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October 19, 2007

practice and practice and practice

Most of my friends told me that they think English is difficult for them to learn because they do not know how to learn the vocabularies and how to improve their English listening and speaking, but English study is a nice job to me for I feel it is really interesting when I study English.

It was junior middle school when I first touched the English, and I found it is a little bit difficult for me to remember the new words at first because I was just repeat them to help me learning vocabulary. It was really helped at the first few days when I learnt a new word, but with time went on; I forgot the words which I just learnt little by little. Later I found a new way to learning the vocabulary, that is to learn how to pronounce the word first, and I think it is really a good method, and after I knew how to pronounce a word and also the pronunciation of the letters or the letter combination, I can easily write the word and it also helped me to remember the meaning easier.

Listening, speaking, reading and writing are the four main skills of the English study, and I think listening is my best skill, and the opposite is writing. I can easily follow the people who speak a Standard English, and I think it is due to my practice in the English listening. As far as my bad writing, obviously it is because I am short of practice. I had got the way to improve my writing, and I will work on it.

I think chat with local people is the best way to help me to learn English and it is also the most effective way that I had experienced. I knew my flatmates very well after we had a Chinese dinner together, and all of us got other¡'s MSN, and then we chat on the internet. When I chat with them, they would correct my mistake as well as told me some common use phrase: people say sweet dream instead of have a good dream, and also some symbols, for example lol used to means lots of love but now means laugh out loudly.

In a word, English study is not as difficult as people thought, the only thing what people need to do if they want to learn English well is practice, and be brave to communicate with others, that is really helpful.

October 05, 2007

warwick in my eyes

I have been in warwick for about a week, but thinking back the 1st day when we got UK, the tiredness but not the exciting is the main feeling on my 14-hours-way to come here.
Although my friends and I felt really tired because long distance flight and the examines in the CIQ, when we met ours fellow members who came to pick us, we felt moved and happy because we will stare a new life together in a different country. What made me more touched was that the delicious dinner which cooked by the boys in my class, and also lovely Dolly. When we were in China, most of the boys can not cook, but on 29th, they cooked us such a delicious dinner which I never expected before, and that really made feel like we are a family.
With the help of my classmates, I enrolled the accommodation, eating card and bank account, and today I went to enroll the health central and put into ¡¡ãpink¡¡À practice. And also today, I bought a SIM card and learn to top-up by myself. My new life is become ordered little by little.
During the 6 days in warwick, I found that the life style here is quite different from the study life in Renmin. For example, when I was in Renmin, the plan of the new term is announced by the tutor who in charge of ours study, and if there is some new plans, the tutor would come to the class to tell us or to call us to make sure that all of the students are know about the new plan, but in Warwick, all of the plans are announced by the e-mail, and I have to make a booking if I want meet the tutor, that is really a little bit difficult for me to get used to this way because I was not used to check my email box everyday and sometimes I would miss the news and  delay. I do not think this is a big problem, and I think I can managed a few days later.
What impressed me a lot is traffic in warwick. There are many cars in the university, and the road for the car is narrow, but I did not see any trafic jam by now and I feel safe when I want to cross the road, all the vehicles, no matter cars, buses or something else, they would slow down to let the people to cross the road first when they saw the people on the sidewalk. That is really impressed me, think back when I was in Beijing, I would be very careful when I want to cross the road if there is not overbridge, it seems that the vehicles are always in a great hurry and they can not wait for a few second to let the walkers pass.
Before I come to UK, I thought that what I can not get used would be the food in UK because there are too many butter and cheese, but after I get warwick I know that the food is not the problem to me, the food in the university are ok, and I even found a delicious chicken wings in the supermarket, it is the finished product and just need to be put in the microwave oven for a few minutes, and then, I can enjoy the good chicken wings. I like this chicken wings very much.
The time difference stare to effect, and I go to bed now, I will update some day later.
Wish every have a nice dream.
Good night.

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