December 25, 2006
subscribe 訂駛odcast 博客
pick up 學會
due to 由於
native 本地的, 本質的
linguist 語言家, 會說多種語言的人
The Linguist system, which he and his crew have been advertising for a while online, has been claimed by him to be one of the most efficient ways to help non-native speakers to learn English. By chekcing out his website, I can see how much effort he has put in there for the best use of it. However, I would suggust him cut down the price of using the site for attracting more memers to use the Lingusit system. If you don't want to pay for it at once, you may consider downloading his free-to-use Podcast files first and listen to his fine comments on how to be a lingusit like him.
chekcing out 觀看
cut down 刪減
December 18, 2006
Usually on Mondays, most learners still suffer from the impact of Post-holiday syndrome. I can perceive that the reason why low attendance rate is usually well predicted for Monday's class is that the two day's rest has made their tiredness. As they get back to work on Mondays, seeing countless work-to-do stuff piled on their desks makes the situation even worse, let alone spare extra time to soak up new things after work. Consequently, some of them prefer not to show up in the classroom. The reason is simple: they just don't wish to get caught red-handed dozing off in class.
suffer from 受苦
Post-holiday syndrome 後休假症候群
attendance rate 出席率
let alone 更別說
soak up 吸收
prefer to 寧願
show up 出現
get caught red-handed 當場被抓
doze off 打瞌睡
However, I saw a totally different scene tonight. Most of them chose to come to the class so that I was a bit touched. I also noticed that only few people put to sleep for a very short period of time. In any case, I saw the whole class go smoothly during my instruction. I think their efforts to prepare for TOEIC will get paid off one day.
put ot sleep 睡覺
pay off 獲得報償
December 08, 2006
"Tonny. As I metioned earlier, those who say dirty words in class will have to pay five dollars to us as a fund for the class. Pay us now!"
"Okay, Mr.Chang. Here is ten dollars. Would you make change for me?" Tonny said to him.
"Sure. Let me check if I have some in my pocket...Ooops! I am afraid that I don't....", Mr. Change was embarrased a bit.
"Fuck!!" Tonny shouted at Mr. Chang in front of the class and went, "Keep the change. Mr. Chang."
November 21, 2006
frankly speaking 坦白說
asap= as soon as possible
Aftre returning home, I looked up my dictionary and found no answers to that word. I also checked answers.com and the outcome was still the same- no clues from there either. The only thing I got on the Internet was that there was a Hong Kong-based Website that has been selling the Matchman comics and its peripheral products such as its dolls and so forth. Nah...I didn't think it was the one she mentioned to me, much less the one she needed.
and so forth 等等
much less 更別說
I tried to turn to some other on-line resources like Blockbuster.com and Yahoo! Movies. A few moments later, I should count my lucky stars because I found it. Actually it is Matchstick men rather than Matchman. What "matchstick men" literally means is that people in pictures who have been drawn with thin lines to represent their arms, legs, and bodies, as if by a child. However, in this movie, matchstick men are relevant to con artists or swindlers who are very good at getting money from someone by deceiving them. This movie stars Nicholas Cage. You'd better see the movie to learn more about it.
turn to 轉向
count someone's lucky star 某人運氣好
matchstick men 用線條畫出來的小人, 像火柴棒一樣(通常是小孩子畫的圖案)
rather than 而非
con artists 金光黨
Someone'd better + 原形動詞= 某人最好...
November 02, 2006
provide someone with something 提供某人某事
Podcast--> an audio broadcast that has been converted to an MP3 file or other audio file format for playback in a digital music player or computer.
produce 製造, 產生
Business English Pod
Business English Pod: A great way to improve your English on the go!
Listen to our regular podcasts covering essential language for today's global business world. Learn useful phrases and listen to how they can be used in real business situations.
on the go 一直進行中
regular 定期的, 規律的
Personally I like this Podcast program a lot. All the contents made from it are very practical in business situations. I highly recommend those who are at the high-intermediate level not miss subscribing to this one.
Web site: http://lkey.podomatic.com/
highly recommend 高度推薦
high-internediate level 中高級
subscribe to 訂閱
The Linguist on Language-ESL, learning English, learning languages
The host of this Podcast program is Steve Kaufmann. This guy is amzaing because he can speak several different languages, not only the European languages but also some Asian languages such as Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese. The more you know him, the more attracted you will get by him. He is also a smart business man who has invented what he calls "the Lingust" learning system which he claims to efficiently improve your English within a short period of time. In any case, you still can download his Podcasts from his Website for free.
not only...but also 不僅...而且
in any case 無論如何
English Teacher Talk
Two English teachers made their own show on line. What's interesting is that they are actually teaching English in different countries, Japan and Korea, while they can still be able to produce their programs using some techniques such as recording their voice through an online messenger. You won't believe they have never seen each other face to face. If you are interested in how they react with their students in calss, download their stuff from their Web site.
online 網路上, 線上
face to face 面對面
October 05, 2006
What are you doing in the next few days? Finding a beautiful place to visit isn't a bad idea either, even though I understand it's not easy to search for a nice one in Taiwan now. All you can see at the most of the points of interest are verdors, crowd and garbage. Well it's better than do nothing during then, isn't it? Have a wonderful vacation.
