Hello from Jennifer!
First of all I'd like to say 'hello' and introduce myself. My name's Jennifer and I'm this month's teacher blogger. Not only am I new to the blog, but I am also new to BBC Learning English - I joined the team this week as a producer, so I'm slowly learning the ropes!
Welcome too to Xiaowei, who is this month's student blogger, and thank you for your first blog. By the sounds of it, your studies keep you very busy - it must really bug you being so near the beach when you have so much work to do. My hometown also has a beautiful beach, although the climate is not as warm and sunny as Australia's - I took these pictures on Christmas Day, wrapped in a scarf, hat and big coat! Can you guess which part of England my hometown is in?
Hopefully by now your work will have settled down after the Christmas holiday period. Was your New Year as busy as Christmas Eve? How did you celebrate it? I'd be interested to hear about it.
I thought your blog was very engaging, particularly as you use a lot of adjectives and descriptive phrases. These really help to give us a flavour of what your life is like, especially the hustle and bustle of the supermarket on Christmas Eve.
Your English is very good indeed, but there are a few points to note which will help to improve it further.
In your blog, you write:
''I'm now studying Accounting at Sydney. Before I finished my Bachelor degree in China, majoring in Journalism...''
In English, university subjects or disciplines are not given capital letters unless they refer to a language. So you might study art with French, or English with accounting.
Look at the sentence below:
''I became a fan of the BBC when I was a freshman at university in China, and applied for setting up a blog at Learning English once but didn't success unfortunately''
There are a couple of things here that aren't quite right.
1) Apply for / apply to
In English, we can either use the phrase 'to apply for something' or 'to apply to do something.' So, for example, you could have said:
''I applied to write the student blog at Learning English.''
We use the phrase 'apply for' with a noun. For example:
''I applied for a job in the USA, so I had to apply for a visa.''
2) Succeed / success
You didn't get accepted on your first application, so you could say ''but didn't succeed'' or ''but didn't have any success.'' Here, 'succeed' is the verb and 'success' is the noun.
Finally, pay close attention to these uncountable nouns:
''with staffs standing at the gate''
''fruits and vegetables''
''with full trolleys of foods, drinks and festival decorations''
In English, we can't make uncountable nouns plural, so have a look at these sentences again. How should they be written?
Choose the right word(s) to go in the gap
1) I'm going to _____________ run the London Marathon. (apply for / apply to)
2) Can I ___________ a visa, please? (apply for / apply to)
3) If at first you don't _________ , try, try again. (success / succeed)
4) Have you had any __________ in finding a job? (success / succeed)
Writing about your experiences at work or at home is a good way to practice your English - why not try keeping a diary and writing down the interesting things that happen to you?
That's it from me for this week - good luck!
learning the ropes - becoming familiar with a job
to bug someone - to annoy a person
engaging - interesting or captivating
give a flavour of - give a short description of
hustle and bustle - energetic activity