I'm strong enough to know you gotta go

     So you feel misunderstood

     Baby, have I got news for you

     On being used, I could write a book

     You don't wanna hear about it

     I've been losing sleep

     You've been going cheap

     She ain't worth half of me it's true

     I'm telling you

     Now I'm strong enough to live without you

     Strong enough and I quit crying

     Long enough now I'm strong enough

     To know you gotta go

     Come hell or waters high

     You'll never see me cry

     This is our last goodbye, it's true

     I'm telling you

     That I'm strong enough to live without you

     Strong enough and I quit crying

     Long enough now I'm strong enough

     To know you gotta go

     There's no more to say

     So save your breath

     And you walk away

     No matter what I hear you say

     I'm strong enough to know you gotta go

    This Masquerade

     Are we really happy with

     This lonely game we play

     Looking for the right words to say

     Searching but not finding

     Understanding anyway

     We are lost in this masquerade

     Both afraid to say we are just too far away

     From being close together from the start

     We tried to talk it over

     But the words got in the way

     We are lost inside this lonely game we play

     (*) Throughts of leaving disappear

     Each time I see your eyes

     And no matter how hard I try

     To understand the reason

     Why we carry on this way

     And we are lost in this masquerade

     We tried to talk it over

     But the words got in the way

     We are lost inside this lonely game we play

     Repeat (*)

     We are lost in a masquerade

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