September 10, 2006
I went on the Kaitakelan Boulevard yesterday at about 3 pm, seeing over 100,000 local people rally to demand the resignation of President Chen Shui-bian. Most of us do believe that he must step down due to his series of alleged corruption scandals involving his family members and close aides.
Kaitakelan Boulevard 凱達格蘭大道
step down 下臺
series of 一連串的
close aides 親信
Most of the protesters wore red to express their anger. We shouted slogans and gave the thumbs-down sign as we marched through the broad way in front of the Presidential Palace.
Presidential Palace 總統府
Frankly I don't think the president will be ousted from his position of power. The reason why I took part in this rally is just to let him know how pissed off I was. I stayed there for about an hour and took off as soon as it had started to pour.
position of power 權力位置
took part in 參加
pissed off 憤怒
took off 離開
August 24, 2006
stick to something 堅定於
due to 由於
refer to 參考
I am not a good team player, as a matter of fact. That's why I couldn't always stay working in one office too long. I hate seeing politics going around in the workplace, let along become a brown nose of my boss. I always try to get away from those who get into a fight with one another. To me, office is like hell where everyone should distort themselves in front of others.
team player 團隊的一份子
as a matter of fact 事實上
let along 更不用說
brown nose 馬屁精
After I have become a teacher, I am so surprised that I can handle the situation better than before. I don't need to live a hypocritical life, and who I am faced with in my daily life differ than the former. My students come up to me with the view to soaking up knowledge from me. I try everything I can to help them get better in preparing a test. My life can't be just as simple as it is now.
differ from 不同於
the former 前者
soak up 吸收
I don't know how much longer I can be a on this job, but I never get tired of this. That is strange, I think. The closer I go to the classroom, the happier I feel. Oh, God. This is what the doctor ordered.
what the doctor ordered 剛好是我想要的
August 16, 2006
not surprisingly 不令人驚訝的
no wonder 難怪
fat chance 不可能
My idea for it is, to prepare for a test, practicing on end is the key to success. It is not enough to do just one test or two. To get familiar with most of the test formats in TOEIC, such as word forms, word choice, sentence structure, grammar, listening skills, and so and so forth, you must try learning them from different testbooks over and over and again. I'll say, taking ten different ones is the minimum requirement before you know what TOEIC is about. No kidding.
on end 不斷地
get familiar with 對...熟悉
and so forth 等等
minimum requirement 最小要求
By the way, I am not asking you to take the real tests, for which will hit your pocket badly. I just mean try as many simulated tests as you can at home from various sources. Online test, school's old tests, or the one you got from the used book store...whichever way you can get them by. Remember, to either ace it or srew it up, it is in your hand.
by the way 順便一提
hit your pocket 荷包失血
online 線上, 網路的
ace something 做的好某事
srew something up 搞雜某事
August 04, 2006
seal one's lips 閉嘴
Well...at least I am back. I will the usaul post some stuff here. I think I may have lost a lot of readers of mine, haven't I? This sounds like I'm making fun of myself. Ya...I think I am exactly doing that at this moment.
at least 至少
In Chinese culture, people see themselves as "being busy like a dog". I don't know why people would call themselves dogs if they really fit in that situation. Maybe it is because dogs are good runners or something like that. Uh...I am not like a dog but I've been as hectic as a dog in the past few weeks. But now, things have been back to normal. Let me think of what I have to write for next time....
fit in 適合
Catch you later!
June 19, 2006
built up 建立
bike paths 自行車道
retention walls of the rivers 河堤
be closed off to something 對某事禁止
rest assure 放心
risk one's neck on something 冒某事的風險
However, here comes to other concerns: how do we get started off and where do we begin our bike trip? Well, the answer to the question depends on where you live. If you live in the north of Taipei, you may wanna take the bike trail along Dan-Shui river. For those who live near the south, Jing-Mei River bike path is just right next to the Jing-Mei bridge and now it can extend all the way to Wan Hua, or even further up to She-Zi island. For the residents of Eastern Taipei such as Nei-Hu or Xi-Zhi, there are parks along Keelung river and some clearly marked and well maintianed bike paths can easily be found over there. It just wind all over the place. You can either put a bike rack on your car, so carrying the bikes to the bike paths becomes no sweat any more, or take the MRT with your bike to your favorite bike trails.
start off 開始
depend on 視...而定
bike trail 自行車徑
further up 進一步
clearly marked and well maintianed 清楚顯示且維護良好的
bike rack 自行車架
no sweat 簡單
Are you really to go for a pleasant bike ride? Hey, don't forget to put on sun block before doing that out-of-doors.
sun block 防曬乳液
June 07, 2006
over time 漸漸的
what the doctor ordered 就是這樣的
be any assistnace of 任何的幫助
May 25, 2006
The moon of the light,
The sea of the blue,
Everywhere, everywhere, on the earth.
