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May 2007

Tuesday, 01 May 2007

There is always one more chance

Hello there,

There is always one more chance to learn English.
I am James, live in Yilan County, Taiwan, born in 1956, prosecutor, my wife is Wendy Liu, Kelly and Kitty are my 2 daughters. And…… I got to prepare 31 days energy for surviving on this blog.
I have 2 things to say about above paragraph:
【1】 First thing is “Hello there,”:
It confuses me all the time (R1), I am not very sure to call people in every occasions in English. I considered many words to say hello to you guys, such as “Ladies and gentlemen”、 “Dear English learner in the world”、”Dear Madam and Sir”、”Hello everyone/everybody”、”Hi/Hey Man”、”Hi/Hey you guys”, Finally, It came up to me, Irine Peng (R2)used “Hi There,” once she emailed to us, so I use it, because her English is better than mine.
【2】Second one is “Yilan County、my home”、”Taiwan”:
In the old time, as to introduce Taiwan, I have to tell you “Taiwan is located in East Asia , off the coast of mainland China, south of Japan but west of the end of Japan’s Ryukyu Islands……..etc”, description by many words, then, you probably do not have any image of it . Nowadays, people can check it on internet, furthermore, with google earth or other application, you can locate it if I tell you the longitude and latitude. So, the following is the information of Taiwan and my home which I want to tell you(You'll see I take my hat off to you).
Taiwan:23°41'52.12"N、120°57'37.85"E
My Home(Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan):
24°45'24.96"N、121°45'53.62"E

Everything has its good sides and bad sides, I want to push myself to face the good sides. I am a non-English speaker and not a proficient English speaker(R3), it is a privilege to have the honor to be the BBC Learning English student Blogger of May 2007.People who are English speaker could not be the one.I come to here as “Newbie”、”Hooky”、”Infancy”, so, I post some kid's photos on my firsl blog, it's means I am reborn here. Hopefully, it would be a great start for me and everybody. Maybe I’ll try to post video or audio file some other day.

Love always,
I think, therefore I am.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu (Tuesday), Taiwan

Ps:I would like to talk and share more about my feeling of being a blogger and some information to you in the next few day.

Reference:
(R1)I have learnt English since I was 12,quiet a long time, but I have not being abroad to learn English. This means I am a Taiwan local English Learner.
(R2).Irine Peng, my niece, Taiwanese, had lived and studied in New Zealand for around 10 years, now is in Chicago, US. Incidentally, everyone who I know will have your name on this Blog probably(no assumed name), just like
Kelvin Peng, who is the younger brother of Irine Peng ,Betty Liu, your mom, requested us to speak your name in a right way, because many Chinese cannot speak “L” well, we often call you “Kevin” without “L”. and ke”l”vin, tell Rod Peng, your father, that I appreciate him all the time for he taught me many (include English),for the classic sentence:”Correct me if I am wrong.” it is a very useful and polite sentence that I can use, I have used it many times because I want to speak English politely. Writing to here, it seems that I am giving a speech after I got the winning of BBC Learning English blogger. whatever, put it in the good side, everybody can pursue to be a monthly Blogger, if you win, you can do the speech. By the way, Ke”l”vin, say hello to Amy Peng, you know who she is, if you don’t, Betty Liu will hit your bottom of body(I cannot say bad words).
(R3)Since I am a non-English speaker, it would not your fault if you read my blog and don't understand any bit of it what I am talking about. Then, take my article as The Da Vinci Code, It's doesn’t matter, because, Anyone can correct me, and, I write this blog as my own, don’t won’t find anyone to write for me, or to modify、decorate、and etc.


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To be a blogger

Hello there,

Before writing today’s blog, I listened to the album “Grace and Gratitude” of Olivia Newton John who had a concert on April 21 &22, 2007 in Taiwan. I love the song ‘Love is Letting Go of Fear’.(R1)

And I have the book ‘the perks of being a wallflower’ with me, it is an epistolary novel, its style is similar to blog, I happened to read it recently.(R2)

Yesterday was Labor Day(R3), I didn't have a day off , which means I had to work . I went to Yilan prosecutors’ office to do some routine stuff, and then went to Yilan district court to see people and to say something.(R4)

********* The story began at..........
2007/4/26(Tuesday), my cellphone(mobile) rang and I got a call from Paul Scotter(R5) at about 18:20 (Taiwan time). He told me I was selected to be a blogger of May, start from May 1,and he will email me some stuff in one and half hour, I said “start from Labor Day” ,and He didn’t follow me, then I knew, there is no Labour Day in United Kingdom. After phone call, I went home and got an email(include password to use blogging system)from Paul, replied email to Paul, and sent a couple of my photos next day as Paul had asked for. I checked my email record, I email ‘blog competition' on 2007/4/15(R6),that was 11days ago.

There are several questions up:
【1】I would like to speak English politely, How to call Paul Scott on phone as we newly meet? ’Paul’ or ‘Scott’ or ’Paul Scott’ or ‘Mr. Paul’ or ‘Mr. Paul Scott’ or ‘Hey man’ or ‘Hi’ or ‘Hey’? And, how to call a new friend at the first Email?
【2】How many competitors of May Blogger are? Who choose the winner? How do you make the decision?
【3】 If the student blogger do not post any articles, what would you do? Such like:Give up before beginning, break off or cut off in the middle of month under many circumstances.
【4】Does the teacher consider to have some suggestions on the comments' English?

Speaking to here, I have an idea:” I would like to post some photos of my readers on this blog.” Anyone interest in it? There always comes up another problem as a new idea was born, that is, could I post my email address on this blog? Some reader who is interesting in post their photo and I agree could email their photos to me, so I can pick some photos up to post. Or, BBC can do something to solve this problem!

If my English is poor, it will easy for the teacher blogger to write the article, so, everybody come on to be a blogger, it is a nice experience.

Love always,
Knowledge is both learning and asking.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu(Wednesday)

PS:I would like to share something about BBC student Blogger, later.and I am trying to shorter my blog.


Reference:
(R1)One question:How to use these two marks? 【’】inverted commas【”】quotation marks.
(R2)'The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is written in the 1990s by American novelist Stephen Chbosky. The story takes the form of a series of letters to an anonymous friend written by the
narrator, a teenager who calls himself Charlie. And, I have no comment on this book.
(R3)Several countries celebrate Labor Day on May 1, known as May Day.
(R4)What I say ”go to court to see people and to say something" is :I, am a prosecutor, go to court yard to stand on the court doing my job. Therefore, I am not really meeting people but seeing people, and I prosecute someone and need to persuade the judge(we don’t have the jury)to make a guilty verdict, so I have to say something.
(R5)Paul Scotter:Born in Germany, the editor who is responsible for overall direction of the radio and website production and management of the team. See his page
(R6)About the ‘day/month/year’, it is easy for me to read like ‘2007/5/2’, I don't know other people’s feeling, or English speaker’s usage?

Interaction(for 5/1 comment):Thanks for your comments, they warm me up.

1、Hello Lukasz from Poland, UK:
I am not a Buddhist, my native tongue is Taiwanese, ‘How are you’ Is somewhat like ‘li her’ in Taiwanese. My wife’s name is Liu Li-Her, Liu is her last name, Li-Her is her first name, so, if you speak my wife’s name ‘ Li-Her’ in Taiwanese that is equivalent to that you speak ‘ How are you’ in English. And, I’ll try to tell more about Taiwan. By the way, could you tell me where is Poland, UK? If you can tell me its longitude and latitude, it would be better, thank you.

2、Hello Wisarut from Thailand:
You said “And the next entries I am looking forward to an
astonishing paper whatever you want to talk more . Cheers !!”,
well, I would love to, but, I have to consider most people’s feeling though. And, sometimes, shorter is better, therefore, I dare not to blog too many.

3、Hello Mellisa from China:
Those 2 photos of cute kids are not my children

4、Hello Luis from Brazil (living in Taiwan):
Hi man, you are my sweet boy, I still got to say hi to you though, I appreciate your comment, stay put .oh, you can see your handsome photo on today 's blog.Nice mmh.

5、Hello Paul from BBC Learning English (London ):
I understand the rule "it is not possible to share contact details like email address, but is it possible that BBC transfers reader's email to the monthly student blogger, only that month? just asking, nothing more.

Note:
Photo1:My younger daughter, Kitty


Photo2:My wife Wendy & host student Luis(from Brazil)

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Wednesday, 02 May 2007

Share

Hello there,

Sharing my good days to people, and people share their bad days with me, are both important things to me.

I listened to English song ‘Love is Letting Go of Fear’ (Olivia Newton John)before I write blog, For English song can lead me into English-Speaking world.
Now, I am talking to you as I am staying in my virtual English-Speaking world.

May has 3 different days,5/1(Labor Day), 5/13(Mother Day) 、the day(James’s Birthday).

Yesterday was Wednesday, a working day, everything was just as usual. I wore a garb when I was on the courtroom(R1)

I would like to let you know my competition paragraph explaining why I want to be BBC English Learning new blogger. Paragraph is as below:
【What I would blog about if I won】:
1、 I am 51,being prosecutor for 16 years,married,2 kids, meet several people from different countries, haven’t study abroad, travel some countries, May is my birth month.
2、I would talk about my life, interesting, and etc. Briefly on the blog diary, more on comment reply though. More key issues than direct answers. Hopefully I could bring some ideas up and interact with others. Furthermore, everyone will be benefited if teacher bloger can correct or suggest the English of student bloger .
3、Preparing is the best thing before doing, so, earlier to notice who is the next month bloger is more better to enrich the activity. To set 4 subjects as 4 weeks to blog is not bad.


