American flag for a rectangular shape, length and width ratio of 19:10 for the Stars and Stripes (the Star-Spangled Banner), the upper-left corner flag for the blue stars surface area of the stars a few provisions in the respective departments, the United States is the state flag on the number of a few of the stars. Star 13 is outside the red and white stripes, 13 stripes on behalf of the original 13 colonies in North America. According to Washington, said: symbol of the United Kingdom with red stripes, white stripes and a symbol of freedom from it.
More general argument that the red symbol of strength and courage, a symbol of purity and innocence of white, blue is a symbol of vigilance, perseverance and justice. In 1818 the U.S. Congress pass the bill, red and white flag on the fixed width for the 13, the number of five-pointed star should be in line with several states of America.
Each additional state, the national flag on a star to increase, the general in the new states to join the second year after the implementation of July 4. So far has been the national flag to 50 stars, representing the 50 U.S. states. June 14 each year as "the development of the anniversary of the American flag." On this day, commemorative activities held throughout the United States to show respect for the flag and love of America.
美国国旗为长方形，长宽之比为19：10，为星条旗(the Star-Spangled Banner)，旗面左上角为蓝色星区，区内的星数于有关部门规定，美国的州数就是国旗上的星数。星区以外是13道红白相间的条纹，13道条纹代表最初北美13块殖民地。据华盛顿说：红色条纹象征英国，白色条纹象征脱离它而获得自由。更普遍的说法认为，红色象征强大和勇气，白色象征纯洁和清白，蓝色则象征警惕，坚韧不拔和正义。
high school in america， after middle school comes high school， which includes grades 9 through 12。 students are required to take certain subjects like english， social studies， math， science， and physical education。 in addition， they choose among elective subjects to complete their high school education。 electives include subjects in technology， music， art， and foreign languages。
each student in the school has their own locker for books and personal items。 this convenience saves students from carrying textbooks， and allows students a small space they can decorate with posters and favorite objects。
cheating in any form is strictly prohibited in american schools。 and in fact， high school students usually don‘t cheat。 a student caught in plagiarism， forgery， or copying another student faces severe discipline， even expulsion。
school activities each school holds certain yearly activities for the entire school body， such as homecoming， prom night， holiday celebrations， etc。
homecoming is celebrated each fall， usually on a weekend， and events leading up to it may last all week。 while homecoming is celebrated differently at each school， it usually includes a parade and the crowning of the homecoming king and queen， and ends with a football game and school dance。
the prom is a formal dance for students in grades 11 and 12， and is generally anticipated as the most important social event of the school year。 it can also be a time of anxiety， as boys have to work up the courage to ask a date to the prom， and girls hope the right boy invites them。 these couples dress in formal clothes — girls in long gowns， boys in suits。 some students even arrange a limousine and driver for their group of friends to arrive in style！ at the prom， students dance， have snacks and drinks， and chat。 prom usually ends with a prom king and queen being announced and crowned on stage before an envious audience。
besides hosting events for holidays such as the fourth of july and halloween， individual high schools often have their own special events。 one day might be “inside out/backwards day，” where students and teachers should wear their clothes reversed all day， perhaps walk and speak backwards， and even go to classes in opposite order。 and some schools hold contests where， if certain academic goals are met， the principal will kiss a pig， shave his mustache， or dress as a woman for the day。
sports most high schools have at least one sports team that competes in local events， and all students are encouraged to be involved in athletics。 schools often offer football， baseball and softball， basketball， volleyball， tennis， and soccer。 some may even have sports like golf， swimming， gymnastics and cross-country skiing。
jobs many high school students have part-time jobs by the age of 15 or 16， some even earlier。 their first jobs are often babysitting or cutting lawns， but later they will likely get a job at a fast-food restaurant， video store， or clothing shop。
driving sixteen years old is legal driving age in most states， and students usually want to own a car as soon as they can。 some parents allow their children to drive a family vehicle， and may even buy a car as a graduation present。 others prefer that their sons and daughters earn enough to purchase a used vehicle。 regardless， many teenagers feel it‘s a necessity to own a car， and will do whatever it takes to be able to drive。
This is a report in an English newspaper about city life in the United States. In many cities in the USA hundreds of people ride bikes to work every day. Some of these people have even formed a group called “Bike for a Better City”. They ask people to ride bikes instead of driving cars so that the city may have cleaner air.