However, I saw the petals
Blowing in the air like stars
An American mother showed me this poem, Wonder, written by her 6-year-old boy. There are no difficult words in it, but somehow those simple words get off the ground, transporting the reader to the realm of a dreamy world. His Wonder makes me wonder: Would our six-year-olds come up with poems like that? Maybe, if their parents wouldn’t cram them with too much knowledge that blocks their imagination.
The mother proudly showed me another poem, Twinkle:
Your beautiful eyes,
Whenever they open,
My heart feels nice.
I looked at the mother when I finished reading it, and indeed the mother’s eyes twinkled. Parents like that are unusual. I often have parents coming to me asking how to help their kids pass certain English tests. Those parents’ eyes rarely twinkle; instead, they often look concerned, insecure, anxious, or puzzled. You could sort of imagine that those worries would be carried through their kids’ lives, and it is difficult to stretch creativity when too much worry is in the way.
I asked the American mother what kind of learning environment she gave the boy. With her eyes twinkling again, she said that she just wanted him to be happy.
May 21, 2006
excitement 興奮, 激動
two cents worth 觀點
In order to make your topic informative and persuasive, it's a good idea to do a few research on it. Practice as much as your can before your do the real stuff.
Use tools like Power point , slides, transparencies, pictures, and so forth in your presentation. These are the things called 'visual aid' that helps people understand, learn, or remember information provided from you. Besides, using visual aid can awake your audience for a monotonous topic.
Power point 微軟的簡報軟體
and so forth 等等
visual aid 視覺輔助
A note card, the thing we learned from the school's presentation class, helps you remember your path or even when you have a blank during the presentation. To prepare note cards isn't like writing down everything you are going to say on it, but you have to just take down the key words or a summary of the contents broken down into several parts in your note card. During the presentation, you can hold them in your one hand and have a quick glimpse of them to remind you what you have to say next. It works well for me.
note card 提示卡
have a blank 一片空白
take down 記下
be broken down 分散成
Body language is another important issue here. First, Eye contact! Pay attention to your audience and see their faces at times and make them believe that you are making a good presentation because you are enthusiastic about the topic. Second, tone variation. Try not to use the same tone all the time. Do not speak too fast or too slow, try not to let people know you are nervous though it happens to us very often.
eye contact 眼神的接觸
enthusiastic 熱心的, 真誠的
tone variation 語調變化
Last but not least, be confident. You have to trust yourself even if you are making a debut of your presentation. When it comes to the actual presentation, present your issue as if you mean it. You talk as if you mean it, the audience will be moved. You make them believe what you're saying.
last but not least 最後也是最重要的
In a word, it sounds difficult to get ready for an oral presentation but is well the effort to prepare for it. So, good luck if you're going to do one. I hope these will come in handy for you.
In a word 總而言之
well the effort 值得努力的
come in handy 派的上用場
May 14, 2006
Short readings is the longest and the last part of TOEIC. Lots of people may feel tired already while working on it. Your endurance will determine the score you will get. There are three kinds of questions appearing in this part: overview questions, detail questions, and inference questions. Here I want show you how to do a better job on them.
短文閱讀是多益測驗最長也是最後的一個部分．當做到這個部分的時候，許多人已經覺得累了．此時你的耐力將會決定你的成績好壞． 此部分有三種問題：整體性的問題，細節問題及推論問題． 以下是有關如何做好此部分練習的要訣．
- Look at the passage at a steady pace of yours to get a basic idea of what it is about.
- Read the questions only, not the answer choices this time, of the passage. Try your best to know these questions by heart as you read them.
接下來只要讀此篇文章的所有問題． 先不要讀每一題的答案部分， 盡量記住問題在問些什麼．
- Now you should look for any question which is a “overview” question. You may be able to answer it since you have got an overall idea of the passage.
- Get back to the passage and start reading them again. Read the first two sentences first and then you have to ensure that if they refer to the question you are working on. If you can find the answer, fine. But, if you can't, keep reading the following two sentences until you find the answer that matches the question.
- If you are unsure about the answer, you must guess at it and go on to the next question or passage. Spending too much time on one question won't do anything good to you. Come back to these unsure items later if you have time.
What does the article mainly discuss?
What is the purpose of this announcement?
Why was this memo written?
What is the best title for the article?
Where was this ad probably published?
What does the report concern?
Detail and inference questions
which of the following can be inferred from the article?
What number would one call to speak to someone in room 921?
For which of the following purchase is this form NOT required?
What information does the chart provide about Downtown?
