Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




Hi classmates and teacher!

how are you? I hope you are enjoying this Christmas season with your family and friends.

I celebrated Christmas in Mexico with my family and relatives. Yesterday I ate a big dinner with my family in my parents' restaurant. We were like 30 persons enjoying together the Christmas holiday. At 12:00 am, we gave gifts and best wishes to the whole family. My house was packed with relatives and my parents' friends. Some of them were playing Mahjong, watching movies, playing some games and dancing. They left at 6:00 am!

I could not hang out with my friends because the city has been having a bad social situation. People are getting killed almost everyday! It is something that made me sad. Now, people are inside their homes very early. However, our Christmas celebration was great! And I hope you got a lot of fun and surprises too.

I hope that this Christmas season brings you special happiness, good health, wealth, love and peace. And also, I hope that all your dreams and goals come true!

Richard, I hope you received our cards and you liked it! We miss you... I hope you are getting stronger every day! =)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Guys!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to Teacher Richard

Teacher Richard:
I wish you have a Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year
Have a strong body in a New Year.


Amy Hoi
12/24/2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday celebrattion


We had a great time celebrating Hanukkah at Christmas. Ha To brought a huge cake from Chinatown and we all ate it. It was delicious! Too bad you weren't here. We all miss you and wish you a happy and healthy new year. Get stronger and come back soon! We all love you! Students from your morning class.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thanks for the Cards!

Thanks for the cards!

You guys know how to make me smile.

I heard about your trip to the Oakland Museum.

I am getting stronger every day.

I'll write more soon.

Until then, enjoy the holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Spelling Words for Dec. 19, 2008

1.  reindeer
2.  menorah
3.  ornament
4.  dreidel
5.  sleigh
6.  mistletoe
7.  joyous
8.  conscience
9.  eternal
10. determination
11. exhausted
12. possession
13. peculiar
14. ornate
15. disapproval
16. elegant
17. wrapped
18. confused
19. Hanukkah
20. miracle
21. Christmas carols
22. wreath
23. instantly
24. decoration
25. Santa Claus

Monday, December 08, 2008

Spelling Words for Dec. 12, 2008

1. retired
2. refugee
3. schedule
4. carefully
5. simultaneously
6. achievements
7. prioritize
8. accomplish
9. sacrifice
10. allocate
11. realistic
12. deadlines
13. controversial
14. access
15. integrate
16. authority
17. offend
18. motivation
19. excuses
20. achieved
21. destroy
22. arguments
23. champion
24. language
25. especially

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A Strange Man

Two months ago, something strange happened to me. I was walking alone to Neighborhood Center Adult School. While I was walking, I saw a truck passing very slow, and I felt that someone was watching me. There was a man driving the truck, and I noticed that he was following me. I was scared because I was alone, and I did not know the city well. The man parked the truck and came close to me. He walked with me and started to talk to me. He asked my address, phone number, the place where I was going to, and if I had time to eat something with him. I wanted to run, but I dinnot want to be impolite, so I just answered some of his questions. I did not give my confidential information.

He had followed me for many blocks! When I got into the school, he stood outside. After he class was over, I was worrying to see the man again. Fortunately, he had already left. Now, I rather take the bus!

Thanksgiving Day

Here is a picture that my friend took when we were in her house celebrating Thanksgiving.


Hi classmates and teacher!
How was your Thanksgiving day? I hope it was great, and you enjoyed it with your family.
This was the first time that my sister and I celebrated the Thanksgiving. My family did not consider it as a holiday, so we never celebrated it.
My sister and I were invited to my friend's house on Thanksgiving. Her relatives made a big dinner: a delicious big turkey, tamales, salad, pinto beans, and much more. The house was full with friends and relatives.
After dinner, we gave thanks to the people we love, especially to God. Then we played music and danced, but a lot of us were full and sluggish, so we played karaoke. We also started to play games and had a lot of fun.
I'm glad that they invited us and allowed us to share the table with them. And also, I'm glad being here, in the United States, where my sister and I could learn more about American culture and meet new people!

Your am class celebrating Thanksgiving Day

Hi Richard, We all miss you very much and hope that you're feeling better everyday.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Spelling Words for December 5,2008

religious
prospered
frivolous
threat
investors
celebrated
disagreement
sighted
exceptionally
interfering
settlement
devastating
construct
voyages
enormous
custom
annually
continued
adopted
appointed
neighbor
fleeing
attached
worried
morality

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Key to Long Life

Click here to discover on man's ideas about the key to long life.

Eno's Group-Sing Song List:

Can't Help Falling In Love
Love Me Tender
Keep On the Sunny Side
Sixteen Tons
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Dream
If I Had a Hammer
Love Hurts
I'll Fly Away
Down By the Riverside
Chapel of Love
Wild Mountain Thyme
Que Sera, Sera
Cotton Fields

Spelling Words for Wednesday Nov 25th

persecution
Pilgrims
cornucopia
starve
feast
invite
Native Americans
upheaval
colonization
diverse
indigenous
acorns
dessert
vegetable
beverages
stuffing
pumpkin pie
cranberry sauce
turkey
carbohydrate
immigrants
England
fulfilment
grateful
shamanism

