Monday, July 31, 2006
I stayed there for a half day. We were in a group to play together. Suddently, there was a boy played pranks to one of the other girl. I went bananas at that time and I yell at him. Then, we continued to play. Accidentally, I had heard the boy whispered by himself "She was not a peach." "It was baloney."
Somtimes, to control myself is not a piece of cake.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
The annual Berkeley Kite Festival held up in the Cesar E Chavez Park yesterday.
My two friends, my wife, my elder son and I went to the park at noon time.
The sky was cloudy, but we could see more children and their parents had been there. Many giant kites floated and swung their tails in the sky. When the show and competitions started, the blue sky appeared gradually. I found that people became more and more. Most of people were all the whole family. And I found that many disabled persons showed up even more. In that time, more variety of colorful kites flied full of sky. ‘Candy Drop’ caused children and people cheering. It made me felt this active event could give all people happiness, no matter child or elder, healthy or disabled.
We enjoyed this event yesterday.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Everytime Ellen comes into our class to be our substitute teacher. The class is so exciting. We conflict each other. Everybody is very active and in a happy atmosphere.
Ellen is our top banana, so we respect her a lot. Whenever she tells us to stop talking, everyone stop right after that.
Ellen acts as she is very busy with her mouth, he ears and her gestures. She has to control many students in the class.
Ellen is a good and devoted teacher. When she substitutes Richard I feel as if she were real Richard in the class room.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Now everyone in class almost speak English. So, today the subtitute teacher only made one penny in the jar. it's very good because money is newcomer's blood and tear. So that we have to be very careful and control oneself. We have to obey what our teacher requirement.
I thought speaking English in the class is "Rule of thumb." Our teacher has made "The big mouth jar" about several months already. We almost had used to speak English in the class now. I think nobody wants to spend that money anymore.
I left early today so, I asked Peter to give me the grammar sheet. He gave me right away both of the grammar sheets. He is indeed very nice teacher. My hope has come true now.
Monday, July 24, 2006
A hero exists mentally. At different ages, each person has different definition for hero. For instance, when I was a kid, I thought Jacky Chan was a hero, for he is very good at Kungfu. Now, a hero in my heart is a person who is a police officer, a doctor, and everybody who do good for us, even is a small matter.
When you worship other people, perhaps other people are worshipping you. In your eyes other people are heroes, but in other people's eyes you are really a hero. What is a hero? When you are almost starving, who even gives you a cup of soup could be a hero. When you sail on the sea, who sparks the lighthouse when you have lost bearing could be a hero. When you are at a disadvantage, who even helps you tide over a difficult period could be a hero. I heard an old soldier who told me, everybody afraid to go to battlefield, because who would live to throw the life. But I am not fear when the battle once begins, and can't attend to fearful. That is a true hero.
On the whole, anybody who helps other people is a hero. Despite whatever you do great or small things for people. So, everybody can become a hero if you help other people with heartfelt way. Thus we can be heroes to each other if we have with our hearts.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Today is the last day to see our teacher because he is going to take a long vacation to
We are going to be here with another teacher next week. We don't know yet who is going to substitute our teacher. We hope he (or she) will be an interesting teacher like Mr. Blum, but we hope he won't be a tyranny like Richard.
Next week, we are going to be freedom. We can talk our languages when we don't understand each other. I think the substitute teacher will be nice to us and won't tell us put the money in the jar.
We actually don't know what to say is better than the words "Have a good trip" and "Have fun" to our teacher.
Our teacher is going to live it up overseas. For sure, he will enjoy and relax much over there. We hope he won't forget the waiting of all of us right here!
This story happened in Chen Du, Sri Chuan,
The story was about her mother’s “tears of blood” life. The story was four hundred thousand words long. The title is “Went ThroughWind and Rain, Haven’t Seen Rainbow”
Xiao Qin wanted to sell the rights to the book. She wanted to use the money to pay for her studies in high school and at the university. Xiao Qin and her mother stood on a crowded street and held up a sign. The sign said, “Hot and bitter story.” She talked to many publishers, but no publisher would buy her story. She went home disappointed.
In her story, Xiao Quin wrote that when she was seven years old she had a happy family. Her father planted lotus root for a living. He had saved a lot of money and they had a happy life, but her father enjoyed gambling. He lost his money and he left the family for another woman.
Xiao Qin’s mother, who also took care of her uncle and his daughter, had to leave the family to go find work.
When Xiao Qin’s mother arrived in Shen Zhen, she was tricked and sold to a song and dancehall for 5,000 yuan.
