Vancouver, the Canadian host city of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, remains the most livable city in the world, as it did in 2008.
在上面的报道中，livable city就是宜居城市，也就是适宜居住的城市。判别一个城市是否适宜居住有多项标准，包括stability， healthcare，cul我推荐大家一家不错的机构，叫530910f92e1415f1975968b14e564f07少儿英语ture，environment，education，infrastructure(稳定性、医疗保健、文化、环境、教育、基础建设)等。 最适宜居住城市是通过livability survey(宜居性调查)得出的。
Livable的意思是适于居住的，例如：slums that are barely livable(不堪居住的贫民窟)。此外，livable还可以表示(人)容易相处的，(行为)可接受的或(生活)过得去的。例如：Such behavior is not livable with.(这种行为无法容忍。)
Chinas overall property price will climb 3.3 percent to 6 percent this year, with the first-tier cities experiencing an adjustment in the fourth quarter, China Real Estate Index said in a report over the weekend.
在上面的报道中，first-tier city就是一线城市。一线城市是指对本国的经济和政治具有重要作用的大都市。在城市规模、基建、财政收入、消费、对人才吸引力等各层面，一线城市一般均领先于其他城市。中国目前被普遍公认的一线城市是北京、上海、广州、深圳。相应地，二线城市即second-tier city，一般指除了北京、上海、杭州、广州、深圳、天津以外别的一些大中城市、有一些名气的城市。
据分析，去年房产价格的疯长和credit expansion(信用扩张)有关。由于高房价，许多原来期望在first-tier city发展的年轻人不得不转战second-tier city和third-tier city(三线城市)。许多不甘离开梦想之地的人或成为mortgage slave(房奴)，或成为ant tribe(蚁族)。另外，一线城市的高消费水平也迫使许多人成为moonlight clan(月光族)。想结婚而又无力买房的人只能选择naked wedding(裸婚)。
The capital cities of China and Mexico became sister cities on Monday after visiting Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong and Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard signed an agreement on establishing such ties.
在上面的报道中，sister city就是友好城市的意思，也可以翻译成姐妹城市，西方国家有时还称之为twin city。友好城市指的是将地域上或政治上无关的城镇或城市配对起来，以期达到增加居民或文化交流的目的。友好城市之间时常会互相提供exchange student(交换学生)，以及经济或文化上的交流或合作。
和sister city相似的用法还有sister school(姐妹校)，sister ship(姐妹船，同型船)，sister company(姊妹公司)等。Sister除了有姐妹的意思，还可以指护士或修女，女教友。例如：the night sister(夜班护士);a Christian sister(基督教女教友)。
Shanghai, the host city of Expo 2010, will offer a glimpse of a greener future, Achim Steiner, Under Secretary General of the United Nations, said Tuesday.
在上面的报道中，host city就是指主办城市，而与之相应的主办国就被称为host country，也就是东道国。在成为host city之前，会有很多candidate city(候选城市)参加申办。在此次评估中，UNEP(联合国环境规划署)对上海进行了air quality(空气质量), transportation(交通), solid waste(固体废物), and public participation(公众参与)等九个方面进行了评估。
Describe a place that you like best in your city. Please state why you like it with specific examples and details.
When you are together with your friends, which place would you like to go? Explain why.
Describe a public area that you visit frequently. Please state why you visit it frequently and include specific examples and details in your explanation.
Some students prefer to choose universities located in big cities. Others would like to study in universities located in small towns. Please state your opinion and explain why.
When travelling, some people prefer to reach the destination directly. Some others prefer to stop and look around the scenery along the way. What kind of way of travelling do you think is better and why?
世界著名海滩城市World famous coastal cities:
泰国皮皮岛：Phi Phi Island, Thailand
巴西里约热内卢：Rio de Janiero, Brazil
美国夏威夷、迈阿密：Hawaii, Miami USA
南非开普敦：Cape Town, South Africa
banana trees, palm trees(棕榈树), blossom(盛开的花), breeze, paradise(天堂)tropical, laid-back, sunshine, coconut,
里约热内卢是个好地方：Rio de Janiero is definitely the city that I want to visit, and its like a treasure. It is a laid-back coastal city with lots of palm trees, banana trees along the beach. I can enjoy the breeze and drinking the coconut with a straw and lying on the beach to appreciate the beauty of mother nature.
