雅思口语part2话题卡：Describe something that surprised you 描述让你惊讶的事情
按照剑桥官方字典的解释，surprise一词的含义为the feeling caused by something unexpected，也就是说，只要是出乎意料的事情都可以作为描述对象。具体来说，我们可以聊聊参加某次竞赛意外获奖；也可以聊聊自己之前不知道的某个事实或者习俗，比如世界贫困人口的数量，西藏的天葬和活佛；还可以说说朋友做的一些事情，比如悄悄举办的生日聚会等。
Describe something that surprised you
You should say
What it is
How you found out about it
What you did
And explain whether it made you happy
The unexpected experience I am going to tell you about is that I achieved the meritorious winner, the third level of the award, in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling. It is an annually-held competition that originated in the United States, now attracting thousands of international teams of three undergraduates or postgraduates to participate. Candidates have to analyze the given question, establish a model for it and then write a formal academic paper within 96 hours.
It was the 15th of June in 2019, 4 months after we submitted our paper. According to the announcement on the official website of this contest, the organizer would release the list of winners on its homepage and send emails to every participant at 9 o’clock. I turned on the notification of my email box in case I missed any letter and had been refreshing the page from 8.45. When I was anxiously waiting for the loading, I received an email that started with congratulations.
To be honest, although I devoted enormous effort to the competition, I had never expected I would win an award. After all, as a student majoring in social science, my specialty lay in analysis and essay writing rather than mathematics. This article is from Laokaoya website. I just could not help yelling out and swinging my arm in the air the moment I read the email. I jumped off my bed and went to celebrate this piece of good news with my teammates.
I was so excited, not only because it proved that we were better than most other teams around the world, but also because it would be a highlight on my resume, gaining me a sharp edge in the competitive labor market and helping me find a decent job.
Part 3 追加问题
How do people express happiness in your culture?
Do you think happiness has any effect on people? How?
How can people be happy?
Is it good for people to be unhappy? Why?