Introduction A In America, thirteenconsideredbesuperstitious number. So some buildings don’t havethirteenth floor, instead, they go fromtwelfththe fourteenth floor. Some house door numbers are like that as well. 在美国，十三被认为迷信数字。所以些建筑物都没十三楼，相反，它们从十二楼直到十四楼。些房子门牌号码也这样。
B Whenladderpropped againstwall, itsupposedbe bad luckwalk underneath it. 当梯子靠墙支架时，从下走过被认为坏运气。
C At Halloween, people usually placecarved pumpkin withcandle inside andscary face carvedit, outside their front doors. Itmeantfrighten off evil spirits. 万圣节前夕，人们通常把里面点蜡烛、表面雕刻鬼脸南瓜，摆放在他们前门。目想吓走阴魂鬼神。
2 Sample Sentences . Numerous devout menwomen are kowtowingpraying. 许多信男信女在磕头、祈祷。 2. She would be interestedhaving her fortune told. 她很想人给她算命。 3. believe they were fatedbe married. 我相信他们命中注定结婚。 4. You should goan astrologerhave your horoscope read. 你应该找占星家，让他告诉你你星象。 5. You can get someonetell your fortune overphone. 你可以找人在电话里跟你算命。 6. believe forbusinesssucceed,haspay tributeBuddha. 我相信事业要成功，就必须拜佛进贡。 7. How much would you paygenuine peacemind? 你会出多少钱买心境平和？ 8. believe that two people sharingpear are not good. 我觉得两人分梨好。 9. Are you superstitious? guessamfatalist. 你迷信吗？我猜我宿命论者。 0. While many college students felturgepush their beliefstheir friends, they also recognizedmight not bemost helpful thing atmoment. 在许多大学生很想把他们信念强加给他们朋友时，他们同时也意识到在这时候这样做可能并最益事。
3 Conversations . A funny story about ghosts. Ruth: So, Jack, do you believeghosts? Jack: No, not really. Why do you ask? Ruth: Becausewanttell you abouttime thatsawghost. Jack: You sawghost? When? Ruth: It was many years ago, whenwaslittle child. It wasmiddlethe night, andwentgetdrinkwater fromkitchen. walked outmy roomwas attopthe stairs, when… Jack: So that's where you sawghost? In your house? What didlook like? Washideous? Ruth: It wasbig, green thing that looked likeperson. It wasthe kitchen, andslowly moved towardsstairs… Jack: So what did you do? Ruth: hid so thatcouldn't see me. Slowlygot closercloser, until …… Jack: Until what? What happened? Did you seeclearly? Didattack you? Ruth: It moved slowly upstairs, step by step, andcould hear its approaching2 footsteps. Whenfinally gotthe topthe stairs,realized thatwas my fatherhis green pajamas. He had gonegetlate night snack.
2. Palmistry. Janice: So do you believepalmistry3? Margaret: Palmistry? Whatthat? Janice: It's when someone takeslook at another person's palm4tellfuture. Margaret: Oh, you mean palm reading5. I've seen that before, butdon't believeit. Janice: Are you sure? I've readlot about palmistryI've been abletelllotaccurate things aboutperson frompalm. Do you want metakelook at your hand? Margaret: Really? You've read books about it? Ok, then. But only if you want to. Janice: Ok, let's see, well, you've gotlong life line, whichgood,the love linestrong …… Margaret: What else do you see? Willbe successful? Willmakelotmoney? Janice: Hmm, hardsay, wait, yes,looks like you will do wellbusiness,your ambition will help youlot, but …… Margaret: What? Whatit? What'smatter? Janice: You seemhavelarge gullibility 6 line. You believe everything that you're told. Margaret: Hey!
Helpful Information： The most accurate statement about palm readingthat people believe what they wantbelieve. 关于看手相，最准确说法，人们相信他们想相信东西。
3. Thirteen peopleFriday. David: Ok, so who are we goinginviteour dinner party? Sue: Well, we haveThompsons,Greens,the Andersons, about twelve people total. David: Don't forget my friend Andy fromoffice. He has nothingdoFriday, soinvited him over. Sue: But that makes thirteen people! We can't have thirteen peopledinnerFriday! David: Why can't we? Sue: It's an old superstition7. If we have thirteen people attable, thenmeans bad luck. Can Andy bringdate? David: I'm not sure. He just broke up withgirlfriend recently, anddon't think he'sthe moodstart again so soon. Sue: But we can't have thirteendinner! David: think you're makingmountain outa molehill8. It's onlysuperstition. It really doesn't mean anything. Sue: Absolutely not! refusehave thirteen peopledinnerFriday! David: Ok, ok. I'll ask my sistercome. That way we'll have fourteendinner. Sue: That's better.
Helpful Information： If something bad happensa particular day, people havetendencyassociate that day withnegative event. The same goesFriday3th, so if something bad happensFriday the3th, people blame itthe day. On Friday3th, some people are so superstitious that they go as far asrefuseleavehouse. Asme, I’ve always had good luckFriday3th. It’s really all about what you believemost, sochoosebelieve that Friday3thmy good luck day. 如果特定天发生什么坏事，人们倾向于把那天和这消极事联系起来。星期五、十三号也样，所以如果坏事发生在星期五、十三号，人们把这件事归咎于这天。在星期五、十三号这天，些人这么迷信以至于他们都出家门。对我来说，星期五、十三号总好运。所这些真全在于你最相信什么，所以我选择相信星期五、十三号我幸运日。
4. Horoscope. Ben: Hey, what's new? Kitty: Not much. Just sitting here eating some Chinese food. Is thatpaper? Why don't you openand tell me my horoscope9? Ben: Ok, waitminute … let's see. I'mTaurus, andsays, “Marsinthird house, andsooneclipse Venus”. don't know what that means, but thensays, “Your charmdrive will win others overyour waythinking. Rememberbe positive.” Sounds goodme. Kitty: What about Gemini? What'sprediction? Ben: “Since Mercury0 has crossed paths with Jupiter, your fortunes are falling. Bad luck will follow you today,you will lose that which you value. Be careful.” Kitty: That sounds bad! I'm really worried, what shoulddo? Maybeshould go homestaythe restthe day. Ben: But we havedate tonight! You can't stay at home becausea stupid horoscope. Kitty: But those things are dangerous! I'm not going out ifmeans bad luck. Ben: That's silly. They don't mean anything. Here, give me onethose fortune cookies you're eating. Let's see whatsays. “Sunshine will follow your feet if you let it.” See, that sounds goodme. It's ridiculous2lethoroscope control your life. Kitty: don't know. I've had days that seemfit with my horoscope's predictions, but then there are days thatdoesn't work. really don't know. Ben: Does this mean we're stillfor tonight? Kitty: guess so. Ben: Good.
5. The Missing Floor Some Russian students are spending their summerPhiladelphia, visiting historic sights. They are checking intohotel. Boris: We'd likeroom with two beds, please. Clerk: A double? Let's see ...can put youroom 405. It facesriverhaswonderful view. Alexis: That will be fine. Since we're goingbe fourteen stories aboveground,think we should definitely haveroom withview. (Later, Alexis returns fromwalk.) Alexis: Boris,saw you sitting outthe balconyour room. could see you fromstreet. Boris: That's quitedistance. How could you tell whowas? Alexis: recognized your bright red shirt. But there's something strange. We'reroom 405, right? Well, whensaw youthe balcony,counted upward. only gotthirteen. We'rethe thirteenth floor. Boris: No, I'm sure we'rethe fourteenth floor. The desk clerk said so. Alexis: know! I'll look outwindowcount downward. (She counts.) still say we're only thirteen stories up.