International Exchange Student---Luis from Brazil
I have rocked and rolled on BBC Learning English Student Blog for 9 days, how time flies!
It is very nice to read the humor tale of a cat named Friday which teacher Alex has written for us. I am practicing understanding the style of western humor.
Noun as a subject can’t do both jobs at the same time, it’s a rule, And Alex can do both jobs at the same time which are to work and to play with cat at the same time, it's a gift.
About 4 or 5 years ago, my hometown appeared a foreign student who is from Australia and he studied in Yilan High school as an international exchange student. He is the first one who showed up in my city. And it is a Youth Exchange Program of Rotary Club, apply to all over the world.
Youth Exchange Program for short is YEP, YEP sound like informal yes.
Let me briefly introduce YEP:
If you are a student whose age is between 16 and 18 years old, you can apply to abroad 1 year as an international exchange student to get into local high school. And the obligation of your family is to find 2-4 host families to host one inbound student. The program is not English learning only but many other kinds of language learning. For example, student goes to Brazil, they learn Portuguese, and student goes to India, they learn Hindi and English, and student go to Russia, they learn Russian, and Student comes to Taiwan, they learn Mandarin(spoken language of Chinese).
My younger sister has a daughter went to Brandon, Manitoba, Canada on August last year. So, she had to find 2-4 host families to host one inbound exchange student, and Luis was the selected one, who my younger sister has to host, and we are the one who were chosen by my younger sister to be the first one host family of Luis. Luis had lived in my house for 100 days since September 1, 2006.
Luis came to Taiwan in September 1, 2007 from Sao Joao du Boa Vista, state of San Paolo, Brazil. He is the year of 2006-2007 International Exchange Inbound Student in Taiwan. He flew 28 hours from Brazil to Taiwan alone. It’s amazing. He is just 18 years old person (He doesn’t like me to call him a boy supposedly). He’ll go back to Brazil on July this year.
Luis is a well-educated, clever, modest and open-minded man, it is without saying. And there are a few things which I would like to share with all my friends:
1) No matter you like or not, English is the dominant international language, you can use English to do many things. Luis’s mother language is Portuguese, English is his second language, and he is good at it. Luis could not say any Chinese (Mandarin) except ‘thanks’、’hello’ before he came to Taiwan. Since he is proficient in English, he can get lot of stuff in many aspects, such as: surf internet to get knowledge and information, many chats to other exchange student who is English speaker, many talks with host family, and etc. Now he can speak quite good Chinese, his listen apprehension is good as well, his reading and writing is improving gradually.
2) In Taiwan, many people are the xenophile; it means that you are warmly welcomed if you are a foreigner, especially as you are a Caucasian. And how much tuition can the English teacher get? It depends on your race. Luis is a sort of Caucasian, English is not his mother language but his second language, then Jenny is an ABC (American Born Chinese), English is her mother language. Jenny’s English is better than Luis, which is for sure. And, one day, casually, Straun (An exchange student from Canada) told Luis as a tricky way:’ Hey, man, you can back to Taiwan to teach English, and if you do so, you can get more paycheck than Jenny.” Yes, Straun, you are totally right. That is a truly Taiwan.
3) When culture is exchanging, discrepancies show up all the time, you can choose to take it or leave it, or let the differences exist at the same time. For example, most of Taiwanese take a bath in the evening, but Luis usually takes hid bath in the early morning, it’s different, and we choose to take it, which means that Luis can take a bath in the early morning with his quiet motions.
My friend, I would like to tell you more, but, it’s late now in Taiwan, I got to go and to sneak upstairs to my bed with my quiet motions, otherwise, my Das and Mom will be awakened by me, it will be a sin for a son in Taiwan.
Culture exchange could be a win-win situation
James Zhih-Cheng Wu
PS: Hear and listen is quite different in English, we don’t have such difference in Chinese.
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