May 10, 2006
As you may know, there are some differences made in our class schedule. We still meet on every Tuesday evening at seven but the contents for the class have been slightly changed. That is, after following every two units in the textbook, we will have to do some extracurricular activities in our class. The school authority offered me no limitation to whatever I want to teach. Therefore, I've decided on giving everyone more chances to speak and practice your presentation skills. On the following Tuesday, everyone who attends the class will be asked to make a short speech in class. The topic is up to you, butwe have come to a conclusion last night about what you have to say next time-- you are going to show us something you are good at. In other words, you will make a presentation about your field of expertise. For example, Dave is an experienced lifeguard so he may tell us how to be a good swimmer or how to prevent ourselves from drowned while swimming.
extracurricular activities 課外活動
school authority 校方
presentation skills 簡報技巧
up to someone 由某人自己決定
come to a conclusion 得到結論
field of expertise 專業領域
Doesn't that sound exciting to you? I am so looking forward to see howe eryone will be working in our class and I believe you also anticipate doing a great job then. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
be looking forward to + Ving/ Noun 期待去...
anticipate Ving 期盼做...
at one's convenience 在某人方便之時候
May 07, 2006
message board 留言板
in fact 事實上
found 建立 (found founded founded)
find 發現 (find found found)
HTML codes 網路標記語言碼
You know I used to put a message board here a while ago but it seemed no so many people take notice of it. This time I expect my friends like you to leave some messages here to let me know you have known it. Would you please do this favor for me? Thanks.
used to 曾經
take notice of 注意
do a favor for someone 幫忙
May 01, 2006
be introduced 被引進, 介紹
draw one's attention 吸引...的注意
the average Joe and Jane 普通大眾
There are two engines in it, an electric engine and a gasoline one, which are both used in unison. People who drive a hybrid car need no worries if it has a reduction in speed or acceleration, even though its gasoline engine is designed smaller than the conventional ones. Instead, when starting the car, the electric engine provides extra thrust for acceleration. After the hybrid car hits on the road, the gasoline engine kicks in so you can go as fast as fast you can, not to worry people cutting you off.
in unison 一致地
thrust 推進力, 爆發力
kick in 啟動
cutting someone off 開車時擋在某人前面
Don't forget why a hybrid car is made. Just because of its light weight, it can save lots of fuel as driven on the road. Insight, made by Honda, is reported to get up to 70 miles per gallon, that equals 28 liters per kilometers. Holy Cow!! I think the other hybrid, Prius, which is the Toyota's make may have the similar performance in preserving gas.
per gallon 每加侖
Holy Cow 天啊
What's more. The hybrid car not only save our money on purchasing gasoline, it also helps pollute less and gets better mileage.
April 26, 2006
showcase 百寶盒, 展示箱
for one's reference 給某人參考
on a weekly basis 每週定期
April 24, 2006
Podcast 一種網路的廣播節目模式, 以mp3格式製作供使用者下載至電腦播放或再傳輸至mp3播放器播放, 任何人或團體皆可自製廣播節目放在網站上供人下載.
seemes to 似乎
Now I would like to highly recommend you some useful Podcasts online.
highly recommend 高度推薦
ESL Podcast and English Cafe
The two Podcasts are provided by the Center for Educational Development. To download their programs, just click the following link and once you are on their Web page, you can download their up-to-date mp3 files and save them into your computer and later they can be uploaded by you to your mp3 player too. Their mutual Web site is: http://www.eslpod.com/scripts.html.
This Podcast is also served by the Center for Educational Development. The purpose of this Podcast is to help people improve their ability for TOEFL preparatoin. Its link is: http://www.toeflpod.com/
Englsih Teacher John's Show
Usually you can download the English teacher John's Podcast through iTune. However, considering people like you who don't use eithter iTune nor iPod, you can go directly to his Web site and look for useful Podcasts you need. In fact, on his Web site you may find more fun stuff about his show. http://englishteacherjohn.com/index.htm
however 可是, 然而
look for 尋找
in fact 事實上
Next time I will introduce more wonderful Podcasts to you. Enjoy listening to them now!
April 18, 2006
take a hike 健行
DongYan mountain 東眼山
weekend rush 週末車潮
province road 省道
per adult 每一個成人
You will get a map when you enter the park (for inside car parking only). Following each trail on the map will take you to different places, but here I strongly suggest that you try the one for getting up to the top mountain. Not only is the view along the trail pretty, but what is on the highest point of the mountain is also fantastic. Don't miss out! I took some beautiful pictures of the sight and they really look so picturesque.
April 15, 2006
suffer from... 受...之苦
tons of pressure 大量的壓力
We wish them to learn wisdom of life, not the knowledge out of math and science. They are not supposed to be born to the world with the view to taking those crap while given education at shcools. We just simply want them to learn to share things with their peers, not to train how to fight their rivals as they grow up. We want them to realize that competition is not the only way for them to get ahead in their future but loving and helping each other is the best thing to do.
wisdom of life 生命的智慧
be supposed to 應該是
with the view to 為了
get ahead 成功出頭
We all want our kids to live a happy life without having too much burden given to them. However, there always seems to be the murphy's law-- things always ended up at the ironic end. God, tell us what to do now. We have been tired of blaming our kids for their poor calculating skills on math problems. We have also been feeling guilty for nothing we can do for them. As the father of my just-first-grade-in-the-elementary son, I beg for your help. Amen*!
