Now, a special English program for the New Years.
I'm Faith Lapidus.
The New Year is the time for new beginnings. It is also the time to buy a new calendar. Yet it can take a lot of time just to choose the right one. There are lots and lots of choices. There are small ones. Big ones. Calendars that sit on a desk. Calendars that hang on the wall. Calendars to carry around. Calendars that show a whole month or one day at a time.
Trains are a popular subject for calendars (Steve Ember/VOA)
Of course, in one way all calendars are the same. They all list the same days of the year in exactly the same order. But people do not buy calendars just to know what day it is. Calendars have become popular gifts because many are filled with beautiful pictures.
Some have pictures of famous art works. It is like hanging a different painting on your wall each month. You can even learn from calendars. They often give information about their subject -- such as famous writers or American Indians or flower gardens.
There are calendars about food and about beautiful places in the world. Calendars about sports and about movies. Funny calendars with popular cartoon characters. Calendars of famous people, like Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe.
For pet lovers, there are calendars with pictures of cats doing unusual things. Three hundred sixty-five of them – one for each day of the year. Calendars of dogs wearing clothes. And calendars of beautiful women in swimming suits, not wearing much at all.
Would you rather look at pictures of cars? There are calendars with those, too. There are even calendars for children who can draw the pictures themselves.
Some people do not just look at their calendars. They use them to write down important things they must remember, like meetings or doctor's appointments. Busy people can buy small calendars to carry around to help them organize and plan their life.
But what if they forget to look at their calendar? Do not worry, there are electronic organizers that make sounds to remind people of things they must do. These days, if you forget something, it is getting harder and harder to find a good excuse.
Some people do not like little calendars, or big ones, or noisy electronic ones. They are happy just to write down notes to themselves on small pieces of paper -- the smaller the better, usually.
These people never worry about all the time it takes them to find their small pieces of paper when they need them.
I'm Faith Lapidus wishing all our listeners a Happy New Year.
1.cartoon n. 卡通片，[电影] 动画片；连环漫画
One of my favorite cartoon characters is Snoopy.
2.appointment n. 任命；约定；任命的职位
Consultations can be arranged at other times by appointment.
3.excuse n. 借口；理由
I can't buy his excuse.
1.Do not worry, there are electronic organizers that make sounds to remind people of things they must do.
remind of 提醒；使记起；使回想起
I've forgotten his name—will you remind me of it?
The Auschwitz concentration camp always remind the world of the holocaust.
新年是一年新的开始，也是购买新日历的时候。但要挑选合适的日历需要花费大量时间，有很多种选择，有小的日历，大的日历 。有放在桌子上的日子，有挂在墙上的日历，有可随身携带的日历，也有一次显示一个月或一天的日历 。