学习桥牌也是帮助我们提高英语水平的好方法、好途径。英文是桥牌的通用语言，如spade, heart, club, diamond 分别代表黑桃、红桃、草花和方板。学习桥牌还能帮助我们学习和掌握国际通行规则，由于大家来自各个领域，需要具备对新鲜事物的敏锐性和洞察力，熟悉国际规则可以使我们保持与时俱进。沃伦巴菲特和比尔盖茨都是桥牌爱好者。从中你会发现，当你参加桥牌运动时，你一定会在一张桌子上遇到许多不曾相识的牌友，而不分你从哪来，干什么的，桥牌会把大家凝聚在一起。
Good morning ladies and gentlemen, today I have an easy topic to introduce, my topic is “set up a new hobby for now and the future”. Let me start with a joke. There was a senior official who just got retired. Ever since then, no more reports or documents came to him, and no one asked him for opinions anymore. He felt so lonely and upset that he couldn’t eat or sleep well. Seeing this, his wife started to worry about his health. But she didn’t know how to help him deal with his retired life. Then one day, she suddenly got an idea. The next morning, she sent a new report to the boss of the family. In the afternoon, she gave him a document. Both required him to circle his name as he was used to doing. A week later, the wife was surprised to see her husband happy again. Can you guess what was the secret of the report and the document? They were actually a menu, and a shopping list. You may think, as the wife did, can this be a long term solution?
There are a lot of things we can do to keep ourselves away from loneliness and enjoy the coming retired life. Rebuilding a new hobby like swimming, walking or playing tennis is good for our physical health, which is the first thing we should consider in having a happy retirement. What’s more, we should also keep our brain active as we age, like playing Go or Painting, and I’m hereby introducing to you the graceful and meaningful game of bridge.
Bridge dates back to the 16th Century England. It is a famous sport in the world and very popular in the West, especially as people get older. Today, about 5 million people play bridge in China. According to World Bridge Federation, 2014 world Bridge Series is coming to Sanya, China. A lot of former leaders are very good bridge players too, such as Deng Xiaoping, Wan Li, Cheng Siwei, etc. As a bridge lover myself, I would like to recommend this sport to you, for it is both beneficial to our retirement and current work.
For retired people, staying healthy both physically and mentally is the most important thing. And bridge is just the hobby for this reason. First of all, bridge is a graceful and intelligent sport. Unlike gambling, bridge keeps your brain active instead of damaging it. The rules of bridge are more transparent, and you win by strategy, not luck. Moreover, because you use your brain a lot during bridge games, you are actually doing a mental activity. This will help you stay away from diseases such as Alzheimer, the number one killer for senior people in the US. Besides, if you like to play bridge, you will have the opportunity to meet people very often. Not only will you get new information about the outside world, you will also build friendship with people and never get lonely.
But for most of us who are still at our golden age, bridge is also beneficial. It can improve our working ability in a number of ways. First, it is a good way to build up leadership. It is the same as decision-making at work. You need to have a clear vision and a cool head. When playing bridge, you have to make the best use of your cards to show your advantages, and you have to make careful plans to weaken your opponents. But compared with the process of thinking, the results are less important. In this way, you will feel more peaceful, which is important for a good leader. What’s more, bridge emphasizes teamwork. It is a game which needs cooperation and intelligence. When playing bridge, you have to work with your partner. It is the same as work, where good cooperation is always the key to success.
Also, when playing bridge, you can learn a lot of international rules. Playing bridge is actually a good way to learn English. All the cards are in English, like spade, heart, club and diamond stand for “黑桃、红桃、草花、方板”. Moreover, learning international rules can help us keep up with the times. As leaders in different areas, we should have a keen sense for new things like bridge. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates took part in bridge games before. You may find yourself sharing a table with many other famous people, simply playing bridge. It brings people together, no matter where you come from, or what you do.
At the end of my speech, I would like to encourage everyone to learn about and try playing bridge. Once you get to know it, you will find it interesting and enjoyable, beneficial to both work and future retirement. Starting from now, let’s set up a new hobby. Thank you.