For several years ,this group has tried hard to get the city council to make life easier for bike riders. For example,they want the city council streets.The council has not yet decided what to do . It wants to keep everyone happy.But,so far the only cycle paths that have been built are in parks. To this day the safest place to ride a bike may still be in the parks.
the american revolution was not a sudden and violent overturning of the political and social framework, such as later occurred in france and russia, when both were already independent nations. significant changes were ushered in, but they were not breathtaking. what happened was accelerated evolution rather than outright revolution. during the conflict itself people went on working and praying, marrying and playing. most of them were not seriously disturbed by the actual fighting, and many of the more isolated communities scarcely knew that a war was on.
america＇s war of independence heralded the birth of three modern nations. one was canada, which received its first large influ of english-speaking population from the thousands of loyalists who fled there from the united states. another was australia, which became a penal colony now that america was no longer available for prisoners and debtors. the third newcomer-the united states-based itself squarely on republican principles.
yet even the political overturn was not so revolutionary as one might suppose. in some states, notably connecticut and rhode island, the war largely ratified a colonial self-rule already eisting. british officials, everywhere ousted, were replaced by a home-grown governing class, which promptly sought a local substitute for king and parliament.
fortably warm, and fall temperatures are pleasantly cool.
years ago, people in the cold parts of the united states didnt often get fresh vegetables and fresh fruits (新鲜水果) during the winter. today, however, trucks and trains carry fruits and vegetables very quickly to all parts of the united states.
in this way, americans "send their climates" to people in other states.
The main content of American culture is the emphasize on individuals' value,the pursue of democracy and freedom,the promotion of deploitation(开拓,经营) and competition and the need of realistic and practicality.Its core is individualism:self first,personal need first,pursue of individual benefit and enjoyment,emphasize on achieving individual value by self-strive and self-design.This type of intentionally build up of personality and pursue customized individualism has its pros and cons,it gives incentives to people and make them exert on their potential and wisdom and as a result accelerate the development of the entire race and nation; on the other hand it is difficult to keep good relationship among people if everyone is egocentric thus make the entire society lack of unity.
American citizens emphasize on achievements and respect heroes.They have great sense in their hearts to praise success and heroes.Personal achievements are one of those with the highest value in Americans mind.Americans have very strong senses of success.Success is the pursuit of most Americans,it is their attractive future and the incentives for moving forward.They believe that one's personal value is equivalent to his achievements in his career.Some high achievers in their career such as entrepreneurs,scientists,artists and all kinds of super starts became modern heroes.The process and result of how they strived have become the frame of reference of social culture value and the real life text book for parents to educate their children.
American society has great movements within itself.These movements are shown in two aspects:movements amongst locations and movements inside the society.The United States are relatively more open and have more freedom.Developed transport and the tradition of adventure and sporty makes a lot of American migrate from countryside to cities,from downtown to uptown; and from north to the southern sunny land,from one city to another.Unlike European countries,the social classes in America is not so stable.Further more,with the advocation of public education,movements upwards along the social ladder have become possible.Many people living in the states,no matter whether they are Native American or immigrants from overseas,have the same dream of changing their social class and make their lifetime dream come true through their own efforts.This is what they often called "American dream".
Los Angeles,known as LA,locates on the west coast of the states,which is the second largest city in America.West coast is known for the incredible weather year round.Days are longer here in August,and it's pretty warm in the evening,so summer is the best time to visit LA.There are a lot of stuff to see here in LA,for example,Hollywood,Disneyland and China Town as well as Korean town,etc.Basically,LA is one of the few international cities around the world,where you can taste authentic cuisines from many other countries.Southern California is a very relaxing place,people go to beach,museums and games just to escape from a week of hard working.You should definitely come here for your summer vacation.I will be your tour guide for sure.
the united states has many different kinds of climate . on the west coast the temperature changes very little between summer and winter. but the north central states have a very different kind of climate. in those states, people wear light clothing during the summer, and they need heavy wool or fur clothing in the winter.
in the southwest, the climate is pleasantly warm during the winter, but the summer is unpleasantly hot.
in the eastern part of the united states,summer temperatures are very different from winter temperatures.summers are usually hot,and winters are usually cold.spring temperatures are comfortably warm, and fall temperatures are pleasantly cool.
years ago, people in the cold parts of the united states didnt often get fresh vegetables and fresh fruits during the winter. today, however, trucks and trains carry fruits and vegetables very quickly to all parts of the united states. in this way, americans "send their climates" to people in other states.
There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine‘s Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries.
Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer‘s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it From Your Valentine. Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.
Last year, I went to Guilin for travel, it was a great trip for me. I not only had a look at the beautiful scenery, but also made friends. I knew a lovely girl from America, we met each other on the train. As we were almost at the same age, we communicated a lot. We shared our opinion about the culture and learned a lot. When our train reached the destination, we needed to separate, we promised to keep in touch by the Internet. Now a year has passed, we make our promise and keep in touch all the time. I have improved my English and she is so interested in China. It seems that we can never finish our topic, because we always have so much to share with each other. I am so lucky to make a good friend.