1.As you are students of English.it’s very possible that you’ll be interested in England.That’s where the language was first spoken.But England is often called by other names.This often confuses people and l wonder if you know what these names mean.So，now l would like to tell you about this matter of names.I believe that you have heard people use the names England，Britain or Great Britain.Let’s see what each of these names means.If you look at a map of Europe，you’ll see a group of islands one larger island off the northwest coast，one smaller and many tiny ones.
These make up what is called the British Isles.The largest island of the British Isles is Britain.It is also called Great Britain.The smaller island is Ireland.
2.In some periods of history，a person who stole salt was thought to have broken the law.Take the eighteenth century for an example，if a person was caught stealing salt，he would be thrown into prison.History also records that only in England about ten thousand people were put into prison during the 18th century for stealing salt! About one hundred and fifty years ago，in the year 1553，if a man took more than his share of salt，he would be thought to have broken the law and would be seriously punished.The offender’s ear was cut off.
3.The friend.type parents，as the term implies，treat their children as friends. They are generous and wise.Like good friends，they discuss with their children the latest news，share their children’s interests，and listen attentively to their children’s expression of emotion，whether it is anger，fear，joy or sorrow.They have an intimate relationship with their children while adhering to their principled stand.They discuss problems with their children rather than provide ready solutions.They respect their children as their equals.
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