My experience of the BBC LE blog (James, Taiwan)
Hi Teacher Rachel and all friends,
I tried to learn Japanese in November & December of last year, 16 hours classes in total. After then, I feel that it’s easier to learn English than to learn Japanese.
An elder Japanese native speaker told me:” Ignore the grammar first, otherwise, it would waste you two years of learning Japanese.”, then he said:” learn word first, for example: you learn ‘ wine’, then ‘ drink’, put them together, you will learn ‘drink wine; then, use the word ‘drink’ to expand your word, you can learn ‘ drink tea, drink water, drink coffee etc.”, then, you learn ‘drink cigarette’ , but, it’s wrong, you have to use "smoke". So, you could learn the wrong to understand what different between ‘ drink’ and ‘ smoke’. It’s more like a baby to learn their mother language.
NHK of Japan has a website to teach Japanese, but, it is quit a few stuff to learn. And, around the world, the Language learning platform of website, BBC is the number one, she is the giant.
I was told to learn English on BBC in ten years ago by my brother-in-law whose name is Rod Peng who had studied in US for 2 or 3 years long. And if you want to learn English through the net, you cannot find in US or other plce in the global, only on BBC website. Refer to other Language, such as Japanese, even the non-profit TV company of NHK, they don’t have such wide language service as BBC, BBC is really something.
The BBC English Learning Blog started in June 2006 as World Football Cup Fever came round. Almost two years has passed. It already has a great achievement.
In response to the entry of Wednesday, 16 January 2008 of Teacher Rachel that was talking about the research of BBC blog that the subject was:” if (and how) online language learning is effective? “, I would like to tell my experience of being a Student Blogger & being a commentator and reader.
As a commentator:
( Reader is the majority, commentator is the majority and plurality.)
My mental state is to write and interact with the bloggers of the student and teacher, thus and so, I can do both reading and writing to improve my English, two in one to enhance my learning. The regret is that no one can correct my mistakes, I don’t have the chance to do the three (reading, writing and correcting) in one to powerfully improve my English. As a commentator and reader, I often talked to myself:” hello... hi..... I am the majority or majority and plurality, why nobody focuses on me?!! What it happened?”.
As a reader and commentator of both blogs of the student and teacher, I wish I could get the corrections or the suggestions or the answers by the teacher blogger, which will enrich the interactions, and encourage the reader to comment, and could widen the effect of English learning to all readers. Well, the most important thing would be that the comment should be shown up, that is for sure.
As a student blogger: The minority.
I value the opportunity to rock and roll on this blog( BBC is a big brand.). As I was the student blogger of May, 07, I spent more than 5 hours a day in the evening on the weekdays, and spent 10 hours a day on the weekend. It is my English learning month in May. Yes, I really enjoyed it, I did lots of things before I had blogged each entry, such as: read comments, read the teacher blog to find corrections, homework, and the stuff. Surf the website to find related information about teacher’s corrections, my homework, all information that was mentioned by commentators and teacher, including their place, country, and custom etc. Then set a topic of blog, wrote a draft and corrected by myself, put the last correction of blog teacher into my blog as a practice. Imitated teacher’s sentence. Thus, my entries are all decorated instead of the original one. It is the fact.
My report website on BBC is:
(Tuesday, 29 May 2007)
about this reunion (open) blog, it’s great to the bloggers (including me). But….., the reunion is kind of a game of minority. In my opinion, it is doubtful to do good to all readers.
Accordingly, dear readers, please comment on this entry to tell your opinions about this open blog. Your comment will be the treasure of everybody.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu (Taiwan)
Student Blogger of May, 2007
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