As the time I know I am selected to be the blogger of May( not MR. May):
1、I checked my competition paragraph, because, it is my promise to write, I got to recall any details I had written. After double check, I found some errors such as: ‘bloger’ (should be: “blogger’)、’prosecutor’(should be:’a prosecutor’).
2、I emailed Paul Scott to ask a couple of questions, Check something about Paul Scott.
3、I reread ‘House Rules’, read ‘editorial Guidelines’、' blogging on BBC Learning English Instruction’
4、Took some new photos of mine, found some old photos, emailed Paul Scott 10 photos which I chose that he could create a banner image for the blog.
5、Check UK(R2) time: DST(Daylight Saving Time) started on Sunday, March 25 at 1:00 AM local standard time, ends on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 2:00 AM local daylight time. ¥¥ The time on May of 2007 is GMT+1 in UK and is GMT+8 in Taiwan.
6、My nephew Kelvin asked my wife:’Do I have paycheck as a blogger for one month?’, the answer is definitely negative, and my curiosity is: What is your judgement on this… question?
7、A blog is like an online diary, supposedly, I have to post 31 blogs, it’s really a heavy pressure on me. However, I am very pleased to be here. I got 2 p’s, “pressure” and “pleasure”.

Why I tell you this? I would like to share information with you. No matter how well or poor English you speak, everybody can be a competitor or a blogger.

Love always,
Sharing is a wonderful thing
James Zhih-Cheng Wu, Thursday

Ps: I would like to cast 3 parts of this blog, one is for Teacher (turn in my home work), another one is for comment(interaction), and for myself(main blog). So, everyone can surf what you want easily, skipping from any trash that you don't want.

Reference:
(R1) In Taiwan, prosecutor have to wear garb when they are on the courtroom or to interrogate the alleged suspecter. That because prosecutor in Taiwan has the same position with the Judge,For, Judge has to wear garb(not the same as Prosecutor's),so Prosecutor has,And the noun 'garb', I just learnt from Irine a couple minute ago(2007/5/3,8:15, Taiwan time) from her comment on my second blog (to be a blogger), mark it here as a collection of my memory.
(R2) Which is a proper way to call the nation and people of UK? ’UK’ or ’England’; ‘British’ or ‘English’ .

Note:
Photos1: Garb of prosecutor of Taiwan.

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Thursday, 03 May 2007

Teacher Alex is coming.........All Rise,Attention,Bow,Seat

Hello Alex,

In Taiwan,
When teacher comes into classroom, the chief of class should yield loudly and clearly;

All Rise!”(all students stand up)
Attention!”(all students stay put)
"Bow!"(All students bow to the teacher, and say 'good morning,teacher')
Seat!”(after teacher reply ‘ good morning students’, then, all students are allowed to sit down)

Many thanks
James

ps:Homework will be turned in soon.

Friday, 04 May 2007

My Homework (for May 2)

Hi Alex,

Nice to have your homework, and I noticed there are some students answer these questions,
The following is mine:
1. James __________ the student blogger for just a few days. (has been being)(present perfect continuous)
2. Alex ___________ the teacher blogger for a month already. (has been)(the present perfect simple)
3. James __________ two blogs this week. (has been)(the present perfect simple)
4. Alex ___________ has written two blogs as well. (’also’ or ‘ Gooch’)(present perfect simple)

All questions are hard for me, but the hardest one is number four. And I read a comment by Paco from Spain, Paco’s answer is (4. Alex Gooch has written two blogs as well.), such cute a answer it is, and I somewhat agree it. I would like to say it one more time, it is truly cute.

Hello Paco, please take it as my compliment to you. And Paco, as one celebrity said and taught us on “Poetry and Nasty Questions” of BBC blog, I, James Wu, take my hat off on you. Hi Paco, because of you who is a Spaniard, I would like to surf and explore more about Spain on the internet.

Alex, I have lots of questions to ask, but, a couple of mankind who know me had warned me that I have been blogging too many on my blog(present perfect continuous), too many what? I have no idea. The most important thing is, they all had gotten a bad headache, therefore, they would ask me to pay for it if I keep on doing that many.

So, let’s call it a day.

Oops, one question today, could I? I just can’t stop asking questions!
Is the sentence right or wrong:’ Alex is a celebrity teacher, because he is that famous.’ I want to put “English teacher” and “Celebrity” in one clause, but I don't know how? or put un one word.

Best regards
You’ll never know who is a alleged victim?

Rise, Attention, Bow, Sit...................James

Saturday, 05 May 2007

Letter to Commenters

Dear commenters:

Today is Saturday, no homework, good to relax, and let my mind random flying.

My classmate of university, Wu Han Yang, emailed me the MTV of Shakira’s song “ILLEGAL” a few days ago. At almost the same time, my other classmate of university, James C.R Ko, emailed me an article “Talking about Death and Alive by a Buddha master”. Then I read the article and listened western music at the same time. It is really weird.

Now, I would like to write to those who wrote their comment on my blog.
I thank you all in grace and gratitude.

Topic:There is always one more chance.
1) posted by Kelvin Peng from New Zealand:
You said “add Oil, Add oil’, it means ‘Go! Go!” in English, am I right, teacher Ke’l’vin ? But can you explain it more for us in English? Can you? Please.
2) posted by Isabelle from France:
Hola Isahelle,acoording logitude and latitude of your hometown that you posted, your home is near spain. And you seemly speak some kind of language call Català. Nice to meet you.
3) posted by Selene from Taiwan:
Many thanks for your comment. Welcome to be a competiter, then be a blogger.

Topic: To be a blogger.
1) posted by Lukasz from Poland (living in UK):
Li her, thank for sending your regards to my folks. You are a very warm person. Nice to meet you.
2) posted by Leila from Finland:
It’s good to hear that we both have a same celebration day, and your celebration is more vivid. More the same thing it is, more empathy it is.
3) posted by Marianna from Slovakia:
I would like to have nice blogging month with teacher Alex, just like you said.
4) posted by Ali from Iran:
I would use this opportunity to learn more, like a sponge.
5) posted by Irine from Chicago
Your comment was just like ‘Add Oil! Add Oil!’ to me. You told me so much of how to address a person. You really have a wide range of knowledge. One more question, can I say ‘ Nose to nose Irine,” to you, as Kiwi do their way to say hello by gesture. Talking about my Banner Image, I email 10 photos, and BBC selected a great one, they did s good job.
6) posted by Mellisa from China
As you said:” could you please shorten your essay for the reader's sake?” In generally, it’s not a bad idea.
7) posted by Ana from Poland:
Thanks for your comment, keep on doing it please.
8) posted by Ana Paula from Brazil:
Thank you, student blogger of April, I have learned more from your blog.
9) posted by Naheed from Pakistan:
Welcome you to comment on BBC student blog.

Topic: Share.
1) posted by Ana Paula from Brazil:
My host exchange student Luis(Brazilian) is a 2007 Rotary Youth Exchange Student, and he will stay 1 year in Taiwan, from 2006/9/1 to 2007/7/31. it is a global planning of International Rotary Club, apply to many countries. There are 2-4 host families has to host one single exchange student, and mine is one of them. I’ll tell you more about it in the near future. It’s a nice and interesting subject.
2) posted by hyoshil from nincoln:
Thank you. And May I ask where are you from? Hyoshil san, Where is "nincoln"?
3) posted by Ana:
Thanks for sharing yours. When the ‘bad days’ people shared with me, I mostly listened, and I argue or discuss just a little bit, it’s quite complicated. Honestly, I am not really good at it. Nevertheless, I would like to share my experience to you if I have a chance.
4) posted by Fanny from Hong Kong
Hi neighbor, how have you been? Welcome to be a competitor and blogger.
5) posted by Marianna from Slovakia:
I had edited my first two blogs many times for I was not familiar with the system of BBC student blog, sorry for that. Probably, it was not wrong with your computer.
6) posted by delphine from France:
Thank you to tell us the special days of May in France.
7) posted by Ana from Poland:
Your statement: “Dear All, have you realized that James is going to be the first person celebrating his birthday at the BBC site? Have you got any suggestions? “, I appreciate it. But I don’t want to tell people what day is my birthday of May on this blog. Thank you anyway.

It is very hard to answer comments on the blog of internet. Many things should be concerned. It can push me to learn English and knowledge and other experiences more, though.

May you have a nice month?
James




Sunday, 06 May 2007

Letter to Teacher Alex

Dear Teacher Alex,

Where Do I Begin? .....

Although I don’t have formal homework from Teacher Alex today, I still have to do some homework.

Back to my student time when I was a little, let say under 18, I had to do my home work all the time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Taiwan. If teacher didn’t assign any homework on that day, I still had to do my homework, i had to practice the stuff what teacher had taught me in those few days ago, again and again. For instance, teacher taught an example of one sentence, I have to practice to expand many sentences.
Let me try it........
Principle of the present perfect simple:
To describe an action which is finished, but we don’t know when it happened.
Principle of the present perfect continuous:
To describe an action which started in the past but is still continuous now.

