Tired of sleeping on the floor, a young man in Teheran saved up for years to buy a real bed. For the first time in his life, he became the proud owner of a bed which had springs and a mattress. Because the weather was very hot, he carried the bed on to the roof of his house. He slept very well for the first two nights, but on the third night, a storm blew up. A gust of wind swept the bed off the roof and sent it crashing into the courtyard below. The young man did not wake up until the bed had struck the ground. Although the bed was smashed to pieces, the man was miraculously unhurt. When he woke up, he was still on the mattress. Glancing at the bits of wood and metal that lay around him, the man sadly picked up the mattress and carried it into his house. After he had put it on the floor, he promptly went to sleep again.
spring to life 突然活跃起来
spring to your feet 突然站起来
sweep - swept - swept
sweep the floor 扫地
sweep / clean the room
sweep away 清除掉
The wind swept the dead leaves away. 风把枯叶吹走了
court = courtyard=yard：庭院，院子
mashed potatoes / potato mash 土豆泥
smash and grab 打砸抢
it is a miracle that…
perform / work miracles 有奇效，创造奇迹
a miracle of Internet / medicine 互联网、医药奇迹
glance & glimpse
The speech is at two. Try to be prompt. 请准时到场
When The Wind Blows
Tired of sleeping on the floor, a young man in Teheran saved up for years to buy a real bed.
be tired of doing sth. 厌烦，厌倦做....
save up for years =He saved money for years.
(Being) tired of sleeping…
a young man in Teheran was tired of sleeping… ，逗号前后的两句主语是一样的
Finding the door unlocked, I went into the kitchen.
P.P（现在分词） → s v.
For the first time in his life, he became the proud owner of a bed which had springs and a mattress.
for the first time in his life, he …生平第一次
For the first time in my life, I found that learning is such a wonderful thing.
Simmons (Sleep better. Feel better.) 席梦思床垫
He slept very well for the first two nights, but on the third night, a storm blew up.
—How was your sleep last night? 昨天睡的怎么样
—I slept very well!睡的特别香
blew up-blow up
a storm blew up
blow up a balloon 吹气球
A gust of wind swept the bed off the roof and sent it crashing into the courtyard below.
a gust of wind 一阵风
… sent it crashing into …
crashing into the courtyard below 现在分词短语做宾补
The young man did not wake up until the bed had struck the ground.
… not … until …
I did not go to sleep until my parents had come
Although the bed was smashed to pieces, the man was miraculously unhurt.
sth. be smashed to pieces 被摔得粉碎
When he woke up, he was still on the mattress. Glancing at the bits of wood and metal that lay around him, the man sadly picked up the mattress and carried it into his house.
glancing at …
the man was glancing at …
（P.P → s. v.）表主动、表进行
Where was the courtyard?
表示time：when, until, after, as soon as, while, before
表示reason：because, as, since
表示relative：who, which, that
表示purpose：to, in order to
I went into the garden. I wanted to pick some flowers.
I went into the garden to pick some flowers.
My neighbour went to Tokyo for a holiday. He could not return home. He did not have enough money.
My neighbour, who went to Tokyo for a holiday, could not return home because he did not have enough money.
The city was destroyed during the war. It has now been completely rebuilt.
Destroyed during the war, the city has now been completely rebuilt.
''The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting
started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small
manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.''
My friend showed me round the town, which was very kind of him.
Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast。 He constantly advertised for hired hands。 Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic。 They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic， wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops。 As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job， he received a steady stream of refusals。
Finally， a short， thin man， well past middle age， approached the farmer。 “Are you a good farmhand？” the farmer asked him。
“Well， I can sleep when the wind blows，” answered the little man。
Although puzzled by this answer， the farmer， desperate for help， hired him。 The little man worked well around the farm， busy from dawn to dusk， and the farmer felt satisfied with the man‘s work。
Then one night the wind howled loudly from offshore。 Jumping out of bed， the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand‘s sleeping quarters。 He shook the little man and yelled， “Get up！ A storm is coming！ Tie things down before they blow away！”