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Well, if you are reading this blog, you wil find that i'm an English major senior student who is busy with preparing the test for TEM 8. So, now i'd like to talk something about my major. Maybe you'll ask me why I chose English as my major. Woo, it's a long story. It must begin with my childhood.
When I was a child, I was extremely intered in something exotic. For instance, foreign music, Celtic fairy tales, and of course English. At that time, I thought that having a good master of English was really cool. Because I could tell others from different countries about my feelings in this beautiful language. It's really gorgeous!!!
So, when I was in Grade 6, I told my parents that I wanted to attend some English classes in my leisure time to improve my English. It sounds quite unbelievable because children at that age prefer to spend their spare time in playing with peers or watching TV at home rather than take English lessons. But I really did!
To learn Engilsh well was not an easy thing that I had thought of. At the early stage, I felt I can understand what the teacher said. When it came to the middle stage, I came across my bottle-neck period. It was really frustrating for the grammar was becoming harder and harder for me. Perhaps, it was the first time that I had had the idea of giving up. But one day, my teacher for New Concept English told me something that changed my life. In one class, she told me that my pronunciation was perfect and I had a good sense of English. She also suggested that I should choose English as my major in the university. Maybe, she just said these words offhand. But they were the power for me to learn English. In the next several years, I was always the top student in the English class.
O.K. So, this is the reason why I choose English as my major. And I'm satisfied with this major. At least I can spend my four years to read more books I want to read rather than fight against that troublesome advanced maths:p
某些人观点：There is the popularly accepted opinion that every college students must pass CET 4, because English is playing a more and more important role in the world. But I find myself unable to be in entire agreement with it. The reasons are as followed.
对方观点合理性：There is an element of truth in the statement that with the financial globalization, English is becoming much more important than it ever was, but this is not to say that everyone must spare no efforts to improve their English in order to pass CET 4. 驳：It is inevitable that there are still huge amounts of students poor at English have difficulties in passing CET 4.(Loose sentence) 立：In order to pass CET 4, those students have to spare a lot of time in learning English rather than learning their major courses. But for the heavy burden(metaphor), they would concentrate on their own academic study and make more achievements in their fields.
我方观点不足：If English is an important skill for everyone, as the argument goes, all of the college students must pass CET 4. However, I am not arguing the importance of having a good command of English, but I just want to say that passing CET 4 doesn’t mean you can apply what you have learnt to your daily life. 驳：The test for CET 4 only examines your abilities in listening, reading and writing, but not speaking. 立：As we all know, language is a tool for you and me to communicate. All input and no output makes Jack a dumb boy.(parody) So, having the certificate of CET 4 only means you have a good skill for test.
对方错误观点：Furthermore, the main trouble with this argument is that it is blind to the fact that a large number of students who have passed CET 4 have no many(litotes) chances to use English in their future. It is rather pity that we have no access to the world famous website such as Facebook, Tweet, YouTube. Hard as you study English, you still can’t use this language to have a chat with people all over the world,(inversion) which is just opposite to the initial function of language. What’s more, many students regard this certificate as the key to some good companies.
In conclusion, the view cannot stand up to close examination. It is my contention that students shouldn’t spend too much time on CET 4. Instead, they can learn something they are interested in or pay much attention to their major courses.
Nowadays, there is a heated debate on whether it is reasonable to increase retirement age. 某些人的观点：Some people hold the view that retirement age should be increased so as to improve the population aging. And those aged people could also earn more money in these prolonged five years. 质疑：At first sight, this argument seems reasonable, but if we take a further look, we can find this view can’t hold water.
对方观点的合理性：To begin with, there is no doubt that in these prolonged five years, aged people can earn more money and get more pension for their later life, 反驳：yet it is often the case that those people have no much time to enjoy their affluent savings. 立：According to the statistics in 2009, the average life expectancy for Chinese people is 75.（periodic sentence）No matter how much money you have had, you have only one-fifth of you life to enjoy these money. What’s more, people of that age are no longer(simile) as fit as a fiddle, and long-time work will also cause many diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure. In a word, the loss outweiths the gain.
我方观点不足：It could, of course, be argured that in recent years, the population aging was quickened. 反驳：Nevertheless, it can’t be said that we can slow down the process by increasing the retirement age. 立：As a matter of fact, when one reaches sixty, (metaphor)he is in the sunset of his days. We could only chang the retirement age but not the structure of population aging. So it sounds like the Arabian Nights.(metonymy)
指出对方观点的错误：Moreover, the argument ignores a main factor that is the employment difficulty. Many talented yougesters can’t find jobs, because those aged people are still too “young” to turn their jobs over to youngesters. To illustrate, the common people often call them dogs in the manger.(zoosemy) If the retirement age were increased, the employment rate would plunge down. Furthermore, usually those aged people are paid twice as much as youngesters. With the same money, many bosses perfer to recruit and cultivate new staff rather than pay for the high salaries, for youngesters can create more value than aged ones can do.
总结：From the foregoing, this argument can’t stand up to close examination. It is my conclusion that the retirement age should’t be increased. The old should enjoy their later life instead of working industriously in the office.