Expanding sentences:
1) (The present perfect simple): I have been a good student since I was little. (We don’t know when it happened.)
2) (The present perfect simple): I have tripped many countries (we don’t know when it happened.)
3) (The present perfect continuous): I have been knowing Junior Bush since he was a president of American, but he has not been knowing me. (It is still happened)
4) (The present perfect continuous): I have been eating 3 meals a day. (It is still happened)

“A celebrity is someone who is famous.” It is a definition of dictionary. As my dictionary, a celebrity is someone who is that the number of people knows his/her name more over than he/her knows theirs. For example, more students know Alex than Alex know the students. Thus and so, Alex is a celebrity on the English learning Blog.

In Taiwan, our Teachers’ day has been set on September 28, which is Confucius’s birthday (The present perfect continuous). In my student time, we do respect our Teacher. There is a saying in Chinese: Being teacher for one day, It would be the father in whole your life . We didn’t call teacher his/her name directly, we have addressed them Teacher Alex.

First time I knew the website of BBC Learning English was recommended by my brother-in-law Mr. Rod several years ago. Mr. Rod who has been a TV show host in New Zealand at that time (The present perfect simple).

Best regards,
Learning English can be fun
James

Monday, 07 May 2007

English Teachers in Taiwan

Hello there,

Today, after 2 days off, I would like to talk about English Teachers in Taiwan. And it concerns about English Learning in Taiwan.

Knowing is one thing, and teaching is totally a different thing from various angles.
I didn’t know the true meaning of it until I taught math to a junior high student when I was a college sophomore boy. It was a one by one class, somebody call it is a one to one class or a private class. I was very surprised that at that time why I can’t tell or explain all I know to the student well? I want to, but I just can’t! I am very impressed on it even till now.

When I was 13 years old, I learnt English with 2 westerners who are priests. It’s my first time to meet foreigners, one is German, other is American, as I recall. In Taiwan, in 1960’s, we learnt English since 12 years old, that the year we enter into junior high, it’s 13th grade of western system. Nowadays, people here learnt English since 5 years old when they are in the kindergarten. It is critical here, and somebody said:’ It is still older than westerner.’ And it is just a saying.

As my two daughters, elder one learnt English from 9, and the younger learnt English from 5, and who learnt better, all I can say is ’ Learning is one thing, knowing could be something other’.

In the old time of Taiwan, like my school ages, a few westerners came to Taiwan to teach English, that is about 1960s’, There were some westerners taught English in urban city like Taipei city with two and half million people, At that time, if you speak English, and you are a foreigner, then you can taught English, no matter your mother language is English, no matter your education is high or low, no matter your major is English teacher or other fields, it’s all right, as you are a foreigner and you can speak English that even say ‘good morning ’’hello’ only, thus, you can be a qualified English teacher in Taiwan, furthermore, you would got a high paycheck. And there were no foreigner except priests taught English in my hometown Yilan County with four hundred and fifty thousand populations.

There are many Cram Schools in Taiwan, what is cram school, we call it ‘bu xi ban” (bu3 xi2 ban1). It is a after school courses that train students to master important courses, like English. They are popular in East Asia like Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. Cram is derived from the slang term “cramming’ which means to study a large of material in a short period of time. Cram schools are usually privately owned.

Since about 1989, Taiwanese was allowed to travel abroad, and more westerner came to Taiwan to teach English, more English cram School was set also. And more qualified westerner teachers have been coming to Taiwan nowadays.

Tell you a scenario in Taiwan :
A westerner English Teacher came into the class of the cram school in Taiwan. It is the first class.
(In cram school, the students don’t need to do the procedure ‘Rise, Attention, Bow, sit’),

Then, teacher opened his/her mouth and said:” Hello, victims, I will torture you.”
(All students opened their mouth up widely, and could not close it for a while)

Oops, Teacher thought that students might misunderstand his/her meaning, oops…..

Fortunately, after a moment, the teacher reminded of something, then said to the students:” victim is v-i-c-t-i-m” “ torture is t-o-r-t-u-r-e

Then, all students closed their mouth and picked their dictionary up to check those two words, and murmured to each other:’ Why didn’t teacher say ‘hello student’ or ‘good morning student’ instead of telling us those two vocabularies that we didn’t understand? Why the first class has been so tough that the students needed to check the dictionary just at the first two words.”

After that first class, all the students rushed to the service center of cram school, asking the clerks to protect them from the teacher’s torture. The clerks all explained at once:’ The teacher’s meaning is that he/she wants to be strict with he/her student, so he/she said “torture”, and the student who was tortured is the victim. It is good for you to have a strict teacher. In other words, the teacher would teach you seriously.’

What did those victims who had being tortured say after listening to the clerks’ explanation?
Oops, I forgot it. I am too old to remember something. but I’ll tell you guys only I recall it some other day,

My blog tomorrow will be a record of my blog. Let's wait and see.

Love always,
Knowing is one thing, teaching is something else.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

(Correction by James,on 2007/5/8):
Joey is right,quot her/his comment as follow:
Hello, James. As you mentioned, "the year we enter into junior high , it’s 13th grade of western system. " I think it should be 7th grade of the western system, not 13th. Just a reminding, not trying to challenge you. ^_^
posted by Joey from Taiwan

Tuesday, 08 May 2007

A+

Hello there,

A+

Love always,
It’s my shortest blog, I would like to take my hat off to you if you are able to comment this blog with just “A+”.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

PS: Stay your cursor upon the photo, no need to click, then, you’ll discover the treasure and get A+.

Teacher Nick is saying: OOPS.....Teacher Amy is saying: Duh.....


Students! Study harder for days and hours, Teacher Nick (from Hawaii) and Teacher Amy (Taiwanese) are staring you down, they would torture you if you don’t study harder. After you are tortured, ‘victim’ will be your nickname" .

Wednesday, 09 May 2007

Teacher’s Day & My Homework (For May 7 )

Hello there,

First thing is first, my homework is first.

Teacher Alex said:
Your homework is to write two more example sentences for me, on different subjects. One sentence should include the verb ‘to practice’ with the –ing form, and the other sentence should include ‘according to…’.

There you go, below is my homework:

In Taiwan, there is one and half hour of lunch break. According to the weather forecast, Today is a shinny day, and I got to prepare writing my today’s blog, so, during the lunch break, I were out to buy a book which Teacher Nick mentioned, its name is “Angela's Ashes” that written by Frank McCour. I hope the book can inspire my writing. But I can’t find the book in Yilan city with the population of ten hundred thousand, and, according to the clerk of book shop said, there is no Chinese version of this book, therefore, I prepare surfing on the internet to buy one.

After finishing my homework, let me to take a deep break, then to talk about Teachers Day.
Many countries has their Teacher’s Day on different day of the year, some of them are holiday while others are celebrated only. Taiwan, it was holiday in the old time, but, it has been celebrated during working days since a few years ago.

You can travel around the world to have many Teacher’s Day, because, many countries have set different day as their Teacher’s Day (Now I use travel instead trip.),
Day of itinerary is as the following:

January: 1/16(Thailand)
February: 2/28(Oman, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Tunisia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco in Islam Country)
March: 3/7(Albania)、3/28(Czech Republic & Slovakia)
April: None
May: 5/2(Iran)、5/15(South Korea)、5/16(Malaysia)、5/15(Mexico)、5/24(Afghanistan)
June: None
July: 7/6(Peru)
August: None
September: 9/1(Singapore)、9/5(India)、9/10(China)、9/11(Argentina)、9/28(Taiwan)
October: 10/5(Russia)、10/11(Brazil)、10/14(Poland) 、the last Friday(Australia)
November:11/20(Vietnam)、11/24(Turkey)
December: None

5 different day of May is Teacher's Day.

Different saying of Teacher Day in the world are:
Teacher’s Day、Teachers’ Day、Master Day、Education Day

In Taiwan, Teachers will get a gift from Government in Teacher’s Day, and some students, usually they are good students, express their gratitude to their teacher by sending a gratitude card, or by giving flowers to theirteacher. Don't expect other students except good students to say thank you to the teacher.
There are many Temples of teacher in Taiwan, Its formal name is Temple of Confucius. Official ceremony is held in the temple every year in teaxher's Day..

Below is what I have read about teacher in India:
Mother and Teacher is God. And there is a saying in India:’ The teacher or the God, I shall choose the teacher, as he is the one who is instrumental in students knowing the God.’ Another saying is “Teacher is the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer”

I wonder is there a Student’s Day in any Country? Tell me now if you know, please.

Love always,
“To sir with love”
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Confession of James(2007/5/10):
I made a mistake on my homework, Teacher Alex asked me to write example sentences include the verb ‘ to practice’ with the –ing form, and I turned in my home work with that I wrote a sentence include a verb ‘ to prepare’ with the –ing. It’s a huge mistake, but it’s ok, just let my mistake be there, and I confess here and do the correct homework.

Luis practice using chopsticks to eat rice, and rice is just a kind of food but not the name of the lady.

I put a photo to say sorry.
Photo: Confucius Temple(Teacher Temple) in Taiwan

Oh, teacher can be God,


Footnote: I would like to share the following information which the wonderful readers have provided on their comment on my blog.
1)Ana Paula from Brazil:
The correct Teacher’s Day in Brazil is October 15th.
2) Jill Huang from Beijing:
Hello, James. I checked via the Internet and found out some other teachers’ days: 1/15(Venezuela)、5/2(Indonesia)、5/18(Portugal)、6/5(Hungary)、6/12(Germany)、8/27(United States)、9/6(North Korea). I hope they are helpful and all right.
3) Antonio from Belgium:
It seems that there is no Western Europe Teacher’s day.
4) Mina from Kabul – Afghanistan:
Yes, there is a Student Day in my country (Afghanistan), we celebrate both Teacher’s day and Student day….. but unfortunately on Student Day no one provide or pass gifts to Students ( poor Student) just all students get together and celebrated it.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

International Exchange Student---Luis from Brazil

Hello there,

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.