* Though I am not a Christian, I still believe that everone can for God's help.
murphy's law 莫非定律(事情永遠朝自己不想得到的結果呈現)
end up 到頭來
calculating skills 計算能力
guilty 有罪的, 不好意思的
April 12, 2006
Should you pay attention to the right column of this page, you will notice that several new links have been added here. That's right! These new links include a very useful Website, the English Forums, where learners like you and me are able to post questions regarding your problems in learning Englsih. Once a question is posted, some experienced teachers from all over the world will take notice of it and then join in your thread of the message soon. Accordingly, your question can be answered in less than an hour. You should not miss it out.
Should you = if you
take notice of 注意
thread of the message 串聯訊息
Furthermore, the other link goes to the thechatpage.com which is also part of the features of EnglishForums.com and I just intended to seperate it from its frong page. Now try your guts chatting with other learners the world over and you will get addicted to it sooner or later.
intended to 故意去...
frong page 首頁
try one's guts 試某人的膽量
get addicted to 對...上癮
sooner or later 不久之後
Good luck and start checking them out right now.
check something out 看一下
April 09, 2006
Technically speaking 技術上來說
boob tube 電視機
let alone 更不要說
to center one's life around 以...為生活重心
Here I want to share a true story about myself. As my kid grew up, I found he had spent too much time in front of TV. At his age, he watches a lot of cartoons on number of channels. One day I told him if he kept watching them without taking a break, I would disconnect the service. My warning seemed not to work very well as he always turned a blind eye to me. Few days later, I called the cable company to call off the service. After about a few days whining, he eventually found other way to entertain himself creatively such as reading and studying. I supposed that my strategy had really worked.
turned a blind eye to me 沖耳不聞
call off 取消
Ironically, I ended up getting my wife's complaint about no good TV programs to watch. We only had four channels to watch then since they were all wireless TV programs -- free for antenna users. I started to realize that there was no free lunch in the world. You just got what you paid for. From time to time we even turned this into arguments, which was the outcome beyond my expectance.
ended up 到頭來
turned something into arguments 造成爭執
Therefore, it was time that I must find an alternative solution to the problem. Frankly I was kind of reluctant to re-subscribe to the cable TV after it had been phased out by me. I really wanted my kid to live healthier and do better in school. We still couldn't live without TV, however. Eventually I turned to subscribe to a digital TV service powered by my ADSL provider. The technology behind it is that all the TV program get signals from the internet modem-- both the TV and ADSL share the same cable. Good news that it offers only one cartoon channel and some other programs are mostly educational-- at least not that violent now compared to the cable TV before. Plus, I nearly pay no extra fee to the digital TV service since it is bundled with in the internet sevice. It really pays off, I will say.
subscribe 訂駛hased out 淘汰
be bundled with 與...結合
somthing pays off 某事是值得的
Watching no TV really makes me feel like I'm missing out on something. I have given up on the idea of being without it because I couldn't go cold turkey.
miss out on something 錯過某事
give up on something 放棄某事
go cold turkey 戒掉習慣/cold turkey 另有冷傲之人之意
April 04, 2006
I really got nothing to tell you except for the apology for not having posted any articles here in such a long while. The thing is, my schedule is really filled to capacity. I realize I may be losing my loyal readers if I don't make an immediate announcement now to you.
Speaking of the progress delay, Amber, a good freind of mine who used to take my class in Xindian GV, called me the other day asking why she hadn't seen anything new on my blog. I felt so sorry about that. Since I had to take care of lots of personal stuff, I've barely had no time to drop a line here. I feel like buring the candles on both ends.
Don't worry yet! I am still in good shape as I was. I just sometimes couldn't believe that time really flies, does it? Catch you later my friends. I promise I will never forget you all. Best wishes.
March 28, 2006
The single-song EP is featured by a renown Japanese music group "Dreams come true". I used to listen to some Japanese music before, but the song "Eyes to me" in this CD really touches my heart. Its melody is played in such a beautiful manner that you don't need to worry whether you understand its Japanese lyrics. In any case, it just don't stop me from appreciating this song. The female singer of this song definitely has a rhythm which makes me get into the spirit of it, making it a warm breeze blowing tenderly on my face.
Whenever I listened to this song, there always seemed to be a wonderful dream coming up in my mind. I kept this CD for a very long while until one day Scott asked me to give it back. Ahem! I wish I had got a CD burner then, so I would have made a copy of the CD. Does anyone here still keeps this song? Please let me know.
March 19, 2006
I feel like getting more and more grumpy because I have been dreading that he will fall behind his classmate in terms of his school studies. As a father with an impulsive character somehow, I think it goes without saying that I might have given him the long face up to the present day. Although he hadn't complained to me anything about my having a temper toward him, I can sense that he tries to avoid seeing me sometimes. I am so wondering what I should do next to him. I want him to be a happy learners without worrying too much about his school exams. But on the other hand, if he didn't study harder, his school grade would not only frustrate himself but also his old man.
