October 11, 2007

ATONEMENT, moved, but dislike the ending to the lovers~

Tonight, my bf and I went to the Arts Centre to watch the new film Atonement.
It’s really wonderful, although the story is not that complicated. The way of filming, in which the story is telling is a bit strange; because sometimes the consequences come firstly, then followed by the reasons- just same as the way in our academic writing.
The main story happened in WWII, but there are not so many scenes about the war. But the director uses some documentary scenes of the war, which have shown the sorrow and death that wars bring to human beings.
From my one viewsight, I think there are four aspects about life shown in the film. One is of course about love; one is about people’s understanding or reaction towards sex during the war period; also another one is about the inner development of teenagers, esp for girls; while the last one is about guilt and regret in people’s hearts.
Today, I found a very funny thing that almost 90% of the audience were senior people. And at the end, most of them felt sad about the ending, or maybe about sth that deeply in their hearts.
It’s quite late anyway, I’ll keep on talking my opinion tomorrow after I do some reading about others’ comments. I may remember some points that I cannot get in such a sleepy condition.

October 10, 2007

Lichfield! I found the tiniest English dictionary!

Today, Red Chan and Micheal guided our class a trip to Lichfield. Our original and main purpose for the trip was to look for information about Sameul Johnson, who composed the first English dictionary. It was quite a small town, but I liked the place, as people living there were very friendly and happy. I also liked the houses there, which made me think about the fair stories in my childhood. Anyway, the place I spent most of my time is the museum of Dr. Johnson’s.

Deadly busy, but quite happy and enjoying~

The first week passed so quickly, as I was deadly busy at the very beginning of my final year. I got many appointments with my tutors, in order to discuss with them about my future plan. I was also worrying about my boy friend’s new life in UK, as it was his first year; of course he did have to face a lot of problems, such as cooking, communication, and finding lecture rooms and so on. Anyway, now his life is getting better and better; he can cook on his own, sometimes for me. I am really happy for him.
This year will be really busy, because out of my modules, I have one voluntary project to run; I also have signed up the WSC modules, as I have already got 20 cats for the first year. Life is really challenging, but I am sure I will try my best to adjust the relationship between study and my own life, because I have clear mind of my life long goal and my responsibility.
To be frank, I am really moved that I can always feel being attached importance by my bf. I also feel a bit sorry as I cannot accompany with him, just like other bf and gf, because of study and work. But he is really kind; he does understand me and encourage me to concentrate on learning. Although we don’t know what may happen tomorrow, we do know we should work hard together for our bright futures. So when we look back at the life in Warwick, we will never be regretful and ashamed.
“Never loose a single opportunity, as it will never come back again.” It is also the very reason that I decide to fall in love with my bf.

September 30, 2007

I am back to the blog

Seems centries away from my blog, cause I have paid too much attention on my Chinese blogs during the whole summer. So since the new academic year’s coming, I’d like to come back and tell people about my experiences in English.

June 05, 2007

Looking back the whole year here

Haven’t written in my blog for ages. Now I start again.
How time flies, almost the whole academic year has passed. Recollecting my memory, I have experienced a lot. Now although it’s going to be the end, but actually it is not the end at all. Just the beginning of a new life.
Less than three weeks left before I go back home. A bit nervous. Not only because the exams, but the former life and culture, which are unfamiliar to me now.
I take serious on the finals, so I feel burdened a lot. Until someone told me that the exams were only part of life. I should take them esay. Like the 9.11 years ago, when the great disarster came, being survived was more important for people who were working in the two buildings.
Quite moved, quite shocked.So I need to calm down and be confident welcoming all the challenges.

February 12, 2007

Billy Liar teaches me…

Last Saturday, I went to Birmingham to watch the play of Billy Liar. Two weeks before that, I had already finished reading the script of the play, so I could understand most of the content when watching.
The story is very simple; it decribes a young man named Billy who is always lying and day-dreaming. He not only lies to his family, his boss and collegues, as well as his three girlfriends. It is very funny because of those funny lies told by Billy. There are always some qurrals within the family, or between his girl friends.
However, after laughing, I think more about the characters in the play.
The grandma is an unhappy old woman, I think. Because most of the time, she is sick; meanwhile, she is attached less importance by her son-in-law and grandson.
Billy’s mother is also a tragedy character, because she spends most of her time doing housework and worrying about her son.
The father, to him, everything is ‘bloody’.
As for Babara and Rita, they are both cheated by Billy. The only difference is that one of them keeps mild, while the other is rude.
Liz is a special character, although not good performed in that play. She has the most similar personality with Billy. They both like day dreaming; they are both self-important. Only in front of her, Billy could not lie, because she could always see through him.
Last but not least, Billy, the liar, in my opinion, he invites me to think a lot. Firstly, he is immutual. He lies without thinking about the consequences. Then he is inconsiderate; he doesn’t think about his mother’s feeling about the letter; he doesn’t think about his father’s embarrassment when his boss goes to meet him; he also doesn’t think about the girls he has cheated. In addition, he is also selfish. He doesn’t even care about his grandma’s death.
I feel so sad for him. But he invites us to think about ourselves and the whole society. I find there are a lot of nursing houses in the UK. I used to be told the shops and markets were the only places for the seniors to meet people. I myself is also a member of Age Concern Volunteers.
I feel most of time we think about ourselves too much. We forget who affords our expensive tuition fees; who always spoils us when we make mistakes; and who shows smiles when we leave them, but sheds tears when they are alone- our parents.
Billy is an unfortuate product produced by his parents; finally his parents also receive the pain they have planted before. Thinking about Billy, thinking about ourselves, thinking about what the next lies are being made by everyone in the whole society.