Love always,
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.

Friday, 11 May 2007

Today is Friday

Hello there,

Hi, teacher Alex, today is Friday, It’s true, I am not kidding you, I am under oath to say:’ It is Friday today, nothing but truth.’

Friday is also the name of a cat, on Friday today, I wonder that is there a Cat’s Day in the world? Tell me if you know, please.

Many readers have written their homework by commenting on teacher’s blog. They have studied so hard, and as a student blogger, I am an official student on the table, I should study harder, and move on and on. Originally, I plan to write a new topic, but I change my mind now, I would like to do my homework.

Teacher Alex wanted me to correct the following two sentences which I wrote on my blog before:
1. ‘There were some westerners taught English in urban cities like Taipei.’
2. ‘And there were no foreigners except priests taught English in my hometown

My corrections are:
1. There were some westerners who taught English in urban cities which it like Taipei.
2. And there were no foreigners except priests who taught English in my hometown.

Some readers has done the homework on the comments of teacher blog which I would like to quote, I hope that you don’t mind, because I thought that it is good to put students homework together, then, to compare and find out what kinds of mistake the student could make?

The homework which was done by readers is below:

1) posted by Paco from Spain
The correct sentences would be: 1.- There were some westerners who taught English in urban cities like Taipei. 2.- there were no foreigner except priests who taught English in my hometown. See you.

2) posted by Sevinç from Türkiye
The correct sentences would be: 1.- There were some westerners who taught English in urban cities like Taipei. or; we can make reduction that is; change (who taught) to "teaching" There were some westerners teaching English in urban cities like Taipei. 2.- there were no foreigner except priests who taught English in my hometown. or; we can make reduction that is; change(who taught) to "teaching" there were no foreigner except priests teaching English in my hometown. both are correct and their meaning is the same. have a nice day

3) posted by Katy from Iran
As for the sentences, I would say " There were some westerners who taught English ..." and "There were no foreigners except for priests who taught English...". Here comes another question and I would be so thankful for you answer; What if the second verb is a passive one? Shall we use the connectives like which, who, that...? For example this sentence "there were some foreigners considered as English teachers". Do we have to change it to " There were some foreigners who were considered as English teachers.?" I am eagerly waiting for your instructive answer. Katy/ Iran

4) posted by Olga from Moscow
There are my answer to your question: 2.There were some westerners who taught English in urban cities like Taipei. And there were no foreigners except priests who taught English in my hometown.

5) posted by Jameel from Jordan
Now,I would like to try correcting the two sentences of James. 1. There were some Westerners [who] taught English in some cities like Taipei. 2. There were no foreigners except priests [teaching] English in my hometown.

Maybe I cannot post reader’s photo, but I can post their words of comment by quoting.

After ten days since May 1, I have learnt the usage of clause, present perfect simple/continuous, and conjunction. It’s quite amazing to learn English like this way.

May 13, Sunday, is Mother’s Day in Taiwan which is set on the second Sunday of May. As I know, Like Teacher’s Day, many countries celebrate Mother’s day on different days of the year, you know why? Tell me if you do.

At the first beginning,not like Mother's Day and Teacher's Day, I thought that my birthday should be on the same day in the whole countries of the world, but, after my second thought, oops, that is not very right! Duh……..

Love always,
Think twice before you do.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu


Saturday, 12 May 2007

The process of making English mistakes

Hello there,

Today, I would like to talk about the process of making English mistakes of Chinese students. And why I talk to this, it’s because I read the comment which was posted by Melissa from China on my blog which the title was “International Exchange Student---Luis from Brazil Thursday, 10 May 2007”. And Melissa used the word ‘caption’ on the comment, then another word I thought was ‘subtitle’, then I recalled something about the process of making English mistakes.

1) ‘caption’ and ‘subtitle’:

If I want to find out a new vocabulary which I don’t know in English, the first thing is to check on the Chinese-English dictionary. For example: I want to know the word in English which meaning is “a printed translation of the words of a foreign film that are shown at the bottom of the picture”, I checked on the Chinese-English dictionary, then, it shows up “captions or subtitles (of movies, TV programs, etc.), and I read two vocabularies which are ’caption’ and ‘subtitle’. Because ‘caption’ is placed on the first place, I could choice it.

Now let quote part of comment which was posted by Mellissa to have a look:
"Thanks James, from your blog I have learned two strange word Xenophile and discrepancy. Learning English, undoubtedly, is more difficult than one has expected. At least now, I have been trying to understand ENGLISH MOVIE without Chinese Caption.I feel I have done much but profit is little. (Posted by Melissa from China)"

Maybe, just maybe, Melissa chose the word ‘caption’ like the way I said.

And my point is, on Melissa’s comment, ‘caption’ or ‘subtitle’, which one is correct?

And then, if we can proceed to check on the English-English dictionary, the answer could be changed.

Checking,checking……….

The definition of ‘caption’ on the English-English dictionary is
A caption is the words printed underneath a picture or carton which explain what it is about.’

The definition of ‘subtitle’ on the English-English dictionary is:
Subtitles are a printed translation of the words of a foreign film that are shown at the bottom of the picture.’
If you compare those two definitions, answer is there.

2) ‘practice’ and ‘do’

Teacher Alex said:’ and we don’t say ‘prepare my homework’ – this is a mistake that I’ve heard thousands and thousands of times!’ Why Chinese say ‘ prepare my homework’ ? That because Chinese students have to do lots of homework with a large of material every day. Which means is that they have to prepare a bunch of stuff to do their homework. As the students think of homework, the first word is ‘prepare’, and the word ‘Have you done or finished your homework jet?’ is the way of saying hello of Chinese students. So, it’s easy for a Chinese student to say ‘prepare my homework’, and it would exist all the time, never die.

3) ’hear’ and ‘listen’:

A word in one language doesn’t always correspond to one word in another. “hear” or “listen” is the same meaning in Chinese, we make the same mistake all the time. Let’s compare these two sentences:

Jameel from Jordan wrote:
The BBC site advises foreign learners of English to practice hearing native speakers so as to improve their listening skills.

Teacher Alex wrote:
The BBC site advises foreign learners of English to practice listening to native speakers so as to improve their listening skills.

The difference of two sentences is verb ‘hear’ and ‘listen’, Chinese student like me always make the same mistake because I can hardly distinguish those two words.

It’s easier to read the teacher blog than to read the student blog, so I would like to thank those who read or read and comment on my blog. No matter you are willing to read, or you have to read, my thanks is still the same.

Love always,
Due process is the best policy.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Mother’s Day, Mother’s Wish

Hello there,

Wendy is my wife; Kelly and Kitty are our two daughters. Today is Mather’s day in Taiwan, and there is a letter from Wendy to Kelly and Kitty.

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Dearest Kelly, and Dearest Kitty,

I am mom.

No matter where you are or go, I wish you would survive well in your whole life.

It’s my simple wish of Mother’s Day.

And, Kitty, thank for your Mother’s Day Card which you made by yourself, you have a talent to do a beautiful and attached card. I would have a sweet dream with your card. Thanks again.

Best Regards,
Mom, Wendy Li-Her Liu
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I would like to quote a comment and say a few words.

Essen who is from Taiwan commented:
My mother was also a teacher and she has been retired say about 3 years. It's a little "pain" to have a teacher mother(can I say so ?) when I was young because she always asked me to study harder and harder even I always take the first place in my school, but nowadays I really thank her. She cultivated my good habit to study & work hard. I am now preparing IELTS test through BBC website now and hope to go to study in UK this year.

Hello Essen, no matter where you are or go , your mom just want you survive well. You can tell your mom that you have Alex, and Lottie, and a dog named Friday in London, you could survive anyhow, then your mom would feel very comfortable, and it is the best gift of Mother's Day.

My homework from teacher Alex on May 11 which was the sentence with ‘to practice’
1) James are planing to practice writing everyday on May.
2) When Luis fist came to Taiwan, he practiced using chopsticks all the time, practice makes perfect, he is proficient in it now.
3) Luis practices using chopsticks to eat rice, and rice is just a kind of food but not the name of the lady.
4) James practices cutting down his blog.

Hi Teacher Alex, I had made a mistake of my homework on May 9, and I made a confession on May 10, and then I edited the blog of May 9, and put my confession on the last part of the blog. and I posted a photo to say sorry, and wrote a note in the photo, the context of note is “oh, teacher can be…”

Love always,
Practice makes perfect
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Photo: Gratitude Card of Mother’s Day, made by Kitty herself.

Hi Mom,love you,Kitty...mmmmm

Monday, 14 May 2007

The day after yesterday

Hello there,

What is “the day after yesterday”? Is it a correct saying?

Yesterday, we had a family reunion lunch, 14 persons gathered together, and everybody has their mobil (cellphone). In Taiwan, mobil is very popularization, even a 6 years old child who can have a mobil.

Speaking of lunch, we do like to have a feast together. Westerners use rectangle table for eating, but we prefer to use round table to eat together. And our point of view is that we can see each other clearer and easier with using round table.

A couple of friends told me that I could introduce more stuff of Taiwan, yes, I would and have to do it, but I don’t want to do it by deliberate intention. Blog is like an online diary, I talk or chat with you about my life, my interests, my thought, my idea, my notion, and something happened around me. And because I am in Taiwan, for this reason, I would and have to introduce Taiwan, and except for this scenario, I don’t want to introduce Taiwan on purpose, according to my opinion, choreographed introduction of Taiwan that is not the style of BBC student blog.