"Impossible!" Tommi said to me, and he is the one student in my class. "Both your boy and you have to face the music now. In Taiwan, academic performance is above everything for the kids and parents. If you don't do well on every subject, you are out and the world will pass you by." How cruelly has he said that to me, but I should give him some credit. Here in Taiwan it is unlike the US where parents also encourage their children to do something they like beyond their school life. Instead, the education environment on this island based on examination-orientation seems to be still in existence despite the implementation of the education reform few years ago. It is getting more and more serious about kids under much more pressure by knowing the increasing number of cram schools year after year.
Whew...I told Tommi I felt like moving to the back country. He poured cold water over my plan in no time and warned me that would do nothing good to my son because he will lose his competence with others. "Living in Alishan (阿里山) is actually nothing but an impossible dream. Forget about the idea or you will get screwed over." However, he added in the end of the conversation, "Unless you move back to the US, you have to help your kid learn to survive well in this society. After all, Taiwan is different than any other countries across the world."
March 05, 2006
Calla, a.k.a. calla lily or water arum, is a greenish flower that can be found in temperate zone. It is suitable to grow such plant in Yanmingshan area for its long lasting mild weather the whole year round.
After having the lunch on site, we started our tour around several calla fields. It was quite a wide area where the fields were owned by different calla farmers.
We finally picked some callas for home decoration. The total came out to eight callas for one hundred NT dollars. Sounds a little expensive, but it really pays off to see the sight there.
March 02, 2006
The receptionist turned to me and started speaking in a surpsrising tone. She asked me why I was here becasue a new teacher would substitute for me for the class that I "used to" teach. Suddenly I felt like falling into a total confusion. Would I be no more the teacher for this class? Why hadn't anyone ever informed me of it? Standing next to her must be the new teacher who appeared to have a troubled look herself too. Well, things must have turned out in a embarrasing way now.
In no time, the receptionist picked up the phone and dialed the office where someone could help work this out. Few minutes later, she got off it and said to us in a smoother way. She explained to me that the new teacher would replace me from now on and my new class shcedule wouldn't take effect until next Wednesday. I was pretty sure about my new class schedule for next week, but no one ever kept me posted on the fact that I didn't have to teach the current class tonight-- for the last time... I supposed.
What became of me was that I had to take the MRT and train home. That was kind of fun when I became jobless for two hours last night. Anny, Stoney, Agnes, Daniel, Erica, John, and some other faces who I couldn't remember. Sorry about that folks, it was a total mix-up. I wish to catch you later if possible.
February 26, 2006
The following month, however, seems a little different to me because my new class schedule will be taken effect. First of all, no more night class for the Global Village. Though I had already finished teaching the last TOEFL class on last Thursday evening, I think it is about time to relay it to the next teacher. It is indeed a rewarding class to me where I learned many wonderful things out of the text book. Some students complained to me that the contents in the textbook seem outdated and not compatible with the patterns of TOEFL, but I still believe that it is a good thing to read, as well as a decent reference material for English learners. So.. Jenny, the only student remaining in the class, please take my words for it.
Where am I going and what I am doing from next month on? Few new classes will be arranged and I will see them as new challenges I will be taking on. I feel like I am getting more chances to instruct on diverse classes for the days to come. Good news for me to a degree.
Feel free to catch me, and I will be glad to assist you in your studies.
(PS. I have updated my personal Website with new sentences -- http://aboto1.myweb.hinet.net , please go take a look)
February 19, 2006
Asian people especially who live in Japan and Korea nearly have the strong belief that their blood types connect to human's personality characters. This craze has been picked up stream and spread around in Taiwan since long ago. One of my friends, Dennis, is the expert of analyzing the personality straits on people with different blood types.
According to his analysis, people with blood type A is always a perfectionist. Type-A people is also considered to be level-headed and the ones who can be trusted. When dealing with a tough situation, they never quit until they have it done to a T. On the other hand, they are sometimes indecisive and become easily depressed. I think they should learn more about how to look at the bright side of everything. I was told that why Japanese products are so renown to the world is because a dominant population of Japanese are type A. Do you buy into that?
Speaking of the Type-B, the people with which are just the opposite to the Type-A. Type Bs are mostly the optimism, and it is hard for them to expect something to turn out be to a disaster. When asking them what to eat in a restaurant, their answer always goes "everything is fine to them". They are unlike the Type As who seem to be on the horns of a dilemma making a quick decision about what to eat.
Type-O people easily fall into a yes/no pattern. The logic in their mind appears to be "If X is not good, then Y must be good". No wonder it is easier to deal with these people because you can read their mind without taking a guess. But, their hot temper and lack of romantic view are things you have to put up with.
What about Type AB? Well, I guess they are either like A or B, or the hybrid of them.