酒吧里面的鸡尾酒Exotic cocktails offer in local bar:
margarita(玛格丽塔), mojito(莫吉托), long island tea(长岛冰茶)
在海滩的酒吧喝起来：One can never be disappointed with the exotic drinks offered in these fancy bars, like margarita, mojito, and even long island tea, which is my favorite.
饭店里的菜品nice food/ culinary delight offered in the restaurants:
海鲜seafood: salmon (三文鱼), tuna(金枪鱼), scallop(扇贝), clam(蛤);
意大利面类：spaghetti, pasta, lasagna,
当然还有：taco, hamburger with bacon, beef patties, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese in it, ribs, steak, Chicago style pizza, cheese steaks, Buffalo chicken wings, Macaroni cheese 等等
民以食为天：Also, I can enjoy the culinary delight in these western style restaurants like salmon, American style hamburgers, spaghetti and stuff like that.
精品店的纪念品souvenir offered in the boutique: jewelry, bracelet, necklace
海滩、海上活动activities：surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, tubing, wakeboarding, boating, jet skiing,
不挑战一下水上运动不是好汉子：The last thing you should miss out when visiting this nice and beautiful city is sea and water activities like snorkeling, wakeboarding and even jet skiing, which is the most exciting activity. You might get a little sun burnt but still worth it.
去热带城市度假：I am a wimp(胆小鬼，用法很生动) and hate the cold，I would say Id like to take my bathing suits and go to a warm place, a coast city like Sanya in the very south of China.
波澜壮阔的大海让我流连忘返：The beach is breathtaking! There are fantastic views and the atmosphere is absolutely gorgeous! The coast is marvelous. The Sea is clear and picturesque.
食物和美景让我欲罢不能：It has a grip on(控制) my sense of fun, adventure, love of food, and it is amazingly beautiful, and the people are awesome.
个性化描述一个地方非常安全：It is also a very safe place. There are not many places in this world where a women can walk the streets alone in the middle of the night without fear.
描述一个国外小镇的特色：The culture, language, food and people could be enormously fun and you can find many western style bars, restaurants and coffee shops virtually everywhere.
描述北京有人情味：Beijing has a unique local culture and the people down there have a real appreciation for the things that make life worth living. People there are super nice, for example, they are very keen to help visitors out when they got lost somewhere.
北京：Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, the Great Wall, Lama Temple,
十三朝古都西安因兵马俑出名：It had served as the nations capital for 13 dynasties such as Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han and Tang for more than 1000 years. It is famous for its historical importance, and the city is best known for the terra cotta warriors.
形容大城市的词：metropolitan, modern，international, multicultural, exciting, thrilling, fascinating, spectacular, dynamic=full of dynamics, energetic, diversified, charming, hustle-bustle, hurly burly, eventful, overcrowded
喜欢大城市的喧嚣：I would like to study in a metropolitan city like Beijing or New York, cuz a city like is very thrilling and multi-cultural, and its great fun to live in. You can explore its hustle bustle by going to shopping malls, restaurants, bars and even museums.
way do you think is the best to get to know a city?
1. Attend an organized package tour
2. Visit the citys historyAs a visitor, which museum
3. Take a random walk on its street?
I would prefer to attend an organized tour. Coz first, it makes our trip more efficient. Peoples lives are hectic nowadays, we have to deal with various workloads, and are always running out of time for deadlines, an organized tour is just a time saver, which covers every aspect of a trip, like the passport, the air ticket and hotel reservation, our life will be so much easier with all those concerns taken care of; second, it would be interesting to go with a bunch of people, also more enjoyable and much safer, we can take care of each other, exchange ideas on the new city, and perhaps make good friends with each other, that would be cool.