The reunion lunch of yesterday, everybody talked, chatted, played, laughed and enjoyed, it was so full and so blooming, On the contrary, it feels so quiet today, it’s kind of living in a different world.

Quiet can mean in peace, or it can be empty or lonely, that depends on one’s mood.

I incidentally asked my wife Wendy what should I write on Monday, what is the topic? She knew that I just ask her without expecting answer, unexpectly she repied without thinking that my blog today is ‘the day after yesterday’ or ‘the day after Mother’s Days’ mm..mm..mm..mm..mm…

Love always,
No one knows what words will come out from your mouth?
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Note:
Photos:Round table in Taiwan.

Hi,man, I can see you closely and clearly at round table
.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

S E L

Hello there,

What is SEL for short? It could short for a lot of stuff which you can image. Read on, please.

Vanessa who is from Taiwan asked me on the comment:’ Because we are situated in the same country, can you give me some suggestion about learning English?’ My answer is:’ It depends?’ It depends on your English level, your ability, and every resource that you can get. And your question reminded me of SEL.

Teacher Nick gave me a newspaper clipping last Saturday, the topic is: How do English learners teach us? It was published on Taipei Times, Friday, May 11, 2007, and it was written by Shih-Fan Kao who is an assistant professor at University. The paragraph began on a piece of news which was: A 14-years-old student who is non-English native speaker passed the highest level of the Cambridge ESOL, it means that her English is as good as a British college student who is an English native speaker. And her two favorite activities are watching English TV programs and movies and reading novels. What do I measure it? James is James, which means I am on my position to learn. If I can read Shakespeare, then I read, if I can’t, I’ll do something else. ……You know what I mean!!

When I say to you:” You know what I mean!!’, it always means that I cannot express my meaning well.

At last, I would like to tell you about SEL. According to the article, SEL is short for Successful English Learners, and a few common things of SEL are (summarily quote from the article):

1) They make their own opportunities by using English outside the classroom:
They try to create an English environment for themselves as much as possible. They try to use the English language every day.
2) They are risk-takers:
They are good guessers. They read by making educated guesses via contextual clues.
They are willing to make a great many mistakes and are not afraid of continuing to do so.
3) They often have intense interaction with native speakers or plentiful practice in writing.

The conclusion of the author is “By referring to the features of SELs, English learners will find their own ways forward and take charge of their learning.
The author call himself “A lifelong English learner”, and I think myself:’ Am I a lifelong English learner?

Hopefully, my friends, we all can enjoy ourselves in learning.

Love always,
Everybody need to know who you are!
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Taipei Times

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Live or Die

Hello there,

The topic of today is pretty serious. Why I talk about it, that because I read a report of BBC which was published on Monday, 14 May 2007 .

Firstly, allow me to quote BBC news:

TV star awarded rail crash payout
A top Taiwanese TV presenter has been awarded substantial compensation after being horrifically injured in the Potters Bar Rail crash.
Seven people were killed and a further 76 people were injured when a train left the tracks near Potters Bar station after passing over a faulty set of points in May 2002.
Tanya Liu was left with intellectual and cognitive problems after suffering brain damage in the 2002 disaster.
The 39-year-old, who is now cared for by her family in Hong Kong, was awarded an undisclosed sum by the High Court.


And News in Taiwan reported that it was supposedly over a hundred million New Taiwan dollars of the undisclosed sum of Tanya Liu was awarded. A hundred million NT is equivalent to one and half million ponds. Another thing is about vicyims of death,the families of two Taiwanese victims of seven killed who have not been compensated till now.

In generally, in an accidental case, a GBH (grievous bodily harm) victim would get more amende than a death victim. On the contrary, the perpetrator might pay less money if the victim has died. So that, the perpetrator would have a motive to kill the GBH victim right after an accident in order to save their money. And it happens all the time in the whole world.

It is a case of Live or Die.

Another one is …………….

When people are getting older and older, they will question the question all the time:’ Live or die, which one would be better?’

When I have a bad day, I always think about those victims who have suffered badly. For example, if i have a bad day todaym i would think of:

1) Japan boy 'severs mother's head'
A teenage Japanese boy has been arrested after walking into a police station carrying a severed human head and claiming to have killed his mother.(According BBC reported, Tuesday, 15 May 2007)

2) 2007 Virginia Tech massacre:
On the morning of April 16, 2007, a gunman identified by authorities as Virginia Tech student Seung-hui Cho, a South Korean national and U.S. permanent resident,[3][4] shot and killed thirty-two people and injured at least twenty others on the Virginia Tech campus. Cho then committed suicide, bringing the initial death toll to thirty-three.(According to Wikipedia website)

3) Top Justice official resigns amid attorneys controversy:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said Monday he will resign, the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys, The Associated Press has learned.(According to CNN reported,)

A reader whose name is Célio from Brazil asked about my religion. As I know, most people in Taiwan are the polytheist(if I am wrong, correct me please). People worship Buddha, Dao, Ancestors and many other Gods. As myself, I am a man without religion, but, I worship my ancestors and Gods, for I don’t want to offend any Gods.

Finally, teacher Alex’s question:
‘but I’m sure that by next year I will have forgotten again.
(By the way, look at the verb form in that last sentence again – ‘will have forgotten’. Who can tell me which tense that is?).


My answer is that it is a future perfect tense.

I made an example like this: James will have finished his homework by ten o'clock this evening.

Incidentally, I would like to say to you:’It’s easier to do than to think,…… You know what I mean!!’………
well ……I guess not,……..but sooner you’ll get to the point.

Love always,
It’s easier to do teacher Alex’s homework than to think about a serious thing like Live-or--Die.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Let me give you ‘101’

Hello there,

My dearest friends, I have written too much on my blog since these days, and teacher Alex has been tortured by a student whose name is James Zhih-Chen Wu who is from somewhere on the earth. So, I decide to write a short one today and to attach a photo ‘Taipei 101’ which is a 101-floor building located in Taipei city, it is currently the tallest skyscraper in the world, and it was completed on October 7,2003.

Speaking of teacher Alex, he could survive well anyhow, and of course, his mom would be happy to hear of it.

‘101’ could be:
1) A prime number.
2) Sum of five series prim number: 13+17+19+23+29, and many meanings to math.
3) The atomic number of Mendelevium.
4) An asteroid which name is 101 Helena.
5) A film which name is ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’.

I took the shot of Taipei 101 on May 5 after we went to Taipei city from Yilan County to see an exhibition of travel; it takes 1 hour from Yilan to Taipei by car.

Love always,
You are the tallest, you are also a target, though.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Photo: Taipei 101

Hu,it

Friday, 18 May 2007

My English name is ……..

Hello there,

If I ask:’ Do you have a formal English name?
An English native speaker will say:’ Yes, I do’,’ What kinds of question is this?’
A Taiwanese may answer:’ I have no idea.’

If my sense focuses on Taiwan only, everything is so definitely. However, when I open my mind into the whole world, nothing is impossible. Like: many Teacher’s days, lots of Mother’s day, changeable English name.

I would like to tell you about this:

One day, in a classroom.....

Teacher Luis asked me:’ Hey, Wu, what’s your English name?’
I replied:’ Yes Sir, my English name is John. ‘

Two years after, in other English class…
Teacher Rice asked me:’ Hello Mr. Wu, what’s your English name?’
I said:’ Yes madam, my English name is George.’
Teacher Rice raised her one side eyebrows and inquired after me:’ but … my brother Luis told me that your English name is John Wu.’
I reply carefully:’ Oh,…I…well,..you know,…… many friends told me that John is too common, and without shape, and out of fashion….. So I have changed my English name this year,…..which means I grow up now …you know what I mean!!.....’

Maybe this is not my story, but, In Taiwan, people who name their English name mostly for the purpose of learning English. It’s hard to believe for an English native speaker that English name can be changed from time to time.

Don’t misunderstand me, I am not translating a joke from Chinese to English now. And, according to my experience, every time after I had translated a joke from Chinese to English to an English native speaker, the scenario would be, I became a joker. However, it’s ok for me to translate a joke from Chinese to English to a Chinese native speaker.

As English as a second language learner, how do you name your English name?

My English name is James which was named by an English teacher who is from New Zealand. Mr. Cliff traveled Taiwan in 1991, I stayed with him for 3 days. It was our chat with my English name:

Cliff said hello to me, I faltered out:’ Hi, my name is Mr. Wu’
He had a smile on me:’ Do you have an English name?’
I replied after my twenty times thinking:’ yes, but I forgot, because,……..you know what I mean!!’.
Then I asked him to name an English name for me.

‘well’ he said courteously,’ Could you speak out your first name in Chinese, Please.”
I spoke:” Zhih Cheng’
Cliff suggested at the first time:’ James, the name suit you, it speaks out just like your Chinese name zhih”, I said ‘ok’.

After a while, Cliff cheered up and applauded for 3 seconds:’ oh-ho, you are a prosecutor, James Pond, Double-O-Seven (007), yes, James suits you. You, James Wu, are like James Pond.’
Thereafter, I use ‘James’ as my English name.

A reader named Celio who is from Brazil asked” James is your real name? Why is your name James?‘

Yes, James is my real English name, it’s not an anonymity, I have been used it for 16 years, and I am a member of IAP (International Association of Prosecutors), James Wu is the registered name. Thus, James is my formal English name.