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Spelling Words for Friday, November 21 Quiz

location

association

vehicle

volunteer

bulletin board

suggestions

hangouts

Notices

Flyers

marathon

bingo

contesting

meditation

session

exercise

expressions

appointment

certain

senior

superior court

league

borrow

conversation

event

guide

Monday, November 10, 2008

Spelling Words from The Tell-Tale Heart

nervous

resemble

cautious

courage

chuckle

groan

pity

envelop

patiently

terror

lantern

refrained

anxiety

shriek

cunning

conceal

audacity

enthusiasm

triumph

corpse

paced

chatted

suspected

hypocritical

hideous

Saturday, November 08, 2008

My High School Graduation



Hi teacher and classmates..! I’m going to narrate one of the most recent events in my life: my graduation from high school. It was so exciting and fun, but it was sad too, because it was the last day that my classmates and I were together.
It was on June 5, 2008. My classmates and I had been stressed for many weeks, and also months before. Prior of the ceremony, all of us had to make many preparations, such as making a budget of all the things we would need: choosing two salons, one for the graduation ceremony, and the other one for the graduation night party, soliciting a group of musicians, deciding the food we would serve, and many other things!
At the beginning of the graduation ceremony, all of us were wearing our gowns, and we got the certificates and diplomas. After that, our godparents spoke some words and played a presentation of pictures of our graduating class. My classmates and I were crying!
When the ceremony finished, we went home to dress up in our party clothes. We looked elegant. At night, we started the party and had a lot of fun. We were dancing and taking pictures all the night. At the end of the party, all of us went to the “after”. I mean, we continued our party in another place! Finally, I went back home at five o’clock in the morning. I remember it as if it had happened yesterday.


Friday, November 07, 2008

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Love of Ganesha


Hi, every one

I would like to talk about my new job in S.F. I was looking for a job for a while, which not in a restaurant any more. Three weeks ago my friend told me to go to talk with the lady who owns a shop in S.F. The shop is named “The love of Ganesha”. I’m a sales clerk now. I sell jewelry, clothes, Crystals, incense, scares, bags, statues of Buddha, statues of Hindu God, pillows, yoga pants. The Most of things came from Indian, Thailand and Southeast Asian. I love this job because first, the location in height-Ashbury neighborhood. I have been live in S.F. for year, before live in Oakland. I used to go to height street to watched hippie people, see decoration in shops and house. Second, working in here I feel like working near Royal Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok such as the smells, sound, colorful clothes, meditation room and arts on the well. I love the whole energy of this store. Third, I meet a lot of different people every day. Some people are tourists and some people are neighbor. They always share of their story to me.

*Also the shop donate money to help poor kids in Thailand, which when you are shopping there

Happy Birthday!!!



Happy Birthday
Student and friend
It is an honor
To be be witched again

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Democratic Spirit

Every day I have to drive along Highway 80 four times. There is a pedestrian bridge in Berkeley that crosses over Highway 80. On the days before Election Day, when I went back home after school and went to Oakland again from home in the afternoon, I saw many people standing on that bridge. They showed off their banners to drivers who came and went along Highway 80. They stood almost side by side displaying their opposite views. But the people didn’t quarrel or fight with each other even though they disagreed. They were very peaceful. They waved their hands to the drivers. They only hoped that people would support their views. And some drivers honked their horns to respond to them.

This thing lets me know what the democratic spirit is. American people have mature democratic thinking and they can tolerate different opinions.

What's Up?

Gooooood morning! Actually, I don't have enough time to write on the blog, but after I have seen a picture of Prosperity I decided to write a few sentence. I just wanted to say to Prosperity that " You really look like a former famous American boxer ( MTS ), man ". That's all. Oh you all have a good day, and I'll see you someday.
Richard, don't forget this Thursday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll call You.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Prosperity

He is a student in room 101 morning class. He's name is Prosperity. He has a inquiring personality. Today teacher showed us some picture that took of halloween's day. Then Prosperity asked me how to put the picture on the blog. So I promised him and took his picture. I said: I will do it tonight.

Prosperity I will show you tomorrow!!

Spelling Words for Test on Thursday

community
locate
volunteer
employment
library
recycling
museum
concert
intonation
expression
warehouse
registration
reservation
interpret
public
share
connect
hospitality
assemble
union
friendly
development
communication
system
resource

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Hi,classmates!

The Weekend

I went to Sacramento with my husband last weekend. Mongolian traditional tournament/game /the Shagai became in Sacramento. My husband attended this tournament.
The game Shagai is Mongolian traditional game and the Shagai is Mongolian word. In English language sources,playing with shagai is called ankle bone shooting. They are played using the 15 small bone's pieces shot at with arrows. The arrow it makes by bone. The small bone's pieces put on the particular counter thas's called the target. In this game, pieces are flicked with the middle finger of one hand, along a wooden board/khashlaga-fence rail/ held on the other hand. The arrow put on the wooden board. The goal is to hit a target piece over a distance of about 10 m.
When who finish to hit 15 small bone's pieces, they will win.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Our Teacher

Our teacher is a funny man. He is tall with no hair. He is a white person. He is about sixty-one years old. He tries to help us with in English. We must have a new note book, a three holed binder with paper, and a pencil. When we have these things he gives us a book titled Grammar Challenge. We also need to buy the book titled Grammar Out. With these things we can study at home by ourselves. We also need to learn writing in English in the class. The teacher tells us we must write two stories on "Room 101 AM blogspot.com". When this is done the teacher gives you the book, Reading and Writing Challenge. Every day we have a dictation lesson that another student will correct. Each week we must learn to spell twenty-five new words and test them on Friday. We must also stand at the front of the class and speak English to the other students. Our stories on Room 101 AM blogspot.com get edited too. We have tests when each new section is completed in our work books. I like this teacher. He makes me work hard. My English is better today than two months ago.
I study English at the Neighborhood Center Adult School, Room 101 in Oakland. Our teacher's name is Richard Blum.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Spelling Words for Friday

election
fair
contender
candidate
California State Assembly
campaign
ballot
endorsement
electoral college
absentee ballot
citizen
debate
vote
nominee
United States Congress
register
Republican Party
Democratic Party
President of the United States
filibuster
polling place
ticket
constituency
governor
proposition

Monday, October 27, 2008

Good Memories


I went to the Ocean Beach in San Francisco with my new friends two weeks ago. We didn't plan to go there. In fact, we planned to go to a club or eat dinner, but the club was full, and nobody was hungry, so we decided to go to a nice and quiet place.

When we arrived to the beach, it was 12:00 am midnight! As we went closer to the beatiful beach, a lot of memories invaded my mind. I remembered all my friends from Mexico.

