Born in America , I spoke English ,not Chinese ,the language of my ancestors . When I was three . my parents flashed cards with Chinese 36 at my face , but I pused them 37 ,my mom believed I would learn 38 I was ready .But the 39 never came.
On a Chinese New Year’s Eve , my uncle spoke to me in Chinese , but all I could do was 40 at him , confused , scratching my head . “ Still can’t speak Chinese?” He 41 me , “You can’t even buy a fish in Chinatown .”
“Hey ,this is America , not Chinese.I’ll get some 42 with or without Chinese.” I replied and turned to my mom for 43 .
“Remenber to ask for fresh fish , Xin Xian Yu ,” she said ,handing over a $20 bill .I 44 the words running downstairs into the srreets of Chinatown.
I found the fish 45 surrounded in a sea of customers . “I’d like to buy some fresh fish ,” I should to the fishman .But he 46 my Engish words and turned to serve the next customer .The laugh of the people behind increased 47 their impatience . With every 48 the breath of the dragons (龙)on my back grew stronger—my blood boliing— 49 me to cry out . “Xian Sheng Yu ,please ” “Very Xian Sheng ,” I repeated .The crowd erupted into laughter . My face turned 50 and I ran back home 51 , execpt for the $20 bill I held tightly in my pocket .
Should I laugh or cry They ‘re Chinese . I should feel right at 52 . Instead , I was the joke , a disgrace (丢脸)to the language.
Sometimes , I laugh at my fish 53 , but , in the end .the joke is on 54 . Every laugh is a culture 55 ; every laugh is my heritage (传统)fading away.
36 A. custorn B. games C .characters . D. language
37 A. ahead B. around C. along D.aside
38 A. when B.before C.unless D.until
39 A.success B.study C.time D.attenmpt
40 A. aim B. joke C. nod D. stare
41 A. cared about B. laughed at C. argued with D. asked after
42 A. right now B. from now C. at times D. in time
43 A. decision B. Permission C. information D. preparation
44 A. repeated B. reviewed C. spelled D. kept
45 A. farm B. stand C. pond D. marked
46 A. guessed B. forget C. doubted D. ignored
47 A. by B. as C. with D. from
48 A. second B. effort C. desire D. movement
49 A. foreing B.allowing C. persuading D. leading
50 A. bright B. blank C. pale D. red
51 A.open-mouthed B. tongue-tied C. empty-handed D. Broken-hearted
52 A. service B. home C. tisk D. root
53 A. trade B. deed C. challenge D. incident
54 A. it B. us C. me D.them
55 A. thrown B. lost C. divided D. reflected