Teacher Alex asked: ‘Did you take the picture (Taipei 101) yourself?’
Yes, I shot it myself. I take my digital camera with me all the time.

Love always,
Nothing is impossible.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Photos:Cliff’s name card (address & phone number were covered)

Mr. Cliff say:

Saturday, 19 May 2007

Say Hello to Taiwanese

Hello there,

Our history had a long period of bad days, people died of starvation during those dark days but not in the dark restaurant.

In the ancient starving time, ‘Are you full up?’ is the very first words to say hello of our ancestors. Taiwanese inherited the way to say hello.

Next time, when you meet Taiwanese, as they say to you:’ Are you full up?’ Do not misunderstand them, that the way they say hello to you with great enthusiasm. In other words, Taiwanese are very concerned about friends’ health. If people don’t have food to eat, they would die.

American has critical influenced Taiwan, it has a history reason. But nowadays, Taiwanese have a little more contact with other countries. Newspaper and TV news of Taiwan have reported more about other countries except US. Do you know what kinds of news that local media of Taiwan reported about British? I would like to tell you, and I am trying to make them as short as possible. I quote 3 pieces news which were published on May 17 (Thursday) by United Daily News of Taiwan:

1) British super-nanny earned as much as average annual salary of 28,786 pounds (roughly NT$ 1.9 million), which is equivalent to a monthly salary of 2,399 pounds, and to a weekly salary of 554 pounds.

2) Many British are more extravagant than before, they spent more money than they had earned.

3) Although the tuition and living expenses are very high in UK, the last ten years, the number of Taiwan students who has studied in England increased by 50 %. It was up to 9,600 last year. There will be one of every four students in England which is next to the number of United States.

My friends, how about your country? Does your media report more or less world news?

When teacher Alex said he was going to an unusual restaurant where the food is served to the diners in absolute pitch darkness. I feel that it’s weird and confused.

Then, after I read Ha_na who is from Paris/France commented ‘what you've been feeling, how it has opened your mind to what disabled people suffer from unadapted structures in the city’ , Suddenly I got to the point. Thank you, Ha_na.

The power of internet is infinite. Teacher Alex just threw a weird ball, someone catches it on the spot. It’s really amazing. I am very impressed.

Incidentally, Friday the cat is so cute and lovely, if teacher Alex can transmit her to me by internet, I’ll deeply appreciate your kindness. Even a couple hours are all right, and I would send her back, I promise.

Love always,
My dear friends, are you full up today?
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Money & Power

Hello there,

Today, I would like to try translating a Chinese parable into English, and to try making it short. It's a way of practicing writing.

Once upon a time, there was an emperor who liked to ask questions all the time. One day, he strolled along the beach of the Yangtze River, and there were hundreds of ships passing through. Then, he asked a monk who was just besides him:

The emperor asked’ How many ships are there sailing the river daily?’
The monk replied:” Two”
The emperor surprised:’ Only two?'
The monk answered with ease:" Yes, only two, there are two kinds of ships sailing all the time, one ship which name is Power, the other one is Money."

Next time, when I meet teacher Alex in London(I desire to be there), if teacher Alex asks me How Many cars pass through Oxford street in a day, I can answer the question easily, the answer is “ Two”.

The most powerful person in Taiwan is the president which term is 4 years. Why I tell you this, because today is the day of inauguration of the President of Taiwan, we’ll choice a new one in March of next year who will be in his position on May 20, 2008.

The name of the president of Taiwan is…….. Oh, what is his name? It is not the point, what he has done is the point. Therefore, it’s unnecessary to publish his name here.

Love always,
What you have done is the point of your life but not what your name is.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Monday, 21 May 2007

Those days, My family were poor (Paris)

Hello there,

Last year, we traveled to Paris from August 26 to September 2. I attended 11th Annual Conference of IAP (International Association of Prosecutors), I was a personal participant which meant I was not assigned to be there. My wife Wendy was an accompanying person, and my two daughters, Kelly and Kitty, were along with us who cannot attend any activities of the conference. Sometime, Wendy and two kids hanged out together without me.

On May, 20, 2007
$1 EUR (€) =$ NT45.24

(EUR is the official currency of the Euro Area)
(NT is the official currency of Taiwan)

Our family focuses on the food all the time, and to survive is a top priority. In the beginning as we arrived to Paris, we bought some bread at the bakery near Galeries Lafayette (a department) where our shuttle bus stopped. We were planning to buy 4 pieces of regular bread, 1 piece of bread cost $2.5 EUR , which it was a over 4 times cost in Taiwan, and how can we survive if we paid so much money for such a simple lunch, even we were so hungry at that moment? We cannot help to buy 2 pieces bread for us. And I could wait and eat at the meeting which provides plenty of food.

After eating bread preciously, we thought that probably we bought it at the wrong place, so, we decided to dinner fast food at McDonald, but, it was not cheaper, either.

Suddenly, we all felt that our family were (was) poor in Paris.

Besides that part, we have a great pleasure in Paris, Wendy and I had fun of chatting with lots of prosecutors from many countries to exchange viried point of view, and enjoyed a few Grand Banquet. Our family has enjoyed museums, metropolitan, chatted with American couple in the park, talked to France couple in McDonald, strolled along streets of Paris, saw night view of a few bridges of Paris, cruised along Seine River, and etc.

It goes without saying that we saw 2 cars on the busy streets of Paris. We just can not tell which one is Money car or Power car. Probably, Money and Power often combine together in its way.

Kelly has been UK for 3 weeks for English Learning, she loves British and has a willing to be there again. We desire to travel to British, too. But, as thinking about the cost ($1 GBP (£) =$ NT66.15), I am not so sure whether our dream can come true or not? Hopefully, the currency exchange will turn into $1 NT= $ £66.15 in the future. At that time comes, I‘ll say it loudly:’ The world is beautiful.’

Love always,
Cherish whatever you have owned in this moment.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu


Photos:one man has two styles
Photo1: Casually (in the Jardin du Luxembourg of Paris)

I have fun.

Photo2: Seriously (in the Cour de cassation of France)
I do not have fun.


Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Today, I were going to London

Hello there,

I do deeply appreciate the words which teacher Alex said:’ I don't really think 'Dans le Noir' gave me a deeper understanding of blind people's lives.’

Teacher Alex didn’t exaggerate the feeling of to be a blind for a short time, while many people show their empathy in an exaggerated way.

I haven’t received Friday the cat which is sent from teacher Alex by internet, and then I reread teacher blog on 15 April 2007 which the title was 'Fish and vegetables', teacher Alex taught about Conditional Sentences which are sentences using 'if', 'unless', etc. Therefore, I thought that why I don’t use Condition Sentences to pretend that I were going to London today. Then, I can meet Friday at the street of London. Yes…Help oneself is always better than being help by others.

I were going to London today…

I jump out at Oxford Street from internet, I have a quick check on myself nervously, it’s ok, I am dressed instead of naked ( Arnold Schwazenegger was naked when he has been transported back in time from 2029 to May 12, 1984 in the cinema of THE TERMINATOR , so I have to be careful. )

Meow…Miaow… Here coming is Friday,

I am happy to say hello loudly to Friday in English:’ Hi, Friday’

And Friday purrs like a mockingbird:’ Hi, Fried…Dad

I am delighted to hear Friday speaking to me, even she called me Fried-Dad.

After saying hello to each other, Friday leads Fried-Dad to BBC to attend a 5 days program which is for the reader of BBC Learning English. Thereafter, Fried-Dad and Friday get along with 5 happy days. We have a half day English learning and a half day tourism every day, we meet Mr. Paul Scott (Editor) and his fellows, teacher Alex and other lovely English teacher and other readers from the world, and it’s amazing.

Meow…Miaow…purrs…

Fried-Dad has been transported back to Taiwan. Of course, he checked himself carefully whether he is dressing or not?! …… well, whatever?

Love always,
Help oneself is always better than being help by others.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Everybody was kung-fu fighting

Hello there,

Bartek from Poland asked about ‘Tai-chi’ & ‘martial art’. Srk from India asked ‘What’s popular in Taiwan’. I am telling you, my friends, that martial art is popular in Taiwan, but it is just popular among aged people that they do the martial art as a soft and healthy exercise in the early morning. And Tai-Chi is one of Martial art.

The popular Chinese term of the martial art is Kung Fu. Kung Fu man can do anything that you can imagine, like whatever Harry Potter can do.

Someone who wants to be good at Kung Fu needs to practice a bunch of time. If you don’t have that much time, you are out. Of course you should have a talent and need an excellent master.

We don’t have many Kung Fu experts in Taiwan, and not every Taiwanese can do Kung Fu. Now, if you ask me:” Are there top masters who are extreme proficient master in Kung Fu in Taiwan?” To be honest, I really have no idea.

There was a famous song which name is ’Kung Fu fighting’ which was performed by Carl Douglas who is a Jamaican-born singer, The song ‘Kung Fu Fighting” hit number one both the US Billboard Chart and the UK Singles Chart in 1974. The lyric begins with:

Everybody was kung-fu fighting
Those cats were fast as lightning
In fact it was a little bit frightening
But they fought with expert timing


Now, if some one who is non-Chinese asks me ’ Are you proficient in Kung Fu?’ I will tell him/her:’ No, I am not. A Kung Fu Fighter is a person who has a mighty power who can have many hairs on his/her head. See my head, I am as bald as a coot who need to buy toupee, do you think it’s possible for me to be a Kung Fu fighter?’