Eventually, the police rescued her from the dancehall and sent her back to her family in Cheng Du.
For a living, her mother worked as a dance hostess. She made friends with a bad man but he treated her very badly. Xiao Qin didn’t know what to do. She had come to the end of her patience.
Fortunately, she met an unemployed worker. They were married. This ended more than ten years of suffering. From then on, Xiao Qin, her mother and her stepfather lived ordinary happy lives.
submitted by Mei Fang
I think humor is xxx. It is necessary for everybody. It relaxes our tiredness and relieves our stress. Do you agree?
Life can be ridiculous. I like it when something crazy happens. I like it when people or situations make me laugh and I like to share my laughter with people.
Previously, I didn't think I needed to collect amusing stories, but now, suddenly, I think I should collect them and write them down in my essays because I want to share my humor with all of you. I want you guys to share a smile with me.
I hope you guys collect interesting storiesand spend a little time to share them me on the blog. Make me laugh, because laughter is good medicine for everyone.
I think humor has to a part of everyday life so we don't feel bored while we are working or studying.
Humor is a heath food. It helps us to look younger and have more love of life.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
On June 14th, there was a “promotion ceremony” at my daughter's school. She had to go there an hour before because she was salutatorian. She had been chosen to give a speech at the ceremony.
After an hour my husband and I attended the ceremony. Outside the school, people were selling many things for the graduates like garland wreaths, bears, and balloons. My husband told me to buy a gift for my daughter.
I bought a bird for her and we went into the ceremony room. As I entered, I saw my daughter sitting on the stage with some teachers and students. The ceremony started. People stood up to sing the national anthem.
First, the principal came up and welcomed all of the parents and guardians. Next, the guest speaker talked about the students' study process. He talked about the students' goals for the future. Then, several students came up to read their essays.
Finally, the students who were being promoted were awarded certificates.
After the promotion ceremony finished, we went out to the stadium. We took some pictures and then we went home.
A few days later, my husband went to Costco. He bought an Ipod for his daughter. She felt very happy and enjoyed the Ipod more than the bird I gave to her. But she never forgets to listen to the bird’s song every night when she goes into her room to sleep.
- There are a lot of ants in the kitchen.
- The refrigerator doesn’t stay cold.
- The bathroom ceiling is leaking.
- The roof is leaking. It needs to be repaired immediately.
- There is a big crack in the wall near the living room window.
- The window in my bedroom is broken.
- There is a big wasp nest the gutter on the south side of the house.
- The bathroom sink is clogged.
- The toilet is clogged. It overflows when I flush it.
- The front door is sticky. I think the hinge is broken.
- The smoke detector doesn’t work.
- The dining room light is not working.
- The water heater doesn’t work. We don’t have hot water.
- There are termites in my bedroom wall.
- I don’t have lights in the living room and bedroom. I think there is an electrical problem.
- The fan in the living room doesn’t work. I smell smoke when I try to turn it on.
- The carpet in the living room is torn.
- The hot water faucet in the bathroom is broken. I can’t turn it off.
- The garage door will not open.
- I get a shock when I try to plug something into the electrical outlet in the kitchen.
- The paint in the kitchen is peeling and I am afraid that there may be lead in it.
- I smell gas when I turn on the stove.
- I think the tree in the front yard is going to fall.
- The wind knocked down the side fence.
- The upstairs neighbors make too much noise.
Monday, July 17, 2006
I think "home" means the place people live in. A home has a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom and a dining room. Homes are good for people to relax in. When people finish working, then they go home to rest and relax. Home is important for everybody. Everybody hopes to own a beautiful cozy home.
My home is in a city. I live on the second floor of a two - story house. It is about eighty years old. The house is on
In my house, there are two living rooms , two bedrooms, one dining room and one bathroom. My house also has a kitchen. The front door opens to the living room. There are many windows in my house. I can look outside through a big window. I can see many things: cars, buses, trucks, trees, and people. In the living room, there are some books, a television, a radio, pictures, a telephone, a coffee table and two sofas. This is my favorite part of my house.
I live with my husband and my son. My husband goes to work every day. My son and I go to school. I like my house very much.
Why am I taking an English class at school? I am taking the English class at school because I need to learn more English in order to get a good job and talk with Americans.