I remembered that the first time I went to a beach was with all my friends. We were sixty classmates and six teachers traveling together to Mazatlan, Guanajuato and Guadalajara for one week! It was amazing and fun.

I miss those moments, but now all of us are separated. Now, our lives are different. Some of us are studying in Canada, in the U.S. like me, and others stayed in Mexico. Wherever we are, we will never forget those great memories!

That night I was having fun with my new friends while I was remembering pretty good moments. It was fantastic!

These pictures are taken in Mazatlan and Guanajuato, Mexico.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

This Amusing Weekend!

My friends and I went to a Mexican club in San Francisco this weekend because it was my friend's birthday. I thought it would be boring, because my best friend and I didn't know how to dance to Mexican music (''banda'') very well, but I was wrong!
The club was exciting. It was full of Mexican people, all of them were in good spirits, having fun and drinking alcohol. We were pretty excited even though my girlfriend and I didn't know how to dance to banda music, but I met many new friends. My new friends taught us how to dance better. It was fun and confusing!

We danced until the last song, so we were very tired.
Finally, we went back home a little bit late, but that night was amazing. I learned new steps to dance, and also, I met new friends!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hi, Classmates

Good to be here!

Hi, Classmates

I'm online!

See you soon!

Hi, Classmates

I'm here.

I will write a story soon!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I am 18

Two weeks ago,I turn to 18. But I did't feel anything good. When you are 18 it means everything you have to be responsible.So everything you have to be careful don't make yourself get in trouble.I still a child in my family,but I know I have to plant my life.I am attended in an adult school and get ready for college . The first thing I have to do is improve my English . The seconed thing I have to do is save money to pay for college .I don't want to spend my parent that much money , everything I want to do it by myself.I know it will be hard,but not body can help you all the time.I will try to do the best I can . I am happy . Because my friends and my family always give me lots of support and respect. I love them.

Spelling Words for Week Ending October 24th

affordable
motivation
desirable
inspection
overpriced
counteroffer
mortgage
repair
decision
represent
agent
deposit
toddler
fixed
variable
advantages
equity
foreclose
resident
willing
enclosed
veranda
centralized
salutation
plumbing

Sunday, October 19, 2008

American Robin TT

Hello, my classmates & Richard

Do you remember the American Robin bird that I found on the side of the street about 3 weeks ago? Last week, my husband and I went to the wildlife hospital in Walnut Creek to find out about the condition of that bird.

The person who was working there told us about that bird. She said that the bird is getting well. It is a male bird. When my husband took it here the bird was dehydrated and under regular weight, but now the bird is healthy. And the good news is that the bird is flapping its wings and that means the bird will fly again soon. The bird lady is going to move the bird to the bigger cage, so that the bird can exercise its wings before the bird returns to the wild.

The bird seems like it will be ready to go soon. I'm very happy for the bird and thank my husband for caring for that bird.

If you find wild animals that seem injured or in need of help you should visit the Lindsay Wildlife Museum . I recommend that you go to this website http://www.wildlife-museum.org/

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Late Coming Traffic Lights


Recently, there are some road works in the intersection of 7th avenue and International Boulevard in Oakland. I notice that four bases of the light post were built in the four corners of the intersection. I think the traffic signal lights will be installed on the bases.
The traffic signal lights let me think of an accident occurred in the same intersection about two years ago. It was a tragedy. A young lady was a student of the Clinton Park Adult School. That day, after school, when she was crossing the road through the cross walk, a car killed her by bumping. It was said that she left a several months old baby.
If the traffic lights were installed early, the tragedy wouldn’t happen.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Register to Vote!

Here is a link to the Alameda Registrar of Voters.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Spelling Words for Friday's Quiz

closing
detached
negotiate
cozy
amenities
suite
ceramic
outgrown
fixtures
renovated
condominium
cottage
neighborhood
properties
comparative
superlative
comfortable
suburban
ideal
preferences
realtor
attached
paycheck
escrow
compromise

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hi,my classmates!

From Mongolia to Utah and from
Utah to California

I came to the United States from Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia. First time I came to Utah. In Utah I traveled many places. I don't understand English. Because I wanted to learn English. After,
I came to California from Utah.
My life is different now. I am living in Oakland with my husband. In Mongolia I was a teacher an art and story of culture. I used to work full time at school. I didn't study English. Now I am attending an adult school every Monday to Friday at morning. I have been studying English since May 2 this year.
My first goal is I learn English very much, so I can speak it very well.Second goal is I get a
better job.Third goal is I want to live in the US with my family.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

From Bangkok to San Francisco & From San Francisco to Oakland

I came to San Francisco from Bangkok, Thailand 4 years ago. The first time I came here because I wanted to learn English and to have new experiences. I did not expect to live in the U.S. at first, but I got married.After I got married, I moved to Oakland with my husband.

My life is different now. In Thailand I was a freelance art designer. Now, I study English at an adult school in the morning. I also work in a Thai restaurant in Berkeley. On weekends, I often go to my husband's workshop to do art work.

My long, long term goal is to buy a house and to do this I need to get a better job. I need to improve my English skills.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

From Macua to California

Hi ! my name is Amy. I came to U.S from Macua 12 years ago with my husband and three children. when I was get there, every thing strange to me. the big problem is language difficult. so I decide to go to adult school to learn English. however, I don't have a lot of opportunity to stay in the school. I just half year in the school. I choose to got a full time job.I want make money to raise our children and pay bill. I worked in other city restaurant. evry morning I leave at 9:30, when I got home is 10:30pm. my children are bed slept when I come home. I donot hvae time talked to them. That time until 4 years.
Later, I want to change my job near by my home, at Oakland china town, than I can back to school again.
New, I worked at the big supermarket, my job is in the flower department, I very liked my job and have a good benefits. see you later.

Hi,my classmates!