If you have the idea in your blood, try not to take my words for it. You can't take it for granted that all people follow the same patterns on their blood types. If you entirely believed in that, you might get screwed over.
picked up stream 加速進行
spread around 傳開
to a T 到達完美
be on the horns of a dilemma 左右為難
pattern 型式, 花樣
romantic view 浪漫的觀點
someting in your blood 在血液裡面(對某事很在行)
take somthing for granted 認為理所當然
be screwed over 被害慘
February 14, 2006
After cleaning his room, tons of toys and books had been sorted out and placed into different boxes. I guessed I might be able to get some of them listed for bidding on eBay or Yahoo Auction to make some quick buck. His room looks clean now; however, I start considering whether I should do some cleaning job in my study room because it looks like such a mess too. Perhaps I can dig something out and get them sold on line.
February 10, 2006
* I have created my own group on Google Forum so I decided to use aboto1 as the account name for this group email address.
Each group founded on Google Groups can have their front page set up, though, most group members don't need to come to the front page all the time. They will receive the same information via email from other members who posted them. They go to the front page only if they want to check some old messages posted earlier by other people.
Being the only organizer of my group, I can't appreciate too much for this Google Groups service as it helps connect me to my students and readers in a tighter way. You can start building your own group with Google Groups now to experience the magic of it.
By the way, if you are already the member in my group, why not post your questions or send us anything using our group email address. We are craving to know more about you.
February 08, 2006
Now students mainly use CDs to learn English. Amy*, a high school student, told me her school demands that every student subscribe to an English magazine that comes with a CD. However, no student – not even one, she said – uses the materials. Instead, some students use the magazine as a lunchbox tray, and most use the CDs to toss at each other as if they were Frisbees. Owning learning materials certainly is not equivalent to learning from it.
Lord, how we have changed. In terms of price, user-friendliness, durability, and sound quality, the CD is far superior to the cassette. The problem with CDs is that they are easy to produce – they are a dime a dozen now – and thus, less valuable. Besides, they often come out so fast and in such high numbers that students like Amy are eventually overwhelmed by too much information: they don't know how to use the information and don't know where to start under the cramming education climate. Naturally, CDs become Frisbees.
I flipped through the 20-something English articles in the magazine. Most of them were quite good. I picked one article on fashion designing (Amy's interest) and told her that every month she only needs to read one article and listen to the sound file from the CD. Of course, she may read more if she likes. Now she is the only one in her class to really use the magazine-CD.
Less could be more. Haven't we learned?
*Amy is not his real name.
February 06, 2006
February 04, 2006
Not long ago, I read a book that compared our life to a journey on a train.
Our life is like traveling on a train. We often get on and off of it. There are always suprprises and incidents occured all the time during the ride. We meet not only surprises but also unforgettable things of sadness.
Our being given the birth is like getting right on the train. In the first place, we thought the first two people we met-- our parents, would accompany us from the beginning of our life to the end of it. Unfortunately, it was not true. They must get off the train somewhere ahead of us, leaving us hopelessness and loneliness. Their love, affection, and companion with us can't be retrieved and also be replaced anymore with anything else.
Besides, there are still some others who mean a lot to us: our offsprings, relatives, and we may also meet our better half to experience the great romance on earth.
There are other passengers on the train as well. Some of them enjoy their trip pretty well. Some don't, however.
Moreover, some guys rush about on the train to give us assistance and advice. They are the helpers memorized by us eventhough they may get off the train before us. They will be known by our heart forever. In stead, some other faces are hardly remembered once they take off from their seats.
Maybe someone who means a lot to you is not sitting next to you but somewhere else on the train. You can't help but keep a distance from him/her on the journey. Or, you can go straight ahead to find her now but I am afraid that the seat next to him/her may have been taken already.
That's ok, dude. The trip is by all means full of challenges, dreams, desires, seperation, and so forth...you got to face all kinds of things... but never turn back.
Treat nicely to anyone you have met during the trip. Find their good qualities and learn to appreaciate them.
Always bear in mind that people like you and me may feel weak and vulnerable at all times.
We need to learn to feel for others because they may feel for us too.
The mystery of life is:
When will we get off the train?
When will our significant other get off the train? and so will our friends?
We seem to have no idea to this point.
More often than not, I ask myself if it comes to my turn to get off the train, will I do it with no hesitation? I don't think I will because it will absolutely hurt me when I bid farewell to my friends. I will mourn to my kid if I let him go along without my company. I am sincerely hoping that we can meet again at the destination to our journey.
My kid's luggage is empty when he/she first got on the train. It will be such a nice and wonderful thing if I can leave some good memories in it.
If anyone can rememebr my face and misses me as I get off the train, that will make my day.
Bon Voyage my friend, we are riding the same train now.
February 02, 2006
I have received greeting messages from friends and students of mine through the ways like email and phone. Thank you all for not forgetting me. Leo called me earlier today. I can't believe that he has been in the military for three months already. Time really flies and he will be getting out of the army sooner or later.