Sometimes I receive letters written in English and sometimes I have to write in English. I am taking this English class so that I can improve my skills. I must learn more vocabulary. It is very important for me to know more English words.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Yesterday afternoon, I went to a supermarket. As I walked towards the supermarket, I saw a lady who had just gotten out of her car. She walked by me. Suddenly, she stopped walking and squatted down to pull out a bamboo toothpick from the gap of her left sandal and left foot. She was lucky that the toothpick did not stick into her foot.
I find that many people like to wear a pair of sandals when they are driving or walking around. They just think that sandals make them feel cool. Sandals are convenient and comfortable, but in fact, sandals do not protect their feet. Especially, when driving a car, wearing a pair of sandals can be dangerous if a person needs to stop quickly. You can image what could happen.
I hope people who like to wear sandals when driving or walking around outside understand the danger.
On Thursday our teacher was absent, so, Miss Ellen was our substitute teacher. At the end of the class, I asked Ellen to explain the meaning of this sentence, "I'm too old to know everything." She wasn't quite sure that she understood my question.
The next morning, I drove my car to school. While I was parking my car, (it was across street from the parking lot of our school) Ellen saw me and she crossed the street to greet me. She said, "Oh, now I understand the sentence that you asked me yesterday." Then, she explained the meaning of that sentence to me clearly. There were some words I didn't understand so she tried to explain it to me another way. She is the most enthusiastic teacher that I have ever seen.
Ellen has taught me only two times when my teacher was absent, but I feel as if she is full of enthusiasm for her students.
We both were in a hurry, so I forgot to say "Thank you" to her the help she had given me.
If anyone sees Ellen, please help me to say "Thank you very much!"
Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
He successfully traveled through sevarel famous places until night. He felt tired. He wanted to find an inn to sleep. He entered the inn's address. Then he followed the road map directions to drive. After one hour, He arrived at a place. He got out of the car and looked around.
Suddenly,He got a shock. It wasn't an inn. It was a cemetery.
I remember when my son was in the third grade. His teacher took a vacation to
When my son came home, he was very happy and took the little Eiffel out from his pocket. He said, "Mom, Mr. Nguyen gave each of his students a little gift."
My son's teacher loved his students very much. While he was on vacation, he always thought of gifts to give to his students. He made the students very happy with the presents which he brought from
Our teacher is going to
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Last Saturday I visited
This island has a beautiful name, I think. We planned to visit the immigration station. It is also the main reason I decided to go there. As a Chinese immigrant, I believe we have the responsibility to know how our ancestors came to this country many years ago. We need to know our history in this land.
Luckily, the weather on Saturday was wonderful - no more clouds. The sun was shining.
At 9:00 in the morning, we took the Oakland-Alameda Ferry from the
This was the first time I looked at
We changed ferries at Pier 41 near Fisherman’s Wharf . After that the ferry went straight to
On the way to
We arrived at the dock at Ayala Cove on
We left Ayala Cove and arrived at the immigration station, but because of the construction work, we couldn’t get closer. We just looked at that old building. I also got a sense of what it must have been like when Asian immigrants lived here many years ago. We continued our trip by visiting the
Although we didn’t see all we wanted, the trip was very good. We were able to walk around this island. I think next time I would like to climb higher to see more of the view and to visit more places. There are so many stories we should seek as immigrants in this new land.
Monday, July 10, 2006
On July 1st the Qing Zang railroad began service from Golmud to
For years people dreamed of building a transportation link between the two cities. Now it is real. This railroad is 3,500 meters above sea level and 1,124 kilometers long. The scientists, engineers and workers that built this railroad encountered and overcame many problems.
For example, for 550 kilometers the railroad bed is built on frozen earth called permafrost. To protect the permafrost they had to build a special bed that absorbed heat in the winter and radiated heat in the summer.
In another area they built viaduct bridges to allow the antelope to safely cross from one side of the tracks to the other.
On July 1st , on television, I watched the first train leave Golmud . There was a celebration. People were singing and dancing. They were very happy.
I hope my classmates and teacher have the opportunity to travel across Xi Zang on this train.
Last Sunday, we went to
We visited a museum, the
II had gone to eat some dessert at
Here, many people come to be overwhelmed by Italian atmosphere. This place is not so large. It has some shops and little restaurants in Italian fashions, and they sell variety of Italian articles. Each of us had paid 1,000 yen for the entrance fee. Anyway, we can use our tickets as vouchers in
Sometimes it has appearances or music played by Italian. Another, there are some long boats low on artificial small river by Italian employees. Visitors can take them and enjoy going around
We enjoyed here until it was night. We had pasta and pizza for dinner in an atmosphere of night Italian town. It looks more beautiful than at noon by the light from a large number of lamps. Having an air of romance, now
Sunday, July 09, 2006
I have a friend. His name is KV. I have known him since 2005. In 1995 he came to
After completed his university studies he reflected on his past. He told me that if we wanted to succeed, we must work hard. So I tell myself that if I want to be good at English, I have to study hard.
