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October 13, 2006

My first impressions of Britain

My first impressions of Britain are divided into several parts. The thing which is shocked me most is the rhythm of people¡¯s live is quite slow. Then the environment here is quiet and clean. At last is the free newspaper everywhere.
I came 2 months ago. At that time there few people in the campus. It was Sunday night. My friend and I went to Tesco on Sunday afternoon. When we went to there, we were told that it would close at 4pm. I was surprised about that!! In China, all the supermarkets open even longer in weekends, because it is good for them to earn money. People only have time to go to supermarkets during weekends. Later on I talked to a friend of my, she told me this was the custom here. People used to be relaxed on Sunday. We went to city centre and all shops closed at 5pm on Friday evening. How ridiculous it was!!! Moreover, the speed of people walking is slower than Beijing. Everyone seems to enjoy their lives. My friends and I always discussed about it. We agreed that the economics here are quite stable and steady. The welfare system integrated, so people can enjoy lives.
The environment here is great. We lived in Westwood which is best accommodation I have ever lived. Everywhere is green and quiet. The first night I felt very scared, there is so silent outside. I really enjoy walking to classroom everyday. It¡¯s a kind of exercises. I found many small animals appeared in Westwood, such as squirrels, hedgehogs, and rabbits. All these prove the good surroundings. Beijing is a polluted city and crowded. Here is few people. Thus, I think it¡¯s good for people to keep health.
Finally, I found a lot of free newspaper everywhere. On the bus to Coventry I found that there was more than one kind of free newspaper. Then I noticed that there are free newspapers in the railway station. From that I also enjoyed reading newspapers during my way to somewhere.
In conclusion, everything for me is new. The most impressions are the three above. I believed that there are still many things waiting for me to observe.

My first Spanish class

Today I attended my first spanish class. I think it’s a challenge for because I am the absolute beginner. I don’ t know any spanish words.I just want to have a try and have a chance to communicate with others. In my view, spanish is a romantic world I guess, so last week I standed in a long queue for 3 hours to enrol this course.
I was excited the whole day and I arrived at classroom quite early. There is only myself and I kept looking around outside the door. Later, a British girl came. I talked to her. She told me that her father had lived in Spain for several years,so she wanted to learn some spanish. She also told me that she had been to Hongkong. She liked that place,so I encouraged her to learn Chinese next term.
Nearly half past six, a plump woman with a large suitcase came into the classroom. Then, she said” Hola!”which is the word that spanish say hello to each other. She is our tutor.She is spanish and teaches spanish here.Then I found our class contained different age groups. There were some aging people. I was encouraged when I saw them. I must to work hard.
We have 2 hours everyweek. The tutor just gave us some words and expressions in order to give us a general idea about spanish. What is the pronunciation or what is word sounds like,etc.I noticed that the sound of spanish words is quite heavy.And the order of words is different frome English. I felt I was back to the primary school when I learned English for the first time.Now I am going to accept a new language.Maybe I can use some of approaches that I have used to learn English. Some of them were really useful.:) I created by myself.
Today, I learned many interesting words in spanish. I must practise more times in order to remember them.
Today is a new start!!!

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