I will get back to my daily routine right after this new year vacation. I know I will have a lot of new things to do and I think I have to get myself ready for any upcoming challenges. Days of mine may get tougher but I must get over it by all means.
Caoling Water Park
Caoling water park
Caoling water park
Gongliao Old Street
Gongliao train station
Yingge pottery class
* The above photos are taken with my Sony camcorder/ DCR-DVD 803. I love this guy so much.
January 27, 2006
Recently I have received many gifts from friends of mine. First, Lulu the eldest student in my class got my son a toy racing car that came with a remote control. Nina brought lots of candy to the class and shared them with me as well as others. She also gave me the local specialties she purchased on her trip. Stoney gave me a bottle of wine which was made by his company. Anny also bought my son the game he liked. On Thursday, Frank, the optician, invited me to pay a visit to his store because he said he wanted to clean my glasses free of charge. When I got to his store, he showed me around and eventually passes me two bags of candy. Oh! dear. They looked so delicious to me. Have I forgot anyone here? How about those who haven't got me any thing yet???!!! Hey, no sweat, I am kidding you. Hint! Hint. Actually your attendance to my class has been the best gift for me already.
Last but not least, may the following year be the best one you've ever had. Happy Chinese New Year!!
January 23, 2006
The finger belonged to one of the restaurant employees who accidentally lost his finger when working in the kitchen. I think this must be way too crazy because I can't figure out why they could let this happen. They should have found the finger before it was scooped up from the bucket where his finger dropped.
In this respect,I think that poor customer would have a good case against this restaurant with his lawyer. He may win a big moolah eventually. As luck would have it, what can I say?
laid one's eyes on something 注視某物
gross someone out 使某人噁心
drive-through lane 得來速車道
popped something in something 把某物放入某物
screaming one's head off 大聲尖叫
scoop up something 舀起某物
have a case against someone/ something 與某人或某物打官司
As luck would have it 就這麼巧
January 21, 2006
In the middle of 2005 I stopped my instructions on Saturdays in Xinzhu with the view to spending more time with my family for the weekend time. I had also accepted a new TOEFL class and got contracted with the cram school to teach office employees on site, which is a good news to me because I believe these rewarding experiences will pay off in the near future.
I took part in the GEPT high-intermediate level a month ago because I think having a license or certificate for one's job could be a guarantee of their skills. Since we can't easily judge peoples' capability only by their appearance, a certified paper to prove one's excellence in his/ her field of expertise may come in handy. This concept applies to me as well.
Before the year of chicken is wrapped up, I just want to say something to cheer everyone up. If you have been out of luck the whole year, don't look back but think positively that all the crap will all be gone soon. Start planning on your new life for the year to come. Eating less meat but more vegetables will do good to your health. Take doing exercises into a routine is the key to success. In any case, I wish you a wonderful year of dog.
January 18, 2006
How is everything going with your life? Good to hear that you still stick to your job since I know it is getting harder to eke out a living in the US. These days lots of Taiwnaese moved back home or some even seek job opportunities in Mainland. I think you are the blessed one and you attribute your calm and peaceful life to your belief in God, aren't you?
It has been alomost five years since we moved back form the US. Our son is in the first grade in the elementary now, so that we are baring much more pressure and responsibilities on ourselves than ever.
When you get back to visit your parents here in the near future, don't forget to drop by our place. Just keep me informed before you set out your trip. Please also say hi for me to your wife and adorable kid.
*Dan is not his real name. He is my friend back in college in Taiwan. Now he's living in Washington state.
January 16, 2006
Another reason for that is usually what some fathers really want is sometimes out of our price range. They always go for expensive stuff like golf clubs, lap-top computer, car, or even some antiques in a darned steep price which we can't afford to get at.
On the other hand, we may think about arranging something that he would enjoys. If our dad has a sweet tooth, then it won't be a bad idea to buy him a variety of chocolates for a surprise. Another worthwhile idea is taking him out for a short trip to a place he longs for going. With the whole family's company, he shouldn't be less than satisfaction.
In any case, it really is to his own in terms of our fathers' liking. It is still early to prepare anything for them however, but don't tax your brain too much if you can't think of anything for him. It's just the thought that counts, right?
January 13, 2006
I will send you a invitation mail now, so please join us in the group to facilitate the Englsih learning process.
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January 12, 2006
Well, I think it is high time to hit my pocket now, since I have promised him that I will award him if he can do well on the test. So, I owe him now a big and a small robots. There is one thing I can be sure of-- it is more effective to educate our kids by encouragement than punishment. Though we might get the same outcome off the kids by scolding or beating; nevertheless, I truly think it isn't the way to do it.
January 10, 2006
To catch the trend of doing business on the Internet. I have made a blog by the name of Taiwan Only, which is to introduce special things about Taiwan in foreigners' angle. Your contributions are needed if you could tell what are the unique and special things that can only be found on this island. So far, I have spent no money making this guy, but who knows it may become another a million dollar home page one day. I am telling you.