Actually I have been reading many fiction Kung Fu novels, I do love them. Generally, the figures of Kung Fu fiction novel, especially the protagonist, have mighty power like:’ stretch their hand out and immediately kill a dozen people around them in the same time.’ or ’ have a interior power that it can heal themselves and prevent themselves from being bald.’

I don’t have the power of Kung Fu most of time, only once.

This one was-------

James squatted down under the tree and was stretching his hand out slowly, palmed out and pointed at a little kid who was standing at a distance of 15 meters away. (James showed his gesture of Kung fu)

The kid was pulled by an impalpable mighty power of James (James was murmuring ‘come here, come here, come here’),

James strengthened his ‘power’ on and on constantly.

Gradually, closer and closer, the kid unconsciously walked to James step by step.

Finally, James had caught the kids in 10 seconds; he felt that he was so powerful of his Kung Fu, he said:’ I got you, my little sweet daughter, well done, yoy made me feel that I were a super man, hm... kiss..Hmm... kiss, give me a bear hug.'

-------

Harry Potter (a series of fantasy novels by English author J.K. Rowing) is similar with the Chinese fiction Kung Fu novel.

Love always,
You got power, you got responsibilities.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Karaoke & KTV & Nakasi

Hello there, and hi teacher Alex,

Nowadays, in Taiwan, Karaoke or KTV is a very popular recreation, and Nakasi is an old-fashion entertainment. I always thought they are an oriental stuff that would not pop up in the western world. I guess I am slightly wrong.

Karaoke and KTV and Nakasi are all from Japan, Nakasi is an old-fashion, Karaoke & KTV are a fashion, and they are a form of recreation that people (customers) can sing their favorite songs and enjoy their performance by themselves with the audience.

【Nakasi】: People sing a song to the accompaniment of a live band.
The term derives from the Japanese word ‘NAGASHI’ which means the accompaniment to a song or tune. There are one to three players who play musical instruments which usually are electric piano, guitar. Customer can sing their favorite songs by a live band. So, Nakasi is style of a live band accompaniment, and customers sing a song to a live electric piano accompaniment. It’s just like that teacher Alex is going to.

‘Ace of Spades’ is the heavy metal band Motorhead’s most famous song; I have not listened to it. The blog can have pictures, audio, video and text. Perhaps teacher Alex could sing the song and record it and publish on teacher blog, thanks you.

After Japanese invented Karaoke, Nakasi became out of fashion.

【Karaoke】: People sing a song to the accompaniment of Karaoke machine without live player.

Karaoke derives from Japanese word ‘Kara’ and ‘okesutora’. The word ‘kara’ means empty, and ‘okesutora’ means ‘orchestra’. In other words, Karaoke means that the orchestra which plays music in the empty box of speaker. Japanese invented a machine called Karaoke which records accompaniment music only; people sing their favorite song to the accompaniment of Karaoke machine. There are many Karaoke shops in Taiwan, people sing in a public place of shop, not in the chamber of shop, and customers order a song by turns to sing. First come, first serve. Singer used a songbook to guide them. No matter your singing is good or bad, there are followed by a burst of applause of all people in the shop after you sing a song. Singer will feel good.

Many people like privacy, they don’t like to sing a song in the public like Karaoke shop, therefore, KTV salons popped up right away.

【KTV】: People sing a song to the accompaniment of Karaoke machine, and with TV.

KTV means Karaoke with TV, lyrics are displayed and synchronized on music video on the monitor to guide the singer to sing. The KTV salon provides many little rooms like chamber, the customer can enjoy their singing with a few friends in a private place of chamber. At the present time, in order to catch up KTV salons, Karaoke shops also use the music video and TV to display the lyrics instead of using the songbook.

Teacher Alex talked about the locker, there are something different from Taiwan and western world:

Junior high and high school in Taiwan, the student don’t have regular locker. That’s because, every student has a regular classroom and a regular desk with a draw, they stay at the same classroom and wait for different teachers come to the classroom to teach them the different subject, which means that all teachers have to go to different classrooms to teach their subject, the teacher doesn’t have a regular classroom. The social place of students in school is the classroom instead of the place of lockers or hallway. It’s quite different from the western world.

Hi Alex, it confused me of your sentence which is below:

'the first thing we had to do was take all our valuables out of our pockets and put them into lockers'

My question is, why can the two verbs, ‘WAS’ and ‘TAKE’, be so close like in the neighborhood?

Love always,
Sing a song, happy a day.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Photo: My father sang to a Nakasi accompaniment.

Hello, I am Mr. Wu.


Friday, 25 May 2007

Copyright

Hello there,

I have made many mistakes of English in my student blog of BBC English learning of May, 2007.

I have an idea that, maybe, just maybe, English teachers could use my blog as a negative teaching material to the students who are learning writing skill or others. For example, the teacher can ask the student to explore those mistakes that I had made, and teach them all the corrections afterward. Using the process, students can think twice by themselves (right or wrong, wrong or right), and eventually get the right one by teachers.

Or, the student can rewrite my blog in their own way. The teacher can discuss the mistakes of my blog and correct the new blog of the student. By writing, correcting and comparing the mistakes of my blog and the student’s blog, improvement is expectable.

It’s just my initial thinking, or maybe someone can do it better in any way. Whatsoever, only my blog is a useful stuff, then, it will cheer me up.

So that, I, James Zhih-Cheng Wu, make a statement that I give up all my copyrights of all my student blog of BBC English learning of May, 2007. Everyone can do whatever you want. May it help!

I would like to thanks Luis (from Brazil, living in Taiwan) for telling us his student social experience of culture difference, you are awesome. And thanks Tomo (from Japan), your excellent illustration of Nakasi, karaoke and KTV of Japan fulfilled my blog, you are awesome, too. Jill Huang from Beijing asked ‘Did my blog cost me a long time to collect and edit them?’, Thanks for your comment. my answer is “yes, it is, in generally, 5 hours at night daily on the weekdays, 10 hours daily on the weekend. Not only to collect, to edit, but also to learn, to think.

About the sentence:'In other words, Karaoke means that the orchestra which plays music in the empty box of speaker.’, I'll tell more next time.

Thanks teacher Alex for your corrections.

Love always,
Give a hand in any case.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Saturday, 26 May 2007

Sir CCTV is watching on us, have a nice smile please!

Hello there,

Yesterday, I went to Taipei city to attend a workshop of the theme of CCTV which is an abbreviation for ‘closed-circuit television’.

Before I talk about CCTV, I would like to talk firstly about the word ‘weblog’ which was used by the comment of Juan from Argentina on May 22nd of teacher’s blog. The blog is a short form for weblog, in other words, the term “blog” is a portmanteau of the words web and log. ‘Blog’ can also be used as a verb which means to maintain or add content to a blog.

I am more interesting in the word ‘log’ than the word ‘web’. As you know, whatsoever you have done to the computer, it will record your every single actions to a log file. For example: I blogged on the student blog of BBC learning English, my PC and BBC’s server will record all the details of edition, correction, modification, save, publishing, and etc. I am curious about why the computer was originally designed in this way which logs every thing automatically without the permission of user?

The log files of computer let me think of the film ‘Enemy of State’ which was an American movie. The film told the audience that the populace could be surveyed by a unit of the government with using high-tech satellite technology, CCTV, and etc..

CCTV is popular among the police all over the world, they (CCTV) have been set at the street, ATM machine, and other public place (like: station, convenient shop, public transportation).

We are developing CCTV to prevent from and investigate into crime in Taiwan. I want to tell you about ANPR (Automatic number plate recognition) and AFR (3D automatic face recognition). The ANPR was invented in 1976 at the Police Scientific Development Branch in the UK. And, once CCTV linked up with ANPR and AFR, and people who are locked that their every single move will be monitored and recorded by the police or other units, including the rout of your driving and walking and how many times you are going to rest room. As you know, CCTV works seven twenty-four, never rest. Is it amazing? Or, is it crazy?

Incidentally, the country that has the most advanced tech of CCTV and ANPR of the world is UK. Britain becomes the first country in which every journey of every vehicle is monitored and recorded in 2006. And London is the number one of the amount of CCTV in the world.

Teacher Alex who lives in London is safer than James Wu who lives in Taiwan, Many security guards (CCTV) are watching on and protect teacher Alex in London. Would you please have a sweet smile when you meet CCTV in London!

All above are true, realistic and understated.

Love always,
Got one, lose the others.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

PS: I thought my blog might be used as English teaching material, that why I gave up my copyright. That is that.

Sunday, 27 May 2007

From Japan to the world--- Karaoke

Hello there,

Today, I would like to tell you the sentence which I wrote in my blog that teacher Alex simply could not understand. This is:
’ In other words, Karaoke means that the orchestra which plays music in the empty box of speaker.’

Once upon a time, there was Japanese who invented a machine which it pre-recorded accompaniment music without the voice of the original singer, and an amateur singer can sing along with it. One say, the inventor asked his friends:’ What do we call this machine?’ while they were singing to a Karaoke accompaniment, and the wonderful melody came out from the loudspeakers.

Friend A said:’ It’s wonderful, let’s call it WONDERFUL.’
Friend B said:’ ‘Let’s name it as the inventor’s name.’
Then, a totally bald friend who called himself the monk jumped out and said:’’ I heard an orchestra is playing in the loudspeaker which is an empty box. It’s funny. I like it. ”


Suddenly, the inventor got an idea to name the machine ‘The virtual orchestra plays in the empty box which is the loudspeaker ’, therefore , the inventor combined two words ‘empty’ and ‘ orchestra’ as the name of machine ‘ empty-orchestra’, it interprets into Japanese, empty is ‘Kara’, orchestra is ‘okesutora’, empty-orchestra ‘ in Japanese is ‘Kara-okesutora’, make it shorter is ‘Kara-oke’.