My country is Mongolia.
My native country Mongolia is very nice.Capital city of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia is
located in the Central Asia between Russia and China. Mongolia has four seasons which have
specific characteristic.
Winter time continues from December to March and it is really cold. Temperature is usually between -20*C/66*F/ to -40*C/104*F and it makes people to wear big,heavy and warm clothes. Snow covers whole land and rivers freeze all together. Sometimes, snow storm continues for a week that causes major problems for country. During a weekend, people play with snow. They do sledding, skiing, snowboarding and skating.
Summer time continues from June to August and it is hot. Temperature is usually between +25*C/77*F/ to +40*C/104*F/ and it makes people to wear light and beautiful clothes. People take a vacation that make to travel to any places of Mongolia.Mongolia has many beautiful places.

from China to Oakland

From China to Oakland
Three months ago, I came to Oakland from Guangdong in China with my family. In order to reunite with my grandmother, so we had to immigrate to the United States. This change gives me more challenge in my daily life. Oakland feels different than China.
Compared with China, it makes me disappointed and makes me feel bad. In China, I felt much happier than in Oakland. I used to spend happy hours with my classmates each month. It was safe no matter how late we played. In Oakland, where the crime rate is booming, we have to go at home in the evening to get away from the danger zone. I feel bad that I dropped out of college in China. I had to look for jobs and eke out my livelihood. But I shouldn’t be too pessimistic, there are many opportunities here for me to seek. I should take advantage of all the social resources.
Even so, I must feel at home wherever I am, I need to set goals for me----to improve my English and make my life go smoothly.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Hi Yun Ping:
I saw your picture. Then I asked my husband. He told me: this bird call seagull.

Vacation to Vancouver in August 2008

August 8Th to the 14Th we took a driving trip from Oakland to Vancouver. The first day, we stayed in a hotel in Portland. We watched the opening Olympic Ceremony in the hotel. The second day we visited a local market in the morning. Then we left Portland to go to Vancouver.
From the USA to Vancouver Canada we must go through the border check. We waited in line for about fifty minutes. Be careful, when you drive to Vancouver, the speed signs are in kilometers. This isn't the same as in America. In America we use miles. If you aren't careful the police will give you a ticket. When we past border check we drove to our hotel. Our hotel was in the downtown area. It was a nice hotel. We spent four nights in this hotel.
Vancouver was very beautiful. It's very clean, safe and modern. We walked, looked and ate. There are many stores, shopping malls, restaurants, bars etc. There're many public parking garages, so, it's easy to park your car. We saw many nice cars and tall buildings. The restaurants were very nice.The food was delicious and the service was good. Maybe one day we'll live in this city. We both liked it.
We went with a local tourist group to visit Victoria and the Butchart Gardens. There're many chocolate and ice cream shops in the Victoria. We bought some and tried it. The Butchart Gardens is very pretty. Inside the Butchart Gardens there's the Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Mediterranean Garden. We enjoyed them.
Then we left Vancouver to drive to Astoria Oregon. We stayed in an inn near the bay. The night view was very beautiful. The area was quiet. We ate the local fish, salmon, but I didn't like it. The hotel was hot. I sat out on the terrace. There was nothing to do. I just looked at the sky and the bay. The sky was blue with many stars. The bay was quiet. A lot of boats were docked there. Around these docks the walkway was lit up with lights. A few people walked around docks. When I looked at the bay and breathed in the sea air, my brain was empty and my heart was quiet. I got a very good feeling. So, I had a nice day.
The next day we drove to Coos Bay. The weather was very hot. When we arrived at Coos Bay, it was very early in the afternoon. We decided to cancel our stay at this hotel. We continued our drive home. When we arrived at home, the time was late about 10;00 pm. We weren't tired, because my dog will very happy. We'll take her home soon.

Friday, October 03, 2008

what is the name of this bird?? can anyone help me??

Someone Important To Me

The person who has influenced me most in my life is my mother. I respect her because she has a very nice personality and is helpful to people. Plus, she always takes care of me! Also, she is very strict with me about my studies. She wants me to be successful in the future. She is the most important person to me in my life.

From Shanglhai to Oakland

I came to the Oakland from Shanghai almost three years. I came because I got married.
my life is very different now. In Shanghai I was a nurse. I used to work full - time in the hospital. Here in the Oakland I study English at an adult school. I am a homemaker.
My long - term goal is to get a better job to make more money for my family. To do this, I need to improve my English.

From Benin in Nigeria to U.S.A.

I

From Benin in Nigeria to U.S.A.

I

From Mexico to California

I came to California from Sonora, Mexico two months ago with my young sister. I came because I wanted to improve my English skills and study marketing.
I liked living in Mexico because people from there are friendly, yet I love California's buildings, weather and scenery. People from California are friendly too, but I still miss my old friends and relatives from Mexico.
My life is different now. In Mexico I used to help in my parents' restaurant, go to high school, and also I used to go out every weekend. Now, i'm going to college and to an adult school near my house. I can't go out every weekend, because now I have many responsibilities.
I have been here for a short time, but I made a lot of international friends. I learned new cultures, tasted different kinds of food and learned new words from another languages.
My goal is to improve my English and speak it very well, so I can study at an university. To reach this goal, I have to go to school every day and put all my efforts into earning better grades!

Hi, Classmates

Look for my story. I will write a story this weekend!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Me



I am Lina , Lina is me . I am the only child of my parents . Sometimes I feel lonely to stay alone , but my friend Michelle lives with me .She rents a room in my house .We always spend time together . I am working in my frined Miggie's uncle's market as a cashier . I don't really make that much money , but I am happy to work with my friends . I love my friends .

October First Is a Major Day

October first is my husband's birthday. I only made a birthday card for him. If I were a millionaire, I would buy a nice car for him, but I must fix the garage for this car. Then I would buy a big mansion for my family. We could live in it together. It could make us happy.
October first is Independence Day in China too. They celebrate this holiday. The stories and restaurants are very busy. The neon lights decorate the city at night. You could see a lot of children wear pretty dresses with lovely smiles on their faces. You could see many families, friends, and businesses go on trips together. So, October first is a major day.

