The United States covers a large part of the North American continent. Its neighbors are Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. Although the United States is a big country, it is not the largest in the world. In 2000, its population was over 222 million.
When this land first became a nation, after winning its independence from England, it had thirteen states. Each of the states was represented on the American flag by a star. All these states were in the eastern part of the continent. As the nation grew toward the west, new states were added and new stars appeared on the flag. For a long time, there were 48 stars. In 1959, however, two more stars were added to the flag, representing the new states of Alaska and Hawaii.
Indians were the first people of the land which is now the United States. There are still many thousands of Indians now living in all parts of the country. Sometimes it is said that the Indians are “the only real Americans”. Most Americans come from all over the world. Those who came first in greatest numbers to make their homes on the eastern coast of North America were mostly from England. It is for that reason that the language of the United States is English and that its culture and customs are more like those of England than those of any other country in the world.
17. I hadn’t seen him for years, but I ______________ his voice on the telephone.
19. If you don’t want to get wet, you had better --------________ this umbrella with you.
A survey was carried out last year by the British Medical Association, an organization of doctors. It shows that most people do not do 21 exercise. In 1995, 60% of people walked more than one mile a day. Now, that number has fallen 22 to only 20%. 23___ more people are going to the gym, fewer people are walking. Doctors say we need 24 for 20 minutes three times a week. 25 is an easy form of exercise that everyone can do. If you walk one mile each day, you 26 your health very quickly. Doctors say we ___27___ to tackle this problem head on and try 28 people healthier because not doing enough exercise is responsible 29 many of the country’s health problems. Doctors suggest you go 30 a walk every day after dinner.