February 10, 2007

Becoming tough!

It is coming Chinese New Year; so I have been being homesick for several days. During these days, I tried to keep myself as busy as I can. Everyday, I went to library, signed up for WSC; however, even I was busy enough, I sometimes still felt upset without any reasons. Maybe it is the first time I haven’t been home during the Chinese New year. It would be also difficult for my parents to bear the quietness without my noise.
Just now, I phoned my grandparents, as well as my parents. I told them my busy life here. I also told them I had decided I would go out on the Chinese New Year Eve, in order not to be homesick. I do not want to cry, while my raletives are crying in the other side. And just when I said bye to my grandma, I heard her voice was a bit sad. If it was the past, I must have been crying out as I pulled off the phone. But today, I didn’t. I was becoming tougher and braver.
I don’t know whether it is good or not, but it is true. It is my change. The world is changing everyday, as well as ourselves. I just want to be myself, a real me. That is enough.

January 23, 2007

How much you depend on the subtitles?

This week we are learning about the subtitling translation strategies. They are: omission, compression, expansion, generalisation, specification, neutralisation. As for the systermetic definition of subtitling is based on the linguistic level, it includes three parts:

  1. the relation between spoken and writen language
  2. the relation between the foreign language and the target language
  3. the relation between complete and partial translation (Lomheim,1998)

So I wander after so many procedures, what the final translation would likely to be. If the receptors rely on the translation work completely, the message they receive would be partly inaccurate.

We watched a video about a small town in 1990s China. In my opinion, the subtitles are terrible, sometimes are even funny. For example:

(an old woman is bargaining with a seller about the price of a hen)

Old: How much?

Seller: 10yuan

Old:  so skinny

Old: useless, I will only give you 7

Seller: 9yuan

Another old: so skinny! useless!

Old: 8 yuan

Seller: No way!

I want to know if you read this subtitle, what image is in your mind?What do you think of the old woman and seller? What do you think about how people bargain in China?

When I read it, I think it is really funny. This dialogue is not like a negociation with price, but a quarraling. Do people here usually bargain like that?

As it is translated for English speaking country, at this moment,  the subtitler should think for the viewers, as well as the source culture. Because the carelessness is made might lead to misundering of a whole culture.

I feel a bit worried about people rely on subtitle too much, so inproper translation would lead to some negative influences.

January 18, 2007

Crackers' Jokes Vs Chinese Lantern Puzzles–Two

Follow-up to Crackers' Jokes Vs Chinese Lantern Puzzles–one from Shuang's blog

By comparing with the Cracker¡¯s jokes, I find on Chinese Lantren Festival, we Chinese have such kind of custom to guess the puzzle on the Lanterns.
The 15th day of the 1st lunar month is the Chinese Lantern Festival because the first lunar month is called yuan-month and in the ancient times people called night Xiao. The 15th day is the first night to see a full moon. So the day is also called Yuan Xiao Festival in China.
According to the Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate. At this time, people will try to solve the puzzles on the lanterns and eat yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball) and get all their families united in the joyful atmosphere.
But the Lantern puzzles are different from those Crackers¡¯ jokes. The jokes in crackers are usually play with the puns, while the Lantern puzzles are tricky on the complex structure of Chinese characters.
-Jokes and puzzles in general are usually for entertaining in all the cultures.
-Some jokes/puzzles could express feelings.( like the Chinese puzzle)
-Puns play an important role in the British jokes.
-When reading a joke, people should put it into the certain culture background.

Crackers' Jokes Vs Chinese Lantern Puzzles–one

When I went to Somerset during Christmas, before the Christmas dinner, the first thing we did was to pull crackers. Then we had dinner with the bright hats that looked like paper crowns. Then we red the jokes in the Crackers. The one I red was as follows:
why doesn’t the snowman get married?
because he has cold feet
To be frank, I did not understand at that moment. Then after their laughing, my host explained to me that in English if it said someone got cold feet meant that he was frightened to do something.
Another one I remember and could understand just at that moment:
Three are men sitting in one boat. The boat is in the middle of a lake, so they couldn’t get contact with other people on land. If they want to smoke, what should they do?
The answer is : “they just throw one of them into the water, in order to make the boat lighter”
Then after I came back, I found more information about the crackers.
In 1847, almost by accident, Tom Smith invented the cracker. It was a simple idea which became an integral part of British celebration and tradition which still continues today, 150 years on. In it’s simple form a cracker is a small cardboard tube covered in a brightly coloured twist of paper. When the cracker is ‘pulled’ by two people, each holding one end of the twisted paper, the friction creates a small explosive ‘pop’ produced by a narrow strip of chemically impregnated paper. The cardboard tube tumbles a bright paper hat, a small gift, a balloon and a motto or joke.

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