I Am Upset

I am upset today! Three things have made me mad. First, yesterday the school gave us a test to evaluate each student's English level. It was not too hard, but to me it was hard. The second thing happened the other morning. My husband and I went to see a doctor. The doctor talked to us about my husband's right hand problem, but I didn't understand much. The third thing is when I want to talk to people in English, but nobody understands me. I have been here almost three years. What is the best way for me to learn English? How much longer do I have to study before I can speak English well? I hate it! It gives me a bad feeling.

Irene
September 23, 2008

I Am Upset

I am upset today! Three things have made me mad. First, yesterday the school gave us a test to evaluate each student's English level. It was not too hard, but to me it was hard. The second thing happened the other morning. My husband and I went to see a doctor. The doctor talked to us about my husband's right hand problem, but I didn't understand much. The third thing is when I want to talk to people in English, but nobody understands me. I have been here almost three years. What is the best way for me to learn English? How much longer do I have to study before I can speak English well? I hate it! It gives me a bad feeling.

Irene
September 23, 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Some Important To Me





Some Important To Me
My friends are very important to me .They are a part of my life .
They're always there when I need someone to talk to . They're always there
when I need someone to help . Whatever I want to do , they'll always give me
lots of support . They are not like my parents just want me to be dutiful ,but my
friends respect my thoughts , they'll listen to me , I always tell them what am
I thinking and what do I want to do .
Friendship is very important to me . No matter where I am ,
my friends will be always in my heart .

Hi, Classmates

I'm here!!!!

And soon, I will write a story on the blog.

Hi, Classmates

It wasn't easy, but I am here!!!

See you soon.

Hi, Classmates

I will type in a story tonight.

See you soon!

Hi, Classmates

I will type in a story tonight.

See you soon!

American Robin


Hello, Richard & My classmates
On Sunday night, I caught a bird. I found on the side of the street near my apartment. The bird is about 23-28 centimeters. It has a brown back and reddish-orange breast. The bird couldn’t fly and looked like confused, so I decided to take off my jacket wore it back wards because I was afraid it could bit my hand. Then I brought it back to my apartment and put in the basket. I saw it lost one talon and looked older than I thought.
After that I called my husband asked him what I should do. My husband called the animal’s shelter to pick the bird. He toll on phone what the bird looked like. First we thought it was a sparrow. While we waited for the police to take it to the shelter I observed the bird recoverable itself after an hour but it seen not completely. For a while the police came to pick up the bird about 4:00 am in the morning, but the police said that he couldn’t take care of this bird because this bird is a wild animal. He recommended to us to take it to the wildlife hospital at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. Therefore my husband took the bird at 9:00 am to the wildlife hospital because it isn’t for from his work place.
In the wildlife hospital the people who work in there received the bird and called the kind of bird is American Robin. The bird flies from Alaska and Canada to Central Mexico in the winter. The bird can live 15 years. The people who work in the hospital gave my husband a guide paper and wrote the number of this bird. They said that my husband should wait for four days after drop the bird off to call them.
In the mean time I thinking of that bird. I hope it should be ok in the wildlife hospital

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hi, Classmates!

Hello classmates! Nice to meet you...

Hi, Classmates

Hi,

My name is Lina.

I am going to write a story on the blog tonight.

See you soon,
Lina

Monday, September 29, 2008

Spelling Words for Friday October 3rd Test

analyze
column
category
consumer
policies
savvy
millionaire
misleading
mansion
introductory
rate
period
benefits
evaluate
criteria
character
advertisement
limit
influence
collateral
institution
creditworthiness
capacity
complaint
signature

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Spelling Words for Friday September 26

deadline
raising
prioritize
utilities
simultaneously
supplies
solution
technique
respond
management
calculate
finances
budget
entertainment
expense
rate
estimate
warranty
bargain
purchase
debt
percentage
annual
introductory
fee

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Greeting and self-introduce


Hello! This is my first time post my writing on the blog. My name is Sin-chi. I came from Hong Kong. I live in Oakland and I am attending Neighbourhood Center Adult School's ESL class on every weekday. My teacher is Mr.Richard Blum.Every Mondays to Thursdays, I am taking GED preparing class in Neighbourhood Center Adult School at afternoon, too. I took the test and passed four tests but failed on Writing. So, I want to improve my writing skill.

for more information about me, please visit my blog:
http://stevenksc1976.blogspot.com
or contact me by e-mail:
stevenksc1976@gmail.com

Thursday, July 31, 2008

"Hello"






















Hello, Evey one






How are you guy in summer time? I got in the US on 10 July. I'm sorry. I didn't update something form that time because I didn't feel to talk or move or walk. I have some problem on my leg, my toe and my Bank of America account, but now everything is getting better. I met Richard and his brother. I didn't talk much because we didn't have time. I hope They were fun, what I took them to see on that day.






I post some pictures when I was fun in Thailand. I went to Koh Samed island with my 2 friends. That island is about 2-3 hour form Bangkok. The name of the beach I went is call "white sand beach".












I hope every one doing well in this summer.






take care.






Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Welcome to Asia...!


How have you been? Long time no hear from you? Are you now already in Oakl and or still in Thialand? If you still in Thialand when will you come back? How was your trip there? but i can realize that you 're having fun for your first trip in Thialand, are't you? According to all the photos that you published on the blog I can feel how you are feeling there, and we all( your students in room 101 in the morning) feel happy with you too and we hope you have found a great time with your brother, Panny, and all the people around you in Thialand. Oh! by the way, could you tell me when will you come back to teach again or you won't teach in this summer? Oh! i almost forget to tell you now I'm already in Oakland, I got here on July 13.

