With the fast pace of globalization, the whole world has become a global village with combination of different cultures. What are the reasons for losing a variety of languages and cultures? Think of some solution to alleviate the problem.

With the pacing the world, globalization is no longer a myth. Nowadays, it is growing at a terrific speed. Each country has combined to be a global village. Languages and cultures are penetrating each other and we are losing a variety of them. There are several reasons for this phenomenon.

The first reason can be seen is that the great flow of migration. Globalization has helped open the world’s borders, permitting more and more people in small countries to immigrate to other big countries. As the need of working and living, they have to mix new culture with their own culture and use the new language more often. Gradually, they lose their own custom.

The development of technology and economy, however, is the most important factor. The high-tech products in developed countries possess a leading position in the international market due to globalization. Almost all the people in the world are enjoying the benefits of these products and more multinational corporations are emerging. This is not only a high-tech penetration but also a cultural invasion. People begin to be interested in these developed countries in an earlier age. They learn the language and culture of these countries, which will aid them to find a good job in the multinational corporations.

To alleviate the dilemma, the following suggestions should be taken into consideration. In each country, a variety of cultural festivals should be held at a regular time such as poem or music festivals. Through this way, the traditional culture will be kept from generation to generation. Government should raise the consciousness of preserving traditional culture for inhabitants.

In the final analysis, we should keep our own language and culture with the fast 1

pace of globalization.


Traditional arts civilized a nation. Do you think the government should subsidize musicians, artists, or drama companies? What should government do?

Traditional arts, as valuable cultural relics of a nation, are disappearing far away from the modern society. China, as one of the highly-civilized countries in the world, abound in various forms of traditional arts, such as painting, calligraphy, music, architecture and dramas, which are not only our national cultural treasures, but also a rich fortune of the world.

As essence of a local culture, traditional arts reflect a nation’s artistic talents and traditions. For example, water-color painting depicts a harmony between people and nature. Architecture illustrates a nation’s aesthetic value and religious belief. Cathedrals, highlighted by Gothic style in the Medieval, represent Christianity. Pagodas, totally different from cathedrals stylistically, are a symbol of Buddhism. Peking Opera describes the history of our country.

However, traditional arts are leaving contemporary people further and further away, one of the main reasons for which is that the authorities concerned and some institutes lack funds and professionals, which are quite essential to the research and promotion of the traditional culture. Another radical reason should be attributed to the impact of western cultures on traditions. Young people, especially youngsters, are addicted to western music like rock and roll, without any knowledge about traditional musical instruments. With the economic globalization, traditional culture and arts will be in the danger of assimilation. How to maintain and develop traditional arts becomes the biggest concern of a government.

Firstly, the government should lay a fund for the research and promotion of traditional arts. Secondly, the research institutes and universities should work out a long-term developing scheme, organizing systematic research on traditional arts. Arts belong to a nation and the whole world as well. The prosperity of traditional arts will 2

diversify the culture of the world.


What are the purposes of the places like museums, and how should they be funded?

It is well known that a museum is building to display a collection of artistic, historical, cultural or military objects. Undoubtedly museums can have a variety of purposes in the city; I think two roles the museums play can illustrate they are worth visiting.

Visiting museums is informative. Once I visited a military museum in Beijing, China, soon I learned that an ancient warrior might have outfought his enemies in combat if he had had great strength while a modern soldier should be armed with sophisticated weapons. Therefore present soldiers should spend far much time on studying modern technology instead of building up muscles. Likewise, if you visit other museums, you will have a better perception on a certain field, because you can witness some genuine objects which cannot be seen on books.

In addition, a museum can function to cultivate one’s sense of patriotism. In China, schools often organize trips to some historical museums. When the students learn that many years ago, a number of countries invaded China robbing treasure and killing Chinese civilians, promptly they will establish a strong sense to defend the nation, revealing that only a strong motherland can give them pride and safety.

Now we talk about how to fund a museum. A museum can never be considered as a financial burden to society. I suggest that the government should invest a small amount of money on advertisements for the museums in the city. For example, ads of the museums should be forwarded on the travel brochures or maps of the city. Consequently tourists come and admission tickets are collected. Both reputation and funds are earned.

In brief, museums should play a role as an instructive means of the city and incomes from admission can keep them running properly.




1. cultural insights 文化视角

2. learn about the would 了解世界

3. a thrilling experience 一种令人激动的经历

4. abstract 抽象的

5. concrete 具体的

6. move somebody to tears 使…感动落泪

7. get relaxed and entertained 得到放松和娱乐

8. venue 场所

9. has its value 有其自己价值

10. inspiration 灵感

11. scope of knowledge 知识面

12. spread knowledge 传播知识

13. lasting artistic works 永恒的艺术作品

14. abstruse 深奥的

15. break with old customs 抛弃传统

16. carry down from generation to generation 代代相传

17. advocate the new lifestyle. 倡导新的生活方式

18. entertainment 娱乐

19. be different from … 与…不同

20. direct experience 直接经验

21. echo 共识

22. satiate people’s psychological demands 满足心理需求

23. attach more importance to … 更重视…

24. spiritual enhancement 精神升华

25. a mirror of … 是…的一面镜子

26. determinant 决定性因素

27. eclipse 使…相形见绌

28. contribute to … 有助于…

29. a sense of cool and satisfaction 一种惬意的感觉

30. pastimes 消遣方式

31. nurture imagination 培养想象力

32. meditation 沉思

33. an essence of immortality 永恒的精髓

34. instructive 有启发性的

35. edification 熏陶

36. arouse one’s curiosity about something 引发某人对某事的好奇心

37. enrich one’s knowledge 丰富某人知识

38. value of knowledge 知识的价值

39. cultural differences 文化差异性

40. time is fleeting and art is long 时光飞逝,艺术永恒

41. cultural diversity 文化多元化

42. cultural treasures 文化宝藏

43. cross-cultural communication 跨文化交流

44. cultural reconstruction 文化重建

45. spiritual civilization 精神文明

46. heritage 遗产

47. achievements of art 艺术成就

48. tear down 拆除

49. humane historical sites 人文历史遗址

50. preserve the cultural relics 保护文化遗产

51. blueprint 蓝图

52. skyscraper 摩天大楼

53. high-rise office buildings 高层写字楼

54. city construction 城市建设

55. well-structured 结构良好的

56. crystallization 结晶

57. visual enjoyment 视觉享受

58. driving force 驱动力

59. reconstruct 重建

60. destruct 破坏

61. architectural industry 建筑工业

62. map out 制定出

63. city designing 城市设计

64. beautify our life 美化我们的生活

65. human civilization 人类文明

66. cradle of culture 文化摇篮

67. mainstream culture 主流文化

68. cultural traditions 文化传统

69. national pride 民族自豪

70. local customs and practices 风土人情

71. attract people’s eyes 吸引人们的眼球

72. artistic taste 艺术品味

73. cornerstone 基石

74. be closely interrelated with… 与…有密切关系

75. adhere to the tradition 坚持传统

76. architectural vandalism 破坏建筑行为

77. carry forward … 弘扬…

78. cultural needs 文化需求

79. reputation 声望

80. maintain the world peace 维护世界和平

81. artistic reflection 艺术反映

82. give publicity to… 宣传…

83. burden 负担

84. cause irreversible damage 造成不可逆转的损失

85. national identity and value 民族特性和价值观

86. remove prejudice and misunderstanding 消除偏见和误解

87. symbol 象征

88. artistic standards 艺术水准

89. enjoy great popularity 广受欢迎

90. cultural devolution 文化退化