Now we are married. We are companions. We share our lives and our emotions together. He is my best friend.
Like me, I have been missing one hand, but I nourished one's ambition when I was a child. I hope I going to be a pitcher in the future. So, I tried my best to practice playing catch by myself. That's a great challenge for me.
After beating the best of Roger Clements. People had no doubt about me and they stopped thinking about my missing hand. Finally, people only saw my talent and forgot about my disability.You see!
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Could you tell me which website for listeing the lesson on Friday? I remember . . . what about the modern slave . . .
I tried to find it on the website voanew.com, but I couldn't find it.
Thank you very much for letting me know as soon as posible.
Friday, July 07, 2006
I am very happy to arrive this new class. This term will be the last term I attend in this adult school because I will have class in communicate college this August. I have studied in this school almost
for 10 months. I learnt many things about this country, also I met many good teacher and some new friends in this school. I am very happy I spent this time in this school. Now I have a new handsome and interesting teacher and many new classmates who like English very much. I believe I will have a good time in this class.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
There once was an old man. He went to school everyday. He took two classes. He worked hard and reviewed lessons every night. He had been going to school for ages.
Although he had studied very diligently, he often couldn’t remember even simple words. So, one day, the teacher asked him, “Why do you forget all the easy words, lately?”
Then, old man replied, "Learn more, forget more," and he asked the teacher to let him take a short vacation.
The old man wanted to review the lessons during the break, but he couldn't remember anything at all.
Finally, he whispered, "Learn more , forget more. Don't learn, don't forget . . ." He repeated these words a few times. The old man decided to give up his studies.
In 24th June, I went to the dessert shop named “
This shop looks larger than its own size, because the ways inside is rather complex like forest. After we found our seats we went to take some dessert we want to eat, pay money at the cashier (we can order drinks here), came back to seats and started to have them deliciously.
When we finished having, we went around in department store, take some sticker pictures, and then go to another place. I will tell you where I had gone next time.
Many people make a rush to go to Jack London Square to see fireworks because it is a beautiful harbor which people ussually concentrate there to see fireworks for years.
Like me, I don't like to wait too long for seeing fireworks. So, my family and I often go there an hour before it starts fireworks. I can't believe that it is crowded year after year. We drive and park our car somewhere. Then, we walk a long distance to there. Oh! There are a lot of people are walking with us. So, we don't feel it take us long. When we go to the point of the harbor. All seats are full and the people are standing there are very crowded. I heard they said, they came there to play for a whole day long and took seats beacause they live far. Some travelers are from other states. They want to stay at the hotels which close to the harbor. They want to enyoy fireworks on July 4th.
At 9 p.m fireworks are starting. People look toward to seeing where it has fireworks. Sometimes, fireworks come up very beautiful. It makes people are excited and scream when they see happy faces or some fantastic of fireworks. It continue on and on. The fireworks are bright with colorful. Before end of the time. People are more excited because fireworks come up quick and are wonderful. People enjoy fireworks until it is end.
Anyway, the fireworks on July 4th are great. People are happy and enjoy fireworks very much.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
My class ended at June 23, after 23 I have a long break form school. at the beginning I felt very happy about that. but now I feel bored about the summer break, I did nothing at home. I miss my classmate, my teacher, and all the laugh in my room 101.
Before the last day. We went to Redwood park for BBQ, we enjoy all the delicious food at the natural circumstance. Some students played foot ball, some students helped teacher made fruit juice, and washed salad. we had a really great time before the class ended.
This July 5 is the first day of summer semester. i will see all my classmate on this Wednwsday. i really happy to see all of you and my teacher again.
But all my dear classmate don't forget carry your gun to school . We will have a fight with Richard.
July 4 is a independence day, do all of you have a party?
Does this picture look good ? I took it by self
Saturday, July 01, 2006
This summer, I try to be an other student. I won't make joke in class. I won't make our teacher angry anymore. Because when he gets angry, his face turns red and his hair loses. Oh, no. His hair has gone! I'm sorry about that.
I try to keep our teacher smiles all the time Because when he is happy, he looks younger and healthier. So, he can bring us go field trip next year.