Wish you have a great vacation and getting healthier.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Greetings from Thailand



Hi, Celine and classmates,

Thanks for asking about my trip.

Thailand is wonderful with a new wonder around every corner.

Check here for some photos.

Miss you, because I wish you could see what I am seeing,

Richard

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Yan Hua Recieves a Certificate


Congratulations!

Yan Hua received a certificate for delivering three oral presentation to our morning ESL class.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Free Rides on June 19

June 19th has been designated a Spare the Air Day.

Free all day:
AC Transit
Muni

Free until noon:
BART
Oakland Ferry

Monday, June 09, 2008

Analog Converter Coupons

Click here to apply for a $40 coupon to buy an analog TV converter box.

Who needs one?

You do if you receive your TV signal from an antenna. These TV signals are called "analog" and all analog TV broadcasts will end on February 17, 2009. After that date, all TV stations in the United States will only broadcast "digital" signals.

Don't worry! You can apply for a coupon that will help pay for an analog converter box. This box will convert digital signals so that you can continue to watch your favorite TV programs.

And now for the good news ...
TV reception is much better when you use an analog converter box!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Certificate for Oral Presentations

Jenny is our first classmate to receive a certificate for delivering three oral presentations.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Cooking with Jenny


What a great day in Room101!

Jenny showed us how to prepare Ma Chi (I hope I spelled the name correctly).

And then we ate the results.

There are five parts to the presentation.

Thanks, Jenny!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Pictures in Canada





Recycling Really Works!

Watch Alex's presentation.

My Trips to Canada






My Trips to Canada

Hello, Richard and My Classmates.

I’m back from Canada and Las Vegas. My trip was very nice. I went there with my friends and their parents. I would like to tell you about my trip to Canada first. For my trip to Las Vegas, I will tell you later.

First, we drove a van to Oregon to see Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake with its incredibly blue water is the deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet deep.

Then we drove to Seattle to see the Space Needle. The Space Needle has been there for 30 years. It wasn’t that interesting to me because there are a lot of tall buildings in San Francisco or any big city.

Before we drove across the border to Canada, we stopped by to see a tulip farm. It was colorful.

Later we crossed the border to Vancouver in Canada to see the Lion’s Gate. It looks almost like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

And then we drove across the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver and then took a ferry boat to see flowers at the Butchart Gardens.

I expected the Butchart Gardens to be a wonderland, but it was not. My friend’s cousin who studied there told us to come back in June.

We also went to Chinatown and downtown Vancouver. There was nothing special for me. They were similar to the USA. For example the language, the money (we used US dollars), the life style were the same. The food was better, only the tax was higher - about 14%. My friends and I found nothing to make us stay longer in Canada, so we drove back to San Francisco as fast as we could.

I only bought a bottle of maple syrup for my husband. He was very happy and enjoyed the maple syrup.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Change in China

Click here to read ( or listen) to the story we read in class today.



Click here to listen to the second part of the story.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Let's go to the movies!

Alberto just wrote that his favorite hobby is going to the movies.

I agree!

Let's go to the movies on Wednesday, April 2.

Juno is playing at the Parkway at 7:00 pm.

Click here to learn a little more about Juno.


It is 2 for 1 night. Please join me for a night at the movies.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Farmers Got Dressed Style of Traditional...







This Picture is Lázaro Cárdenas del Río with
Mexican natives, for more picture click Here









By
Alberto Ortega Servin








In El Tecuan, Michoacán, México






Traditional Clothes are making of cotton fabric, these clothes are one pant and shirt of the white color and these clothes is cheaper in Mexico.
During long time, farmers got dressed style of traditional clothes, because the landowner didn’t permit them to use jean. In this time only the landowner got dressed to jeans because they were rich in the town and cities.
The emigrated came towards the United States, they got dressed to wear jeans but when they back came to Mexico, they changed their jean for the style of traditional clothes, where the farmers change your clothe in big cities near their the smallest town. When they arrived from the United States towards their native towns.
My grandfather, grandfather and mother told me; about this situation also farmers didn’t wear jeans in their community only the landowner. The boss said far away of my town because you don’t understand, you couldn’t wear jeans in this town.
Sometime landowner sent to strike or hit to the farmers, when landowners saw to the farmers wear jeans. Now men and women wear jeans because now there are more freedom in Mexico.
Now the laws don’t allow these kind situations because the people are more modern, a lot people go to the school also many people are coming to the Unites States, where people know new cultures.
Before it was impossible because landowner was very strict with the farmer also the Catholic Church helps a landowner because my uncle Fidel Baez said that people went to confession with the bishops or priests. They were revelation the confession secret some times landowner was far away the people. In this time the life very difficult for the poor families in Mexico. Now there is more freedom in the life of the farmer because they are more independents their jobs also in the form to dress or to clothes.

Friday, March 21, 2008

HELP!!!HELP!!HELP!!

Hi,classmates!!!
This is Lina.
I am trying to get hold of Richard(teacher),anybody knows his phone number or email address??
Please send it to my email: celina.everywhere@gmail.com
I need it in a hurry! Please help me out!
Thank you very much!!


Friday, March 14, 2008

Which is your rope?...