I would like to try rewriting the following sentence which I wrote before:
’ In other words, Karaoke means that the orchestra which plays music in the empty box of speaker.’

As a new one:

‘The machine name ‘Karaoke’ means that a virtual orchestra plays in the empty box which is the loudspeaker.’

I wish teacher Alex could understand it.

Another saying of Karaoke is that the machine is like a virtual orchestra playing. The word ‘virtual’ was not easy to understand by public in that time, and ‘virtual’ is like ‘empty thing’, so ‘virtual orchestra’ replaced by ‘empty orchestra’. In Japanese, ‘empty’ is ‘kara’ and ‘orchestra’ is ‘okesutora’, the name of the machine came up to ‘karaoke’.

Love always,
Sometimes, simple thing (sing) makes the best.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Monday, 28 May 2007

Chopsticks & Pidgin

long time no see!
Hello there,

Westerner uses knives and forks to eat while Chinese uses chopsticks to eat.

Chopsticks are a unique tool of Chinese (originated) and East Asian for eating, Western world doesn’t have such kind of stuff. So how to translate such stuff into English is a kind of problem?

The translator used Chinese Pidgin English to translate it. The chopstick in Chinese semantic-phonetic (xingsheng) sounds like ‘quick’, and it is a pidgin which ‘chop chop’ meant quickly, And the chopstick is made of wood which it looks like a little stick, For those reasons, The stuff chop-stick has been translated, And, Chinese always use 2 pieces of chopsticks to make it work, therefore, the word 'Chopstick' always uses plural 'chopsticks'.


The very famous of Chinese Pidgin English in Taiwan is ‘long time no see’ which means ‘haven’t seen (you) in a long time’. It’s a way of saying hello to an old friend of Chinese. Many westerners who stay in Taiwan in a certain days would like to say ‘long time to see’ to an old friend instead of ‘hello’.

In general, chopsticks etiquette is similar to general Western etiquette which is regarding eating utensils. And there are still several things about Chinese chopsticks that you might want to know:

1) We hold the rice bowl up to our mouth and use chopsticks to push rice directly into the mouth.
2) It’s ok that you transfer food to your closely related people, besides, don’t do that please.
3) If there are communal chopsticks, use them to pick up food to your plate, afterwards, use your own chopsticks to pick your own food up from your plate.

It needs a lot of time to practice the skill of using chopsticks. And, once you can use chopsticks, you’ll feel good.

I had written and published 2 blogs on May 26 & 27, and it has not shown up on BBC's website till now(Monday, May 28, 2007、11:22:42 PM, Taiwan time).
Maybe it is because today is the last Monday in May which is Spring Bank Holiday (Whitsun)

Love always,
It’s never late to be diligent in learning.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Photo:James uses chopsticks to pick up a piece of watermelon.

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

My Report

Hello there,

Today is my last third day of BBC English learning student blogger of May, the day after tomorrow is a farewell blog which I would like to make it shorter and post it earlier. And, hereupon, the new student blogger of June can get into his position ASAP. So, today, I would like to post a little long and tell you about my life of May, 2007. Tomorrow, I hope I don’t have to say much.

You may forget my name, especially Chinese name, but you might remember the process of what I have done of this month.

Firstly, I would like to say:

Thank you Teacher Alex, you are really awesome and who have something yourself.
And Mr. Paul Scott and your whole team, thank you, you have been doing a great job, on and on please.
And all readers (friends), no matter you have commented or not, I thank you in grace and gratitude.


I don’t like to make flattering remarks, but I do like to compliment on the well-done of people.

(PS: A number of readers said that their comments, especially on the weekend, seemed to have a little problem which it can not be published right away. According BBC’s announcement, BBC publish the reader’s comments at least once a day, Monday to Friday. Usually comments will be published the morning after readers have been written. And allow me to remind you, there is time difference in the world, the Time zone of UK is GMT+0, and the summer (DST) is GMT + 1.)

What is the student blog?
BBC said: A blog is like an online diary.

I checked the dictionary which defines the word ‘diary’ as:
A diary is a book which has a separate space for each day of the year. You use a diary to write down things you plan to do, or to record what happens in your life day by day.
And for the reason of definition of ‘diary’, I made my mind that I would write my student blog every day.

Initially, I was thinking about what do or should I blog? My private stuff? No, it would be better to blog something which is common. Then I decided that my first blog was to talk about ‘there is always one more chance to learn English’.

It’s not easy for me to blog in English. But to be the May student blogger is my great opportunity. Thus, I had to and want to study hard. 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.

Before I wrote my blog, I decided a topic first. And think over the whole structure. After I had published a few blog, I found the copyright is very important that I need to take notice of it. I should avoid copying any paragraph of someone. And the most important thing and easy to ignore is photos, I have learnt that it is better to publish photos which is shot by myself, and don’t include children in it.

Once I surfed on the internet and got some stuff, I would double check it, because there is too much false information over there.

If Teacher Alex had taught something on teacher blog, I would learn and use them on my next blog to practice. I remember one of my high school teachers told me:’ you have to draw as many as other cases from my one instance’. Teacher is good, and if student is good too, then, it will turn into a good consequence. Otherwise, short of either side, the scales will not balance; there are no flowers in full bloom.

BBC website has a question: ‘Are blogs just text?’
The answer is: ‘No, they can have pictures, audio, video and text.’

Originally, I have a thought to publish a audio or video, but I didn’t do it at last, that because if I want to publish a audio or video, I have to email those files to BBC's editor first, I can not publish by my own. Secondary, I don’t know how large a file I can publish.

Every time I wrote the blog, I often wrote a few paragraphs first, then, I took a break, thinking or surfing or reading or doing something else, afterwards, back to computer desk to write again.

My earlier blog’ Today, I were going to London (Tuesday, 22 May 2007)’.

I said on the blog: ‘After saying hello to each other, Friday leads Fried-Dad to BBC to attend a 5 days program’,

I meant that BBC Learning English might have a 5 days program for the student going to London to learning a live English.

The following is the record of my blog:

1) How much time did I spend? at least 195 hrs.
Weekdays= 5 hours daily, Weekend= 10 hours daily, May= (5x23) + (10x8) =195 hrs

2) How many words did I write?
Over 15,000 words.

3) How many blogs did I publish?
There were 32 blogs which I had blogged in May.

4) How many countries do the readers come from to comment?
32 countries (order by alphabet)

Afghanistan、Argentina、 Austria、 Belgium、Brazil、Bulgaria、China、Colombia、Finland、France、Hungary、Hong Kong、India、IRAN、Italy、Japan、Mauritania、Mexico、New Zealand、Pakistan、Poland、Russia、Slovakia、Spain、Syria、Taiwan、Thailand、Turkey、UK、Uganda、USA、Vietnam

Irine Peng asked me:
‘Hi James, quite an interesting observation that you have there. i think under some circumstances, ending one's life is easier to deal with than the continuation of it, and your comment about GBH compensation shows the law-makers' understanding of this bit of human nature. I am curious to know what your opinion on the purpose of laws is.’

My answer is:
1) Firstly, it’s easier to bury than to live.
2) Secondly, no talking (asking), no money.( the death never talk)
3) Incidentally, to believe the law-makers’ wisdom is just like to believe the politicians’ ethics.

Love always,
Opportunity will skip from your fingers if you are not ready for it.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Kilt, is ‘she’ or ‘he’?

Hello there, and Hi teacher Alex,

I often made a mistake with ‘He’ or ‘she’.

As a teacher, it’s not easy to correct student’s mistake in a proper way, while teacher Alex has done a good job.

Teacher Alex said:’ I generally don’t wear makeup or a skirt while I’m teaching.’ It reminded me ‘Kilt’.

Kilt is ‘she’ or ‘he’? Or, Kilt is ‘it’? In general, a kilt is a skirt with a lot of vertical folds, traditionally worn by Scottish men. Kilts can also be worn by women and girls.

Traditionally, the plural of ‘kilt’ is ‘the kilt' rather than ‘kilts’, although ‘kilts’ has been used more often nowadays.

The gossip says:’ The skirt, shorter is better!’, so my blog today is.

Let’s call it a day.

Love always,
Shakira is singing: I'm starting to believe it should be illegal to say Alex as ‘she’ in UK.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmH2xA_KWLA

Thursday, 31 May 2007

Good……………..



Hello there,

Good………………. All my friends:

Good morning,
( There is only one morning in a day, and there are many mornings in a week)

Good day,
(24 hours a day, 7 days a week.)

Good luck,

And, Good bye…. (Please imagine sad violin music in the background as you read this)…

It’s a happy ending.

I know, it is easy and happy to read the English Teacher Blog, and it is sort of hard and pain to read and understand the English Student Blog. Thanks for all your patience. “All” means each and everyone who have read the English Student Blog of May, no matter you got paycheck or not, my thanks are still the same.

If you want to comment this blog, just say:’take care’. I’ll be grateful.

Love always,
There is always another chance to meet again.
I thank you in grace and gratitude.
Once you got everything, you are nothing.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu

PS:
I don’t want to talk about ‘Whether Taiwan is a country or not?’. Because it is a political issue and is not proper to discuss here. (Comment of Jill Huang from Beijing)

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