By
Alberto Ortega Servin




People voice tell to you that a mountain climber, mountain climber was very desperately for he was conquer of the Aconcagua Mountain so he is beginning his crossing it, before one year of training, but he want to the glory for him only. Then that he was climbing without partners.
He is beginning to climbing and the night is starting and it is later but the night is very darkness and he didn’t ready for camping, but he decides to climb until he goes up of the top the mountain. It grew dark to him; the night fell very heave in the height mountain, there absolutely didn’t see anything. Everything was dark, zero visibility. There wasn’t moon and stars were covering for the clouds. He was climber for one cliff and he was an only 100 meters of the peak or the top mountain.
He was slipping and he was fall for airs. The man fall down was vertiginous speed, and then only he saw of the each mark again more obscure that obscure showed in the dark and he feel terrible also he was thought to kill for gravity him.
He is following to fall down and he was moment distressed and this moment and this moment pass for his mind all kind of the pansies but the pansies were well and worse in his life. He was thought that to go died but nevertheless.
Suddenly he felt a tug very strong then it is the strongest that man felt almost to cut in twice parts and he said “Yes” how all experienced claimer because he put of the stakes from safety with padlocks and once rope was very longer and it tied on his waist.
In this moment was very calm and tranquility also he was fell down in the air but only he could screaming and he said to help me so my God!
From suddenly once voice very strong and too deeply in the sky and it was answering him: what are you doing? My son and he said to save me! My God! Do you believe me that I could save you life? He was answering immediately so of course Lord. The God said to cut rope that it is supporting to you… there are one moment of silences and calm. The man was holding stronger a rope and he was reflection…
The rescue group told that other day they found the clamber and he is falling down in air and he died but man is catching with strongly of the cord, with his hands on the rope…
He was only two meters of the ground or of the soil. And you happen? How many do you trusted of your cord? Why don’t you loose it?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

My Daughter

My daughter was born on May 26- 1998. She was born with a whizzing sound.The doctor said when she grows older the whizzing would go away. He was right,as She grew older the whizzikng sound disappear. She was two and half when the whizzing stopped altogether. Before this happen I would take her to the hospital and the doctor woluld give her oxygen as treatment. After awhile she became much better. My daughter was two mound and half when my sister in law told me that my ex husband had another family. I Was told he had another woman and they had a daughter together. The other child was born on August 2 – 1997 The half sister of my daughter is three mounds older . My ex husband went away with his other family.Two months later my family said I should leave my house. I Wanted to live with my husband, but I moved to my sister house with my daughter and my two sons. She told me if my ex husband do not come for us she will take to my sister in law house . Then my ex husband coud take us to a motel in San Bruno. After that happen my ex- husband asked if I wanted to go to Mexico. I said yes , so we went to Mexico. Three mounds later my brother in law asked me if wanted to return to the United States. He said he would pay for the airplane tickets. He that he called his sister to tell my ex husband that we were going to come back to the us, my three children and I Arrive at airport in Oakland and I called my ex husband but he never answer the telephone. We were tired so I called my brother to come for us.

Going To School



Going to School

After I woke up in the morning. My master is used to taking a walk with me after she had prepared everything for goes to school. Today I heard that she said she needed to go to school, so wouldn’t have a lunch with her family. Recently, there is a Chinese restaurant that provides the buffet-“All you can eat” was opened again at Oakland Chinatown. Someone said it had supplied some Japan food- Sushi very delicious. Mike is my young master who is working at a bank has three days on the vocation. He likes to have Japan food, so they would go out for lunch at the restaurant today.

My master decided to bring me go to school with her, because she didn’t want to leave me at home alone. She put me into a bag that I could see from inside. Nobody knew I was hidden by the bag when she entered the 101 classroom .

At first, I saw a student was asked by teacher to tell a story, teacher would help him if he couldn’t express well or made mistakes. The other students listened carefully, also asked some questions to him. Teacher said before coming here, you needed to prepare pens, papers, a story, and twenty –four hours and seven (speaking in English for whole day and whole week). I was very interesting in taking, and then called lightly to my master I wanted to talk. So it was my turn to talk my story.

Hi, teacher and classmates, my name is New New. I came from Taiwan. Maybe you would ask me how I can come here. Let me tell about a story for you. If you remembered the Do Do of story that was written by my master on the bagger last year. It told about she had almost twenty children and grandchildren…., and I am one of her grandchildren. There were six dogs included my mother, a old brother, two old sisters, a niece lived with her family in Taiwan. They kept us very carefully and patiently. We played very happy at home while they went to work .After finished working ,they were used to takeing a walk for us around the area of the Tainan Government Hall that in front of our house.

Once, my master gave us a ride on her motorbike for looking around the urban area. Suddenly, we were fallen down on the side of a crossroad when she rode for a carefulness turn. We didn’t run away and went toward her togethe. The pedestrians helped to pick us into the baskets which were on the motorbike for us by sitting. Everyone who was saw that couldn’t believe how obedient we are!

In July, 2000 they immigrated to American, her father -in-low who had gotten a cancer at the same time. She is his only daughter -in -low needed to take of him. So after five years she kept flying between Taiwan and America until he dead. Her nephew asked her to bring a puppy from Taiwan to him when she went to America every time. In Sepember,2005 after her father-in-low dead, she decided to live America with her family for long time. All of us had to separated at the different families.

Before a fortune-teller told my master when he saw me ,said she needed to keep me, I could smile and bring lots of good luck for her family. I’m the smallest one of all. .Also smaller than the other Shitzu. For these reasons, we saved some money for the ticket of airplane .The price was in accordance with the total weight –the weights of a cab and myself. Passing the quarantine, I have to become a jolly happy American dog.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

One Suggestion for Quality Sleeping

Last Saturday I read about suggestions for quality sleeping.
It said that many people like to read, watch TV, eat and even work in bed. Those activities will affect people’s subconscious*. These activities create the wrong associations of the bed in people’s minds. These associations will affect the quality of sleeping.


So, one of the suggestions is that people should realize that the only function of a bed is for sleeping.
This article reminds us that the bed is primarily for sleeping.


* Subconscious means: the part of your mind that contains feelings that you are not aware of.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Hi everybody after a long time!!!!!!!!

Hi teacher Richard and hi everybody at Oakland Adult School!
My name is Zonia, I hope you remember me yet. I think my whole class passed to the next level a long time ago, but I always remember all of you.

For many reasons, I had to leave school. Now, I'm working as a Spanish Teacher at a private school in Lafayette and started studying at the Phoenix University to make my dreams come true.

I love my new job, I enjoy it more than any other thing, specially for the kind of students I have in the classroom. Everyday, they make the best while trying to learn a new language, Spanish. That is the moment when I remember my best moments at Adult School, when I was trying to learn a new language, and when I got that great support from my teachers.

At this point of my life, I feel very proud of the great ESL teachers I have had at Oakland Adult School, and I feel really happy because I discovered I can write in this blog yet.

I am always thinking about all of you and I miss this school as my first school in the United States. The school that helped me to think in to grow and to defeat all the obstacles we find here as immigrants.

Next time I will post some pictures of my students, those little ones that make a big effort to learn Spanish while having fun at the classroom.

And in the future, I hope to teach Spanish at Oakland Adult School (That is one of my big challenges).

Hoping you read my post, and hoping to write more to Room101.

Truly,

Zonia Lopez.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Learning From Life

New immigrants always have many difficulties with language.
Generally, when people go shopping, they need not say any words. They just need to pay. That is enough.


I read a story about difficulties with language in a newspaper recently.
A woman who was an immigrant wanted to buy new clothes for her daughter. In a department store, she found an article of clothing. She was quite satisfied with it. But she wasn’t sure if it was for girls or boys. While she was hesitating, a handsome young clerk passed by.

The shopper asked him, "Is this for boys or girls?" The young man replied, "Unisex."

The shopper heard, "You need sex?"

She was surprised.

The young man thought she hadn’t heard him clearly, so he repeated, "Unisex."

The woman felt that this was sexual harassment, so she complained to a manager.

The manager listened very carefully to explanations from both sides - from the woman and from his clerk. The manager knew what had happened and he explained patiently to the woman.

He told her that "Unisex" means one type which can be used by both males or females. After this explanation, the shopper understood the mistake she had made. Then she said she was sorry to the young man.


Actually, I never knew the word "Unisex" until I read this story.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Hi, Classmates!

I will write a story soon!

Monday, March 03, 2008

My First Three Teachers in the U.S.A.

By Ysaura Richie

When I began to study English in Oakland I went to school at the Fruitvale Center’s Spanish Speaking Unity Council. I met Susan and Carolyn, two teachers with different personalities.

Each day of class was a good experience. I enjoyed each class a lot. Every student felt the same way because they were participating and asking a lot of questions. I know they enjoyed my funny comments because sometimes the teacher and the class would laugh.

I remember Susan who was my teacher of English Speaking and Reading II. She is an American woman. She is very confident and strict with students. She always gave lots of homework at the end of each class and the next day it would be the first thing we would review.

Everybody in the class felt a lot of pressure to do our homework each day. If some student didn’t do their homework she would ask “Why didn’t you do your homework?”

She would tell them how important it was for them to practice in their homes. She would always recommend that we read magazines, books, newspapers and the internet. She encouraged us to listen English on the radio or watch TV in English.

I learned a lot of English with Susan. We had a good relationship with each other. I would share my problems with her. I trusted her. I would talk to her about the procedure to bring my son, Sebastian, to the USA. I felt that she was my teacher and my friend because of the talks we had and the interest she showed in me.

I learned a lot from Carolyn, too. She taught Grammar II and Writing I. She was stricter than Susan. She almost never smiled. She had a different style of teaching English than Susan. Some of the students told me that they didn’t like her. When she asked English questions to the students in the classroom, she would look directly into their eyes. She made them feel like she was a judge, and they were the criminals. Before we finished the semester, she knew who would be going on to Grammar II. She recommended that students repeat the class if they did not do well.

I couldn’t continue my English the next semester. I had to travel to Venezuela to bring my son to America. When I was in Venezuela I had to wait three months before I could bring my son back with me. It was a very long process to complete my son’s visa. It was a round trip for me and a one way ticket for him to California.

Right now I am going to Adult School, and that is where I met my teacher, Richard. I really like this class. The relationship between the teacher and students is special. It makes many of the students want to do well in class. I can learn more English here than in my house. I like his way of teaching every student. He is so friendly and very smart. He knows a lot about many things. He makes the students understand by explaining their mistakes to them clearly. He is very energetic and enthusiastic. He comes to work even when he is sick. He motivates each student to participate in the class. In this class I am learning more about speaking, writing and reading English, I am also learning more about Grammar. I am very happy and proud to belong to this class in Room 101 at 8:30 AM in the morning.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Myth of Rahu & The Lunar Eclipse

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The Myth of Rahu & The Lunar Eclipse

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The deities went in search of “Amarit”, the elixir of life or ambrosia. Amarit is made by churning the Sea of Milk, using Mount Mandara as a pivot. Amarit, the elixir of life, is difficult to obtain. The deities and demons had to call a temporary truce and work together to obtain the elixir. The demon named “Rahu” heard about the Amarit. He snuck over to the site where the elixir was being produced and awaited the opportunity to drink it.
The demons thought that they should have been able to drink the elixir. After the Amarit was successfully made, the demons immediately made a grab for the elixir. The deities tried to prevent them from doing so. Narai (The God of Hindus) transformed himself into a beautiful woman to distract the demons. While the demons focussed their attention on the beautiful woman, the deities quickly drank the elixir. Then the demons lost the fight.


During all this time, Rahu had been standing by waiting to snatch the elixir. As the demons and deities battled it out, Rahu seized the elixir and drank it. The Moon and the Sun spotted Rahu drinking the elixir and reported this to Narai.
Narai threw his crystal chakra disk at the demon, cutting the demon’s body in half. However as Rahu had drunk some of the elixir, he did not die.


*Rahu spends his eternity floating around in the sky. He swears vengeance on the Moon and Sun and whenever he sees either of the two, he tries to swallow it. This, according to ancient folk belief, is the mythological cause of the lunar and solar eclipses.


Thai legend says that when the lunar Eclipse happens that means Rahu is trying to swallow the Sun or the Moon. Because of this, Thai people make noise, so Rahu will be scared and cough the Moon or the Sun up.

* http://www.tatnews.org/tourism_news/2837.asp

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